Photography by Vicky Pink - The Houston International Trade Development Council held a kickoff reception for the 5th Annual Global Seven Awards to be held on May 25, 2018, from 6-9pm at the Bayou Place. The G7 Awards recognize and celebrate seven outstanding Houston based international businesses that help make Houston a competitive player on the global stage. Plus, an individual that has made a tremendous impact on the world stage is also honored. The 2018 honorees are Kathryn Karam, Charles Foster, Lamine Ganame, Dr. Emmanuel De La Cruz, Rob Todd, Alex Flores, and Sewa International-Houston. Others in attendance were EJ Wilson, Pitsami Norm, Blanca Beltran, and Val Thompson.