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Board of Directors

FY 2024

Visit Corpus Christi board of directors are appointed by the Corpus Christi City Council and serve two-year terms beginning each October. 

Executive Committee

Sam Canavati

Sam Canavati CEO, Durrill Properties


Natalie Villarreal

Natalie Villarreal External Affairs Manager, Del Mar College


Chris Hamilton

Chris Hamilton President, Victory Building Team


Deven Bhakta

Deven Bhakta President/CEO, ZJZ Hospitality Inc

Immediate Past Chair

Peter Zanoni

Peter Zanoni City Manager, Corpus Christi


Paulette Guajardo

Paulette Guajardo Mayor, Corpus Christi


Board of Directors

Jennifer Lira

Jennifer Lira Government & Public Affairs Manager, CITGO

LaToya Rodriguez

LaToya Rodriguez Owner, Rose Soiree

Michelle Braselton

Michelle Braselton Public Relations, San Jacinto Title

Jennifer Vela

Jennifer Vela VP Government Affairs, Texas State Aquarium

Steve Banta

Steve Banta Executive Director, USS Lexington Museum

Zack Jurasek

Zack Jurasek Owner, GlowRow

Amy Granberry

Amy Granberry General Manager, Port Royal Ocean Resort & Conference Center

Krystof Kukewicz

Krystof Kucewicz General Manager, Omni Corpus Christi Hotel

casey lain

Casey Lain Owner, House of Rock

Music Commission Advisory Committee Chair

Richard Lomax

Richard Lomax Owner, Water Street LTD

Alex Harris Owner, Brite Star Development

Daniel Melise General Manager, American Bank Center

Rick Patel Owner, DoubleTree by Hilton

TPID Board of Directors Chair

Ex Officios


Brett Oetting, CDME President & CEO

Brady Ballard

Brady Ballard General Manager, Corpus Christi Hooks

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith Corpus Christi International Airport

Lisa Hinojosa

Lisa Hinojosa Director of Communications, Port of Corpus Christi Authority

Adrian Rodriguez

Adrian Rodriguez Athletic Director, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi

Mike Culbertson

Mike Culbertson President & CEO, Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation

Angie Flores

Angie Flores on behalf of Todd Hunter, State Representative District 32

Cindie Gonzalez

Cindie Gonzalez on behalf of Abel Herrero, State Representative District 34

Derrick Majchszak, MPA CEO at Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority

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