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Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce Hosts 20th Annual Pinnacle Awards

I was honored to be among the sold out crowd of over 600 guests attending the Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce’s (GHBC) annual salute to the achievements of the city’s Black-owned businesses during the 20th Annual Pinnacle Awards. The black-tie gala included appearances by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who accepted the Chamber’s Public Leadership Award and The Honorable Annise D. Parker, Mayor of the City of Houston.

The GHBC’s Board Chair, Vernita B. Harris, saluted the evening’s success and the accolades given to the various winners and honorees.

“This was the perfect celebration of the Chamber’s 79 year legacy,” observed Ms. Harris, “and a worthy tribute to the 20th anniversary of the Pinnacle Awards.  It was wonderful to see our members, friends, honorees and corporate partners interacting collectively as the GHBC’s ‘family’.  It was a very, very special night.”

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

The highlight of the evening was the announcement of the four local businesses, which were honored with Pinnacle Awards. In alphabetical order, they are:

  • Autos R Us Collision Center
  • Elite Change
  • Facility Interiors
  • Industrial Welding Academy

“This was an especially challenging year for our awards review committee,” said Ms. Harris. “All of the finalists were capable of winning, but we could only choose four- and the four we selected are outstanding.  Our expectation is that they will be with us for the Chamber’s next twenty years–and beyond!”

Dr. Latisha T. Rowe and her Click It Clinic received the Mack H. Hannah, Jr. Upstart Award, which included a $2,500 honorarium.

Michael Graves, son of Earl Graves, Sr., accepting award GHBC’s Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of his father

Michael Graves

In addition to these announcements, a number of other area businesses and community leaders were recognized.

Unity Bank was honored with The GHBC’s Endurance Award.  The Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement was given to Earl Graves, Sr., and accepted by his son Michael Graves, who now makes Houston his home.  Scott Minnix, of the City of Houston’s Office of General Services received the GHBC’s Advocate Award for his efforts to award contracts to certified businesses. The Excellence Award was bestowed on James Davis, President of Gulfgate Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. Board Chair Vernita B. Harris also conferred Chairman’s Awards to GHBC Board members Michael Harris and Wayne Luckett.

The event’s atmosphere was complimented by live music performances by Nikole Larios and her No Egos Movement band, amid the lavish decorations engineered by Hiram Style.  Photos by Ken Jones Photography

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