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 : 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

Board of Managers : Leo E. Linbeck, Jr.    
Leo E. Linbeck, Jr. is Senior Chairman of both Aquinas and its subsidiary Linbeck Group. He joined the firm in 1956 after receiving a BA degree from the University of Notre Dame. Leo spent ten years in field and office positions at Linbeck Group before being elected its President and Chief Executive Officer in 1966 and Chairman in 1975. He was named President and CEO of the predecessor to Aquinas in 1979 and Chairman in 1990. Leo currently serves the Chairman of Americans for Fair Taxation and Senior Chairman for Texans for Lawsuit Reform. He is a past Chairman and director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and past director of Daniel Industries, Duke Energy Corporation, John Hancock Advisors, MorningStar Foods and The Southland Corporation.   Board of Managers : Leo E. Linbeck, Jr.

Board of Managers : Robert McTeer    
Bob McTeer is a Distinguished Fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), covering macro-economic issues, including monetary policy, fiscal policy, tax and education policy. Prior to joining the NCPA in 2007, Bob was Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System from 2004 through 2006. Prior to 2004, Bob had a 36-year career with the Federal Reserve System, including 14 years as President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and a member of the Federal Open Market Committee. Bob received his B.B.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Georgia and taught there for two years before joining the Federal Reserve in 1968.   Board of Managers : Robert McTeer

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