Star of Excellence

The West Houston Association’s Star of Excellence recognizes individuals who have made substantial contributions to the Greater West Houston area. As industry leaders we promote quality development, sustainable infrastructure, long-term planning and sound public policy. Our Star of Excellence Award recipients are not members of the West Houston Association, but their work complements our own to achieve a shared vision. We honor them as shining examples of the leadership and determination that is required for everyone to find great experiences and opportunities in Greater West Houston. 

2021 – Russ Poppe
2020 – Steve Radack

2021 – Russ Poppe

The 2021 Star of Excellence was awarded to Russ Poppe for his work with the Harris County Flood Control District. Russ spent nearly 15 years working with Harris County Flood Control District. Under his direction, the district carried out its mission to devise countywide flood damage reduction plans, implement those plans, and maintain the infrastructure. The District has jurisdiction over the primary stormwater facilities in the county, which consist of about 1,500 channels, totaling 2,500 miles in length, as well as more than 60 regional stormwater detention basins and a 2.5- square mile wetlands mitigation bank. In his role, he managed more than $2.4 billion in district assets and successfully led a $2.5 billion bond program approved by more than 85% of county voters. 

2020 – Steve Radack

The 2020 Star of Excellence was awarded to Steve Radack for three decades of service to continuously improve the quality of life for people across West Houston in Harris County Precinct 3 and beyond. Radack was a strong supporter of infrastructure. He was instrumental in expanding mobility across the greater West Houston region including Westpark and the Grand Parkway. Over the years he expanded nine parks into 63, established four new community centers, was the first Harris County Commissioner to establish senior education centers, and opened dog parks. He did this with fiscal conservatism in mind and he embraced public-private partnerships whenever possible to stretch tax payer dollars 

 

The West Houston Star of Excellence nomination process is overseen by the membership committee and is awarded annually to an individual for their contributions made to the West Houston region in line with the association’s vision and mission.