ICC Chamber celebrates 30th year, gives Starlight Awards


NORTHEAST HOUSTON – The Houston Intercontinental Chamber of Commerce held their annual Starlight Awards Gala last Thursday, as a luncheon. It was combined with a “Roast and Toast” for president Reggie Gray, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Chamber.

It also was an opportunity to display the new logo for the Chamber, which consists of a stylized Globe, the letters ICC, followed by the location of each office, with two domestic and nine international sites.

Gray has made much of the conversion of the traditional local Chamber, once known as the North Houston Greenspoint Chamber, into an organization with an international focus, serving corporations with worldwide operations.

The luncheon was held in the elegant Northgate Country Club off FM1960.

The program consisting of swearing in a new board of directors, many of them hold-overs from the previous board, and new members representing the corporations now partipating. The swearing in was conducted by the director of the local FBI, Mike Anderson.

Also presented to the Chamber was a Recognition certificate from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, presented by her staff person, Booker Morris.

Awards were given to the following:

Chairman’s Award, to Bill Pilkington;

Title Sponsor Award, Sidney Evans and Cathy McNair of NRG;

Ambassador of the Year, to Ross Thomas of Caldwell Companies;

Small Business of the year, to Darren Elswirth of the Woodlands Ad Agency;

Company of the Year, to Sidney Evans and Cathy McNair of NRG;

Business Partner of the Year, to Attorney Gordon Quan;

Volunteer of the Year, to Will LeBlanc;

Citizen of the Year, the John Zizelmann prize, to Sidney Evans;

Pinnacle Awards to Lars Heisselberg, John Finley, Jim Butler, and Dan McIntyre.

It was announced that the Chairman elect for 2017 is Wendy Millhouse, Chairman Galleria Sidney Evans, and Chairman International Gordon Quan.