Charlie is a native Texan, raised in Cuero and graduated from Cuero High School. After serving in Viet Nam as an Army helicopter pilot he attended Southwest Texas State University and graduated with a degree in Criminal Law Enforcement. He served as a Trooper with the Texas Department of public Safety. Charlie later served eight years as the County Judge of Refugio County. After his judgeship, he worked for State Representative Judy Hawley during the 76th and 77th sessions. Charlie joined the TDRA in February 2002, shortly after its creation and was selected to serve as the second Executive Director in December 2004. There he runs the day-to-day operations of the agency whose focus is on rural economic development, community development, healthcare and housing issues. Charlie truly understands Living the Rural Life.
In addition to our great speaker, we will enjoy a delicious meal, elect a new Board of Directors, brag a little on our past years’ accomplishments and honor some lucky recipients with our annual awards. Tickets are now on sale through the Chamber office or any Board member. Individual tickets are only $15 and VIP tables are $150. VIP tables will seat 10 and come with extra perks like signage on your table, recognition in the programs, etc. What a great way to reward your employees or special customers by inviting them to sit at a special table! In addition, we are selling raffle tickets for a beautiful print, Treasures of Texas. This is a limited edition print from original painting by Artist George Boutwell, and is #796 of 1845. These raffle tickets are $1/each or 5 for $6. Drawing will be held at the end of the banquet evening, but you need not be present to win. Both tickets are sure to sell quickly call 449-2033 to purchase yours’ today.