Staff Directory

With over 50 years of combined experience the McAllen EDC staff is here to help you with any questions you may have. Feel free to contact us by email, phone or visit us and we'll be happy to assist you. Get familiar with our staff and let us know how we can help you!

Keith Patridge

President and Chief Executive Officer

Keith Patridge joined the McAllen Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in 1988 and has served as president and CEO since 2007. In this capacity, he is responsible for advancing the diversification and growth of the McAllen region through partnerships and market strategies. With his experience in business development, sales, operations and manufacturing management, Mr. Patridge provides a unique insight into the elements required to successfully start up and prosper with new operations in a border location. Mr. Patridge is an alumnus of Missouri Western State University and received his Juris Doctorate at University of Missouri- Kansas City. He serves on many community boards including: Rio South Texas Economic Council (RSTEC), Fundación México Estados Unidos para la Ciencia (FUMEC), COSTEP, and the McAllen Industrial Foundation.

Ralph Garcia

VP of International Business Recruitment

Ralph Garcia joined the MEDC team in 2001 and has served as Vice President of Business Recruitment since 2006. Mr. Garcia is focused on attracting new international companies to the McAllen region to add to the 16 countries with manufacturing operations in the McAllen region. Through the Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Program, Mr. Garcia assists companies already doing business in the McAllen region to grow and expand. Mr. Garcia is an active member of the European American Investment Council (EAIC) and works closely with our neighbors in Reynosa, Mexico to strengthen our bi-national community.

Janie Cavazos

VP of U.S. Business Recruitment

As the Vice President of US Business Development, Ms. Cavazos recruits new businesses and retains existing businesses in McAllen through the Business Retention & Expansion (BRE) Program, designed to assist local companies stay and grow in McAllen. Ms. Cavazos has over 28 years of experience at MEDC and has been instrumental in placing hundreds of businesses and bringing thousands of jobs to the McAllen region. Ms. Cavazos is an alumna of the University of Texas Pan American where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Communications. She is also an active member of the South Texas Manufacturing Association.

Jamie Sepulveda

Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice-President, Ms. Sepulveda leads the efforts of executive administration and engagement, and oversees all shared support services including business intelligence, finance, human resources, and information technology. Ms. Sepulveda joined MEDC in 2017 as the Vice President of Finance and HR. Prior to joining MEDC, Ms. Sepulveda served in several management and human resources leadership roles in organizations in the Rio Grande Valley. Ms. Sepulveda is an alumna of University of Texas Pan American where she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management, and holds the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) designation.

Michael Luna

Systems Administrator

Michael Luna joined the MEDC team in 2014 as the Systems Administrator. In his role he oversees the installation and maintenance of equipment and networks and performs system administration of servers and computers. Mr. Luna continues to ensure that the McAllen EDC team is kept up to date with technology in the office.

Susie Flores

Research & Data Coordinator

Susie Flores joined the MEDC team in 2001 and has worked in many capacities during her tenue with MEDC. She became the Research and Data Coordinator in 2008 where she supports business operations by researching and providing key community data for the McAllen region. Susie is an alumna of South Texas College where she holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership.