Originally from San Antonio, my wife of 39 years Anna and I purchased our first home on the Island in 2005 and lived there part-time for almost 10 years. In April of 2014, we both made the permanent move to South Padre Island.
After retiring from the day-to-day operations of my primary business, I thought that some of my business experience may be applicable to city government. Shortly after our current mayor Barry Patel decided to resign his Place 1 Council seat to run for mayor, I attended a meeting with Barry and other local leaders. Barry laid out his visionary plans for future Island leadership, a vision I agreed with very much. Following his presentation, he asked me to consider running for his vacated seat in Place 1. After a long discussion with my wife, and with her blessing and encouragement, I decided to do it.
While in office, I have been committed to public safety, better sidewalks, safe biking lanes, and restoring the Island with responsible growth. Our City Council has made significant progress on sidewalks, biking lines, and safety issues. I am also encouraged by multiple new planned business openings and planned business relocations.
We need to make sure that our city is run very efficiently and that we completely understand that the City Council and employees are serving the citizens of South Padre Island. We need to make it easier to do business here. As part of the city staff our jobs depend upon, and are paid by, the taxpayers. Let’s serve our constituents effectively.
My wife Anna and I are both members and supporters of POWC, we both love pets, and we support the Laguna Madre Humane Society and Friends for Animals on Island. Two years since I first joined the City Council, I now have the opportunity to run for Mayor. It is my hope to continue to make the positive changes needed on our island.
Lone Star Pet Supply, LLP (1986 – 2012)
Over 26 years, grew a small family owned pet food and supply distribution business to a regional seven state operation with locations in Schertz and Grand Prairie, TX as well as New Orleans, LA. Served over 1,400 retailers and vets. Employed over 110 people with revenues in excess of $75MM. Merged the business into the Animal Supply Group in November 2012.
Board of Directors, Animal Supply Company, Irving, TX (2012 - Present)
After merging Lone Star Pet into Animal Supply, retained an equity position and serve on the Board of Directors. Today, Animal Supply has 27 warehouses across the US and is a 47 state consolidated pet industry distribution company.
Chairman of the Board, Bio-Bridge Global, San Antonio, TX (2008 - 2015)
Bio-Bridge is a large non-profit with revenues in excess of $190MM and 700 employees. Bio-Bridge is the holding company for South Texas Blood and Tissue Center (27 county service area for blood banking). Another business unit is Qualtex Labs. Qualtex has Texas and Georgia facilities and is one of the largest blood and plasma testers in the US. Bio-Bridge’s other exciting business unit is GenCure. GenCure has banked over 14,000 umbilical cord blood units for life-saving treatments (similar manner to bone marrow transfers). Gencure also is on the cutting edge of combining tissue and stem cells for cures to a wide range of diseases.
Board Member, US Retail, Grand Rapids, MI
Board member and equity partner of a franchisee operation with 42 locations. Store locations are in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Northern Virginia, Alabama, Wisconsin, Grand Rapids, Knoxville, Michigan, and Alabama.
Colorado Quality Products, Englewood, CO. (2015 - Present)
Equity Investor. Colorado Quality Products (CQP) is a contract manufacturer of innovative, clean, effective, and natural skin, hair, body, dermatological and other personal products.
414 Partnership and Associated Holdings
Owner of Various commercial, industrial, and residential properties.
Pet Industry Distributors Association (1992 – 1997)
Former Board Member & Non-Profit President of the 150 member pet industry association.
Congregational President, Concordia Lutheran Church, San Antonio, TX (since 1997)
Board of Elders, Church Council, and President (2010-2011) Served as both the Congregational President of the 7,000 member congregation with annual operating budget similar in size to the City of South Padre Island. One of the top five U.S. LCMS congregation