Houston company makes $120 million bet on Bellevue office complex

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Amaechi Ndili
Chairman/Co-Founder,
Lionstone Group/The

Career History

Chairman/Co-Founder Lionstone Group/The, 2004-PRESENT
Exec Head:Nigerian Operations Emerging Capital Partners, PRESENT
Managing Director GE Capital Real Estate, UNKNOWN-2004

Corporate Information
Address:
100 Waugh Drive
Suite 600
Houston, TX 77007
United States
Phone: 1-713-533-5860
Fax: 1-713-533-5897
Web url: http://www.lionstonegroup.com

Personal Information

EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania MBA, 1997
Univ of Bath Bachelor’s Degree

Memberships
Board Memberships

Notore Chemical Industries Ltd Board Member, PRESENT
Lionstone Group/The Chairman, 2004-PRESENT

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Kase Lawal: Not your average oil baron

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(CNN) — Nigerian-born entrepreneur Kase Lawal is the epitome of the American dream. Arriving to the US a young, idealistic student, Lawal has carved a name for himself in one of the most competitive industries in the world: Oil.

Now head of a multi-billion dollar empire, his Houston-based company, CAMAC, is one of the largest black-owned businesses in the U.S., generating over $2 billion dollars a year.

Founded nearly 25 years ago, Lawal built CAMAC (which stands for Cameroon-American) from a small agriculture business into a global oil company. But it’s taken a lot of hard work, determination and guts to get him to the top.

Born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1954, Lawal became interested in America and its civil rights movement during his teens. After finally persuading his father, a local politician, to send him to university in America, Lawal headed to Georgia and then Houston, where he attended the Texas Southern University.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1976, Lawal, like many of his classmates, started out as a graduate in the energy industry. First as a chemist for Dresser Industries (now Halliburton) and then as a chemical engineer with Shell Oil Refining Co.

During this time he met his wife, Eileen through a mutual friend and had his three children.

Now married and settled, it wasn’t long before the innovative young Nigerian started to implement his business ideas.

In 1986 he established CAMAC, a company trading agricultural commodities such as sugar, tobacco and rice. In the early 90s he made the leap into the energy sector after the Nigerian government started to develop its energy market.

With his knowledge of Nigeria and his Houston address, Lawal was ideally positioned to attract major oil companies. In 1991 CAMAC made a deal with the oil giant Conoco, agreeing to jointly operate and share production from any Nigerian discoveries.

This turned out to be Lawal’s big break.

With his political contacts, local market knowledge and now with the backing of a major oil firm, Lawal’s Houston-based company became an instant player in the energy industry.

As Lawal told CNN: “That partnership I believe was the cornerstone of the CAMAC that you know today. Subsequently with that credibility and the advantage of partnering with Conoco, we were also able to partner with BP and also with Statoil of Norway and currently we have made a partnership with Eni, the largest Italian company, which is one of the top five oil companies in the world.”

Now CAMAC has offices in London, Johannesburg, Lagos and Port Harcourt, Nigeria and is involved in oil exploration, refining and trading.

He was awarded the USAfrica Business Person of the Year in 1997 and in 2002 CAMAC was named the largest African-American owned company on the Black Enterprise 100s list.

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Marc Allen is senior vice president of The Boeing Company

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Marc Allen is senior vice president of The Boeing Company and president of Boeing International. He is a member of Boeing’s Executive Council.

As president of Boeing International, Allen, 42, is responsible for the company’s international strategy and operations, and oversees 17 regional corporate headquarters in key markets around the world. Reporting to the chairman and CEO, Allen leads development of the company’s growth and productivity initiatives outside the U.S. and new business and industrial partnerships. His responsibilities also include overseeing international affairs, enhancing local presence and providing global functional support. Allen was appointed to the role in 2015.

Previously, Allen served as president of Boeing Capital Corporation, a wholly owned Boeing subsidiary that arranges, structures and provides financing for Boeing’s commercial airplane, space and defense products.

Prior to Boeing Capital, Allen served as vice president, of Boeing International and president of Boeing China, responsible for leading the company’s business in China from its Beijing headquarters. Leading Boeing China, Allen oversaw the company’s largest market outside the U.S. as its annual delivery pace doubled.

