Asia Society Texas Center

Huffington Award Luncheon

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 – Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM

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U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Roy M. Huffington Award for Contributions to International Understanding, to be presented at the annual Huffington Award Luncheon on October 18. Serving as the luncheon's Co-chairs are Charles C. Foster and Patrick C. OxfordJohn W. Diamond will serve as moderator.

The Huffington Award Luncheon recognizes an individual who has been a major force on the international stage. Named for the Houston oilman and former ambassador who played a leading role in creating Asia Society Texas Center, the Roy M. Huffington Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Texas Center.

Former recipients include President George H.W. Bush; Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Jr.; former ExxonMobil CEO and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; Mr. and Mrs. George Strake; Robert Mosbacher, Sr.; Mayor Bill White; Washington SyCip; Gordon M. Bethune; and The Honorable Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore.

Please contact Regina Agu at RAgu@AsiaSociety.org or 713.496.9907 with any questions


VIP Reception: 10:30 am (only for table sponsors and VIP ticket holders)
Registration: 11:30 am
Luncheon: 12:00 pm


The Honorable Kevin Brady represents the 8th Congressional District of Texas and serves as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. With jurisdiction over taxes, health care, Social Security, Medicare, international trade, and welfare, Ways and Means is widely considered one of the most powerful committees in Congress.

As Chairman, Kevin is focused on advancing solutions to enhance economic freedom and strengthen America’s economy for the long term. Under Kevin’s leadership, the Ways and Means Committee in 2016 led several important parts of Speaker Paul Ryan’s “Better Way” agenda, including the development of a detailed blueprint for comprehensive pro-growth tax reform. Building off this work, he and the Committee are now working closely with the Trump Administration and the Senate to deliver the first overhaul of America’s tax code in more than 30 years.

Kevin previously chaired the Ways and Means Committee’s Health Subcommittee and served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the bicameral Joint Economic Committee. Until 2013, he chaired the Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, where he led the successful effort to pass new sales agreements with Panama, South Korea, and Colombia. In addition, he played a key role in the passage of the Dominican Republic–Central American Free Trade Agreement.

Prior to his election to Congress, Kevin worked as a chamber of commerce executive for 18 years and served six years in the Texas House of Representatives. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of South Dakota and lives in Montgomery County, Texas, with his wife and two sons.


John W. Diamond, Ph.D., is the Edward A. and Hermena Hancock Kelly Fellow in Public Finance at the Baker Institute, an adjunct professor of economics at Rice University, and CEO of Tax Policy Advisers, LLC. His research interests are federal tax and expenditure policy, state and local public finance, and the construction and simulation of computable general equilibrium models. His current research focuses on the economic effects of corporate tax reform, the economic and distributional effects of fundamental tax reform, taxation and housing values, public sector pensions, and various other tax and expenditure policy issues. Diamond is co-editor of Pathways to Fiscal Reform in the United States (The MIT Press, 2015) and Fundamental Tax Reform: Issues, Choices and Implications (The MIT Press, 2008). He has testified before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee, the U.S. House Budget Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the Joint Economic Committee and other federal and state committees on issues related to tax policy and the U.S. economy. Diamond served as forum editor for the National Tax Journal (2009-2017) and on the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, U.S. Congress (2000-2004). He has also served as a consultant for the World Bank on the efficacy of structural adjustment programs. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Rice University in 2000.


A letter acknowledging your contribution will be sent to person(s) in which your gift was made in honor of. Please complete this form and return it via mail or click the ticketing link below. For more sponsorship information, please contact Regina Agu at 713.496.9907 or RAgu@AsiaSociety.org.



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