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2010 Membership Directory | Community Profile

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Table of Contents Overview

Welcome From the Chamber.........................................................................................4 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce ...........................................................................5

Government

Brownsville Government.....................................................................................................................................................6 Border Film Commission.....................................................................................................................................................9 Police, Fire, & Emergency Medical Services.................................................................................................................10 Who to Call............................................................................................................................................................................13

Business & Industry

Economic Profile........................................................................................................... 15 Business on the Border............................................................................................... 18 Shopping Around......................................................................................................... 20 InternationalTrade andTransportation..................................................................... 22 Steps for Operating a Business in Brownsville...................................................... 25

Health Care

Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville................................................................. 30 Valley Regional Medical Center.................................................................................... 33 Brownsville Doctors Hospital........................................................................................ 34 Driscoll Children’s Services............................................................................................ 35 Other Regional Medical Providers............................................................................... 36

Education

Brownsville Independent School District................................................................ 38 The University ofTexas at Brownsville andTexas Southmost College............ 40 Additional Educational Resources............................................................................ 43

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Arts & Culture

Fine Arts................................................................................52 Museums..............................................................................58 Fiesta!....................................................................................60

Where the Wild Things Are

Brownsville Is for the Birders............................................64 It’s a Jungle in Here.............................................................66

Outdoor Recreation

Come Outside and Play...................................................... 67

Matamoros, Mexico

Sister City to the South............................................................ 70

South Padre Island

Sun, Surf, Sand, and Much More ...................................................73

Membership Directory

Index of Advertisers.........................................................................................76 Alphabetical Listing..........................................................................................77 Categorical Listing............................................................................................95

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Overview

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ienvenidos a Brownsville! Brownsville is a semi-tropical paradise of stately palm trees, ever-blooming bougainvilleas, exotic birds and coastal breezes. Add to this the rich history of two countries separated by the Rio Grande River, but joined by hundreds of years of tradition, family and trade, and you have a wonderful venue to visit, live or do business. Brownsville’s population is quickly approaching 200,000 and is growing. Our sister city of Matamoros has a population in excess of 750,000, and as the seat of Cameron County, Brownsville is one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States. Community resources include city transportation, municipally owned electricity and water, religious facilities, excellent health care facilities, proximity to beaches, resort properties, retirement communities, a premier zoo, a community theatre, a fine arts museum, a children’s museum, a variety of historic sites, a sports park, and an institution of higher education. For the business-minded, trade activity in Brownsville has been great, as the maquiladora industry has entered into its second year of growth. Brownsville’s international bridge crossings have increased, while the Port of Brownsville experienced an increase. 4 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

Retail activity in Brownsville has remained strong as national retailers continue to open their doors in Brownsville. The Brownsville Chamber of Commerce is one of the many organizations working to improve the economic vitality and the quality of life for the community. The Chamber does so by leveraging the support, talent and resources of its diverse membership. Founded in 1937, the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce is the community’s leading membership-driven advocate and champion for business. The Chamber provides leadership, volunteer programs and businessbuilding initiatives that focus on critical priorities in the community. On behalf of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce and its more than 1,000 members, we invite you to be a part of our growth and success. Lastly, I hope that you will support the many merchants and businesses that you will find in this publication. Onward,

Angela R. Burton, IOM President/CEO


Overview

Brownsville Chamber of Commerce P P

ast residents and Chairmen 1914–1915: A. Wayne Wood 1929–1930: M.H. West 1930–1933: H.L.Yates 1936–1937: A. Wayne Wood 1937–1938: Chas. A. Burton 1938–1939: John H. Hunter 1939–1940: Frank L. Davis 1940–1941: Ken Faxon 1942–1943: G.W. Dennett 1943–1944: Robin M. Pate 1944–1945: Herbert L. Stokley 1945–1946: Sam Pearl 1946–1947: R.N. Curry 1947–1948: W.Travis Jennings 1948–1949:Ygnacio Garza 1949–1950: H.R. McKay 1950–1951: John E. Mitchell 1951–1952: Joe Lindaberry 1952–1953: Robin M. Pate 1953–1954: Floyd Davis 1954–1955: Manuel A. Sanchez 1955–1956: F.W. Hughes 1956–1957: L. WM. Long 1957–1958: Jack Wiech 1958–1960: Minor Wilson 1960–1961: Paul V. Springman 1961–1962: Bat Corrigan III 1962–1963: Eugene S. Hurt 1963–1964: J.W. Hiester 1964–1966: Glen Herman 1966–1967: A.J. Carnesi 1967–1968: E.B Roberts Jr. 1968–1970: Irving Shepard 1970–1971: Robert E. Velten 1971–1972: John Gillis Jr. 1972–1973: Al Cisneros 1973–1974: Bob Fowler

