Gene Guernsey truly feels that giving back to his community is an important part of who he is. Guernsey’s parents instilled in him a commitment to Corpus Christi, the community he was born and raised in. He has proven this commitment by continuously staying involved in the Corpus Christi Community both politically and civically. He maintains a strong political involvement in the city government through his involvement in political action committees and campaigns for pro-growth economic initiatives in the Coastal Bend and surrounding areas.
Corpus Christi hold's a special place in Gene's heart, and by living here and raising a family here, he is able to fully experience the positive effects of his community involvement. Gene feels he is truly blessed in his successes, but does not hesitate to attribute these successes to hard work and giving back.
Volunteer Activities and Awards:
2008: The Guernsey family volunteered for the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon benefiting Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Gabrielle, Joshua, Celeste and Gene.
2000-2005: Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce Board Member, elected by members
2003: Current Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp. Board Member, appointed by the City Council in 2003
2002: President of Corpus Christi Bay Council of the U.S. Navy League
2002: Chairperson of Military Affairs for Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce, Chief fund raiser to provide first set of wings to SNA's winged at NASCC.
2002: Citizens Against Strong Mayor form of Government, Co-Founder
2001: Corpus Christi Yes - Personally raised $56,000 in contributions, Co-Founder
1999: Greater Corpus Christi Business Alliance Board Member, elected by Membership
1999: Graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi Class XXVII
1998: Chairman's Award from the GCCBA Chairman, Joe Fulton
1998: Chairperson GCCBA Membership Drive(306 new members)
1997: Ambassador of the Year GCCBA (culminating 10 years as Ambassador)
1997: Chairperson for Membership recruitment committee of the Ambassadors
1997: Corpus Christi's Top 40, Under 40 Award
1997: Corpus Christi Bay Council of the Navy League-Board Member
1996: Vice-President of the local chapter of the Professional Housing Management Association, an organization dedicated to the housing needs of the Department of Defense. (Wrote article published in organizations International news magazine.) 1993-1996 Chairperson of Military Affairs Welcoming Committee (organized relocation briefings for HM- 1 5 and the US S Inchon)
1992 -1995: Chairperson of Military Affairs Winging Ceremony Task Force (raised fund to provide Naval Aviators with first set of Wings of Gold)
1988 -1989: Chamber of Commerce Top MVP - (recruited more new members over the two year period than anyone else)
1987: Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors (Top Rookie recognition)
Participated as member of or volunteer for the following organizations at some point over the past 20 years: The Corpus Christi Apartment Association; Corpus Christi Association of Realtors; The American Cancer Society; Texas Special Olympics; National Kidney Foundation; Food Bank; Coastal Conservation Association; Saltwater Fisheries Enhancement; Forward Corpus Christi; Journey to Damascus pilgrim & team member; Walk to Emmaus- team member.