The 2013 Houston Black Real Estate Association Awards and Installation Banquet for incoming president Gerald Womack was held Friday, Jan. 25 at the Power Center. ABC 13 news anchor Melanie Lawson and Fox 26 news anchor Jose Grinan served as hosts for the evening, which was aptly titled, “Reaching New Horizons, Ensuring Tomorrow’s Future.”
The Houston Black Real Estate Association is the local chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers, which is the oldest and largest minority trade association in America. For more than a decade, the HBREA has continued to play an active role in the community by offering scholarships, training, home ownership assistance and counseling to low- and moderate-income individuals.
“I am honored that you have chosen me and I will continue to work hard for our communities and follow the mission of our founders,” said president-elect Gerald Womack as he addressed the audience and his newly elected cabinet.
The honorary and banquet chairs for the evening were; Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; El Franco Lee, commissioner; Dr. Elwyn C. Lee, vice president for community relations and institutional access at the University of Houston; and John L. Guess III, president at the Guess Group Inc.
The awards presentations preceded dinner with a live performance provided by Grammy-nominated artist Mary Griffin to close out the evening.