Category Archives: Awards

By Steven Devadanam

282627_originalThe already much-heralded University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has just scored global bragging rights. Jim Allison, a scientist at the revered health institute in Houston, has been awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, it was announced on October 1.

Allison, who is the chair of Immunology and executive director of the Immunotherapy Platform, is the first MD Anderson scientist to receive the world’s most coveted award for discoveries in the fields of life sciences and medicine.

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Frisco ISD’s Karthik Nemmani plans to use Spelling Bee prize money towards Ivy League college



Photo Courtesy Krishna Nemmani

The 14-year-old McKinney resident who won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May said he plans to use the prize money to pursue an Ivy League education.

Karthik Nemmani took home more than $42,000 worth of prizes after winning the premier spelling competition, which culminated in a championship on May 31 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The prize haul included a $40,000 cash award from Scripps and another $2,500 cash prize from Merriam-Webster. The dictionary publisher and Encyclopedia Britannica also provided Karthik with a series of reference materials.

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Capital Bank wins Business Beautification Award


Representatives of Capital Bank East Pearland (L-R): Julie Garza, Mary Teutsch, Cindy Partida, Sherry Cooley and Dianna Watson recently accepted KPB Award

The April 2016 Keep Pearland Beautiful Business Beautification Award was recently awarded to Capital Bank East Pearland on Broadway.

Capital bank has a history of maintaining a colorful landscaping.  They have recently changed out their flowering plants to sun loving begonias.

A committee made up of board members, volunteers and staff members nominates establishments with good landscaping practices that improve the appearance of our community.

KPB runs this program with the support of businesses like ADDI Printing & Promotions LLC.  If you wish to help sponsor this program and have your logo put on our sign please call our office at 281-652-1659.  Learn more about KPB programs on our website:

The Law Office of Mark Smith receives Business of the Month Award from Pearland Chamber


Mark SmithThe Law Office of Mark Smith, PLLC was awarded the February 2016 Business of the Month Award by the Pearland Chamber of Commerce. The business was founded in 2003 with the primary goal of helping people. Licensed attorneys provide high-quality legal services and business advice to small-businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profits. Offices are located at 1920 Country Place Parkway, Suite 350.

“I am honored to be selected as business of the month,” Mark Smith, founder of the firm, said. “The chamber has so many great businesses as members. I’m really overwhelmed that we were selected.”

Smith has been a licensed attorney in Texas since 1999. He has worked on both sides of the bar – representing plaintiffs in cases involving employment law, contract disputes, personal injury claims and other legal matters and businesses as general counsel.

Since 2004, Mark has represented Harris County Emergency Corps (“HCEC”, formerly Harris County Emergency Services District No. 1), a premier EMS agency in Southeast Texas. During that time, he served as Vice President of Administration and General Counsel for the organization of 200+ employees and volunteers and serving more than 400,000 residents of Harris County. Since returning to private practice, Mark has added a number of small businesses to his growing practice, including Manvel EMS, Angleton Area Emergency Medical Services, Inc., Art & Kustom Kreations, the Wellness Integration Center, Deep South Builders, LLC and more.

Smith is a native of Pearland, graduating from Pearland High School in 1990. As part of his commitment to Pearland, he provides a service through many of the area’s non-profit organizations including Pearland Rotary, the Pearland Foundation for the Performing and Visual Arts, Aggies Helping Others, the Outdoor Association for Texas Heroes (OATH), The 100 Club of Pearland and others.

“I feel like it’s very important to give back a little of my time to Pearland,” Smith said. “I really believe that to whom much is given, much is expected.”

The Law Office of Mark Smith styles themselves as old-fashioned lawyers for the 21st century. That means they have old-fashioned values and 21st century skills. Learn how The Law Office of Mark Smith, PLLC can help at

Emerald Pointe recipient of January KPB Award

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Southwyck Sec 1 HOA Pres. Cathie Tydelski and VP Gary Martin accept the January award.

The January 2016 Keep Pearland Beautiful business beautification award was recently awarded to Emerald Pointe Subdivision off of Cullen Blvd in Pearland. Emerald Pointe subdivision has won this distinction twice before in 2011 and 2013.  The colorful entrance to Emerald Pointe stands out at this time of year when other landscaping around Pearland is suffering from the winter grays.

A committee made up of board members, volunteers and staff members nominates establishments with good landscaping practices that improve the appearance of our community.  The committee is always open to receiving nominations from the community, so please email with your nomination including the address of the nomination and for more impact please attach a few photos.

KPB runs this program with the support of businesses like ADDI Printing & Promotions LLC.  If you wish to help sponsor this program and have your logo put on our sign please call our office 281-652-1659.  Learn more about KPB programs on our website

Silvercreek Most Creative Decorations Winner

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Congratulations to The Leonard Family on Shady Grove Drive for “Most Creative!”

Santa loves to fish!

Happy Holidays!



