Harry 'John' Trube

John Trube is an accomplished entrepreneur, real estate broker and development, entitlement & incentive specialist. He was elected to three terms as Mayor of Buda, Texas until he stepped down in July 2007 in order to devote himself full time to the private sector.

Elected Buda's mayor in May 2002, Trube directed the city's annual budget, including revenue projections and debt strategy, human resources planning, contract negotiations with service providers, and economic development. The $97 million Cabela's destination project, numerous multi-million dollar transportation projects and a multi-acre Extra Territorial Jurisdiction trade agreement with the City of Austin are some highlights of his successful and popular administration.

Trube served under both Senators Gonzalo Barrientos and Kirk Watson as the Vice Chairman of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization responsible for the planned use and appropriation of hundreds of millions of dollars of federal gas tax funds to the Department of Transportation in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties. Trube was Vice Chairman of the Hays Caldwell Public Utility Authority and served two years as Chairman of the five county Mayors Alliance. In 2005, Governor Rick Perry appointed him to the Capital Area Regional Review Board.

From 1998 to the present, Trube has invested in and consulted on numerous real estate developments establishing entitlements, districts, government incentives for commercial, mixed use and residential projects on thousands of acres in four Texas counties. A current project called Centerpoint at Lockhart is located at the mid-way point between Austin and San Antonio on State Highway 130. Centerpoint at Lockhart is a mixed use development that features 271 acres of the most important and accessible parcels along the new SH 130.

Previously, he spent three years in Hollywood, California, where he founded Trubedour Entertainment, which owned/operated a 17-acre studio with sound stages and a back lot. Trube produced two documentaries and two independent feature films, which had U.S. and foreign distribution. He also produced national television advertisements and music & industrial videos, while developing a network of media distribution relationships.

Starting in 1989, John Trube assumed increasingly responsible posts in finance and marketing both in New York City and Austin, where in 1995, he founded Maverick Marketing and Manufacturing, a Maquiladora hardwood consumer goods company, which manufactured and sold the Cadillac Boot Jack and the Austin Humidor Line. Prior to selling Maverick in 1998, he won an excellence award from QVC where he was a certified supplier and presenter as well as on the Home Shopping Network.

A native Austinite, John has been presented with achievement awards from the Texas Municipal League, Southwest Business Society, Texas Economic Development Council, International Association of Economics and Commerce (AIESEC) and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He was a featured entrepreneur on Dan Rather's CBS News 48 Hours program in 1995.


Edward Johnson

Mr. Johnson has vast experience in government affairs, legislative strategy, government procurement and contracting, real estate development and the management of building design and construction. Johnson began his career in state government working through several legislative sessions for the Texas Speaker of the House, helping the Speaker and members of the Texas House and Senate from both political parties move significant legislation through the intricate legislative process.

Mr. Johnson went on to serve as the Director of Legislative Affairs and Governmental Relations for the Texas Building and Procurement Commission, the state agency responsible for the oversight of all state procurement and contracting, as well as state real estate and construction activities. After serving in this role, and as senior policy advisor, Johnson became the Executive Director of the agency at age 29, becoming the youngest person ever to serve as the chief executive officer of a major state agency.

As the State of Texas faced an overwhelming need for new construction projects and an excessive backlog of capital improvement and deferred maintenance Projects, Mr. Johnson, at age 30, submitted a proposal to the Governor and leadership of the Texas Legislature to create a new state agency that would have the power and autonomy to oversee the state's real estate planning and development operations, the state's entire leasing portfolio, the state's facilities operations and maintenance responsibility, and the design and construction of new state facilities. During the next session of the state legislature Johnson's measure was passed and became law. The new state agency was enacted as the Texas Facilities Commission, and Johnson stayed on with the state as the agency's first Executive Director.

As chief executive officer, Johnson managed an operating budget in excess of $163 million, 320 full-time employees along with approximately 160 full-time contract personnel, a capital budget of over $500 million and a portfolio of approximately 1,100 leases valued over $117 million annually. While presiding over the Texas Facilities Commission, Johnson managed 156 construction projects and a $115 million capital improvement program for the Capitol Complex, consisting of major mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades, structural repairs and roofing projects, cosmetic refurbishments, fire and security alarm systems, building automation and controls, and various energy retrofits.

During Mr. Johnson's tenure, his tenants included the Governor and First Family of the State of Texas and every other state official and their staffs. Johnson's legacy is not only modernizing the state's facilities, but also modernizing the state's organizational structure and real estate management strategy.

Johnson is a Texas A&M graduate with a bachelor of science degree. He grew up in San Marcos, Texas, as the oldest of three children. His father, a fisheries biologist who owns a lake management company, passed along the "lake bug" to his son, who still greatly enjoys relaxing on the various lakes of Central Texas.

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