About Leo Linbeck III

Leo is a husband, father of five and President and CEO of Aquinas Companies, LLC, the parent company of seven values-driven enterprises: construction management, stone and masonry specialty contracting, turnkey concrete structures, patented products for the highway construction industry, medical products manufacturing, life science preventure technology development and real estate development. Since Leo joined the leadership team at the company, its annual revenues have grown from $40 million to over $500 million. Aquinas’ unusual structure and business practices have inspired tremendous employee loyalty, with an average tenure among senior managers of more than 20 years, as well as making a significant community impact through an annual tithe of its net income.


In addition, Leo teaches MBAs as an adjunct professor at both the Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business where he serves as Lecturer and MBA Class of 1979 Lecturer for 2008-2009. Leo graduated from University of Notre Dame with two bachelor degrees, one in Civil Engineering and one in the Program of Liberal Studies (Notre Dame’s Great Books program). He then went on to graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, earning a Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering. Some years later, he entered Stanford’s MBA program, graduating as the only student in the history of the GSB to be both Valedictorian and winner of the Arbuckle Award (the person voted by his classmates to have made the greatest contribution to the school). While at Stanford, he was Chair of the Academic Committee and founder of the Global Management Program.

“I am a business practitioner with a passion for teaching. I have tremendous respect for the academic enterprise, and the researcher-teachers who form its core. I try to take the general frameworks they develop and give them practical application, and then teach others to do the same.” – Leo Linbeck III

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