Meet the Houston Oaks Owners

It is the vision of the owners of The Clubs at Houston Oaks to revere the past, yet create a one-of-a-kind family and recreation mecca that generations to come will be able to experience and enjoy. We invite you to share in their vision.

  • The Alvis'
    • Marci Alvis
      Marci Alvis, CEO and co-owner of Houston Oaks, received her pharmaceutical degree from Samford University and worked as a pharmacist and national account manager for Owen Healthcare until retiring from the pharmaceutical business in 1994. As a mother of two boys, she opened and ran a successful children’s store for several years and then opened a small antique and design business. For the last ten years Marci has focused her time on Houston Oaks, making it a favorite place for families to have fun together and create family traditions.

      The old world, relaxed atmosphere of Houston Oaks Family Sports Retreat is the result of the vision created by its six partners many years ago. After a fire destroyed the original Clubhouse in 2008, Marci became the on-site partner in the rebuilding process. Her ability to see the finished product from inception to fruition has enabled her to help design and furnish all the current facilities including the Clubhouse, pavilion, the hotel along with all lodging facilities, the Gun Club and the other spaces throughout the property. Her travels to antique markets in Europe and to architecturally rich countries such as India, Cuba, and Morocco have influenced the unique and distinctive design of Houston Oaks.

      Her dedication, energy, and enthusiasm have led Houston Oak’s continued growth including the improvement of the existing facilities as well as the creation and addition of exciting new programs and projects for the benefit and entertainment of its members. Under Marci’s leadership, the owners are currently upgrading the 18 hole world class golf course, rebuilding a tennis complex and creating a tennis program, developing new home sites, and expanding and adding social activities at the Club. She is committed to building a team culture amongst the Club’s employees with the goal of establishing Houston Oaks as the premier family sports retreat in Texas.

      Steve Alvis
      Steve Alvis is the co-founder and managing partner of NewQuest Properties. He attended Texas A&M University Veterinary School of Medicine; however, when he turned a hobby of buying and selling residential real estate into a business, he left veterinary school to start Quest Properties in 1985. Later, Steve utilized the real estate experience he'd gained to begin building retail developments, and in 2001, he combined talents with Jay Sears to form NewQuest Properties and develop shopping centers. NewQuest developed the first all-stadium seated theater in Houston for Cinemark and continues to represent Cinemark and more than 50 other retailers and restaurants. NewQuest has grown dramatically since its early days, and has developed more than 15 million square feet.

      Houston-based NewQuest Properties currently has a portfolio exceeding $1.3 billion in assets. With more than 100 properties, including more than 60 retail centers, NewQuest manages every aspect of retail center development, from land acquisition, financing, design and development to leasing and property management. Combined with its own portfolio, NewQuest leases more than 20 million square feet.

      Steve is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Greater Houston Partnership Board of Directors, Prepared 4 Life Board of Directors, Lemonade Day Board of Directors, Amegy Bank Advisory Board, Waller County Economic Development Board, and YPO/WPO Houston and Aspen Chapters. As a co-owner of Houston Oaks, he devotes a great deal of his time building the campus that serves disadvantaged youth. In November 2009, Inspire Women, a Christian ministry focused on mentoring, supporting and educating women, honored Steve with the "Man of the Year" award. He also serves on Lt. Governor Dan Patrick's Transportation Advisory Board working closely with TxDOT. Steve also serves on the Board of Economic Developers for Waller County.

  • The Havens'
    • Terri Havens
      Terri Havens is CEO/Owner of Cal-a-Vie Health Spa in Vista, California. Terri was born in New Orleans and graduated from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in advertising. Previously, Terri worked in the media and owned an advertising agency. She also published the New Orleans social magazine, St. Charles Avenue. Terri and her husband, John, are the owners of Cal-a-Vie, a destination health spa in Southern California. Cal-a-Vie is nestled on 200 private acres in a secluded valley 40 miles north of San Diego, where the climate is considered to be the best in the country. The Havens have led Cal-a-Vie to be voted the #1 Destination Health Spa in North America in 2008 by Travel + Leisure magazine, dubbed Best Boutique Spa in 2008 by Luxury SpaFinders, and to receive many other notable awards from the industry’s leading experts and publications.

      The New Orleans native and mother of three is now rooted in Houston, Texas, where she juggles a busy schedule of activities for her children. Terri has translated her drive for well-being and business experiences to benefit philanthropic organizations which ensure access to healthcare, education and culture. Her involvement includes serving as a board member of the Children’s Museum of Houston, Bayou Bend, I am Waters, and the Astros Foundation Board, as well as supporting Texas Children’s Hospital Heart Center, as her son, Prentiss, had open heart surgery when born. She also chairs commendable events such as the Hermann Park Gala and Heroes for Handbags. Terri volunteers with her church, St. Luke’s Methodist, as the marketing liaison, and at her kids' schools, St. John’s School and Kinkaid. Terri and John have three children, Prentiss, 18, Davis, 15, and Mallette, 14. Terri has found a way to balance it all and continues to pave the road to health and wellness for health-seekers around the globe.

