Leo is a husband, father of five and President and CEO of Aquinas Companies, LLC, the parent company of seven values-driven enterprises: construction management, stone and masonry specialty contracting, turnkey concrete structures, patented products for the highway construction industry, medical products manufacturing, life science preventure technology development and real estate development. Aquinas' unusual structure and business practices have inspired tremendous employee loyalty, with an average tenure among senior managers of more than 20 years, as well as making a significant community impact through an annual tithe of its net income.
In addition, Leo teaches MBAs as an adjunct professor at both the Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business and Stanford's Graduate School of Business where he serves as Lecturer and MBA Class of 1979 Lecturer for 2008-2009. Leo graduated from University of Notre Dame with two bachelor degrees, one in Civil Engineering and one in the Program of Liberal Studies (Notre Dame's Great Books program). He then went on to graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, earning a Master's Degree in Structural Engineering. Some years later, he entered Stanford's MBA program, graduating as the only student in the history of the GSB to be both Valedictorian and winner of the Arbuckle Award (the person voted by his classmates to have made the greatest contribution to the school). While at Stanford, he was Chair of the Academic Committee and founder of the Global Management Program.
Leo is also very involved with PreK-12 education reform, especially the expansion of high-performing charter schools serving low-income communities. He has a close working relationship with KIPP (the Knowledge Is Power Program) in Houston, where he led the effort to formulate a bold plan for growth. He also helped create REEP (the Rice Education Entrepreneurship Program), a business-school-based program for developing school leaders. He currently serves as Chairman of REEP.
Leo serves on the board of Advocates for Choice Schools, Chantal Cookware, Free Enterprise Institute, Holocaust Museum Houston, the Methodist Hospital Research Institute, and Young Presidents Organization, Houston Chapter. He is a member of the University of Texas Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department External Advisory Committee, the Positive Coaching Alliance National Advisory Board, the Advisory Council of the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF), and the Rice University Centennial Campaign Cabinet. He also chairs The Linbeck Family Charitable Foundation, a supporting organization of the GHCF.