Mr. Mower has broad executive-level background leading efforts to attract and grow large industrial and advanced technology projects in Texas and elsewhere in the U.S.
Prior to his arrival at Port San Antonio in September 2014, Mower served for nine years as President and CEO of the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation (CCREDC)—the leading economic development organization in the Texas Coastal Bend Region. Under his leadership, CCREDC assisted in attracting $4.6 billion in international and domestic business investment to the Corpus Christi region, including multi-million dollar projects by Austrian, Chinese and Italian firms. These efforts led to the creation and retention of over 8,500 area jobs, particularly in the energy and advanced manufacturing sectors.
Prior to his role in Corpus Christi, Mower was CEO of The Research Valley Partnership, Inc., a regional economic development corporation in Bryan, Texas. He has held similar positions in Colorado, including at the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation, Fort Collins Economic Development Corporation, San Luis Valley Development Resources Group and Bent County Development Foundation.
Mower has also participated in an array of local, state and national organizations as member and officer. He served on the Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Asset Management Council and completed a term on the Institute for Food Science & Engineering Advisory Board at Texas A&M University. He is past Chairman of the Larimer County Workforce Investment Board in Colorado, from 1996 to 2001, and served in various leadership positions with the Economic Developers’ Council of Colorado, including as its President between 1999 and 2000.
He is active in various other professional associations, including the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), through which he has been a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) since 1999. He also received his certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Development Council in 1993.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from the University of North Dakota.
A real estate professional with more than 20 years of experience managing large commercial properties, Cox helps oversee nearly 13 million square feet of specialized commercial facilities at Port San Antonio, including hangars, warehouses, secure offices and residential units.
She specializes in property management, acquisitions and dispositions, asset management, and construction management. She is a member of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and is a past treasurer of the local chapter. She was part of teams who won several BOMA Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) awards for excellence in property management, including McAllister Plaza, the Pyramid Building and Nowlin Tower--all located in San Antonio.
Crider has an extensive airport management background-starting his career as a flight instructor and working in key operations and executive capacities at passenger and industrial airports in Ohio, California, Florida and Texas.
He is an Accredited Airport Executive and the President of the South Central American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) chapter, with experience serving on a number of airport association and advisory boards. Among his previous positions, he served as Director of Rickenbacker International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, and Chief Executive Officer/Director of Aviation of the Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority in Gainesville, Florida.
Immediately prior to coming to Port San Antonio Crider was Vice President of Airport Development and Management Services at RW Armstrong in Austin, Texas—a firm specializing in aviation consulting for customers in the southwestern U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America.
Felici began his career at the Port in 2009, initially serving as communications manager. Previously he was communications director of the Nature Conservancy of Texas. Between 1993 and 2008 he served in numerous capacities at the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, including as the agency’s deputy communications director between 2002 and 2008. He is an honors BA graduate from the University of Texas at Austin.
Ferris is a senior financial executive with over 20 years of commercial real estate experience. As the Port’s Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer he oversees all of the organization’s real estate activities, including development, leasing and property management and maintenance. He is also responsible for all accounting and finance functions at the Port.
His prior background with Catellus Development Corporation and Trammell Crow Company provides a solid foundation for sound business practices, while his CFO experience with two medium-sized privately-owned organizations brings an entrepreneurial spirit to Port San Antonio.
Juan Antonio Flores is Executive Vice President for Government Affairs at Port San Antonio. Prior to arriving at the Port in 2015, Flores served for 13 years as the Associate Director of Public Affairs for the North American Development Bank (NADB), a US-Mexico infrastructure bank. Mr. Flores has over 23 years of experience in government relations and public affairs management, including serving as Executive Director for San Antonio’s bid committee for the 2007 Pan-American Games, conducting government affairs for the San Antonio Water System (SAWS), and in the Texas Governor’s Office under Governor Ann Richards. Flores has served on various boards, including the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the National Immigration Forum in Washington, D.C., currently serves on the board of the San Antonio-Mexico Friendship Council, and is currently involved in various capacities with his alma mater, St. Mary’s University.
Prior to arriving at the Port, Flores served for six years as Executive Director of San Antonio’s Westside Development Corporation (WDC), overseeing economic development in a the large urban area west of downtown. He assisted in over $35 million in business investment that created 470 area jobs. Flores was also owner of real estate investment and consulting firm Flores Holdings LLC, which focused on real estate transactions for Texas municipalities, private investors, developers and small businesses. Flores’ experience also includes nine years of service in numerous capacities for Fannie Mae in Dallas and San Antonio, including public affairs, account management and as a community development manager and underwriter.
Johnson has been part of the Port’s team since 2010, where he works with numerous community partners to help attract and grow new industries at the 1,900-acre industrial park. He also supports the organization’s existing aerospace, logistics and manufacturing customers in the pursuit of new business opportunities. His previous experience includes over 10 years of service at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, where he was also the organization’s Vice President for Economic Development. He holds a BA from the University of the Incarnate Word and an MBA from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Jim Perschbach provides strategic support to grow aerospace and other advanced technology businesses at the Port. An attorney with over 18 years of legal experience, he was previously senior counsel for Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, where he worked alongside aerospace and other advanced manufacturing clients and help them achieve their growth plans. Perschbach has experience in key area of economic development, including real estate, economic development and workforce development. He is also a past chair of the San Antonio Chamber’s Aerospace Committee and the Alamo Academies, part of Alamo Colleges.
Rico oversees operations and growth of the Port’s 350-acre railpark, which is a growing logistics and manufacturing center. His previous experience includes serving as Director of Business Development for the Port of Brownsville for over a decade, where he oversaw growth strategies and industrial development. His work helped the organization grow cargo volume by 55 percent since 2000, which included working with Union Pacific, BNSF Railway and Kansas City Southern de México. Rico also ran his own company for three years, Brownsville Transportation Services, which provided cross-border transportation to some of Mexico’s largest manufacturers.
Diaz joined Port San Antonio in 2011 as Administrative Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer and subsequently promoted to Executive Assistant to the President and CEO. She also serves as the Assistant Secretary to the Board of Directors and is a member of the Authority’s Executive Leadership Team. Prior to her career at the Port, she provided executive assistant support at several area banking institutions. She is a member of Executive Women International.