March Coastal Issues Forum

Please join us as we host the March Coastal Issues Forum:

Monday, March 14, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.

Solomon P. Ortiz Center

402 Harbor Dr, Corpus Christi, Texas

“Corpus Christi Industrial Seawater Desalination Project”

Frank Brogan, Registered Professional Engineer and Surveyor

Bob Paulison, Executive Director of Port of Industries of Corpus Christi

Mr. Frank Brogan and Bob Paulison will be giving us some insight on the industries collaborative solution for potential water supply.

Frank Brogan is a Registered Professional Engineer and Surveyor.  He received his BSCE with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and Masters in Engineering from Texas A&I in Kingsville.   He has over forty one years of experience in the planning, design and construction of waterfront facilities for Ports all along the Texas Gulf Coast. Mr. Brogan retired from the Port of Corpus Christi Authority after 27 years of service.  In his role as Chief Operating Officer of the Port he was responsible for the day to day operation of the Port with direct daily oversight of the Port’s Operations, Finance and Administration, IT, Business Development, Human Resources, Engineering, Environmental, Real Estate, Maintenance and Police Departments. While on staff at the Port, Mr. Brogan successfully directed the Mary Rhodes Water Pipeline Project, a $130 million emergency water supply project for the region that was finished on schedule and under budget.   In 2003, Mr. Brogan achieved the designation as a Professional Port Manager (PPM) from the American Association of Port Authorities and is the 47th person to receive this national designation.  Mr. Brogan is widely credited as being the master planner and leader of the Port’s tremendous growth in the last 25 years to where it is now the 5th largest Port in the United States.

Bob Paulison is the Executive Director of Port Industries of Corpus Christi, a regional trade association of 16 large industrial companies and the Port of Corpus Christi. 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 the Falcon Jet 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, USO, Navy League, and Kiwanis.


5:30 Refreshments and Networking

6:00 Meeting begins

7:30 Question and Answer Session