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Meet Roger Quiroga

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Get to know the candidate, his history, what’s important to him, and why he’s running again for mayor of Galveston.

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Meet Roger Quiroga

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BIOGRAPHY

Quiroga Talks Past,
Present, and Future

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Roger “Bo” Quiroga is the former three-term mayor of Galveston, Texas.  Roger brings extensive private and public sector experience to this mayoral campaign.

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Roger’s private sector experience includes serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of University National Bank, President of Paradigm Bank Galveston, as well as President of Prosperity Bank Galveston.

In public service, during his tenure as Galveston Mayor, Roger’s three administrations tackled a nearly bankrupt city and spearheaded economic growth that led to more than two billion dollars added to Galveston’s tax base and brought a new pride to the city.

During his six years as mayor his team managed to bring the city’s bond rating from “bbb” to “A,” brought the cruise industry to the island and also created a reserve fund of more than $10 million dollars while keeping taxes down.

Prior to joining the Port of Galveston as director of economic development and external affairs, Roger served as a trustee of the Port and as a member of the Galveston Port Facilities Corporation. He also served as a member of the Galveston College Board of Regents, the United Way of Galveston, The Roger “Bo” Quiroga Children’s Charity Fund, and Hospice of Galveston County.

As an employee of the Port, Roger served proudly and loyally under two executives working hard to fulfill the Port’s strategy.

Prior to his banking career, Roger received a four-year scholarship to attend the University of Texas, but decided instead to sign a professional baseball contract with the Washington Senators when he was selected as their number one draft pick. He played baseball professionally for seven years.

Roger has been named a Paul Harris Fellow as a member of the Rotary Club of Galveston Island, and was chairman of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce.

Roger is married to Denise Peace, has two daughters, Melanie Buck and Melinda Kershaw, and six grandchildren, Jolee, Cora, Lily, Emma, Bradyn and Alyssa.

Past

“Galveston has always been my home, and I would love to see the city reach its true potential. We made inroads in ’98 – ‘04, kept the city out of bankruptcy and put us on a new path. Now I would like to take us further and not just be a diamond in the rough anymore, and make Galveston a shining example of what we always knew we could be.” – Roger Quiroga

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Accomplishments

  • A three-term Galveston Mayor, Roger’s three administrations tackled a nearly bankrupt city and spearheaded economic growth that led to more than two billion dollars added to Galveston’s tax base and brought a new pride to the city.
  • His administrations managed to bring the city’s bond rating from “bbb” to “A.”
  • Working with the Port, the first Quiroga era brought the cruise industry to the island
  • The Quiroga administration created a reserve fund of more than $10 million dollars while keeping taxes down.
  • As member of the Wharves Board while mayor and for one other term, Roger was part of a dedicated team that essentially turned the port around from a drastically underutilized and under-funded identity to one positioned for growth and greater benefit to the community at large.
  • As Mayor, Roger helped bring the cruise industry to Galveston (Carnival and then Royal Caribbean).
  • Helped guide the building out of cruise terminal one and two.
  • Launched the Galveston Port Facility Corporation, reorganized port leases, and helped with the development of the BMW processing plant to the port.
  • Administration developed the former Galvez Mall after 13 year vacancy to become the highest sales tax producing venue in the city.
  • First Hispanic Mayor of Galveston.
  • Fought for Eckerd’s Drugs (location now CVS) that became the cornerstone of new development, which brought in Academy, Kroger’s, Palisades, Palms, and Schlitterbahn.
  • Helped guide the building of The Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis and The Emerald Condominiums

Present

“Many good things that have taken place over the years, but there also are signs that we are starting to repeat the things that created problems in the past.

“One is overspending and not watching our financial condition. Two is infighting – our departments and agencies need to be on the same page. Egos or personal ambition should not get in the way of doing the right thing. The departments need to work in the same direction.

“Third, for the longest time and even today the city has a reputation of being not business friendly. That attitude must come to a complete halt. We need to encourage business, welcome all viable businesses that want to locate here, and build up our population. We must make it easier for the businesses here, encourage entrepreneurship and build up our sales tax revenues in order to provide better services for our citizens, who need to come first. City boards, committees and departments exist for the citizens and the community. They need to interpret the law and the ordinances without putting their own personal preferences ahead of our potential as a community.”

