Board of Directors
Laura D. Bellows
Laura Draper Bellows serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation and is the majority-controlling owner. Family-owned and led for 106 years, Bellows Construction has experience constructing buildings in many market sectors including healthcare, cultural arts, commercial, religious, renovation, and education. When her husband of 27 years, Tom Bellows, passed away unexpectedly in 2007, Laura took over leadership of the company. Personally dedicated to continuing Bellows' reputation for integrity and excellence, Laura is committed to client service in her leadership role, as well as supporting the loyal, expert personnel who are the foundation of the company. She is actively involved in management, and especially enjoys her regular visits to jobsites to visit with superintendents and field personnel as she continues to emphasize Bellows' high standards of safe operating practices and executing projects with precision.
Laura is a native Houstonian who graduated Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Fine Arts. She also achieved certification in Technical Writing at Houston Baptist University. Laura has previous experience in public relations and writing, including working at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston and as a staff writer for a local magazine. She draws on years of experience serving the Houston community in numerous volunteer leadership and organizational roles. Laura currently serves on the boards of DePelchin Children's Center, Greater Houston Partnership, Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, and the Advisory Board of the Houston Arts Alliance. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the GHP's UpSkill Houston workforce initiative which is focused on closing the "middle skill" careers gap in Houston.