Chairman of the Board

Leo Linbeck III



BA, Program of Liberal Studies (Great Books), University of Notre Dame

BS, Civil Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Five year, dual-degree program

MS, Structural Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
Thesis program, research focus on earthquake engineering

MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Henry Ford Scholar (Valedictorian)
Arjay Miller Scholar
Arbuckle Award Winner (selected by classmates as greatest contributor to the school)
Founder, Global Management Program (one of two academic Certificate programs at the GSB)
Chairman, Academic Committee
Co-Coordinator, Public Management Program



1988-                     Aquinas Companies, LLC (formerly Linbeck Corporation)

Currently President and CEO, Three principal business lines: construction management, life science preventure technology development, and real estate development.  Previously served in a variety of roles in the construction operation, Linbeck Group, LLC including President, Executive Vice President of Client Development, Director of Information Systems, Estimator, Engineer, Ironworker, and Laborer. One of the 100 largest construction firms in the US. Drove Linbeck’s growth from $40M to over $500M in revenues and 300 professionals. Established Linbeck as an industry thought-leader with initiatives in design-build, lean production, eCommerce, and information systems.


1996-2002             NextStage Entertainment Corporation

Served as President and CEO of this startup developer and operator of mid-size live performance facilities and producer of live entertainment content. Raised more than $60M of private equity, created a public-private partnership to finance and develop first facility outside of Dallas, and built an operating and production organization from the ground-up.


1987-1988             Nishimatsu Kensetsu Kaisha

Worked as a trainee for this large Japanese construction organization. First non-Japanese employee of the company in Japan. Lived and worked like a Japanese sarariman in Osaka and Tokyo. Spent six weeks at the company’s research center.


1986-1987             Jafy Development Corporation

Was Director of Software Development for this startup software company, which was formed by several professors at the University of Texas to create software for structural engineering.  Designed, coded, debugged, and documented the firm’s first product, EasyBeam.

2005                      Chantal Cookware Corporation

Member of Advisory Board.



Families Empowered

Co-Founder, Board Chair

KIPP Academy, Houston

Developed strategic growth plan for this innovative charter school. Led team the created credit support program for KIPP bonds in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Seton Education Partners
Board Member

Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF)
Governing Board Member.
Co-Developer, Education Special Interest Fund.

Holocaust Museum Houston
Board member.

Free Enterprise Institute
Board Member.

Young Presidents Organization
Former Houston Chapter Chair.

The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Board Member, Chair of Ad-Hoc Committee on Performance Measures

 Positive Coaching Alliance
 National Advisory Board Member.

 Pathways for Little Feet
 Board Member.

Cotswold Project
Led the development of this innovative urban re-development concept, which is currently being implemented over 80 blocks on the north side of downtown Houston.



Stanford Graduate School of Business

Lecturer, Adjunct Faculty.
MBA Class of 1978 Lecturer for 2008-2009.
Curriculum Committee, 2007-2008.

Rice University, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business
Adjunct Professor in the Practice of Management. Taught classes on Managing Growth and Critical Thought. Two-Time Winner of the Alumni Teaching Award at the Jones School.

Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program
Co-Founder, Chair of Advisory Board.
Instructor, REEP Summer Institute.

Rice University Centennial Campaign
Cabinet Member.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Invited lecturer in the graduate program for Construction Management. Also Guest lecturer at class on eCommerce.

University of Notre Dame
Center for Ethics and Culture Advisory Committee Member.

University of Texas at Austin
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department External Advisory Committee Member from 2008 to 2011.

University of Texas at Austin
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni Member. 

University of Texas at Dallas
Guest lecturer at class on entrepreneurial finance.


Competitive Governance Action
Co-Founder and Board Chairman

Competitive Governance Institute
Co-Founder and Board Chairman

Citizen Leader Alliance
Co-Founder and Board Chairman

Campaign for Primary Accountability
Co-Founder and Board Member

American Strategic Analysis & Performance, LLC
Co-Founder and Board Member



Married, five children (2 adopted from Latin America, 1 from Ethiopia)
Parishioner at Holy Rosary Catholic Church


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