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Pinnacle Awards Gala – Friday, October 11, 2013 – The Power Center 

The Greater Houston Black Chamber (GHBC), the nation’s second oldest African-American chamber, has announced the finalists for its prestigious 19th Annual African- American Business Achievement Pinnacle Award, Upstart Award and Advocate Award.  The Greater Houston Black Chamber will recognize the following recipients at the October 11, 2013 Pinnacle Awards Gala.

Pinnacle Award Finalists

All businesses nominated for the Pinnacle Award have found a way to positively impact the communities and industries they serve. They are professional, capable and are committed to maintaining a high quality business operation worthy of the Pinnacle Award.

The finalists for this year are:

Access Data – Renee Logans – Provides IT Consulting, Construction Services, and Government Services.

CBIC Construction & Development, LLC. – Esther Francis – Construction Project Management

IAM Brands Interactive – Leslie Wilson – full service, global interactive and digital marketing agency.

Kay Davis Associates LLCDannette Davis – Provider of Quality Project and Move management while incorporating a FFE Consulting Service 

Pennum Industries, LLC – Lucious Barnum – Provide engineering, design, and fabrication services to the Oil and Gas Industry 

Project Management Consultants Texas – Walter and Nikki Johnson – Provide Construction Management Services 

Superior Video Productions, Inc. – Niles Dillard – Provider of visual media solutions and event photography services 

The K D Company – Kim Davis – Media Communications Consulting Company

Ultimate Touch Beauty Salon – Shirley Carter Williams – Full Service Beauty Salon

Velocity Unified Communications – Jamaal Thompson – National provider of managed information systems technology services 

The Mack H. Hannah, Jr. Upstart Business Award Finalists

The Mack H. Hannah, Jr. Upstart Business Award recognizes a growing business on the path to entrepreneurial greatness that has been in operation less than 2 years.  This award includes a $2,500 cash injection and is underwritten by LaneStaffing, Inc.

This year’s Upstart finalists are:

Troi Taylor, Taylor Construction Management – Provides facility project management and consulting

La Tanya D. Walker, JOLT! Consultants & Business Advisors, LLC d/b/a JOLT! LLC – Provides innovative staffing solutions to small and emerging businesses owners through the use of virtual assistants.

Emile C Browne, Emile Brown Photography- Provides photographic services.

Leslie Phillips, Obsidian Beauty Supply, LLC – Distributor of premium beauty products.

The Advocate Award

The Advocate Award was created to honor organizations that have been true champions for African-American small businesses in the Greater Houston Metropolitan area. These organizations diligently work to ensure the stability and growth of small businesses through its diversity supplier programs, community outreach and education. This year the following organizations will be recognized for their Advocacy work:

Public Sector Advocate – City of Houston

Private Sector Advocate – CenterPoint Energy

The following special awards will be presented at this year’s event:

The Varnett Schools – Annette M. Cluff will receive The Endurance Award as way to recognize businesses who have reached a milestone of 25 or more years in operation.

Mr. Darryl King, President & CEO of the Principle Partnering Group, LLC will receive The Excellence Award given in recognition of outstanding business performance and community involvement.

Mickey Leland Entrepreneurial Public Leadership Award honors a political champion who collaborates across entities and is inclusive of the community at large.  This inaugural award recipient is The Honorable Sylvester Turner, State Representative District 139 and Chairman, Texas Legislative Black Caucus.

Mr. Keith Davis, President of embodies the spirit of the inaugural Chairman’s Innovation Award recognizing a business that continues to thrive and grow in not only a changing environment through reinvention and adaptation of new trends and patterns.

GP Industrial Contractors – Roosevelt Petry, Jr. has managed to represent consistent growth in an industry under-represented in African American business and will receive the inaugural Business Trailblazer Award .

To purchase tickets, become a sponsor or for additional information regarding this year’s Pinnacle Awards Ceremony visit or call 832-350-4222.


About the Greater Houston Black Chamber

Since 1935, the Greater Houston Black Chamber (formerly the Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce) has served as an advocate for African-American business owners and professionals in the Houston area. Seventy-eight years later, the organization’s mission and vision have flourished, reflecting the needs and growth of its members. GHBC has provided value to members, area businesses and the community and has remained committed to assisting African-American businesses succeed within the local community.

With much of the nation’s attention focused on the economic state of the country, GHBC has kept the needs of black business owners on the forefront, proving itself to be a premier organization focused on the prosperity and growth of Black entrepreneurs. Today, the Chamber remains focused on how to impact and provide advocacy, awareness and access to African-American businesses within the community.

For additional information visit or contact GHBC President Eric Lyons at 832.350.4222.


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