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Best of The Best At Cross Border Meeting
As of June 23, 2018

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March 26, 2013

A total of 41 contractors, engineers, and their guests gathered in Quito, Ecuador, for ELECTRI International's 2013 Cross-Border Meeting. Participants from North, Central, and South America experienced a rich mix of business and professional meetings and social events during the March 13-15 conference.

Thursday's business session opened with a welcome and orientation presentation by ELECTRI President Russ Alessi. The agenda then moved to

  • an excellent perspective on tourism in Ecuador, provided by noted tourism expert, Luis Maldonado Robles
  • an introduction to the mission and work of the local electrical engineers and contractors' association Colegio de Ingenieros Eléctricos y Electrónicos de Pichincha (CIEEPI), reported by Fernando Salinas, Ing., President, CIEEPI
  • an economic & commercial report on Ecuador by Michael K. Fogo, Economic Officer, US Embassy, Quito
  • an overview of distribution and export/import potential in Ecuador by John Ward and Ralph Compton, Regional Managers - Andean Region, Milwaukee Electric Tool Co.

Firday's event was an all-day visit to the Toachi-Pilatón Project with a guided tour by two engineers from the Corporación Eléctrica del Ecuador (CELEC) working on site. Click here for companion article on the project and its impact on Ecuador. Lunch for the Cross Border participants and members of the project team was provided at the site by CELEC.

Social and touring events were plentiful throughout the Cross Border meeting. Opening night began with a welcome reception and dinner at the historic Santo Domingo Convent in Old Town Quito. The conferenced closed with a Quito-by-night excursion by "Chiva". These rustic buses used in rural Ecuador and Colombia are colorfully painted with the yellow, blue, and red colors of the country's flag and are decorated with local arabesques and figures.

The Chiva tour brought Cross Border guests to a gala reception and dinner in Old Town at Pim's Panecillo, a four-star popular restaurant serving Ecuadorian specialties and offering a spectacular panorama of the city of Quito.

More information about ELECTRI International's Cross Border meetings is available at