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Partnership names International Executive of the Year

The Greater Houston Partnership and Kiwanis Club of Houston honors international music maker and Houstonian Mathew Knowles with its annual International Executive of the Year Award. The award is in cooperation with the City of Houston , Harris County , Port of Houston Authority , U.S. Department of Commerce and VBC Broadcasting.

Knowles is president and CEO of Music World Entertainment(MWE). MWE’s worldwide business includes record labels, artist and producer management, staff producers, artist development, Master catalog series, investment and property holdings with offices in Houston , Los Angeles , New York and London . Knowles is the management behind the success of Grammy Award-winners Beyoncé and global phenomenon Destiny’s Child. He also heads Music World Properties, with his partner Beyoncé, which includes real estate ownership/development of condominiums, office buildings, investment properties and other entities. In July 2007, the company partnered with Planet Toys and BabyJamz.com to launch the first ever hip-hop/rhythm inspired preschool toy line.

Held annually over the past 21 years, the International Executive of the Year recognizes an outstanding business person who has demonstrated the global leadership that continues to make Houston a center of international business. The resourceful efforts of these recipients, combined with Houston ‘s international business infrastructure and world-class transportation and distribution network, keep the region on the cutting edge of the global economy.

In 2005, the Partnership implemented a 10-year strategic plan to establish the Houston region as a business magnet, a gateway to global markets and a business environment with infrastructure setting the region apart. The plan also positions the region as an aggressive driver of regional, state and federal public policy that places the area in the top four U.S. regions for business.

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