|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||April 22, 2004
|| Ellen Rossi, College of Business, (361) 825-6045;
Melissa Goonan, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2337
College of Business Honors 2004 Kirkland Distinguished
Visitor Joe V. Elizondo
Outstanding students will also be recognized at the annual ceremony
The College of Business (COB) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
will honor Joe V. Elizondo, sole proprietor of Greenwood Door Company
of Corpus Christi, as this year’s recipient of the G. Russell Kirkland
Distinguished Visitor in Business Administration Award on Tuesday, April
Elizondo will give a community lecture in Warren Theatre located in the
Center for the Arts from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Following the lecture,
the COB will hold its annual Honors Luncheon at noon at the Solomon P.
Ortiz International Center where Elizondo and outstanding business students
will be recognized.
An active participant in civic and political affairs, Elizondo is on
the Executive Board of the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development
Board as Treasurer, Executive Board of the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce as Parliamentarian, and the Board of Directors of the Christus
Spohn Health Systems. He is also on the Executive Board of the Corpus
Christi State Aquarium, the Board Member of the Boys & Girls Club,
and the Committee of STARS (South Texas Academic Rising Scholarships),
which is designated to raise funds for scholarships in South Texas.
At the Honors Luncheon, eighty-three students, who will soon graduate
with honors, will be recognized.
Beginning in 1995, the G. Russell Kirkland Distinguished Visitor’s
Chair in Business Administration was created by friends of the late Mr.
Kirkland and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to honor Kirkland’s
distinguished service to the development of the University, the city
of Corpus Christi, and South Texas. The purpose of the Chair is to make
a maximum positive impact upon the lives of students and to provide concurrent
benefits to the development of A&M-Corpus Christi faculty and the
enrichment of the South Texas community.
||Joe V. Elizondo
Entrepreneur and Sole Proprietor
Greenwood Door Company
A native South Texan, Joe V. Elizondo, entrepreneur and sole proprietor
of Greenwood Door Company of Corpus Christi.
Mr. Elizondo was born inKingsville, Texas and later moved to Corpus
Christi where he graduated from W.B. Ray High School in 1965, thereafter
attending Del Mar College and studying further in Monterrey, Mexico.
He joined the United States Marine Corps and was assigned to the
3rd Marine Division. He served in Vietnam and became a highly decorated
soldier. Among the medals awarded to Mr. Elizondo were the
Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy
Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal (three
stars), Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct
Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Rifle Expert Badge, and Pistol
He began his business career selling cars and won a trip to Acapulco
for having the highest sales figures in a month. At that point,
he realized that if he could sell for others, he could make a profitable
future for himself by opening his own business. He opened Maximiliano’s
Hand Carved Furniture. Working with wood led him to investing his
efforts in the door business, which has been his continuing livelihood
through the establishment of Greenwood Door Company.
Currently, Mr. Elizondo is involved in international trade with Mexico
and Russia on a daily basis. In August 2001 Mr. Elizondo took
27 people, consisting of individuals from the Port Authority of Corpus
Christi, Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and other businesses
throughout the city, to the United States-Mexico International Trade
Mission held in Mexico City. Following the event, Mr. Elizondo treated
the group to a historical and cultural tour of Mexico. He has also
met with President Bush and President Fox, as well as other state
and national figures, to ensure and promote the progress of Corpus
Christi and South Texas. He recently accompanied a delegation
from Corpus Christi to meet with State Representatives, Vilma Luna
and Gene Seaman, and House Speaker, Tom Craddick, to discuss education
and economic issues for the City of Corpus Christi.
An active participant in civic and political affairs, Mr. Elizondo
is on the Executive Board of the Corpus Christi Regional Economic
Development Board as Treasurer, Executive Board of the Corpus Christi
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as Parliamentarian, and the Board of
Directors of the Christus Spohn Health Systems. He is also on the
Executive Board of the Corpus Christi State Aquarium, the Board Member
of the Boys & Girls Club, and the Committee of STARS (South Texas
Academic Rising Scholarships), which is designated to raise funds
for scholarships in South Texas.
In April 1999 Mr. Elizondo was presented with a United States flag
that had flown over the White House in Washington D.C. for his highly
decorated, meritorious commitment to his country as a United States
Marine during the Vietnam War. Among his other many awards
and recognition are: Outstanding Citizen Award by the United Married
Couples Club, induction into the Moody Hall of Fame, El Reconocimiento
Merito Empresarial (Businessman of the Year Recognition) Award presented
by the Government of Mexico-Secretary of Relations (given to only
eight business individuals once a year throughout the United States),
2001 Businessman of the Year by the Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce, 2001-2002 Compass Award by the Corpus Christi Regional
Economic Development Board, 2003 Honorable Mention for Hispanic Heritage
by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times; 2003 honoree by the United States
Marines Auxiliary Club; and the 2004 Annual Distinguished Business
Award by the El Dorado Club at Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
For the past ten years Mr. Elizondo has been a benefactor of scholarships
and awards for the Moody High School VIP Baseball Player of the Year.
He actively supports charitable organizations, sponsors several little
league sports teams throughout theCorpus Christi area, as well as
the Corpus Christi Cudas Swim Team.
Mr. Elizondo married his wife, Jeannie, at the Vatican in Italy,
and they have five children and thirteen grandchildren.