Our Mission: At The Bend Magazine, we provide a way for locals, second home owners and visitors to embrace all of the great things our region has to offer. A locally owned and operated company, we have built an audience that looks to us for information on where to eat, shop, play, live and find quality health services. Each month, we create powerful and engaging content, tell local stories, and create experiences that build stronger community. We are a trustworthy beacon, a lighthouse, for all things awesome and amazing about the Coastal Bend as a place to live, work, vacation, visit, and invest.
Jordan Regas • President
As a student at Texas State University, Jordan served as Managing Editor for a local magazine in San Marcos before moving to Corpus Christi to work for the Caller Times. In January of 2014, Jordan and Kaley Regas launched The Bend Magazine to help build a stronger community and show off all the great things Corpus Christi and the surrounding region offered. Jordan is an active member of the American Advertising Association – Corpus Christi, recently winning the 2016 Big Wig Award for Best Newspaper/Magazine Sales Rep. Jordan currently serves on the Goodwill Industries of South Texas board, volunteers with the Corpus Christi Ride-In Theater and is a two-year participant in the Men Who Cook fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House. He credits everything to God, who is always faithful and has blessed him in so many ways, especially with an amazing wife and two precious daughters, who he wouldn’t trade for the world. Jordan is a big supporter of local coffee shops and spends too much money on books.
Chris Knapick • Publisher
Chris, a native of Houston, has lived in the Coastal Bend for the majority of his adult life. His move to the Coastal Bend in ’88 was through a company transfer, but after finding what Corpus Christi offered, the temporary move turned into a permanent stay. His background has always been in sales and business development. Successfully selling copiers, IT services, Financial Services, as well as having the privilege of building several businesses from the ground up, have all helped him develop a deep understanding of the challenges business owners face every day. Chris is passionate about our mission to empower and connect our community and he truly cares more about helping business owners than making a sale. As our go-to office comedian, he could have pursued a career in stand up comedy. Instead, he chooses to use his wit and humor to lighten up stressful days at the office. When he is not working, he enjoys keeping in touch with his 4 adult children, working out, being outdoors, cooking and playing the piano. He has also been a part of Corpus Christi Christian Fellowship for the better part of 18 years where he plays keyboards for the worship team, runs a coffee café, and leads a singles group. He and his wife, Rosana Sargent, love trying out all the local eateries for their favorite fried shrimp and sushi, spending time at the beach, cooking great meals and finding time to work-out together.
Kaley Regas • Vice President & Events Director
Born and raised in the Coastal Bend, Kaley is a Portland native who is passionate about helping people fall further in love with where we live. While launching The Bend Magazine with her husband, Jordan, she had to learn to wear many hats and found herself doing a little of everything for the business. Kaley has finally settled into her role as Vice President, where she helps to bring all the hard work of our team to life. Designing beautiful cover pages is one of her special talents and around the office, she is referred to as, “The Cover Queen!” It’s safe to say that without all the work and effort she puts in behind the scenes, The Bend would never make it to print. Kaley loves being involved in and helping with her church, Emmaus. She strongly believes that we are meant to be the hands and feet of Jesus, and loves the ways her church community works diligently to make that a reality. She loves theatre, music, and coffee, but nothing compares to the love she has for her two daughters, Gemma and Tatum.
Kylie Cooper • Editor in Chief
Meet Kylie Cooper, the Editor in Chief for The Bend Magazine. Born and raised here in Corpus Christi, she left to attend Texas A&M University where she obtained her degree in Media Studies with a minor in Traditional Art. She’s always had a passion for writing and telling the stories of those around her. However, it was only after working for various publications in school that she discovered her passion for the industry. Being a Corpus native plays in her favor as she brings innovative and fresh ideas – centered around her love for the city – to the magazine. Kylie heads up the editorial side of the publication and makes sure there is content to print each month. Whether it be planning the stories you read each month, scheduling photoshoots, managing the contributors, writing features, or editing the magazine, she is constantly putting her creativity to use. She is one of the youngest members of the Board of Trustees at the Art Museum of South Texas where she Co-Chairs the Membership Committee and serves on the Marketing Committee for the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. She has also served on the Ride-In Committee and was the Vice Chairman of the Corpus Christi Downtown Revitalization Alliance Board. You can find her most days with a cup of black coffee in her hand, talking entirely too much, helping around her husband’s local record shop, Hybrid Records, and showing anyone (who will pay her mind) pictures of her animals Dwight and Dilly. She loves attempting to keep her family of plants alive and hates long walks on the beach.
Jarred Schuetze • Art Director
Meet Jarred Schuetze, the Art Director at The Bend Magazine! Jarred is a graduate of Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design & Advertising and minor in English. A Corpus Christi native, he moved back to the Coastal Bend because of his unhealthy obsession with palm trees. After attending one of The Bend’s local events and meeting with the Publisher (Jordan Regas), he found himself with the incredible opportunity of joining the team of Coastal Bend’s premier lifestyle magazine. Driven by passion and his vision to cultivate beauty, he is hard working and up for any challenge. Jarred presides over all art and design content for the magazine, both editorial, and promotional. As well as designs, from cover to cover, the beautiful magazine that comes to your mailbox each month. Aside from spending his days putting his degree to use he can be found sketching palm trees in his leather bound book, hunting down local happy hours or playing tug with his French Bulldog, Doogie Bowser.
Rachel Benavides • Lead Photographer
Meet Rachel Benavides, the Lead Photographer at The Bend Magazine! Rachel first moved to the Coastal Bend after returning to the states from Belize with her family when she was about 4 years old. They stopped at Mustang Island State Park for the first time and lived on the beach for a little while, where Rachel’s dad eventually became a Park Ranger. She and her family settled down and bought a house in Corpus Christi in 2003. During her nomadic childhood, while living on a ranch in North Carolina, she experienced her first encounter with photography. With an inexpensive 35mm camera, she chased around a group of ducks, hoping to get a good photo. Later, her mom purchased a digital camera as another school subject (she and her siblings were homeschooled), and her fascination with photography took off. She started shooting weddings at age 17 for free to gain experience, and she launched her business in 2008. Since the first issue of The Bend Magazine, Rachel has shot many of the stunning images gracing the covers and spreads throughout the magazine. She has a God-given ability for capturing the beauty all around us and telling stories with her photos. Along with photography, traveling is a big part of her life. She loves going places, meeting new people and seeing God’s creation up close. The first mission trip she went on was in 2011 to Joplin, Missouri after the Tornado. In December, she went to Mexico and served with a church at a Children’s and Women’s Shelter. Rachel says her parents are her heroes and mentors. Her mom passed down a heart for loving others and her faith in God, and her dad taught her so many life skills she is grateful for.