Of all the events the Houston West Chamber of Commerce hosts, the Salute to Veterans luncheon is the most heartfelt among our members and gives our business community an opportunity to recognize women and men who serve or have served in our military.
Do not miss out on early bird pricing from now until July 4th! Register today. Your sponsorship and ticket purchases helps us honor and celebrate our Veterans who we invite at no cost to them. If you know a Veteran who would like to attend send them our way and we'll add them to the guest list.
Brigadier General E. A. “Buddy” Grantham is in his 40th year of serving his state and nation in uniform. He is a native Houstonian and a Texas A&M graduate where he commissioned through its’ Corps of Cadets. He joined the Texas Army National Guard in 1979 while in college and continued in the Active Army retiring in 2005. He joined the Texas State Guard in 2007 providing humanitarian mission support and disaster recovery services for the citizens of Texas.
He is local business owner, a lifelong volunteer, civic leader, a strong advocate for the military, veterans and their families and the Director Emeritus of the City’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs.
Buddy is happily married to Julie his wife of 41 years. They have three wonderful children to include a serving Army officer with a tour in Afghanistan, eight energized grandchildren and two rescue dogs.
Emcee: Mea Williams, MBA, President and CEO - Grace After Fire, Navy Veteran
Mea Williams, born in Cambridge, Ohio, is a Navy Veteran, a mother, a wife and the President/CEO of Grace After Fire, an organization that assists women Veterans with the transition process and reintegration back into the civilian sector after their military service.In her role, Mea directs and oversees all efforts and activities related to developing and implementing Table Talk ™ Color Me Camo, an innovative peer-to peer program and other Veteran focused efforts led by the organization.In 2000, Mea began her military journey in Norfolk, VA working on board the flight deck of Amphibious Assault Ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) as part of the crash and salvage team, personnel who are on standby ready to respond to any mishaps that may happen on the deck during takeoff and landing of aircraft. Upon returning from a seven-month deployment as part of the crew of one of the first ships to respond to the September 11th attacks, Mea decided it was time to change paths to do something she had always loved - journalism. After three years on sea, Mea became a Navy journalist stationed at the Navy Public Affairs Center in Norfolk. There, she toured the States and many bases interviewing people highlighting newsworthy events and writing featured stories that captured the true essences of what Navy sailors do. In 2006, Mea ended her Navy career as a Journalist and later moved with her family to Houston, Texas.
After serving her country for 6 and half years, Mea earned both her Bachelor's degree in Business Management and her MBA with a specialization in Healthcare Administration from Ashford University. Due to her unrelenting determination, passion to see others reach their full potential and strong people skills, Mea was nominated by her peers' and mentors for and then selected to participate in Leadership Texas 2015. Now a resident of Katy, Texas, Mea carries out her purpose of effecting change in the lives of many in and around her community.