September is peak hurricane season

August 31st, 2020

Elevated tide levels at Eagle Point Fishing Camp from tropical storm surge.

By Capt. David C. Dillman

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As a writer, coming up with new material, at times, is not a easy task. Especially when your article comes out every few weeks. Sure, I could write about the fish we caught or the baits we used, but that is not my style. I asked God to give me a subject and He never fails! He came through again, this time on the weather systems called hurricanes. So are you prepared?

On Saturday, September 8, 1900 most folks in the United States enjoyed the usual weekend activities. Here on Galveston Island the day was anything but normal. One of the country’s deadliest natural disasters was devastating the island I call home. When all was said and done, little remained of what was “The Wall Street of the South.”

We are headed into the peak of the season for these storms. The folks on the lower coast have experienced the first one of the year for Texas. The predictions for this season are very active for tropical systems. When Hanna was just blob in the Gulf, forecasters were calling for a minimal tropical storm at best. Boy, were they wrong! Were you prepared?

I have lived on the West end of Galveston Island for over 20 years. When I open my door, I can see the Gulf of Mexico from my deck. I have been blessed by God to be able to live on the beach. The older I get, the less I like this time of year, known as hurricane season. Rebuilding your life after a storm is not impossible, but it takes a toll on you personally. Preparation before a storm strikes is the key. One must be prepared and prepare early! How early? From my experiences, it is never early enough.

First and foremost, secure your property. Property on the coast may consist of a primary or second home, even a recreational vehicle in the form of a camper. Last but not least; what about your boat? Eagle Point Fishing Camp began the process of removing the boats from their slips as soon as Hanna was forecast to hit the Texas Coast. The camp has weathered many storms since being established in 1929.

Even though this storm was far south of the Upper Coast, tides were increased and many docks were underwater. Had the storm shifted a little farther north towards Galveston, getting boats secure would have been a problem especially, if they had procrastinated. Many times one may hear the saying, “It is insured.” That is good, but we all pay when insurance companies have to pay claims caused by these storms. Also the damage unsecured boats can cause to a marina can become extensive!

If you prepare early ant try to mitigate the damage caused by these weather events, the quicker you can return to normalcy. Have a plan in place and implement the plan early. One has to be willing to make that call, do not wait! It is a sense a peace knowing one did all they could, and the rest is in God’s hands. Be safe, be prepared!

Imperfections

August 31st, 2020

By Michael W. Gos

Hye, Texas

Whenever I’m on my way to Fred, I usually travel along 290, passing Dripping Springs, Johnson City, over a dozen wineries, and the tiny town of Hye, with a population of 96.  Like Luckenbach, Hye is a small town that is virtually a ghost town now, except for a few buildings along the highway.  Unlike Luckenbach however, it still has a working post office, but I suspect it is unlike any you have ever seen. This mail spot is famous because it is where President Lyndon Johnson posted his first letter, at the age of four.  As is the case with Luckenbach, the post office is not a stand-alone building.  Here, it is located inside the town’s landmark, the Hye Market.

When you first approach the Hye Market, you notice that the building appears to be in poor shape.  In fact, you see signs that it never was in the best of shape to begin with.  Built in 1904, the building is slightly out-of-line, and the colors are not quite right—faded perhaps, or just the work of a painter who had no artistic sense.  The inside, frankly, is a conglomeration of unrelated work areas that don’t quite fit together.  There is a restaurant, a wine tasting area, a meat and cheese market, and the post office, which is open a couple of hours a day–when the postmistress decides to show up.  (My wife wants her job!).  It is, frankly, a mess—as far from perfect as you can possibly get.  And it is absolutely beautiful.

One thing that has often puzzled me is why we humans spend so much time and effort in trying to perfect ourselves.  That is not to say that some attention to our appearance, behavior and personalities is not in order.  Most of us try to dress well (at least sometimes), some women wear makeup, and we are generally trying to be better at all the things we do in our daily lives.  And that is good.  But I wonder if some of the other goals we pursue might be a bit more dubious.  Think of all the hours–and dollars–we spend in the gym, trying to capture those perfect six-pack abs.  Don’t get me wrong.  Although I myself have gone the full distance in this area and have acquired the whole keg, I do appreciate others’ attempts to achieve this perfection.  But is this goal realistic?  More important, is the quest good for our well-being?

