Coastal Bend Maritime Community to Host First Maritime Expo and Career Fair in Over Eight Years

DATE: April 6, 2023
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Xena Mercado
Office: 361-885-3030 Cell: 361-232-1644

Corpus Christi, TX – The Coastal Bend Maritime Expo & Career Fair is set to take place on April 12th at the Ortiz Center, 402 Harbor Drive. As the Coastal Bend Maritime Community prepares to host its first Maritime Expo & Career Fair in over eight years, one of its sponsors from G&H Towing, Xavier F. Valverde Sr., General Manager, shared his thoughts on the abundance of opportunities available in the maritime industry. According to Xavier, “…Coastal Bend residents will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of jobs and careers available on and off the water. […] Anyone who attends the Maritime Expo & Career Fair will leave with a much better understanding and appreciation of the professionals who work diligently to support every vessel which calls on the Corpus Christi area and sails the high seas.”

Xavier optimistically expresses to students and job seekers, “If you want to travel the Gulf Coast, go home every evening, work seven days on and off, or fourteen days on and off, there’s a job for you right here in the area. If you want to work in an environment where you see the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets and marine life while operating and maintaining some of the biggest vessels in the world, the maritime industry is a great choice for you.”

“The Expo will provide a wonderful opportunity for regional students and adults to get a first-hand look into the Coastal Bend maritime industry. It’s been exciting to see the enthusiasm and support from our local businesses participating in the Expo, and we expect the event to have a profound impact on the maritime industry and supporting training programs in the years to come!” says Brittany Sotelo, Vice President of Business Retention and Expansion for the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Students from around the Coastal Bend will get to explore careers, training resources and networking with employers from 10:00 am – 2:00 PM and will also have a rare chance to step aboard four different operating vessels from G&H Towing, Signet Maritime Corp., the Port of Corpus Christi’ Fireboat, and a U.S. Coast Guard Vessel. This event is open to the public from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Job seekers are encouraged to bring their resumes and register online at For resume assistance, please visit Workforce Solutions Coastal Bend.

The Coastal Bend Maritime Career Fair is brought to you by the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation in collaboration with Workforce Solutions Coastal Bend and the Maritime Community. Special thanks to sponsors for supporting this event: G & H Towing, Aransas Corpus-Christi Pilots, Lydia Ann Channel Fleet, Riben Marine, Genesis Energy, Signet Maritime, Del Mar College, Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend, Brown Water Marine Services, the Port of Corpus Christi Authority and the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation. Employers are excited to meet job seekers and discuss the many exciting opportunities available in the Coastal Bend Maritime Industry.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Maritime Expo (Students Only) – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Career Fair (Open to the Public) – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ortiz Center
402 Harbor Drive
Corpus Christi TX 78401

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