STAR AWARDS GALA

We are excited to announce the our 2022 Star Awards Gala as we celebrate AWM's 70th Anniversary!

Make sure to buy your tables now!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR
2022 STAR AWARDS FINALISTS!

1. DIGITAL SALES PROFESSIONAL [ALL MEDIA]

Leslie Poroo, iHeart Media

Lindsey Aiello, KHOU

Tammy Guest, KTRK

 

2. OUT OF HOME or PRINT ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Ashley Dunham, Clear Channel Outdoor

Laurie Selzer, MNI Targeted Media

Mike Jackson, Outfront

Sari Chase, Houston Chronicle

 

3. OUT OF HOME or PRINT MEDIA MANAGER or VP

Heath Vellekamp, Clear Channel Outdoor

Jeni Heard, Houston Chronicle

Matt Molina, Outfront

 

4. SPORTS MARKETING/SALES PROFESSIONAL

Bill Zachry, Professional Sports Partners

Denise Janowski, Bally Sports

Derek Dusek, VYPE

 

5. ON-AIR TV PERSONALITY

Amy Davis, KPRC

Deborah Duncan, KHOU

Melanie Lawson, KTRK

 

6. LOCAL TV ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Brittany Burt, KPRC

Denise Janowski, Bally Sports

Kim Ryan, Telemundo

 

7. TV SALES MANAGER OR DIRECTOR OF SALES

Miles Cathey, KHOU

Patricia Buchanan, Telemundo

Susan Miller, KPRC

 

8. TV NEWS DIRECTOR

Dave Strickland, KPRC

Jerry Vazquez, Telemundo

Liz Roldan, KHOU

Martha Kattan, Univision

 

9. TV MARKET MANAGER or VP

Bobby Springer, KHOU

Lisa Shumate, Houston Public Media

Tony Canales, Telemundo

Wendy Granato, KTRK

 

10. RADIO PRODUCER OR NEWS DIRECTOR

Kevin Quinn, Cumulus

Laurie Johnson, Houston Public Media

Ramon Robles, iHeart Media

 

11. RADIO ON-AIR PERSONALITY

Dana Tyson, iHeart Media

Eddie Robinson, Houston Public Media

Roula Christie, Cumulus

Sarah Pepper, Audacy

 

12. LOCAL RADIO ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Angela Wilson, iHeart Media

Laura Filipone, CMG Houston

Rita Dalati, Cumulus

Robert Hartye, Houston Public Media

 

13. RADIO SALES MANAGER OR DIRECTOR OF SALES

Alana Lujan, Audacy

Alicia Del Fierro, Univision Radio

Kristin Armstrong, iHeart Media

Millie Adan-Garza, Houston Public Media

 

14. RADIO PROGRAM DIRECTOR OR OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Johnny Chiang, CMG Houston

Kyle Claude, Houston Public Media

Marc Sherman, iHeart Media

 

15. RADIO MARKET MANAGER or VP

Alex Cadelago, Cumulus

Eddie Martiny, iHeart Media

Lisa Shumate, Houston Public Media

 

16. PROMOTIONS DIRECTOR OR MARKETING PROFESSIONAL [ALL MEDIA]

Abby Anderson, KPRC

Colleen Keehn, Audacy

Lauren Graff, Outfront

Rob Skinner, iHeart Media

 

17. LOCAL MEDIA SALES ASSISTANT or TRAFFIC ASSISTANT [ALL MEDIA]

Doug Mueller, Houston Public Media

Gabriel Torres Huerta, KHOU

Summer Salas, KTRK

 

18. LOCAL COMMUNITY AFFAIRS DIRECTOR [ALL MEDIA]

Dale Lockett, KHOU

JC Perez, Telemundo

Liz Arreola, Audacy

 

19. LOCAL AGENCY SUPPORT STAFF

Charity Cain, Love Advertising

Diana Rios, Strike Marketing

Mara Diaz, BrivicMedia

Sherry Knecht, Freed Advertising

 

20. LOCAL AGENCY ACCOUNT SERVICE/BRAND MANAGEMENT

Avery Domenech, BrivicMedia

Kristine Alardin, Freed Advertising

Virginia Vorster, Love Advertising

 

21. LOCAL AGENCY BUYER

Amanda Rossy, BrivicMedia

Grace Roman, Love Advertising

Matt Taylor, Strike Marketing

 

22. LOCAL AGENCY PLANNER

Cristina Fernandez, BrivicMedia

Marlena Majoie, Love Advertising

Jordan Lippman, Freed Advertising

Polly Carr, MMI

 

23. LOCAL AGENCY DIGITAL PROFESSIONAL

Caitlin Stansfield, BrivicMedia

Jordan Lippman, Freed Advertising

Sheryl Grigsby, Briggs and Caldwell

 

24. LOCAL AGENCY MEDIA DIRECTOR or ASSOCIATE MEDIA DIRECTOR

Kelley Robinson, BrivicMedia

Rosa Serrano, Freed Advertising

Stephanie Weaver McKee, Tippit & Moo/Professional Sports Partners

Thomas Goggins, Strike Marketing

 

25. AGENCY PRINCIPAL

Allen Brivic, BrivicMedia

Chris Caldwell, Briggs and Caldwell

Gerald Freed, Freed Advertising

Tina Murray, Mind Dance Marketing

 

26. AGENCY OF THE YEAR [SMALL, UNDER 15 FULL & PART-TIME EMPLOYEES]

Briggs & Caldwell

Mind Dance Marketing

Strike Marketing

Tippit & Moo

 

27. AGENCY OF THE YEAR [LARGE]

Carlberg

Freed Advertising

Love Advertising

 

28. MAH RISING STAR [LESS THAN 3 YEARS IN MEDIA]

Mara Diaz, BrivicMedia

Maria De La Riva, Love Advertising

Morgan Cluck, Houston Public Media

 

29. MARKET ROCK STAR

Christine Burch-Catania, KRIV

Karen Erwin, Outfront

Kelley Robinson, BrivicMedia

Kelley Rodriguez, Love Advertising

Noemi Lopez, Telemundo

Nykia Jones, Houston Public Media

Tandy Ingro & Melanie Rathgeber, Audacy

Ever wonder how nominee selection and voting works for Star Awards?

Here's what you need to know!

Those who won an award for a specific category the previous year are not eligible to be nominated for that same category the following year, however they can be nominated for other categories if applicable.

 

Each company can submit one nomination ballot for first round of voting.

 

Nominees must be in the Houston Market.

 

TV, Radio, Out of Home and Print companies will receive 20 votes in addition to their membership. 
If there is no membership, then they will just receive 20 votes.

 

Agencies receive 10 votes in addition to their membership. 
If there is no membership, they will just receive 10 votes.

 

MAH Members receive the number of votes outlined in their membership, in addition to their given votes. 
Example:  If KHOU has a 5 person membership, they will receive 25 votes (5 for their membership, 20 for being a TV station)

Individual members are eligible to vote.

 

First round of voting—the top three or four nominees for each round will move on to the final round of voting. 
For categories, like MAH Rising Star and Market Rock Star or any category where there is a close tie, four will move on to the final round of voting.

 

Each nominee for the final round of voting will be sent an essay to complete, as part of their overall score.

 

Essays will be sent to 10 out-of-market judges who will submit their ballots to the CPA.

 

All essay scores and voting scores will be submitted to a CPA to tabulate the final winner for each category.

 

Scoring is 55% voting and 45% essay for final scores.