New year, new faces at Port Corpus Christi Commission

Port Corpus Christi Commission began its first meeting of 2012 with the administration of the public service oath to Al Jones and Charles W. Zahn Jr. to replace Robert Gonzalez Jr., and Francis I. Gandy Jr. and to re-appoint Richard M. Borchard.

“My fellow Port Commissioners and I welcome Al and Charles to the commission and congratulate Richard for his re-appointment. We look forward to working with them to continue moving the port forward fulfilling its mission as the economic engine of South Texas,” says Mike Carrell, Port Commission chairman, in a commission press release.

Al Jones, American Bank’s chairman of the board and CEO, was appointed by the City of Corpus Christi to replace Francis I. Gandy Jr., who did not seek re-appointment.

Charles W. Zahn Jr., a local lawyer, was appointed by Nueces County to replace Robert Gonzalez who was term–out after serving the Port Commission for the last 12 years. 

Jones’ affiliations are numerous, on the academic field; he is part of the executive committee for the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council and member of the board and past chairman of the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Foundation. His professional involvement includes Bank Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Antonio and board of directors and former chairman for the Independent Bankers Association of Texas. 

Jones is involved in numerous organizations in the area such as the State of Texas Economic Development Corp., the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp., and Christus Spohn Health System.

He is a recipient of many awards like the Corpus Christi Business Hall of Fame and the Russell Kirkland Distinguished Visitor from Texas A&M Corpus Christi School of Business. Jones and his wife, Janet, have been married for 44 years.

Charles W. Zahn Jr. graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Texas A&M University and obtained his juris doctor from Baylor University. He is a partner of the Law Offices of Charles W. Zahn Jr.

His involvement in the community includes but is not limited to the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, Corpus Christi Bar Association, Secretary and General Counsel for the Island Management Corp., and the Mustang Investment Corp. He’s also a member and past chairman of the Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Board, the Nueces County Board of Park Commission, and the Port Aransas Rotary Club. Zahn is the founder of the Port Aransas Preservation and Historical Association, Aransas County and Port Aransas ISD Education Foundations.