District Board of Directors
David W. Hightower, CCIM, CRE, President, Board Chairman
Mr. Hightower is Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer of Wolff Companies, a real estate investment and land development company based in Houston. David is active in various industry, community and civic activities including the Steer Auction Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; and member and past vice president of the Leadership Houston Association.
Robert B. Halick, Vice President of Property Management
Mr. Halick is the Vice President of Property Management for Stream Realty Partners. Additionally, Robert is an active member of the Building Owners and Managers Association, the CCIM Institute and the Institute of Real Estate Management.
Steve L. West, Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. West is the Director of Leasing in Houston for Granite Properties. Steve is an active member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, the Downtown Houston Association and the Urban Land Institute. Additionally, Steve serves on the Municipal Utilities District Board for Glenloch Farms Subdivision in Northwest Houston.
Mr. Johnson is Senior Vice President of Development and Investments for Transwestern, a national commercial real estate firm. His primary responsibilities are project management and generation of new development opportunities. Pete has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of commercial real estate including leasing, management and investment sales.
Mr. Fincher, President of Fincher Companies, brings 35 years of development, acquisition, leasing and asset management to The Energy Corridor District. Formed in 1998, Fincher Companies focuses on retail, restaurant, multi-tenant industrial and low-rise office development, plus selective commercial land development. A former president of the Houston chapter of NAIOP, one of North America's largest and most prestigious commercial real estate organizations, Mr. Fincher has also managed multi-million dollar development projects for both Schlumberger oilfield services and Weingarten Realty Investors.
Mr. Elgohary, senior portfolio manager for Shell Oil Company, has 20 years of experience in supplier performance management, contract negotiations, strategic alliances and business development, profitability analyses and market research, plus coordination and management for complex projects. Peter is responsible for delivery of major capital projects at Shell’s technology center in Houston. Previously, he worked for Jacob Engineering Group, Continental and United Airlines, Tracer Construction Company, Charles D. Gooden Consulting Engineers and Brown & Root, Inc. Peter also serves on the Board of Directors for Psaltiki, Inc., an organization dedicated to the dissemination of Byzantine Music, and is director for an 11-member vocal ensemble in Houston
Mr. Kerr, manager, Facilities Engineering for ConocoPhillips, is a global corporate real estate strategist and attorney. For the international energy company, Kerr overseas real estate strategy and compliance for a portfolio in excess of 10 million square feet – managing building projects and global facilities engineering policies, compliance, business controls and processes, and an annual capital spend in excess of $50 million. Before joining ConocoPhillips, Kerr was a partner with Morgan, Baker, Morgan, Meyers, Folks & Kerr, an Oklahoma law firm focused on civil litigation, banking law, commercial real estate transactions, real estate title examination, and creditor/debtor representation in bankruptcy proceedings.
Houston native Peter Lee is an asset manager for TIER REIT, overseeing a portfolio of more than 2 million square feet of office properties in Houston for the real estate investment trust. Lee brings extensive commercial real estate and asset management experience to The District’s board, from overseeing a 12-property portfolio for TIER REIT as investment manager, to supervising a team at Hines Interests as a senior project accountant for several Class A commercial properties. Lee earned his Master in Business Administration at the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business, where he helped manage a prestigious, student-run $7 million-plus Cougar Investment Fund, LLC equity portfolio.
Mr. Halaska, General Manager of Westlake Property Management for BP has nearly 30 years of experience in the oil industry with previous leadership roles in operations, maintenance, reliability, crisis management, projects, investigations, and safety. Tom is responsible for the facility management and capital project for all buildings on BP’s Westlake campus in Houston. Tom earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and his MBA from Rice University.