The 11th annual Houston Advertising Federation Trailblazer Gala was held Tuesday, May 22 at the Houstonian Hotel. The Presenting Sponsor was the Houston Chronicle and the event was emceed by Chronicle Publisher and President, Jack Sweeney. The gala proved to be a fun-filled and enjoyable evening.
Each year, The Trailblazer Award is given to an outstanding business professional in Houston who embodies the importance of marketing, its role in the success of business in our community and in building Houston’s image. In recognizing these outstanding Trailblazers, theHouston Advertising Federation seeks honorees who exemplify a Houston spirit and who underscore the strong partnership between the advertising and business communities. This year’s recipient was no exception.
George DeMontrond, III hails from a long line of automotive dealers. George started working summers at his parents’ dealership on Kirby Drive as a boy. Upon graduating from high school, George left Houston to attend Princeton University. He simultaneously earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, both with high honors. He later earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law and is currently licensed to practice in the State of Texas. George served as Chairman of the Houston/Harris County 2012 Foundation, the organization that attempted to bring the 2012 Summer Olympics to Houston. Currently, George is chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership Freight Rail Committee, serves on the board of the Greater Houston Partnership, the American Leadership Forum, and the Metro Board, an organization also served by his father.
Among George’s other interests, education and science prevail. Consequently, he is Vice-Chairman of the Board of St. Thomas University, serves on the Developmental Board of UT Health Science Center, and is a lifetime President of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
In addition to the presenting sponsors, The Houston Chronicle, supporting sponsors included CBS Outdoor, Comcast and Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors and , L. P.
The Trailblazer Gala Committee consisted of Dave Henry, VT2; Raegan Hill, The Creative Group; Randy Jackson, CBS Outdoor; Jay Janecek, Houston Chronicle; Kim Babiak Phillips, Redstone; Chris Pitre, Digital Function; and Laurie Selzer, MNI, Inc.
Special thanks goes to the following companies for their support of this event: Limb Design, illustration and creative for the program; Earthcolor Digital Solutions, printing of program; Foxmark Corporation, production of boards; Comcast, production of tribute video; Houston Flowery, floral arrangements; and Monarch Trophy, HAF Trailblazer Award.