Richard Weekley is a native Houstonian, businessman and philanthropist. He founded Weekley Properties, a commercial real estate brokerage firm, in Houston in 1973. Along with his brother, David, he co- founded David Weekley Homes in 1976, the largest privately-owned homebuilding company in the country with 2017 revenues of $2 billion. Richard and David Weekley also founded Weekley Development Co., which develops and operates shopping centers and other real estate investments in Houston.
Richard has been active in civic and community affairs, including as a member of the Greater Houston Partnership Board of Directors Executive Committee, and a life board member of the Metropolitan YMCA, where he formerly served as chairman. He is also a member of the Texas Business Leadership Council, which recognized him with the inaugural Richard W. Weekley Public Policy Leadership Award in 2014. Richard is also a former board member of the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and a former member of the Executive Committee of the Governor's Business Council.
Richard co-founded Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) in 1994, a statewide tort reform advocacy organization dedicated to bringing fairness and balance back to Texas' civil justice system. In that time, TLR has helped pass the most comprehensive lawsuit reforms in the country. He is also co-founder and president of the Quality of Life Coalition of Houston, co-founder of two education reform organizations and Houstonians for Responsible Growth, as well as several other non-profit organizations.
Richard attended Southern Methodist University, where he graduated in 1967 with a bachelorís degree in economics, and was named a Distinguished Alumnus in 2016. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy, serving a tour of duty in Vietnam and then with the Flag Staff of the Commander of Amphibious Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Richard is married to Margaret Neuhaus Weekley, and is the father of three children and a grandfather of four.