SOURCE: American Marketing Association Houston Chapter

American Marketing Association Houston Chapter

February 07, 2012 09:00 ET

AMA Houston Announces Marketer of the Year Award Best of Category Winners

2011 Marketer of the Year Event Will Take Place March 12, 2012

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - Feb 7, 2012) - The Houston Chapter of the American Marketing Association (AMA Houston) is pleased to announce the 34 organizations selected as Best of Category Winners for the 2011 Marketer of the Year (MOTY) Award. The Best of Category Winners were selected from over 145 nominated companies, organizations and institutions. These category winners will be honored at the March 12 awards ceremony at the Alley Theatre. One category winner will be announced at the event as the 2011 Marketer of the Year.

Recognizing the importance of marketing in driving the economy, the Marketer of the Year Award is AMA's annual program that honors exceptional marketing efforts by Houston-area companies, organizations and institutions. Marking the sixth year for this awards event, the category winners are determined by a vote of chapter members combined with scoring by a panel of local marketing experts. A full list of category winners is below.

AMA Houston was named AMA's 2009-2010 Chapter of the Year, winning this top award for the fifth time in the last seven years from among AMA's 75 national chapters. The chapter was named first runner up for 2010-2011.

This year's Marketer of the Year keynote speaker is Jim Compton, United Airlines Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, who was formerly the executive vice president and CMO for Continental Airlines prior to the merger. Compton is responsible for overseeing United's domestic and international sales, corporate development and alliances, marketing, reservations, network pricing and revenue management, scheduling and distribution. He played a major role in the 2010 merger of United and Continental, chairing the committee charged with planning the consolidation of all systems, policies and programs. Compton will speak on the marketing challenges and strategies of the combined airline, now the world's largest airline.

The 2010 Marketer of the Year, the University of Houston Athletic Department (University of Houston Cougars), will be on hand to announce this year's winner. Prior Marketer of the Year winners include: (2009), Kelsey-Seybold Clinic (2008), the Houston Zoo (2007), Weatherford International (2006) and the Houston Symphony (2005).

For more information on the Marketer of the Year Award and other AMA Houston events, visit Tickets to the award event can be purchased at 2011amahoustonMOTY. Individual tickets are $35 for AMA Houston members and $45 for non-members. For a list of local judges who scored the nominees to help select the Best of Category winners, visit and go to Events/Marketer of the Year.

AMA Houston would like to recognize and thank the following 2011 Marketer of the Year Award sponsors for their support. For the sixth year the presenting sponsor is the Houston Business Journal. This year's platinum sponsor is Drilling Contractor. Gold sponsors are: Brookwoods Group, CenterPoint Energy, ContentActive and Hearst Media Services. Silver sponsors are: Halliburton, The Creative Group, Oil Online and Saurage Marketing Research. Winner's circle sponsors are and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Event partners are: Alley Theatre, Bullpen Marketing, ExactTarget, Opportunity Houston, News 92 FM, Marion, Montgomery, Inc., Getty Images, The Production Companies, PrintMailers (PMi), Equamark and Ventures Marketing Group.

AMA Houston congratulates the Best of Category winners for 2011 Marketer of the Year, listed below by category:

Arts: Institutional
Houston Zoo

Arts: Performing
Houston Ballet

eVgo Network

Economic Development
Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Education: College/University
Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

Education: Elementary/Secondary
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston

Energy: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
Marathon Corporation

Energy: Oil and Gas Products and Services
Weir Oil & Gas

Energy: Transportation/Transmission/Utilities/Marketing
Reliant Energy

Engineering/Construction Products
Quanex Building Products Corporation

Engineering/Construction Services
Mustang Engineering

Smart Financial Credit Union

Financial/Services (non-banking)

Food Processing, Packaging and Distribution
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Healthcare Hospitals/Institutions
MD Anderson

Healthcare Products/Services
Texas Oncology

Hospitality and Hotels
Hotel Icon


Media: Broadcast
KUHF Houston Public Radio

Media: Print
Houston Community Newspapers

Real Estate: Commercial
Hines Interests

Real Estate: Residential
John Daugherty Realtors

Restaurants: Multiple Locations
James Coney Island

Restaurants: Single Location
The Breakfast Klub

Retail and Consumer Products/Services
Houston Ballet's Nutcracker Market

Services: Business-to-Business/Professional
Sirius Solutions

Services: Marketing/Communications
Hearst Media Services

Services: Web/Internet
Culture Map

Social Services
The Girl Scouts San Jacinto Council

Sports/Entertainment: Amateur
Sequoia Golf

Sports/Entertainment: Professional
Houston Rockets

Technology Products/Services
Techcess Group

Houston TranStar

Venues and Arenas
Discovery Green

About AMA
AMA Houston is the area's premier professional marketing organization and the nation's second largest chapter. AMA Houston provides marketers the ability to remain competitive in today's business environment through networking events, special interest groups and real-world educational programs. Named Chapter of the Year five times in the last seven years by AMA's international headquarters, AMA Houston serves more than 1,100 members with diverse marketing expertise from a variety of industries.

Contact Information

    Gary Carson
    AMA Houston - Executive Director
    Equamark, Inc.
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