Richard Franke is the owner of Franke Inc. Realtors located on South Padre Island and is a lifelong resident of the Rio Grande Valley and active member of the South Padre Island community. He serves as chairman of the board for the First National Bank of South Padre Island and also president of the South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation. The Economic Development Corporation is involved in various island projects including: beach re-nourishment, South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center and the second causeway to South Padre Island. Mr. Franke served as a pilot in the United States Air Force and served with the Strategic Air Command as a pilot of the KC-135. His business handles brokerage, leasing and development of real state. He was appointed by Mayor Chris Boswell in May 2009 to serve on the Harlingen Airport Board ,and his term will expire May 2014.