About  
Aquinas Companies, LLC is a privately-owned company, controlled by the Linbeck family and certain trusts. The company traces its origins to the 1938 founding of the Leo Linbeck Construction Company, a general contractor based in Houston, Texas. Continued expansion into other construction-related services and real estate activities led management to move the business from its Saint St. location to a headquarters it developed on West Alabama in 1960s. In 2009, the company relocated to its current location atop 3900 Essex Lane near Highland Village, where it has been able to consolidate its various operations. The company takes great pride in the principles under which it conducts its business, its tradition of giving back to the community via both innovation and financial support, its belief in key manager equity ownership, and the alignment of interests between parties.    
     

Executives : Leo E. Linbeck III    
Leo Linbeck serves as President and CEO of Aquinas. Since Leo joined the leadership team at the company, its annual revenues have grown from $40 million to more than $500 million. Aquinas’ unusual structure and business practices have inspired tremendous employee loyalty, with an average tenure among senior managers of more than 20 years, as well as making a significant community impact through an annual tithe of its net income to charitable causes. Leo teaches MBAs as an adjunct professor at both the Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Leo graduated from the University of Notre Dame with two bachelor degrees, one in Civil Engineering and one in the Program of Liberal Studies. He has a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Leo is very involved with PreK-12 education reform, especially the expansion of high-performing charter schools serving low-income communities. He helped create REEP (the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program), a business-school-based program for developing school leaders and currently serves as its Chairman. Leo is also on the boards of several educational, community and nonprofit organizations.   Executives : Leo E. Linbeck III

Executives : Mark E. Worscheh    
Mark Worscheh serves as Executive Vice President of Aquinas, responsible for the company’s real estate and strategic investment initiatives. In addition, Mark provides financial advisory services both to Aquinas subsidiaries and to clients of the Aquinas family of companies. Prior to joining Aquinas in 2002, Mark was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NextStage Entertainment Corporation, a start-up entertainment facility development and event promotion company, which developed and opened what is now the Verizon Theatre, a 6,350-seat indoor live performance facility in the Dallas/Fort Worth market. Prior to NextStage, Mark was a Senior Vice President in investment banking, having worked in both New York and Houston for firms including Merrill Lynch, Bankers Trust and NatWest. Mark received his BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1989. He serves on the Boards of the St. George Place Redevelopment Authority, City of Houston Reinvestment Zone #1, Alexis Insurance Corporation, and is an Advisory Director to Post Oak Bank.   Executives : Mark E. Worscheh

Executives : William J. Riegler    
Bill Riegler serves as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Aquinas. Bill joined the company in 1985 as Controller of the predecessor to Aquinas, and in 1994 he assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Aquinas. He also serves as Treasurer of Linbeck Group and other Aquinas subsidiaries. In such role, Bill oversees financial reporting and cash management, and he manages relationships with a number of the third-party providers of credit and surety services to the Aquinas group of companies. Bill graduated from Loyola University with a BA in Business Administration and is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs.   Executives : William J. Riegler

Executives : John Sylvester    
John Sylvester serves as Senior Vice President of Human Resources of Aquinas and is responsible for all human resources functions for the Aquinas companies, having joined the organization in 1989. His previous experience includes as EVP of Administration with Commonwealth Savings Association, Employee Relations Director with Tenneco Oil, and Plant Employee Relations Manager with Exxon Chemical. John currently serves as Chairman of the Texas Workforce Investment Council, President of the Rice University Letterman’s Association and Division Chairman of a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo committee. John graduated from Rice University in 1964 with a BA degree in Economics and holds an MBA from Stanford University.   Executives : John Sylvester

Executives : John Sylvester    
Eugene Lee serves as President of Essex Commercial Properties, the real estate affiliate of Aquinas, and is responsible for overseeing commercial real estate acquisition, development, leasing, and asset management. Eugene joined the family of Aquinas companies in 1997, originally as Project Director of the Cotswold Project, a privately-led civic project to revitalize 80 blocks of north downtown Houston with streetscaping improvements, street parking, and water features, which became a City project. Eugene previously worked in transportation and infrastructure consulting with A.T. Kearney in Chicago and Hong Kong, in state budgeting with the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee, and in multi-family development with Lincoln Property Company in Boston. He is Chairman Emeritus of the Texas Dragon Boat Association and a board trustee of Covenant Community Capital. In 2002, Eugene was recognized as one of five Outstanding Young Houstonians and also as one of Five Outstanding Young Texans. Eugene received his A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1988 and his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1994.   Executives : Eugene Lee

Board of Managers : Scott Galloway    
Mr. Galloway is an Executive Managing Director at Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, LP (HFF) and one of seven voting members of HFFs Executive Committee. He has more than 26 years of experience in investment sales, debt and equity placement and has completed in excess of $9.5 billion in commercial real estate transactions throughout his career. Mr. Galloway joined HFF in September 1990. Prior to that, he was a Regional Manager with American General Investment Corp., where he was responsible for lending and joint venture activities. Mr. Galloway is a licensed real estate salesperson in the State of Texas and a Certified Pubic Accountant (inactive status). He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Mortgage Bankers Association, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, and Urban Land Institute. Mr. Galloway holds a BA from Mississippi State University.   Board of Managers : Scott Galloway

Board of Managers : Paul Gregory    
Paul Gregory began his career in the construction of pipelines and related facilities in 1989 with Gregory & Cook, Inc. He has experience in all facets of pipeline construction. In 1997, Paul, along with long-time members of Gregory & Cook's management, formed Gregory & Cook Construction, Inc. (GCC). Paul served as President and CEO of GCC for over 10 years. He was an active member of the Pipe Line Contractors Association, serving on the Board of Directors, Labor Committee and as President in 2004. In 2009, Paul became CEO of Gregory & Cook, Inc., an investment management and services company with holdings in real estate, private equity and other financial instruments. He is a member of Young Presidents Organization and an active board member of several private companies. He holds both BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Texas. Paul and his wife Jennifer have three children.   Board of Managers : Paul Gregory

Board of Managers : Albert Grobmyer    
Albert Grobmyer is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Puffer-Sweiven and its related companies. Puffer-Sweiven is a leading supplier of plant automation and controls to the Oil & Gas, Chemical, Power, Mining, and Pulp & Paper industries. Albert has served in a variety of corporate staff and business unit leadership positions with Puffer-Sweiven during his 19 years with the Company. Prior to Puffer-Sweiven, Albert was a manager with Arthur Andersen / Andersen Consulting’s Houston practice. Albert holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Rice University. Albert has served on the Board of the Houston Musician’s Benevolent Society, the Board of Strategic Growth Partners, the Board of the Rice Engineering Alumni Association, and as an advisor to the Rice University Chemical Engineering Department.   Board of Managers : Albert Grobmyer

 
 
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