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Houston City Scope July 2017

Sean Burnett


Sean Burnett, MBA, has joined HCA Gulf Coast Division as vice president of marketing. Burnett is responsible for setting and executing digital and traditional marketing strategy, building and managing the organizational infrastructure for divisional and hospital teams, growing service lines, and identifying and executing business development opportunities, ultimately delivering on HCA’s institutional value proposition.

Before joining HCA Gulf Coast Division, Burnett served as vice president of sales, marketing and training at Covia Health, an innovative health care services firm based in Houston and focused on detecting and preventing late-stage breast cancer.

With nearly 20 years of experience in brand management and strategic planning, Burnett has launched comprehensive marketing programs, designed communication initiatives, and impacted global brands such as OSI Restaurant Partners, Inc. (Outback Steakhouse), Yum! Brands (KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut), IKEA, Igloo Products Corp., Rice University and SYSCO Foods.

“Sean is a respected and dynamic leader with extensive experience in brand management, marketing and business development,” said Troy Villarreal, HCA Gulf Coast Division president. “His experience and knowledge will be a great asset to our marketing and communications strategies in the highly competitive health care sector.”

Burnett earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) degree from Rice University.


Rachel Applegate is the Alley Theatre’s new marketing and communications director.


Alley Theatre Managing Director Dean R. Gladden has announced that Rachel Applegate has been appointed to join the Alley Theatre as the director of marketing and communications. Applegate was formerly the chief marketing and community engagement officer for ZACH Theatre in Austin, and oversaw earned revenue, brand strategy development, and community engagement initiatives. Applegate joins the Alley with more than 10 years of arts marketing and management experience. She began at the Alley June 5.

“We are thrilled to welcome Rachel to the Alley and back to her hometown. She is an accomplished theatre marketer and strategist. We look forward to her joining us as we prepare to launch our upcoming “A-List Name and A-Plus Season,” said Gladden.

Applegate was hired after the Alley Theatre conducted a national search to fill the position. She will be responsible for overseeing the Alley Theatre’s marketing and communications efforts and will also work closely with Artistic Director Gregory Boyd to represent the artistic vision of the Alley Theatre.

“I’m delighted to return to my Houston roots to work alongside the incredibly talented artists and staff at the Alley Theatre. I have long admired the Alley’s work on stage and in the community, and I’m eager to promote all the Theatre does. What an honor to be joining one of the country’s leading regional theatres. I look forward to rediscovering my hometown and becoming part of the Houston arts community,” said Applegate.


(L-R): Gwendolyn Friedman of the Meyerland area, J.J. Moore of Bellaire, Thomas Pater of Houston, Jocelyn Juarez of Houston, Kacie Mejia of Houston, Mainak Pandya of Missouri City, Alan Medrano of Houston and Imelda Ortiz of the Gulfton area show off their lemonade stand.


Employees of the Central Houston Region Team of BB&T and students from Houston’s school for adults with Down syndrome, the Down Syndrome Academy, came together on April 12 at Memorial Park to participate in Light­house Day, a day of team-building activities. BB&T employees volunteered their time to organize and run various activity stations, provided water and lunch and then presented the Academy students with awards. It was a great day of fun, physical and mental fitness and new friends.

The Down Syndrome Academy students spent May 7, Lemonade Day, selling lemonade to shoppers at Kroger at 10306 S. Post Oak. Lemonade Day is a national initiative aimed at teaching students how to run a small business.

The Down Syndrome Academy students spent several weeks planning their eight lemonade stands, learning about money and making sales and preparing their product and signage. All proceeds from the weekend’s lemonade sales go back to Friends of Down Syndrome, a nonprofit organization that runs the Down Syndrome Academy and other programs for teens and adults with Down syndrome in the Houston area.

For more information or to contribute, visit friendsofdownsyndrome.org


(L-R): Joseph Morris, I-Jung Huang, Rainer Crosett, and Alan Woo are the 2017 Competition winners.


The Houston Symphony has announced clarinetist Joseph Morris as the winner of the 42nd annual Ima Hogg Competition, one of a few annual nationwide multi-instrument competitions. The announcement was made in front of a live audience on June 3 following the finals concert at Rice University’s Stude Concert Hall.

A partnership between the Houston Symphony League and the Houston Symphony, the prestigious competition identifies and supports outstanding young instrumentalists and their pursuit of careers in music. Chaired by Barbara McCelvey, this year’s Ima Hogg competition attracted nearly 80 candidates ranging from ten instruments and a wide variety of nationalities.

The Grace Woodson Memorial Award was presented to Morris by John and Tracy Dennis in memory of John Dennis’ grandmother, a close friend of Miss Ima Hogg. A 2012 graduate of USC’s Thornton School of Music, Morris took home a cash prize of $25,000 and a gold medal, in addition to earning a solo appearance with Houston Symphony at the Donor and Subscriber Appreciation Concert on Wednesday, July 12, at Jones Hall.

Morris will also participate in a week-long Education and Community Engagement Residency that will provide him with essential training relevant to his field. Morris was recently appointed as principal clarinetist of the Pacific Symphony and has appeared as guest principal clarinet with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra.

