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


A native of Argentina and business litigator for over 25 years, Sofia Adrogué is a Partner at Diamond McCarthy LLP, resident in Houston, Texas.  Diamond McCarthy is a national litigation boutique firm with offices in New York, San Francisco, Dallas, and Los Angeles, practicing in complex and high-stakes business cases.  Sofia leads complex commercial litigation and multi-party proceedings in state and federal courts, as well as in ADR proceedings throughout the United States and abroad.  She has obtained favorable judgments and settlements on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in a myriad of complex business cases in state and federal courts and in ADR proceedings.  She represents clients in all industries, ranging from entrepreneurs in rural Texas to multinational conglomerates with diversified worldwide business holdings.

Sofia is a frequent speaker (over 125 speeches) and publisher (over 120 articles) and creator and editor of the Texas Business Litigation treatise, now in its 4th Edition. An alumna of the Harvard Business School OPM, she served as the first female U.S. Keynote Graduation Speaker for HBS OPM as well as U.S. Class Representative.  She is a graduate of Rice University and the University of Houston Law Center, with high honors, both on full academic scholarships.

She is one of "The 25 Most Influential Hispanic Lawyers in the U.S.,” a “Most Powerful Woman in Law,” and a  "Top Latino Partner in the U.S.,”  Latino Leaders Magazine; a Latino Learning Center, Inc. “Helping Hands” Humanitarian Award Recipient; a "Woman of Influence," National Council of Jewish Women Greater Houston Section; a "Texas Super Lawyer";  a Texas Lawyer Top "40 Under 40"; a National Diversity Council "Most Powerful and Influential Woman of Texas"; a Greater Houston Women's Chamber Hall of Fame Inductee; a Texas Executive Women "Woman on the Move"; a Houston Chronicle Channel 11 "Texas Legend"; a Houston Jaycees "Outstanding Houstonian"; a Texas Jaycees "Outstanding Texan"; and  a U.S. Jaycees "Outstanding Young American"; among other recognitions.

Sofia has chaired numerous events for diverse non-profit entities and serves and/or has served on a number of non-profit Corporate Boards, including the Houston First Corporation, the Houston BARC Foundation Board (Founder & Chair of the BARK for BARC Walk),  as well as  the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board.  Sofia is the Co-Founder & Co-Chair of the Youth Leadership Forum, held at Rice University with the motto of Engage, Educate, Empower: By Service We Lead.   Sofia is Co-Host & Co-Producer of Latina Voices: Smart Talk.  Sofia has been recognized for her public service by, among others, the City of Houston with July 10, 2004 as “Sofia Adrogué Day” and December 18, 2018 as "Sofia Adrogué Day."

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.


Elizabeth Gonzalez Brock is director of local relations for CenterPoint Energy. Her story starts in Monterrey, Mexico where she was born, however. she was raised in Texas and considers herself a proud Houstonian. 

Her career in government has taken her from congressional intern to legislative aide in Houston and Austin, then on to becoming district director for the Dean of the Texas Senate. Ms. Gonzalez Brock is recognized for her ability to develop strategic solutions to achieve public policy goals. She has successfully coordinated legislative agendas, community activites and campaign strategies. 

Ms. Gonzalez Brock is a dedicated community leader serving on the boards of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, Greater Houston Area Women’s Chamber, Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement. 

She is married to Andy Brock and they have two boys, John and Owen.



Nicki Keenan is a recognized and respected leader in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Ms. Keenan who is senior vice president of sales for Landry’s, Inc. has built a reputation as a top performing sales and marketing professional. Her impressive skills include identifying and capturing market opportunities, revenue management, strategic planning, and improving profit contributions.

She has provided strategic direction for the Landry's Inc. Hospitality Division which includes: The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center, Galveston Island Hilton, Holiday Inn Resort on the Beach, The Westin Houston Downtown, The Post Oak at Uptown Houston, Golden Nugget Las Vegas, Golden Nugget Laughlin, Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Golden Nugget Biloxi, and Golden Nugget Lake Charles. In addition, Ms. Keenan delivers valuable sales leadership for Landry's Inc. group sales/private dining services, which includes such highly acclaimed concepts as Morton's Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmick's, Mastro's, Bubba Gump, Oceanaire, Rainforest Cafe and Landry's Seafood House.

Prior to joining Landry’s, Ms. Keenan was director of sales and marketing at The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center. She is a former board member of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau serving from 2005 until 2017. In 2014, she was named one of the Top 25 Business Women in Houston by the National Diversity Council. She is an active member of the Executive Women Partnership of the Greater Houston Partnership and serves on the Executive Leadership team of the American Heart Paul Bear Bryant committee.

Reginald L. Martin Jr.

