Oil and gas players are always chasing the Big One, and this is the Big Show that helps them get closer. The Barnett shale, the play that gave birth to unconventional development, is only a few hours down the road. Held in conjunction with NAPE International, it is the industry event that kicks off the new year. Mild weather, great food and the arts all make Houston attractive, but it is the business opportunities that make Winter NAPE the key industry event. Local experts are on hand for insightful presentation, and it is off season in the rest of the country, so the networking more relaxed. It gives you the chances to learn and make deals at a Texas-friendly pace.