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April 2013

Development, Acquisition, Leasing Expert Bruce Fincher Steps Up to Serve ECD Board

Bruce Fincher is bringing 35 years of development, acquisition, leasing and asset management expertise to The Energy Corridor District Board of Directors. Fincher replaces longtime board member Alan Cochrane, who stepped down last month to move east and spend time with his family.

Fincher is no stranger to big deals.

“Bruce Fincher’s knowledge of Houston’s commercial and industrial real estate market runs deep,” says Clark Martinson, General Manager of The Energy Corridor District. “His experience will prove valuable in a district that’s an international draw for investors and one of the region’s most vigorous employment centers. We’re delighted he’s volunteering for the ECD board.”

He’s also no stranger to serving on volunteer boards. Fincher served as president of Houston chapter of NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association).

Fincher is Founder and President of Fincher Companies, which focuses on retail and commercial land development. His company has developed, acquired or started a broad range of properties, including service centers, commercial land, restaurant build-to-suits, multi-tenant industrial, low-rise office and retail strip developments.

Before he started his own firm, Fincher acquired and developed properties for The Midway Companies, Schlumberger, Weingarten Realty Investors and Fincher & Fincher, Inc.

For global oil industry giant Schlumberger, Fincher redeveloped the company’s former home on the Gulf Freeway, now home to the University of Houston’s Energy Research Park. He also spent several years advising Schlumberger on real estate transactions throughout North America.

At Weingarten, an NYSE real estate investment trust, Fincher acquired in excess of $30 million of industrial properties. He acquired 670,000 square feet of service center space while at Midway, and developed two multi-tenant warehouse projects. The longtime Houstonian began his commercial and industrial real estate work with Fincher & Fincher, developing bulk distribution buildings, service centers, single story and mid-rise office buildings.

Fincher splits his free time between visiting his grandchildren, golfing and hunting. He and his wife, Dee Dee, have two grown children, Lindsey and Travis. The couple attends Houston’s First Baptist Church.

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