Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Boards

Members Term Expires
Javier Segura 08/2025
Kristin Luckey 06/2026
Heriberto Aguilar 09/2025
Lorenzo Hernandez 12/2022
Rakesu Patel 08/2024
Rama Saarang Jay 05/2024
Javier Mendez CVB Staff*  

* Each board member continues to serve until they get reappointed or a new appointee is made once their term is expired.


The Board of Directors will be composed of seven (7) members.  Each City Commissioner shall appoint one (1) member, the Mayor shall appoint one (1) member, and the Harlingen Convention and Visitors Bureau staff shall appoint one (1) member.
Each member shall serve a term concurrent with the term of the City Commissioner who appointed the member.  All members of the board shall be at least 21 years of age.
Members appointed to the Board must reside within the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District jurisdictional boundary or work at or operate a business within the corporate city limits.

Each appointment by a City Commissioner shall be made from the following sectors: (a) Two persons who are owners of a hotel or motel in the city or who work in a local hotel or motel in a managerial capacity; (b) One person who is the owner of a restaurant in the city or who works in a local restaurant in a managerial capacity; (c) One person who is an owner or manager in a retail establishment; (d) One person who represents the arts but is not a city employee; (e) One person who helps to organize or promote amateur sporting events for the community; and (f) One person who works in or represents nature tourism.
The City Commissioners will draw lots to determine which Commissioner will make appointments from particular sectors.  An Assistant City Manager shall serve in an ex-officio capacity.  No board members may serve more than three (3) consecutive terms. 

A Quorum for the board of directors shall be four (4) board members for official action.  Any board member who fails to attend three consecutive monthly meetings shall automatically forfeit membership without further action by the board of the City Commission.


The Board is an advisory board created to assist the director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau regarding tourism strategies and visitors and conventioneers' activities in the City.  The board shall develop a strategic visitors and conventioneers plan and recommend modifications to the plan as necessary.