Annual Meeting 2021
About the Event:
The Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting is held every fall to celebrate the past year, glimpse into the new year, and recognize our outgoing and incoming Board Chair. The highlight of the evening is honoring the recipient of our coveted Spindletop Award. We are excited to announce the 2021 Spindletop Award Recipient is Jason's Deli. The 2021 Spindletop Award winner will be formally recognized at the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting on October 12th. The Chamber is also honored to announce the keynote speaker for the Annual Meeting, Governor Greg Abbott.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Named “Best Governor in the Nation” in 2020, Governor Greg Abbott continues to build on his record as
a strong conservative leader who fights to preserve Texas values and ensure the Lone Star State remains
the best place to raise a family, build a business, and create greater opportunity for all.
Texas works when Texans work:
Under Governor Abbott’s careful stewardship of the ninth-largest economy in the world, the Lone Star
State added more than 1 million new jobs during the first five years of his administration and led the
nation in job creation for 2019.
With the Governor’s unwavering commitment to expanding opportunity for all hardworking Texans, the
Lone Star State is the top state for attracting job-creating capital investments and is among the top
states for jobs created by African American, Hispanic, women, and veteran business owners.
Addressing the state’s most pressing issues:
As the nation and the world continue to battle the global pandemic, Governor Abbott is working to build
a healthier, safer, freer, and more prosperous future for all Texans.
In the 87th Legislative Session, the Governor’s focus is on ensuring Texans have access to high-quality
healthcare, improving public safety, getting Texans back to work, and unleashing the state’s robust,
Landmark legislation passed in the previous session included the Governor’s priorities that Texans
demanded: reining in skyrocketing property taxes; investing more in our classrooms and teachers;
keeping our schools safe; combatting human trafficking; and improving disaster preparedness and
response. Other notable successes included protecting free speech on campus, ensuring medical care
for babies born alive after attempted abortions, banning red light cameras, and more.
These build on Governor Abbott’s prior legislative successes making Texas even freer, stronger, safer,
and smarter: investing in critical border security; reforming the child protective system; investing more
in early and higher education; cutting billions in taxes to stimulate job growth; reining in regulatory
regimes that strangle innovation; improving Texas roads; and expanding protection of Texans’
Defined by perseverance:
Before his election in 2014 as the 48th Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott was the 50th and longest-serving
Attorney General of Texas, earning a national reputation for defending religious liberty and protecting
Texas communities and children. He also previously served as a Justice on the Texas Supreme Court and
as a State District Judge in Harris County.
A native Texan and avid sportsman and hunter, Governor Abbott was born in Wichita Falls and raised in
Duncanville. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, he earned a law degree from
Vanderbilt University Law School.
Shortly after graduating from law school, he was partially paralyzed by a falling tree while jogging. From
his faith and family, he gained strength, recognizing “our lives are not defined by our challenges, but by
how we respond to them.”
Governor Abbott and his wife, Cecilia, a former teacher and principal, and the first Hispanic First Lady of
Texas, were married in 1981. Their daughter, Audrey, is a recent college graduate.
History of the Spindletop Award:
The Spindletop Award was created in 1999 to recognize larger area businesses for outstanding corporate citizenship and overall impact on our community. A committee consisting of Board members and past chairs of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce chooses the award recipient. Some of the factors considered in the selection are prior history in our community, the overall impact on the economic vitality of Southeast Texas, collaboration with other business and governmental entities, forging a common path for the development of our area and overall reputation as an outstanding organization.
Previous recipients of the Spindletop Award:
1999 - ExxonMobil
2000 - Entergy
2001 - CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth Hospital
2002 - Conn’s
2003 - Hibernia National Bank
2004 - American Valve and Hydrant
2005 - Beaumont Enterprise
2007 - Baptist Hospital
2008 - Steinhagen Oil
2009 - Market Basket
2010 - Mason Construction
2011 - AT&T
2012 - Munro’s
2013 - Coburn Supply Company
2014 - Ritter Lumber Company
2015 - Port of Beaumont
2016 - Classic Southeast Texas Auto Group
2017 - Cheniere Energy & Golden Pass LNG
2018 - Trans-Global Solutions
2019 - Sabine-Neches Navigation District
2020 - ExxonMobil