While the human body is indeed a marvel, it is far from perfect in design and no amount of attention or effort on our part will change that. For example, we have nasal sinuses that drain upward, genes that don’t work, nerves that take bizarre paths, and an appendix that does nothing but cause trouble.  And then there is the human knee.  Talk about design flaws!  The engineer really blew it on that one.

Given that we are starting out with a flawed body and that none of us will ever reach the state of perfection, why do we still strive?  I suppose it is because we know that, while we all have many goals we work toward but will never achieve, the quest itself leaves us at least a bit closer to the goal and we are better for it.  And yet, I can’t help but think that, in this area at least, we may have gone overboard.  Facelifts, liposuction and injecting rat poison (Botox) into our faces in an effort to achieve that perfect look seems to be a sign that, as a society, we may have gone a bit over the edge (okay, maybe more than a bit).  We’ve all seen people who have done the plastic surgery thing so many times that they have reached the “lizard stage” where they can no longer move the muscles in their faces.  Perfecting the human body is, indeed, impossible.

If we do find ourselves driven to achieve perfection, a better outlet might be to seek it in more important areas of life, like competence in our work or building character.  There, at least, we might expect that an effort toward perfection could have a positive effect on our lives.  But this approach has its problems as well.

Research suggests that the pursuit of perfection, in any form, hampers success in many areas of our lives.  There are studies that show the quest for perfection is often the road to depression, anxiety, addiction, and a sense of paralysis, the inability to make decisions or take action.  All in all, the quest for perfection sounds like a losing proposition.

Alternatively, let’s look at this issue from a different perspective.  So far we have concentrated on the negative effects of the pursuit.  Instead, let’s examine the positive effects of just accepting the imperfections we encounter in life.  I would argue that it is the small imperfections in things that make them beautiful.  Think about that old, gnarly grapevine or olive tree.  Really, could anything be more beautiful?  For centuries, we have used old, misshapen briar wood to create some of the world’s most beautiful smoking pipes.  And every drop-dead gorgeous woman I have ever seen has at least one small “flaw” (beauty mark?) to round out the picture.  Think about it.  Beauty often lies in the imperfections.

But imperfections contribute to more than just beauty.  They are proof of authenticity.  Like the human body, nothing in nature is perfect.  In fact, nothing real can ever be perfect.  If someone, or something, looks too good to be true, we know it is.  When an artist weaves an expensive oriental rug, he always leaves one knot mis-tied.  This act of introducing an imperfection is the guarantee of its authenticity. The same is true for us.  The real me is imperfect, warts and all (well, not really—a few battle scars maybe, but no warts).  The same holds true for everything else in the universe.  And of course, we all know, whether we acknowledge it or not, that unless we can relax and be authentic, be who we really are, we can’t possibly be happy in our relationships, or in our lives.  Imperfection is a basic requirement for happiness.

The Hye market is beautiful precisely because of its many imperfections.  When you first see the building, and especially when you walk in and make your way through the hodge-podge of rooms, you immediately feel that sense of calm comfort that radiates from every corner.  What you are feeling is not just its beauty, but its authenticity.  It is a building comfortable in its own skin.  If a building can do that, why can’t we?

There is beauty and humility in imperfection.  Celebrate your imperfection; it is the essence of who you are.

Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

April 3rd, 2020

To our amazing healthcare workforce,

Most of you don’t know me, but I know you. You are the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, and uncles who leave your families behind every day to become the frontline heroes in this war against COVID-19. Although I cannot be with you to thank you personally, please know that the members of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership team, as well as their own families, send heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for the critical jobs that you do. No matter what your job is in the healthcare setting, it is a vital link that serves to support the entire system.

We at BAHEP will continue our work on behalf of everyone in the region as we walk these incredibly difficult roads together. So, again, thank you so very much. Please keep safe and know that our thoughts are with you and your loved ones.

With kind regards,

Bob Mitchell

President, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership

Construction scheduled for El Camino Real Safe Sidewalk Project

April 3rd, 2020

In an effort to provide increased pedestrian mobility as well as safety, Houston Public Works will be removing and replacing concrete sidewalks and ramps at El Camino Real in Clear Lake from Ramada Drive to 16457 El Camino Real. Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin has allocated $12,750 from his Council District Service Funds for the sidewalk repairs.

