The Houston Business Journal has named Jamey Rootes, president of the Houston Texans, as its 2016 Business Person of the Year.
Rootes was selected by the editorial team based on his accomplishments as the 2016 chair of the Greater Houston Partnership as well as his role in elevating Houston's visibility on an international scale.
"In deciding who should be HBJ's first-ever Business Person of the Year, Jamey was a natural choice," said Bob Charlet, publisher of the HBJ. "As the GHP's 2016 chair of the board and as the business leader of one of the NFL's most successful and profitable sports franchises, he has bridged together various civic and business organizations for the betterment of this city." During his tenure as the GHP's 2016 chair, Rootes and a delegation of other business and civic leaders worked to establish international partnerships through trips to countries such as Cuba and Mexico.
He was instrumental in bringing one of the largest soccer tournaments — Copa America — to Houston as well as bringing Monday Night Football to Mexico for the first time in NFL history, when the Houston Texans played against the Oakland Raiders Nov. 21. In October, HBJ spoke with Rootes about taking football international. Click here to read more.
Rootes will be recognized at the HBJ's annual Book of Lists event, which will be held Feb. 21 at the new Marriott Marquis Houston Downtown.