CEO Communicator of the Year Award

The CEO Communicator of the Year Award honors the outstanding performance of Houston area chief executive officers in their roles as chief communicator. The role of the CEO has evolved. Not only do they encourage and adapt to changing business models, but frequently the CEO must take the lead in communicating with employees, shareholders, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders to achieve success for their organization.

To qualify, nominees should demonstrate effective communication as part of their leadership, whether in a crisis situation or in day-to-day operations. Supporting examples may include the CEO’s appearance in the media, before industry or community groups or through a leadership role in civic, religious or business organizations. Nominees must be chief executive officers or hold equivalent positions in the Greater Houston Area.

This year's winner was announced October 1, 2020 at the virtual Excalibur Awards,


  • 2006 Bill White and Robert Eckels
  • 2007 Sam Holtzman, LifeGift Organ Donation Center
  • 2008 John Hofmeister, Shell Oil Company
  • 2009 John Sheptor, Imperial Sugar Company
  • 2010 Greg C. Garland, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP
  • 2011 Bob Hale, Houston Association of Realtors
  • 2012 Mayor Annise Parker, City of Houston
  • 2013 Jim "Mattress Mac" McIngvale
  • 2014 Dr. Marc L. Boom, Houston Methodist
  • 2016 John Sweney, Brookwoods Group
  • 2017 Elizabeth Killinger, Reliant, an NRG Company
  • 2018 Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston and Judge Ed Emmett, Harris County
  • 2019 Chief Art Acevedo, Houston Police Department
  • 2020 Henry Van de Putte, American Red Cross - Texas Gulf Coast Region