SPEAKER

Gilberto Salinas

Interim Executive Director
Greater Brownsville Incentive Corporation
Brownsville, TX

Gilberto Salinas is the Interim Executive Director of the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation, the economic development arm of the Brownsville-Matamoros region. In his current role, he’s tasked with developing a new economic development organization from scratch, building its foundation, streamlining the operation and setting it in the right and strategic direction. Mr. Salinas has had the distinctive opportunity to work a project of significant impact for the region with Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, and its founder Elon Musk, who in 2014 announced the construction of the world’s first commercial rocket launch site and command center at Brownsville’s Boca Chica Beach. In 2016, Mr. Salinas was appointed to a 4-year term by Gov. Gregg Abbott to the Texas Aerospace & Aviation Advisory Committee, where he will work on strategies for the recruitment of companies and capital investment in the aerospace and aviation sector in Texas. Salinas is the recipient of DCI’s 40-Under-40 Rising Stars in Economic Development. He was named the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus of Leadership Brownsville and was also honored with the Masons Community Builder of the Year. Salinas is currently a board member of the International Economic Development Council and a life member of the University of Texas-Exes. Salinas earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Communication from the University of Texas–Pan American. In his off time, Salinas has been casted to play protagonist roles in Texas-based productions, including Robert Rodriguez’s cult classic ‘From Dusk Till Dawn’