Dick Weekley is a native Houstonian, businessman and philanthropist. He founded Weekley Properties, a commercial real estate brokerage firm, in Houston in 1973.
Dick has been active in civic and community affairs, including as a member of the Greater Houston Partnership Board of Directors Executive Committee and a life board member of the Metropolitan YMCA, where he formerly served as chairman. He is also a member of the Texas Business Leadership Council, which recognized him with the inaugural Richard W. Weekley Public Policy Leadership Award in 2014. Dick is also a former board member of the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and a former member of the Governor’s Business Council Executive Committee.
Dick co-founded Texans for Lawsuit Reform in 1994, a statewide tort reform advocacy organization dedicated to bringing fairness and balance back to Texas’ civil justice system. In that time, TLR has helped pass the most comprehensive lawsuit reforms in the country. He is also co-founder and president of the Quality of Life Coalition of Houston, co-founder of two education reform organizations and Houstonians for Responsible Growth, as well as several other non-profit organizations.
Dick attended Southern Methodist University, where he graduated in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2016. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy, serving a tour of duty in Vietnam and then with the Flag Staff of the Commander of Amphibious Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Dick is married to Margaret Neuhaus Weekley, and is the father of three children and a grandfather of four.
Dick Trabulsi is a co-founder and president of Texans for Lawsuit Reform, and chairman of its political action committee.
Mr. Trabulsi is a native of Houston, Texas. He is married and has two adult children and four grandchildren.
Mr. Trabulsi has been active in a variety of businesses, including retail, real estate, banking, ranching and financial assets. He now devotes full time to public policy advocacy and investments. He has served on several business and community boards including BBVA Compass Bank Houston, the George Foundation, Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, Houston Museum of Natural Science and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Hugh Rice Kelly is a co-founder, senior general counsel, and board member of TLR. He authored TLR’s original legislative agenda, most of which was enacted in 1995.
A Houston native, Kelly graduated from Rice University and served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He received a law degree from The University of Texas, where he served as editor in chief of the Texas Law Review and graduated with high honors.
Kelly has been active with the Civil Justice Reform Group and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, and in a number of judicial selection reform groups. He is a member of the American Law Institute and the Houston, Texas and American Bar associations. He has also served as a board member and officer of numerous organizations, including cultural, health care, city improvement and others. Hugh and his wife Molly live in Houston. They have two grown daughters.
Fred W. Heldenfels IV is president and CEO of Heldenfels Enterprises Inc., a manufacturer of precast/prestressed concrete structures for the highway, industrial, commercial and sports construction markets with plants located in San Marcos and Corpus Christi.
Heldenfels chairs the A&M PAC board and is a member of the Austin Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee and board. He is past chairman of the Texas A&M Twelfth Man Foundation, past president of the Texas Good Roads Transportation Association, and Past Chairman of the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. Heldenfels is a past chairman of the Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Foundation and Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, where he helped initiate support for tort reform in the Coastal Bend, as well as the creation of a four-year university within the Texas A&M University System.
Heldenfels received a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in 1979.
Alan Hassenflu is the co-founder and CEO of Fidelis Realty Partners Ltd., which provides comprehensive services to its commercial real estate portfolio. Since its founding, Fidelis’ portfolio has grown from one million square-feet in the greater Houston area to over 11 million square-feet, including properties in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Tennessee.
Hassenflu is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute, where he serves on a Retail Council. He is a current or past member of numerous corporate, educational, non-profit, political, municipal and civic boards and committees, and is a former councilman for the City of Southside Place. He and his wife, Cherie, have two grown sons.
Frederick (Shad) Rowe founded Greenbrier Partners, a Dallas-based investment fund, in 1985. Prior to founding Greenbrier Partners, he was president of Rowe & Company Inc. Investment Brokers/Bankers, which he founded in 1978. He received a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University, served in the U.S. Navy and received an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Rowe is a member of the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Board, a co-founder of the Great Investors’ Best Ideas Foundation, president of the Investors for Director Accountability Foundation, and a board member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. He is a former trustee of the Employees Retirement System of Texas and a former chair of the Texas Pension Review Board.
