Meet Father Donald R. Naylor, Jr. He is the loving husband of IP Financial Secretary Dr. Denise Burton Naylor blessed with their two sons, Donald Burton, age 10 and Douglas Britain, age 4.
A native of Meridian, Mississippi (along with his wife Denise), Donald graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and minor in Business Administration. After Xavier, Donald graduated from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and for nineteen years he has been practicing commercial litigation and transactional law with previous positions as Counsel for ExxonMobil Corporation and Reliant Energy.
Currently, Donald works as Senior Counsel, Corporate Transactions and Trademarks, Americas hub for the Intellectual Property Department of Air Liquide USA LLC, the U.S. affiliate of the French global industrial gases company Air Liquide, S.A. Donald is licensed with the State Bar of Texas and the Louisiana State Bar Association. He is currently a member of the Houston Bar Association, a Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation, and holds membership within the Houston Minority Intellectual Property Lawyers Association, the Houston Lawyers Association, an affiliate of the National Bar Association, and is a Texas Bar College Member with the Texas Entertainment Law Institute.
Donald is an active member of both the Xavier University of Louisiana National Alumni Association where he holds dual memberships in the Houston Alumni Chapter and his hometown’s Meridian, MS Alumni Chapter. Donald is a past Treasurer of the Houston Alumni Chapter. For more than a decade, Donald has volunteered as a corporate Consultant with Xavier’s Youth Motivation Task Force (YMTF)/Black Executive Exchange Program that mentors students about life after college in the work world.
Donald is an active Life Member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. where he has served in many roles and serves as a Director of the Cause Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on comprehensive community development and enrichment. Donald serves as Education Pillar Committee Chair for the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan Houston, Inc. The family worships at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston where Donald is active in his Christian Life Advancement Sunday School group. Donald is also a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and he serves as Webelos II/Arrow of Light Den Leader for the church’s Cub Scouts Pack 242, which operates within the Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America.
Spending time with his family, community involvement, trying to play one of the three instruments he grew up playing (violin, saxophone and piano) or enjoying music overall, and getting an opportunity to run or workout are things Donald finds fulfilling. This fall, 2020, he will be signing voters up as a Volunteer Deputy Registrar for Brazoria County Clerk’s Office.
Father Naylor, you are a great model for our children! Thank you for your amazing service to the South Belt Houston Chapter.