The following people participated in helping tell the story of the Texas coast’s tides.
Becky Corder – Port Aransas – Mike Stuart made a point to meet Becky Corder, partners in Port Aransas Realty, after noticing how effectively they market coastal real estate in their area. When Mike came to the coast to set up the Texas Gulf Coast Online web site, he recruited Becky as top realtors in Port Aransas. She became part of the network of realtors who serviced Texas Gulf Coast Online.
Jeff Lamkin – South Padre Island, Port Aransas and Crystal Beach – Mike Stuart met visionary developer Jeff Lamkin in South Padre Island, where Lamkin was purchasing the first tracts of what would become prime real estate holdings all along the Texas coast. Jeff became interested in Texas Gulf Coast Online after seeing the traffic and leads that the site generated as well as the prescient market analytics that Mike generated. Jeff experienced the exuberance of the real estate boom, seeing his North End land skyrocket in the ensuing boom years. He is the developer of the extremely successful Cinnamon Shore development, which is the only development on Mustang Island that weathered the economic downturn and flourishes today.
Kevin and Cookie Dean – Port Aransas and Corpus Christi – Mike Stuart met Kevin and Cookie Dean when they purchased a tract of land on Highway 361 on North Padre Island and named it Island Park Estates. Kevin saw Texas Gulf Coast Online and its offering of new Texas coastal developments, and wanted to be part of it. Mike began marketing the properties before the economic downturn and has recently turned to reviving interest in the remaining home sites in Island Park Estates. Kevin is co-founder and c0-CEO of the extremely successful Provider Power group of energy providers in New England.
Alice Donahue – South Padre, Corpus Christi and Galveston – Mike met Alice, a real estate broker and longtime South Padre Island resident, after moving to South Padre Island and attending the Island Baptist Church, where she was a member. They married in 2005, and began building a coastal-wide realty and marketing company. With a marketing boost from Texas Gulf Coast Online, Alice became the Texas coast’s number one real estate broker.
Anne Willis – Crystal Beach and Galveston – Anne, a realtor and longtime resident of Bolivar Peninsula, is effectively the mayor of Bolivar. Through her company, Swede’s Real Estate and Rentals, Anne is the dominant realtor and rental manager on the island. She and Swede’s helped Mike and Alice market and sell properties on Bolivar, and were part of Texas Gulf Coast Online’s network of brokers.
Randall Davis – Galveston and South Padre – Randall called Mike Stuart to help market his Diamond Beach, Emerald By the Sea and Sapphire luxury condo tower projects in Galveston and South Padre Island. Randall told me that no other online marketer had the reach of Texas Gulf Coast Online. Although these properties went into foreclosure after the islands were struck by the triple whammy of an economic recession and Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, Randall got back in business this year on the coast.
Paul Schexnailder – Corpus Christi – Paul, a developer and major landowner on the Island of Corpus Christi, called Alice and Mike to help him bring an international resort development to Upper Padre Island in the mid-2000s. That project did not take shape but Paul subsequently brought a cutting-edge Schlitterbahn Water Park to Upper Padre Island as part of a master plan for that fast-developing island.
Jeff Henry – South Padre, Corpus Christi and Galveston – Mike met Jeff Henry when Jeff was managing the building of the Schlitterbahn Water Park in South Padre Island. He is now at work on a fifth Schlitterbahn Water Park in Corpus Christi’s Upper Padre Island.
Gabi Hilpold – Corpus Christi – Mike met Gabi through Paul Schnexnailder when they collaborated over an upcoming luxury condo tower project on the Island of Corpus Christi. Gabi is a developer and broker-realtor with a successful vacation rental business, a member of the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitor’s Bureau marketing committee and the head of the Island Strategic Action Committee. She was born in Austria and vacationed on the Texas coast as a child.
Alex Harris – Port Aransas and Corpus Christi – Mike met Alex Harris during a stay in Port Aransas in the late 2000s. Alex, a developer and title company owner, created several successful beach town home communities in Port Aransas and the Island of Corpus Christi.
Jim Hayes – Port Bolivar and Crystal Beach – Mike met Jim Hayes in the mid-2000s when he arrived to market properties on Bolivar Peninsula. Jim is an entrepreneurial contractor who created and executed plans for hurricane-resistant beach homes and had the only insurance-backed certification for his construction on the Texas coast. Jim’s products were tested during Hurricane Ike in 2008 and proved to be ideal for the Texas Coast — his homes were the only residential structures standing on Bolivar after the storm and tidal surge subsided.
Marta Paez – South Padre – Marta and her sons Pablo and Adrian are based in Monterrey, Mexico, and her luxury condo developments draw enthusiastic buyers from Mexico and the United States. Her family-owned development company has designed, built and sold some of the most successful projects on the Texas coast, including Las Verandas, Los Corrales and Las Verandas on South Padre Island.
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