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They Danced Right Out of Their Shoes at the 2018 Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Gala


January 31, 2018

Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce

Contact: Sheridan Labbè




2018 Fort Bend Chamber Chairman’s Gala

Presented by TDECU, the 5-Star Accredited Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce held the TOTALLY 80’S CHAIRMAN’S GALA on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Safari Texas Ranch. The annual event paid tribute to the leaders and volunteers of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce who served the chamber in 2017 and welcomed the new leadership for 2018.

 Immediate Past Chair, Sterling Carter, President of Sterling Physical Therapy and Wellness presented The Community Spirit Award to Tom Webb, Vice President of Product Development for HCSS. In the weeks following Harvey, Webb led an initiative with his employees to help in the recovery efforts of Fort Bend County residents in the devastating aftermath of the storm.

 The awards continued with Carter acknowledging the leadership and service of immediate past Chairman, Mike Dobert (President - HR in Alignment); retiring Board Members Monroe Ashworth (VP - Stewart Title); Nona Austin-King (VP of Marketing -  Himalaya); Rick Conley (Director -  Fluor); Christina Hawkins,  (Founder – GlobalSpex); Mark Kolon, (Manager -  Audi of Sugar Land); Barkley Peschel, (SVP – Colliers); Jonathan Pursch, (VP - Frost Bank); and Chip Sutton, (Partner - Linebarger Law Firm); and retiring Division Chairs: Vern Hegwood, (VP – Costello); and Randall Malik, (former City of Rosenberg Economic Development Director).

Incoming Chairman, Malisha Patel, (COO - Memorial Hermann Hospital Southwest) introduced the 2018 Executive Officers; Chair Elect, Rehan Alimohammad, (Partner – Wong Fleming); Treasurer, Benjamin Swan (Principal – Svane Capital); Legal Counsel, Dustin Fessler (Shareholder – Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey, PC); and President & CEO, Keri Schmidt along with the 2018 Board of Directors, Committee and Division Chairs

During an emotional tribute, The Chairman’s Award was presented to the Fort Bend Chamber’s favorite “citizen,” Mary Favre. Favre has been an invaluable resource and asset to the Chamber and the Chairman of the Board. She has dedicated herself to volunteering, sponsoring, and serving on the boards of many non-profit organizations in the county including The Fort Bend Education Foundation and Fort Bend Cares; and is the benefactor of the Carl Favre “Heart of Gold” Memorial Scholarship created by Mary in honor of her late husband. 

Following the awards, the evening’s festivities continued in the Retro Room where guests dressed in their favorite 80’s fashions; including parachute pants, leg warmers and lots of Aqua-net, danced right out of their shoes to 8o’s retro hits with popular band The Spazmatics!

 We Love the 80’s sponsors were:   CHI St. Luke’s Health - Sugar Land Hospital, City of Sugar Land, Consolidated Communications, Fluor Corporation, HCSS, PrimeWay Federal Credit Union, Smart Financial Credit Union, and Sterling McCall Automotive Group.

Our Neon Lights Sponsors were:  Audi Sugar Land, Blue Sky Marketing, CenterPoint Energy, City of Missouri City, Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land, Fort Bend Lifestyles and Homes Magazine, Houston Methodist Sugar Land, Johnson Development Corporation, MD Anderson Cancer Center - Sugar Land, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Mercantil Bank, NALCO Champion, Pamela Printing Company, Rice & Gardner Consultants,  Rich Products Corporation, Safari Texas Ranch, Signarama of Sugar Land, Sugar Lakes Family Practice, Wharton County Junior College, and Windstream Communications.

About the Fort Bend Chamber

The Fort Bend Chamber is a five-star accredited broad-based business organization whose mission is to serve its members as the voice and advocate of business in Fort Bend County, and as a catalyst for excellence in business and economic growth in the Fort Bend region. As the largest single-county chamber in the nine-county area surrounding the Houston Metroplex, membership provides both immediate and long-term benefits for business and helps build momentum for our community’s future.

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