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Two Texas A&M -Corpus Christi Alumni Named as Winners for San Antonio 40 Under 40

January 22, 2016

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumni have been announced as winners for the 2016 40 Under 40 awards by the San Antonio Business Journal.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi alumni Al Arreola Jr., the President/CEO of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and Gilbert Morales, Co-founder of the South San Main Street Project, will be recognized at a 40 Under 40 event Thursday, Feb. 11.

Morales graduated from TAMU-CC in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. As the Co-founder of the South San Main Street Project, his work includes building sustainable infrastructure and making investments in the local community to make it a great place to live and work all while recognizing its historical roots. His interests are in historic preservation and urban revitalization. Morales is currently working on graduate courses in Urban and Regional Planning.

“Gilbert has always been a hard worker and shown an ability to think outside the box,” said Russell Wagner, Director of Engagement at A&M-Corpus Christi, who worked as a tour guide with Morales in the mid-2000s. “I’m glad to see the city of San Antonio is recognizing his talents.”

The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Alumni Association is committed to fostering a lifelong relationship between the University and its growing number of Islander alumni.

“The Alumni Association couldn’t be more proud of these individuals,” said Wagner. “They are an example of our alumni succeeding in their professions and community.”

Arreola Jr. graduated from the Island University with his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2003. As the CEO and President of South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, his leadership roles include managing the financial and long-range strategic planning for Chamber activities. He also coordinates membership programs, advocacy, marketing and community outreach.  In late 2015, Arreola Jr. was named inaugural Islander Alumni Association President of the newly-created San Antonio Chapter.

“Al has worked tirelessly over the past six months to make our new San Antonio Chapter a success,” said Wagner. “As a professional, he has taken the city by storm and is a huge asset for them heading into the future.”

Both will receive awards for their call to attention of community needs and leadership roles as young talented leaders in San Antonio. The awards signify taking on the role of becoming the next generation of future leaders.