Recognized by Partnership Lake Houston as Lake Houston’s leading businesses were, from left, Sam Schrade, owner and president of DNA Studios, small business of the year; Stan Hollibaugh, national account manager for ServiceMaster Recovery Management, franchise of the year; and Jeremy Brynes, chief executive officer of Kingwood Emergency Hospital, large business of the year. Photo by Tom Broad

Lake Houston’s leading businesses for 2021 have been named.

DNA Studios LLC was named small business of the year, Kingwood Emergency Hospital was named large business of the year and ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning was named franchise of the year.

Selection was revealed at Partnership Lake Houston’s annual Business Awards Luncheon held Nov. 16 at the Humble Civic Center

“This is a ‘must’ sponsorship for us,” said Nick Stander, representing Stander and Company, the event’s presenting sponsor. “These are businesses that give back and provide so much to our community.”

In addition to recognizing Lake Houston’s leading businesses, Chamber Chair Terry Vaughn also recognized the Partnership’s outgoing board members and committee chairs, thanking them for their dedication and hard work.

Sam Schrade, Jess Fields Sr. and Emily Stander are outgoing board members. Outgoing committee chairs include Asdrubal “Dru” Gutierrez, Jennifer Carney, Deborah Rose Miller, Bryan Ruther, Duane Johnston, Connie Chandler, Diane Harris, Erica Johnston, Amanda Petrie, Jason Stuebe and Martina Gordon.

The Luncheon began as Vaughn recognized Jenna Armstrong, the Partnership’s chief executive officer, who accepted a position with Waste Management as senior public affairs specialist.

“We will miss her,” said Vaughn as he outlined Armstrong’s many accomplishments during her 14 years with the Partnership. “This is a huge win for Waste Management.”

Humble Mayor Norman Funderburk declared Nov. 19 Jenna Armstrong Day in Humble, thanked her for her extraordinary service to Humble and Lake Houston, and confessed that, in listing all her accomplishments at the partnership, her proclamation was the longest in the history of Humble.

An interim CEO will soon be named, and the board has begun a search for the partnership’s president and CEO.

During the business awards, a short video was shown for each of the eight finalists nominated for the three awards.

In the franchise category, Primrose Schools of Summerwood and Lakeshore marveled that the babies that attended their schools were now graduating from high school, while ServiceMaster Restoration and Cleaning said their company which covers the Gulf Coast but is based in Kingwood is now focused solely on disaster restoration, and The Goddard School Lake Houston noted that, in their school, every teacher knows every child.

Serviced Master Restoration and Cleaning was named Franchise of the Year.

In the Large Business of the Year category, Kingwood Emergency Hospital said they not only took care of Lake Houston, but they were also an active part of Lake Houston. Southeast Texas ER and Hospital stressed they were an ER with an inpatient component offering a personal touch.

Kingwood Emergency Hospital was selected Large Business of the Year.

In the final category, Small Business of the Year, DNA Studios emphasized their Humble-based media company was one of only 22 companies nationwide that “do what they do,” emphasizing that their goal was to make an impact on Lake Houston. Pines Montessori School was in awe that they were now serving second generation families, enrolling the children of the children who attended their school. The Mint National Bank stressed the impact they want to make on Lake Houston through the hundreds of customers they assisted in qualifying for the Paycheck Protection Program during the pandemic, underscoring that they have an unwavering focus on helping businesses.

DNA studios was selected Small Business of the Year.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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