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Governance

Las Colinas Governance

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.

Directors

Steve Nguyen, Chairman

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 levels. 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

Sushil Patel, Vice Chairman

Sushil Patel has been a Las Colinas resident since the 1980’s when his family moved from Oak Cliff to Cottonwood Valley.  He currently resides in Hackberry Creek with his wife Sima and their children: Aaron (6), Ryan (4), and Aliya (1).

Sushil is the President at State Bank of Texas, a family-owned bank. He joined the bank in 2004 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2000.  SBT has consistently ranked as one of the top-performing community banks in the country year after year.  Sushil has been instrumental in the growth of the bank from a $100 million asset bank in 2004 to a $900 million asset bank which is now the largest Indian community bank in the nation.

Sushil also serves as a Principal of CBP Holdings, the Patel family office, which develops and operates hotels and other real estate in New York City and the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.  Through the bank and CBP Holdings, Sushil oversees $1.6 billion in assets in which the family holds a majority ownership stake.  Prior to joining State Bank of Texas, Sushil worked as Senior Analyst at Bank of America Securities in the Global Corporate & Investment Bank.

He holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Sushil had served 7 years on the Planning and Zoning Commission for the City of Irving including the role of Chairman and recently served on the Citizen’s Bond Task Force.   Sushil is also the current Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Surti Leuva Patidar Samaj of DFW, a community organization of over 900 “Patel” families in the DFW Metroplex.

Rachel S. Kramer, Secretary

Rachel 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.

Barbara McNutt, Treasurer

Barbara McNutt’s long-standing career started on the Architectural Design side eventually leading her to the owner’s side (Verizon).  One of her most prestigious projects at the beginning of her career was being the Project Manager for the GTE Headquarters that is currently Verizon.  Barbara had her own design practice for almost a decade before joining Gensler then later HKS.

Barbara has been with Verizon for over five years focusing her talents on the upcoming mixed-use development that will be brought to fruition in the next couple of years.

She is passionate about providing great design that is sustainable and contributes to the community. Having an impact and giving back is extremely important to Barbara.  She has shown her commitment to this belief by her previous involvement on several boards and community services projects.

Danny Opitz

Danny Opitz has been an integral part of the development of Las Colinas with over 40 years of involvement in the management of the Las Colinas Development with the Las Colinas Corporation, Fashion-Stone, Cousins Properties, and Hines.  Mr. Opitz is currently Vice President of Construction for Hines.  His responsibilities have included land planning and entitlement of land, preparation of land use documents as a representative of the Declarant, and oversight of design and construction of project infrastructure.  As part of the Hines Land Team since 2006, he has been involved in the development of over 3,000 single-family lots in the Las Colinas development and Irving.

He has been a member of the Architectural Control Committee at the Las Colinas Association for fourteen years and is currently the Residential Architectural Control Committee Chairman. He has served on many civic and municipal committees in Irving, including the Development Ordinance Rewrite Committee, Storm Water Drainage Committee, Comprehensive Land Use Committee, and the Citizen’s Transportation Committee.  He was a board member of the Dallas County Utility and Reclamation District from 2001 to 2019.

He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas.

Danny and wife Nancy have been residents of Las Colinas for 18 years and currently reside in La Villita.

Ken Reese

Ken Reese joined Hillwood in 1999 and is Executive Vice President of Hillwood Urban. He serves as development director for all efforts related to Hillwood’s urban development. Hillwood Urban has a number of projects in
development included a new office building planned for Turtle Creek; a planned tower located off the Woodall Rodgers freeway; and additional office complexes at Victory Park, among other initiatives. Previously, Mr. Reese led Hillwood’s efforts to develop Victory Park, a 72-acre, mixed-use development in uptown Dallas, and home of the American Airlines Center. In this role, he oversaw the development’s residential, office, and hotel components. Development projects managed under Reese’s leadership have included the Perot office campus on Turtle Creek, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, W Dallas – Victory Hotel and Condominiums, One Victory Park office building, the Plaza Office Buildings, The House condominium, as well as the acquisition and development of the House of Blues. Together with the American Airlines Center, these projects total more than 3 million square feet of building space. In 2015, Apollo, Vanderbilt, and Hillwood purchased Williams Square in the Las Colinas Urban Center. In addition to being a partner in the project, Hillwood Urban manages the leasing for Williams Square. Mr. Reese began his career in Dallas for Bramalea, Inc. and in 1991 he transferred to the Toronto corporate office to serve as director of development and dispositions. While in Toronto, Reese was involved in the development of a 500,000-square-foot downtown Toronto office building and three regional malls, as well as the disposition of nine retail and office assets totaling 6.5 million square feet. From 1994 to 1998, Reese worked in Toronto as a consultant for Royal Bank of Canada, Trizac Trilea Partners, Olympia & York, and other companies. During this time, Reese led the strategic planning and redevelopment of a portfolio of 100 assets, managed a pension fund client’s $425 million purchase of three of Canada’s largest regional malls, and oversaw the disposition strategy of a portfolio of 30 assets valued in excess of $500 million.

OFFICERS

J. Hammond Perot
President

Barbara McNutt
Treasurer

Lynn C. Strickland
Assistant Treasurer

Rachel S. Kramer
Secretary

Jennifer Austin
Assistant Secretary