Briggs & Veselka hosted a group of 22 students from Ecuador in May 2010.  The students are from a master’s of accounting program at the Business Administration School of Polytechnical University of the Coast, which is located in Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador. They are participating in a short course designed to give them direct exposure to business education in other countries, and are currently being hosted by the University of Houston C.T. Bauer College of Business.  Their visit to El Campo included a seminar conducted by Gary Trochta regarding agricultural taxation issues in the United States. Subsequently, they visited Rice Belt Warehouse, where Dick Ottis explained the process of rice drying, storage, and distribution. They were then treated to a tour of the area’s rice, soybean, corn and cotton crops, led by AJ and Terry Priesmeyer. One highlight of their tour was a visit to a local oil well drilling platform. They then proceeded to Wharton, where William Loocke hosted a tour of Coastal Warehouse and discussed the marketing of area agricultural products. It was an exciting afternoon for the students allowing them to experience rural Texas with its pickup trucks, Stetson hats, farms, and oil wells.  They will also be making trips to Florida and New York before returning to Ecuador.