JAPAN UPDATE 2019
President and CEO, Greater Houston Partnership
Bob Harvey joined the Greater Houston Partnership as President and CEO in September 2012. Harvey is the fourth President and CEO of the Partnership since it was formed in 1989 in a merger of the Greater Houston Chamber of Commerce, the Houston Economic Development Council and the Houston World Trade Center.
Harvey is committed to enhancing the Partnership’s effectiveness as “the voice of business” in the 10-county Greater Houston area. He has emphasized the importance of “quality of life” issues in achieving the Partnership’s mission of enhancing regional economic prosperity. In addition to its role as the principal regional economic development organization and primary advocate for sound public policy, the Partnership, under Harvey’s leadership, is convening community leaders in order to gain consensus on the key issues facing the region and the appropriate response.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Harvey was active in the Houston business community, first as a management consultant in the Houston office of McKinsey & Company, Inc. for 17 years and then as Vice Chair/Executive Vice President with Reliant Energy for six years.
After leaving Reliant in 2005, Harvey served in a variety of community volunteer leadership roles. He chaired the board of the United Way of Greater Houston from 2007-2010. Harvey was Board Chair of The Post Oak School, a pre-K through 9th grade Montessori school in Houston, from 2008-2011, and Board Chair of the Texas A&M Foundation from 2003-2004.
Harvey has also served on the boards of Central Houston, Inc., Houston Technology Center, Houston Zoo, Inc., the Houston Zoological Society and the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University.
Harvey currently serves on the Community Foundation Council of the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the boards of St. John’s School, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Center for Houston’s Future, and the Alliance For Kids, as well as the Board of Regents of Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
Harvey also serves on the Board of Directors of TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE “TRR”), an engineering and environmental services company headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut. He currently serves as Lead Director.
Harvey was raised in Houston, Texas, having graduated from Spring Woods High School in the Spring Branch area. He attended Texas A&M University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1978. While a student at Texas A&M, Harvey served as Commander of the Corps of Cadets and as Student Body President. He obtained his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1982, following a two-year stint at Amoco Production Company. Harvey is married to the former Vicki E. Young of Groves, Texas. They have three children. Two sons attend the University of Notre Dame, while their daughter attends St. John’s School in Houston.