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UH's No. 1 cheerleader touts future merchandisers — and shoppers — at Salute to Retail luncheon

UH's No. 1 cheerleader touts future merchandisers at Salute to Retail

17 Renu Khator, from left, Dancie Ware and Soraya McClelland at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
Renu Khator, from left, Dancie Ware and Soraya McClelland at the University of Houston Merchandising Star Awards luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
14 Chris Goins, from left, Mickey Rosmarin, Mauri Oliver and Vicki Rizzo at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
Chris Goins, from left, Mickey Rosmarin, Mauri Oliver and Vicki Rizzo at the UH Merchandising Star Awards luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
1 Clifford Pugh, left, and Jeff Shell at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
Clifford Pugh, left, and Jeff Shell at the UH Merchandising Star Awards luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
9 Ron Jenkins, from left, Bobbie Nau, Ed Pritchard and Doug Mraw at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
Ron Jenkins, from left, Bobbie Nau, Ed Pritchard and Doug Mraw at the UH Merchandising Star Awards luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
2 Gabrielle Aguirre, from left, Oscar Ceniceros, Michelle Stevenson and Sajanee Chopra at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
Gabrielle Aguirre, from left, Oscar Ceniceros, Michelle Stevenson and Sajanee Chopra at the UH luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
6 Donna Vallone, from left, Fady Armanious and Grace Kim at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
Donna Vallone, from left, Fady Armanious and Grace Kim at the UH luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
19 Roz Pactor and David Peck at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
Roz Pactor and David Peck at the UH Merchandising Star Awards luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
21 Rosanne Rogers, left, and NAME at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October
Roseann Rogers, left, and Cheri Fama at the UH Merchandising Star Awards luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
10 Sandy Barrett, from left, Joann Crassas and Dominique Sachse at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
Sandy Barrett, from left, Joann Crassas and Dominique Sachse at the UH Merchandising Star Awards luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
3 Dr. Shirley Ezell and Joe Williams at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
Dr. Shirley Ezell and Joe Williams at the UH Merchandising Star Awards luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
12 Varda Dror, from left, Karina Barbieri and Gabriela Dror at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
Varda Dror, from left, Karina Barbieri and Gabriela Dror at the UH luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
16 Leisa Holland Nelson and John Nau at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
Leisa Holland-Nelson and John Nau at the UH luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
13 Liz Glanville, left, and Donae Chramosta at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
Liz Glanville, left, and Donae Chramosta at the UH Merchandising Star Awards luncheon. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
17 Renu Khator, from left, Dancie Ware and Soraya McClelland at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
14 Chris Goins, from left, Mickey Rosmarin, Mauri Oliver and Vicki Rizzo at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
1 Clifford Pugh, left, and Jeff Shell at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
9 Ron Jenkins, from left, Bobbie Nau, Ed Pritchard and Doug Mraw at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
2 Gabrielle Aguirre, from left, Oscar Ceniceros, Michelle Stevenson and Sajanee Chopra at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
6 Donna Vallone, from left, Fady Armanious and Grace Kim at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
19 Roz Pactor and David Peck at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
21 Rosanne Rogers, left, and NAME at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October
10 Sandy Barrett, from left, Joann Crassas and Dominique Sachse at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
3 Dr. Shirley Ezell and Joe Williams at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
12 Varda Dror, from left, Karina Barbieri and Gabriela Dror at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
16 Leisa Holland Nelson and John Nau at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013
13 Liz Glanville, left, and Donae Chramosta at the Fashion Retailers luncheon October 2013

With a pocketful of impressive statistics, University of Houston System chancellor and president Renu Khator drew the crowd in the River Oaks Country Club ballroom to full attention as she touted everything UH, from its research and licensing prowess to the success of the 5-0 football team.

Near the top of the list was the Retailing and Consumer Science program, beneficiary of the fifth annual "A Salute to Retail" luncheon featuring the Merchandising Star Awards. In her remarks, Khator only half joked, "In honor of retail today, I've decided not to go back to the office but to go shopping. And I invite you all to come with me."

With Soraya McClelland serving as chair and Dancie Perugini Ware serving as honorary chair, the luncheon recognized four outstanding students with Rising Star scholarships and honored three Houston-based businesses. Students in the spotlight were Khalid Al-Kalla, Kelsey Noble, Andrea Rodriguez and Martha Villegas.

Presented with special honors were Silver Eagle Distributors and owners Bobbie and John Nau, Tootsies and owner Mickey Rosmarin and CultureMap and editor-in-chief Clifford Pugh.

Key players in the day included Retailing and Consumer Science program advisory board chair Roz Pactor, auction chairs Phyllis Williams and Joann Crassas and emcee KPRC Channel 2's Dominique Sachse.

Filling out the ballroom were guests including Professor Shirley Ezell, Vicki Rizzo, Tamara Bonar, Lenny Matuszewski, Rose Cullen, Garbriela Dror, Regina Rogers, Calli Saitowitz, Lu Caltagirone, Lesha Elsenbrook, Stacey Swift, David Peck, Jean Ruberti, Cherri Carbonara and Terri Hogan-Turner.

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