The mission of Padre Island Business Association (PIBA) is to advance and promote the economic environment for business, and to advocate responsive government and quality education, while preserving the unique community characteristics of Padre Island - Corpus Christi and Mustang Island - Corpus Christi, Texas.

A Growing Community of Businesses

We are committed to helping your business succeed.

Come out to one of our events, you will love the atmosphere and friendships!


Active Business Members


PIBA Board Members

PIBA Board Members


Meagan Furey, Realtor Coastline Properties.

Meagan is a Realtor with Coastline Properties and is very passionate about our beautiful community. After relocating with her family from Denver to the island in 2010, she drew on her broadcast marketing and advertising experience to gain employment with Corpus Christi's local NBC and CBS affiliates. Working with regional and local business owners allowed her to educate herself with the community and assist local business owners in growing their businesses. Her enthusiasm to assist others drove her to become a Realtor.
Meagan is an active member of our community and volunteers for Timon's and various other non-profits in Corpus Christi. Her community involvement and volunteering efforts earned her the 2016 Padre Island Business Association's Citizen of the Year award.
Meagan and her supportive husband John have two children, both graduates of Flour Bluff High School. .

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Vice President

Kim Pendergraft, The Mortgage Network

As a native Texan and longtime Coastal Bend resident, I know and love this area. It is my passion to help you secure the best financing options for your unique home loan needs in South Texas. With The Mortgage Network and their variety of outstanding mortgage options, I can help you with a purchase of a new home or refinancing your present home. I walk you through the process step by step from application to closing, answering all your questions. Not only is it exciting to help you with the biggest purchase of your life, I want to earn your trust for any future business you might need. I also enjoy giving back to my beautiful community. I serve as the Vice President of the Padre Island Business association, volunteer at several local non-profit organizations and host a weekly networking meeting. I strive to create lasting connections with my clients and other business professionals I work with on a daily basis. Thank you for the opportunity to be your go-to person for mortgage loans. NMLS #180239

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John Vaughn, Willow Bend Mortgage

I’ve been in Corpus Christ since 1991 and have lived on Padre Island for all but 2 years since arriving. I am married to Susan and have two children, Kris and Kim, both currently serving in the Navy. Besides being on the PIBA Board, I have been on the Board of Directors of the Island United PAC since its inception and am the current President of the Kiwanis Club of Padre Island. I have been in the Mortgage Industry for 26 years on the Wholesale and Retail side on this business. I am currently a Residential Mortgage Loan Officer with Willow Bend Mortgage (previous known as Mortgage Associates). .

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Nicole Hartwick, Frost Bank

My name is Nicole Hartwick, I work with Frost Bank & I have worked at the Padre Island location for 9 years. I am very passionate about my job, the customers I work with & the Padre Island community. I am a single mother of two amazing girls; they are my inspiration, they push me to be a better person & they are my biggest accomplishment thus far. I am dedicated to helping the community grow, making sure the “hometown” feeling is still around & that the Island continues to be our little piece of paradise. I volunteer at most of the Island events, so if you see me don’t forget to say “Hi” .

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Bob Paulison, Executive Director PICC

Bob is the Executive Director of Port Industries of Corpus Christi, a regional trade association of 16 large industrial companies. Members include the Port of Corpus Christi, as well as, refiners, chemical and bulk material manufactures, rig fabricators, energy providers, and supporting distribution and terminal facilities located in Nueces, San Patricio, and Kleberg Counties.
Prior to joining Port Industries, he enjoyed a 26 year career in the US Coast Guard. Graduating from the Coast Guard Academy in 1985, he completed wide-ranging assignments flying both jet aircraft and rescue helicopters. In 1989, he flew missions in Prince William Sound, Alaska to map the Exxon Valdez oil spill; and in 1991 he was part of the team that flew to the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm to track the oil spill resulting from the release of millions of gallons of oil into the Persian Gulf by the Iraqis. In 2007, he moved to Corpus Christi to command Sector / Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas where he was responsible for all Coast Guard air, sea, and land operations in South Texas and along the border with Mexico. Following a brief tour in Cleveland, Ohio directing operations in the Great Lakes, he returned to Corpus Christi where he retired from the Coast Guard in 2011. In addition to his work with Port Industries, he is active in the community as member of a number of civic and professional organizations, including the Propeller Club, the USO, and the Navy League.

