Star Awards Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Phyllis J. Bailey
CHAMBER SHINES LIGHT ON BOOMING BUSINESSES IN WEST HOUSTON
Houston West Chamber of Commerce Hosts Its 15th Annual Economic Development Summit and
Star Awards Luncheon
HOUSTON, TX – November 15, 2012 – There has never been a more exciting time to be in business in West Houston. The Houston West Chamber of Commerce (HWCOC) will recognize the recent explosion of growth in the area at its upcoming annual Economic Development Summit and Star Awards Luncheon. The event will be Friday, February 8, 2013, in the Grand Ballroom at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Columnist and media personality Kim Davis will serve as the mistress of ceremonies. The Spring Branch Management District is the major sponsor of this annual event.
The Star Award recognizes businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies that have experienced exceptional performance and have significantly contributed to the West Houston community during the past year. The Chamber receives at least 200+ nominations each year for awards in various categories. Nominees are not required to be Chamber members, and judging criteria includes revenue, employee growth, community involvement, and industry recognition.
Felipe Bayon, head of special projects for BP America, will deliver the keynote address at the luncheon. Bayon has 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in business leadership. He serves as one of the main executives in charge of sharing lessons learned from the Deepwater Horizon incident with the public.
The Houston West Chamber of Commerce is located in the population center of Houston that is home to the Westchase District, Spring Branch District, Memorial City, International District, CityCentre and the Energy Corridor District – an area with approximately 8,000+ businesses that employ more than 100,000 people. Some of the industries responsible for the exponential growth in West Houston in recent years include oil and gas, manufacturing, technology, retail, medical, engineering and service firms.
There are more than 80 chambers in the Houston area, and the HWCOC is one of the most active. The Houston Business Journal ranked the organization #17 of the top 25 chambers in Houston on its annual Book of Lists. Led by President and CEO Jeannie Bollinger, the HWCOC has more than 650 paid members representing approximately 45,000 employees in West Houston.
For more information about the Houston West Chamber of Commerce, visit www.hwcoc.org.
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