BAHEP hosts hundreds of guests at spectacular
40th Anniversary Celebration
More than 400 of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership’s closest friends joined together on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, to celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary.
The Crystal Ballroom of South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center featured four large displays covered with specially selected photos spanning each of four eras: the Formative Years 1976-1991, Building the Foundation 1992-2001, Regional Leadership 2002-2008, and Expanding Influence 2009-Present.
Monitors were set up in each corner of the ballroom that played outstanding videos produced by Space City Films showing footage of the four eras, as well. (The four videos, along with logos of each era sponsor, can be seen in the column on the right.)
There were elaborate models provided by NASA Johnson Space Center and Lakewood Yacht Club member Frank Clements that were a feast for the eyes. Additional feasting included an elaborate buffet that garnered rave reviews for flavor and presentation.
A jazz trio, the "LabWorks” Band, provided enjoyable background music throughout the evening.
The highlight of the event, however, was the program. Four speakers who have contributed greatly to BAHEP’s growth over the years shared their memories of the eras with a very attentive audience. (Listen to the speeches by clicking on the group photo of the speakers near the top of the column to the right.)
Introduced by Dr. Bill Staples, president of the University of Houston-Clear Lake and emcee of the program, Bob Scott, chairman of the Clear Lake Area Economic Development Foundation (CLAEDF) from 1983-1986, spoke about the Formative Years. CLAEDF was rebranded as the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership in 2003.
Dr. William A. (Bill) Staples Bob Scott
Joe Barlow, one of the founders of the organization who served on the board for over 25 years, remembered the years of Building the Foundation.
Sandy Johnson, president, Barrios Technology, served on the board from 1994-2011. She spoke of Regional Leadership.
Current BAHEP President Bob Mitchell addressed Expanding Influence and how much economic development has changed in just a few short years.
Joe Barlow Sandy Johnson Bob Mitchell
Jim Reinhartsen, president of CLAEDF/BAHEP from July 1992 through December 2007, was recognized with a heartfelt standing ovation for his outstanding leadership of the partnership.
Just before the program’s conclusion, in a surprise presentation, Mitchell gave the prestigious Presidential Award to Dr. Glenn B. Freedman for his unique guidance which has contributed greatly to BAHEP’s success over many years. It was a very special award which further enhanced an incredible evening.
BAHEP’s spectacular 40th Anniversary Celebration will long be remembered. (To view photos from the celebration, please click on the flickr photo at the bottom of the column to the right.)
Bob Mitchell (l) and Dr. Glenn B. Freedman
In addition to the era sponsors shown below each video, BAHEP sincerely appreciates the following sponsors who supported the 40th Anniversary Celebration
|1976 Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce |
1978 CenterPoint Energy
1979 Griffin Communications Group
1980 Diane Gillebaard
1981 CLC Properties
1982 Houston Methodist St. John Hospital
1983 Bob Scott
1984 Bob Scott
1985 Orbital ATK
1986 AeroSys, LLC
1988 South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center
1989 AMOCO Federal Credit Union
1990 Del Papa Distributing Company
1991 Griffin Partners, Inc.
1992 Griffin Partners, Inc.
1993 Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT)
1994 Barlow Jones, LLP
1995 MEI Technologies, Inc.
1996 GeoControl Systems, Inc. 1997 Tom Brooker
1998 Gregg & Gregg, PC
1999 Dean & Draper Insurance Agency, LP
2000 Barrios Technology
2001 Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.
2002 GB Tech, Inc.
2003 University of Houston-Clear Lake
2004 University of Houston-Clear Lake
2005 CLC Properties
2006 Logical Innovations, Inc.
2007 Bowers & Sadler, LLP
2008 The Eye Clinic of Texas
2010 Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.
2012 Texas Citizens Bank
2013 Clear Lake Regional Medical Center
2014 San Jacinto College District
2015 Moody National Bank
2016 The Boeing Company
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The 40th Anniversary Committee
The planning and staging of the 40th Anniversary Celebration required a considerable commitment from the members of the 40th Anniversary Committee. Their effort exemplifies the same dedication shown by so many supporters of CLAEDF and BAHEP over 40 years. A special thank you is also extended to BAHEP staff members C.A. Shields and Jimmy Spence whose work on the set-up and tear-down of the event, as well as providing technical expertise on building this web page, was invaluable.
Glenn Freedman, Ph.D.
Eva deCardenas, Clear Creek Independent School District
Mary Alys Cherry, Bay Area Houston Magazine
Cindy Harreld DeWease, Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce
Marcy Fryday, Lakewood Yacht Club
Jane Gayle, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Diane Gillebaard, Community Liaison
Roy Green, South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center
Marc Havican, Space City Films
Harriet Lukee, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Bob Mitchell, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Kathryn Paradis, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Louis Parker, Community Liaison
Jim Sweeney, Minuteman Press—Bay Area
Pat Potter Wilson, Ed.D., Community Liaison