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Apr 09, 2019
The University of Houston - Victoria and Victoria Independent School District prepare Victoria's future workforce with specialized training in mathematics and robotics.
Sep 19, 2018
“This annual list recognizing North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers is designed to acknowledge the hard work of the top leaders in this field and elevate the conversation around economic development and job creation,” said Ron Kitchens, managing partner of Consultant Connect. “Each of the leaders represented on this year’s list are beyond deserving of this recognition for their efforts in building our communities.”
Aug 24, 2018
Board of Directors and Staff are proud to offer their support to Adrian Cannady as he embarks on the next chapter of his career.

VEDC Board of Directors


David C. Edwards, Chairman

Senior Vice President and Business Banking Manager for the Greater Texas Crossroads region at Wells Fargo Bank. David, a 34 year banking veteran, earned his Bachelor’s degree in Finance at Texas Tech University. He also serves the Victoria community as member and Past-President of the Victoria County United Way, and as an officer on the board of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.

Nancy Garner, Vice Chairman

In addition to being a licensed real estate broker since 1987 and a licensed salesperson since 1983, Nancy is also an accountant. She purchased the Woolson Real Estate Company in 1995 after managing the firm since 1982, and serves them as President and Broker.

Bobby Jacob, Secretary

Senior Vice President of Frost Insurance specializing in commercial and business insurance for the last 25 years.  Previously in bank commercial lending for 20 years. Degreed in Finance from Texas A&M.  Prior Board Chairman of VEDC in 2000 and 2001.

David Hinds, Treasurer

Dr. Hinds followed his passion for education and was named President of the Victoria College in 2015. David attended The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Houston, Texas State University, and Midland College. He taught classes at Brazosport College and served as vice president of instructional affairs at Alleghany College in Maryland before returning to South Texas. 

Jon New, Officer

As President and Owner of New Distributing Company, Inc., Jon leads the successful three-generation family business of fuel and lubricant distribution that was established in 1959. 

Don Whitaker, Officer

Chief Financial Officer of Keating Auto Group, Don is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in finance. Prior to joining the KAG, he served as a consultant that assisted Houston in their bid for a National Football League team franchise known as the Texans.

Thomas A. Schmidt, Immediate Past Chairman

President and Senior Engineer of Urban Engineering. Tom is a graduate of Texas A&M University with Master of Engineering degree in Transportation Engineering and Pavement Design and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.


William R. Blanchard

W. Clayton Cain
Cullen, Carsner, Seerdan & Cullen, LLP

Elton Calhoun
President & Owner
Regional Steel Products, Inc.

Cally Coleman Fromme
President & Chief Executive Officer
Zarsky Lumber Company

Charmelle Garrett
City Manager
City of Victoria

Royce Moran
Regional President
Prosperity Bank

Paul Polasek
City of Victoria

Vee Strauss
Manager, External Affairs
American Electric Power

Tommy Taylor
General Manager

Hon. Ben Zeller
County Judge
Victoria County