Michael R. Nicolais

Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Highlander Partners, L.P.

Mr. Nicolais has been President of Highlander Partners, L.P. since April 2004. From 2001 - 2004, he served as a partner in the private investment firm of Olivhan Investments, L.P., followed by being named managing director at Stephens, Inc. Previsouly, Mr. Nicolais spent 14 years in the Investment Banking division of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Securities Corporation, most recently as Managing Director and Co-Head of the firm's Dallas, Texas office.

Mr. Nicolais joined Eagle Materials' Board of Directors in 2001, (Centex Construction Products at that time) bringing a wealth of knowledge pertaining to capital markets, financial analysis and financial oversight. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board and is a member of our Compensation Committee.

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