Board of Directors

Board Chairman

David M. Mincberg

David Mincberg is chairman of Houston First and chief executive officer of Flagship Properties Corporation.

Since 1977, Mr. Mincberg has been directly involved in the development and construction of more than 30,000 multi-family units in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Georgia. Additionally, as managing partner of Flagship Capital Partners and a member of its investment committee, he has helped provide commercial lending for middle market real estate transactions.

A longtime public servant, Mr. Mincberg has been involved in numerous civic initiatives. He is considered a leading authority on the housing industry and real estate lending. He served as the Mayor’s Special Assistant for Multi-Family Housing Policy in 2006-2007, coordinating policy and implementation for the three housing agencies of the City of Houston. From 2009-2012, he chaired the board of commissioners for the Houston Housing Authority.

From 1994-1998, he was chairman of the Harris County Democratic Party.

Mr. Mincberg currently serves or has previously served in board and leadership capacities for many local organizations, including Houston  Museum of  Natural  Science,  University of Texas  Health Science Center, Jewish Family Service Foundation, Houston Child Guidance Center, DePelchin Children's Center, Jewish Community Center, American Jewish Committee, Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas, and Houston Southwest 2000 (founder).

Among the honors he has received include Jewish Federation of Greater Houston's Young Leadership Award in 1991, NAACP Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award in 1994, University of Texas Tejas Club Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001, American Jewish Committee (Houston) Max H. Nathan Human Relations Award in 2003 and Planned Parenthood Award for Outstanding Service in 2006.

In 2015-2016, he was selected to chair newly elected Mayor Sylvester Turner’s transition team, an endeavor that engaged the participation of 300 community members.

Mr. Mincberg is a graduate of the University of Texas (BA, 1971; JD, 1975).

Board of Directors

Phyllis J. Bailey

Phyllis Bailey is owner and president of 3B Resources Group Public Relations, LLC, a Houston-based firm specializing in public relations, media relations and special events.

Before founding her company in 1998, she was an associate for Winner/Wagner & Associates, a national public affairs and crisis communications firm with an office in Houston. Previously, she was an executive assistant manager at the Four Seasons Houston.

Ms. Bailey in 2009 was named one of Houston’s Top 25 Women by Rolling Out Magazine. Her memberships have included Downtown Houston Alliance, Houston Area Urban League, National Association of Black Journalists, NAACP and many others. She is a member of the executive board of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Alex Brennan-Martin

Alex Brennan-Martin’s entire professional career has been spent in and around the kitchen. In fact, he and his family are members of the Culinary Institute of America’s Hall of Fame.

Mr. Brennan-Martin has been president of the acclaimed restaurant Brennan’s of Houston for more than two decades, earning numerous accolades in the process. He grew up in the revered New Orleans establishment Commander’s Palace, which was owned and run by his mother, Ella Brennan, and where he interacted with such celebrated chefs as Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse.

Mr. Brennan-Martin attended Louisiana State University before graduating with honors from the La Varrene culinary school in Paris.

KATY CALDWELL

Katy Caldwell is executive director of the Legacy Community Health Services, Inc., Houston, a not-for-profit community health care clinic. Ms. Caldwell has expanded the agency from an exclusively HIV clinic to the largest federally qualified health center in the Houston area. Prior to her joining Legacy, Ms. Caldwell served as the elected treasurer of Harris County and as a partner in a government relations and political consulting firm.

Ms. Caldwell currently serves on the board of directors for AIDS Action Council, Harris County Health Care Alliance, National Coalition for LGBT Health and is an alumna of American Leadership Forum, Leadership Houston, Texas Lyceum.

Ms. Caldwell received a bachelor of science from the University of Houston and completed her post-graduate studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She chairs the board's Audit and Finance Committee.

C. FERNANDO CUELLAR

Fernando Cuellar is a seasoned hotel management professional who has directed operations at top-tier hotels from coast to coast.

He is general manager of the Hilton Hotel on the University of Houston campus. Previously, he held a similar position at the Lancaster Hotel in the heart of Houston’s downtown Theater District. Prior stints included postings with the Emerald Hotel Group, Marriott International, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Omni International Hotels and Westin Hotels & Resorts.

His 21 years with Marriott were marked by numerous management honors, including a sales leadership award and a most improved “RevPar” award.

Mr. Cuellar earned a bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant management from Oklahoma State University.

HARRY GREENBLATT

Harry Greenblatt is an accomplished hotel executive with a proven record of dynamic and consistent results with in the industry.

Mr. Greenblatt has been vice president and general manager of Houston Marriott Westchase for more than a decade. Before his current position, he held a number of management postings at the Doubletree Post Oak for 17 years.

His affiliations include the Greater Houston Hotel Association, Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jewish Community Center, Greater Houston Partnership and the international Confrerie de la Chaine des Rotisseurs.

IRMA DIAZ-GONZALEZ

Irma Diaz-Gonzalez has more than 25 years of experience in workforce development, talent recruitment, retention strategies and employee training. She is president and CEO of Employment & Training Centers, Inc. of Houston, where she has worked since 1986. Previously, she was coordinator of youth programs for HoustonWorks.

