Anthony “Tony” Hargrove

Anthony “Tony” Hargrove

Anthony “Tony” Hargrove

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Show Date: August 8th, 2018

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Anthony E “Tony” Hargrove
Chief Executive Officer
Ella Austin Community Center
San Antonio, TX


Mr. Hargrove is the Chief Executive Officer of Ella Austin Community Center and has served in this capacity since March, 1991. The agency’s mission is to Improve the quality of life and self-sufficiency of individuals and families. The agency’s budget is $1.7M and it employs over thirty-five staff plus twenty-five volunteers.

In the non-profit arena, he attended numerous executive education and certificate programs including the Harvard and University of Texas at Austin Graduate Schools of Business as well as the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. He is a graduate and alumni of the San Antonio Masters in Leadership Program Class V.

Civic Involvement includes board membership with the International Federation of Settlement Houses; CEO, Advisory Council, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities; Comerica Community Development Advisory Council, Emeritus. He is Past President, Board of Directors, Gemini Ink.

Mr. Hargrove’s affiliations include membership with the Chamber of Commerce of San Antonio, San Antonio Rotary Club, Past President, San Antonio Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, He was the 1998 Recipient of the Outstanding Community Service Award by the Texas Black Mayors Conference. In 1999, and 2000, he received the United Neighborhood Centers of America Special Service Award.

In October, 2015, Mr Hargrove was presented the William “Bill” Sinkin Partnership Award in recognition of outstanding community collaboration and partnership during the Goodwill of San Antonio 70th Anniversary Celebration.

Mr. Hargrove earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Evansville and Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University in Indiana.

He served over twenty years in the US Air Force as an officer in command, staff and training capacities throughout Europe, Asia, and the Continental United States.

Mr. Hargrove is married to former Carlotta Woods of Cincinnati, Ohio. They have three adult children: Brian, Kevin and Kalani. Tony and Carlotta are proud grandparents of four grandchildren.

About the author:

I took early retirement in 1995 from Kodak and I have been in the real estate business since then. During my Kodak career my family lived in six states and we owned thirteen homes. I held positions as Food Trade Manager, Attractions Manager for Florida, Director of Sales Promotion, National Account Manager to HEB Grocery Company and National Sales Manager – US Military – Worldwide. In the twelve years since I retired from Kodak, I’ve been in the real estate business. My entry into the business was through two major agencies; one a local upscale boutique company and the other a very large local operation of a national franchise. I found both (plus most others in the business) to be more oriented towards gross sales and less towards taking care of the needs of the consumer. As a result, I formed my own company. I have three agents besides myself in the company and two staff personnel. Approximately ninety percent of our business comes from direct referrals plus we represent all of the relocating employees for three corporations. Each week I host the area real estate show, Real Estate Focus, on NewsTalk 930 KLUP, Saturdays at 11:00am. The show also streams live on my web site , and on In addition, Bjorn Dybdahl, owner of Bjorn’s Home Entertainment, and I host the San Antonio Movers and Shakers Show that airs at 10:00 am each Saturday from the same station and web sites. The real estate show deals with area real estate information and the SA Movers and Shakers show honors the education, business, civic, and public leaders who keep the entrepreneurial spirit alive in our city.

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