About Us | Board of Directors
Our Development Approach Combines Proven Experience, Integrity, and Trust
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.
James A. Rubright
Chairman Of The Board
Mr. Rubright has served as our Chairman of the Board since September 2015.
Mr. Rubright has served as our Chairman of the Board since September 2015. He previously 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 serves on the board of HD Supply Holdings, Inc., an industrial supply company, and Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company. He previously served on the board of AGL Resources Inc., an energy company, until its acquisition by Southern Company in July 2016.
M. Ashton Hudson
Mr. Hudson is President and General Counsel of Rock Creek Capital Group, Inc.
Mr. Hudson is President and General Counsel of Rock Creek Capital Group, Inc., an alternative asset manager with significant land holdings throughout the southeast, and has been a partner and member of the Rock Creek Investment Committee since 2002. Previously, Mr. Hudson practiced law with the firm of Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs LLP, where his legal practice was primarily focused on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. He is a former owner and manager of Timbervest, LLC, one of the first timber investment management organizations (TIMO).
Daniel B. Silvers
Mr. Silvers has served as Managing Member of Matthews Lane Capital Partners LLC since June 2015.
Mr. Silvers has served as Managing Member of Matthews Lane Capital Partners LLC, an investment firm, since June 2015. Mr. Silvers also has served as Chief Strategy Officer of Inspired Entertainment, Inc., a company involved in the gaming industry, since December 2016. He is the former President of SpringOwl Asset Management LLC, an investment management firm, a position he held from March 2009 to June 2015 (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 as lead independent director of PICO Holdings, Inc., a holding company with water resource and real estate operations. Mr. Silvers previously served on the board of directors of International Game Technology, bwin.party digital entertainment plc, Universal Health Services, Inc., Ashford Hospitality Prime, Inc., and India Hospitality Corp.
Richard M. Smith
Mr. Smith is the President of Pinkerton Foundation, a New York based private foundation serving the needs of at risk youth.
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 (MPA) 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.
Richard D. Squires
Mr. Squires is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Lennox Capital Partners, LP.
Mr. Squires is Managing Director and Co-Founder of Lennox Capital Partners, LP, a special situations and value oriented investment fund in publicly traded debt, equity and bankruptcy securities, and Delos Shipping, LLC, a private equity vehicle focused primarily on global product and chemical tanker acquisitions since 2010. Mr. Squires is also a Managing Director and Co Founder of SPI Holdings, LLC, a real estate company with land, retail, office, hotel, mini storage and industrial assets, since 1995.
Phillip J. Weber
Mr. Weber has served as our Chief Executive Officer since September 2015.
Mr. Weber has served as our Chief Executive Officer since September 2015. He has served as Chairman of the Real Estate Investment Committee since May 2013, and previously served as Executive Vice President - Water Resources from May 2013 to September 2015 and as Executive Vice President - Real Estate from 2009 to May 2013. 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, as Chief of Staff to non-Executive Chairman of the Board and Corporate Secretary from 2005 to 2006, and as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development in 2005.