Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor Turner Makes Changes to Houston First Board

July 8, 2016 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner is nominating Flagship Capital Partners Chief Executive Officer David Mincberg to chair the Houston First Corporation Board of Directors, replacing Ric Campo, who was appointed by former Mayor Annise Parker.

“I’ve known David for years and respect his abilities to get the job done,” said Mayor Turner.  “He has extensive business experience, works well with others and understands my vision. He is the perfect choice to move Houston First forward.”

Minceberg recently chaired Mayor Turner’s transition team executive committee. His experience includes construction, development, and real estate lending. He is the past chairman of the Harris County Democratic Party, a past chairman of the Houston Housing Authority Board and he served as the Mayor’s Special Assistant for Multi-Family Housing Policy under former Mayor Bill White. He is also active in many community organizations, and has been recognized by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, the NAACP, the University of Texas Tejas Club, the American Jewish Committee, and Planned Parenthood.

The mayor is also nominating Paul Puente for a position on the board. As executive secretary of the Houston Gulf Coast Building and Trades Council, Puente represents various construction and local unions in twenty counties. He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 716 as well as a Harris County AFL-CIO Central Labor Council Delegate. He is a member of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, and he served as Co-Chair of Mayor Turner’s Executive Transition Team.

Houston First Corporation is a local government corporation that operates the City’s performing arts and convention facilities. These venues include the George R. Brown Convention Center, Wortham Theater Center, Jones Hall for the Performing Arts, Miller Outdoor Theatre and the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel.