Caldwell Companies announces that Ray Laughter has joined the company and will serve as Vice President of Business Development. In this position, Laughter will focus on Caldwell's commercial development services and partnership opportunities with Texas communities.
“Laugher brings tremendous economic development expertise to our firm and our clients," said Fred Caldwell, CEO of Caldwell Companies. “His long history of being a catalyst for growth throughout the northwest, north and northeast region of Houston, reflects Ray’s passion for working with businesses and community leaders.”
Laughter joins Caldwell Companies from the Lone Star College System, where he worked for nearly 30 years. He most recently served as the school's Vice-Chancellor for external affairs. In the Lone Star College System, he was also responsible for marketing and communications, government affairs, the office of public records and community, and economic development partnerships and programs.
“We believe Ray’s acumen for assisting companies and municipalities, combined with our firm’s development platform, will provide an ideal solution for many companies and municipalities,” said Caldwell. “Ray is a great cultural fit with our firm. He couples great experience with outstanding integrity.”
Laughter's primary focus as Vice President of Business Development will be to partner with Texas communities to develop office and industrial buildings, and diverse infrastructures, to attract and retain businesses.
Laughter has extensive experience coordinating with such companies and networks through his prior service with the regional North Houston Economic Development Alliance, the Center for Business and Economic Development, the Small Business Development Center and the Community Development Institute. He has also sat on more than 15 board of directors or advisory councils including, the Greater Houston Partnership Regional Economic Development Advisory Council and currently serves on the the Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board, is the 2017 Chair for the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and on the board for the Klein ISD Foundation. Laughter also spends volunteer time serving for issues close to his heart such as being on the board for the Pearl Museum of Fine Arts and the WINGS Foundation, a faith based program providing support and job training to incarcerated and abused women.
“I am so excited to join the Caldwell Companies team. They are unique in the real estate development industry, with all the resources to truly provide comprehensive business services to their clients,” said Ray Laughter. “My goal is to find a way to bring those resources to our Texas communities as part of their economic development efforts.”