Houston International Trade Development Council Celebrates Its 10th Annual G7 Awards Gala

Houston International Trade Development Council Celebrates Its 10th Annual G7 Awards Gala

The Houston International Trade Development Council (HITDC) celebrated their 10th annual Global Seven (G7) Awards presentation on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at the Junior League of Houston, Texas. With almost 200 distinguished guests in attendance including Honorary Consuls and Consuls General from Namibia, Japan, Indonesia, Pakistan, Guinea, Angola, and Switzerland, government and civic leaders, and diverse stakeholders, partners and friends who believe in the mission and vision of G7, the event was a great success!

The Global Seven (G7) Awards recognized and celebrated seven outstanding Houston-based international businesses and distinguished personalities that help make Houston a competitive player on the global stage. “I am so honored to have had the opportunity to host the 10th Annual G7 Awards ceremony and know that these individuals have made a difference in their communities and throughout the world,” stated Val Thompson, President and CEO HITDC. Portions of the proceeds from the dinner will support the HITDC Educational Scholarship Program.

The 2023 Honorees this year include Honorable Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston, “Global Impact;” Honorable Giti Zarinkelk P.E., Honorary Consul of Namibia, “Outstanding Diplomat;” Muhammad Saeed Sheikh, Houston Karachi Sister City Association, “Outstanding Humanitarian;” Ivette Mayo, CEO, Power on Heels Fund, Inc., “Outstanding Advocate;” Christina Zhou, Founder and CEO, Pacific One Investment, “Outstanding Community Leader;” Nicole Wilson, NW Investment Properties LTD, “Outstanding International Entrepreneur;” and Alan Helfman, President, Helfman Auto Dealerships, “Outstanding Philanthropist.”

Congratulations to Val Thompson on this great achievement in celebration of this diverse international community of leaders during the G7 awards ceremony!

Members of the HITDC G7 Committee include Mr. Val Thompson, President & CEO, HITDC, Honorable Cynthia L. Blandford, Managing Director, Blandford Thompson Consulting, LLC and former Honorary Consul Republic of Liberia, Angelique Bartholomew, JD, HITDC Chair African American Initiatives and Principal, Business Development Ambassador, Intuitive Global Consulting, Mr. Warren Winston, HITDC, Advisory Board Chairman and Managing Director of Global Initiatives, Winston Worldwide, LLC, Damien Lawson, HITDC Chair Pan-African Initiatives and Founder & CEO Three65 Ideas, LLC and Heidi Powell-Prera, Global Vision Contemporary.

Global Trade Reduces Global Poverty. Houston proudly boasts of being one of our nation’s most culturally diverse cities and offers exciting business success stories from our rich international community. For this reason, we seek to promote sustainable education and workforce development that drives global wealth and job creation directly impacting our global economy.

The Houston International Trade Development Council, (HITDC) Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. HITDC is actively engaged in developing business and trade relationships in the world’s fastest growing markets in the developing countries of Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America.

For additional information, please contact:
Mr. Val Thompson, President & CEO
Houston International Trade Development Council - Global 7 Awards
11110 Bellaire Blvd., Ste 222, Houston, TX 77072
Phone: 832-448-0537
Email: vthompson@houstontrade.org; www.HoustonTrade.org
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