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HOUSTON WEST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES 15TH ANNUAL STAR AWARD WINNERS
The Event is today: Friday, February 8, 2013 – 11:30 a.m. – 1:-30 p.m. - Omni Houston Westside Hotel
HOUSTON – FEBRUARY 8, 2013 – At today’s luncheon, the Houston West Chamber of Commerce proudly announced the winners of the prestigious 15th Annual Economic Development Summit and Star Awards Luncheon. As outstanding businesses in West Houston who have achieved mighty and bold accomplishments, they normally go unnoticed. In their quest for creating business, these companies are having a positive influence in the community and bringing employees and positive economic shifts to West Houston.
Houston West Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Jeannie Bollinger, says “this event was established five years before I came to the Chamber, so it is solely supported by the membership of the Chamber.” Andi Maceo of Cole Commercial Realty and chair of the Star Awards Committee states West Houston continues to be the epicenter of economic growth for Harris County and the businesses honored here.”
The 15th Annual Star Award Winners are listed below:
Newly Opened Business with 1-10 Employees
Three Brothers Bakery – Janice Jucker
Newly Opened Business with 11-99 Employees
Excel Midstream Solutions - Greg Rudichuk
Newly Opened with 100+ Employees
Members Choice Credit Union - Steve Gilman
Spring Branch Community Health Center – Marlen Trujillo
Existing Business with 1-10 Employees
Texas Security Shredding - Pat Vice
Existing Business 11-30 Employees
Shipley Do-Nuts - Mike Simon
Existing Business 31-99 Employees
Josephine’s Day Spa & Salon – Vivian Yeh
Existing Business with 100+ Employees
Willis Group LLC – Adam Gould
Young Entrepreneur - Ms. Courtney Stephens, QED Energy Associates
Pillar Award - Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center - Keith Alexander
Impact Award - Midway Companies - Jonathan Brinsden
Hall of Fame Inductees – Amegy Bank and Memorial Assistance Ministries
Amegy Bank of Texas - Steve Peters
Memorial Assistance Ministries - Martha Macris
The Pillar Award is presented to Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital for its sizable investment in West Houston and its long-standing commitment to the Houston West Chamber of Commerce. The 33-story Memorial Hermann Tower includes Women’s Memorial Hermann and Children’s Memorial Hermann – Houston’s first dedicated women’s and children’s facilities outside of the Texas Medical Center. Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital is also home to one of the most advanced cardiovascular care facilities in the nation, the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute, Sleep Center, Wound Care Center, Digestive Health Center, and Imaging Center.
The Impact Award was presented to Midway Companies, a privately-owned, Houston-based real estate development and investment firm, perhaps best known for its development of CityCentre. Located on I-10 at Beltway 8, CityCentre has become the “go to” address for upscale shopping, dining and urban residential living in West Houston. Midway is currently building CityCentre Three and Four, two new mixed-use buildings. The ground floor of each building is reserved for retail and the upper stories will accommodate Class A offices.
The Pillar Award and Impact Award are not given every year. They are only presented when the Star Award committee deems that a business has achieved that distinction. Past Pillar Award winners include: West Houston Medical Center, Westchase District, West Houston Association, HCC, Metro National, Amegy Bank and Granite Properties. We have not given a Pillar Award since 2008.
The Impact Award has only been give four times previously: TxDOT (2005), Harris County Precinct 3 (2009), West Houston Medical Center (2010) and Wolff Companies (2011).
The Hall of Fame was created this year to honor past Star Award winners who continue to excel. By placing them in the Hall of Fame, they have achieved an elite status and will no longer be judged in the individual categories. Amegy Bank of Texas is a past winner of the Star Award, a past winner of the Pillar Award, and a consistent business presence in West Houston. Amegy Bank entered Houston 23 years ago with one location, 50 million dollars in assets, and a small team of dedicated bankers. Today, Amegy Bank has more than 13 billion dollars in assets and two thousand employees who work across more than 60 branches in the Greater Houston area.
Each year, Amegy donates more than a million dollars to area charities. In 2012, they financially supported 20 nonprofit organizations in West Houston. Plus, bank employees volunteer at area community events and serve with West Houston organizations. Amegy Bank has adopted Hollibrook Elementary in the Spring Branch area. Last year, bankers taught lessons on the importance of saving to second grade students on “Teach Children to Save Day” and they spoke about what it means to be a banker to fifth graders on Career Day. They sponsored the Kindergarten and fourth grade classes in the annual citywide Lemonade Day where students learn how to be successful entrepreneurs while building and operating a lemonade stand. And they held financial literacy workshops for parents of Hollibrook students.
We have a second Hall of Fame inductee this afternoon. Let’s congratulate Memorial Assistance Ministries and its executive director Martha Macris.
Since 1983, Memorial Assistance Ministries has helped families and individuals who find themselves in temporary crisis to meet their basic needs, maintain self-sufficiency and avoid homelessness. Whether they’re seeking employment, financial assistance, language fluency, educational opportunities, household items, clothing, social services, or medical care, MAM answers the call to provide assistance. In 2012 alone, they provided more than 300-thousand dollars for rent assistance, 75-thousand dollars for utility assistance, and 140-thousand dollars for school clothing and supplies. They disbursed 20-thousand dollars for eye exams and glasses, 12-thousand dollars in transportation vouchers and saw more than 100 students graduate from their ESL program. They do all this with 19 full-time and six part-time employees, plus more than 400 volunteers who regularly serve at Memorial Assistance Ministries. Each year, MAM works to tailor services to community needs, often resulting in expansions or enhancements. In 2012, they completed a fully-funded 4-million dollars facility expansion designed to help people move from needing assistance to developing the skills necessary to become self-sufficient. By every measure, MAM is a “star performer,” growing to serve the ever expanding needs of the west Houston community and a deserving member of the Star Award Hall of Fame.
Another factor for the success of the past 15 years is the support of our sponsors. Rocketing us to fame are our presenting sponsors: The Omni Houston Westside, Spring Branch District and Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and Frost Bank. Jet fuel is provided by our media sponsor Houston Business Journal. The Cannon Sponsors are EXCEL Midstream Solutions, West Houston Medical Center, H-E-B, and Methodist Hospital West Campus. The Dynamite Sponsors are Cole Commercial Realty, Cadence Bank, Murray Resources, Blue Atlas Marketing, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Houston Community College-Northwest Campus, Amegy Bank, Martha Turner Properties, and Catch the Moment. Firecracker Sponsors are Queen Moving & Storage, OFI, Inc., First Community Credit Union, Haynes and Boone, LLP, PJS Services, Members Choice Credit Union, Memorial Assistance Ministries, Facilities Electric, T.F. Hudgins, Inc., Midway Companies, C&J Energy, The Bergaila Companies, Shipley Do-Nuts, Spring Branch Community Health Center, CenterPoint Energy, Tradition Bank, Westpark Communications, Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc., Century Cancer Centers, and Evolution by Design, and Storyteller Promotions.
The Houston West Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy organization dedicated to enhancing the economic growth and vitality of the West Houston business community through leadership and business development. The Chamber currently has over 650 business members representing 45,000 employees. For more information about the Chamber and its programs and how you can become a member, call 713-785-4922.
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