The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) is a private, nonprofit organization that assists business and industry in locating and expanding into the San Antonio area. SAEDF is supported by its partners (City of San Antonio, Bexar County, CPS Energy, SAWS) and 150+ Board Members. SAEDF is governed by an Executive Committee, represented by the business and corporate leadership of San Antonio. Since 1975, SAEDF has assisted over 400 companies with their location and/or expansion plans, creating more than 100,000 jobs for San Antonians. Specifically in the last six years, SAEDF has located 100 companies and brought over 23,000 jobs, creating a total economic impact of more than $8.7 billion.
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SAEDF is leading the Economic Competitiveness cause area of SA2020, the city’s community vision to improve San Antonio by the year 2020. A strong economic base and a skilled workforce create the resources required for San Antonio to achieve its potential as a world-class city. SAEDF focuses on San Antonio’s economic competitiveness and works alongside lead partners in other vision areas such as downtown development and education to catalyze change through collective impact.
At SAEDF, we provide businesses with information to assist in the analysis of establishing or relocating a facility in San Antonio. Professional assistance with relocation analysis is handled with confidentiality and at no cost to our clients.
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The mission of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation is to lead the development and diversification of the San Antonio regional economy through the recruitment and expansion of quality employers and job producing investments.
An energetic, committed staff and the synergism derived from the diverse talents of an active Board of Directors and Executive Committee have seen SAEDF emerge as a respected leader in the highly competitive business recruitment process.
Mario Hernandez / President
Mario Hernandez serves as president of the Foundation and is responsible for recruiting new business and industry to the San Antonio metropolitan area. Hernandez has worked in the economic development field for more than 30 years in San Antonio, Austin and Corpus Christi. Before joining SAEDF, he served as manager of business development for the Texas Economic Development Commission.
A Texas A&M-Kingsville graduate, Mr. Hernandez has served as president of the Foundation since 1990. During this time, he has overseen the location of such companies as PETCO, Nationwide, Medtronic, Microsoft, Accenture, Toyota, Chase, Texas Cryptologic Center, Citigroup, The Capital Group, Johnson Controls, Maxim and Boeing.
In 2003 Hernandez was named National Economic Developer of the Year by the World Economic Development Alliance, and in 2008 he was named one of the top 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the nation by Hispanic Business Magazine.
Misty Mayo / Executive Vice President of Business Retention and Expansion
As Executive Vice President of Business Retention and Expansion, Misty Mayo is responsible for leading efforts related to the retention and growth of key business sectors in the San Antonio metropolitan area. Previously, Mayo worked to recruit new business, and served as the lead on projects such as Medtronic (1,398 jobs, announced in 2009), Healthways/Medco joint venture (400 jobs, announced in 2008), Allstate (598 jobs, announced in 2010), Kohl’s (1,065 jobs, announced 2010), Becton Dickinson (298 jobs, announced 2010), VMC/Volt (600 jobs, announced 2010), PETCO’s customer service headquarters (600 jobs, announced 2010), J.Crew (270 jobs, announced 2011) and data center projects for Chevron (announced 2011) and The Capital Group Companies (announced 2010). Most recently, Mayo has worked expansion projects for companies, such as Kohl’s, Argo Group and Becton Dickinson.
Tom Long / Executive Vice President of Business Recruitment
Tom Long joined SAEDF in November 2012 as Executive Vice President of Business Recruitment. With 25 years in economic development, Tom has worked in both the private and public sectors for local governments, utilities, chambers of commerce and private economic development organizations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. As Executive Vice President, Mr. Long will lead efforts to recruit new business and industry to the San Antonio metropolitan area.
Mr. Long earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a Master’s Degree in Economic Geography from the
Michele Boggs / Vice President
Michele Boggs joined SAEDF as Assistant Vice President of Research in June 2011 and was promoted to Vice President in March 2012. She is responsible for recruiting new business and industry to the San Antonio metropolitan area. Prior to joining SAEDF, Boggs worked as a Research Analyst for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. There she was a contributing author and researcher on various studies including the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) and the Texas in Focus series, which analyzed factors affecting the state of Texas’ economy and economic development issues unique to the various regions of the state.
Boggs holds a Master's of Arts Degree and a Bachelor's Degree from Texas State University.
John E. Ellis / Vice President of Communication & Membership
John Ellis serves as Vice President of Communication & Membership and is responsible for the public relations, advertising, membership, and research efforts of SAEDF. Ellis has more than 25 years of marketing experience working for the San Antonio Express-News and most recently at the University of Houston-Victoria (UHV).
At UHV, as the Director of Marketing, Ellis contributed to the efforts that transitioned this former upper-level institution into a traditional four-year university. He led the university’s rebranding efforts, identified new market opportunities and championed the advertising campaigns that led to consistent double-digit enrollment growth during his four-year tenure. Ellis is a native of San Antonio and a graduate from the University of the Incarnate Word.
Kanika Singh / Research Analyst
Kanika Singh joined SAEDF in September 2013 as Research Associate. She is responsible for gathering data, reviewing changes in economic activity, and conducting general research. Prior to joining SAEDF, she was a Trinity/Mellon summer fellow in SA2020’s economic competitiveness cause area.
Kanika graduated from Trinity University in May 2013 with a BA in Economics and Urban Studies.
Bobbi Lutz / Office Manager & Executive Assistant to the President
Elsie Brooks / Accounting & Executive Assistant
Ruth Trevino / Executive Assistant & Project Coordinator
San Antonio Economic Development Foundation
Toll Free: 800.552.3333
San Antonio, Texas 78205