Houston Technology Center Celebrates Its Red, White and Blue Gala 'A Celebration of Entrepreneurs'

May 03, 2010, 16:08 ET from Houston Technology Center

HOUSTON, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Houston Technology Center (HTC), a business accelerator and the largest business incubator in Texas, will be hosting its 7th annual gala on Thursday, May 13, at the Omni Houston Hotel.

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The Red, White and Blue Gala, "A Celebration of Entrepreneurs" will honor Jim McIngvale "Mattress Mack," owner of Gallery Furniture, whose dedication to his business and family has established him as a fixture within the Houston community.

In addition, this year's event will spotlight more than 50 of Houston's most inspiring entrepreneurs and honor five industry leaders with Lifetime and Special Achievement Awards in their respective technology fields. Recipients include:

Franklin R. Chang Diaz, Ph.D. – Aerospace

Douglas J. Erwin – Information Technology

Mauro Ferrari, M.D. – Nanotechnology

Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. – Energy

James T. Willerson, M.D. – Life Sciences

"Entrepreneurs founded and have built Houston, and we are pleased to continue our annual tradition of celebrating outstanding entrepreneurs," said Walter Ulrich, president and CEO of HTC. "These entrepreneurs continue to amaze us with dedication, innovation and emerging technologies, which have led to job creation and economic development in a year when our country has suffered dramatic economic loss."

Platinum sponsors include Andrews Kurth LLP, Barbara & Corbin J. Robertson, Jr., Gallery Furniture, Shell and Sterling Bank.

Gold sponsors include Bank of Texas, Barbara & Paul Frison, Beth Robertson, Lillie Robertson & Carroll & Hugh Ray, BMC Software, Charles Flournoy, Holthouse Foundation for Kids, Palmetto Partners, Ltd., Pannell Kerr Forster of Texas PC, Phonoscope, Reasoning Mind and Vesalius Ventures, Inc.

Join in supporting the HTC's mission of accelerating emerging technology companies in Energy, Life Sciences, Information Technology, Nanotechnology and Aerospace. For more information or to purchase a ticket or table at HTC's 2010 gala, please visit http://www.houstontech.org or call 713-658-1750.

About Houston Technology Center

Named among Forbes' top 10 "incubators changing the world," Houston Technology Center (HTC), a business accelerator and the largest technology business incubator in Texas, accelerates the commercialization of emerging technology companies in the Greater Houston area. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, HTC assists Houston-based entrepreneurs within several key sectors: Energy, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Nanotechnology and NASA/Aerospace technologies, by providing in-depth business guidance, access to capital and service providers, and entrepreneurial education. For more information, visit www.houstontech.org.

Media Contact:

LaVonne Carlson

Houston Technology Center

(832) 476-9235


SOURCE Houston Technology Center