Omar Garcia, a vice president at the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, is leaving the post to head up a nonprofit that will serve as the public face for some of the largest oil-and-gas exploration companies working in the Eagle Ford Shale, according to a person familiar with the hiring decision.
As the Business Journal reported two weeks ago, the organization is called the South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable (STEER), and it will be bankrolled by 10 of the largest producers in the shale region. STEER will serve as a clearinghouse for information — largely to influence news coverage and public perceptions of drilling in the oil and gas play. It also will act as a liaison with local officials throughout the area.
Garcia is EDF’s resident expert on business opportunities spinning out of the Eagle Ford Shale. As VP, he’s responsible for recruiting and retaining companies and international initiatives.
From his bio on EDF’s website: “Professional highlights include recruiting the Houston Astros Double A Team to Corpus Christi, founding the City of San Antonio’s first Business Retention & Expansion Program and recruiting thousands of jobs to the San Antonio region. Garcia has recently worked with Rackspace, Nationwide, San Antonio Aerospace, Affiliated Computer Services, Boeing and Allstate.”
Gov. Rick Perry appointed Garcia, a St. Edwards University graduate and former economic development manager for the city of San Antonio, to the Texas Economic Development Corp. in December 2010.