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2020 Executive Communicator of the Year

Houston Food Bank's Brian Greene named IABC Houston’s Executive Communicator of the Year

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Houston Chapter, is honoring president and CEO of the Houston Food Bank Brian Greene as its 2020 Executive Communicator of the Year for his excellence in strategic business leadership and dedication to providing food for better lives in the Houston community.

In his role, Brian provides leadership and oversight to the Houston Food Bank, which distributed more than 100 million nutritious meals to 800,000 people through its network of 1,500 community partners in 2019.

“I am both humbled and honored by this award, and accept it not only on my behalf but for the dedicated Houston Food Bank staff, our frontline Partners and all of our donors and supporters who, together, work to combat hunger and address the root causes of poverty in Greater Houston and southeast Texas,” says Greene.  “As we work towards a world that doesn’t need food banks, we must put a face to hunger to help people understand this isn’t a that-doesn’t-happen-to-people-like-me issue, hunger can live next door.  We must address its core issues and causes so it can be tackled head-on, and that can only happen with transparency and strategic communications.  Together, we can provide food for better lives.”

IABC Houston will formally present Greene with this award at 6 p.m. on June 11, 2020, at the annual Bronze Quill Awards Gala – recognizing excellence in communications. Due to COVID-19, this year's award ceremony will be a virtual broadcast on Facebook and YouTube.

Greene has served on numerous Feeding America Network committees, the National Council and on Feeding America’s Board. In addition to his role with the food bank, Greene has been active in the Global Food Bank Network, and he is an adjunct professor and serves as an Advisory Board Member for University of Houston Downtown’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

IABC Houston Executive Communicator of the Year Award
Each year IABC Houston recognizes the achievements of an area executive whose outstanding professional performance significantly contributes to the Houston communication industry by initiating, directing, supporting or sustaining outstanding and effective communications programs. Through this recognition, IABC Houston honors a leader who understands and actively supports good communication practices in their organization, as well as exemplifies the highest ethical and professional standards.

About the Houston Food Bank
Houston Food Bank’s mission is to provide food for better lives. Last year we provided access to 104 million nutritious meals in 18 counties in southeast Texas through our 1,500 community partners which includes food pantries, soup kitchens, social service providers and schools. We have a strong focus on healthy foods and fresh produce. In addition to distributing food, we provide services and connections to programs that address the root causes of hunger and are aimed at helping families achieve long-term stability, including nutrition education, job training, health management and help with securing state-funded assistance. We are a resource for individuals and families in times of hardship. We are a solution to food waste, working with grocery stores and growers to rescue food before it reaches landfills. In collaboration with our community, we advocate for policy change and promote dialogue on ways to increase access to food and to improve the lives of those we serve. Houston Food Bank works alongside our partner food banks in Montgomery County, Galveston Country, and Brazos Valley. Houston Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Previous recipients

The winners of this annual award are recognized each year at the IABC Houston Bronze Quill awards gala. We are grateful to them, their employees and colleagues for all they do for Houston business communicators. We salute the following distinguished role models.

Past Winners

2019 – Susan Dio, President and CEO, bp America
2018 – Ed Emmett, Harris County Judge
2017 – Joel Cowley, President & CEO, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
2016 – Jim McIngvale, Owner, Gallery Furniture
2015 –  Carolyn Sanders, Former VP of HR and Public Affairs, Total Petrochemicals and Refining USA
2014 – Angela Blanchard, President and CEO, Neighborhood Centers Inc.
2013 – Joy Horak-Brown, Executive Director, New Hope Housing, Inc.
2012 – Dr. Renu Khator, PhD, President of the University of Houston and Chancellor of the University of Houston System
2011 – James L Gallogly, Chief Executive Officer, LyondellBasell Industries
2010 – Bob Hale, President & CEO, Houston Association of REALTORS® 2010 – Greg Garland, President & CEO (former), Chevron Phillips Chemical
2009 – John C. Sheptor, President & CEO (former), Imperial Sugar Company
2008 – Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo, President of the The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and former Dean of the UTHSC - Houston Medical School
2007 – John D. Hofmeister, President (former) of Shell Oil Company
2006 – J. William "Bill" Boyar, Chairman (former) of BoyarMiller, Attorneys at Law 
2005 – Clark Baker, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Houston
2004 – John D. Stobo, M.D., President (former), the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
2003 – Jacqueline S. Martin, President (former), United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast
2002 – Steve Miller, CEO (retired), Shell Oil Company
2001 – Kirbyjon Caldwell, Senior Pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church

IABC Houston Legacy Award

2013 - Fred J. Korge
2014 - Downs Matthews