For more than two decades, Joe Krier was a driving force behind every important civic and economic development initiative in San Antonio and the South Texas region. From 1987 through 2007, he served as President and CEO of The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, managing a $4M budget and a staff of 36 association professionals. Under his leadership, the 2,000 member organization was the area's primary advocate for business, helping build a stronger, more broadly based San Antonio economy.
Responsible for raising millions of dollars for four rounds of base closings under the Base Realignment and Closure process (BRAC), he helped develop and implement the 2005 strategy that resulted in San Antonio’s success and new position as the home of all military medical training. He played an integral role in securing major infrastructure projects for San Antonio, including the AT&T Center and the Alamodome, and was an indispensable partner in the creation of a number of organizations that will benefit San Antonio for decades to come, including San Antonio Sports (formerly the San Antonio Sports Foundation), Free Trade Alliance San Antonio, and the San Antonio Tourism Council. His efforts to create BioMed SA and the San Antonio Technology Accelerator Initiative (SATAI) helped build the area's medical, biomedical, and technology industries.
His peers twice elected him Chairman of the Metro 8, Texas' eight largest chambers of commerce. The original purpose of that organization was to support funding for higher education in major Texas cities. It later expanded its focus to work on other issues including transportation, water, economic development, public education and workforce training, and health care. He also chaired the Texas Association of Chamber Executives and served on the board of the national Association of Chamber Executives.
Elected and appointed to various statewide and national leadership positions, Krier was the Founding Chairman and Board member of Texans for Safe Reliable Transportation and served as Chairman of the San Antonio Mobility Coalition (SAMCo). He was appointed by Governor Perry to both the Interim Study Commission on Transportation Financing and the Texas Department of Transportation Strategic Plan Task Force. The late Governor Ann Richards appointed him to a six year term on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, where he served as Chairman of the Task Force on the Development of the Technology Work Force, Chairman of the Universities Committee, and Board Secretary.
Krier was the founding chairman of the Foundation for the National Archives in Washington, D.C.. He served as Board Chairman of Humanities Texas, the Texas affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was also a member of the Advisory Board to the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum. He served as Immediate Past Chairman of the Masters Leadership Program, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Medical Foundation.
Krier also chaired the San Antonio Economic Development Coordinating Council, was the Chairman of the Arts Council of San Antonio, and a member of the Board of Visitors for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He was a Founding Board member and legal counsel of the San Antonio Festival and a Founding Board member and legal counsel for the San Antonio Winston School for children with learning disorders. He has also served on the Boards of the Texas Business Hall of Fame, the Advisory Board of the Texas Lyceum, the Texas Society for the Prevention of Blindness and the San Antonio Community Radio Corporation. Krier also served as the primary fundraiser for the successful A.T.D. (Advanced Transportation District) Campaign, for which he served as Campaign Treasurer. In 2010, Krier was chosen to the Junior Achievement San Antonio Business Hall of Fame. In 2013, he was chosen as a recipient of the San Antonio Business Journal’s Legacy Leader Award.
Known for his bi-partisan, visionary approach, strategic thinking and communications skills, Krier is a proven and effective leader with experience at the intersection of business, government, media relations and public perception. In 2009-2010, he led the Public Issues Management Group at the global law firm Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, which brings together business strategists, communications and government relations professionals and attorneys to help businesses succeed where all those areas intersect. He now provides these services as a principal in The Krier Consulting Group.
In April, 2011, Krier was chosen to be an independent director of SH 130 Concession Company, Inc., which built and operates 41 miles of the SH 130 Toll Road, ending at Seguin, Texas. In February, 2013, Krier was chosen to be Board Chairman of the company, which represents a $1.4 billion private sector investment and is the first Public Private Partnership (P3) toll road to open in Texas.
November 7, 2013, Krier was appointed by City Council to fill the District 9 vacancy.
Krier is a graduate of UT-Austin, where he received his undergraduate and law degrees. While at The University, he was chosen President of the Students’ Association, participant in the Texas-Chilean Exchange Program and a member of the Friars Society.
Krier is married to UT-Austin undergraduate and law school alumnus, former State Senator, Bexar County Judge and UT Regent, Cyndi Taylor Krier.