Keep Pearland Beautiful wins National Award

KPB-website-header-mission-1024x171Keep Pearland Beautiful recently received the 2015 Affiliate Award of Excellence from the Keep America Beautiful national program.

Keep America Beautiful is a national nonprofit organization that inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. We envision a country where every community is a clean, green, and beautiful place to live.

Keep America Beautiful nationally recognizes its partners and their volunteers for their efforts to create a more beautiful, cleaner, and improved environment through new technologies, improved waste handling and public space stewardship.

Judges look at each affiliate’s activities in beautification and community greening, litter prevention and community revitalization, recycling and waste reduction, and environmental education for the award.


Pearland Fire Chief receives state honor



Front row: Shirley Scholz, RN and Vance Riley; Back Row: Karen Pickard, RN, Jodie Harbert, Dr. Bobby Greenberg, Ryan Matthews, Dr. Jeff Beeson, Judge Mike DeLoach, Mick Click, RN. Missing are Linda Dickerson, Dr. Brian Eastridge, Dr. Alan Tyroch, Dr. Robert Vezetti and Nora Castaneda and James Williams.

Pearland Fire Chief Vance Riley was recently honored for his 12 years of service on the Texas Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council (GETAC). Chief Riley has spent the last six years as the Chair of GETAC. In this role, he provided leadership and guidance to the other 14 Council members as well as the more than 150 subcommittee members serving on 10 different subcommittees.

Riley was first appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Council in 2004 at the recommendation of the Texas Fire Chiefs Association and then reappointed to the Council in 2010 in the position of Chair by Governor Perry.

He also received a certificate from Governor Greg Abbott’s office in recognition and appreciation for his years of meritorious service the state of Texas as a member of GETAC.

“It has been an honor, a privilege and a blessing to have served these dozen years alongside the most passionate and brilliant trauma surgeons, physicians, nurses and paramedics in Texas. I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity,” said Riley.

GETAC was created by the 77th Texas Legislature in 2001 to:  Review EMS and Trauma rules and recommend changes in those rules to the Texas Department of State Health Services; assess the need for emergency medical services in the rural areas of the state; and develop a strategic plan for: (a) refining the educational requirements for certification and maintaining certification as emergency medical services personnel; and (b) developing emergency medical services and trauma care systems (trauma hospitals) in Texas.

To learn more about Pearland Fire, visit

Pearland Firefighter recognized for bravery by Gov. Abbott

ThompsonCorthellShakeRep. Ed Thompson, representing Governor Greg Abbott, presented Pearland Fire Dept. Lt. Jason Corthell with an official Certificate of Recognition and a flag that had been flown over the state capitol on Monday (Dec. 7) before the City Council meeting.

On March 27, Corthell was injured while battling an apartment fire in Cypress, where he volunteers for the Cypress Creek VFD, when he and other firefighters were trapped in a structural collapse.

Corthell suffered a knee injury and took many months to recover.

Corthell has spent most his adult life serving others. He joined the Cypress Creek Volunteer Fire Dept. in 2004 and soon after went to fire school at Lone Star Community College, where he excelled as a fire cadet.

In 2006, Corthell joined the U.S. Marine Corps, where his station was air crash rescue. He switched to legal services, where he worked in the elite JAG offices.

Corthell received an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in 2010 and was hired by the City of Pearland in 2011.

Corthell was promoted to Driver/Operator in 2013 and to Fire Dept. Lieutenant this year.

Corthell received a standing ovation from the audience of citizens, emergency responders from all over the area and City leaders.

For more information about the Pearland Fire Dept., visit

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital Recognized for Physician Satisfaction


Left to Right: Eddie Pearson, Chief Operating Officer, HealthStream, Rebecca Lilley, director physician resources, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

Left to Right: Eddie Pearson, Chief Operating Officer, HealthStream, Rebecca Lilley, director physician resources, Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital.

Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital was recently recognized by HealthStream with the Excellence through Insight award for “Overall Physician Satisfaction.” Memorial Hermann Southeast was awarded the honor with a physician satisfaction score in the 99th percentile for 2014.

“Memorial Hermann Southeast is proud to be affiliated with high caliber physicians who offer high quality care to the Bay Area,” says Kyle Price, Sr. Vice President, CEO, Memorial Hermann Southeast. “Our staff is innovative, compassionate and committed to maintaining its long history of providing safe, quality care and responding to the needs of our community.”

To qualify for the award, a hospital must have been a medical staff satisfaction client of HealthStream in 2014, scored at least in the 75th percentile or higher and conducted a minimum of 50 physician surveys.

“We applaud Memorial Hermann Southeast’s high level commitment to excellence in healthcare and are pleased to recognize their achievement through our presentation of an Excellence through Insight award,” said Robert A. Frist Jr., CEO, HealthStream.

Memorial Hermann Southeast is home to several award winning programs and specialties. Currently the campus is undergoing $14 million in renovations and improvements.

For more information about the services available at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital, visit