The evening began with each of the four finalists performing a concerto alongside the Houston Symphony led by guest conductor and music director of the Wichita Symphony Daniel Hege.

In addition to Morris, the other prize winners were:

Second Prize, The Houston Sym­phony League Award: Rainer Crosett, cello, $10,000 and solo performance with the Houston Symphony at Miller Outdoor Theatre at 8:30 p.m. July 1; Third Prize, The Selma Neumann Memorial Award: I-Jung Huang, violin, $5,000; Fourth Prize, The Jean Whitbread Kucera Award: Alan Woo, piano, $2,500.


The 2017 HLSR Go Texas Scholarship Recipients.


College dreams became reality for 79 Houston-area high school graduates during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Area Go Texan Scholarship Banquet on May 17. Thirty percent of graduates will be the first in their family to attend college.

“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is proud to support the youth of Texas through scholarships to help high school graduates achieve a postsecondary education,” said Joel Cowley, president and CEO. “We are confident that these students will represent us well at colleges and universities across the state, and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”

Show officials and volunteers hosted 79 scholarship recipients from 68 Area Go Texan counties. Each recipient was awarded a four-year, $20,000 scholarship from the Show for a total commitment of $1,580,000. A deserving high school senior from each county was presented a scholarship, and an additional 11 scholarships were awarded at large to eligible students within each Area Go Texan district.

Scholarships are awarded to students who meet the program requirements and demonstrate academic potential, leadership and financial need. All scholarship recipients must attend a Texas college or university.

The Area Go Texan scholarships represent a portion of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s annual commitment of more than $26 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, School Art participants and other educational programs. For more information on the Show’s educational support, visit rodeohouston.com/Educational-Support/Commitment. The 2018 Show is scheduled for Feb. 27-March 18.


Barbara Klopfenstein (left) was honored by the Delphians. The award was presented by Delphian President Sunny Carpenter (right).


Houston Assembly of Delphians honored long-time member Barbara Klopfenstein for her leadership and service to the Delphians, an organization dedicated to intellectual enrichment, social enhancement and philanthropic endeavors. Klopfenstein was president in 1985-86, has held every office and has chaired the gala on two occasions. The award was presented by Delphian President Sunny Carpenter at the Awards and Installation luncheon held May 11 at the University of Houston Hilton Hotel Shamrock Room.

This annual event presents and awards Delphian Scholars who are chosen on the basis of academic success, good character and financial need. The 2017 class included 12 continuing and four graduating scholars, representing a long tradition of Delphian assistance, beginning with the first one awarded in 1930. Since that time, the Delphians have provided more than $1.5 million for more than 500 scholarships and other gifts to the UH and UHD communities.

Special grants were presented to 23 university departments and colleges at both the University of Houston and the U of H Downtown.


(L-R): Chris McVoy, architect; Anne Duncan, vice chair, board of trustees; Nancy Kinder; Gary Tinterow, MFAH director; Richard D. Kinder, chair, board of trustees; Steven Holl, architect.

View of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building from the roof of the Glassell School of Art.

Interior view of the Kinder building; lobby/forum gallery.


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, broke ground on May 31 for the Nancy and Rich Kinder building for modern and contemporary art, designed by Steven Holl Architects.

The 165,000-square-foot structure will house 54,000 square feet of gallery space for exhibitions and for the Museum’s collections of modern and contemporary art. The building will be clad in a translucent-glass exterior, which will glow when lit from within at night, and its perimeter will be inset with six pools of water at ground level. Additional features include a 200-seat theater, a café, a restaurant overlooking the sculpture garden, and an underground parking garage. One pedestrian tunnel will connect the Kinder building to the new Glassell School of Art, and a second will connect it to the existing Caroline Wiess Law Building, across Bissonnet Street.

The 14-acre redesign of the Museum’s Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus will expand the role the Museum plays in the daily life of Houston, not only as a cultural institution but as an urban oasis open to all, invigorating the surrounding area. The entire project is slated for completion in late 2019. The combined capital and endowment campaign has reached nearly $390 million, more than 85 percent of its $450-million goal.

Additional components of the Sarofim Campus Project include the following:

Glassell School of Art, January 2018, Steven Holl Architects, New York – An 80,000-square-foot, L-shaped structure constructed from pre-cast concrete slabs and glass panels; the building will house studios for students, an arrival and departure hall for all school groups, a café, and an auditorium. Its design features two outdoor gathering spaces along its sloping roofline: a walkable roof terrace above, and an amphitheater at ground level.

Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza, January 2018, Deborah Nevins & Associates, New York – Adjacent to Glassell School, a public gateway to the Sarofim Campus, featuring a 36,000-square- foot public plaza with moveable seating, shade trees and a reflecting/splash pool. Additional landscape planning for the entire campus is under way.

Sarah Campbell Blaffer Conservation Center, late 2018, Lake | Flato Architects, San Antonio – A one-story, 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art conservation center, housing studios and offices for the Museum’s art conservators and scientists in a steel-and-glass structure that is set atop a Museum garage, with a public café at street level.

For more information, visit mfah.org.

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