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|Born||Leo Linbeck III|
University of Notre Dame
University of Texas at Austin
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Leo Linbeck III is an American businessman who is involved in a variety of political and education reform efforts. He serves as president and chief executive officer of Aquinas Companies, LLC and as executive chairman of the Linbeck Group.
At the University of Notre Dame, Linbeck received a bachelor of arts from the Program of Liberal Studies (Great Books) and a bachelor of science in civil engineering. He went on to receive a master of science in structural engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was valedictorian. At Stanford, Linbeck was also chair of the Academic Committee and founder of the Global Management Program.
Linbeck serves as CEO of Aquinas Companies, LLC. After Linbeck joined the leadership team at the company, its annual revenues grew from $40 million to more than $500 million. Aquinas Companies has three principal business lines: construction management (Linbeck Group), real estate development (Essex Commercial Properties), and early stage biotechnology development Fannin Innovation Studio (formerly AlphaDev). The Greater Houston Community Foundation owns 11% of Aquinas Companies, LLC.
Linbeck was a founder of the Collaborative Process Institute and the Lean Construction Institute. Linbeck is also the founder of Fannin Innovation Studio, a life sciences business development studio in Houston, Texas, where he is active as a design engineer and business adviser for various life science startups.
Linbeck is a lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. He is an adjunct business professor at Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business.
Linbeck serves as an advisor to the Knowledge is Power Program, a network of free open-enrollment college-preparatory schools in under-resourced communities throughout the United States. In 2005, Linbeck developed a strategic growth plan to open forty-two KIPP schools in Houston before 2017. In 2008, Linbeck helped develop a credit support program with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that helped KIPP raise $65 million, a charter school record.
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