2014 Arrival Awards

Recognizing

Immigrant Achievement
Thursday, March 6, 2014

 

2014 Arrival Award Sponsors

Statue of Liberty – Underwriter
$10,000
Mary Foreman

Ellis Island – Benefactor
$5,000
FosterQuan, LLP
Adán Á. Rios Foundation
ZT Wealth

The Great Hall – Sponsor
$2,500
Sofia Adrogué & Sten Gustafson
Altus Health
Mr. Robert H. Etnyre, Jr.
Kelli Cohen Fein/Caroline Baker Hurley/
Scott Sherman/Shawn Stephens/Y. Ping Sun
Gonzalez Olivieri LLC
Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C.
Qadeer & Associates
Professors Augustina H. Reyes and Michael A. Olivas

 

Sofia Adrogué

Sofia AdroguéA native of Argentina and commercial litigator for over 21 years, Sofia Adrogué is a member of Gray Reed & McGraw, P.C. She has obtained favorable judgments and settlements on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants in complex business cases in state and federal courts and ADR proceedings. Among other recognitions, she is a “Texas Super Lawyer,” a Greater Houston Women’s Chamber Hall of Fame Inductee, a Houston Chronicle Channel 11 “Texas Legend,” a Texas Executive Women “Woman on the Move,” and a U.S. Jaycees “Outstanding Young American.” An alumna of the Harvard Business School OPM 37, she served as the U.S. Keynote Graduation Speaker, ostensibly the first woman to do so, and as U.S. Class Representative. Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent ®Peer Review Rated, a Who’s Who in America, American Law, and American Women, she is a frequent speaker (over 110 speeches) and publisher (over 100 articles). She is a graduate of Rice University, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and the University of Houston Law Center, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif and Barons, both on full academic scholarships. Sofia is a co-host & co-producer of Latina Voices: Smart Talk. The mother of Sloane, Schuyler, and Stefan, married to fellow Rice and UH Law Center graduate, Sten Gustafson, Sofia has been recognized for her public service by the City of Houston, with a proclamation of July 10, 2004 as “Sofia Adrogué Day.”

Taseer Badar

Taseer BadarBefore he began his outstanding career, Taseer Badar was a young man with an incredible vision—to make his mark on the world. After graduating from the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M, Taseer became a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. That valuable experience fueled his desire to break out on his own. In 1997, he brought his entrepreneurial vision to life and developed ZT Wealth, a wealth management platform that builds, acquires, and sustains its own private investments. In 2004, Taseer formed Altus Health, a network of health facilities owned and managed by ZT Wealth. Altus offers an innovative spectrum of products and services - from wellness, emergency centers, diagnostic services, surgical and acute care to medical equipment and hospice.

 

 

Mary Foreman

Mary ForemanMary Foreman was born on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean. A U.S. citizen by choice, she has been a staunch ally of her husband, Reverend George Foreman, in bringing all the best that can be done to those in most need. First and foremost a mother, she brings that determination to every philanthropic endeavor she engages at home and abroad. She and her husband have been responsible for significant philanthropic contributions to many academic centers in the USA and abroad, including Pepperdine University and Texas Southern University.

When MDACC needed much help for completion of their youth intensive care unit, it was Mary, together with George Foreman, who stepped forward and helped to establish the unit. Little is known of her work, as she usually does her work quietly and expediently. When news of the explosion of the AIDS epidemic in the Caribbean started to appear, the first and for several years only program to prevent transmission of HIV to newborns was in St. Lucia, a program totally funded by Mary Foreman. Others followed, and today those efforts have provided much relief in the Caribbean, an accomplishment for which generations of parents and children are forever grateful.

 

 

Dr. Adan Rios

Dr. Adan RiosDr. Rios saw his first patient with AIDS-KS in 1982. In 1985 he was the Director of Clinical Research of the Institute for Immunological Disorders, the first US hospital for the treatment and research of AIDS. When the Institute closed, Dr. Rios continued to take care of AIDS patients in the community. By creating the Houston Conference on AIDS in America, Dr. Rios linked the Texas AIDS Community with other groups around the country during the difficult early years of the AIDS epidemic. At no cost to the attendees and through self-support efforts, the Conference brought to Houston for 11 years the best minds in the country on AIDS to Houston, Texas, saving lives and comforting thousands of patients. Since 1998, when he invented and patented in the USA, Australia, and the European Union a methodology for development of a preventive HIV vaccine, he has worked tirelessly to bring to fruition the development of a preventive HIV vaccine. With the recent complete inactivation of HIV using his innovative methodology, through a successful international collaboration, work is in progress at Baylor College of Medicine to test the immunogenicity of these inactivated HIV particles. Dr. Rios is the recipient of the MDACC Distinguished Alumnus Award, The George Washington University Presidential Medal Award, and the 2009 Smithsonian Latino Legacy Award. He is currently at the UT Medical School at Houston, where he works in the research and treatment of patients with leukemia, lymphomas, and AIDS-related malignancies.

 

Previous Arrival Award Honorees

2011
Durga D. Agrawal
Dr. Oscar Castañeda
Ana Hernandez Luna


2009
Renu Khator
Ayaz Nasser
Y. Ping Sun


2007
Samuel Abraham
Leopoldo “Polo” Beccera
Leeshan Birney

 

2006
Nancy T. Chang
Celina Fein
Chris Wilmot

 

2004
Ali Saberioon
Farouk Shami and Rick Landry
Don Wang

 

2003
Eduardo Aguirre, Jr.
Ghulam Bombaywala
Kase L. Lawal

 

Arrival Awards Leadership

Co-Chairs
Charles C. Foster
FosterQuan, LLP

Gordon J. Quan
FosterQuan, LLP

Executive Committee
Robert H. Etnyre
Royston, Rayzor, Vickery
& Williams, L.L.P.

Silvia Graves
Graves & Graves, P.C.

Michael A. Olivas
University of Houston
Law Center

William Y. Sim
William Y. Sim, P.C.

Peter D. Williamson
Chamberlain, Hrdlicka,
White, Williams & Aughtry

University of Houston Law Center
Immigration Clinic

Geoffrey A. Hoffman, Director

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