The staff of the Downtown Management District oversee a wide variety of projects, programs and services that contribute to the overall vitality of the area. You will see us in the office and out in the district. Please don’t hesitate to visit or stop us on the street.
Oversees: Administration, Board of Directors, Budget Management, Program Implementation, Strategic Planning.
About: Joe Gudenrath relocated to El Paso in June 2014 to serve as the DMD’s Executive Director. Prior to that he served as Director of the equivalent organization in Omaha, Nebraska and within the administration of the Mayor. Gudenrath is a graduate of Creighton University. He, his wife Lisa and their three children – Mathilda, Delaney and Joey – are proud to call El Paso home.
Favorite thing about Downtown El Paso: The Border. Being a bi-national community, the Mexican and American influences which blend together within the downtown bring an amazing diversity of people, sights, sounds, smells and opportunities. Downtown El Paso has a special environment that is not and cannot be replicated in any other city.
Oversees: Sanitation Program, Special Event Permitting, Downtown Commercial Façade Improvement Grant Program, Infrastructure Improvements.
About: Frank Hernandez joined the DMD in December of 2012. Prior to that he served the citizens of El Paso for 30 years as a member of the El Paso Fire Department and as a Fire Marshall. In the past few years, Frank returned to school to receive both his Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Texas-El Paso.
Favorite thing about Downtown El Paso: The transformation and exciting changes coming to Downtown El Paso.
Oversees: Financial Reporting, Accounts Receivable & Payable, Downtown Commercial Façade Improvement Grant Program, Office Operations, Street Light Banner Program, Board of Directors Meeting Administration.
About: Terry Mais began work with the DMD in March 2014 and became an official DMD team member in June 2013. Terry’s career spans 25 years of experience in a variety of industries assigned in supervisory roles in the accounting; human resource; property and office management, and event organization fields. The time management and organizational skills Terry brings to the DMD’s day to day operations make for a productive and efficient organization.
Favorite thing about Downtown El Paso: A native El Pasoan, Terry feels at home working in the heart of El Paso. Downtown El Paso’s historic element conjures up countless fond childhood memories of her parent’s deep connection to the City.
Oversees: Brand Management, Marketing & Advertising Efforts, Social Media, INSIDER Electronic Newsletter and blog, DMD Promotions and Media Relations.
About: Rudy Vasquez joined the DMD team on October 31st, 2013, bringing with him experiential knowledge of marketing and promotion in the realm of both print and digital publishing. Rudy began his career in the creative field as an illustrator in the independent comic book market and worked his way up to become the Chief Creative Officer for Carnival Comics, based out of Los Angeles, CA. While at Carnival Comics the company consistently earned tops spots in the international Graphic Novel category on Amazon.com above publishers such as Marvel and DC comics. In addition, Rudy was voted the Best of the Best Artist designation from What’s Up! Magazine in 2010.
Favorite thing about Downtown El Paso: In a driving city such as El Paso, Rudy loves the pedestrian friendly walkability of Downtown El Paso, as it reminds him of shopping with his grandmother as a youth, after riding the bus into San Jacinto Plaza.
Analissa Carreon, Office & Marketing Assistant
Oversees: Front desk, Events Calendar, Social Media, INSIDER Electronic Newsletter, Promotions.
About: Analissa Carreon joined the DMD team in February 2017 as the Office and Marketing Assistant. She is a recent graduate from New Mexico State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications and Journalism with a minor in marketing. At NMSU, she worked at KRWG News22, an award-winning, student-run news show on campus. She was a multimedia reporter, weather anchor and desk anchor for the show, which airs live on PBS. After practicing her passion for broadcast journalism, Analissa decided to explore and challenge herself in one of her other passions – marketing. Her goal is to contribute a multimedia and storytelling aspect to the DMD marketing department. In her personal life, she is recently engaged and has a young daughter with her significant other.
Favorite thing about Downtown: As a born and raised El Pasoan, Analissa feels a genuine connection to her culture and heritage when she visits downtown. The language, colors, sounds and flavors of downtown resonate with what she thinks El Paso is all about. She is excited about all of the new developments happening here helping Downtown El Paso thrive again.