Our Staff

A Message from our Executive Director

We hope this website will energize and inspire business owners and area residents to participate in the ongoing positive changes which are currently underway, as well as those planned for the future. Our mission is to positively impact Public Safety, Economic Development, Environmental and Urban Design, and Mobility and Transportation to help create an environment attractive to business, to facilitate profitability, and to promote the redevelopment and growth of the area. Rich with diverse culture and history, the Montrose is uniquely situated to provide resources and quality of life for businesses and residents alike. Now is the time to invest in the Montrose and help us achieve our goal of economic prosperity for everyone who chooses to open a business or call the District home. Thank you for visiting our website. ~ David Hawes

Ben E. Brewer III
Executive Director


Ray Lawrence
Director of Economic Development

Office: 713.595.1235
Cell: 713.865.2701
Fax: 713.888.6314

Josh Hawes
Deputy Executive Director

Office: 713.595.1209

Gretchen Larson
Director of Marketing

Office: 713.595.1215
Cell: 832.392.2546
Fax: 713.595.1295

Dennis C. Beedon
Business Ambassador

Office: 713.320.9747

Tony Allender, AICP
Mobility and Environmental
and Urban Design

Cell: 832.483.1853

District provided services such as safety patrols by off-duty HPD officers, graffiti abatement, trash pick-up, maintenance of esplanades, among other services outlined in the Districts’ Assessment Plan, that are supplemental to services provided by the City of Houston, had been reduced in Mid-November and ceased completely as of December 11. The District had to cease the services due to unpaid assessments from some of the commercial property owners within the District. Delinquent assessments for 2016 and prior years are being collected for services that were delivered in 2017. The current lawsuit status does not affect the collection of delinquent assessments due for 2016 and prior years for services rendered for calendar year 2017. Please direct questions regarding the cessation of services to Executive Director, Ben Brewer at BBrewer@MontroseDistrict.org. We are committed to helping our neighborhood remain the safe, vibrant and attractive place to live and do business and would like to hear from you on how we can continue to work together in this effort.