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Whirlwind of Activities Fueled by
Community Relations Team


November 1, 2011







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Tours designed for students as well as adults are always a big part of the focus with the Community Relations team.
From saluting entrepreneurs to sailing through career days and opening our doors to German-American business owners, the Community Relations team at the Houston Airport System enjoyed a whirlwind of activities.

Pinnacle Awards

Several members of the Houston Airport System were on hand to support The Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce which has served as the voice of African-American business for more than 75 years. They honored several enterprises recently at the Pinnacle Awards and HAS was there to congratulate the businesses who are known for their outstanding industry performance and community impact.

“The Houston Airport System welcomes the opportunity to network with successful African-American businesses, noted Rhonda Arnold, director of community relations. “The Houston Citizens Chamber of Commerce is a great partner and blends business networking to proactively create partnerships in community. We appreciate this partnership and look forward to developing strategic plans to grow Houston’s business economy.”

Tours

A special group of German-American businesses had a chance to receive a behind the scenes look at how the cargo operations work at George Bush Intercontinental (IAH), the equipment of the Aircraft Rescue Firefighting facility and Global Entry, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. The Community Relations group hosted about 20 business leaders who were guests of the German-American Chamber of Commerce recently.

Students from Lone Star College’s aviation management class had a birds-eye view of operations at Bush Airport during their recent tour. Organized by instructor, Eunique Diaz, the highlight was visiting the FAA’s tower to see how air traffic controllers handle one of the busiest airports in the nation.

School Daze

Houston Airports employees fanned across the Aldine, Humble, North Forest and Spring School districts to talk to students about careers in aviation as a part of School Daze. Special thanks go out to Marilyn Ross, Tamara Smith, Peggy Menifee, David Tamez, and Darian Ward for sharing their expertise and enthusiasm with the students and members of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP). Together they visited 15 schools and more than 2,000 students.

Wings Over Houston - Pre-show

About 100 students had the chance of their lives at a pre-show performance for Wings Over Houston. Sterling High School and Clear Lake Intermediate students visited with pilots from the F-18E Super Hornet and enjoyed a sneak peak of the aerial acrobats including the featured Canadian Snowbirds.
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