Houston Trailblazer Award Industry Giants and Legends
The AAF-Houston Trailblazer Award was established in 1997 by the American Advertising Federation-Houston to recognize business leaders who have built Houston companies through effective advertising, sound marketing and corporate citizenship. Through their marketing, the Trailblazers have enhanced their companies’ images and the City of Houston’s reputation.
Celebrating an honoree who underscores the strong partnership between the advertising and business communities, the Trailblazer Gala brings together an audience of influential business, media and advertising professionals to honor a remarkable individual who personifies the spirit of the Trailblazer and celebrates that person’s energy, ingenuity, imagination and vision.
Proceeds from the annual gala support the work of the AAF-Houston and help fund scholarships, internships and educational activities for aspiring young advertising and marketing professionals in Houston. Annual scholarships are awarded to college students within the AAF’s Tenth District – Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
The AAF-Houston is the city’s preeminent advertising and marketing communication organization. Founded in 1911, it is one of the oldest professional service clubs in Houston. The promotion of education and excellence in our industry is at the core of the AAF-Houston’s mission.
|Stacey Gillman Wimbish||President, The Gillman Automotive Group||2015|
|Dan Wolterman||Retired President & CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System||2014|
|Welcome Wilson Sr.||Chairman of the Board, Welcome Group, LLC.||2013|
|Martha F. Turner||Retired President & CEO, Martha Turner Properties||2012|
||COO, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo||2010-2011|
|Leslie L. Alexander||Owner, Houston Rockets||2009|
|Walter E. Johnson||Chairman, Amegy Bank of Texas||2008|
|George DeMontrond, III||President, DeMontrond Automotive Group, Inc.||2007|
|Tilman J. Fertitta||Chair, President & CEO, Landry’s Inc.||2005|
|John L. Nau, III||President & CEO, Silver Eagle Distributors||2004|
|Jim McIngvale||President, Gallery Furniture||2003|
|Bob McNair||Founder, Chairman & CEO, Houston Texans
|Richard J.V. Johnson||Retired Publisher, Houston Chronicle (Deceased)||2001|
|Don D. Jordan||Retired Chairman, Reliant Energy||2000|
|Drayton McLane||Retired Owner & President, Houston Astros||1999|
|Randall Onstead, Jr.
||Former President & CEO, Randall’s Food Markets||1998|
|Gordon M. Bethune||Retired Chairman & CEO, Continental Airlines||1997|