MTS Houston Annual Fundraising BBQ

Hosted by:

Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc.
6900 Thrustmaster Dr
Houston, TX 77041

Directions: Please click here for map and directions to Thrustmaster of Texas facility.

For more than 30 years, Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. has been designing and manufacturing high quality marine propulsion equipment for vessels of all types. We have grown into a leading supplier of thrusters serving customers all over the world. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Thrustmaster consists of the largest thruster manufacturing factory in the world, all designed in-house by a complete engineering department with complete fabrication, machining, assembly, and testing carried out at the facility.

Timetable of BBQ:

3:00 PM - Exhibitor Set up (Exhibitors arrive no later than 4:00PM)
4:00 PM - Registration & Food service for Exhibitors
5:00 PM - General Registration begins/Silent Auction is live
6:30 PM - Food Service begins for attendees
7:15 PM – MTS Announcements, including Scholarship Program
7:30PM – Silent Auction ends

8:30 PM - Evening Concludes

2023 MTS BBQ Committee:

CO-CHAIR/OperationsShannon Giagnorio, Imenco ([email protected])
CO-CHAIR/Exhibits & SponsorshipsDesiree Reyes, LRQA ([email protected])
BBQ COOK TEAMRick Cisneros, C.A. Richards & Associates
                                   Chuck RichardC.A. Richards & Associates
                                   Reed Richards, Texas Drone Pilots
                                   Terry Dailey, Paul Ropshaw
SILENT AUCTION Cody Brown, Sottomarine ([email protected])
                                 Cole Brown, Sottomarine ([email protected])
REGISTRATION Taylor Brown, Imenco ([email protected])
SCHOLARSHIPS & STUDENT COORDINATION – Candace Reuter-Acord ([email protected])

General Registation:

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. If you plan to attend and have not yet registered, you will be required to pay on-site.

  • $35 per person/Advance registration
  • $50 per person/On-site registration
  • Student registration is FREE! (Must be a current MTS Student member to receive free pricing)

For more information or questions about registration, please contact MTS Senior Director of Operations and Events Kristina Norman ([email protected]

Silent Auction:

Once again, this year we will hold a Silent Auction during the Annual Fundraising BBQ. You will have the opportunity to bid on some great items and have some fun while doing so! Remember, all proceeds from this event directly benefit student scholarships.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT! Please consider making a donation – nothing is too BIG or small.


  • Wine & Spirits
  • Entertainment packages
  • Gift certificates (sporting good stores, restaurants, hotel stays, etc.)
  • Gift baskets
  • Jewelry
  • Sauna/Spa or wellness retreats
  • Fishing & hunting trips
  • Tools, electronics and more! 

Check out this list of auction ideas!

Exhibit Opportunties

There will be exhibit space this year for over 75 exhibitors. Tables are allocated on a “first paid” basis. Exhibit space generally sells out fast, so please reserve your space now!

Exhibit Tabletop Options

  • $300 each – Exhibit Tables
  • $325 each – Premium tables (Prime locations and/or access to electrical outlets) 
2023 Exhibitor Layout - Coming Soon!

Exhibitor Guidelines

  • Each exhibitor is provided with a skirted six-foot tabletop exhibit. Exhibitors are allowed to bring their own company table cover. (Please do not expect a typical 10x10 booth space - this is a tabletop exhibit set up.)
  • Your Exhibit table payment includes ONE registration for an employee to staff the table.
  • Pull-Up banners are allowed. You are welcome to place anything you wish on your six-foot table if it does not interfere with your neighboring exhibitor in height or width. NOTHING is to be placed in front of or to the side of your table such as literature racks etc.
  • Electricity will be available for Premium exhibit options. However, there will be limited tables with electrical access.
  • If you have requested electrical access for your table please plan to bring a power cord.
  • There is no "wall space" for banners to be fixed or hung on the wall behind your table.
  • Chairs are NOT provided. There is room behind each table for 1-2 attendees to stand and greet visitors. There is some room behind each table and under for storing your materials and a few boxes.
  • Shipping Materials: It is best if everyone brings their exhibit materials with them. However, if you need to send materials ahead of time, contact Israel Garza ([email protected]).

Tabletop Exhibit Examples

Exhibit Floor Plan
2023 Exhibitors

New Sponsorships for 2023!

The MTS Annual BBQ is our biggest fundraising event of the year. All proceeds from this event will benefit student scholarship programs. For 2023, we have created new sponsorship opportunities to not only increase your company profile, but to enhance this year’s scholarship fund.

Platinum - $7500 – includes 5 registrations to the BBQ event
Gold - $5000 – includes 4 registrations to the BBQ event
Silver - $2500 - $3500 – includes 3 registrations to the BBQ event
Bronze - $250 - $1500 – includes 1-2 registrations to the BBQ event

BBQ Food Sponsor (Exclusive) - $7,500

Entertainment Sponsor (Exclusive) - $5,000
Audio/Visual Sponsor (Exclusive) - $5,000

Yard Game Sponsor (Exclusive) - $3,500
Bar Sponsor (2 available) - $3,500
Photography/ Photo Booth (Exclusive) - $2,500
T-Shirt (Exclusive) - $2,500
Wine Pull Fundraiser Sponsor (Multiple) - $1,500 - $3,500 varies depending on the display

Registration/Wrist bands (Exclusive) - $1,500
Golf Cart Sponsor (Exclusive) - $1,500
Awards Sponsor (Exclusive) - $1,000
In-Kind Sponsor (Multiple) - $250 to $1000

Platinum - $7500 – includes 5 registrations to the BBQ event
Gold - $5000 – includes 3-4 registrations to the BBQ event
Silver - $2500 - $3500 – includes 2-3 registrations to the BBQ event
Bronze - $250 - $1500 – includes 1-2 registrations to the BBQ event

In addition to specific event or promotional sponsorship benefits, all sponsors will receive:

  • Logo recognition on the MTS BBQ Event page
  • Logo recognition in social media sponsor posts
  • Logo recognition on the ‘Thank You’ signage at the event 
  • Logo recognition in the presentation loop displayed during the event

All sponsorships are on a first come, first serve basis. For full sponsorship details or to secure a sponsorship, email Desiree Reyes at [email protected] to check availability.

Thank you 2023 Sponsors