Las Colinas Governance


The Las Colinas Association is governed by non-compensated, volunteer board members, with equal representation for residential and commercial properties, and one Declarant representative.

The bylaws now provide for staggered terms and term limits. Directors are elected for three-year terms on a rotating basis and are limited to two consecutive terms plus any preceding partial terms resulting from an appointment to a vacated position.


Albert C. Zapanta, Chairman

Albert C. Zapanta has been a member of the Las Colinas Association Board of Directors since 2008 and currently serves as Chairman. He is president and CEO of the United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, which recently opened its new North American headquarters on the Mandalay Canal in Las Colinas. He is also chairman and CEO of PAZ Energy. Mr. Zapanta has worked in business, government, and politics for over 36 years, and is a highly decorated combat veteran. With post-graduate degrees from the University of Southern California and the Harvard Graduate School of Business, Mr. Zapanta has served on numerous boards and commissions, in both the public and private sectors. He and his family have lived in Hackberry Creek for seven years.


J. Hammond Perot

R. (Ben) Brewer

Rachel S. Kramer

Lynn C. Strickland
Assistant Treasurer

Jennifer Austin
Assistant Secretary

R. (Ben) Brewer is a Director with Hines, the Houston-based international developer that purchased the remaining 600+/- acres of undeveloped land owned by the Las Colinas Land Limited Partnership in 2005. A certified public accountant, Mr. Brewer is a graduate of Baylor University and was a participant in their Study Abroad Program centered at Imperial College in London. In 2007, after just one year with Hines, he began his project management career in Las Colinas. In his current position as Director, he manages the development process for several major residential properties in Las Colinas as well as his role in vertical development for the Dallas office of Hines.

Barton Hankins is the Owner/Managing Partner of Westway Ford in Irving, which ranks in the top 1.5% of vehicle sales in the nation. He says he got the “car bug” selling cars while in college and worked his way up from selling cars to owning his own dealership. He’s been in the automotive industry since 1989. As a Cottonwood Valley homeowner, Mr. Hankins has held numerous positions on Cottonwood’s Board of Directors, including HOA President in 2015. He has also served on the LCA’s Architectural Control Residential Review Committee and on The Highlands School Board of Trustees as Vice President since 2010. At the May 19, 2015 LCA board meeting, Barton Hankins was appointed to fill the unexpired Board of Directors’ position vacated by Jennifer Austin. He, his wife and children currently reside in Cottonwood Valley.

Rachel S. Kramer is a vice president and partner with The Richdale Group, a premier real estate development and management company, which owns and manages two apartment communities in Las Colinas – Delante and Marabella. She is responsible for the firm’s acquisitions, new developments and construction projects in the Dallas Metroplex. Ms. Kramer graduated cum laude from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in real estate and management and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. She previously served as a member of the Las Colinas Association’s Architectural Control Committee.

Steve Nguyen has been a Las Colinas resident for 14 years, and lives in Hackberry with his wife, Lien, and their children Max and Sidney Claire.  Steve grew up in Houston and earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees at the University of Houston.  After graduation, he moved to the DFW area, where he has practiced optometry for over 20 years.  He has been active in his professional association, serving on various boards and committees at the local, state, and federal level. Steve is also interested in public policy and has served on various statewide councils, including the Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council, the Institute for Healthcare Quality and Efficiency, and the Comptroller Small Business Advisory Council.  Currently, he serves on Governor Abbott’s Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs (Vice-Chair), and the Board of Directors of the Las Colinas Association, the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Foundation, The Foundation for Education and Research in Vision (Pres), and the Coppell Baseball Association. When he gets a free moment, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, coaching baseball, and sneaking in a round of golf.