Executive Chef Reginald L. Martin Jr., CEC, CCE is a 1990 Graduate of Texas A&M University. He trained as a classical chef of French cuisine at the Culinary Institute Lenotre in Houston, TX. Chef Martin uses his culinary skills to delight the palates of his clients with a wide array of American, Southwestern, and Regional Creole Cuisine. Chef Martin earned his credentials from the American Culinary Federation as a Certified Executive Chef and Culinary Educator. In 2016 he completed his MBA, focused in Management and Strategy at Western Governor’s University.

Chef Martin has been featured at the Grand Wine and Food Festival, on ABC’s Crossroads and the Houston Chronicle. This Houston native has hosted his own cooking series on the Houston Media Source public access channel. He is a Past-President of the Greater Houston Restaurant Association, sits on the boards of the Texas Restaurant Association, and Greater Houston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, currently serving as Treasurer.

Chef Martin is the Executive Chef and owner of Lemond Kitchen. The company has over 20 years of experience in catering and event management in the Greater Houston area. The company is known for serving corporate clients, socialites, American and foreign dignitaries. Chef Martin also has almost a decade of teaching and career training experience with HISD and Houston Community College.

Chef Martin works alongside his wife and business partner, Merinda Watkins-Martin, President of Lemond Kitchen; together they have two adorable children Elizabeth and Christopher.


Desrye is the Vice chair for Houston First Corporation.  As a member of Houston First board of directors, Desrye also chairs the theater and operations committee, a member of the joint entrepreneur committee and previously served on the finance and operations committee.   As a board member for over 8 years she has been integral in the development of the Theater District master plan, Miller Outdoor Theater master plan, the recently unveiling of the Jones Plaza re-design, Super Bowl 51 and Harvey recovery, among other initiatives.  Her strong leadership has been integral with Comicpalooza, LAUNCH boutique for emerging designers, and the activation of Avenida Houston.

Desrye is a managing director with the Southwest Public Finance group of Wells Fargo Securities.  She is an accomplished lawyer and investment banker with over 18  years of experience, advising and structuring over $9 billion of municipal financings for housing, transportation, airport, water and sewer systems and other public benefit projects.  Desrye has served as the lead banker on bond financings for the City of Houston, Harris County, Harris County Metro, City of Dallas, New Orleans Rapid Transit Authority and Texas Water Development Board, among others.  At Wells Fargo, Desrye also serves on the Houston Leadership Reputational Council and the Diversity and Inclusion Council. As a lawyer, her area of practice consisted of public finance, corporate and business transactions with concentration on business acquisition and regulatory compliance.

A native of New Orleans, Desrye moved to Houston to attend the University of Houston where she earned a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Political Science.  She went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law.  In addition to the Houston First Board, Desrye currently serves on the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston and the South Texas College of Law Alumni Boards.  She has previously served as a board member of the Super Bowl 51 Host Committee, Houston Are Urban League, Project Row Houses and the Contemporary Arts Museum. She is a member of National Association of Securities Professionals, Lupus Research Alliance, a 2010 graduate of Center of Houston’s Future, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, and the Missouri City, Texas Chapter of the Links. 

Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin is a Partner and the General Counsel at LDR Growth Partners and a Principal at LDR Advisory Partners. In addition to corporate governance and legal management, he focuses on strategy implementation, organizational design and management of portfolios and strategic initiatives across each LDR Growth Partners and LDR Advisory Partners. Ryan further oversees program strategy, partnership development, fundraising, governance, legal, and management activities for corporate, financial, government and non-profit clients of LDR Advisory Partners. He is the President & Founder of Be Industries, an international portfolio company of LDR Growth Partners.

Prior to LDR, Ryan practiced as an attorney with Vinson & Elkins LLP, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions and securities, including large-scale transactions with private equity, publicly traded, and private companies

Ryan is a member of the Board of Directors for Houston First Corporation, where he co-chairs the Procurement Committee and drives strategic board initiatives. Ryan is also a Board Member and Corporate Secretary of Legacy Community Health, and a Board Member of Houston Botanic Garden, Whitman Controls, and LDR Leadership. He is also the Managing Partner to EVolve Houston.

Ryan is a graduate of Harvard Law School, Louisiana State University Honors College and the Beijing Language and Culture University. Ryan is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and a licensed attorney in the State of Texas. He is a member of the Houston Committee of Foreign Relations and an interviewer for Harvard University.

Ryan resides in Houston with his wife, Elizabeth. Ryan enjoys working, traveling across China, and enjoying Mardi Gras in his native city of New Orleans.

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.


Being at the far end of a linen chute may not be everyone’s dream gig, but it sure worked for Tom Segesta, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Houston. “It was a great place to get to know the employees – all sorts of characters from all over the world,” he says of his first hotel job. “They’d tell me their stories, their dreams. I realized the beauty of hotels is they give people the opportunity to accomplish things they never thought possible.”

