Board Members

J.S 2019

Jerry Skweres

Jerry Skweres
Director - Position 1
Forged Products
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Jerry Skweres is the President of Forged Products, Inc in Near Northwest.  He grew up in the Heights, in the shadows of the Farmer's Market on Airline, and graduated from St. Thomas High School.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M, and his MBA from the University of Houston.

Jerry's career started with Cameron Iron Works where developed an extensive knowledge related to Project Management, Engineering Management, Sales and Sales Management.  He went on to work for Cameron in Europe and traveled all over the world.  He has worked as CEO for different oilfield equipment companies held by private equity groups; and transitioned to work for Lufkin as General manager of the North America Oilfield business.

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Sonia Lopez Gimenez (right)

Sonia Lopez Gimenez
Director-Position 2
Reina Meals
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Sonia Lopez Gimenez is the General Manager at Reina Meals. Reina Meals is a food manufacturing company located on Langfield Road. The Reina Family began the parent company in 1926, with a chocolate and nougat factory in Spain. They added bakery products, traditional Spanish Christmas sweets and dairy desserts made with traditional recipes. The company grew to be among the main suppliers for retail and foodservice distribution in Spain and Portugal. Reina Meals was founded to extend the business to the American market; it is headquartered in Houston. The District recognized the company and their investment of over $2M with a Grow Near award in 2018.

Marvalette Hunter

Marvalette Hunter (left)

Marvalette Hunter
Director-Position 3
3D Visions Planning Consultants, LLC
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Marvalette Fentress Hunter is Principal and CEO of 3D Visions Planning Consultants, LLC, a project planning and development consulting firm started in January 2000. Ms. Hunter is an Architect and Planner with over 18 years experience in affordable housing development and finance. Ms. Hunter formerly served as Chief Development Officer for Harris County Housing Authority, providing leadership to the agency's numerous multi-family housing developments.

Heidi Sheesley

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Heidi Sheesley
Director-Position 4, Chair
Treesearch Farms, Inc., Owner
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Heidi Sheesley has been the owner of Treesearch Farms since 1982. Ms. Sheesley is a wholesale grower of trees and plants. She is actively involved with Urban Harvest and has donated many of the trees planted along District thouroughfares. Ms. Sheesley is working with the District to enhance the liveabillity of our area though beautification of our environment and educating the community to grow and care for plants.

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David Ebro

David Ebro
Director-Position 5
Levey Group
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David Ebro is a real estate developer with nearly 20 years experience who serves as President of the Level Group. His experience includes redeveloping functionally obsolete buildings, horizontal land development, and ground-up developments. David has a deep understanding of Houston’s industrial real estate markets, commercial real estate lending, and real estate transactions.    

David earned a BS and MA in Economics from Florida International University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and served as President of the International Economics Society. He also received a Graduate Certification in Leadership from Rice University.

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Jay Shani

Jay Shani
Director-Position 6
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Jay Shani is responsible for the acquisition and redevelopment of countless properties throughout the Houston area. Shani oversees operations management of commercial properties in the District. Wealth of knowledge on establishing specialized export business with wrap around services for sales, customer service, leasing, and maintenance.

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Jerry Young
Director-Position 7
Mustang Cat
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Jerry is a native Houstonian and Graduated from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas before going to Law School at South Texas College of Law. Jerry has been consistently recognized as one of the best lawyers in Texas. Texas Monthly Magazine recognized Jerry as a “Super Lawyer” from 2005 to 2015, and Jerry was named to the “Top Lawyers in Texas” list in 2013. Jerry was also recognized by H Magazine as a “Top 50 Lawyers in Houston” from 2012 to 2015. Before joining Mustang CAT, Jerry’s primary focus was commercial litigation. Jerry is a National Board Member of The American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”) and Past President of the Houston Chapter of ABOTA.

 

 Dr. Quentin Wright

Dr. Quentin Wright 
Director-Position 8
Lone Star College – Special Assistant to the Chancellor
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Dr. Quentin Wright is the Interim Vice Chancellor of Academic Success and Special Assistant to the Chancellor at Lone Star College.  He has served as a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Developmental Advisory Committee, on multiple Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation teams, and participated in the national student success project Gateway to College. 

Dr. Wright has also been very active with early college programs that allow high school students to enroll in college courses. Currently, Dr. Wright is responsible for Lone Star College’s Student Success Institute, and is also leading the effort to develop Lone Star College’s seventh campus.

Robert Burchfield

Robert Burchfield
Director-Position 9
Burchfield Companies, Owner
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Rob Burchfield has more than thirty-five years of experience in brokerage, management, development and counseling in industrial, commercial and residential real estate. Mr. Burchfield serves on the Board’s Security and Economic Development Committees and has lived in the District for more than 30 years. Mr. Burchfield has managed his own family’s firm since 1972 and has brokered more than $250 million dollars of commercial properties from retail to heavy industrial and has developed and built apartment projects, retail projects, light industrial buildings, subdivisions and a golf course, warehouse complexes and residential constructions.

 

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Dan Nankani
Director-Position 10
Nankani Management LLC
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Dan Nankani is a Texas Real Estate Broker, investment property manager, real estate investor. He owns and operates Nankani Management LLC, a full service commercial real estate company. Dan relocated to Houston in 2014 to begin management of the White Oak Bayou Village Center (the former Evergreen Shopping Center). In less than three years, the center’s occupancy has soared from virtually complete vacancy to over 70% occupancy. Dan currently manages more than 350,000 square feet of retail, office, and industrial real estate, and he has closed over $60MM in real estate transactions.

 

Staff Members

Wayne Norden
President
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Eileen Egan
Vice President of Capital Projects
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Shalu Aggarwal
Director of Administration 
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Jan Whittington
Director of Facilities
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Walter Funes
Director of Public Safety and Field Services
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Rosy Rosales
Director Special Projects
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