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Press Releases

2016

Roksan Okan-Vick named Houston First executive
Houston First has named Roksan Okan-Vick to a new position that will provide the local-government corporation a greater leadership role in region-wide projects that will make Houston a more attractive city for both visitors and residents. As senior vice president, Okan-Vick will provide strategies and other means for facilitating and ...

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New Greenlink Route Launches in March
Today, the Downtown District announced the creation of a new evening and weekend route for their very successful Greenlink circulator service.  Through a partnership between the Downtown District, Houston First Corporation and BG Group, the downtown community can utilize the environmentally friendly buses to get them to popular downtown ...

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Arts veteran Christine West appointed to HFC post
HOUSTON – Houston First Corporation has hired local arts administrator Christine West to develop an arts and heritage program for the local-government organization. "Christine will organize and present exhibitions and special events at the George R. Brown Convention Center and our other Houston First properties," said Dawn Ullrich, president and CEO ...

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Roger Harris to direct Houston First external affairs
HOUSTON – Houston First has hired Roger Harris as director of external affairs to expand the local-government corporation’s community outreach. "Roger will strengthen our strategic relationships with businesses, organizations and institutions," said Dawn Ullrich, president and CEO of Houston First. "He will also concentrate on enhancing our diversity outreach with ...

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Houston First appoints Florez to Visit Houston tourism
Houston First Corporation has appointed hospitality industry veteran Pilar Florez as director of tourism for Visit Houston. "Pilar has real-world, global experience and that’s a major asset as we strive to have the world think of Houston as a premier destination city," said Dawn Ullrich, president and CEO of ...

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Houston First/VisitHouston hires industry veteran Pam Summers
Pamela Summers, a 35-year veteran of the convention and tourism industry, has been hired by VisitHouston as the Director of Tourism Partnerships. She will report to Senior Vice President of Tourism, Jorge Franz. Summers comes to Houston First after more than 14 years as president of the Bay Area Houston ...

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