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    John McClain @McClain_on_NFL
    McNair on Philip Burguieres death "It is with great sadness that I report Philip passed away last night. Philip worked tirelessly with me to bring an NFL franchise back to Houston and was instrumental to the Texans success. Philip was a long-time friend of mine and a mentor to many and will be greatly missed."
    Extremely successful businessman who talked openly about his struggles with depression, helping to remove the stigma and opening the door for others to seek help.

    It is a sad day in Texansville.
    Burguières currently serves as Chairman and CEO of EMC Holdings, and Chairman Emeritus of Weatherford International. Prior to retiring in 2013, he served as Vice Chairman of the Houston Texans and the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. As one of the youngest CEOs ever to run a Fortune 500 company, Burguières was Weatherford International’s Chairman and CEO through 1996. Prior to joining Weatherford, Burguières was Chairman and CEO of Cameron Iron Works, Inc. and Panhandle Eastern Corporation.

    Burguières was Vice Chairman of both Baylor College of Medicine and Menninger Clinic, and served on the Executive Committee of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He has served as a Director of Bridges to Life, Catholic Charities, Mental Health America and Texas Heart Institute. Burguières was on the Board of Directors at FMC Technologies, Inc. and Newfield Exploration Company, and he also serves as Chairman Emeritus of The J.M. Burguières Co., Ltd., a family-owned company. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council and the World’s Presidents’ Organization and Past President of the Petroleum Club of Houston and the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association. Burguières is also a Past Chairman of the National Ocean Industries Association.

    A native of Franklin, Louisiana, Burguières graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where a Chair in the engineering department has been named in his honor. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Vietnam era, reaching the rank of Lieutenant. Burguières earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. In 1965, he married his high school and college sweetheart, Cheryl Courrégé, and they had two children: Emily Burguières Dalicandro (Steven) and Philip Martial Burguières (Valeria). In 2005, Cheryl lost her 15-year battle with breast cancer. Since 2007, Philip Burguières and his wife, Alice Harcrow Burguières, have enjoyed spending time with their children and six grandchildren.
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    Bob McNair remembers Philip Burguieres
    Texans founder, chairman and CEO Bob McNair released this statement on Friday morning:
    It is with great sadness that I report Texans Limited Partner Philip Burguières passed away last night. As most of you know, Philip worked tirelessly with me to bring an NFL franchise back to Houston in the late 1990’s. He was instrumental to the success of the Texans, serving as Vice Chairman until 2012. Philip also was involved in the McNair Group investment activities. He was a long-time friend of mine and a mentor to many and will be greatly missed.
    In 2013, McNair reflected on Burguières in this tribute that was featured in the Houston Texans Yearbook:
    "I first met Philip in the 1970s. We were in the Young Presidents’ Organization together in Houston, and I was a friend and observer of his when he was the CEO of Cameron Iron Works, Panhandle Eastern Corporation and Weatherford International. Philip was always impressive as being a very bright, young executive and very sincere, ethical, hardworking and unselfish. He first came to work for me as a vice chairman at Cogen Technologies when I was considering taking the company public in 1998.

    "When I purchased the franchise in '99, we had zero employees. The only other person that I had working with me on the project of putting together an organization was Steve Patterson, one of our former senior executives. We had to build an organization from scratch, and Philip served a very important role as vice chairman in selecting the people that were needed to run the front office and getting the business side staffed.

    “When I made the decision that I wanted to bring in some limited partners to give a broad representation of the city in the ownership group, I asked Philip to help me with that. He really led the effort and found people who were not just willing to invest in the Texans but were well-regarded in the community. As we started selling suites, Philip had extensive contacts in the oilfield service industry, and he was extremely helpful in introducing our sales people to prospects. He also participated in the negotiations for the naming rights for our stadium that we entered into with NRG.

    “I paid $700 million for the team, and the only way we could justify that price was if we sold the naming rights for a lot of money and sold out the stadium in terms of suites and club seats and season tickets. It was critical that we succeed in that effort, or this could have been a losing proposition. So the financial success of the organization has contributed to the strength of the team on the field, and Philip contributed to that financial success in a significant way.

    "Philip was a very talented corporate executive, so I could assign him various tasks on the business side and know that they would be handled in an entirely competent fashion. I always had complete confidence in him, and it’s very reassuring to have someone like that with you. He also was a good mentor. He embraced the opportunity to mentor some of our younger people like Jamey Rootes early on, and I think Philip contributed to his growth and the growth of other executives in the organization.

    “I can’t thank Philip enough for what he has done for me and the way he has served the Texans in such an honorable, capable and instrumental way. Even though he’s retired now from his original position with the organization, he remains a limited partner and will be able to continue to enjoy the success of the team on the football field. He’s always going to be part of the Texans, and we’re delighted that’s the case.”
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      Originally posted by H2O4me View Post
      John McClain @McClain_on_NFL
      Extremely successful businessman who talked openly about his struggles with depression, helping to remove the stigma and opening the door for others to seek help.

      It is a sad day in Texansville.
      He was in charge when Panhandle bought Texas Eastern, only to be absorbed by the acquired company. No wonder he dealt with depression.
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