Cameron County Educational Initiative
Brownsville, Texas, native Micheal “Mike” Albert Hernandez III is an active philanthropist and the CEO of D&M Leasing in Dallas. Now semiretired, Mike Hernandez III dedicates much of his time to local charitable and civic causes, such as the Cameron County Educational Initiative (CCEI).
Dedicated to providing affordable education and career training to residents of Cameron County, CCEI operates on a debt-free model that allows students to take charge of their future without incurring a significant financial burden. CCEI offers a number of educational services, including GED prep, adult literacy courses, and ESL classes at no cost to students.
In addition, vocational classes in information technology, industrial trades, and allied health give students the necessary resources to earn professional certifications. CCEI students currently have the opportunity to become certified as medical assistants or electronic health records technicians, and in the future, the center plans to add career paths for machinists, welding specialists, and operators of computer-controlled machine tools.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
A native of Brownsville, Texas, Micheal “Mike” Albert Hernandez III works as the chief executive officer of D&M Leasing in Dallas. Away from work, Mike Hernandez III supports several charitable initiatives, including the St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP), a faith-based organization that provides help and hope to those in need.
SVP operates on seven key values:
1. Christ as the center. The recognition and acceptance that Jesus Christ is present everywhere.
2. Respect. In acknowledging that all people are created equal, SVP maintains the dignity of those it supports.
3. Compassion. A nonjudgmental approach to its work ensures SVP volunteers demonstrate compassion at all times.
4. Responsiveness. SVP remains alerted to the ever-evolving needs of the communities it supports, enabling it to respond accordingly.
5. Generosity. Volunteers must give of their possessions, resources, and time in service of the less fortunate.
6. Confidentiality. SVP respects the privacy of those it serves while understanding that the well-being of vulnerable people is the main priority.
7. Accountability. SVP volunteers understand their own skills and knowledge, which helps ensure accountability for their actions.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
A veteran business leader who has served Dallas-based D & M Leasing since 1984, Michael “Mike” Albert Hernandez III now focuses primarily on philanthropic activities in the Brownsville area. Among the organizations Mike Hernandez III supports is the St. Vincent de Paul Society, a collective of Christian volunteers committed to doing what they can to help those in need.
The society’s visiting and befriending program is a key part of its efforts. Volunteers provide their time and personal care to the ill and elderly, building trusting relationships with those who would otherwise struggle to confront issues such as loneliness and depression. Visits are often as simple as providing somebody with a friendly person to chat with, though volunteer support often extends to helping others conduct a range of activities, such as decorating, shopping, and filling out important forms.
A select group of society volunteers also become prison visitors, which may involve visiting prisoners directly or providing child-care services to family members who wish to visit someone in prison.
Mike Hernandez III
Based in Dallas, Mike Hernandez III has guided D & M Leasing for more than two decades and built up one of America’s largest and most successful vehicle leasing companies. Mike Hernandez III currently focuses much of his efforts on the Brownsville economic and social development-focused nonprofit, OP10.33, which he established in early 2016.
Speaking about the political action committee with the Brownsville Herald in 2016, Micheal Albert Hernandez III spoke of having a broad emphasis on improving social services through offerings encompassing computer, Internet, and alternative health care access for low-income residents.
Another focus is on kickstarting activities that revitalize Brownsville’s historic downtown. One project that was under consideration involved restoring the Hotel El Jardin, although that lacks financial feasibility at the present. Not seeking to be a “kingmaker,” Mr. Hernandez described his PAC as providing support for local political candidates who share the same progressive aim as his organization. He has also established a major scholarship program in tandem with the Texas A&M Foundation aimed at students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Based in Dallas, Micheal Albert Hernandez III serves as CEO of D & M Leasing and has enabled thousands of customers nationwide to achieve car ownership. Mike Hernandez III also supports a number of civil and social efforts in Brownsville, an economically underserved community on Texas’ Gulf Coast. In early 2016, he launched the group OP 10.33 with high-profile billboards and slogans such as “We want jobs … now!”
The strongly positive message underscored a transformative agenda of reaching out to young people and providing them with pathways to higher education. Mike Hernandez III is also leading the group in taking aim at official corruption and providing assistance in areas not covered by social services. Another goal involves seeking out business investment that drives employment growth in the local community.
A major impetus for the organization came after extensive research revealed that significant amounts of money earmarked for the city never found their way to actual recipients. A core mandate of OP 10.33 is to act as a political action group and support those candidates that find common cause with its goals.
Mike Hernandez III
A respected Dallas entrepreneur, Micheal Albert Hernandez III heads D & M Leasing as chief executive officer. He also has a strong connection with the Brownsville community, where he was born and raised. Through the PAC OP 10.33, Mike Hernandez III focuses on a Gulf Coast region that suffers from high unemployment, despite a location strategically near the Mexico border.
With OP 10.33, Mike Hernandez III aims to increase regional economic activity in ways that help local residents build a better future. In December 2016, he was selected by the Brownsville Avenger as “Person of the Year.” This recognition reflected his high-profile mission to turn around “the city that always sleeps.” In particular, he brought to the table not only an action blueprint, but also funds to turn his plans into reality in areas such as politics and education.
In making the selection, the Avenger opined that Mr. Hernandez appears to be focused on effecting long-term community change and predicted that 2017 will emerge as “an even bigger and better year” for OP 10.33. The organization aims to raise $10 million in community investment within the next several years.