R. Cary McNair Jr.
CHAIRMAN AND CEO
Cary McNair is responsible for the corporate strategy that guides the business operations and investment portfolio at McNair Interests, including the acquisition and development of high-yield assets, and leads a formidable team of executives and professional staff in accelerating business growth and value.
McNair’s early years were along the Houston Ship Channel and Texas Gulf Coast managing trucks and liquid bulk trailers in the petrochemical transportation industry. In 1985, he joined Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate brokering industrial properties in East Houston.
At his father’s urging, McNair entered the family business in 1987 as a financial analyst at Cogen Technologies Inc. His business and real estate experience proved invaluable in helping propel Cogen into the largest privately-owned cogeneration company in the world. As vice president, his primary focus centered on cogeneration development in the Americas including developing, financing and constructing over 1,000 megawatts of electrical capacity for the New Jersey/New York markets representing over $1.2 billion in financial transactions.
In 1998, upon retiring from Cogen, McNair founded Bulwark Films, an independent movie production and distribution company based in Austin, TX. After establishing a satellite office in Los Angeles in 2004, he co-produced and released “Killer Diller,” an independent film that was awarded a highly coveted “Two Thumbs Up” by acclaimed movie critics, “Ebert and Roeper At the Movies.” “Griffin and Phoenix,” followed in 2006, starring Dermott Mulroney and Amanda Peet.
In 2008, his father again requested his help and McNair rejoined the family business as vice chairman of The McNair Group. He restructured and expanded the office, and launched a series of strategic growth initiatives focused on direct business investments and developments in real estate, medical assets, and public and private equity.
McNair serves on the Board of Directors of GlySens Incorporated, ColubrisMX, Inc., XCath, Inc. and Invectys SA, based in Paris, France. He previously served as a Director of Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Goodwill Industries of Houston, and on the Development Board of The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. As president of McNair Medical Institute, a division of The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, McNair focuses on Type 1 Diabetes, pancreatic and breast cancers, and neurosciences, and early-stage venture philanthropy opportunities for investment and philanthropic purposes.
Cary McNair earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.