Movers & Shakers: John Nugent

February 27th, 2020

Name:  John Nugent

Occupation:  Real estate broker/ReMax Space Center associate; 2020 chairman of Houston Association of Realtors

Hometown:  Maypearl, Texas

Current home: Nassau Bay

Family:  Wife, Madeline; children, Whitney, James, Jason and Marian; grandchildren, Briley, Mia, Brayden, Thomas and Collins

My favorite writer is: Doris Kearns Goodwin
Someone I’d like to meet:  Bill Gates

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose:  Warren Buffett

My favorite performers are: The Beatles, Buddy Holly, The Eagles, Bob Hope

I like to spend my leisure time:  With the family

If I could travel any place, I’d go to:  Ireland
My favorite meal is:  Steak and baked potato

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be:  A pilot

You’ll never catch me:  Drinking brandy — again

The thing that bugs me the most is: People who are negative

My favorite movie is: Schindler’s List

Few people know:  That I was an intelligence officer in the Army

Movers & Shakers: Dr. Glenn Freedman

May 2nd, 2019

Name: Dr. Glenn Freedman

Occupation: Retired university professor and administrator; Semi-retired business owner

Hometown: New Castle, PA

Current home: Clear Lake

Family: Wife, Sara; Son, Matthew, his wife, Emily, and their children Alexandra and Olivia; Son, Brian, his wife, Erica, and their children, Claire and Jonathan.

My favorite writer is: Fiction: Gabriel Garcia Márquez; Non-Fiction: Yuval Noah Harari

Someone I’d like to meet: Living: J.K. Rowling; Historical: Benjamin Franklin

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: James Madison

My favorite performer is: Current: Benedict Cumberbatch; Past: Fred Astaire

I like to spend my leisure time: Reading, writing, golfing, traveling, and family gatherings

If I could travel to any place, I’d choose: Mount Everest

My favorite meal is: Anything I have never eaten before

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: A novelist

You’ll never catch me: Bored

The thing that bugs me the most is: Negativity

My favorite movie is: Duck Soup

Few people know: That I love to cook.

Movers & Shakers: Mark Mulqueen

June 1st, 2018

Name: Mark Mulqueen

Occupation: ISS Program Manager, Boeing

Hometown: Pasadena, Calif.

Current Home: Pasadena, Tx.

Family: Married with three daughters

My favorite writer is: Tom Clancy

Someone I’d like to meet is: JJ Watt – His charity work has been inspiring

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: DeShaun Watson – He’s the most exciting and dynamic quarterback out there and he plays here in Houston!

My favorite performers are: Coldplay

I like to spend my leisure time: On outdoor sports

If I could travel anywhere, I’d go to: Europe – There is so much history there it mesmerizes me. There’s not one place you can go and be bored.

My favorite meal is: A good filet mignon and a glass of red wine

As I youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: An engineer. I knew very early on that I wanted to build things

You’ll never catch me: Slowing down on the job

The thing that bugs me the most is: Having to do something twice

My favorite movie is: Guardians of the Galaxy – It’s just a lot of fun and the music is great

Few people know: I’m a jokester, I really like good jokes

Movers & Shakers: Jeffrey Gionnette

May 1st, 2018

Name: Jeffrey Gionnette

Occupation: Senior general manager, Baybrook Mall

Hometown: I was born in San Diego, Calif., and moved 11 times. If I had to claim a hometown, it would be Dayton, Ohio, where I went to high school.

Current home: Friendswood

Family: Married 12 years – Wife, Katie; daughters Marisa 11, Natalie 7, and son, Samuel 2…..and my kids would make me count their other brother, Cooper, a hound/boxer mix we adopted from a local shelter

My favorite writer is: Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes).

Someone I’d like to meet: As a history buff, it was hard for me to narrow this down to one person. But J.D Rockefeller would be one at the top. Rockefeller epitomized what it meant to dream big and what it takes to make those dreams a reality. Picking his brain for an afternoon regarding his ambition and unwavering fortitude, and at the same time at what costs, would be fascinating to me.

If I could switch places with someone for just one day, I’d choose: NASA Astronaut Scott Tingle, who is currently on the International Space Station. I would stare out the window the whole time. When I returned home, hopefully I could translate the images in my head into such descriptive words of insight that my children fully grasp and live by what it means to not sweat the small stuff.

My favorite performers are: Actor/Actress: Chevy Chase, Leslie Mann. Comedy is the best time out from real life. Musicians: Everyone from Louis Armstrong, to Willie Nelson, to Aaron Lewis, to Stevie Nicks.

I like to spend my leisure time: With my family. I enjoy sharing new experiences with my kids from showing them how to fish to taking out the old tarp from the garage and adding dawn soap and water for a “slip and slide.” Anything to get them smiling, laughing and engaged, without a tablet in their hands.

If I could travel any place, I’d go to: Every historical marker, commemoration plaque, monument, small town, ghost town, big city, lake, river, creek, state park, and unmapped back road in these United States of America.

My favorite meal is: This is a toss-up between corned beef with cabbage and my wife’s meatloaf with mashed potatoes.

As a youngster, I wanted to grow up to be: Everything. I had such an active imagination, I thought I could be whatever I wanted.

You’ll never catch me: On Facebook

The thing that bugs me the most is: A negative attitude.

My favorite movie is: Tombstone

Few people know: I have a history degree.