1974–1975: Bill John 1975–1976: J.B. Coulter 1976–1977: W.M. Stevenson 1977–1978:Tom Champion Jr. 1978–1979: Sam Pate 1979–1980: Arnulfo L. Oliveira 1980–1981: Joe Hahn 1981–1982: Bud Richards 1982–1983: Larry Jokl 1983–1984: Ray Lopez 1984–1985: Bill Hughes 1985–1986: MemeTrevino 1986–1987: Julius Collins 1987–1988: Vincent L. Crixell, III 1988–1989:T. Mark Blakemore 1989–1990: E.A. (Gene) Gibbs 1990–1991: John Wood 1991–1992: Charles E. Hamilton 1992–1993:Terry Ray 1993–1994: Harris Lasseigne 1994–1995: Susana Reynosa 1995–1996: John Reed 1996–1997: JimTipton 1997–1998: Frank Parker Jr. 1998–1999: David Merrill 1999–2000: David Hughston 2000–2001: Arturo Farias 2001–2002: Raymond Cisneros 2002–2003: Morris Edelstein 2003–2004:Traci Wickett 2004–2005: Reba Cardenas McNair 2005–2006: Frank E. Perez 2006–2007: Kevin Alford 2007–2008: Maribel Baca 2008–2009: Juan Armando Recio 2009–2010: Barry Goodrich

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Government

Brownsville Government AH S S igher

tandard of

ervice

By Tim Hastings

Legislative Body Brownsville is governed by its City Commission, comprised of the mayor and six city commissioners. A fulltime city manager implements decisions made by the Commission and prepares the budget, coordinates city operations and programs, appoints and supervises city personnel, enforces municipal laws and ordinances, oversees special city projects, and recommends improvements in operations. Elections to the Commission are held in odd-numbered years (unless a vacancy occurs); each commissioner serves a four-year term. Positions on the Commission expire on a staggered basis. Brownsville has four single-member districts, and two Commission members and the mayor are elected at-large.

Services A full-service city, Brownsville’s departments include parks and recreation, emergency management, engineering, and planning and community development, as well as standard municipal services. Special services include: 88 Brownsville Urban System (BUS), an affordable, convenient, and easily accessible public transportation system. 88 Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport (see page 22), which offers daily non-stop commercial flights to Dallas/Ft. Worth and Houston. 6 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

88 Brownsville Events Center, a first-class destination for conventions, trade shows, dinners, and receptions. The facility will hold 1,200 guests seated theater-style, or 800 banquet-style. 88 Brownsville Public Library System, offering residents more than 165,000 volumes, computer access, special programming, and more.

Utilities Electricity Through the Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB), the city owns and operates its own electric generation, transmission, and distribution system. For residents and businesses, that means the best of both worlds — low rates and responsive, localized customer service. BPUB is certified by the Public Utilities Commission of Texas to provide power to most areas of the city. Those not receiving electricity through BPUB are served by either American Electric Power or Magic Valley Electric Cooperative. Water and Sewer The Brownsville Public Utilities Board provides water and sewer service to Brownsville and outlying areas. BPUB has sufficient water treatment capacity to accommodate future growth, recently constructing a brackish water treatment plant that both reduces the city’s dependence


Government on water from the Rio Grande and lessens the impact of drought. Telephone and Cable While AT&T is the primary local telecommunications service provider, Time Warner Cable also provides service in the region. Brownsville’s network is all-digital, and fiber-optic cable has been deployed in all four quadrants.

Travel Becomes Even Easier 88 Brownsville already enjoys extensive transportation infrastructure (see page 22), but the city is continuing to expand its services, offering even greater speed and convenience for residents and visitors. 88 Business travel is now even easier with the addition of daily non-stop flights from Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport to DallasFt. Worth International. The American Eagle Airline flights, which began in June 2009, joined existing Continental Airline daily non-stops to Houston. 88 Helping to ensure that all residents enjoy easy travel around the city, in 2008 the Brownsville Urban System (BUS) added three low-floor buses to improve accessibility for the disabled. The city also added one light-duty bus for scheduled services, such as transporting residents to medical appointments. BUS, which operates a fleet of 17 buses covering different 14 routes, logged 1.8 million passenger trips in 2008.

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Government A cinematographer takes advantage of Brownsville’s unique architecture for this location shot for director Julio Quintana’s feature film, Death of an Ally.

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Border Film Commission

Action! in Brownsville

onvinced that Brownsville and the surrounding region have what it takes to provide the perfect background for movies, television, and commercials, the City of Brownsville established the Border Film Commission with the sole mandate to facilitate production in the region. The commission assists filmmakers with location scouting, By Tim Hastings catering and lodging, and making arrangements for filming in Brownsville’s sister city, Matamoros, Mexico. Although Brownsville rarely requires permits for filming, the commission facilitates this when needed. Traffic control, emergency services standby, and on-camera requirements are other services.

Brownsville and Matamoros offer a variety of locales and architecture. Filmmakers have access to locations along the Rio Grande, wide ocean views, and sandy beaches. The region offers several different choices in terrain, ranging from sparse plains and brush to near-tropical. The feature film Benvenido Paisano, starring two of Mexico’s prominent film idols, was filmed mostly in Brownsville. Among recent feature films shot in Brownsville and Matamoros that are expected to be distributed in the United States are Pepe & Santo vs. America and Puños Rosas (“Pink Punch”). Granada TV and the BBC have used Brownsville locations to produce documentaries for The History Channel and PBS. The city also attracts graduate students working on thesis films. The Texas Legislature recently increased financial incentives for making films in the state. For more information, visit www.brownsvillefilm.com.

