Team GSMP is focused on directing future growth and positioning the region for a wider diversity of primary jobs with higher wages. Our mission is to promote sustainable and comprehensive economic development in the Greater San Marcos region by implementing a five-year economic development strategic plan known as Vision 2020.
Most recent accomplishments for GSMP under her leadership are the announcement of more than 2,300 new jobs and over $250 million in investment including Amazon’s newest fulfillment center, Best Buy’s first and only e-commerce sales operation in Texas, and EPIC Piping, the world’s largest pipe fabrication facility under one roof. Prior to assuming this role, Cruz was the Vice President of Global Corporate Recruitment for the Austin Chamber of Commerce where she was project lead in several high profile corporate relocations and expansions including Apple, Facebook, eBay, Hanger Orthopedic, Samsung and LegalZoom. Prior to that she served in Governor Perry’s Economic Development and Tourism office, leading Texas’ highly successful marketing efforts to promote the state as a top location for jobs and investment.
In January 2016 she was appointed by Governor Abbott to the Texas Economic Incentives Oversight Board to review the efficiency of Texas’ incentive programs. She serves on numerous boards including the Foreign Trade Zone of Central Texas, University Federal Credit Union, Texas State University’s STAR Park Commercialization Advisory Council, and United Way of Hays County. In 2016 she won the Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power: Central Texas Women of Influence Award. Cruz holds a B.B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin.
He promotes the region through extensive contacts with site selectors, recruitment marketing trips and conferences, corporate visits and inquiry responses. He also oversees the incentive process and analysis for the City of San Marcos and Hays and Caldwell County and has successfully worked on projects such as Amazon’s Fulfillment Center, Best Buy’s E-commerce Center, Epic Piping and Fashion Glass & Mirror.
Kamerlander joined the Greater San Marcos Partnership in 2012 after working at the Austin Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Business Retention and Expansion. Prior to that he worked as a policy analyst for Texas State Senator Florence Shapiro, providing research on economic development, finance, state taxes, business commerce and other matters.
In 2017, Kamerlander was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development by Development Counsellors International and the International Economic Development Council. Currently he is in his second year of Leadership San Marcos. He has a bachelor’s degree in Government with emphasis on Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
He joined the Greater San Marcos Partnership in 2014 after working as Executive Director of the Refugio County Community Development Foundation where he was responsible for economic development for the Refugio County region. He has previously served as a Policy Fellow with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition and as a Regional Coordinator with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition in Washington, D.C.
Garza earned his Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation from the International Economic Development Council in 2016. He also has a professional certification as a Team Leader in the Economic Gardening® program.
A founding member, Garza sits on the Board of the San Marcos Young Professionals and is a current member of Leadership San Marcos. He has Bachelors Degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of Texas San Antonio and a Jurist Doctorate Degree from Syracuse University College of Law.
Her efforts have led to national and international recognition for the Greater San Marcos region, including articles in publications like Forbes, FDi Magazine, and Bloomberg.
She joined the Partnership in 2014 after serving as Media Director at the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce. Her work with the Austin Chamber included communicating with national media on announcements for HID Global, VISA, athenahealth, Dropbox and Oracle. Additionally, she assisted in the British Airways direct route to ABIA announcement and marketing in 2013. She also navigated the initial strategic alignment of SXSW Interactive with the Chamber's entrepreneurial initiative known as the Austin A-List and continues to identify key partnerships in the Greater San Marcos region.
Prior to the Austin Chamber, she was an event planner for South by Southwest through High Beam Events and worked with clients such as United Kingdom Trade & Investments, Florida Film Commission, Enterprise Ireland, and Music Metric.
Gossen is currently a member of the International Economic Development Council and Texas Economic Development Council, where she serves on the Young Professionals Advisory Committee and Conference Committee respectively. Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Hartz has carried streamlining of communications with the GSMP Board of Directors regarding meetings and implementing informational books for new members. She also facilitates logistical details for our major annual events as well as monthly EDC meetings with Investors.
Her background in meeting planning and tourism is critical in her role organizing meetings, events and planning. Laurie was previously the Sales Manager for the Fredericksburg Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB), where she handled the meetings and small convention market, primarily working with state associations, for over 7 years. Prior to that, Laurie worked as Sales Manager at the Austin CVB and the San Diego CVB.
Hartz studied Business and Public Administration at the University of Arizona.
He is a hybrid marketing professional: conceptualizer, designer, wordsmith, tech-savvy, and an all-around practitioner/aficionado. He’s fascinated with social media, design, customer engagement, and community-building strategies - and is recognized by others as an enthusiastic and creative contributor.
Miramontes joined the Partnership in 2016 and oversaw the development of new brand standards for the organization, works with vendors on marketing initiatives, and develops advertising and promotional materials for traditional and digital vehicles.
Originally from Oregon, he received his BFA in Applied Visual Arts from Oregon State University with an honorary distinction award for his work in the Graphic Design program.
Duran played a role in the San Marcos area research for the 2016 Center for Opportunity Urbanism Texas Way of Urbanism project, for which he received acknowledgements.
Originally from Austin, TX, Christian received his Bachelors of Business Administration from Texas State University with a major in economics and a minor in international business. He is currently a graduate student at Texas State University in addition to working in his capacity as Research Analyst at GSMP and will receive his Masters in Public Administration in December 2016.
Christian has a passion for contributing his work in research and data analysis to the betterment of his community and views contributing to economic development as a prime way to achieve his goal of making a positive difference through his professional career.