By Gilbert Hoffman
The Houston Intercontinental Chamber held their annual Starlight Business Awards and installation banquet last Thursday night, and honored a number of companies and persons for their achievements.
Jocklynn Keville of the Greenspoint District was sworn in as the new chairman of the board of the Chamber, as well as the installation of the new board for 2011.
A special “Lifetime Achievement Award” was presented to David Hawes, founding partner of the Consulting firm Hawes Hill Calderon LLP, who represents the East Aldine District and eight other management districts in their governance.
The Gala event was held at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Greenspoint, with about 200 persons attending.
The evening included silent and live auctions, awards, and swearing in of the new Chamber board for 2011. The live auction was conducted by Greenspoint president Jack Drake, with lively commentary as well as bidding.
Emcee for the evening was Chamber president Reggie Gray, beaming not because of the gala, but because he had been a new father just two days before.
Recognition was given in various categories, which are shown on page 8 of this issue.
The highlight of the evening was the award to David Hawes for his years of dedicated service to communities in Texas. He has served the population while at the Texas Department of Human Services, as CEO of TCARE, a nonprofit residential treatment service to adolescents, as chief economist in the Lanier Houston administration, and helped form 11 of Houston’s 22 TIRZ zones and administer nine Management districts.
In accepting the award, he spoke of his vision to change the face of Houston, but said “this award is not about me — it’s about the people in the communities.”
Jack Drake swore in Jocklynn Keville as the new Chamber chairperson. The two of them joked about her starting from a humble beginning on a fishing boat in Louisiana, and her “journey” to Houston’s Greenspoint District.
Keville then spoke of her vision for the Chamber, to provide valuable information and services to the member businesses. She admonished members to “Challenge your Chamber to serve your business needs.”
By Gilbert Hoffman