It must have been a difficult challenge for judges in Houston Tomorrow's Catalyst Awards program — deciding who among several top notch Houston community leaders would receive the 2015 honors.
The winners were announced recently at ceremonies at CenterPoint Energy Plaza where the late Dominique and John de Menil were saluted with the Emeritus Award for their role as "forces of change." Bob Eury of Central Houston Inc. and the Downtown Management District received the Excellence Award as "a long-term champion of quality of life who is now a recognized provocateur."
Metro board member Christof Spieler of Morris received the Engaged Award as "a thought leader who has a clear change agenda." And Jaime Gonzalez of the Katy Prairie Conservancy received the Evolving Award as one who is "new on the scene and shaking things up."
Marc Melcher, grand nephew of the de Menils, accepted the award on their behalf. It was presented by internationally acclaimed artist Mel Chin. Also presenting awards were past honorees Carra Moroni, Keiji Asakura and Stephen Klineberg.
Vying for Excellence honors were Angela Blanchard, Ann Hamilton and Manuel Lopez. Nominees in the Engaged category included Guy Hagstette, Clark Martinson and Cyndy Garza Roberts. Newcomers in the Evolving category were Eric Melchor, Libby Kennedy and Gregory R. Jones.