A.J. served as Deputy City Manager for the City of San Antonio from 2008 – 2011. He had direct supervision over the areas of International Relations, Economic Development, Intergovernmental Relations, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Human Resources, Downtown Operations, the Public Library, the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Parks and Recreation Department.
As Interim Economic Development Director, he completed the City’s first Disparity Study and revamped the City’s 17-yr old small business ordinance. He also re-organized the department achieving 30% in efficiencies. As the first Executive Director of the City of San Antonio’s Economic Development (4B) Corporation, A.J. spearheaded negotiations and logistics in attracting five biomedical companies and a branch of InCube Laboratories from Silicon Valley, CA.
Before joining the City, A.J. served as President & CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. During his four-year tenure, the Hispanic Chamber more than doubled its membership base to 1,000+ members, and grew its total revenue by 64 percent.
He has served as Vice President at the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and managed the Public Affairs Council and Small Business departments.
In 2015, A.J. began a five-year term as an officer of the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Business, serving as secretary, and as chairman in 2018. He also currently serves on the SA2020 Talent Pipeline Task Force. In 2014, A.J. led the San Antonio delegation as chairman of the SA-to-DC XXXVI legislative trip. In 2012, he completed a six-year term on the Board of the Texas Lyceum, a group of 96 Directors from across the state, who focus on public policy issues. He is also a former member of the International City Manager’s Association, the International Hispanic Network, Central Catholic High School’s Board of Directors, the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce Executive Committee and Board, past chairman of JOVEN, and was a Mayoral appointee to the City of San Antonio River Commission.
A.J.’s was honored in 2014 with an award for volunteer service to Project Quest, where he assisted in leading the organization’s strategic planning efforts. His honors include the 2010 Latino Leaders – “Thought Leader Award”; 2008 La Prensa “Leadership” award; University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) – 2008 Alumnus of the Year award; 2008 San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce “Life Member” award; UTSA College of Business – Young Alumnus of the Year award in early 2007; and the San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award in 2003.
A.J. earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree specializing in International Business, and a Master of Business Administration degree from UTSA.
A.J. and his wife, Estelle, will celebrate their twenty-second wedding anniversary in December and they have three children, Alexandra, 18, Arthur John, 14, and Isabella, 9.