Why Medina County?
Meet Our Board Members
Judge Schuchart - Chairman
Chris Schuchart is 60 years old and was born on September 21, 1956. He graduated in 1974 from Medina Valley High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree (1978) and a Masters in Business Administration (1980) from Texas A&M University.
He then gained 15 years of experience working in the corporate world for public companies, Xerox Corporation and American Physicians Services.
Chris made a career change in 1994 and attended St. Mary’s University Law School in San Antonio and in 1997, at the age of 40 years, began practicing law in Medina County.
He became county judge for Medina County on January 1, 2015.
Bob Cohen - Vice Chairman
Bob Cohen – Chief Executive Officer/Chief Marketing Officer – commZoom, LLC
Bob Cohen is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Marketing Officer and a shareholder of commZoom Communications, LLC. Cohen joined the company in its planning phase in April of 2014.
Before launching commZoom, Cohen was President of Bob Cohen Strategies, LLC, which consulted domestic and foreign media, sports and entertainment businesses, research firms and packaged foods businesses. Bob is a shareholder and board member of SB Nation Sports Radio Network (formerly Yahoo! Sports Radio Network), a national sports radio network with 500 affiliates nationwide and a member of the advisory board of Kiolbassa Provision Company.
Cohen is a 40-year media industry veteran with an extensive background and accomplishments in media, sports and entertainment. Cohen spent 23 years with San Antonio based Clear Channel Communications (now iHeart Media) including nine years as CEO of the company’s International Radio division which operated 240 radio stations in eight different countries, with $300 million in revenue and 2,000 employees worldwide. Cohen spent 11 years as Vice President/Market Manager for Clear Channel’s seven radio stations in the company’s hometown of San Antonio, including the company’s flagship Newsradio 1200 WOAI, Ticket 760, and country leader KJ-97
Prior to returning to his hometown of San Antonio in 1986, Cohen spent the early portion of his career in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and Kansas City in professional and collegiate athletics, broadcasting and magazine publishing.
Cohen has been active in industry and community non-profit boards. He is a 23-year board member and former Chairman of the Valero Alamo Bowl, serves on the Athletics Advisory Council at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is a lifetime board member of the Valero Texas Open. He was also a long serving executive committee member and former Chairman of the Texas Association of Broadcasters. Cohen recently completed a term on the national board of the College of Media and Communications at Texas Tech University, is a former executive committee member and current member of the board of directors of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Foundation and camp council board member of YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow in Hunt, Texas.
Cohen graduated with a BBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. His wife Pam is also a native of San Antonio and they have three children ages 26, 23 and 19.
Claudia Mora - Economic Development Director and Airport Manager City of Castroville
Claudia Mora has 29 years of public and private sector experience. Over 16 years of that experience has been in economic development with the City of San Antonio and the City of Leon Valley. Her private sector experience was earned as a Tax Consultant with Ernst & Young, LLP, and as a Corporate Manager and Lead Tax Accountant with SBC Communications, Inc./AT&T, Inc.
Ms. Mora holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from St. Mary’s University, where she was a President’s Scholar. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Trinity University, where she was a HUD Fellow (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).
Michael Beasley - Treasurer
Michael J. Beasley grew up in Uvalde, Texas, and has four children, two of which are still enrolled in Medina Valley ISD.
After receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance with a Real Estate Option) from Angelo State University, he went on to obtain a Master of Agriculture (Land Economics and Real Estate) from Texas A & M University.
In addition, he earned the MAI Designation (Member, Appraisal Institute) for commercial appraisal.
Mike is active in numerous Civic and Community organizations, and presently serves as Senior Vice President for Community National Bank in Castroville, Texas.
Business In Medina County
Medina County's economic development roots date back to completion of Medina Dam in 1913. At that time, the dam was the fourth largest in the nation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Irrigation project, creating Medina Lake, was built by 1,500 skilled workers who worked in shifts operating 24 hours a day to complete the dam in 2 years. According to the US Census Bureau, Medina County has a total area of 1,335 square miles of which 1,325 square miles is land and 0.2 square miles is water. The median income for a family is $40,288. It is home to the cities of Castroville, Devine, Hondo (county seat), LaCoste, and Natalia. Unincorporated communities include Dunlay, Mico, Pearson, Rio Medina and Yancey.
It is largely a farming community, but is home to several thriving businesses. GoMedinaCounty would like to expand the number of businesses throughout the county and is poised to grow and develop existing resources. Being accepted as a 2017 Governor's Small Business Provider Workshop host location would complement the county's current economic development efforts.