Getting involved with Leadership Brownsville was all part of moving back to Brownsville for Michael J. Limas, who has become the organization's chairman, and on Wednesday joined the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

Limas moved away from Brownsville to pursue a double major in finance and accounting at the University of Texas-San Antonio. After graduation he went to work in the AlamoCity as a financial planner, but by 2010 was ready to move back to his home town of Brownsville.

“I felt the time was right and I ended up moving back,” Limas said. “Slowly I started moving toward serving the community in a positive way. … I wanted to be able to donate of my time.”

A natural extrovert, Limas said his business “is based on relationships” and allows him time to work for the betterment of the community He gravitated toward Leadership Brownsville, where a number of his friends had gone through the program.

“In 2014, I applied to Leadership Brownsville and was accepted. It has had the biggest impact. It exposes you to the whole picture (about the community and the local economy) the non-profits, the educational system. Through that you understand the positive things that are happening in the community, and the areas that need help,” he said.

Limas said he feels a sense of pride being from Brownsville, adding that the city is in a unique situation geographically and “leaving gave me perspective.” He spent a semester in college studying abroad in Italy.

“By exposing myself to different parts of the world and the state … I wanted to bring that knowledge back home, to give back to the community,” he said. “The more folks that leave and come back, the more we work together to progress as a community. … We're all required to give back in some way. That's how we progress as a community. That's how we get better.”

Limas also serves on PubCap, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board's consumer advisory panel.

“Through PubCap I was able to learn a tremendous amount about our public utility,” he said. “It's extremely insightful to field concerns from the public about PUB.”

Limas was invited to serve on the board of the Moody Clinic but couldn't since its board and PubCap meet at the same time.

He also has a longtime interest in the arts, attends art shows and purchases artworks. He became a season ticket holder at the Camille Playhouse, where he says there's a tremendous amount of local talent.

As for the Chamber of Commerce, Limas said Brownsville is growing at a fast pace and he looks forward to his service on its board of directors.

He said he is “very passionate” about his profession, financial planning, because “we're financial doctors. We diagnose issues and make recommendations. I love what I do. I love to talk to people. Literally, all we do is help.”


Posted: Monday, September 5, 2016 12:00 am

By GARY LONG | Staff Writer