Executive Lecture Series Welcomes Robert McNair, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Houston Texans
HOUSTON, November 8, 2006—Robert C. McNair, founder, chairman and CEO of the Houston Texans, will speak at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management, Executive Lecture Series on Saturday, November 18, on “Differences and Similarities: Cogen Technology vs Houston Texans.” McNair's lecture will be from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. in the Shell Oil Foundation Auditorium, Janice and Robert McNair Hall, Rice University.
The Executive Lecture Series, compliments the Dean’s Lecture Series which has been in place since 1997. Both lecture series bring exemplary business leaders to speak to the Rice MBA and MBA for Executives students. The Houston business community is invited to attend these lectures without charge.
About Robert C. McNair
Robert C. McNair, founder, chairman and CEO of the Houston Texans is perhaps best known as founder of Cogen Technologies. Cogen, which was sold in 1999, was the largest privately-owned cogeneration company in the world, with aggregate capacity of 1,400 megawatts.
McNair serves as chairman and CEO of The McNair Group, headquartered in Houston, Texas, where he oversees an investment portfolio that includes interests in two cogeneration plants in the eastern United States. McNair also owns Palmetto Partners, Ltd. and RCM Financial Services, L.P., private investment entities that manage the McNairs’ public and private equity investments, and is chairman of the The McNair Foundation and the Houston Texans Foundation.
Committed to bringing an NFL team to Houston, McNair formed Houston NFL Holdings in 1998. In late 1999, the NFL announced that the 32nd NFL franchise had been awarded to McNair, returning football to the City of Houston in the year 2002 and Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004.
McNair served on the Rice University Board of Trustees from 1994 to 2002 and as honorary co-chair of the Rice: The Next Century Campaign. McNair serves as a Rice Associate and member of the William Marsh Rice Society. The newest building at Rice University, the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management, was named Janice and Robert McNair Hall by the Rice Board of Trustees in 2006.
Active in the Houston community, McNair is a current or past member of the boards of trustees of a number of institutions in addition to Rice, including Baylor College of Medicine, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Grand Opera, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Free Enterprise Institute, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
Born in Tampa, Florida, McNair has been a resident of Houston since 1960. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in Columbia in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1999, McNair received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the University of South Carolina.