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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.

Congratulations to our 2022 Media Alliance of Houston Star Awards Recipients!

Digital Sales Professional (All Media)

Leslie Poroo, iHeart Media


Out of Home or Print Account Executive

Sari Chase, Houston Chronicle


Out of Home or Print Media Manager or VP

Jeni Heard, Houston Chronicle   


Sports Team Professional

Bill Zachry, Professional Sports


On-Air TV Personality     

Deborah Duncan, KHOU


Local TV Account Executive 

Kim Ryan, Telemundo


TV Sales Manager or Director of Sales

Patricia Buchanan, Telemundo   


TV News Director

Dave Strickland, KPRC


TV Market Manager or VP

Tony Canales, Telemundo


Radio Producer or News Director

Laurie Johnson, Houston Public Media


Radio On-Air Personality

Sarah Pepper, Audacy


Local Radio Account Executive

Robert Hartye, Houston Public Media


Radio Sales Manager or Director

Millie Adan-Garza, Houston Public Media


Radio Program Director or Operations Director

Kyle Claude, Houston Public Media



Radio Market Manager or VP

Lisa Shumate, Houston Public Media       


Promotions Director or Marketing Professional

Abby Anderson, KPRC


Local Media Sales Assistant or Traffic Assistant

Summer Salas, KTRK       


Local Community Affairs Director

Dale Lockett, KHOU


Local Agency Support Staff

Charity Cain, Love Advertising


Local Agency Account Service/Brand Management

Virginia Vorster, Love Advertising


Local Agency Buyer

Amanda Rossy, BrivicMedia


Local Agency Planner

Marlena Majoie, Love Advertising


Local Agency Digital Professional

Sheryl Grigsby, Briggs and Caldwell


Local Agency Media Director or Associate Media Director 

Kelley Robinson, BrivicMedia      


Agency Principal

Tina Murray, Mind Dance Marketing


Agency of the Year (Small)

Briggs & Caldwell     


Agency of the Year (Large)

Love Advertising


MAH Rising Star

Maria De La Riva, Love Advertising


Market Rock Star

Kelley Rodriguez, Love Advertising

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