Leadership

The Consortium is composed of numerous South Texans who seek to collaborate and maximizing the benefits to the region and their communities, given the impact of the Eagle Ford Shale development.  Some of the partners in this project include:

Chairman

Leodoro Martinez, Jr.

Since 2010, Mr. Martinez has served as the Chairman of the Eagle Ford Shale Consortium. As Co-Founder and Consortium Chairman, he is leading a broad-based stakeholder group of local and regional elected and community leaders, businesses, civic groups, and private sector partners to assure the responsible, sustainable development of communities in the Eagle Ford Shale and South Texas.  Mr. Martinez believes that the energy development in South Texas offers a transformative, economic development opportunity that should be maximized responsibly, as it stands to positively impact future generations. Mr. Martinez was appointed in 2010 to the Texas Railroad Commission’s Eagle Ford Task Force.

Education & Workforce DevelopmentBelkiss Rodriguez – send an email
Belkiss Rodriguez is a District Director, for the Alamo Colleges, Economic and Workforce Development Division. She oversees the newly implemented Higher Education Center-Alamo University Center, coordinates Workforce Development Training for public and industry partners, and serves as Professional Development Conference and Training Coordinator to the Division.   Belkiss more than 20 years in Workforce Development experience to include working with the City of San Antonio, the Texas Department of Health & Human Services, and the Texas Workforce Commission.   She has extensive experience working with state and federally funded dislocated worker/unemployment services, career planning and advising, youth programs, and customized workforce training and program implementation.  As well, Belkiss served as Captain and Public Affairs and Personnel Officer for 14 years in the US Army Reserve.

Industry

Lynnae Willette – send an email
Lynnae  is an oil & gas attorney whose primary focus is stakeholder relations and government affairs  for bhpbilliton Group.  She works closely with regional educational institutions, nonprofit foundations, and local, state, and federal leaders to partner on sustainability projects and to address the benefits of Texas natural gas and oil for the South Texas region. She actively participates with many of the Texas industry associations and regional, state, and national natural gas initiatives.

 

Community and Economic Development

Gilbert Gonzales - send an email
Gilbert (Gil) served as deputy undersecretary and acting undersecretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development mission area in Washington, D.C. He managed Rural Housing Services, Rural Utilities Service and Rural Business-Cooperative Service managing efforts related to minority home ownership, broadband, renewable energy, small business and faith-based programs. On Sept. 1, 2009, Mr. Gonzalez joined the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development to serve as Director of the Rural Business Program (RBP). He manages the Rural Business Program (RBP) with major emphasis on rural community capacity-building and business development casework within the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network.

  

Rene Montalvo – send an email
Rene has vast experience in Community Development and Corporate Relations with Energy companies with years of experience in managing all operational issues and public relations for the Eagle Ford Shale Play in South Texas. Rene works very closely with county, city and school district officials as well as community leaders and organizations to help improve the quality of life in the communities that he is actively involved in. Rene is married to Olga Montalvo who works for the U.S. Department of Justice and has one daughter, Maralyssa Montalvo, who attends the University of Texas in Austin.

 

Jose Patterson - send an email
Jose has over 33 years of non-profit management and administration experience. He has served as CEO of the Workforce Centers in the Alamo Workforce Area (SER, Jobs for Progress, Inc.) and Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul District Area Office (Archdiocese of San Antonio).  He is currently the Senior Manager – Rural Development for the San Antonio Food Bank.  Jose has served on the National SER Board of Directors representing all of the SER Affiliates in the Country and Puerto Rico.  He is extremely passionate about doing all that is possible to care for those that are most vulnerable, including the elderly and impoverished children.

 

Raul Perez - send an email
Raul serves as the Executive Director for the Maverick County Development Corporation.  He has extensive experience in developing border markets and communities.  Prior to his directorship with the Maverick County EDC, Raul was the Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the city of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, where he successfully recruited and brought numerous businesses to the region, including HEB, Office Depot, 8 new residential subdivisions and numerous other businesses.

 

Infrastructure and Natural Resources

 

Jeff Labenz-Hough – send an email
Jeff is an architect having worked for HDR, a national architectural/engineering/construction company for the past 14 years. He has been involved in community-based initiatives throughout San Antonio over the past 20 years.  These efforts include the Brooks Opportunities Task Force and the follow-on Brooks Redevelopment Subcommittee, both of which lead to the establishment of Brooks City Base, community economic efforts with the Kelly Business Corridor and the Avenidas del Rio Business Corridor which focused on economic development around both Brooks and the old Kelly AFB, and the Coalition Four Economic Growth (Medina, Wilson, Bexar, and Atascosa counties) an economic development initiative of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. He is a past chairman of the South chamber and is currently serving a second time as a board director. He leads HDR’s efforts for all their involvement in the Eagle Ford Shale.