Construction is scheduled to begin on Friday, April 10, and is expected to be completed by Friday, April 24, weather permitting. Crews will operate between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is no weekend work scheduled for this project. Temporary lane closures and traffic delays are expected during construction hours. “Please note that residents will not have access to this sidewalk throughout the duration of the project,” he explained.

“As a result of the construction activities, please be aware of flaggers and caution devices, like orange traffic control barriers, that will be put in place on site to help with traffic flow through the construction zone.”

For more information, contact Martin’s office at 832-393-3008 or districte@houstontx.gov

Clear Lake Chatter

March 30th, 2020

Executive Leadership Team members Brandy Gates, Sarah Ferguson, Karen Keesler, Emmeline Dodd and Kimberly Fleming, from left, get together to lend a hand with preparations for the Go Red for Women Luncheon benefitting the American Heart Association.

Sea of Red raises $275,000 for Heart Association

YOU HAVE TO admit it — there’s nothing quite like walking into a hotel and seeing hundreds of women dressed in red. And men wearing red ties.

But, while hotel guests might have been puzzled, we all know it was the American Heart Association’s 2020 Go Red for Women Luncheon at South Shore Harbour Resort.

And, not only did the 480 attending present a beautiful sea of red, they raised $265,000 to help fight heart disease — $40,000 more than last year’s $225,000 — with Chairman Wendy Drapela and Survivor Champion Amy Doherty joining AHA officials Michelle Stoddard and Macy Osoria in welcoming the arriving crowd that included Cindy Harreld DeWease, Barbara Clariday, Sheree Frede, Michelle Holland, Kim Woods, Jana Reed, Sarah FergusonJill Reason, Karen McCorkle, Jill Lammers, Brandy Gates and Emmeline Dodd.

In fact, Emmeline was one of five women selected to tell their story of their fight with heart disease. Others were Eva Baker, Brandi Arnold, Alma Solis and Meloney Bean.

Go Red for Women 2020 Chairman Wendy Drapela, right, and Survivor Champion Amy Doherty await the arriving crowd for this year’s luncheon.

Also recognized were members of the Circle of Red – Tamara Baker, Meloney Bean, Mike and Sherri Belsley, Martha Bowles, Tami Brantley McEwen, Kippy Caraway, Jonathan Cottrell, Rita Cunningham, Lance and Laurie Dahse, Emmeline Dodd, Wendy Drapela, Lila Fass, Anita Fogtman, Jerry Foyt, Kimberly Fleming, Michelle Jacobs, Stephen Jones, Yvette Jones, Jill Lammers, Karen and Mark Keesler,  Misty Killebrew, Michael and Ann Wismer Landolt, Holly Lilley, Dinah Matthews, Joan McKinney, Dr. Monte Orahood, Greg and Pam Ploss, Theressa Riggs, Dr. Amber Shamburger, Wendy Shaw, Gretchen Sheehan, Marilyn Sims, Randy Stine, Jim Sweeney, Darcy Whatley, Matthew and Angie Weinman, Mary Williams and Keely Wood.

KPRC Ch. 2’s Jonathan Martinez served as emcee and also took time to thank Event Committee members for their many contributions – Teresa Vencil, Sandy Adams, Teresa Provis, Laurie Dahse, Mary Williams, Donna Orozco, Valerie Blumfield, Jill Reason, Meloney Bean, Darcy Santana, Dinah Matthews, Kelli Reddinger, Stephanie Rice, Amy Doherty and Kim McFate.

UHCL President Dr. Ira Blake, from left, says hello to Pearland Mayor Tom Reid, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President Bob Mitchell and, seated, League City Mayor Pat Hallisey.

 

League City Mayor Pat Hallisey and his wife Janice and Pearland Mayor Tom Reid were in the massive crowd, as were Congressman Randy Weber and his wife, Brenda; State Sen. Larry Taylor, State Rep. Dennis Paul, BAHEP President Bob Mitchell and his wife, Joan; Clear Creek ISD Superintendent Dr. Greg Smith and CCISD Trustees Dr.Laura DuPont and Win Weber, with CCISD Communications Director Elaina Polsen; attorney Becky Reitz, Cheryl Maultsby, Rebecca Lilley, Ashlea Quinonez, Karen Reed, Jim and Jane Sweeney, Kelly Williams, Kimberly Halliburton, Kaci Hanson, Laurie Wood, Brandy Taylor, Vickie Brown, Kay Smith, Eric and Megan Green, Rick Clapp, Chris Premont, and Drs. Matthew Higgs, Hannah Dineen, Roxanne Edrington and Ann Haggard. Plus a few hundred more.

