CLEAR CREEK ISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith has received many accolades in his career, including Texas Superintendent of the Year, but receiving the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Quasar Award in his adopted hometown before a cheering crowd of 600 must have been extra special.
Especially so when our area congressional and legislative delegation came on stage to join BAHEP President Bob Mitchell and 2015 and 2016 BAHEP Chairmen Moody Bank President Vic Pierson and Boeing VP John Elbon, in honoring him.
Before he could blink, he found himself surrounded by Congressmen Dr. Brian Babin and Randy Weber, State Sen. Larry Taylor, and State Reps. Dr. Greg Bonnen, and Dennis Paul, who also came to say thank you for all he has done for the school district and the surrounding communities and present proclamations.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, the 2012 Quasar Award recipient, was unable to attend but sent a video message.
They were among a host of elected officials in the crowd at South Shore Harbour Resort that included Galveston County Judge Mark Henry and Commissioners Ken Clark and Ryan Dennard, Harris County Constable Phil Sandlin, Judge Holly Williamson, Harris County Tax Assessor Mike Sullivan, Mayors Tim Paulissen of League City, Michel Bechtel of Morgan’s Point, Donna Rogers of Webster, Glenn Royal of Seabrook, Mark Denman of Nassau Bay, Carl Joiner of Kemah, Louis Rigby of La Porte and Jon Keeney of Taylor Lake Village and Mayors Pro-tem Natalie Dolan of Webster and Dr. Sandra Mossman of Nassau Bay and their wives and husbands.
City councilors in the mix included Glenna Adovasio of Seabrook, Jennifer Heidt, Andrea Wilson, Larry Tosto, Beverly Gaines and Martin Graves of Webster, Robert Davee of Taylor Lake Village, Steve Rockey and Carl Gustafson of Friendswood, Jonathan Amdur and Bob Warters of Nassau Bay, Nick Long, Todd Kinsey and Keith Gross of League City, City Managers Wayne Sabo of Webster, Gayle Cook of Seabrook and Jason Reynolds of Nassau Bay — many with their spouses.
Plus, Johnson Space Center Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Port Commissioner John Kennedy, Coast Guard Sector Commander Brian Penoyer, League City Chamber President Steve Patterson, Clear Lake Chamber President Cindy Harreld DeWease, Economic Alliance President Chad Burke and Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership President Barbra Koslov.
And many educators including UHCL President Dr. Bill Staples and Dean Zbigniew Czajkiewicz, San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer and Vice Chancellor Teri Crawford, Friendswood ISD Superintendent Trish Hanks, Pasadena ISD Superintendent Dr. DeeAnn Powell, CCISD Board President Dr. Laura DuPont and Trustees Ann Hammond, Page Rander, Jay Cunningham, and Ken Baliker along with CCISD Deputy Superintendents Dr. Steven Ebell and Paul McLarty, former Trustees Dee Scott and Robert Davee, and Principals Karen Engle, Gail Love, Jamey Majewsky and Paul House.
They mingled with a black-tie crowd that included Jacobs VP Lon Miller, GB Tech owners Jean and Gale Burkett, Space Center Houston President Richard Allen, Lockheed Martin exec Larry Price, ERG Partner Darryl Smith, MRI Technologies owners Debbie and Tim Cropp, Oceaneering VP Mike Bloomfield Barrios biggies Robbie McAfoos and Mark Polansky, bankers Paul Maaz, Brent Cockerham and Mike Huss, and attorneys Joe Barlow, Dick Gregg Jr., Dick Gregg III, Randy Ashby, developer Fred Griffin, Tom Brooker and dozens more.