WE ARE OP-10.33
Bringing needed change to Cameron County
What is OP 10.33?
Our project is named OP 10.33, and it’s short for Cameron County becoming the “land of opportunity by October 2033” — twenty years after Brownsville was named as “the poorest city in America” by the Houston Chronicle.
OP10.33 is committed to supporting any well-organized effort to educate every child in our community beyond a high school diploma. Our plan is to implement coordinated degree plans at high schools, community colleges and universities, while also providing aid for high-tech training programs and non-profit trade schools.
To assist any organized effort that effectively increases private sector business growth.
At OP10.33 we promise that everything will be done in a Faith based manner. We will to provide the following: Legal assistance, Food for the hungry in Cameron County, Healthcare alternatives for people in need. Wi-Fi, computers, phones and safe places for people to access and utilize them. Improved healthcare options for Cameron County by working with the private sector to provide services and insurance companies and providers.
Board of Directors
Education: Graduated from Texas A&M in 1983, B.S. in Industrial Distribution
Applicable Experience: Started working for an automobile leasing company in D/FW in 1984. He bought into the company in 1990 and purchased the remaining portion by 2005.
He expanded business interests into finance, insurance, real estate, advertising, oil and gas and cattle ranching.
Accomplishments/Awards: Beginning in 2011, Mike has committed to spend more of his time on philanthropy – the majority of which is done in Cameron and Starr Counties due to their socioeconomic data. He also owns a residence in both.
Resides: DFW, Cameron County and Starr County.
- Ph.D., Systems Engineering, Harvard University March 1983
- S.M., Environmental Engineering, Harvard University, June 1980
- M.S. Environmental Engineering, Rice University, June 1978
- B.S. Civil/ Environmental Engineering, Rice University, June 1976
Author of numerous publications and invited presentations, served on numerous professional and business boards, and was named the U.S. SBA Small Business person of the year for Region 6 in 1997. He is currently the chair of the Tropical Texas Emerging Technology Fund Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization whose mission is to create opportunities for sustainable entrepreneurship in South Texas.
Becoming a Businessman
After graduating college in 1984, Hernandez moved back to DFW to work for an automobile leasing company. By 1990 he had bought into the company and by 2005 he purchased a portion of the company.
With his success he began expanding his business interests into finance, insurance, aviation, real estate development, advertising, oil and gas, and cattle ranching.
Moving Toward the Future
In 2011, a semi-retired Hernandez began to spend more time on philanthropy, mostly in Cameron and Starr counties due to their socioeconomic data and his family ties to the area (that go back as far as the 1700s).
Now he has shifted his attention to Brownsville and directs the OP 10/33 PAC.