Before that, Allen served as Boeing’s vice president for Global Law Affairs and general counsel to Boeing International, leading the company’s international legal practice group from its inception, with responsibilities for Boeing’s international operations’ legal issues, cross-border trade regulation matters, and international legal policy matters including the U.S.-EC WTO dispute on aircraft subsidies.

Prior to joining Boeing, Allen practiced law with the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Kellogg Huber, litigating complex commercial cases for domestic and international clients.

Previous government service includes an appointment as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s law clerk.

A Southern California native, Allen received his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Princeton University, majoring in political science with a certificate in economics, and received his law degree from Yale Law School.

Allen is married and has four children.

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Rosalind Brewer president and CEO of Sam’s Club

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Rosalind Brewer is president and CEO of Sam’s Club, a members-only warehouse club channel with revenues of $58 billion for fiscal year 2015, 110,000 associates and 649 clubs. Roz joined Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Walmart), in 2012.

She has implemented a growth strategy focused on technology and innovation, exciting and local merchandise and an expanded footprint, accelerating the growth of new clubs.

Roz is a strong advocate for Sam’s Club’s many small business members and is also focused on e-commerce growth, giving members the convenience of shopping anywhere, anytime.

Roz joined Walmart in 2006 as regional vice president, overseeing operations in Georgia. She later became division president of the Southeast, and then president of Walmart East.

Throughout her career, Roz has served as a high-impact strategist with experience spanning global manufacturing operations, research and development, marketing and strategic business unit leadership. She has focused relentlessly on revenue growth and customer satisfaction and has extensive expertise in turn-around assignments. Roz is also known for building strong teams, inspiring mentoring networks and having a passion for improving communities.

Before joining Walmart, she worked for Kimberly-Clark Corp. for 22 years, starting as a scientist and eventually becoming president of the Global Nonwovens Sector in 2004. Roz earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Spelman College. She attended the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School and the Director’s College at the University of Chicago School of Business/Stanford School of Law.

She serves on the board of directors for Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT), and because of her commitment to education, she is chair of the board of trustees for her alma mater, Spelman College.

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Denise Scott: Executive Vice President programs Local Initiatives Support Corporation

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Denise Scott is Executive Vice President in charge of programs for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the nation’s largest nonprofit focused on revitalizing distressed communities.

With three decades of experience in community development, Ms. Scott leads LISC’s neighborhood investment efforts in 30 cities and rural areas in 39 states.

Prior to joining LISC, Ms. Scott spearheaded a range of public and nonprofit initiatives with the U.S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, the New York City Urban Coalition, the New York City Mayor’s Office of Housing Coordination and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

The 40 most powerful African Americans in business-and how they shaped our world

When Black Enterprise published its first issue four decades ago, the era was marked by promise but not prosperity.

The economic evolution of the African American business class had not yet begun. A year earlier, President Richard Nixon had signed Executive Order 11458, directing the Commerce Department to coordinate the federal government’s programs “which affect or may contribute to the establishment, preservation, and strengthening of minority business enterprise.” The directive gave birth to federal set-aside programs and public financing. The dawning of a new business era always begins with the audacious and the resolute—relentless innovators and industrial disruptors who realized that industries, people, or nations could not advance by embracing the status quo.

A phalanx of entrepreneurs and executives knew that for African Americans to progress, less than full participation in the business mainstream could not be an option. They fought the odds, suffered setbacks, regrouped, and eventually emerged victorious. Through each decade they changed the paradigm—whether doing so required the political activism of the 1970s, financial engineering of the 1980s, adoption of new technology in the 1990s, or the creation of flexible business models over the past decade. Whether they conducted business from their own offices or the executive suite, their professional excellence, deal-making prowess, and unwavering advocacy converted promise into channels of prosperity and levers of power.

The 40 men and women on the following pages could easily be considered trailblazers. They are, however, more than pioneers who withstood the elements—institutional racism, resistance from the business establishment, and lack of resources—to plant a flag on their own patch of territory. They’re titans: bold leaders who shattered conventional modes of commerce. Because of their contributions over the past 40 years, the world of business has been transformed forever.
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James A. Bell former Chief Financial Officer for The Boeing Company

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James A. Bell recently retired from The Boeing Company, where he had served as chief financial officer, executive vice president and corporate president.

