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The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates 45th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

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THE WOODLANDS, TX – The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce brought more than 200 business leaders together at The Woodlands Country Club on Friday, September 29th to celebrate its 45th Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon.

The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon Jim Blair
The Legacy Award was presented to Jim Blair’s friends and family. From left to right: J.J. Hollie, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO; Bruce Tough, Tough Law Firm PLLC; Maris Blair, Daughter of Jim Blair; Nelda Blair, Wife of Jim Blair; David Hall, Son-in-Law of Jim Blair; Jim Carman, Howard Hughes President, Houston Region and 2022-2023 Chairman of the Board, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. Photo courtesy of The Woodlands Area Chamber Commerce.

The event is held each year following the end of the Chamber year on August 31st to recognize members who have shown exemplary support of the Chamber and the business community. This year’s Legacy Award honored the late Jim Blair and his massive impact on The Woodlands community.

J.J. Hollie, President & CEO of The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce delivered the annual report, detailing The Chamber’s activities and accomplishments during the 2022-2023 fiscal year.




“I would like to say a big thank you to our members, volunteers, and Board of Directors who have helped make this year a success,” Hollie said. “We continue to see our Chamber thrive and our impact grow as members build positive relationships with each other and help us advocate for the business community.”

The 2022-2023 specialty award winners are:

  • Chamber Volunteer of the Year – Amber Sickafoose of The Woodlands Country Club
  • Chamber Top Influencer Under 40 – David Deveau of JPMorgan Chase
  • Chamber Community Citizen of the Year – George Lindahl
  • Chamber Diplomat of the Year – Ashley Reina of Blue Skies Bookkeeping
  • Chairman’s Award – Angela Storseth-Cooper of The US Oncology Network/McKesson 

In addition to the annual awards, the volunteer positions of retiring 2022–2023 Board of Directors, Vice Presidents, Diplomat Team and Team Leaders were recognized for their service to the Chamber. Members marking 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of membership were also recognized for their continued support. 

Hollie ended the awards ceremony by thanking 2022-2023 Chairman of the Board, Jim Carman of Howard Hughes for his leadership and dedication to the betterment of the Chamber and The Woodlands area business community.




About Legacy Award Recipient Jim Blair 

The Chamber’s 2023 Legacy Award recipient, Jim Blair, is often described as “larger than life.” A Founding Capital Partner of Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP, Jim Blair passed away in January at 81 years of age yet his huge legacy in The Woodlands community lives on. Jim is widely remembered for his love of and generosity to his state and especially to Montgomery County. His overwhelming support over many years to schools, officeholders and candidates, charities too numerous to count, and especially the Chamber, lives on in our community forever. Jim used his legal skills and powers of persuasion to champion causes that touched his heart, such as Interfaith of The Woodlands, the Montgomery County Food Bank, and Hurricane Ike relief. Jim Blair was named a 2011 “Hometown Hero” of The Woodlands.

About The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce

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As the largest business association in Greater Houston, we represent more than 1,300 area employers on the local, county, state and national level. We work to improve the area’s economy by advocating for the business community, creating marketing and networking opportunities, serving as a professional and community resource and supporting local nonprofits. For more information, visit