Coast Monthly poses 10 questions to an intriguing resident of the Texas Coast.
Island resident and entrepreneur Alex Montemayor, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, owns A&C Welding, along with bike, surfboard and surrey rental shop E Z Rentals Inc. in Galveston.
Who is your hero?
Steve Rasmussen. When I first came to Galveston from Mexico, I had no credit history. Rasmussen was vice president at Bank of the West back then. He co-signed for my first checking account and gave me a chance to start out in business even though I was a virtual stranger.
What are you most proud of?
To have been part of the Galveston business community for 30 years. I got here in the summer of 1984 after Hurricane Alicia struck. I helped rebuild Galveston twice, as I also experienced Hurricane Ike that struck in 2008.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Who wouldn’t like to be taller?
Where would you like to grow old?
I’d love to split my time between Galveston and a place in the mountains near Monterrey, Mexico, with my family.
What skills would you like to possess?
I’d like to be a great writer and public speaker to address people and share what’s in my mind and heart. And to play the drums.
What’s something no one knows about you?
I went to Cuba long before President Obama did, pretending I had family there so I could get a visa.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Once in a while, I stay in bed all day and do nothing except to undertake the occasional trip to the fridge.
What song is your personal anthem?
“God Bless the Child” by Billie Holiday. I know all about carrying my own weight.
What was the last meal you made?
A grilled rack of lamb with veggies, seafood linguine and a glass of red wine.
Describe a favorite memory in 10 words.
Breakfast at my sister’s near Monterrey, talking about the world.