Mr. Robert A. Calvillo (Bobby) Advisory Director
Robert A. “Bobby” Calvillo began his professional career in the savings and loan industry in the early 1980s. Upon graduation from college, he continued his banking career progressively moving up within the organization. His career took a slight turn when, after serving as Senior Vice President, Senior Lending Officer for the Bank and responsible for all lending activities in all branches and loan production offices, he decided to put his expertise to use to serve his community. In 1996, he joined McAllen Affordable Homes, Inc., a local non-profit housing organization. During his tenure with the organization, now named Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc., he grew the organization to be one of the largest volume home builders in South Texas, a substantial residential subdivision developer with a residential mortgage loan portfolio of over $53 million. He is also Chief Executive Officer of TuCasa Investments, Inc., a wholly owned for-profit subsidiary of Affordable Homes of South Texas. TuCasa consists of six diverse social enterprises that provide a community benefit and a revenue stream back to the non-profit.
Mr. Calvillo received his bachelor’s degree from Pan American University (Edinburg, Texas) and is a certified Housing Development Finance Professional. He attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and completed the Achieving Excellence in Community Development Executive Education program. He was selected as a James A. Johnson Community Fellow by the Fannie Mae Foundation and he completed the non-profit Management certification program from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2018, Mr. Calvillo was selected by his peers as the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce Board member of the year.
In addition to the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce, some of his other current volunteer activities include serving as a Board Member of the Housing Assistance Council (Washington DC) and Vice-Chair of the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville’s Housing Ministry.
Mr. Calvillo, his wife Carmen and their daughter Marina call McAllen home.
Ms. Drue Jones Advisory Director
Drue Jones, a proud Army “brat” came to Corpus Christi in 1976 and began her real estate career which extended for over 35 years. She provided seller or buyer representation in residential transactions, property tax consulting, feasibility analysis, property management, and provided expert witness testimony for real estate litigation. She also served as President of the Corpus Christi Association of Realtors and was chosen by her peers as Realtor of the Year.
During her tenure as a real estate broker, she also taught as an adjunct instructor of Business at Corpus Christi State University, Incarnate Word University and Del Mar College. Additionally, she taught real estate development courses in Corpus Christi and in multiple locations throughout Texas and Arkansas. In 2008 she accepted a full time position with Del Mar College and is an Associate Professor of Business Administration. The courses that she teaches include: Strategic Management, Principles of Management, International Business, Business Principles, Small Business Finance, Entrepreneurship, Human Relations, and Human Resources.
Ms. Jones’ previous & present community service includes: Chair of the Appraisal Review Board of Nueces County, Chair of the Corpus Christi Sister City Committee, Vice-chair of the Ethics Commission of the City of Corpus Christi, and a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi (Class XV).
She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Master of Science degree in Adult Education. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Corpus Christi State University (a division of Texas A&M).
Mr. Ben Salinas Advisory Director
Mr. Francis A. Smith, Jr. (Frank) Advisory Director
After graduating from high school, Smith started his first job working for a marine pipeline construction company as a helper and truck driver. At the end of the summer, he was fortunate to stay with the company in the radio room working at night taking reports, and as the company timekeeper while attending Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. What a deal! Worked 4 pm to midnight with Friday and Saturday nights off to date his future bride. The job inspired Smith to target working in the marine construction industry. After two years at Nicholls, Smith transferred to LSU. Smith worked offshore two summers as an operator and a rigger on a marine pipeline construction barge, furthering his desire to work in the industry after obtaining a BS in Civil Engineering.
Smith worked 35 years in the marine construction industry, starting out as a field engineer and transitioning to a project manager on large offshore pipeline projects within a couple years. He was transferred to the Dredging Division for a short time as Division Engineer and Division Manager. Then it was off to Scotland as operations manager building large offshore platforms for the North Sea the next five years. He spent a year in steel making and tubular manufacturing in Pennsylvania followed by three years as plant manager at a Power Generation manufacturing plant in Mississippi. Smith returned to the Gulf of Mexico as Vice President and General Manager for 12 years before retiring the first time. Although thoroughly enjoying retirement, Smith returned to work as President of a large offshore platform fabricator for a further four years. He and family moved several times with assignments in Louisiana, Scotland, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and twice in Texas.
Since retiring Smith enjoys woodworking, cooking, and volunteering at church. He recently joined Kiwanis and appreciates the opportunity to assist and perhaps positively influence the development of young people in our area.