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City changers: Houston's Hispanic leaders honored in front of a packed house

Houston's Hispanic leaders honored in front of a packed house

Mike Loya, from left, Dr. Laura Murillo and George Y. Gonzalez at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala November 2014
Mike Loya, left, Laura Murillo and George Y. Gonzalez. Courtesy photo
Steve Stephens at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala November 2014
Steve Stephens. Courtesy photo
Stephen Klineberg at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala November 2014
Stephen Klineberg. Courtesy photo
Preston Johnson, left, and Oliver Pennington at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala November 2014
Preston Johnson, left, and Oliver Pennington. Courtesy photo
Kevin Brady, left, and Jay Guerrero at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala November 2014
Kevin Brady, left, and Jay Guerrero. Courtesy photo
Mike Loya, from left, Dr. Laura Murillo and George Y. Gonzalez at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala November 2014
Steve Stephens at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala November 2014
Stephen Klineberg at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala November 2014
Preston Johnson, left, and Oliver Pennington at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala November 2014
Kevin Brady, left, and Jay Guerrero at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Gala November 2014

What: Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce annual awards gala.

Where: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts.

The 411: As many as 1,200 guests packed the theater for the black-tie evening that honored individuals for their leadership in and impact on Hispanic business in Houston. The evening included remarks from Stephen Klineberg, recipient of the Chairman's Award, and Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce president CEO Laura Murillo.

Taking bows for their honors were Hispanic Male Executive of the Year Benny Agosto Jr., Hispanic Female Executive of the Year Maria Borros, Hispanic Male Entrepreneur of the Year Maximo Tejada, Hispanic Female Entrepreneur of the Year Evelyn Fletcher and Emerging Hispanic Business of the Year Regina Garcia, owner of Events.

The chamber also recognized the 31 members of the 2014 graduating class of the Emerging Leaders Institute.

Who: HHCC board chairman Armando Perez, Jay Guerrero, Norma and Douglas Hidalgo, Orlando Sanchez, Rosario Loza, Adriana and Tony Canales, Rhonda and Bruce Arnold, Nichole Agosto and Kate Whitaker with John Barrere.