 

Tim Treviño – send an email
Mr. Treviño currently serves as the Senior Director of Strategic Planning & Agency Communications for the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG); responsible for the development and implementation of AACOG’s strategic plan and public affairs strategy, which includes state and federal legislative affairs.  Mr. Treviño currently serves on the EPA’s Good Neighbor Environmental Board, authorized in 1992 under Section 6 of the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative Act, which advises the President on environmental and infrastructure issues along the U.S. border with Mexico.  Prior to joining AACOG, Mr. Treviño was with the North American Development Bank, responsible for developing environmental infrastructure projects along the U.S.-Mexico border; and simultaneously served as the Bank’s liaison to the Canadian International Development Agency and Industry Canada-Sustainable Cities Initiative.  Mr. Treviño holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Southwestern University and a Master in City Planning, with a concentration in International Development and Regional Planning, from MIT.  While at MIT, Mr. Treviño was a Woodrow Wilson Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow.  Between May 1998 and May 2000, he held elected office as a City Councilman for the City of Pearsall, Texas.

 

Community Investment

Gilbert Gonzales send an email
Gilbert (Gil)  served as deputy undersecretary and acting undersecretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development mission area in Washington, D.C. He managed Rural Housing Services, Rural Utilities Service and Rural Business-Cooperative Service managing efforts related to minority home ownership, broadband, renewable energy, small business and faith-based programs. On Sept. 1, 2009, Mr. Gonzalez joined the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development to serve as Director of the Rural Business Program (RBP). He manages the Rural Business Program (RBP) with major emphasis on rural community capacity-building and business development casework within the South-West Texas Border SBDC Network.

 

J.J. Haynes - send an email
J.J. Haynes is a rancher and businessman. He has managed the Rancho Colorado, a cattle, hunting, wildlife conservation and management operation, in La Salle County for the past 35 years. He also devotes his time to other personal and family business ventures as well as real estate holdings. Rancho Colorado is listed in the Texas Land Heritage registry for continuous operation and ownership by the same family for over 125 years. He believes that all landowners should protect, preserve and be the best land stewards possible for our future generations.

 
Jose L. Ceballos – send an email
Jose L. Ceballos is a strategic management and public affairs consultant for Totem Strategies – focusing on energy, education, local governments, and non-profit organizations. Jose believes success in the public and private sector comes from valuing long-term relationships and maintaining open, effective lines of communication. A native South Texan, he holds the greater progress of its region and the State of Texas as a primary mission in his professional endeavors. Jose holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University – Commerce.

Communications

Silver Vasquez send an email
Silver is a native South Texan and an oil and gas communications expert with experience in creating industry and community awareness in the Permian Basin, Granite Wash, Barnett Shale and Eagle Ford Shale.  Whether by generating educational outreach efforts or crafting strategic plans in regards to oil and gas production in different parts of the state, Silver has played a key role in developing the communication tools needed to understand the shale boom. He brings a unique expertise in being able to communicate a very technical industry to a variety of audiences.

 

Belkiss Rodriguez – send an email
Belkiss Rodriguez is a District Director, for the Alamo Colleges, Economic and Workforce Development Division. She oversees the newly implemented Higher Education Center-Alamo University Center, coordinates Workforce Development Training for public and industry partners, and serves as Professional Development Conference and Training Coordinator to the Division.   Belkiss more than 20 years in Workforce Development experience to include working with the City of San Antonio, the Texas Department of Health & Human Services, and the Texas Workforce Commission.   She has extensive experience working with state and federally funded dislocated worker/unemployment services, career planning and advising, youth programs, and customized workforce training and program implementation.  As well, Belkiss served as Captain and Public Affairs and Personnel Officer for 14 years in the US Army Reserve.

 

Jennifer W. Kolbe – send an email
Jennifer is the La Vernia Municipal Development District executive director. Prior to working in La Vernia, she served as the research director in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at Texas Lutheran University and as the economic development representative for the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative.  She began her career in economic development with the City of Seguin in 1992.  Jennifer is a graduate of Texas Lutheran University and the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.  She is a member of the Texas Economic Development Council and the International Council of Shopping Centers, and has also served as President of the I-10 Corridor Association, as Vice President of the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce and Vice President of the Gonzales Area Development Corporation.