"A Celebration of Entrepreneurs" Gala, Honoring Raymond Plank


The Houston Technology Center hosts the “A Celebration of Entrepreneurs” Gala, a Black Tie (optional) event, where we honor local entrepreneurs who have made a significant impact in our community. Our program includes recognition of the honoree, Mr. Raymond Plank, a World War II bomber pilot, founder of Apache Corporation, whose business and financial acumen created master limited partnerships. The 2014 Celebration will be remembered as one where its lifetime achievement awards are the legends that made 21st Century Houston. 

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Mr. Raymond Plank, Founder, Apache Corporation


Founder and Chairman Raymond Plank, 91, retired Jan. 15, 2009, after five decades of building Apache Corporation into one of the nation’s largest and highly respected oil and gas independents.

Plank graduated from Yale University in 1944 with a bachelor of arts degree. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps as a bomber pilot in the South Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II.

Under Plank’s leadership, Apache has evolved from a company that raised investor funds for drilling into an international oil and gas exploration and production corporation that funds its drilling with internally generated cash flow. Apache has become one of the nation’s largest independent oil and gas exploration and production companies. Today, the company operates in six countries, has assets of more than $19 billion, and reserves of 2.1 billionbarrels of oil equivalent. 

Lifetime Achievement Awardees


Dr. Bernard Harris


Morrie Abramson 

Life Sciences

Dr. "Red" Duke 


Dr. Robert Curl 

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Also celebrating 40 entrepreneurs (Full list here)

For sponsorship information please contact Diane Askins at daskins@HoustonTech.org

Organizer Cheri Rocha


Thu, May. 15, 2014
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. America/Chicago


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Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana Street
Houston, Texas 77002