About Us | Board of Directors
Recognizing and Responsibly Delivering the Greatest Value from Every Acre
Forestar's Board of Directors represent a diverse range of backgrounds and skill sets. Our directors contribute their exceptional talent and considerable experience to overseeing and guiding our business and affairs. Our Board is committed to furthering the mission, vision and strategy of Forestar as it continues to grow.
James A. Rubright
Chairman Of The Board
Mr. Rubright served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Rock-Tenn Company,
Mr. Rubright served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Rock-Tenn Company, one of North America’s leading manufacturers of paperboard, containerboard and consumer and corrugated packaging, until his retirement in October 2013. Mr. Rubright joined Rock-Tenn Company as Chief Executive Officer in 1999. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President of Sonat Inc. in Birmingham, Alabama, overseeing its interstate natural gas pipeline and energy marketing businesses. Prior to joining Sonat Inc. he was a partner at the law firm of King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Rubright is a principal of Privet Fund Management, LLC, a private investment fund management company, and serves on the boards of AGL Resources Inc., an energy company and HD Supply Holdings, Inc., an industrial supply company.
Phil has served as Chief Executive Officer of Forestar since September 2015.
Phil has served as Chief Executive Officer of Forestar since September 2015. Since May 2013, Phil has also served and currently serves as Chairman of the Forestar Real Estate Investment Committee. Phil previously served as our Executive Vice President - Real Estate from 2009 to May 2013 and as Executive Vice President – Water Resources from May 2013 to September 2015. Prior to joining Forestar, he served the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) as Senior Vice President — Multifamily from 2006 to October 2009, as Chief of Staff to the CEO from 2004 to 2006, and as Chief of Staff to non-Executive Chairman of the Board and Corporate Secretary from 2005 to 2006.
Phil received his Juris Doctor from DePaul University after completing his legal studies at Southern Methodist University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Christian University.
Ms. Brown is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a 400-attorney law firm.
Ms. Brown is a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, a 400-attorney law firm. She was with Goldman, Sachs & Co. serving in a variety of capacities including Chairman of Investment Banking for the Midwest Region from 2011 through 2013, Head of the Western Region of the Public Sector and Infrastructure Group from 2005 to 2010, and as a Managing Director in Private Wealth Management from 2001 to 2005. Ms. Brown served as Treasurer of the State of California from 1991 through 1994 and was the Democratic Nominee for Governor of California in 1994. She practiced law with O’Melveny & Myers and was President of the Private Bank at Bank of America. She served on the Los Angeles Board of Education and as a Commissioner of Public Works in the City of Los Angeles. Ms. Brown is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Boards of the National Parks Foundation, the Stanford Center on Longevity and California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy. She has previously served on numerous not-for-profit boards including the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the California Endowment and Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Brown also serves on the board of Sempra Energy, an energy services holding company.
William G. Currie
Mr. Currie is Chairman of the Board of Universal Forest Products, Inc.
Mr. Currie is Chairman of the Board of Universal Forest Products, Inc., one of the United States’ leading manufacturers and distributors of wood and wood-alternative products. Mr. Currie has had a 35-plus year career with Universal Forest Products, Inc., serving as Chief Executive Officer from 1989 through 2009, as Executive Chairman of the Board from 2006 through 2009, and as Vice Chairman from 2000 through 2005. Mr. Currie also serves as Chairman for Grand Northern Products, a privately held company.
Charles W. Matthews
Mr. Matthews served Exxon Mobil Corporation, one of the leading global energy companies in the world,
Mr. Matthews served Exxon Mobil Corporation, one of the leading global energy companies in the world, and its predecessor, Exxon Corporation, in several capacities in its legal department since 1971 before being appointed Vice President and General Counsel in 1995 until his retirement in 2010. Since his retirement from Exxon Mobil, Mr. Matthews has continued to engage in the practice of law in private practice. Mr. Matthews is past Chair of the University of Texas Development Board and is a member of the board of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. Mr. Matthews also serves on the boards of Trinity Industries, Inc., a manufacturing company, and Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc., a banking and financial services company.
William C. Powers, Jr.
Mr. Powers has been President of The University of Texas at Austin since 2006.
Mr. Powers has been President of The University of Texas at Austin since 2006. He is also a University Distinguished Teaching Professor and holds the Hines H. Baker and Thelma Kelley Baker Chair in Law at The University of Texas School of Law, where he served as Dean from 2000 to 2005. Other university appointments have been with the Southern Methodist University School of Law, the University of Michigan School of Law, and the University of Washington School of Law. He served as chair of the Special Investigation Committee, Enron Corp., which in 2002 produced the “Powers Report.” Mr. Powers also serves on the board of Rita’s Water Ice, a privately held company.
Richard M. Smith
Mr. Smith is the President of Pinkerton Foundation, a New York-based private foundation
Mr. Smith is the President of Pinkerton Foundation, a New York-based private foundation serving the needs of at-risk youth. He is the former Chairman of Newsweek, a position he held from 1998 to 2010. Mr. Smith served as Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek from 1984 to 2007 and CEO from 1991 until 2007. Mr. Smith was Chairman of the Magazine Publishers of America from 1996 to 1997 and was the founding Chairman of the MPA’s New Media Committee. Mr. Smith previously served on the MPA’s board and on the board of the American Society of Magazine editors. He also serves on the board of Merryck & Co., a privately-held CEO mentoring firm. Mr. Smith served on the board of Temple Inland Inc. until its February 2012 merger with International Paper Company.
Daniel B. Silvers
Mr. Silvers currently serves as President of SpringOwl Asset Management LLC
Mr. Silvers currently serves as President of SpringOwl Asset Management LLC, an investment management firm, and has done so since March 2009 (including predecessor entities). From April 2009 to October 2010, Mr. Silvers also served as President of Western Liberty Bancorp, an acquisition-oriented holding company that acquired and recapitalized a community bank in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Silvers joined a predecessor of SpringOwl from Fortress Investment Group, a leading global alternative asset manager, where he worked from 2005 to 2009. At Fortress, Mr. Silvers’ primary focus was to originate, oversee due diligence on and asset management for real estate and gaming investments in Fortress’ Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund. Prior to joining Fortress, Mr. Silvers was a senior member of the real estate, gaming and lodging investment banking group at Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc. Mr. Silvers serves on the board of bwin.party digital entertainment plc, an online gaming company, and India Hospitality Corp., owner of Adelie Foods Group, a UK ‘‘Food to Go’’ supplier. Mr. Silvers previously served on the board of directors of International Game Technology and Universal Health Services, Inc.
David L. Weinstein
Mr. Weinstein manages personal investments and previously served as President
Mr. Weinstein manages personal investments and previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of MPG Office Trust, Inc., a publicly traded office REIT, from November 2010 until the sale of the company in October 2013. From September 2008 until October 2013, Mr. Weinstein was a partner at Belvedere Capital, a real estate investment firm based in New York. From April 2007 until August 2008, Mr. Weinstein was a Managing Director of Westbridge Investment Group/Westmont Hospitality Group, a real estate investment fund focused on hospitality. From 1996 until January 2007, Mr. Weinstein worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York, first as a Vice President in the real estate investment banking group (focusing on mergers, asset sales and corporate finance) and then from 2004 as a Vice President in the Special Situations Group (focused on real estate debt investments). Mr. Weinstein was a member of the MPG Office Trust, Inc. Board of Directors from August 2008 until October 2013.