Texas Freight Advisory Committee

Keith A. Patridge

President & CEO - McAllen Economic Development Corp.
and McAllen Foreign Trade Zone

Keith Patridge has much experience in assisting companies with start-up operations in McAllen and Reynosa, Mexico. He has worked with global companies planning a strategic move or expansion to serve their industry from a cost competitive market.

The McAllen Economic Development Corp. has assisted more than 600 companies in the relocation and start up of operations, resulting more than 140,000 jobs. The MEDC’s primary function is to create jobs and generate business activity for the citizens of McAllen and Reynosa. The “teamwork” philosophy and a well-focused mission are the driving forces that have enabled MEDC to be one of the most successful economic development organizations in Texas.

Patridge and his team maintain a strong international relationship with Mexico and work closely with Mexican officials in Reynosa to attract investment, develop infrastructure, enhance workforce education and training, and promote the construction of worker housing.

Patridge’s experience in business development, sales, operations and general management for national and international companies has provided him insight into the elements required to start operations in McAllen and Reynosa.

Patridge holds two bachelor degrees from Missouri Western State College and a doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.