Former Houston Mayor Caps Spring Breakfast Series

Published on May 17, 2010

Bauer Alumni Association Hosts Bill White for Final Networking Breakfast of Spring 2010

Former Mayor Bill White will speak at May’s networking breakfast.

The Bauer College Alumni Association will host former Houston mayor Bill White for its monthly networking breakfast sponsored by James E. Bashaw & Co. on Thursday, May 20.

A three-term mayor of America’s 4th largest city, White is recognized both locally and nationally. First elected in 2003, White won two reelections by overwhelming margins –91 percent and 86 percent – and left office in January 2010 due to the city’s term limits as one of Houston’s most popular public figures.

Americans witnessed his hands-on management style when he helped lead Houston’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He was later awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and rated Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year in 2007 for his service in the light of the catastrophe.  White’s leadership was also credited with helping the Houston area prepare for and respond to Hurricane Ike in 2008.

Before serving as mayor, White was a prominent businessman and served as the deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy during the administration of former president Bill Clinton.

White will speak at the last BCAA networking breakfast of the semester. Held monthly, these breakfasts offer rich networking opportunities for Bauer College alumni, corporate partners and supporters.

“We started this spring’s alumni breakfasts with the CEO of Anadarko, Mr. James Hackett, and we end it with former City of Houston Mayor Bill White.  The caliber of these individuals and their participation in these breakfasts is a testament to our alumni’s influence,” said Jerry Portele (BS ’96), second vice president of the Bauer College Alumni Association and event chairman.

The BCAA breakfast series is held each fall and spring semester. Networking and breakfast begin at 7 a.m. with scheduled adjournment at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $30 ($25 for UHAA members) and is open to the public.

Register online or contact Kamika Hind for more information, 713-743-4716.

By Lori Reichardt

Please note that the University of Houston and the University of Houston Alumni Association does not endorse, fund raise or support any political campaign, candidate, or political party. This event is open to the public and all proceeds support the Bauer College Alumni Association.

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