21th Annual Trailblazer Award Gala

“The Trailblazer provides an opportunity for Houston’s advertising community to honor those marketers who make a difference. The gala creates bridges between the wider community and the area’s creative resources to showcase the depth of innovation, talent, and generosity that our dynamic Houston market supports.”
Camille Bryan, AAF-Houston Presidents Council member.


November 8, 2018

Please join us on Thursday November 8, 2018, at The Junior League of Houston. The event will feature a Reception, Dinner, Awards Presentation and Silent Auction benefiting the work of AAF-Houston and its educational and scholarship programs.

In Texas, and especially in Houston, the name Hobby is synonymous with commerce and culture -media and public service have been a part of the family’s legacy for more than a century, and a major airport and a performing arts center in our city both bear the Hobby name. Today, Paul William Hobby continues that legacy.

Paul is Managing Partner and Chairman of Genesis Park LP. In that role, he has executed a number of successful communications and technology investments focused around energy, telecommunications and media, building a portfolio of new and traditional media investments and providing strategic consulting services to several traditional media companies that wish to transition towards new media. In 2016, an affiliate of Genesis Park purchased the revered Texas Monthly magazine. Founded in 1973 by Michael R. Levy, Texas Monthly had been a member of the Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications since 1998.

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Texas Monthly Inc., Paul Hobby made an immediate impact on the publication, which had already earned 13 National Magazine Awards while chronicling life in Texas for more than 4 decades. Since he began his stewardship, the magazine and website have undergone extensive redesign, and Texas Monthly has actively embraced change -employing podcasts, video and a robust social media presence, and adding unique events such as Texas Monthly Live and the Edge of Texas Festival.

Paul has also served as Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership, the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, the Texas General Services Commission, the Texas Ethics Commission and the Texas Business Hall of Fame. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Virginia and a JD from the University of Texas Law School. The Board of Directors and Members of the American Advertising Federation -Houston are proud to give Paul William Hobby our highest honor -the 2018 Trailblazer Award.

Previously during Trailblazer 2017-18...