      John Havens
      John Havens was born in Houma, Louisiana, and grew up in New Orleans. He graduated from LSU with a geology degree in 1978. After graduating from LSU, P.C. Havens, John’s father and the founder of SEI, sent the 22-year-old to Houston to open SEI’s 3rd office, which was soon to be its largest office and is currently SEI’s corporate headquarters.

      John Havens has a passion for growing businesses, evidenced by John’s numerous ventures. It all started with John’s leadership in growing Seismic Exchange into the largest 2D seismic data owner (1,850,000 miles) and one of the largest 3D seismic data owners (50,000 miles) in North America.

      Along with Cal-a-Vie Health Spa, John and Terri also own Vista Valley Country Club, a private country club in California, and are part owners of Houston Oaks, along with Marci and Steve Alvis and Kim and Chuck Watson.

      Through the Young Presidents’ Organization and Cal-a-Vie, John met and soon became good friends with Jim Crane. In 2011, Jim Crane became the lead investor in the purchase of the Astros and invited John to participate. The deal was finalized in November 2011, and John, as the second largest investor in the Astros, is now the team’s vice-chairman.

      The Havens put their heart into causes that are dear to them as evidenced by their many philanthropic endeavors. They always find time for travel, collecting antiques and restoring historic homes.

  • The Watsons'
    • Chuck and Kim Watson
      Kim and Chuck, married for 44 years, have three adult children, Brian, Keri and Carly, a daughter-in-law Suzanne, and two sons-in-law, Ryan, and Jason. They also have seven grandchildren, Sage, Avery, Desmond, Charlotte, Duncan, Tatum and Piper.

      Kim graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in elementary education, and last year received her master’s degree in Christian leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She was inducted into the OSU College of Education Hall of Fame in 2004. She taught for seven years in public schools, raised her children, and then accepted the position of director of children’s ministry and staff liaison for Women’s Ministry at Windwood Presbyterian Church for seven years. Kim is currently vice president of the board for Inspire Women, and co-director of Weekend Children’s Ministry at Windwood Presbyterian Church. This fall Kim and Chuck answered the call to support a private Christian school in northwest Houston. Kim is the provost of Kardia Christian Academy, a neo-classical school that sees children created in the image of God.

      Kim and Chuck enjoy volunteering together. They are on the Houston Christian High School Council, and the advisory board for Inspire Women. They have served on the FACE Board in Spring, Texas, and the Make-a-wish Foundation of Houston. They are partners in Houston Oaks and past owners of the Texans and Aeros. They were named family of the Year by Child Advocates and have been so honored by Inspire Women, Junior Achievement, the American Heart Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Cypress-Woodlands Junior Forum, and the Cypress Creek Foundation of the Arts and Community Enrichment.

      Chuck Watson, a Houston entrepreneur in energy, real estate and sports entertainment, is chairman and co-founder of Twin Eagle Resource Management, a Houston-based midstream service provider and energy marketer, established in 2010. He was chairman of Eagle Energy Partners, which he co-founded in 2003 and sold to Lehman Brothers in 2007. In 2008, Chuck engineered the purchase of Eagle Energy Partners from Lehman Brothers and sale to Électricité de France (EDF).

      Chuck was formerly the chairman and CEO of Houston-based Dynegy Inc., an asset-based, integrated energy provider. He established NGC Corp., Dynegy’s predecessor, in 1985, and served as chairman and CEO until his departure in May 2002. Chuck worked at Conoco from 1972 until his departure in 1985.

      Chuck is chairman of Advanced Blast Protection Systems (ABPS), which offers a unique product of repeatable, reliable, impulse reduction from explosive forces in order to save assets and lives. He is also chairman of CollegiateZone, a company that provides effective and dynamic programs focused on bettering the educational process. He is currently on the board of Baker Hughes Inc., Baylor College of Medicine, and Mainstream Renewable Power, and is also a senior energy advisor to GSO/Blackstone. He serves on the advisory council for DocuSign, and is a member of the Angeleno Group board of advisors.

      Chuck co-founded Caldwell Watson Real Estate Group in 1996, and brought the Houston Aeros, an AHL professional hockey franchise, to Houston in 1998. He was also a limited partner and vice chairman of the Houston Texans. Chuck served as governor, trustee and chairman of the Oklahoma State University Foundation, was Chairman of the Sigma Chi Foundation, and was inducted into the OSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2001, following his commencement address, he received OSU’s highest honor, the Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award. He was also inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame and named “Master Entrepreneur” by Ernst & Young in 2001.

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