Houston Technology Center Celebrates 12th Annual Gala


"A Celebration of Entrepreneurs" is a black-tie event that honors local entrepreneurs who have made a significant impact in the Houston community and the region's economy.

HTC honored Mr. Tony Chase, Chairman and CEO of ChaseSource, at this year's gala, held on May 14, 2015at the Hyatt Regency Houston. A tenured Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center, Mr. Chase began teaching in 1990, and was awarded tenure in 1995.  He is also an honors graduate of Harvard College, where he received a law degree from Harvard Law School and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He has started and sold three successful ventures and now owns and operates a fourth company, ChaseSource. The first company, Chase Radio Partners, owned seven radio stations and was sold to Clear Channel Communications in 1998. The second was Cricket Wireless, a nationwide cell phone service provider that he started together with Qualcomm in 1993. The third was ChaseCom, a company that built and operated call centers around the world, sold to AT&T Corporation in 2007. Currently, ChaseSource, a staffing and real estate development firm is ranked by Black Enterprise magazine in 2013 and 2014 as one of the nation’s largest minority owned companies. ChaseSource also recently became an owner of the Marriot Hotel at George Bush InterContinental Airport in Houston. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is an Eagle Scout.

“Tony represents the true essence of what entrepreneurship means to our City, State and our Nation. His civic and philanthropic leadership is well documented and most deservingly recognized.  We are proud to have the opportunity to honor his achievements and anticipate that his best is yet to come,” said Walter Ulrich, President and CEO of the Houston Technology Center. 

 In addition, the proudly presented Lifetime Achievement Awardee Recipients were: 

  • AEROSPACE: Mr. Jorge Hernandez, Rosita Hernandez, Miguel Hernandez, Jr. and Teresita Hernandez, Bastion Technologies Inc.
  • ENERGY: Mayor Bill White, Chairman, Lazard Houston, and Senior Advisor
  • INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Mr. Jay Steinfeld, founder and CEO of Blinds.com
  • LIFE SCIENCES: Dr. Billy Cohn, Director of the Center for Technology and Innovation, Texas Heart Institute
  • NANOTECHNOLOGY: Dr. Wade Adams, Senior Faculty Fellow in the Materials Science and NanoEngineering Department and Associate Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University.

View full photo album here: http://www.houstontech.org/photos/set/82/

Platinum Sponsors:

Chevron and Shell

Gold Sponsors:

Anadarko, Aramco Services Company, Astrotech Corporation, AT&T, Bank of Texas, Barbara & Paul Frison, Hewlett Packard, Mr. Peeples, Nabors, Palmetto Partners, Ltd., PKF, Paragon Offshore, Phonoscope Services, Inc., Texas Medical Center, Verizon Wireless, Versalius Ventures.

Silver Sponsors:

Dr. Wade & Mert Adams, Bastion Technologies, Inc., Lynne Bentsen, Blinds.com, BMC Software, Inc., CenterPoint Energy, Comerica Bank,  Ernst & Young LLP, Charles Flournoy, Frost Bank, Harry Gee and Associates, PLLC, Vijay & Marie Goradia Charitable Fund, Ionwerks Inc. and Dr. Robert Hauge, John & Jane Kennedy, Kanaly Trust, Memorial Hermann Health Systems, Nano Risk Assessment, Inc., RedHouse Associates, Reliant an NRG Company, Rice University, Robert Shaddox & Dr. Valerie Moore, Stephen & Leticia Trauber, University of Houston, UT Health, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Vinson & Elkins, LLP, Winstead PC, and Winston & Strawn, LLP.  

Media Sponsor:

Houston Business Journal

In-Kind Sponsor:

Houston Business Journal. NRG