2015 NMHC Emerging Leaders Speaker Series - Houston - Speaker Bios


Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Bowden, founder of The Hanover Company, is responsible for strategic planning, risk management, operational aspects and investment decisions, and has been involved in all aspects of apartment acquisitions, development, construction, management and finance for the entire life of the company.

Mr. Bowden graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a juris doctorate from the University of Texas Law School. He devotes time to various charities and educational institutions.

Source: http://www.hanoverco.com/profile/executives


President and CEO
Greater Houston Partnership

Bob Harvey joined the Greater Houston Partnership as President and CEO in September 2012. Harvey is the fourth President and CEO of the Partnership since it was formed in 1989 in a merger of the Greater Houston Chamber of Commerce, the Houston Economic Development Council and the Houston World Trade Center.

Harvey is committed to enhancing the Partnership’s effectiveness as “the voice of business” in the 10-county Greater Houston area. He has emphasized the importance of “quality of life” issues in achieving the Partnership’s mission of enhancing regional economic prosperity. In addition to its role as the principal regional economic development organization and primary advocate for sound public policy, the Partnership, under Harvey’s leadership, is convening community leaders in order to gain consensus on the key issues facing the region and the appropriate response.

Prior to joining the Partnership, Harvey was active in the Houston business community, first as a management consultant in the Houston office of McKinsey & Company, Inc. for 17 years and then as Vice Chair/Executive Vice President with Reliant Energy for six years.

After leaving Reliant in 2005, Harvey served in a variety of community volunteer leadership roles. He chaired the board of the United Way of Greater Houston from 2007-2010. Harvey was Board Chair of The Post Oak School, a pre-K through 9th grade Montessori school in Houston, from 2008-2011, and Board Chair of the Texas A&M Foundation from 2003-2004.

Harvey has also served on the boards of Central Houston, Inc., Houston Technology Center, Houston Zoo, Inc., the Houston Zoological Society and the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University.

Harvey currently serves on the Community Foundation Council of the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the boards of St. John’s School, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Center for Houston’s Future, and the Alliance For Kids, as well as the Board of Regents of Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Harvey also serves on the Board of Directors of TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE “TRR”), an engineering and environmental services company headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut. He currently serves as Lead Director.

Harvey was raised in Houston, Texas, having graduated from Spring Woods High School in the Spring Branch area. He attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1978. While a student at Texas A&M, Harvey served as Commander of the Corps of Cadets and as Student Body President. He obtained his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1982, following a two-year stint at Amoco Production Company.

Harvey is married to the former Vicki E. Young of Groves, Texas. They have three children. Two sons attend the University of Notre Dame, while their daughter attends St. John’s School in Houston.

Source: http://www.houston.org/about/board-staff.html#staff/226436


Executive Vice President Technology and Projects
Leads efforts to strengthen ConocoPhillips’ capabilities by devising, adopting and exploiting technological innovations to enhance oil and gas discovery, production and delivery.

Al Hirshberg and his team ensure that ConocoPhillips deploys the optimal technology solutions to maximize production volumes and efficiency, and thereby achieve the company's strategic and financial goals. His range of responsibilities includes innovation, solutions and services for subsurface disciplines, production, drilling and completion, major projects, marine operations, aviation, supply chain, information technology and protection and other functions.

Hirshberg has 3 decades of oil and natural gas industry technical and executive management experience.

Before assuming his current role in 2012, he served as senior vice president, Planning and Strategy for ConocoPhillips. Prior to joining the company in 2010, he was a vice president at ExxonMobil, responsible for worldwide deep water and Africa projects, following earlier responsibility for offshore production and operation projects in Norway, Australia, Angola, Nigeria, the Gulf of Mexico, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. He had also served as a vice president responsible for a number of major oil, natural gas, liquefied natural gas and power projects in the United States and overseas.

Hirshberg began his career at Exxon in 1983 as a research engineer. He held planning, engineering and production operations positions in various affiliates before being named a senior department head and upstream planning manager, responsible for upstream strategic planning and business analysis as well as financial reporting and asset acquisition and divestment in 1998.

Hirshberg is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Petroleum Engineers, where he is a member of the Industry Advisory Council. He also serves on the Rice Engineering Advisory Board and the Alley Theatre Board of Directors.

He received bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Rice University in 1982 and 1983.

Source:  http://www.conocophillips.com/who-we-are/our-company/leadership/Pages/al-hirshberg.aspx