About Us

HBEC is committed to supporting candidates for school board positions who demonstrate the leadership to improve student academic performance. HBEC is also committed to creating support in the community for significant changes that are required in Houston’s public schools.


Support public education in Greater Houston through the selection, vetting and financial campaign support of reform-minded, service-oriented candidates.


  1. HBEC believes an educated citizen is crucial to the long-term economic and civic success of a free society, specifically Houston.
  2. As the fast majority of Houstonians obtain their primary and secondary education through public institutions, those institutions must provide a robust education for the future, productive citizens of Houston.
  3. HBEC believes it is the duty and obligation of business and civic leaders to hold public education institutions to task in order to ensure that a quality product is being delivered and if it is not, identify the changes that should be made.
  4. HBEC’s primary strategy for change is through the identification of candidates most likely to affect change toward stated reform goals, vetting those candidates, and support of those candidate in pursuit of school board positions.

HBEC Members

Members of the HBEC PAC are:

Lanesha Anderson – Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, ABM
Jonathan Day – Of Counsel, Andrews Kurth LLP
Richard Figueroa – Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor, UBS Services
Michael Griffin – Partner, Silver Oak Financial Group
Larry Kellner – President, Emerald Creek Group
Steven Mach – Vice President of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Mach Group
Ramon Manning – CEO, Partners Energy Group
Sherea McKenzie – Executive Director, Office of Commissioner El Franco Lee
Kendall Miller – President, Tanglewood Corporation
Gasper Mir – Principal, MFR P.C.
Rod Paige – Former Secretary of Education & Former Superintendent of HISD
Gracie Saenz – Partner, Saenz & Burkhardt PLLC
Richard Schechter – Law Office of Richard Schechter
Douglas M. Selman – Exxon Chemical (Retired)
Michael Trevino – Reputation Management Associates
Lori Vetters – Regional Commercial Executive, HSBC Bank
Dick Weekley – Chairman, Weekley Development Company
Welcome Wilson, Sr. – GSL Industrial
Jim Windham – Windham Capital Advisory
Don Woo – Mission Constructors
Lee Zieben – President, Affordable Housing Group