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About the CVB

Make Your Next Meeting, Conference or Event an Island Getaway

With a breathtaking view of the Laguna Madre Bay, the South Padre Island Convention Centre offers 45,000 square feet of meeting space for meetings, conventions, conferences, trade shows, exhibits and special events. Primary facilities include 22,500 square feet of Exhibit Hall space with a clear ceiling height of 36 feet for large meetings and sporting events; a 2,633 square foot conference auditorium for 230; and 9,000 square feet of breakout space. A large central lobby can also host various exhibits and functions. The Sunset Terrace adjoins the lobby, providing the perfect setting and view for an outside reception. What are you waiting for? Book your next meeting, conference or event with a view!

Meet the South Padre Island CVB Team

Always here to make your meeting with a view crystal clear and carefree, our team of meeting professionals can help you during every step of the planning process. Meet our team of professionals below.

Keith Arnold

Keith brings 37 years of experience in chambers of commerce, economic development and tourism marketing experience. Most recently Arnold worked for more than 7 years as the President and CEO of the Corpus Christi CVB, where he lead the team that developed a State of Texas awarded Nature Tourism program. Keith has held leadership roles on the board of directors with the Texas Society of Association Executives, the Texas Association of Business and Chambers of Commerce and the Executive Committee for the Texas Travel Industry Association.


Mike Flores

South Padre Island CVB Business Director Mike Flores is responsible for national and state accounts, including the greater Austin area. Prior to joining the South Padre Island CVB, Mike served in the United States Army, and is a native of Edinburg, TX. Mike recently completed an M.B.A. and is currently pursuing his CMP certification. Mike is happy to be a part of the South Padre Island CVB team.


Rebecca Alvarez

Rebecca graduated from Texas State University with a B.B.A in Marketing. She began her hospitality career with Omni Hotels and Resorts and entered her sales role as Business Travel Sales Manager soon after completion of the Manager in Development program.  She was  part of the opening sales team at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center and most recently the Associate Director of Sales. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys time with family and friends, running and good food.


Judith Lehn

Judith M. Lehn was born in Brownsville, Texas and graduated from Port Isabel High School. Judith is the mother of two boys, and has lived and worked in the South Padre Island area since her early teenage years. Judith served a sales lead and manager for financial institutions where she worked for over twelve years. Her extensive sales background assist in her role as the City of South Padre Island CVB’s Sales Manager.


Vedette Garza

Having been with the South Padre Island CVB for 10 years Vedette started her career in Convention Services, moved to a position in the Convention Centre and has now come full circle back to Sales and Services. Her well rounded knowledge of the organization and excellent skill make her a vital member of the team.


Dixie Rowell

South Padre Island CVB Meeting and Events Coordinator Dixie Rowell has been with the Convention Centre for 16 years. Dixie works closely with clients on event setup, vendors, scheduling, catering, security and all other aspects required to ensure a successful conference, meeting or event.