Innovative and inspiring young leaders in hospitality, tech and architecture took home top honors for their accomplishments at the 2019 HYPE Impact Awards. These annual awards recognize young professionals and entrepreneurs from across the Houston region that are making a significant impact in their industry.
The three categories were: Business Leader, Emerging Leader and Startup Superstar.
H-E-B Food/Drug Stores, President, and Partnership Board Chair Scott McClelland provided the keynote address. Most commonly known as the "H-E-B Guy" around Houston, McClelland oversees the operation of all H-E-B stores in Texas, as well as serving as the local face of H-E-B. During his keynote, McClelland spoke about several keys to becoming successful, including accepting failure as a part of growth, overcoming obstacles and being curious. "The thing I wish people told me early in my career is that it is ok to fail," said McClelland. "My greatest growth in my life and in my career has come from the times that I have been confronted by failure. You see, hope is a function of struggle, and those with the highest level of hope are those who experience the greatest level of failure."
Cedric Bandoh took home the Emerging Leader award his demonstrated ability to lead through example. Cedric continuously shows his leadership skills in his role as Chief of Staff for the HP Inc. Personal Systems Software Engineering group, as well as the Intern Lead Coordinator at HP Houston. Learn more about Cedric here.
Jake Donaldson, the Managing Partner at Method Architecture, won the Business Leader award for his drive for success and commitment to making an even better Houston both through his architecture and his charitable work throughout the community. Learn more about Jake here.
This year's Startup Superstar award went to Deidre Mathis, owner of Wanderstay Hotels, LLC. Deidre is a true example of what it means to have an entrepreneurial spirit and made history in 2018 when she became the first African American woman in the U.S. to open a hostel. Deidre's nominator, Nini Gutierrez, Small Business Coach at BakerRipley, accepted the award on her behalf as she was in New York as one of the four small-business finalists in Mastercard's Grow Your Biz competition. HYPE is excited to announce that Deidre won this award as well. Learn more about Deidre here.
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