Duly hooked, Segesta headed to hotel studies at Michigan State University and then on to luxury properties across North America. His first Four Seasons job was Director of Housekeeping in Seattle; his latest is overseeing approximately 500 staffers with a decidedly supportive eye. Guests get the same treatment, of course. “Just because someone stays at Four Seasons doesn’t mean they don’t have worries,” he says. “Knowing they’ll see a smiling face at their door if they need something at 2:45 am takes a lot of the stress out of travel.”

A 28-year hospitality industry veteran, Segesta recently spent four years in Chicago, during which time he oversaw the opening of The Dec Rooftop Lounge & Bar, the city’s hottest nightspot. Under his leadership, The Ritz-Carlton Chicago (formerly a Four Seasons property) continued to be recognized among the country’s premiere hotels. Segesta was the force behind revered programs including sunrise yoga high atop the Hotel’s 75th floor and a one-on-one basketball experience with former Chicago Bulls player Toni Kukoc, which included the construction of a half basketball court in the Hotel’s mechanical room for guests and NBA teams to use. Segesta’s emphasis on innovation transferred to the banquet program too, whose creative cuisine and concepts such as rolling carts earned a reputation as Chicago’s best of the best.

Prior to Chicago, Segesta spent time at Four Seasons Hotel Austin, where he directed the renovation of the spa and launched TRIO, the city’s hottest restaurant debut in recent years. Together with the restaurant’s designers, Segesta created an inviting space and a menu focused on delicious but simple food, with a twist. Says Segesta: “TRIO was a hit from the very first night.”

Outside of the Hotel, Segesta enjoys spending time with his wife of 30 years, Robin, and their two sons, Hunter, who works for the Houston Rockets, and Barrett, who just graduated from TCU in Fort Worth Texas. An avid runner and golfer, Segesta also prioritizes community involvement, serving on several boards and acting as an executive committee member for the Illinois Hotel & Lodging and the Magnificent Mile Associations, among others. In addition, Segesta is a founding member of Camp Kids are Kids Chicago (CKAKC), the first urban oncology camp for children ages 8-16.

Segesta’s other great passion is sports – from cheering on his Michigan State Spartans and the Texas Longhorns (hook’ em Horns!) to attending Houston Rockets and Astros games. Segesta enjoys being a spectator and draws inspiration from athletics that he brings to work each day. And with Houston being one of the nation’s major sports cities, he’ll surely find a lot of inspiration from game days indeed.

Happy to be back in the Lone Star State once more, Segesta uses his trademark mix of support, encouragement and ingenuity to build upon the culture of exceptional service that defines Four Seasons Hotel Houston.

Bobby V. P. Singh

Bobby 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.

Mr. 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.

Mr. 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).


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. The office located at 4212 Almeda Road, is in the heart of the redeveloped business district in the historic "Third Ward."  Mr. Womack, a native Houstonian who attended Texas Southern University, was one of the first investors in the legendary neighborhood.

He has an extensive record of community service and recognition for his commitment to Houston. Mr. Womack has served as 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 a 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. 

Jay Zeidman

Jay S. Zeidman is a Managing Partner at Altitude Ventures, a Texas based healthcare venture capital firm. Mr. Zeidman serves on the non-profit boards of the following organizations: Houston First Corporation, Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital, The Small Business Advisory Task Force for the State of Texas, and the Emancipation Park Conservancy. Before joining RVP, Mr. Zeidman was the Director of Business Development for U.S. Capital Advisors and served as an aide to President George W. Bush at the White House. Mr. Zeidman was named to the Houston Business Journal’s “40 under 40” class in 2014. He received his undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from TCU, where he also served as Student Body President, and his M.B.A. from the Jesse Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University.

He is married to Anat, and they have one young daughter, Ayelet. 

City Council Ex Officio Directors


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.


Robert Gallegos is a native Houstonian and lifelong resident of District I. He was elected to Houston City Council in 2013 to represent the district that encompasses downtown, EaDo, the greater East End, parts of northeast and southeast Houston, as well as the Houston Ship Channel and Hobby Airport.

Robert was born and raised in the Magnolia Park neighborhood in Houston’s East End. He is the son of working-class immigrant parents and grew up in a proud labor union family. Before being elected, Robert spent over 30 years volunteering and working in the community he now represents on the city council. He is the founder and served as the first president of the Eastwood/Lawndale Super Neighborhood Council and was president of his neighborhood’s civic club, Houston Country Club Place, for over 15 years.

On the council, Robert chairs the City Council Committee on Quality of Life and is vice-chair of the Economic Development Committee.