– Roger Quiroga

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Awards

  • Hispanic Business Leader of the Year
  • Paul Harris Fellow – Rotary Club
  • Johnny Mitchell Chamber Award
  • Ball High School Wall of Fame

Future

“We have a unique city because of our history, our cultural mix and our diversity. We must embrace every part of our community and everything that is good about Galveston to reach our true potential.” – Roger Quiroga

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BIOGRAPHY

Quiroga Talks Past, Present, and Future

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Roger “Bo” Quiroga is the former three-term mayor of Galveston, Texas.  Roger brings extensive private and public sector experience to this mayoral campaign.

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Roger’s private sector experience includes serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of University National Bank, President of Paradigm Bank Galveston, as well as President of Prosperity Bank Galveston.

In public service, during his tenure as Galveston Mayor, Roger’s three administrations tackled a nearly bankrupt city and spearheaded economic growth that led to more than two billion dollars added to Galveston’s tax base and brought a new pride to the city.

During his six years as mayor his team managed to bring the city’s bond rating from “bbb” to “A,” brought the cruise industry to the island and also created a reserve fund of more than $10 million dollars while keeping taxes down.

Prior to joining the Port of Galveston as director of economic development and external affairs, Roger served as a trustee of the Port and as a member of the Galveston Port Facilities Corporation. He also served as a member of the Galveston College Board of Regents, the United Way of Galveston, The Roger “Bo” Quiroga Children’s Charity Fund, and Hospice of Galveston County.

As an employee of the Port, Roger served proudly and loyally under two executives working hard to fulfill the Port’s strategy.

Prior to his banking career, Roger received a four-year scholarship to attend the University of Texas, but decided instead to sign a professional baseball contract with the Washington Senators when he was selected as their number one draft pick. He played baseball professionally for seven years.

Roger has been named a Paul Harris Fellow as a member of the Rotary Club of Galveston Island, and was chairman of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce.

Roger is married to Denise Peace, has two daughters, Melanie Buck and Melinda Kershaw, and six grandchildren, Jolee, Cora, Lily, Emma, Bradyn and Alyssa.

Past

“Galveston has always been my home, and I would love to see the city reach its true potential. We made inroads in ’98 – ‘04, kept the city out of bankruptcy and put us on a new path. Now I would like to take us further and not just be a diamond in the rough anymore, and make Galveston a shining example of what we always knew we could be.” – Roger Quiroga

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Accomplishments

  • A three-term Galveston Mayor, Roger’s three administrations tackled a nearly bankrupt city and spearheaded economic growth that led to more than two billion dollars added to Galveston’s tax base and brought a new pride to the city.
  • His administrations managed to bring the city’s bond rating from “bbb” to “A.”
  • Working with the Port, the first Quiroga era brought the cruise industry to the island
  • The Quiroga administration created a reserve fund of more than $10 million dollars while keeping taxes down.
  • As member of the Wharves Board while mayor and for one other term, Roger was part of a dedicated team that essentially turned the port around from a drastically underutilized and under-funded identity to one positioned for growth and greater benefit to the community at large.
  • As Mayor, Roger helped bring the cruise industry to Galveston (Carnival and then Royal Caribbean).
  • Helped guide the building out of cruise terminal one and two.
  • Launched the Galveston Port Facility Corporation, reorganized port leases, and helped with the development of the BMW processing plant to the port.
  • Administration developed the former Galvez Mall after 13 year vacancy to become the highest sales tax producing venue in the city.
  • First Hispanic Mayor of Galveston.
  • Fought for Eckerd’s Drugs (location now CVS) that became the cornerstone of new development, which brought in Academy, Kroger’s, Palisades, Palms, and Schlitterbahn.
  • Helped guide the building of The Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis and The Emerald Condominiums

Present

“Many good things that have taken place over the years, but there also are signs that we are starting to repeat the things that created problems in the past.

“One is overspending and not watching our financial condition. Two is infighting – our departments and agencies need to be on the same page. Egos or personal ambition should not get in the way of doing the right thing. The departments need to work in the same direction.

“Third, for the longest time and even today the city has a reputation of being not business friendly. That attitude must come to a complete halt. We need to encourage business, welcome all viable businesses that want to locate here, and build up our population. We must make it easier for the businesses here, encourage entrepreneurship and build up our sales tax revenues in order to provide better services for our citizens, who need to come first. City boards, committees and departments exist for the citizens and the community. They need to interpret the law and the ordinances without putting their own personal preferences ahead of our potential as a community.”

– Roger Quiroga

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Awards

  • Hispanic Business Leader of the Year
  • Paul Harris Fellow – Rotary Club
  • Johnny Mitchell Chamber Award
  • Ball High School Wall of Fame

Future

“We have a unique city because of our history, our cultural mix and our diversity. We must embrace every part of our community and everything that is good about Galveston to reach our true potential.” – Roger Quiroga

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