Houston – July 7, 2017 – Elected officials and business leaders recently gathered to honor those making an impact in north Houston’s economic and environmental climate at the North Houston Association’s (NHA) annual awards luncheon, featuring Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal. Award winners included Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle, Southwestern Energy, Toll Brothers and Jill Vaughan, executive vice president, Zions Bancorporation.

“Throughout the year, NHA connects public officials and business representatives to inform and take action on issues that encourage a positive business environment while maintaining the quality of life that attracts so many to north Houston,” said NHA Executive Director Marlisa Briggs. “Our awards luncheon is a way of publicly saying thank you to our partners.”

Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle received the association’s North Star Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a long-term, significant contribution to the region. Key projects mentioned include the Sam Houston Toll Road/Tomball Tollway Direct Connector and the Spring Creek Greenway Expansion.

The organization’s Environmental Impact Award was presented to Southwestern Energy (SWN) for its efforts in preserving and protecting the region’s environment. SWN’s contributions noted at the event were: founding member of the Our Nation’s Energy Future coalition, spearheading their energy conserving water initiative, and achieving LEED Gold Standard for their 550,000 square foot building on I-45 in Spring.

Jill Vaughan, executive vice president with Zions Bancorporation, received NHA’s Compass Award, which is reserved for an NHA member who has made a significant contribution to the Association’s programs and projects. Vaughan served as NHA’s treasurer for seven years, working to ensure fiscal responsibility and provide advisement on financial matters. She stepped down from that role in 2016.

The final award given was the Quality Planned Development (QPD) Award, presented to Toll Brothers for their Woodson’s Reserve development. QPD certifies that a development has been designed to adhere to a comprehensive set of standards that ensure quality living and working environments. This designation is jointly given by NHA and the West Houston Association in a cooperative, ongoing program.

The North Houston Association is a non-profit organization that identifies, advocates, and supports initiatives which advance the business environment and improve the quality of life in north Harris and Montgomery counties.


Harris County Commissioner R. Jack Cagle receives the North Houston Association’s North Star Award for his numerous contributions to the region. Pictured (l. to r.) Darrin Willer, NHA Chairman; Marlisa Briggs, NHA Executive Director; Harris County Judge Ed Emmett; Commissioner Cagle; Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal; Jon Lindsay, NHA President.

Ron Smith, Southwestern Energy, receives the North Houston Association’s Environmental Impact Award for the company’s numerous contributions to better the environment in north Houston and beyond Pictured (l. to r.) Darrin Willer, NHA Chairman; Marlisa Briggs, NHA Executive Director; Harris County Judge Ed Emmett; Ron Smith, SWN; Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal; Jon Lindsay, NHA President.

Jill Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Zions Bancorporation, receives the North Houston Association’s Compass Award for her numerous contributions to the Association. Pictured (l. to r.) Darrin Willer, NHA Chairman; Marlisa Briggs, NHA Executive Director; Harris County Judge Ed Emmett; Jill Vaughan, Zions Bancorporation; Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal; Jon Lindsay, NHA President.

Toll Brothers receives the Quality Planned Development designation at the North Houston Association’s Annual Awards Luncheon. Pictured (l. to r.) Darrin Willer, NHA Chairman; Marlisa Briggs, NHA Executive Director; Harris County Judge Ed Emmett; Rob Jones, Toll Brothers; Jonathan Schumann, Concourse Development; Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal; Jon Lindsay, NHA President.

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