Dan Decker & Charles “Marty” Wender – 4/19/08

Dan Decker & Charles “Marty” Wender – 4/19/08

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Dan Decker, Executive Vice President, Sea World San Antonio
President and CEO, Charles Martin Wender, Inc.

Charles Martin Wender (known to most as “Marty”) is well known for his achievements and vision. Marty Wender, a Fort Worth native, began his San Antonio business career in 1969, upon graduating from the Business Honors Program at The University of Texas at Austin and marrying San Antonio native Rene Lynn Mandel.

Charles Martin Wender’s business real estate development projects in San Antonio include Westover Hills in the northwest area, Fawn Meadow in the Medical Center, Crownridge at IH 10 West and Camp Bullis Road, and Oak Run in New Braunfels.

Marty Wender’s visions of a revitalization of the City’s west side have come to fruition in his Westover Hills development. Marty Wender was selected as one of five “Visionaries” by the San Antonio Business Journal special section entitled “A Century of Business” for his vision and accomplishments in West San Antonio and his Westover Hills Development. Westover Hills has become home to Sea World of Texas, the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort Hotel and Arthur Hill Championship Golf Course, QVC Network, Inc., Philips Semiconductors (formerly VLSI Technology, Inc.), World Savings National Operations Center, the Alamo Community College District’s new Northwest Vista Campus, which opened Phase I in October of 1998, Oberthur Gaming Technologies, Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q, and the 88.5 acre Office Campus for The American Funds Group/Capital Group Companies, which opened in the fall of 1998.

Marty’s efforts contributed greatly in securing approval, in only 90 days, for the Stotzer Freeway (State Highway 151), which runs through the Westover Hills development. These efforts have ushered in a new era of public/private cooperation that has served as a model for other projects in the state and nation.

Marty developed the concept, arranged financing, and put together the team to build the Hyatt Hill Country Resort and 18 hole Championship Golf Course in the heart of his Westover Hills Development, Texas’s first true Destination Resort Hotel.

Marty Wender is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations in the community and is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and was the 1998 Chairman of the Chamber’s Northwest Business Area Council. He has also served on the Boards of the Greater San Antonio and North San Antonio Chambers, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, Texas Research Park, San Antonio Medical Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of San Antonio. He is also on the University of Texas at San Antonio and The University of Texas Health Science Center Development Boards and served as Chairman of the Corporate Circle Council of the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research.

Marty Wender has been the recipient of many awards and recognition because of his achievements and his devotion and service to the community, including his selection by Real Estate Times magazine as one of the “Top 100 Developers” in the nation for 1988 and his appointment by Governor Mark White to serve on the Texas Economic Development Commission. Marty’s energy and dedication to excellence extend to all of his activities. His willingness to try the untried and his insistence on quality are his hallmarks.

Bjorn Dybdahl of Bjorn’s
John Thurman of Heart of Texas Realty

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 , http://www.HeartofTexasRealty.com and on http://www.KLUP.com. In addition, Bjorn Dybdahl, owner of Bjorn’s Home Entertainment, http://www.Bjorns.com 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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