Space Center Rotary members get together for a photo with honoree Suzi Howe, in red, as the event comes to an end.

Rotarians celebrate Suzi Howe’s honor

Bill and Suzi Howe take part in the Rotary ceremony at Palms Event Center celebrating her appointment to the 2020-21 Rotary International Board of Directors.

SUZI HOWE, a member of Space Center Rotary Club in Clear Lake, was honored Feb. 16 when some 200 Rotarians from all over the Houston area gathered at the Palms Event Center on the Gulf Freeway to celebrate her appointment to the Rotary International Board of Directors.

 Howe, who lives in Friendswood, is a former president of the Space Center club and a former Rotary district governor, who is always busy with Rotary activities.

 “Rotary has a million or so members all around the world, and to be chosen to serve on the 20-member Rotary International Board of Directors is quite an honor,” Rotary District Governor-elect Scott Rainey, a past president of the Clear Lake club, said.

 “We were both amazed and shocked when you think of the size of Rotary but could not think of a more deserving member,” Assistant District Governor Nancy Anderson added.

 Rotary District 5890 hosted the celebratory event honoring her as an incoming Rotary International director for the 2020 – 2022 Rotary years. A special guest was David L. Shaw, a founding member of Space Center Rotary nearly 66 years ago on Aug. 6, 1954.

 State Rep. Dennis Paul presented her with a flag that flew over the Texas State Capital in her honor, while Kippy Caraway presented a proclamation signed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner declaring Feb. 16 Suzi Howe Day in the Bayou City and Friendswood Mayor Mike Foreman came with a proclamation he signed also declaring Suzi Howe Day in his city — as Suzi’s husband Bill, also a Rotarian, looked on with pride.

Howe, a former owner of South Shore Montessori School in League City and a graduate of the University of Kansas, has spent much of the past several years working with Rotary committees and their projects.

Her selection couldn’t come at a better time — Houston will host the Rotary International Convention June 4 – 8, 2022.

Friendswood Mayor Mike Foreman, left, says hello to State Rep. Dennis Paul and his wife, Eliza, as they arrive at the Palms Event Center for the party honoring Suzi Howe.

 

 Some of the local Rotarians in the crowd were Club President Mike Porterfield and his wife, Cindy; Wayne and Marilyn Musial, Delia Stephens, Mary Alys Cherry, Adrienne and Dr. Vissett Sun, Gary Johnson, Bill Geissler, Raymond Moore, Nancy and Robert Anderson, Alan and Gaye Wylie, Scott Rainey, Rev. Steve Oglesbee, Stan Galanski, Darryl Smith, Madella Williams, Randy Straach, Michael Holt, Bob Anderson, Jim Saxe and Dennis and Eliza Paul.

Movers & Shakers: James Brockway

March 30th, 2020

Name:   James Brockway

Occupation:  Real estate broker; chairman of League City Regional Chamber

Hometown:  McAllen, TX

Current home: League City

Family:  Wife of 28 years, Penny Brockway and a 23-year-old daughter, Emma Rose Brockway, who is in law school

My favorite writer is: Ernest Hemingway

Someone I’d like to meet: Willie Nelson

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose:  Teddy Roosevelt, to see how he was so inspired

My favorite performers are:The Rolling Stones, Merle Haggard, REM, Johnny Cash

I like to spend my leisure time:  Working on my family tree, playing golf

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Italy

My favorite meal is: Fried chicken

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: A professional tennis player

You’ll never catch me: Spending more than one hour at a time at the mall

The thing that bugs me the most is: Poor ethics

My favorite movie is: Manhattan

Few people know:  I won the middle school spelling bee when I was in 6th grade!

Harris County extends Stay Home, Work Safe Order

March 20th, 2020

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced on Tuesday, March 31, the extension of the Stay Home, Work Safe order that will now run through April 30. This announcement comes after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also ordered social distancing activities to be extended through the end of April.

The City of Seabrook continues to follow the orders of both the county and the state and said its city offices will remain closed to public access through the end of April. Essential city personnel will continue to serve the needs of the community.

“We highly encourage all residents and businesses to adhere to the orders and follow all social distancing recommendations from the CDC, state, and county.”

