On Wednesday, October 23rd, Scenic Houston hosted its 20th Annual Dinner. At this milestone event, 250+ guests gathered at the Houston Country Club to honor award recipients Brad Freels, 2019 Scenic Visionary, and Allan Port, 2019 Scenic Hero. Cherie and Alan Hassenflu served as event chairs.

Native Houstonian Allan Port has demonstrated a lifelong devotion to quality of life issues in Houston and beyond. His vision of verdant, safe, visually appealing communities has led him to become deeply involved in the work of Scenic Houston and Scenic Texas. Scenic Houston credits Allan with cultivating the concept of “quality of place” that has taken deep root across our city. Because a better Houston has been his unerring focus, Scenic Houston is proud to call Allan Port its 2019 Scenic Hero.

Brad leads Midway, the development company with a mission to create remarkable places that enrich people’s lives. As a native Houstonian, Brad has a particular pride and affinity for his hometown. With his leadership, Midway has embraces the value and benefits of community placemaking. By delivering successful, authentic spaces built not just for where people can live or work, but also where they want to come together, Midway is reshaping Houston.  For his foresight and leadership, Scenic Houston was pleased to name Brad Freels its 2019 Scenic Visionary.

Allan Port received the 2019 Scenic Hero award from Margaret Lloyd, President of Scenic Texas, and 2014 Scenic Hero recipient, at Scenic Houston's 20th Annual Dinner, October 23rd at the Houston Country Club.
Brad Freels, Chairman of Midway, received the 2019 Scenic Visionary award at Scenic Houston's 20th Annual Dinner, October 23rd at the Houston Country Club.
Many thanks to the generous sponsors and supporters for making this year’s dinner most successful.

Underwriting Sponsors


Julie Peak & David Hightower • John P. McGovern Foundation • Johnson Development • Masterson Advisors LLC • Walker & Dunlop


ABHR • Amegy Bank • Cadence Bank • Camden • Barbara & Jonathan Day • Gauge Engineering • HEB • Donald Howell • Houston Airport System
JLL • Ann & Johnny Johnson • Wendy & Mavis Kelsey • Perry Homes Foundation • Peggy & Allan Port • Barbara & Louis Sklar • TBG • Meg & Dick Weekley


Abel Design Group • C3 Building Solutions • Truman Edminster • Frost Bank • HOK • Hines • Holland & Knight LLP
MetroNational • Roslyn & Derrick Mitchell • Walter P Moore • Transwestern • Kay & Max Watson • Mike Wheeler

Annual Dinner

Honoree History

Allan Port, Scenic Hero
Brad Freels, Scenic Visionary

Walter M. Mischer, Jr., Scenic Visionary
Paul D. Chapman, Scenic Hero

Mayor Sylvester Turner, Scenic Visionary

Larry D. Johnson, Scenic Visionary

Robert Duncan, Scenic Visionary

Richard J. Campo, Scenic Visionary
Margaret Lloyd, Scenic Hero

John W. Johnson, Scenic Visionary
H-E-B, Scenic Initiative

John Kirksey, Scenic Visionary
Central Houston, Scenic Initiative

Ann Lents, Scenic Visionary
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Scenic Integrity Award

Mayor Annise Parker, Scenic Visionary

Jonathan Day, Scenic Visionary
Harris County Toll Road Authority, Green Roads Award

Cece and Mack Fowler, Scenic Visionaries
Kay Crooker, Scenic Hero
Uptown Houston District, Scenic Initiative

Bob Lanier, Scenic Visionary
Mary Lou Henry, Scenic Hero

Gerald Hines, Caroll Shaddock, Bob Randolph, Eleanor Tinsley,
Madeline Appel, Bill Coats, Louis Sklar, Mavis Kelsey Jr, Scenic Visionaries

Jodie Jiles, Scenic Visionary
Gary Trietsch, Green Roads Award

Mayor Bill White, Scenic Visionary

Sadie Gwin Blackburn, Scenic Visionary

Max Watson, Scenic Visionary

Ed Wulfe, Scenic Visionary

Cynthia and George Mitchell, Scenic Visionaries

Eleanor Tinsley, Champion of Scenic Conservation