Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition


The winner of the 2011 Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition was announced May 25, 2011 at the Small Business Awards Luncheon.

The 2011 Winner:
Glasram Technologies,
Dr. Magesh Thiyagarajan

Glasram Technologies Announced as Winner

Dr. Magesh Thiyagarajan with Richard Bill (Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center and Mike Culbertson, Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation)

Glasram, a team comprised of five members, won about $22,000 in in-kind services designed to jumpstart the business. Its project was a cold-plasma technology that would sterilize 99 percent of the bacteria possibly contained in mail and shipping parcels through companies such as the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, UPS and DHL.

“This success will make it possible to bring innovative research to life and form a real company ultimately aimed at serving the public,” said Dr. Magesh Thiyagarajan, Glasram's founder and chief technology adviser. "We have gained tremendous knowledge and experience through this competition process and are very thankful to the organizers for their great support."

Sandra Billish and Dr. Thiyagarajan

Sanda Billish (Chairman of the Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition Planning Committee) with Dr. Thiyagarajan

The other finalists were:

• InnerGeo LLC (Ronald L. Loveday) - RUNNER-UP
• Ensemble Group (Gracie Martin)
• RHM Chemical Co. LLC (Rick Maxey)
• C & B Feeders (Ben Mumme and Cory Lundschen)

Thank you to our finalist judges:

• Ralph Coker, SCORE
• Gloria Hicks, Ed Hicks Imports
• Melvyn Klein, Melvyn Klein Interests
• Leon Loeb, Landlord Resources
• Dr. Stephan Nix, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
• Richard Pittman, Bath Engineering
• James Poage, Startech, a Venture Capital Group
• Wade Smith, AEP Texas
• Alan Stoner, Venture Capital Partners
• Liza Wisner, Texas Techies, NBC's The Apprentice 2010





Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition Planning Committee

Texas A& M Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center

Del Mar College Small Business Development Center

SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business

Corpus Christi Evening Rotary Club

Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation

Young Business Professionals of the Coastal Bend


Del Mar College Division of Business, Professional and Technology Education

Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Mechanical Engineering Program

Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering


AEP Texas


Texas A & M University – Corpus Christi

Coastal Bend Business Inovation Center

Del Mar College Small Business Development Center

Corpus Christi Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

National Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence- Geotech, Del Mar College Geographic Information

Systems Proga


Del Mar College Continuing Ed.

Padre Island Business Association

Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce

John Bell of Wood, Boykin & Wolter, P. C.

Peerless Cleaners

Fast Signs


Planning Committee

Front Row: Steve Deases, Dr. Haysam Dawod, Steve Moody, Michael Briones (Co-Chair), Sandra Billish (Chair), Richard Bell, Dr. Stephan Nix

Back Row: Alex Garcia, Korinee Caruso, Krystal Escobar, Dr. John Fernandez, Dr. Jim Needham, Dr. LD Chen, Ralph Coker, Ann Fierova, Debbie Wingfield

Not Pictured: Mike Culbertson, Dr. Larry Lee, John J. Nelson






The Coastal Bend Business Plan Competition emerged from a grass-roots effort to support economic growth in the Texas Coastal Bend region encompassing Nueces, San Patricio and Kleberg counties surrounding the city of Corpus Christi. As the idea began to form and was shared with others, a collaboration of partners organized to make this competition a reality.

The competition was inspired to support the best and the brightest entrepreneurial minds to start and build their businesses locally with a prize package of valuable services and expertise designed to jumpstart the business.


Administrated by
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center
10201 S. Padre Island Dr. • Corpus Christi, TX 78418
Tel: 361-653-2575

For more information contact Bill Cone