These additional recommendations are highly suggested:

  • Limit the number of times per week you go to the grocery store.
  • Consider having groceries delivered or using curbside pickup services.
  • Only get what you need at the store. Don’t hoard or stockpile. Leave items for others.
  • The trails and most parks remain open. Please practice social distancing when outdoors.
  • Do not host or attend block parties or other social gatherings.
  • Now is not the time for family get-togethers or playdates. Limit the number of people in your home to just your immediate family and/or caregivers.
  • Always wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after pumping gas or going to public places.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • If you believe you have COVID-19 symptoms, please take the online assessment provided by Harris County Public Health.
  • If you have recently traveled to the states of Louisiana, California, Washington, or New York or the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and/or Miami you should self-quarantine for 14 days per Governor Abbott’s recent travel restrictions order.

“Please do your part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and continue to#StayHomeSeabrook,” a Seabrook spokesman said.

Exploration Green Tour

March 10th, 2020

Bayou City Initiative and Exploration Green would like to invite Clear Lake area residents and community members to an educational event that will share how the vision of Exploration Green became a reality. The event includes a presentation and an opportunity to tour Exploration Green, where attendees will have the chance to see the park up-close and learn from Exploration Green tour guides.

The event will take place on Saturday, March 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, 16335 El Camino Real.

Exploration Green, a series of five stormwater detention pond parks converted from a former golf course, stands as a rare Harvey flood protection success story. With just Phase One–the first detention pond–partially installed, the project saved over 150 homes during Harvey in 2017. When people drove down the street and saw homes that used to flood hadn’t flooded, even some of the project’s biggest detractors became its biggest fans.

Not only has this flood protection park saved homes, it has improved property values, attracted hundreds of volunteers to learn about native plants, and revitalized the spirit of a community. Though its inception took years of negotiation and facing opposition, as a flood protection project, Exploration Green now leads the way in innovation and raises the bar for what is possible in Houston.

For more information on the event, visit the Facebook event page or the Eventbrite page.

Technology and Morality

December 31st, 2019

Photo by Michael Gos

By Michael W. Gos

Canyon Lake Dam, Texas

One drive that every Texan should experience is going north out of Gruene along River Road. It is a narrow strip of pavement in the trees and in most sections, it runs right up next to the Guadalupe River. In fact, as you move north, you cross the river several times. About 16 miles above Hueco Falls and what is called the “First Crossing” (the crossings are numbered from north to south), you come out of the valley and then everything opens up. At the top of the hill, there is a large dam. Behind it—Canyon Lake.

I know Canyon Lake is loved by most Texans, but I can’t help thinking that anyone coming up the River Road after such a beautiful drive can only find it an eyesore. And the dam itself…well, that is even uglier. After that drive along the river, the sight of the lake is way beyond disappointing.

But then, I tend to have a problem with dams in general. I understand that without them, Texas would have very few lakes. But for every dam we see, a part of a river is lost. John Graves wrote a masterpiece about this loss in Goodbye to a River, a story about a long canoe journey down what used to be the Brazos River in the final days before it was wiped out by a series of flood control dams.

Some would argue that dams are as good as, and maybe even superior to, open rivers for a number of reasons, many of them valid. They do indeed create lakes. Lakes are playgrounds for people in multiple ways: fishing, power boating, swimming. . . . We usually see them as fun. I get that; I grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and spent thousands of hours at the beach. But power boats are noisy and smell bad. Artificial beaches usually have less than ideal sand and tend to be small. And is the fishing really any better than it was in the river that was sacrificed? Driving the River Road and seeing all the people on tubes and the fishermen on the banks and in canoes, I have to think, if you can’t have fun on the river, you’re just not doing it right.

Of course, proponents claim there are other benefits to dams. In the western United States, the lakes they create serve as reservoirs that provide water for cities. But is that really a good idea? Most of the evils in America today are centered in the cities. Call me a whack job, but anything that lets them survive, let alone grow, is problematic.

Finally, there is the flood control issue. That’s a big one here in Texas. Yes, the new lakes hold lots of water, but in really heavy rain events, the lakes fill up. The powers that be are then forced to let some of the water out . . . quickly. Open the gates after heavy rains to protect the dams and you get Houston after hurricane Harvey.

But we’re not really talking about dams here at all. In reality, we are looking at the issue of acting before considering all the ramifications of our actions. Politicians specialize in this kind of behavior which results in what we today call “the law of unintended consequences.” We act before we think. And then we pay the price.

