The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) is a private, nonprofit organization that assists business and industry in locating and expanding into the San Antonio area. SAEDF is supported by its partners (City of San Antonio, Bexar County, CPS Energy, SAWS) and 150+ Board Members. SAEDF is governed by an Executive Committeerepresented by the business and corporate leadership of San Antonio. Since 1975, SAEDF has assisted over 400 companies with their location and/or expansion plans, creating more than 100,000 jobs for San Antonians.  Specifically in the last six years, SAEDF has located 100 companies and brought over 23,000 jobs, creating a total economic impact of more than $8.7 billion.

SAEDF is leading the Economic Competitiveness cause area of SA2020, the city’s community vision to improve San Antonio by the year 2020. A strong economic base and a skilled workforce create the resources required for San Antonio to achieve its potential as a world-class city. SAEDF focuses on San Antonio’s economic competitiveness and works alongside lead partners in other vision areas such as downtown development and education to catalyze change through collective impact.

At SAEDF, we provide businesses with information to assist in the analysis of establishing or relocating a facility in San Antonio. Professional assistance with relocation analysis is handled with confidentiality and at no cost to our clients.

SAEDF services include

  • Analyze labor market
  • Arrange community briefing and custom city tours
  • Introduce / meet with community partners
  • Identify and package all local / state incentives applicable to your business
  • Organize any specialized market research
  • Follow through with the development process

Recent SAEDF locations include

Company Jobs Service
Halliburton 1,500 Oil & Gas Services
Maruchan 600 Food Manufacturing
Nexolon 404 Solar Energy Production / Energy Sector
Centene 289 Professional Service Operation / Healthcare Industry
Bergstrom Industries 140 New Energy
Ercam Trackers 130 Manufacturing / New Energy
NBTY 100 Manufacturing / Healthcare
Vanguard Health 85 Information Technology / Back Office Operations

 

Mission

The mission of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation is to lead the development and diversification of the San Antonio regional economy through the recruitment and expansion of quality employers and job producing investments.

Staff

An energetic, committed staff and the synergism derived from the diverse talents of an active Board of Directors and Executive Committee have seen SAEDF emerge as a respected leader in the highly competitive business recruitment process.

Mario Hernandez

Mario Hernandez / President

Mario Hernandez serves as president of the Foundation and is responsible for recruiting new business and industry to the San Antonio metropolitan area. Hernandez has worked in the economic development field for more than 30 years in San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi. Before joining SAEDF, he served as manager of business development for the Texas Economic Development Commission.

A Texas A&M-Kingsville graduate, Mr. Hernandez has served as president of the Foundation since 1990. During this time, he has overseen the location of such companies as PETCO, Nationwide, Medtronic, Microsoft, Accenture, Toyota, Chase, Texas Cryptologic Center, Citigroup, The Capital Group, Johnson Controls, Maxim and Boeing.

In 2003 Hernandez was named National Economic Developer of the Year by the World Economic Development Alliance, and in 2008 he was named one of the top 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the nation by Hispanic Business Magazine.

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Misty Mayo / Executive Vice President of Business Retention and Expansion

As Executive Vice President of Business Retention and Expansion, Misty Mayo is responsible for leading efforts related to the retention and growth of key business sectors in the San Antonio metropolitan area. Previously, Mayo worked to recruit new business, and served as the lead on projects such as Medtronic (1,398 jobs, announced in 2009), Healthways/Medco joint venture (400 jobs, announced in 2008), Allstate (598 jobs, announced in 2010), Kohl’s (1,065 jobs, announced 2010), Becton Dickinson (298 jobs, announced 2010), VMC/Volt (600 jobs, announced 2010), PETCO’s customer service headquarters (600 jobs, announced 2010), J.Crew (270 jobs, announced 2011) and data center projects for Chevron (announced 2011) and The Capital Group Companies (announced 2010).  Most recently, Mayo has worked expansion projects for companies, such as Kohl’s, Argo Group and Becton Dickinson.

