CEO & Chairman
John B. Poindexter (J.B. Poindexter) is a third-generation Texan, a military veteran and an entrepreneur who has homes in Houston, Texas, Virginia, and the Big Bend region of West Texas.
The Road to J.B. Poindexter & Co., Inc.
John received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with Honors, from the University of Arkansas. Subsequently, New York University conferred upon him a Master’s
degree in Business Administration and a Ph.D. in Economics and Finance. He also taught economics and finance as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Long Island University.
In 1971, John joined Salomon Brothers in New York City as an investment banker but within a few years transitioned into private equity investment. Later, he became a partner at Smith
Barney Venture Corporation, an affiliate of Smith Barney, Harris Upham & Co. Later still, in 1983, he was Managing Partner of two investment partnerships, KD/P Equities and J.B. Poindexter & Co., L.P., which acquired companies with aggregate revenues of more than $1 billion.
Today, John is the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and sole owner of J.B. Poindexter & Co., Inc.
Serving Our Country in Vietnam
Following his undergraduate education, John volunteered for the U.S. Army and Officer Candidate School. After airborne and ranger training, he volunteered for service in the Republic of South Vietnam. In addition to two Purple Hearts, John was awarded two Silver Stars, the Soldier’s Medal, two Bronze Stars, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Silver Star and other decorations for service and valor.
In 2009, the Presidential Unit Citation was conferred on John Poindexter’s Vietnam command, Alpha Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. The nation’s highest decoration for a combat unit was awarded to Alpha Troop for the “truly extraordinary” rescue “against all odds” of an American infantry company that was facing certain annihilation. The granting of the decoration was commemorated in a nationally televised ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House addressed by President Barack Obama.
Preserving Historic Lands and Homes
John Poindexter’s primary home is the 30,000-acre Cíbolo Creek Ranch, a popular resort and the site of three restored adobe forts and other historical structures, all built beginning in the 1850s by Hispanic and Anglo pioneers. It has been awarded three listings in the National Register of Historic Places, displays five Texas State Historical Markers, and received three national and state awards for architecture among other honors. The ranch is used by local and statewide cultural, academic, business, and civic organizations for meetings and other functions. On display is a wide range of Hispanic, Native American and pioneer artifacts as well as items recovered during the archeological phase of the restoration of the property.
In 2013, John began a property acquisition and land and historical homes restoration effort that by 2020 included 4.000 acres situated near Williamsburg, Virginia. The acquired properties are again becoming farming acreage and managed forests characteristic of the colonial era. Three old residences, one dating to the 1670s, have been restored to their original appearances and furnished with period pieces.
Honored by the Museum of the Big Bend as the recipient of its Heritage Award.
Member of the Board of Visitors of the McDonald Observatory
Council Member of Overseers of the Jones School of Management at Rice University
Director and Chairman of the Financial Development Committee for the YMCA of the Greater Houston Area
Chairman of the Finance Committee and Treasurer of the Texas Education Reform Caucus and Foundation
Member of the Advisory Board of the Houston Technology Center
Trustee of the Blackhorse Association, a veterans’ affiliate of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Trustee of The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research Foundation
Member of Beta Gamma Sigma and Alpha Kappa Psi, both honorary scholastic fraternities
Grand Prior of the United States Chapter of the International Order of St. Hubertus, a 325-year-old society of outdoor sportsmen and conservationists
The Stern School of Business at New York University honored John with the C. Walter Nichols Award
The Borderlands Research Institute in Alpine, Texas created the John B. Poindexter Endowed Fund for Desert Quail Research in 2014 with contributions from a number of John’s friends.
For two years through 2019, he served as Chairman of the Partnership for New Kent, a citizen’s advocacy group dedicated to improving the future of the Virginia county in which Cumberland Estate is situated.