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Houston Tomorrow honors leaders working toward making this area a better place to live

Houston Tomorrow honors leaders who make region a better place to live

Houston, Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Finalists, October 2015, Steve Klineberg, Margaret Klineberg, Bob Eury
Steve Klineberg, Margaret Klineberg, Bob Eury. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Finalists, October 2015, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Keiji Asakura, Clark Martinson
Cyndy Garza Roberts, Keiji Asakura, Clark Martinson. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Finalists, October 2015, Eric Melchor, Gregory Jones Jr., Libby Kennedy, Jaime Gonzalez
Eric Melchor, Gregory Jones Jr., Libby Kennedy, Jaime Gonzalez. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Finalists, October 2015, Marc Melcher, Mel Chin
Marc Melcher, Mel Chin. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Finalists, October 2015, Manny Lopez, Angela Blanchard, Bob Eury, Ann Hamilton
Manny Lopez, Angela Blanchard, Bob Eury, Ann Hamilton,  Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Finalists, October 2015, Keiji Asakura, Ann Hamilton, Randall Morton
Keiji Asakura, Ann Hamilton, Randall Morton. Photo by Kim Coffman
Houston, Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Finalists, October 2015, Steve Klineberg, Margaret Klineberg, Bob Eury
Houston, Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Finalists, October 2015, Cyndy Garza Roberts, Keiji Asakura, Clark Martinson
Houston, Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Finalists, October 2015, Eric Melchor, Gregory Jones Jr., Libby Kennedy, Jaime Gonzalez
Houston, Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Finalists, October 2015, Marc Melcher, Mel Chin
Houston, Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Finalists, October 2015, Manny Lopez, Angela Blanchard, Bob Eury, Ann Hamilton
Houston, Houston Tomorrow Catalyst Finalists, October 2015, Keiji Asakura, Ann Hamilton, Randall Morton

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.

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