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May Luncheon – World Cup 2026: Let’s bring it to H-Town

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May 15, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Join AAF-Houston for our May luncheon.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
11:30 AM –  1:00 PM
Junior League of Houston

World Cup 2026: Let’s bring it to H-Town

Super Bowls. World Series. NBA Finals. Final Fours. MLB All-Star game. NBA All-Star game. MLS All-Star game. Copa América Centenario. Gold Cup.

When it comes to premier events, our city delivers. Now, we’re ready to show why we deserve to host the world’s most prestigious sporting event.

Join us on May 15th to learn how our panel of experts plan on bringing the World Cup to Houston!


  • Chris Canetti: President – Houston World Cup Bid Committee
  • Brian Ching: Member of 2006 U.S. World Cup team
  • Alex Lopez Negrete: President/CEO – Lopez Negrete Communications
  • Janis Burke: CEO – Harris County-Houston Sports Authority

Moderator: Mark Medici – President Houston Chronicle

AAF Tenth District American Advertising Awards will be presented to 2019 Houston Winners!

May 15 is Board Election Day for AAF-Houston and paper ballots will be accepted at the luncheon.

If you did not have the chance to vote online, this will be the last opportunity for AAF-H Members cast their ballots. Candidates for 2019-2021 are:

CHAIRMAN – John Manlove, John Manlove Marketing & Communications

CHAIRMAN-ELECT – Kelley Robinson, BrivicMedia, Inc.

VICE-CHAIRMAN – Joni Verdina, Ad Impressions, Inc.


  • Joseph Biondi, Houston Public Media
  • John Del Tatto, Mind Dance Marketing, Inc.
  • Dwight Douthit, Douthit Design Group
  • Valentina Gómez Bravo, Bunker +58
  • Kay Krenek, Kay Krenek Creative
  • Bob Mackay, Entercom Houston
  • Alfred Martinez, Go-on Group
  • Alberto Morales, Clear Channel Outdoor
  • Kate Nilsen, Blue Sky Marketing, LLC
  • Sonny Villarreal, Lopez Negrete Communications, Inc.
  • Alvin Wright, Alvin Wright Communications