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Kunal Patel
Hello, my name is Kunal Patel. I was born and raised in Corpus Christi, and recently graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor's in Business Administration. I hope to pursue a career within the hospitality industry as it is growing incredibly fast. During my free time I like to do some outdoor activities playing sports or plan something with nature environment. I am looking forward to joining this year is team to make Padre Island business more successful.

Tony Tagliaferro, Owner Island Italian

Born on the east coast but got to Padre Island the fastest I could. Fell in love with Padre Island and everything it has to offer from the people to the beach, to the Laguna Madre and all this beautiful weather we get to enjoy all year long. My family opened Island Italian in 1987 and I’ve worked there since, learning every aspect of the business from doing dishes after school to now running and owning one of the oldest eateries on North Padre Island. Working toward the future with family members and preparing my daughter to be the 3rd generation to run Island Italian where you can usually find us working together. Stop by and say we love to meet new people and visit with friends. We can also be reached at theislanditalian@aol.com . Arrivederci Ya”ll . .

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Kaylynn Paxson

Kaylynn Paxson, raised here in our coastal community, is passionate about supporting, empowering, and growing this city through enhancing and promoting local industries. She has been an active supporter and participant with local business associations and chambers of commerce, earning her the opportunity to author the Padre Island Business Association’s Strategic Plan – 2018-2020, announced in the October 2018 luncheon. With a background in hospitality management, she currently chairs the newly formed PIBA Hospitality Committee, aimed at supporting and coordinating with Island businesses. She believes that it takes each member of the community doing their part to truly bring about the success of our coastal area. Visit me @KaylynnPaxson4CC .

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Javier Garcia

Hello, my name is Javier Garcia. I’m the owner of Padre Landscapes and I’ve lived and worked on the island for over 15 years. I have a beautiful wife name Sabrina and 5 awesome kids. I’ve seen a lot of changes on our wonderful island and amazed at the growth over time. Along with being involved with Padre Island Business Association, I am a Boy Scout leader of Pack 949. During 2017, I was involved in community efforts, after Hurricane Harvey to feed Port Aransas at Camp David. In the same year, I traveled to Mexico City, and assisted others after a major earthquake. Due to the community involvement, I was awarded Island Ambassadors Business of the Year, Nov 2017. I’m honored and hope I can be of service during my tenure on this board. .

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Executive Director

Stan Hulse, Toucan Graphics

Stan moved to North Padre Island in 2008 and has been serving as Executive Director of PIBA since then. With his brother, he owns Toucan Graphics, a small marketing company with its main office located on South Padre Island. Stan is very involved in the North Padre community, serving as a member on the Island Strategic Action Committee, and on several other community organizations. Stan was born in Belize and has lived in the Cayman Islands, Guyana, Puerto Rico, and Pittsburgh, PA before relocating to N. Padre. He has one son, one daughter and a granddaughter, all living in Corpus Christi. .

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John White, (Retired) Kimberly Clark Corporation

John was born and raised in Modesto, California and has been a resident of Corpus Christi for more than 20 years. He has held numerous positions over the years in the PIBA including President (2008-2010), Vice President (2010-2014). He has held titles in many different organizations in our city including the Island Strategic action committee and the Kiwanis club. In his retirement he still contributes as board members of Beauty Corpus Christ & the American Diabetes Association as well as being a Commissioner, for the Nueces County Coastal Parks Commission. John He has always been a great steward to our community since he arrived. He has happily married with 4 children and 12 grandchildren. His generosity and dedication to making our community a beautiful place to live is truly remarkable! .

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