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  • RGV Walk of Fame
    Doyle Wells

    Each year nominations are received from chambers of commerce and cities across the Rio Grande Valley for recognition in the Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame at State Farm Arena, sponsored by the City of Hidalgo in conjunction with BorderFest.  Nominees are considered for induction based on their life achievements and significant civic contributions.

    The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce nominated longtime chamber member and Island business owner Doyle Wells to the RGV Walk of Fame for 2019.  Wells was selected for this great honor and was recognized at the official induction ceremonies on February 27, 2019 at State Farm Arena.

    Doyle Wells is living proof that a person can grow up in the Valley, earn an education, serve in the military and become a successful family man and business entrepreneur. YOU DON’T HAVE TO LEAVE THE VALLEY TO BE SUCCESSFUL!!  In 1930, his family left Indiana and headed as far south as they could travel and ended their journey in Port Isabel, Texas.  Doyle was born 16 years later in Brownsville and was raised in Port Isabel/South Padre. He graduated from Port Isabel High School in 1964. 

    As a young man Wells acquired a strong work ethic working aside his family in a bait, tackle and fishing business. He earned his Captain’s license in 1965 and chartered at the Sea Ranch Marina. He came from humble beginnings saying “we had nothing, but we had everything” speaking of his supportive family and the vast opportunities the Valley provided.

    After four years in the U.S. Coast Guard, in 1970, Wells went to work for Solomar Lodge as a Charter Captain and Hunting Guide. In 1971, he became Ranch Operations Manager for the Harry Cullen Family for their holdings on South Padre Island.

    As a lifelong resident of the lower Rio Grande Valley, Doyle Wells has a strong pride in his South Texas heritage and is quick to promote the abundance of opportunities the Valley has available. Wells has contributed significantly to the development of our area’s tourism industry. He continues today to promote recreational and tourism development, leading by example to deliver “the best experience and the best service”. 

    1982 was the start of Wells Farm and Ranch Supply in Los Fresnos, and at the same time Wells opened Wells Stables. Then, in 1989, he opened Island Equestrian Center on South Padre Island. After moving his stables several times over the years, in 2012 Wells settled at his current location at the north end of the Island and expanded his services which now include horseback riding on the beach, zip lines, petting barn and beach events and activities limited only by your imagination. Recently Wells opened a second bayside location on Padre Blvd. where he offers go-cart racing and miniature golf.

    In the 1970’s Wells served on the volunteer fire departments for both Port Isabel and South Padre Island. Also, for much of the 1980’s Wells was a Director for the Texas International Fishing Tournament.   He was a founding Director for the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce in 1989 and served until 2000 when he was elected as an Alderman for the Town of South Padre Island, serving two terms through 2004. While Wells was Alderman he led a group of local business leaders on a cultural exchange to establish a Sister City relationship with Catamaco, Mexico. Additionally, Wells was actively involved with South Padre Island recovery efforts following the collapse of the Queen Isabella Causeway.

    Wells was appointed in 1999 by Cameron County Commissioners to serve on the Cameron County Beach and Dunes Commission and served until 2017. Commissioners also appointed him, in 2006, to serve on the Cameron County Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustments, where he continues to serve today.  Wells was elected to the Laguna Madre Water District where he served 2015 to 2018.

    Doyle and his wife Delores are active supporters of The Friends of Animal Rescue on South Padre Island and are loving pet owners. Doyle has served on the Regional Board for Equine Therapy, and over the years, has rescued many horses from slaughter, caring for them and returning them to a health.

    Wells also served on the Board of Directors for Sea Turtle Inc. about 1996-2000 where he worked closely with Founder Ila Loetscher to promote sea turtle conservation.

    Doyle is the son of Junior Wells and Bobby Wells. He is married to his beautiful wife Dolores Ferrentino Wells, and he has three adult children Doyle Wells IV, Brennan Wells and Kelsey Garcia.

  • Benefits

  • Business Member Benefits

    The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce is a membership based non-profit business organized to advance the business interests of its members making South Padre Island a premier location to live, work, vacation, and do business.
    Marketing Opportunities for Chamber Business Members:

    • Unlimited number of FREE listings, pertaining specifically to your business, in the Membership Directory on the Chamber’s website with a FREE link to your business’ website. 
    • You will receive FREE access to login into the “Member Login” on the Chamber website and provide a description of your business along with your logo and photos, which will be included with your listing. 
    • Through the “Member Login” on the Chamber website you can also list FREE Job Postings, specials for your business, and see what other Chamber members are sharing with members.
    • You will receive the weekly “Island Business Connection” newsletter that includes notices regarding mixers, ribbon cuttings, luncheons, networking opportunities, meetings, advertising and marketing opportunities, educational seminars and classes, and programs that provide vital information that will impact your business, such as legislative alerts, community announcements and local events of interest.
    • Advertise in The Guide to South Padre Island at reduced rates.
    • Direct email, FREE of charge, Chamber members by including a flyer in the weekly “Island Business Connection” newsletter along with a FREE link to your website.
    • Business members can receive a FREE member email address listing in excel file format; or purchase ready-to-use mailing labels from the Chamber database for a nominal fee.
    • Receive immediate recognition as a new member in the weekly “Island Business Connection” email newsletter, and on Chamber social media pages and website homepage message board.
    • Your business membership makes you eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, which gives you voting rights dealing with Chamber matters.
    • Sponsorship opportunities to increase your visibility include annual events, and Quarterly Public Affairs Luncheons.
    • Chamber business members are eligible to be featured in the “Island Business Connection”, as the Member Spotlight of the week.
    • Ribbon-Cuttings and Grand Opening ceremonies for new, expanded, remodeled, or relocated businesses. Photos appear in the “Island Business Connection” newsletter, and on Chamber social media pages and website.
    • Participate in the annual Membership Showcase, which draws over 300 people to your FREE booth.
    • Direct Referrals. Numerous inquiries for specific goods and services are fielded at the Chamber office each day. Business referrals are reserved solely for members.


    Additional Benefits

    • Displaying a Chamber membership plaque demonstrates credibility to customers and a willingness to contribute to your community.
    • Legislative Impact. The Chamber works to protect and promote the business environment by keeping a close eye on ordinances and legislation that impact business and tourism.
    • Networking Opportunities. Attend Chamber mixers, grand openings, special events, educational seminars, and committee meetings. Check our calendar to see where we’ll be next!
    • Eligibility to serve on Committees. Your opportunity to help the Chamber carry out its role of supporting business in the community, which in turn helps your business.
    • Chamber members work together to encourage quality educational opportunities for area high school students. The Laguna Madre Education Foundation administers a scholarship program for graduating seniors at Port Isabel High School.
    • Workforce education and development is supplemented by the Chamber’s ongoing efforts to provide customer service seminars, hospitality training programs, swimming pool certification programs and food handling certification programs.
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