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Sylvester Turner

Dear Ms. Senyurt: 

On behalf of the Houston delegation, please accept sincere appreciation for your work in connecting Turkey-based businesses with opportunities in Houston during our visit to Istanbul for the World Petroleum Congress. Your thoughtful organization of meetings for our delegation to speak with Turkish companies that are doing business in Houston and those who wish to explore the Houston market proved invaluable. The interactions were productive and are leading to further cooperation between our business communities. We greatly appreciated your expertise, professionalism, and effective arrangements. ACCESS TO ORIGINAL LETTER 




Sylvester Turner


I've known Ms. Senyurt since 2011, having met her shortly after her arrival to Houston as the newly appointed Commercial Attache for the Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey in Houston, TX. In her capacity as Commercial Attache, she has worked tirelessly with the Port of Houston Authority to promote trade with Turkey, advancing the commercial needs of Turkish business interest at all times. 

Ms. Senyurt has brought numerous trade delegations representing a variety of sectors to meet with the port, providing the opportunity for the Port of Houston Authority to promote and develop trade with real cargo owners capable of effectively driving real trade across our docks.



Our office works with the trade offices and commercial attaches from several countries around the world. Ms. Senyurt I must say is the most active and enthusiastic commercial attache of all consulates. Ms. Senyurt has kept in close contact with our organization at all times, raising the awareness to new levels of the importance of trade with Turkey. Ms. Senyurt has collaborated with us to develop many networking opportunities at energy, oil and gas, steel, cable, wire and ship building forums, putting local and regional business professionals together with importers, exporters and manufacturers from Turkey to realize valuable business transactions that have led to unparalleled trade growth between Houston and Turkey. Ms. Senyurt put forward the concept of and subsequently realized a buyer/seller matchmaking forum of Wire and Cable producers from Turkey to develop and promote trade between Turkey and Port of Houston users. 


She is a member of the International Trade Committee for the Greater Houston Partnership and successfully lobbied to make Turkey a focus country for trade development. She also worked together with the Port of Houston Authority to develop and successfully sign the first ever Memorandum of Friendship and Cooperation between the Port of Houston and the Port of Istanbul. 


Ms. Senyurt is very professional, representing the Republic of Turkey to the highest degree. ACCESS TO ORIGINAL LETTER




John Moseley

Senior Director, Trade Development at Port of Houston Authority


Department Head at the Office of the Governor of Texas

Deniz served a dual role - an outstanding representative of the Republic of Turkey and a passionate ambassador of Texas. A consummate professional, Deniz did a terrific job encouraging Texas business relationship with Turkey while advocating on behalf of Turkish companies in the Lone Star State. LINK

Deniz, you did so much to make our visit to Istanbul a great success. Great meetings with huge potential. Thank you so much.

I have worked with Deniz for over 3 years now and highly recommend her to anyone is focused on getting results. She is hard working and effective but with a sense of humor as well as being flexible. I look forward to continuing working with her. LINK

I write this recommendation as the Chairman of the American Institute for International Steel and President of the steel trading and trade services company Kurt Orban Partners. I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Senyurt I'm both Turkey and the United States and found her professionalism and dedication to the project at hand very commendable. Her skill sets are many but in particular excellent relationship building and knowledge of what she speaks. She has admirable near and long-term vision combined with patience and persistence as needed. Respectfully Submitted. John Foster LINK

Former President of the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council

I am proud to recommend Deniz Senyurt to you. I have had the pleasure of working with Deniz as Commercial Attache for the Republic of Turkey. We partnered together in establishing fruitful business links between American and Turkish businesses. I have found Deniz to be particularly knowledgeable, effective, personable and collaborative. As a result, she has become highly welcomed and respected in Houston. LINK

Chairman & CEO Energy Allied International

I take great pleasure in recommending Mrs. Deniz Senyurt. Throughout my professional interaction with her, I was always impressed by her extraordinary intellectual ability, work ethics, and strong self-motivation. Although Deniz operates from an office far away from her headquarters, she works relentlessly for long hours and achieves excellent results without any supervision. In fact, she always represented her organization in an exemplary manner and which reflects positively both on her and her organization. My company, which develops and invests in major international energy projects, can attest to that. 


Deniz is driven by her self-motivation, self-confidence, vast experience in dealing with complex issues and ability to deal with various nationalities. She uses logic while negotiating and debating issues as well as her vast experience in international negotiations with different cultures. 

I personally had the privilege and opportunity to work with her, on various occasions, while resolving critical matters to advance our multi-billion USD project and witnessed her extraordinary ability to successfully bridge the gap between the various opinions and numerous attendees representing different specializations and cultures. LINK

President at Pakistani American Voters Registration Initiative

Mayor Sylvester Turner and Deniz Senyurt two great motivator for International Trade.

I have known Mrs Senyurt more than 15 years. We had many common projects like Restructuring of the Turkish Steel Industry prepared in coordination with the European Union during her duty as Head of Department at the Ministry of Economy of Turkish Republic. We represented Turkey in many different projects and meetings like OECD Meetings. After she appointed as Senior Trade and Investment Development Attaché in Houston, her huge support to Turkish industries continued and she guided many projects successfully. Referring to my experience in many common projects, I can clearly say that Mrs Senyurt is a well educated, hardworking, dedicated, creative, reliable and solution oriented person. She is an outstanding and active person committing herself to her business. I believe she will create concrete benefits and outstanding success in any organization or task of which she will take a part. LINK

Former Deputy Undersecretary of Turkish Ministry of Economy

I write this recommendation letter as the Deputy Undersecretary for Ministry of Economy of Turkey. I have had the pleasure of working with Deniz Şenyurt for 12 years and had a chance of observing her while she worked at different capacities as Foreign Trade Expert, Chief of Section, Commercial Counselor and Head of Department. At all these positions she showed a very positive, take-charge personality and excelled in going beyond the requirements of her job description. She is well organized, dependable, timely, trustworthy, and always brings a positive attitude to her works. She has impressed me with her dedication to her job and ability of coming up with smart solutions to deadlocked situations. Further to these qualifications, I personally witnessed her being a very good team player on several occasions. She is able to successfully complete multiple tasks with favorable results despite deadline pressure.She worked in Turkey – EU Iron and Steel Negotiations and Turkey – ACP Countries Free Trade Agreement Negotiations Teams and presented excellent analytical and people skills which helped us finalize those negotiations swiftly. She is resourceful and well respected by coworkers and her negotiation teammates/counter partners. I would like to restate my strong recommendation for Deniz Şenyurt. Deniz would be a valuable addition to any institution or company she chooses to join, and I have no hesitation in recommending her highly. LINK

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