By Somdatta Basu
IACCGH Holiday Party Celebrates Diversity, Business, and Collaborative Spirit
Houston, Dec 8 – The Indo-American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Houston (IACCGH) hosted its annual holiday party, bringing together a diverse array of business leaders, community representatives, and international partners. The event featured speeches, recognitions, and acknowledgments that underscored the importance of collaboration, diversity, and strong community ties.
The evening commenced with an introduction acknowledging the executive committee, board, directors at large, and advisers of the IACCGH. With over 24 years of service to the business community, the Chamber expressed pride in its collaborations with sister chambers and associations, thanking partner organizations, community partners, and media partners for their support in promoting events.
Special recognition was extended to long-term sponsors, including Brask. Inc, St. Luke’s Health, Wallis Bank, and AV Diamonds. A notable mention was made for Shell, the sponsor of the distinguished lecture series and the Women Mean Business series.
Rajiv Bhavsar, President of the IACCGH welcomed attendees. Acknowledging the distinguished guests, including Mayor Sylvester Turner, Consul General DC Manjunath, Fort Bend County Judge KP George, Texas Senator Gene Wu, Tim Jeffcoat, and Richard Huebner, Bhavsar emphasized the spirit of love, laughter, and unity that characterized the festive occasion.IACCGH Past President and Houston METRO Board Chairman Sanjay Ramabhadran introduced Mayor Sylvester Turner highlighting his accomplishments as mayor and his long-term commitment to Houston and to diversity and inclusion. Mayor Turner, a key figure in fostering international relations, expressed gratitude for the strong ties between Houston and India. Highlighting the growth in trade relationships and the city’s resilience through various challenges, Mayor Turner commended the diverse and inclusive nature of Houston, asserting that diversity is the city’s strength.
Consul General of India in Houston, D.C Manjunath, a career diplomat, emphasized the flourishing India-US ties and the importance of the comprehensive global strategic partnership. He extended best wishes to Mayor Turner for his future endeavors and expressed appreciation for the retiring SBA District Director Tim Jeffcoat and former HMSDC President Richard Huebner.
Tim Jeffcoat, the retiring Director of the US Small Business Administration in Houston, was recognized for his significant contributions to the community. A key supporter of small businesses, Tim Jeffcoat highlighted the collaborative efforts between the SBA and the IACCGH, expressing gratitude for the partnership.
The event also included the honoring of Richard Huebner, a revered figure known as the “father of supplier diversity in Houston.” Having led the Houston Minority Supply Development Council for 31 years, Hubner’s impact on supplier diversity was lauded. His role in elevating the visibility of minority businesses was recognized, emphasizing the lasting impact on the community.
As the IACCGH holiday party concluded, it left a resonating message of collaboration, diversity, and the interconnectedness of the business community. The Chamber’s commitment to fostering relationships and supporting international ventures was evident, reinforcing the idea that business success thrives on partnerships and community support.