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Center for Houston’s Future Expands and Comes Full Circle with New Board Chairman

HOUSTON, TX – January, 2012 – On the brink of a major expansion in programming and organizational capacity to innovate for the future of the region, Center for Houston’s Future is pleased to announce a new Board Chairman and five new board members. James Calaway, President of Calaway Interests, accepted the gavel of Board Chairman at the Center’s January 23rd annual meeting, joined by new board members: Dorothy Ables, Chief Administrative Officer, Spectra Energy; Anthony Chase, Chairman & CEO, ChaseSource, L.P., George Y. Gonzalez, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP; Harris “Shrub” Kempner, Jr., President, Kempner Capital Management, Inc., and David McClanahan, President and CEO of CenterPoint Energy.

“It is a great privilege for me to serve as the Chairman of the Board of the Center for Houston’s Future,” said James Calaway. “I have been committed to the organization’s mission since its beginning, having served as its founding CEO. To now become its Chairman, following in the shoes of the long line of great Chairs is a great honor for me. I look forward to working with the highly capable Center team, headed by Catherine Clark Mosbacher, and the board of directors to continue to build on the momentum and growth of our activities in support of a prosperous and forward thinking region.”

All five Directors are noteworthy in their professional fields and in their commitment to the community:
James Calaway succeeds Kelly Frels as Chairman of the Board. James led the creation of the Center for Houston’s Future as founding President, along with founding Board Chair Eugene Vaughan. In addition to his work with Calaway Interests, he serves as Chairman of the Board of DataCert Inc, and Orocobre Limited. His most recent civic service is as Immediate Past President of the Board of the Houston Independent School District Foundation.

Dorothy Ables serves on the board of the United Way of Greater Houston and is a former co-chair of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society. She is a past president of The Junior League of Houston and The Children’s Fund. In 2010 she was named one of Houston’s Most Influential Women by Houston Woman magazine and one of Texas’ most powerful and influential women by the National Diversity Council.
Anthony Chase is the new Chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership, and is also Chairman & CEO of ChaseSource L.P., and ChaseSource Real Estate Services L.P. He is a tenured professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center, where he began teaching in 1990. Mr. Chase has received numerous awards including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and Rainbow Push Coalition’s Lamont Godwin National Award.

George Y. Gonzalez has served as Chairman of the Board of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the World Trade Supervisory Board of the Greater Houston Partnership. In 2010, he was named one of the Top 100 Influential Hispanics in the U.S. by Hispanic Business Magazine. Mr. Gonzalez currently counsels U.S. and Latin American businesses in general corporate law and international legal issues.

Harris “Shrub” Kempner is past Chairman of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston’s Development Board, and the Galveston Economic Development Partnership. Mr. Kempner is a Trustee of the H. Kempner Trust Association, Chairman of Balmorhea Ranches, Inc., Chairman Emeritus and Advisor to the Board of United States National Bank and Emeritus Director to Frost Bank in Galveston and Cullen-Frost Bankers, Inc. in San Antonio.

David McClanahan is Past Chairman of the Board of the University of St. Thomas, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, United Way of Greater Houston, and Central Houston. In 1999, he became president and chief operating officer of Reliant Energy Regulated Group and served as vice chairman of Reliant Energy, assuming his current role as CenterPoint Energy’s President and CEO in 2002.

Center for Houston’s Future, The Region’s Think Tank, is a 501 c(3) non-profit organization that plans strategically for the region, strengthens the base of diverse business and civic leadership, and informs people about – while engaging them in the necessary groundwork for the region’s global future. To learn more, visit

Mercedes Santos-Garay
Coordinator – Communications & Development
Center for Houston’s Future
1200 Smith, Suite 1150
Houston, TX 77002

(F): 713-844-9348

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