“If I seem a little nervous, I am,” Scott Brady told well-wishers at the Lake Houston Chamber’s Annual Awards Extravaganza Jan. 20 at The Overlook in Atascocita.

Brady, architect and partner with Joiner Architects, was the 51st recipient of the Citizen of the Year award named in honor of Dr. Haden McKay, longtime mayor of Humble. He was selected by previous winners of the award.

State Rep. Dan Huberty, last year’s Citizen of the Year, said Brady “…IS Lake Houston. He grew up here. He lives here. He gives back here.

”Brady moved to Humble when he was 10. “I was a patient of Dr. McKay’s,” Brady recalled. “I remember getting a physical with the rest of the 11- and 12-year-olds in his office. We were all lined up in our ‘Fruit of the Looms.’ I remember accidently almost slicing my sister Missy’s thumb off and Mom rushing Missy to Dr. McKay’s clinic.”

As a partner with Joiner Architects, Brady has been involved in the construction of many local schools. Working with former Humble Mayor Donnie McMannes, he led the refurbishing of what is now the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, the old Humble High School.

He volunteers for the Humble ISD Education Foundation, Humble ISD’s annual BBQ Cook-off and Rodeo, the Rotary Club of East Montgomery County, the Lake Houston Heart Walk, the Lake Houston YMCA and Boy Scouts and he’s also a member of the board of Kingwood Medical Center.

“How did I become the person I am today?” Brady asked. “The one undeniable force that stands out is the love I received from my parents. When my father was killed, my stay-at-home mom was left with five kids, ages 5 to 9 [years old]. My life could have taken a different path but, with the help of my grandparents, we continued on. Mom met my stepdad and I realize now, as a parent of three girls, how much they sacrificed for us. Mom, Dad, I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve done.”

In addition to Brady, the Chamber honored three community volunteers. Dr. Guy Sconzo, recently retired as Humble ISD superintendent, received the Spirit of the Chamber award. Robyn Choiniere with Picture It Sold Real Estate Photography received the Rising Star award. Corinn Price with Insperity received the Chairman’s Award.

Pastor Jerry Martin of Light of the World Christian Fellowship Church is the 2017 Chamber Chair. The February luncheon is the chamber’s annual Economic Outlook, featuring speakers giving their forecast on the local and national economy. The luncheon will be held Feb. 23 at 11:30 a.m. at Walden Country Club. Register at lakehouston.org.