Active in the community, Ms. Diaz-Gonzalez is past chair of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, vice chair of the Mexican Institute of Greater Houston, and is a board member for Memorial Hermann Hospital and the United Way of Greater Houston.

Ms. Diaz-Gonzalez earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Coahuila, Saltillo, Coahuila.

DESRYE M. MORGAN

Desrye Morgan is an accomplished lawyer and investment banker with 15 years of experience, advising and structuring municipal financings for housing, transportation, airport, water and sewer systems and other public benefit projects. Ms. Morgan is currently a director with Wells Fargo Securities. Her specialties include a restructure/repurchase finance product, advising public/private partnership ventures and transit-oriented development projects. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, she was a director with the municipal finance group of UBS Investment Bank and a vice president with Banc of America Securities. As a lawyer, her area of practice consisted of public finance, corporate and business transactions with concentration on business acquisitions, dispositions and regulatory compliance.

Ms. Morgan is currently a member of the State Bar of Texas, National Association of Compliance Professionals, National Association of Securities Professionals, National Council of Public Private Partnerships, and Women and Public Finance. She is also serves on the board of directors for the Houston Area Urban League.

Ms. Morgan earned a bachelor of science in political science from the University of Houston and juris doctor from South Texas College of Law. She chairs the board's Theater Committee.

Paul J. Puente

Paul J. Puente is the executive secretary and a delegate of the Houston Gulf Coast Building and Construction Trades Council representing construction local unions.

He began his career in the electrical industry in 1990 in chemical refineries along the Gulf Coast. He earned a degree in electrical technology from  San  Jacinto  Junior College.

Mr. Puente is also a delegate for the Harris County AFL-CIO Central Labor Council and the Houston Construction Industry Council and a member of the Houston Business Roundtable, the Greater Houston Partnership  and numerous other business organizations.

He has also served on committees for Pasadena Independent School District, San Jacinto Community College and was co-chair of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s executive transition team.

BOBBY SINGH

Bobby V.P. Singh is a founding principal of Isani Consultants, a Houston-based firm that provides civil engineering design, construction management and inspection services for public- and private-sector projects.

Singh has served as a liaison between the Sikh and other Indian/Asian communities. He has worked with the Houston Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in outreach programs and was regional director of the Sikh American Legal Defense Fund. He is a founding board member of Fire Fighters Foundation of Houston, a non-profit that provides non-governmental funding to Houston fire fighters.

Singh served on Mayor Sylvester Turner’s executive transition team and on Mayor Lee P. Brown’s advisory board for international affairs and development (1998-2004).

DAVID SOLOMON

David Solomon serves as chairman and CEO of Condera Advisors, a wealth management firm worth over $1 billion under management in traditional and alternative asset classes. Prior to founding Condera Mr. Solomon was founder and chairman/CEO of the Redstone Companies, a diversified hospitality and real estate company.

Mr. Solomon serves on the Board of Directors of Green Bank. Mr. Solomon is involved in numerous charitable and social organizations including Make A Wish Foundation, Owen Daniels Catch a Dream Foundation, National Jewish Medical and Research Center, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and past president of the Young Presidents' Organization. Mr. Solomon has been honored by the Jewish Community Center Scholarship Ball and as Humanitarian of the Year by the National Jewish Medical and Research Center. Mr. Solomon serves as chairman of the Operations/Sales and Marketing Committee. He chairs the board's Hotel Committee.

GERALD WOMACK

For over 30 years, Gerald Womack, President and Chief Executive Officer of Womack Development & Investment has served the Houston and surrounding communities through its full-service commercial and residential brokerage firm, located at 4212 Almeda Road, Houston, TX. Mr. Womack is a native Houstonian  and  attended Texas Southern University; he is the  immediate past president of the Houston Black Real Estate Association; Harris County Housing Authority, Board member; Mental Health and Mental Retardation Board Member; Houston Association of Realtors , member ; 2014 D-MARS Top 50 Black Professionals & Entrepreneurs , Honoree ; 2013 Texas Southern University Legends & Leaders Business Trendsetter, Honoree;  and member of  Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. ,  to name a few. Mr. Womack has consistently worked with inner-city neighborhoods to improve the “quality of life” for its residents by focusing on community development, revitalization, and economic development 

City Council Ex Officio Directors

DAVE MARTIN

Representing District E, Dave Martin was first elected to Houston City Council in November 2012. He considers public safety, fiscal responsibility and economic development his cornerstone priorities.

Mr. Martin, a graduate of Louisiana State University, serves as a managing director of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., and previously worked for two large “Big Four” accounting firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, and Ernst & Young, LLP.

DAVID W. ROBINSON

An at-large (Position 2) member of Houston City Council, David Robinson was appointed to the City of Houston Planning Commission by Mayor Bill White in 2007 and re-appointed by Mayor Annise Parker in 2009 – becoming the first licensed architect to serve the city as a commissioner since the 1970s.

Mr. Robinson received a bachelors degree in architecture from Yale College and earned a master of architecture degree from Rice University in 1993. In 1999, he started his own company as a sole practitioner with an emphasis on building large commercial and institutional buildings.