AMA Houston Chapter Announces Crystal Award Winners for 2009

Crystal Awards Gala Held May 29 at InterContinental Houston Hotel

HOUSTON – The American Marketing Association (AMA) – Houston Chapter announced the 46 winners of the chapter’s 23rd Annual Crystal Awards competition at the gala event held May 29, 2009, at the InterContinental Houston Hotel. Over 400 attendees watched Las Vegas-style entertainment from J&D Entertainment. “The Crystal Awards is more than a beauty contest – it is the marketing awards program that recognizes results,” said Crystal Awards Chair Colin Hageney, president of Bullpen Marketing. “That focus on marketing effectiveness is what sets AMA apart from other awards programs,” he added, “and we extend our congratulations to all of our winners for their successes and to our sponsors for helping make possible such an amazing evening.” Special guest Nancy Costopulos, the chief marketing officer of AMA, presented a special trophy for AMA Houston being named Chapter of the Year, the top award among all chapters in North America.

The top Crystal Award, the Judges’ Favorite trophy, went to the Greater Houston Visitors and Convention Bureau for their “My Houston” marketing program. Top winners of the AMA Houston Crystal Awards announced at the event were 2020 Exhibits, Alley Theatre, Axiom, Barrett-Wehlmann LLC, CenterPoint Energy, Century A/C Supply and Ice Blue Advertising, Croxson Design, CS Creative, DMN3, Ernst & Young, Gelb Consulting, Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Griffin Integrated Marketing, Gulf Publishing Company, Houston Symphony, KBR, Limb Design, Lopez Negrete Communications, Metropolitan Transit Authority, Oliver Russell, Parker:Hayden Advertising + Design, Pennebaker Fifth Ring, Sabre Marketing, Shadow Lakes – Rediscover Texas, Southeast Media, Spur Interactive LP, Texas Children’s Hospital, Water Design Studio, Weatherford International Ltd. and Zenfilm. For a complete listing of winners and categories, visit

Crystal Awards sponsors/underwriters who were key to the event’s success included Presenting Sponsor, Brookwoods Group; Platinum Sponsor, CenterPoint Energy; Gold Sponsors, AQUENT, ContentActive, MediaComp, Parker:Hayden, and Weatherford International; and Silver Sponsors, Business Wire, C-Ray Media, and Saurage Marketing Research. In-kind event partners included BrandExtract (creative partner), Bullpen Marketing (promotional product partner), Catch the Moment (photography partner), ExactTarget (email marketing partner), Frank White Photography (photography partner), Getty Images (official imagery partner), J&D Entertainment (entertainment partner), LD Systems (production partner), Let it Fly Events (decorations partner), Lone Star Exhibits (gallery and judging partner), MTI Event Management & Marketing (event planning partner), PMi (printing partner), and Zenfilm (film partner).

About the American Marketing Association – Houston Chapter

The Houston Chapter of the American Marketing Association is the area’s leading professional marketing organization and the nation’s second largest chapter. AMA Houston is currently Chapter of the Year and has won this national award three times in five years. AMA Houston connects more than 1,000 members with diverse marketing expertise from a variety of industries. For event and membership information, please visit