These four diverse men are powerful, influential, and participatory pillars of support to the Coastal Bend. They showcase the true meaning of success with hard work, giving back, and supporting Corpus Christi through community involvement and volunteer work. Unpretentious yet dignified, they’re also eligible!
Stan Hulse moved to the United States from his hometown, the Caribbean nation of Belize, to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania to attend college there. Settling in South Padre Island after graduation and beginning his own business called Toucan Graphics, he migrated north to Corpus Christi in 2007.
Originally the general manager of a South Texas entertainment magazine, Hulse and his brother saw a need for the services they now offer and opened their marketing company in South Padre Island in 1998. Once he relocated to Padre Island, he opened a small second office.
But aside from being a successful business owner, Hulse plays many important roles to serve the Island he raises his son and daughter on and calls home. He is the Executive Director for the Padre Island Business Association, Vice President of the Padre Isles Property Owners Association, President of the Padre Island Municipal Management District, and has additional involvement in multiple local committees and events. Hulse is driven to make a positive difference in his community, and spends much of his spare time helping to better the Island.
With a passion for the beach, Hulse has, with the exception of his college years, always lived within minutes of the ocean. That love of the water carries over to his hobby of scuba diving, which he does every year during his visit home to Belize.
Hulse’s dream for the future is to successfully retire young and travel the world.
Michael Guile Marshall
Michael Marshall, a Corpus Christi native, works as a Chemical Engineer at CITGO Refinery. Fascinated by science and math as a youth, Marshall focused on these interests and pursued a Chemical Engineering degree through Texas A&M University, Kingsville.
A water enthusiast, Marshall enjoys the beach, fishing, and long boarding along the sea wall, and he cannot imagine living somewhere without a beach. Land activities are mostly musical, with karaoke, attending local live music events, and attempts at playing guitar.
But at his core, Marshall is a giver. He devotes much of his time to volunteer work, having been involved in the Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, the 2016 MS Walk, Relay for Life, the Corpus Christi Food Bank, several Team CITGO Community events, and Bowling for Literacy, which benefits the Corpus Christi Literacy Council. He also supports the United Way, March of Dimes, and Beating Hearts for Dreaming Hearts.
Continuously raising the bar, Marshall is driven by his high standards as he strives to meet the ideals he has set while developing into a better version of himself. Marshall dreams to do what makes him happy in all aspects of his life. He wants to have a family and travel the world.
Stephen Rybak loves his hometown and the uniqueness that is Corpus Christi. The big city feel combined with this unassuming, small-town vibe and local culture.
Owner and Creative Director of MDR, an advertising, marketing and digital agency, Rybak’s professional path led him to graduating from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi with a degree in marketing. Interning at a small local agency during college cemented his interest in the advertising industry.
Highly competitive and currently obsessed with his business, Rybak looks out not only for his customers but also for his 20 member team, whom he strives to provide with a happy and stable work environment.
Rybak keeps active through tennis and cycling, and while not much into water sports, he loves the beach and being in close proximity to the sand and waves. Traveling has recently become high on his personal to-do list, as he looks for more countries to stamp on his passport.
Although his volunteering history spans the past 15 years, Rybak currently supports the Buccaneer Commission, Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Board, and the Arts and Cultural Commission.
Rybak simply hopes to be in good health and in good company in the future, trusting everything else to fall into place.
Ruben Bonilla grew up in Corpus Christi, but left to attend the University of Texas at Austin. After serving in a gubernatorial candidate campaign office, Bonilla wished to find a self-employed profession that would see success based on his hard work and dedication. Moving back to his hometown, Bonilla now serves as a Farmer’s insurance agent as well as co-owner of Downtown Corpus Christi Crossfit.
Bonilla enjoys being active and in the best shape as possible, with his number one hobby being crossfit. He also enjoys attending sporting events and weekend game viewings with friends.
Clinton, Bonilla’s son, helps drive his dad to be hard working and successful. Bonilla wishes to be a positive role model and pass on to his son the strong work ethic his parents instilled in him.
Over the years, Bonilla has volunteered for and supported multitudes of organizations, such as the American Diabetes Association, Texas Exes, Leadership Corpus Christi, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Boys & Girls Club, and Big Brother/Big Sister.
In his free time, Bonilla enjoys traveling the globe and experiencing different cultures while sampling authentic, native dishes. He plans to continue to expand his clientele and market to surrounding areas, while finding time to jet set to locales on his bucket list.