As CFO, Bell had responsibility for two key Boeing businesses, Boeing Capital Corporation and Boeing Shared Services. Prior to being named CFO in 2003, Bell held the position of senior vice president of finance, corporate controller, vice president of contracts and pricing for Boeing Space and Communications, and director of business management of the Space Station Electric Power System at the Boeing Rocketdyne unit.

Bell began his career with Rockwell and attended California State University at Los Angeles where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting.

Thor Construction: Richard Copeland Founder and Chairman of the Board

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Richard Copeland Founder and Chairman of the Board

Richard is the Founder and Chairman of THOR Construction, founded in 1980. Through Richard’s drive, vision and tenacity, he has developed his organization into a major international force in the construction industry. His commitment to redefining the role of underutilized communities has always set him apart. By setting expectations for excellence and assembling some of the most talented people in the world, Richard and THOR create an extraordinary construction experience above all others. With a half dozen business units and hundreds of employees, Richard is known in his organization as a dedicated leader – one who moves, touches and inspires others – in all his interactions. Today, THOR is one of the largest African American owned companies in America.

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Ravi Norman Chief Executive Officer

Ravi possesses over 16 years of expertise in the areas of strategic management, organizational development and commercial finance. Ravi’s dynamic leadership style consists of an optimal mix of macro business strategy, management & organizational theory, operational execution, transparent intents, proactive communication, and measurable outcomes. Ravi has collaborated with several Fortune 500 corporations and non-profits to develop innovative solutions to maximize diversity and inclusion within the supply chain. Ravi’s corporate experience includes Norwest Bank, Wells Fargo & Co., and Highland Banks. Ravi’s formal education includes degrees in Economics, Business Management, Finance and Strategy.

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Ted Colbert is Chief Information Officer of The Boeing Company

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Ted Colbert is Chief Information Officer of The Boeing Company and vice president of Information Technology. Colbert, who was named to this role in November 2013, is responsible for the IT strategy, operations, processes and more than 8,000 IT people of the world’s largest aerospace company. He has responsibility for supporting the growth of Boeing’s business by partnering with the company’s business units on IT-related revenue generating programs and for overseeing all aspects of information security across the global reach of the company.

In his previous role as vice president of Information Technology Infrastructure, Colbert was responsible for developing and maintaining IT solutions inclusive of network, computing, server, storage, collaboration and infrastructure across the entire Boeing enterprise. He was named to this position in December 2011.

Previously, Colbert was vice president of IT Business Systems, where he was responsible for developing and maintaining the computing application systems that support Boeing Finance, Human Resources, Corporate, Commercial Capital Business Units as well as the company’s internal systems. He was named to this position in September 2010.

Colbert joined Boeing in 2009 as director of Enterprise Network Services, which provides the connectivity infrastructure enabling all internal Boeing applications and Line of Service delivery systems to integrate, communicate, and pass data from point to point throughout the company and beyond.

Colbert spent 2.5 years at Citigroup as a senior vice president of Enterprise Architecture based in the New York metro area. At Citigroup, he held positions focused on Enterprise Architecture and Strategy & Planning in the Global Architecture & Engineering organization. His major contributions at Citi were focused on driving IT programs to improve technology strategy, workslate management & prioritization, and delivery lifecycle processes across IT engineering and operations. He led major Enterprise efforts to drive common architecture across the Global Consumer organization.

Before joining Citigroup, Colbert spent 11 years with Ford Motor Company’s Information Technology organization. During his tenure with Ford, he held several positions including manager of Global Deskside Services, where he was responsible for global engineering and operations for client (UNIX and Windows), infrastructure, hardware/software, mobile, global end-user support (helpdesk), site management, and executive liaison to several major technology suppliers. Prior to this role, Colbert held leadership positions in the areas of Program Management, Infrastructure Engineering & Operations, Application Development / Portfolio Management, and Process Reengineering. In addition, he championed and led several campus recruiting, career development, and community service projects.

Colbert completed the Dual Degree Engineering Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia with degrees in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Interdisciplinary Science.

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