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.


R. (Ben) Brewer, Chairman
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.


J. Hammond Perot

Steve Nguyen

Rachel S. Kramer

Lynn C. Strickland
Assistant Treasurer

Jennifer Austin
Assistant Secretary

Albert C. Zapanta, Immediate Past Chairman, has been a member of the Las Colinas Association Board of Directors since 2009. 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.

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.

Rodney Phelps currently serves as the Citi Site President for Dallas/Irving, driving and executing Site Governance, People Strategy, Communication, Culture and Community Investment. Rodney recently expanded his business role and now leads Global Consumer Location and Supplier Strategy for Operations and Technology which drives Citi and vendor resource utilization/placement and global site location strategy. Rodney joined Citi Cards in March 2003 to lead the Private Label Quality group. He assumed responsibility for the Sears Commercial Operations group in Atlanta in December 2003, and he spent several months in 2004 as interim Director for the Canadian Operations group. Prior to his current role, Rodney was the Sears Relationship Director and he supported the Partnership Group in an Operational liaison role. Prior to joining Citi, Rodney spent over 15 years with GE Capital. After his term as Chairman of the Board in 2017, Rodney now serves as the Immediate Past Chairman of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and continues his work on their Executive Committee. Rodney also sits on the Executive Committee of The First Tee of Greater Dallas. He holds a BBA from Stephen F. Austin University.

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.

Carl Klinke is a retired Commercial Real Estate attorney with a long history in Las Colinas. Carl is a graduate of Northwestern University and earned his law degree from SMU School of Law in 1970. As in-house council and with private law firms, Carl is experienced in preparation and negotiation of commercial, industrial, multi-family, and ground leases, representing both landlords and tenants, among many other areas of expertise. From 1972 to 2005, Carl supervised and performed all legal work in connection with the Las Colinas Development. Carl has served on various Association Boards and Architectural Control Committees in Texas and Colorado. Carl currently serves on the Infrastructure Committee and the Legal Committee for Positano Condominium Association, a condominium association for a 170-unit condominium development here in Las Colinas, where he lives with his wife, Nancy.