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Center for Houston's Future
News Release
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Center for Houston’s Future Reaches 1000 Milestone

HOUSTON – Center for Houston’s Future reached a milestone on May 6th as its Business/Civic Leadership Forum celebrated its 34th class. “We are thrilled about preparing leaders from throughout the region for service as civic entrepreneurs and equally as proud to celebrate the 1000th graduate of the leadership forum,” said Umesh Verma, Board Chair of Center for Houston’s Future and Leadership Forum graduate.

The Center’s Business/Civic Leadership Forums inspire leaders to engage with issues that will shape the region’s future and to think long-term and act strategically for the future economic, physical, social and cultural well-being of the Houston region.

On hand to celebrate the Center’s milestone: Bob Harvey, President and CEO – Greater Houston Partnership; Richard Carranza, Superintendent – Houston Independent School District; Danielle Bartz, Director of Boards and Commissions – City of Houston Office of Mayor Sylvester Turner; Brent Benoit, Vice President Internal Audit and Chief Compliance Officer - National Oilwell Varco.

The Spring 2017 Business/Civic Leadership class included:  Emily Church – Texas Children’s Hospital, Iris Cross – BP America, Susan Dray - NRG Energy, Inc., Ron Farrow – Port of Houston Authority, Ashlea Graves – Houston Independent School District, Monika Harris – Houston Independent School District,  Hakim Johnson – Chevron, Vicki Johnson – The Health Museum, Maura Joyce – The Post Oak School, Steve Kesten – Boyar Miller, Robert Kirkland – Sysco  Corporation, Greg Krafka – Winstead PC, Stephanie Magers – Junior League of Houston, Brenda Mainwaring – Union Pacific Railroad, Patrice McKinney – Lanier Law Firm, Jaqualine McMillan – Norton Rose Fulbright, Nikki Morgan – TDIndustries, Laura Mullervy – Deloitte, Robert Newsom – Comcast, Ben Patton – Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP, Chris Porter – Yetter  Coleman, Carrie Potter – The Carrie Potter Group, Sally Ramsay – Pierpont, William Ray – Amegy Bank, Ariana Sherman – Houston Independent School District, Benjamin Shin - Detring Energy Advisors, Courtney Smith – Galveston Bay Foundation, Stephen Smith – BB&T, Brenda Stardig – Council Member, District A, City of Houston, Debra Stewart – Shell Oil Company, Frank Wilson – Houston First Corporation, and John Young – Wells Fargo Securities.

For more information about the Business/Civic Leadership Forum, please visit

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