Supporting Scottish Companies in the US

The purpose of Scottish American Business Alliance (SABA) is to provide practical assistance to Scottish businesses opening offices, or acquiring businesses, in the United States. We do this by helping them to identify their specific needs, and referring them to individuals and businesses that can assist them in meeting those needs.

For example, a company opening offices in the U.S. may need a realtor for office and living space, a business attorney to set up a U.S. entity, an accountant to address tax questions, a payroll specialist for U.S. employees, and an immigration attorney for visa assistance. SABA facilitates those introductions to meet their needs.

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What Businesses Say About Us

Peter Black - energysys says:

"SABA has been great in helping us set up and run our business in the US. Because they bring together all of the key business services that most people will require, it has given us the peace of mind that we have the right specialist on hand, whatever the requirement."

Carol Decker, retired - Scottish Development International says:

"The support and advice provided by SABA to the Scottish companies who have come to Houston via Scottish Development International has been a valuable resource and made growing business in a foreign environment so much easier. The working lunches with the Alliance gave insight to the companies in a comfortable and informative atmosphere."

Bill Whibley - Aventa Systems, Inc. says:

"As a new entrant to the US market it's always a daunting task to find the right kind of support service providers when you don't know anyone. I met Lisa Morton of ABIP on a recent trip to Houston and I couldn't have been made to feel more welcome. She organised a dinner in order for me to meet other service providers including an attorney, payroll specialist and banker. Within one day I had found almost all the support service providers that I required from a group of people that I know will be enjoyable to work with. They were open and honest about living and working in Houston and also offered advice on the most cost effective way of going about things. I'm now confident that I have the help at hand to help grow our US business."

Raymond Gray - Mandos Software says:

Mandos Software was lucky enough to be introduced to SABA during our first visit to Houston in 2013. Since our initial meeting with them, they have gone out of their way to provide assistance and advice which goes far beyond what we could have had reason to expect. They were quick to understand our business model,and the way in which they made introductions, set up meetings and worked on our behalf made it feel as though they were part of our Mandos team. We could not have asked for more.


Lisa Morton

Lisa Morton

In 2007 Lisa started her own business, Texas Bookkeepers, and within three years her company was announced as Number 2 out of the "100 Fastest Growing Businesses" in Houston, in 2011 and 2012, Texas Bookkeepers was the Houston winner of the "Bookkeeping Systems and Services Category" from the U.S. Commerce Association. Additionally in 2012 the Houston Business Journal ranked her company as number 12 of the "25 Fastest Growing Women Owned Businesses." In 2014 she was a finalist for the Texas Women's Hall of Fame.

Lisa is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor and a member of BABC (British-American Business Council), American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, Lifestyles Unlimited, the Houston Apartment Association, The West Houston Chamber of Commerce, The Common Sense Networking Group, Bazemore Business Group, Memorial BNI, the APL, The Marine Technology Society and The Hydrographic Society of America, Houston Chapter. She is currently a member of The Scottish American Business Alliance, which is working with the British American Business Council and located in Scotland. Lisa has been asked to determine if there is a need for a Scottish Chamber of Commerce in Houston.

Today, Lisa is the Marketing and Business Development Director at Alonzo, Bacarisse, Irvine and Palmer (ABIP), a Houston-based accounting firm with offices in Houston and San Antonio. As she did with Texas Bookkeepers, Lisa has brought recognition to the company by winning several prestigious awards, including INC's 500/5000, the Houston Business Journal's "Top 20 CPA Firms", "Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies" (twice), and "Best Places to Work", as well as the West Houston Chamber of Commerce 2014 Star Award.


Lisa M. Morton
Business Development Director


Direct 713.350.2404
Mobile 832.978.0294

Jo Ann Miller

Jo Ann Miller

Jo Ann Miller is a Vice President at Mercantil Commercebank. After 20+ years in the banking industry, Jo Ann joined the Commercial Banking team in 2015 to build upon her expertise in the financial services industry. Today Mercantil Commercebank has assets of approximately $8 billion. The bank offers a wide variety of domestic, international, personal and commercial banking services, including investment, trust, and estate planning through its subsidiaries, Mercantil Commercebank Investment Services, Inc. and Mercantil Commercebank Trust Company, N.A.

As a Commercial Banker at Mercantil Commercebank, Jo Ann can deliver the credit products that primarily provide businesses with working capital to fund operations and mortgage loans to purchase owner occupied work space and commercial investment property. In addition to deposit and cash management products, Commercial Banking professionals are uniquely qualified to tailor financial solutions to meet the needs of businesses involved in international trade finance.

As your Mercantil Commercebank Relationship Manager, Jo Ann:

  • - Identifies and develops new relationships for the bank
  • - Integrates and customizes solutions for the customer
  • - Coordinates services with our team of specialists
  • - Understands evolving customer needs and circumstances
  • - Acts as customer advocate within the Mercantil organization

Jo Ann Miller is a native Houstonian and current resident of Katy TX. She is an advocate of rescue dogs, a member of the Church of the Holy Apostle where she volunteers for Mission Outreach and provides stewardship within the church.

As a seasoned banker, Jo Ann is affiliated with numerous business organizations throughout the Houston area. To name a few, she participates on the Katy Economic Development Council, Gulf Coast Commercial Real Estate Network, Women Business Enterprise Association, CCIM, Harris County Medical Society, and numerous local area Chambers of Commerce through affiliations with Mercantil Commercebank.


Jo Ann Miller
Vice President

Mercantil Bank

Direct 281.417.1894
Mobile 281.684.8921

Scott Bigott

Scott Biggott

Scott Bigott has been a practicing Insurance & Financial Services Professional since 1998. His firm, Scott Insurance & Financial Services is located in Houston, TX at 2825 Wilcrest, Ste 267. Since opening his practice, his firm has ascended to great heights and has been recognized by industry standard as a Top 1% Firm. Scott is a five time MDRT qualifier, seven time Championship Qualifier and 17 time Topper Qualifier.

Scott Insurance & Financial Services is a full service firm offering products and services in both personal lines and commercial lines, as well as, life insurance planning, wealth management and health insurance. Scott's staff consists of five fully licensed and experienced professionals who share the vision of the firm to offer the best solution and service to meet the individual need of the client regardless of the complexity of the process.

Of the three types of insurance/financial services businesses, (insurance/financial services peddlers, insurance/financial services brokers and insurance/financial professionals), Scott Insurance & Financial Services lines itself with the latter. Instead of the "I've got a deal for you" mentality like the insurance/financial services peddler or the "I've got a deal for me" mentality of the insurance/financial services broker, Scott Insurance & Financial Services utilizes a consultative process to uncover the client needs/wants and matches it in a comprehensive manner at the highest of professional levels.

Scott is known industry wide as an expert in many areas of insurance and financial services. Many have sought out his advice particularly as it relates to the Oil & Gas Industry and its periphery. Whether it is businesses relocating or expanding to the United States both from the perspective of the company or the individual or protecting assets or growing assets, Scott and his team at Scott Insurance & Financial Services seek to optimize the client insurance & financial services experience.


Scott Bigott

Scott Insurance & Financial Services

Phone 713.339.41.61