College of Business Honors Former Mayor as 2014 Kirkland Distinguished Visiting Executive

Published: April 24, 2014

College of Business Honors Former Mayor as 2014 Kirkland Distinguished Visiting Executive

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The College of Business at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi honored former Corpus Christi Mayor Joe Adame as the 2014 G. Russell Kirkland Distinguished Visiting Executive on Wednesday, April 23, in the University Center, Lone Star Ballrooms. The award was presented to Adame by Dr. John Gamble, Dean of the College of Business.

Adame is the most recent recipient of the award that was created by friends of the late Mr. G. Russell Kirkland and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to honor Kirkland’s  distinguished service to the development of the University, the city of Corpus Christi, and South Texas.  Recipients are chosen for their personal accomplishments and contributions to the success of students, faculty, the University, and the Corpus Christi community.

Adame, who addressed a large audience comprised of many students, shared his ideas and advice with tomorrow’s leaders on the many ways one can find success in their careers and in other aspects of their lives.

“I’m truly honored to be chosen to receive this award,” said Adame. “Doing my best to ensure that this community thrives has always been a top priority for me. And, by working with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, I have been able to continue my service with that same vision.”

Recently, Adame joined the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center as Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Adame, who now has an office at the Business Innovation Center, will be available to clients and staff for coaching, networking assistance, and general business advice. 

Adame served two terms as Mayor of Corpus Christi and retired from his role in November 2012. As Mayor, he served as Region XX President of the Texas Municipal League; and as President of the Boards of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Corpus Christi Convention and Visitor Bureau, Texas State Aquarium, and the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.

He is owner of Joe Adame and Associates, a commercial/industrial real estate company dealing in real estate sales, leasing, management, appraisal, development and consulting. He has received many awards for his business savvy. In 2008, Adame was inducted into the Junior Achievement of Corpus Christi Business Hall of Fame; and he was presented with the Lone Star William Jennings Award from the Texas Association of Realtors for the Most Outstanding Commercial Real Estate Transaction of the Year in 1995.

In 1997, Texas Gov. George W. Bush appointed Adame to serve on the Texas Real Estate Center Advisory Committee at Texas A&M University. Adame served from 1997 to 2006.