Texas A&M University-Kingsville

College of Business Administration to co-host community breakfast

Memorial Student Union Building ballrooms - 03/23/12 - 04/05/12

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville College of Business Administration will join with the Kleberg Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce to host the Second Annual Community Breakfast at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 5, in the ballrooms of the Memorial Student Union Building on campus. This year’s program features a speaker panel that will discuss The Impact of Eagle Ford Shale on this Area.

Speakers include David Porter, Texas Railroad Commissioner; Tom Best, president of TBGH Investments, Ltd.; and Manuel Ugues, corporate business services director at Serco of Texas. The discussion will be moderated by Dick Messbergar, executive director of the Economic Development Council.

Porter will present on the current and future plans of Eagle Ford Shale; Best will address oil and gas supplier issues; and Ugues will talk about the importance of meeting workforce demand.

Within the last three years, a spotlight has been placed on Eagle Ford Shale. This oil and gas boom in South Texas is predicted to last for the next 20 years. Although only three of the 12 counties in the Coastal Bend region are part of this boom, a spillover effect is being felt by surrounding communities.

The event hosts are Dr. Tom Dock, dean of the College of Business Administration; Alice Byers, executive director of the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce; and Maggie Salinas, president of the Kleberg Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. IBC Bank will sponsor the event.

Admission to the Community Breakfast is $6 per person or $48 for a table of eight. Those wishing to attending should RSVP by Tuesday, April 3, online at www.tamuk.edu/cba. For more information, email cba@tamuk.edu or call 361-593-4856.  

About David Porter

Porter was elected to serve a six-year term on the Railroad Commission in November, 2010. Since taking office, he has been appointed to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission as an associate representative and to the Interstate Mining Compact Commission, both by Governor Rick Perry.

Porter recently created the Eagle Ford Shale Task Force, the first of its kind at the Texas Railroad Commission, to establish a forum that will bring the community together and foster a dialogue regarding drilling activities in the Eagle Ford Shale. The task force is comprised of local community leaders, elected officials, industry representatives, environmental groups and landowners. The goal of the group is to open the lines of communication between all parties involved, establish recommendations for developing the Eagle Ford Shale and promote economic benefits locally and statewide.


About Tom Best

Best is an alumnus of Texas A&I University. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing in 1979. He is currently president of TBGH Investments, Ltd. and works in the transportation industry. His wife, Glenda, an alumna, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, also in 1979.

The Bests have been constant supporters of the university over the years and established the Best Family Scholarship. The couple also support the Javelina Alumni Association and the President’s Legacy Ball. They also are big supporters of Javelina athletics through the Javelina Club and the Sack Club.

About Manuel Ugues

Ugues is an alumnus of Texas A&M-Kingsville. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing in 1996. He currently is corporate business services director at Serco of Texas Inc. He helps connect employers, business owners and entrepreneurs with employees that meet their needs.

He is actively involved in the Eagle Ford Shale business development, job development and community resources coordination, and is a primary point of contact for the Texas Workforce Commission’s Eagle Ford Shale Task Force in the Coastal Bend region.


This page was last updated on: March 23, 2012