Rowe’s articles have appeared in Forbes, Fortune, Barron’s, Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, Texas Monthly and D Magazine. His comments have appeared in The New York Times, Bloomberg Markets, The Dallas Morning News, CNBC and Bloomberg Television.
Rowe and his wife, Michele, live in Dallas. They have four grown children.
Jeff Shellebarger is chairman of the Organizing Committee for the 23rd World Petroleum Congress (WPC) to be held in Houston in December of 2020. He also serves on the Board of the Greater Houston Partnership and is a member of the Kinder Institute Advisory Board.
Jeff served as past chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership and the American Petroleum Institute’s Upstream Committee. He has also served on the boards of the Greater Houston United Way and Houston Museum of Natural Science. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
Marc Watts is president of The Friedkin Group, an umbrella company overseeing various business interests that are principally automotive-related, including Gulf States Toyota Inc., a wholesale distributor of Toyota vehicles and products.
Prior to joining The Friedkin Group, Watts was vice chairman and managing partner—Houston of the 700-attorney law firm of Locke Lord LLP, with more than 26 years of experience in corporate and securities law, governance and related matters. Watts is a board member of Highland Resources Inc., Service Corporation International, and Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation. He is also on various civic and community boards including, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Houston Branch), United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Partnership.
Michael Weekley is the founder and principal of East River Investments, a special purpose private equity vehicle. Prior to East River, he was the director of financial analysis at PetroLogistics, the largest on-purpose propylene producer in the U.S., where he focused on M&A and corporate strategy.
Weekley received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors.
Lilyanne McClean joined TLR in 2018 and engages in the full breadth of TLR’s legislative and political activities, including strengthening our network of regional chairpersons comprised of business and civic leaders across Texas, as well as fundraising with Senior Chairman Dick Weekley. With a background in government affairs, legal issues and communications, Lilyanne ensures job creators understand the role lawsuit reform has played in strengthening Texas’ economy.
Mary Tipps has been with TLR since 2003 and currently serves as executive director, managing the day-to-day operations of the organization and its advocacy efforts. Mary is TLR’s main point of contact for legislators, trade groups and other organizations around the state, and works closely with all interested stakeholders to advocate for TLR’s agenda.
Lee Parsley has worked with TLR since 2002, and now serves as its general counsel. Lee leads a team of attorneys who help identify and research solutions to the challenges facing Texas’ legal system. Lee’s background in civil and appellate law has given him firsthand experience in navigating Texas’ courts. His experience in the legislative process helps TLR engage with lawmakers and stakeholders to ensure Texas is passing principled laws for a fair and efficient legal system.
Lucy Nashed has been the communications director at Texans for Lawsuit Reform since 2016, managing media relations and communications strategy for the organization. Lucy uses a variety of communications tools, including social media, earned media and digital multimedia to help educate TLR’s statewide audience about its work to make our legal system more affordable, efficient and accessible to all Texans.
Glenda Hovey has been with TLR since 2000 and serves as administrative director. Glenda works behind the scenes to keep operations running smoothly by ensuring the day to day administrative duties are done. She also works closely with Kristie Vazquez to maintain TLR’s vast database.
Kristie Vazquez has been with TLR since 2000, and serves as data manager in the Houston office. She also manages TLR’s Speaker’s Bureau program, which connects TLR volunteers with organizations interested in learning more about how lawsuit reform has helped strengthen our state economy and keep our courts fair and efficient.
Drew Lawson served as director of TLRPAC from 2009 to 2017 and is now the PAC’s lead consultant, overseeing the strategic distribution of the PAC’s election cycle budget and consulting on some of the highest profile campaigns in the state. He also serves on the TLR lobby team during the legislative sessions, advocating for principled, common-sense tort reforms that have been a critical building block of Texas’ thriving economic environment.
Johnna joined the TLR team as Austin office manager in 2019. In addition to keeping the office running steadily and efficiently, coordinating the hundreds of bills that are reviewed by TLR’s staff and attorneys during the legislative session and helping manage TLR’s interns, Johnna helps research and coordinate special projects related to Texas’ legal system and lawsuit reforms.