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.