This can be scary. Consider for a moment the topic of genetic modification. Yes, by playing with genes, we can create better plants. We know that much. But what are the effects of eating “altered food?” We are guessing, and hoping, that there are no negative consequences. But only time will tell.

And then there is the issue of designer babies. Today we have the technology to choose such traits as sex, eye and hair color. Thankfully, we don’t do that much . . . yet. But what will we “select for” next? Athletic ability? Intelligence? Social skills?

Do we eliminate all genetic disorders? That would increase our lifespans. A good thing, right? Will the longer lifespan cause an even greater population explosion? Will those genetic alterations introduce new issues, new diseases? Are we creating super-humans? Is that okay?

Technology is power; that is undeniable. Our power over nature tempts us to make decisions and take actions without thinking through, or maybe even having the ability to know and fully understand, the consequences of those acts. We do it because we can.

As early as 1954, Martin Heidegger warned us of another problem that technology posed. He claimed it carries a serious, potential danger in that it exerts control over us through its mediating effects. That is, the technology controls what we can and can’t do. Look at the invention of the pocket calculator, for example. One unforeseen effect is that today, many students lack a mastery of the simple math “facts,” such as times tables. They can’t do long division, fractions or decimals. Take away the calculator and they are helpless. Even more obvious, the invention of digital clocks has left us with a generation of students, many of whom cannot tell time on a traditional analog timepiece. Does that surprise you? If so, you haven’t been around a lot of young people lately.

Heidegger says that as a result, technology can limit authenticity of our experience in, and of, the world—the experience that defines life and gives it meaning. The most prominent example of this is, of course, the cell phone.

On the surface, the cell phone (and other social media) appear to be bringing us together—making us more connected to friends and family. We can talk or text from anywhere, at any time. But as Heidegger predicted, the device has exerted a control over our lives and governs how we interact with people. In essence, it is separating us. Look around any restaurant. People are not talking to each other as family and friends but rather have their noses buried in their phones. We are the most disconnected society ever.

One of the most important decisions we as a society will have to make in the near future is about cloning. Dolly, the first cloned sheep, was created in 1996. Just last month we heard of the first pig-monkey created in China. How long before we can do this kind of thing with humans? Will there be unintended consequences? We know about the problem of replicative fading (the degeneration of DNA that accompanies repetitive cloning). What other surprises await us?

Certainly, we need to be concerned about the problems we create when we make and use technology without thinking through the consequences. But I think there is still a more serious aspect we need to consider; that is the issue of morality. The question we need to be asking ourselves regarding technological advances is, “should we?” Is it the “right” thing to do?

When it comes to our use of the new technologies, we are like children. We get excited about the possibilities, overlook potential problems, but most of all, we don’t bother to ask if this is the moral thing to do.

Our power over nature has exceeded our ethical maturity. That is a dangerous place to be.

2 UHCL alumni named among magazine’s Most Admired CEOs

September 11th, 2019

Two University of Houston-Clear Lake alumni were among 59 area leaders as Houston Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs of 2019. Both lead divisions of HCA Houston Healthcare.

Honorees were Megan Marietta, CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare West, and Jeanna Bamburg, CEO of HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast. Bamburg received a bachelor’s in marketing in 1999 and an MBA in 2002. Marietta received a MBA with a concentration in health care in 2004.

Marietta is a member of Houston West Chamber of Commerce; Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce; Greater Lake Houston YMCA and Montgomery County United Way.

Bamburg belongs to the American College of Healthcare Executive’s Southeast Texas chapter; Pasadena Chamber of Commerce; San Jacinto Community College Foundation; Economic Alliance Houston Port Region; Texas Healthcare Trustees Board of Directors and Pasadena Rotary Club.

In profiling the honorees, the magazine asked each awardee the same set of questions. Asked about leadership philosophy, Marietta responded, “People and patients come first. The team is paramount and must be developed to execute successfully. Treat people with respect and listen to others when they share their feedback.”

To the same question, Bamburg replied, “I feel it’s my job to influence and inspire everyone in my organization to do better for our patients. Consistency and leading by example are two mantras I focus on.”

In selecting honorees, the magazine’s judges looked for characteristics such as contribution to company success, civic involvement, career achievement and other factors. Judges selected 17 nonprofit leaders and 42 for-profit leaders for awards.