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HOUSTON, TX — The Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce (HCCC) will announce its finalists of the 2012 Pinnacle, Advocate and Upstart Awards at its VIP Nominee Reception on Thursday, August 30th, 2012 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Column A, 1512 Austin Street, Houston, TX 77002.

“The Pinnacle Awards recognizes and honors African-American business leaders in the Houston area who have met the many challenges facing businesses and found a way to positively impact the communities and industries they serve,” Eric Lyons, HCCC President said. “These leaders are professional, capable, and are committed to maintaining a high quality business.”

WHO: Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce

WHAT: Pinnacle Award VIP Nominee Reception

WHEN: Thursday, August 30th, 2012 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

WHERE: Column A, 1512 Austin Street, Houston, TX 77002

WHY: Announce the award finalists for the Pinnacle, Upstart and Advocate Award

District K Councilman, Larry Green, Texas State Representative Sylvester Turner and Pinnacle Award Honorary Chair, Annette Cluff, Superintendent of Varnett Public School are all scheduled to attend.

Also attending: Darryl King – Quality Concessions; Thomas Jones – McConnell Jones Lanier Murphy (Pinnacle Awards Hall of Fame); Carla Lane – Lane Staffing (Pinnacle Award Hall of Fame); Keith Davis –; Courtney Johnson Rose; George Johnson Dev; Joi Beasley – GoGo Business Communications.

The Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors includes:
Chairman of the Board – William Traylor
1st Vice Chairman – Vernita Harris
2nd Vice Chairman – Sherman Lewis
Secretary – Kimberly Williams
Treasurer- Francis Cook
Parliamentarian- James Donatto
Historian – Wayne Luckett
Joi Beasley
Lucy Bremond
Heath Butler
Dannette Davis
Keith Davis
Catherine Flowers
Michael Harris
Carla Lane
Che’ McFerrin
Vanessa Reed
Courtney Johnson-Rose
Lalou Davies-Yemitian

About the Pinnacle Awards

The Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Awards honors African- American businesses that have achieved success by combining vision, determination, perseverance and dedication to building strong communities. The winners will be awarded during the 18th Annual Pinnacle Awards Black Tie Gala on Friday, October 12, 2012, 7:00 pm at the Power Center featuring keynote speaker, William F. Pickard, PhD, CEO at Global Automotive Alliance.

United Airlines is the official airline sponsor of the 2012 Pinnacle Awards. More information about the Pinnacle Awards can be found at

About the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce

Since 1935, the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce has served as an advocate for African American business owners and professionals in the greater Houston metropolitan area. The organization’s mission and vision has flourished, reflecting the needs and growth of its members. HCCC has provided value to members, area businesses and the community and has remained committed to assisting African-American businesses succeed within the local community. For additional information visit or contact the HCCC President, Eric Lyons at 832.350.4222.


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