A sixth-generation Texan, Roy William “Will” Cabler III began his remarkably diverse and accomplished career when, as a young man of 20, he answered the call of the sea. Vowing to travel the world as a surfer, he left college as a sophomore, established a base of operations in South Padre Island, and began his journeys to some of the most exotic and exciting surfing capitols on the planet. Always working steadily as a waiter in South Padre Island to earn money for his great adventures, he listened with great interest to the conversations of real estate developers, investors and brokers who were part of the big boom of the Rio Grande Valley at that time.
By age 24, Will had obtained a real estate license and, by age 27, was one of the youngest brokers of commercial and condominium transactions on South Padre Island.
Will went on to have a very successful practice as a real estate broker on South Padre Island until devastating downturns in the industries of all those who made a living from international commerce and trade with Mexico, those who relied upon real estate investments as income swept away most of the opportunities that those living in the Rio Grande Valley and South Padre Island had come to enjoy. Will tackled this challenge by studying at night at Pan Am University (now the University of Texas at Brownsville) and, by age 36, had obtained a license as a Certified Public Accountant.
As a CPA, Will represented a variety of local businesses and condominiums including home owner association auditing, financial statement preparation and tax preparation and representation. Will became active in local causes serving on the Town of South Padre Island Beach and Dune Task Force, serving as member of the Saint Andrew’s By the Sea Episcopal Church Finance Committee and worked his way up the officer ranks to become President of the Port Isabel Rotary Club.
Never averting the opportunity for a challenge, Will plunged headlong into his third career attending St. Mary’s School of Law, receiving a law degree and Texas law license in 1998. At St. Mary’s, Will served as a Research Assistant in the Community Development Clinic working with Texas Rural Legal Aid assisting colonias in south Texas with legal and regulatory problems which included countless long hot days in the colonias as well as appearances in Federal Court and auditing state agency records.
With a strong background in real estate and construction, jointly licensed as a CPA and as a lawyer, Will’s invaluable and unique insights into real estate and construction make him a much sought after attorney for drafting and negotiating, as well as training and public speaking. Audiences frequently comment that Will’s Power Points presentations on dry topics like construction, real estate and builders risk coverage documents are actually entertaining and memorable!
Will now lives in Wimberley with his wife Cathy Cabler, who teaches kindergarten at Wimberley Independent School District. His daughter, Calen Cabler, has returned to follow this proud tradition as the Theatre Director at Wimberley High School. Will and Cathy’s two sons, Austen Cabler and Stephen Cabler, plan to follow in the footsteps of their parents’ proud traditions. Austen is a website developer and Stephen graduated from University of Oklahoma and is now working on his master’s degree at University of Texas at Austin.
J.D., St. Mary’s School of Law, 1998
B.S., Pan Am University
State Bar of Texas
Certified Public Accountant