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Tom Long / Executive Vice President of Business Recruitment

Tom Long joined SAEDF in November 2012 as Executive Vice President of Business Recruitment. With 30 years in economic development, Tom has worked in both the private and public sectors for local governments, utilities, chambers of commerce and private economic development organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Long leads the team that recruits new business and industry to the San Antonio metropolitan area. Tom is also the Foundation’s subject matter expert in IT/IS/Cyber. With 12 years of experience in the electric utility industry, Tom was instrumental in securing the San Antonio data center operations of Microsoft, Texas Cryptologic Center, Chevron, and American Funds/Capital Group, to name a few.

Mr. Long earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Master’s Degree in Economic Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2001, Tom earned the professional designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). He is an active member of IEDC, the Industrial Asset Management Council, the Southern Economic Development Council, and currently serves as Treasurer of the Texas Economic Development Council.

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Michele Boggs / Vice President

Michele Boggs joined SAEDF as Assistant Vice President of Research in June 2011 and was promoted to Vice President in March 2012. She is responsible for recruiting new business and industry to the San Antonio metropolitan area. Prior to joining SAEDF, Boggs worked as a Research Analyst for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. There she was a contributing author and researcher on various studies including the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) and the Texas in Focus series, which analyzed factors affecting the state of Texas’ economy and economic development issues unique to the various regions of the state.

Boggs holds a Master’s of Arts Degree and a Bachelor’s Degree from Texas State University.

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Kyle Kinateder / Vice President of Business Recruitment

Kinateder joins the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation’s Business Recruitment Team with more than seven years of real estate and economic development experience and will help recruit new businesses to the San Antonio area. Prior to joining the foundation, Kinateder worked in both the public and private sectors. Recently, Kinateder worked for the City of Schertz where he helped attract the 1.3 million square foot Amazon.com Fulfillment Center and the 365,000 square foot GE Oil & Gas expansion that will result in over 1,000 new jobs. Kinateder was born and raised in Provo, Utah where he began his career in real estate working with residential, multi-family and mixed use developments.

Kinateder and his wife moved to Texas after obtaining his Master’s Degree in City and Metropolitan Planning from the University of Utah.

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John E. Ellis / Vice President of Communication & Membership

John Ellis serves as Vice President of Communication & Membership and is responsible for the public relations, advertising, membership, and research efforts of SAEDF. Ellis has more than 25 years of marketing experience working for the San Antonio Express-News and most recently at the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV).

At UHV, as the Director of Marketing, Ellis contributed to the efforts that transitioned this former upper-level institution into a traditional four-year university. He led the university’s rebranding efforts, identified new market opportunities and championed the advertising campaigns that led to consistent double-digit enrollment growth during his four-year tenure. Ellis is a native of San Antonio and a graduate from the University of the Incarnate Word.

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Liz Clark / Project Manager of Communication and Membership

Liz Clark joined SAEDF in May of 2014. She is responsible for assisting with the communication efforts, and supporting membership recruitment and retention. Prior to joining SAEDF, she was a Corporate Communications Associate with Frost & Sullivan and liaised the communications and public relations efforts for the following business units: Energy & Environment; Industrial Automation and Process Control; and Chemicals, Materials and Food. Clark’s experience includes more than five years of corporate communications, public relations, social media and marketing.

Liz graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a BA in Communication Studies.

Tracey Campos
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Tracey Campos / Project Manager

Tracey Campos joined SAEDF in March 2014 as Project Manager. She is responsible for supporting Business Retention and Expansion as well as the Strategic Plan for Economic Development. Prior to joining SAEDF, Tracey worked as Project Associate for MTS Technologies in Training and Development supporting Military, Federal and Commercial projects. She also brings Sales and Business Management experience from USAA.

Tracey graduated from Northeastern University with a Masters in Project Management and Organizational Communication. She has a BA in Business Management.

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Kanika Singh / Research Analyst

Kanika Singh joined SAEDF in September 2013 as Research Associate. She is responsible for gathering data, reviewing changes in economic activity, and conducting general research. Prior to joining SAEDF, she was a Trinity/Mellon summer fellow in SA2020’s economic competitiveness cause area.

Kanika graduated from Trinity University in May 2013 with a BA in Economics and Urban Studies.

Bobbi Lutz
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Bobbi Lutz / Office Manager & Executive Assistant to the President

Elsie Brooks
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Elsie Brooks / Accounting & Executive Assistant

Ruth Trevino
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Ruth Trevino / Executive Assistant & Project Coordinator