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Harry Robinson – HEDC Chairman

Lifetime resident of Hitchcock and one of the three founding members that sought state approval for the Hitchcock Industrial Development Corporation in 1976.

Has served a total of seven years as a City Commissioner and more than 9 years as Mayor.

Mr. Robinson was employed by Monsanto/Sterling Chemical in Texas City for 35 years;
retiring as Administrative Services Supervisor in 1993.

He also served as a company representative on the Texas City/La Marque Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and served two years as President.

Mr. Robinson is a member of the Hitchcock Chamber of Commerce where he has served a total of five years as Chamber President. He has also been a volunteer on the Annual Good Ole Days Festival and BBQ cook-off since 1976.

Mayor Matranga – HEDC Board Member/Hitchcock Mayor

Anthony Matranga – Mayor City of Hitchcock

Anthony has served as Mayor of Hitchcock for the past 7 years. Previously he
served as City Commissioner since 1996.

Mr. Matranga is a lifelong resident of Hitchcock. Born and raised by parents,
Lillian and Anthony Matranga. Who themselves were among the first settlers in
the small farming town of Hitchcock, Texas.

Anthony attended and graduated from Hitchcock High School in 1963. He
received his Associates Degree from Alvin Junior College; and his Bachelor’s
Degree from University of Houston at Clear Lake.
Mr. Matranga worked for Houston Lighting & Power, now
Center Point Energy, and retired after 39 years. Anthony was a Senior Power
Consultant at the time of his retirement.

During the years Anthony has served on various boards and several in the
capacity of President: Chambers of Commerce of Hitchcock, Texas City-
LaMarque, Santa FE, and Galveston, Knights of Colombus, Rotary Club, Kiwanis
International, Board member of Hitchcock Industrial Development, etc.

Anthony and his wife Sandra are raising their 10 year old daughter, Brooke.
They also have 2 Adult children and 4 grandchildren.

C. B. “Bix” Rathburn, Ph.D – Ex Officio Board Member


    • Director of Economic Development, Galveston County (2015 to present)
    • President and CEO of the Galveston County Economic Alliance, Inc.(2014-2015)
    • President RPC Strategic Planning and Consulting Services
    • Strategic and Facilities Planning Consultant
      Parkhill, Smith and Cooper Architects and Engineers
      Lubbock, Midland, Abilene
  • 33 years in Higher Education
    • Former President Texas A&M University-Texarkana (2008 to 2013)
    • Former President Savannah (GA) Technical College (200 to 2008)
    • Former President Galveston College (TX) (1995 to 2000) Vice President/CFO (8 years), Vice President Planning and Development (4 years)
  • Significant domestic and international economic development experience with Pacific Rim countries including China and
    Japan and with multinational corporations as large as General Dynamics and Daimler/Chrysler.
  • Ph.D. , University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 1982

Joseph Garcia – HEDC Secretary

1941 Born in New York, grew up in New Jersey

1956 Moved to Galveston, Texas

1959 Graduated from Ball High School, Galveston

1960-1964 United States Air Force (Honorably Discharged in Germany)

1964-current Married (2 children, bon in 1967 and 1972 )

1965 Moved back to the United States from Germany

1966-current Member, First Lutheran Church, Galveston

1966-1996 Sheet Metal Mechanic, Local No.54

1972 Purchased home in Hitchcock

1976 Coach, Hitchcock Little League

1976 Charter Member, Hitchcock Jaycees

1978 Member, Hitchcock Little League

1996 Early Retirement from sheet Metal Local No.54

1999-2007 Employed at United Space Alliance

2002-current Member, Hitchcock Industrial Development Board

2007 Retired from Work Force

2008-2012 President of Vestry at First Lutheran Church in Galveston

Ricky Clifton – General Manager of GCA

Ricky Clifton, General Manager of Gulf Coast Waste Disposal Authority (GCA), began his tenure with GCA in 1974 at the Bayport Facility as Operations Supervisor. Working fulltime, he attended college earning his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Science in 1980 from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Mr. Clifton accepted the Manager position at the Campbell Bayou Facility beginning in 1994; in 2000, he became Manager for the 40-Acre Facility located just a mile down Loop 147 from the Campbell Bayou Facility;
in July 2005, he was transferred to the Bayport Facility as Manager; and in 2007, Mr. Clifton was promoted to Manager of Industrial Operations joining the Senior Staff at the Central Office.
In 2009, he was appointed Assistant General Manager of GCA, then in 2011, was appointed General Manager by the Board of Directors.

Mr. Clifton is and has been a working member and board member of several professional organizations; such as past President of the Texas Association of Clean Water Agencies (TACWA),
currently serving on the board of directors of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, (NACWA), Texas Water Conservation Association, (TWCA), and the TWCA Risk Management Fund.
Other professional affiliations include Water Environment Federation, Water Environment Association of Texas, Water Reuse Association and the American Water Works Association.

Clifton is a lifetime resident of Galveston County, he and his wife, Vicki live in Hitchcock.

R.C. Williams – HEDC Vice Chairman

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