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.

Our Mission

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.

Social Services

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

Mike Hernandez - Founder/Director

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.

Carlos Marin, Ph.D., PE - Job Development Director
Title: Job Development Director 





  • 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


Accomplishment/ Awards:

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.


Resides: Brownsville

Our Founder

Mike Born in Brownsville

Mike Born in Brownsville

Mike Hernandez III, the chairman of OP10/33 is a true native of Brownsville. Born there in 1961, he attended school at Sacred Heart Elementary, St. Mary's Elementary, and St. Joseph Academy until 1977 when his family relocated to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex.



In DFW, Mike graduated from Arlington Lamar High School before moving to College station to pursue a degree in Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M.

Becoming a Businessman

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

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.

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