10 For the Next 10: Gabe Guerra - The Bend Magazine

10 For the Next 10: Gabe Guerra

We sat down with President & CEO of Kleberg Bank

A born-and-raised Corpus Christi local who pursued an education in finance and has been in the world of banking for over 22 years, Gabe Guerra is passionate about our community. In April 2014, Guerra was named the president of Kleberg Bank, and was additionally named CEO in April 2018.

Prior to Kleberg Bank, Guerra had experience with a mega bank, and he credits valuable insights to that experience. “That perspective has helped me understand our value and how community banks are a life blood to the community,” said Guerra.

With that appreciation at heart, Guerra was naturally drawn to the core beliefs of Kleberg Bank.

“The vision and mission of our bank is to be indispensable to the communities we serve. We’re here to help to build our community, in a spirit of cooperation.” said Guerra. “I believe that our success is embedded in our ability to help.”

Guerra is proud to lead and encourage an organization rooted in philanthropic efforts. It regularly presents checks to nonprofit groups and organizations, such as $5,000 to the Veterans Band of Corpus Christi in December 2021. It supports initiatives and organizations, as well as develops its own, such as the collaboration with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi to help students jumpstart their careers at Kleberg Bank.

Guerra is further investing in the community through his brand-new role as a Port of Corpus Christi commissioner. He was sworn in January 2022 into this role, which carries a 3-year term with a maximum of four terms. Commissioners carry out the critical role of supervising the budget, infrastructure investment and broad-scale policies of the Port.

“I’m looking forward to helping serve the citizens of our region,” said Guerra. “It’s a primary economic engine in our region, and I’m extremely proud and excited and humbled to be a part of it.”

Guerra also recently stepped into an appointment as director to the Federal Reserve Bank, Dallas-San Antonio branch. “It’s a big honor to represent Corpus Christi as a director of the board.”

Looking ahead, Guerra is energized about the future. “I think the community will continue to evolve and diversify. What I hope to see is continued attraction of business and commerce and opportunities for our people.”