Central Fort Bend Chamber Gala And Awards Celebration Held Virtually

Laura Thompson, Kristen Weiss, Beth Johnson and Cindy Reaves

On November 13, 2020, the Central Fort Bend Chamber held their Annual Gala and Awards Celebration virtually. “We’re taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously and the health of our members, sponsors and volunteers is of great importance to us. That is why we made the difficult decision to hold our gala virtually this year,” said Kristin Weiss, President and CEO of the Central Fort Bend Chamber. Approximately 200 guests attended the virtual gala, which was chaired by Laura Thompson.

For more than 110 years, the Central Fort Bend Chamber has been a leading catalyst for the businesses in our community. During the Gala, we celebrated those who have made a positive impact in our community throughout the year. This year’s award recipients include: Board Member of the Year – Wagas Kurjee, Moody Bank; Business Partner of the Year – Malisha Patel, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital; Business Person of the Year – Jimmy Cantu, Pier 36; Achievement in Economic Development – Traci Nolen, Workforce Solutions Rosenberg; and Community Impact Awards – Gladys Brumfield-James, Catholic Charities Mamie George Community Center and Tim Jeffcoat, U.S. Small Business Administration.

Cindy Reaves and Beth Johnson

In addition, the Chamber thanked and recognized the following individuals as they retired from the Board of Directors: Ray Aguilar; Craig Kalkomey, LJA Engineering; Clyde King, Fort Bend Herald; and Alicen Swift, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. They also welcomed four new individuals to their Board of Directors: Kyle Atchison, Frost Bank; Megan Crutcher, Odyssey Engineering Group; Benjamin Deist, Edward Jones; and Mike Jolley, Windstream.  The gavel was also passed from 2020 Chairman Cindy Reaves of CLR Strategies, LLC to Beth Johnson of the University of Houston, who will serve as the 2021 Chairman of the Board.

Malisha Patel on Video

This year’s Fire & Ice themed annual gala was made possible by the following sponsors: Gold Sponsor: Orsted, Silver Sponsors: CenterPoint Energy, Gurecky Manufacturing, LJA Engineering, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, NRG Energy, Odyssey Engineering Group, Paradigm Consultants and S & B Infrastructure. Additional sponsors included: Auction – Windstream Communications, DJ – Gillen Pest Control, Bar – Costello, Inc., Wine Pull – TruCore Business Development and Heads or Tails – Chesmar Homes. We would also like to thank our Corporate Sponsors and Community Connection Sponsors.

The proceeds from the event will help the Central Fort Bend Chamber uphold their mission by supporting their business and community programs. For more information regarding the Chamber and its programs, you can visit the Central Fort Bend Chamber website at www.cfbca.org or call 281-342-5464.