The Brownsville Border Film Commission assisted in producing the feature film Pepe & Santo vs. America. Photo to the left: Line producer Raul Carrera sets up the camera. Photo to the right: Director Javier Chapa gives actor Charlie Clark instructions for his role as “The Green Ghost.”

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Police, Fire, & Emergency Medical Services Protecting and Partnering

ublic safety is a high priority for the City of Brownsville. A citywide 911 system is in place for emergency assistance, and a significant portion of the budget is set aside for public safety funding. Brownsville’s police and fire departments have responded to their mandate not only with outstanding protection, but also by tailoring services to the community’s unique needs and by creating programs that reach out to residents.

By Tim Hastings

Police

The Brownsville Police Department operates with an annual budget of nearly $25 million, supplemented by grants for various community programs. The department employs approximately 237 officers and about 100 civilian staff.

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The department is extending its reach through citizen volunteer programs. Brownsville Police Sergeant Jimmy Manrrique says graduates of the Citizen’s Police Academy serve as advocates for law enforcement. “One graduate of our academy was talking to a friend whose home had been broken into,” Manrrique said. “The graduate told their friend to contact the police. The friend objected and said, ‘The police won’t do anything.’ The graduate shared an example he had learned at the academy of how detectives had investigated a robbery and one fingerprint they found led to an arrest.” The Brownsville Police Department offers the 10-week academy free of charge. Topics include firearm safety, police vehicle orientation, and techniques of collecting evidence.


Government A similar program, Explorers, gives high school students volunteer experience in making seat belt and bicycle safety presentations and assisting with child identification programs. The Explorers tested their skills in national competition in 2008 in Fort Collins, Colo. In 2007, they took second place in South Texas regional competition. The department also provides internships for area college students preparing to work in law enforcement.

The Brownsville Fire Department is a full-scale professional fire/EMS firstresponse department. Fire/EMS The Brownsville Fire Department is a full-scale professional fire/EMS firstresponse department. Nine fire stations are located throughout the city, including a substation at Brownsville South Padre Island Airport. The department’s comprehensive fleet of safety equipment includes 10 pump trucks, two ladder trucks, two aircraft rescue/firefighting trucks, two brush-fire trucks, two rescue boats, six medical intensive care units, several administration and prevention vehicles, and two heavy-rescue trucks. The department sponsors specialized teams for emergency situations, including the hazardous-materials response team; a swift-water rescue team; certified, trained personnel in aircraft firefighting and rescue; certified, trained personnel for marine firefighting; and a dive and swift-water rescue team.

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Who to Call

Important Brownsville Phone Numbers

In case of emergency, dial 911. Area code is 956.

Brownsville Chamber of Commerce.........................................542-4341

Fire (non-emergency)..................................................................546-6351

Brownsville Community Improvement Corp............................548-6006

Health...........................................................................................542-3437

Brownsville Convention & Visitors Bureau...............................546-3721

Human Resources.......................................................................548-6037

Brownsville Department of Animal Control..............................544-7351

Library.......................................................................................... 548-1055

Brownsville Economic Development Council............................541-1183

Municipal Court...........................................................................548-7181

Brownsville Public Utilities Board..............................................983-6100

Parks and Recreation...................................................................542-2064

Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport..............542-4373

Permits..........................................................................................550-8345

Brownsville Urban System (Public Transportation).................. 541-4881

Planning and Community Development...................................548-6150

Building Inspections....................................................................550-8345

Police (non-emergency)..............................................................548-7000

City Attorney.................................................................................548-6011

Public Works................................................................................. 542-7511

City Auditor..................................................................................548-6003

Purchasing and Contracts...........................................................548-6081

City Manager................................................................................548-6007

Ringgold Civic Pavilion............................................................... 547-6850

City Secretary...............................................................................548-6001

Social Security Office.................................................................. 574-7417

Downtown Development............................................................ 548-6176

Time and Temperature................................................................546-2481

Driver’s License Registration...................................................... 983-1920

Traffic............................................................................................ 546-1768

Emergency Management........................................................... 504-7405

TV 12............................................................................................. 548-1055

Emergency Medical Services..................................................... 541-9491

U.S. Postal Service...................................................................... 546-2411

Environmental Services.............................................................. 542-7511

Vehicle Registration.....................................................................544-0804

Engineering.................................................................................. 541-1012

Veterans Affairs............................................................................546-2822

Events Center...............................................................................554-0700

Workforce Solutions – Cameron................................................548-6700

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Economic Profile B

rOwnsville By tHe

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EMPLOYMENT Non-Farm Brownsville MSA Texas (millions) United States (millions)

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

111,700 9,514 131,826

114,900 9,416 130,341

115,300 9,371 129,999

115,800 9,497 131,435

116,700 9,735 133,463

121,300 10,053 136,174

123,600 10,359 137,621

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

1.8% 0.9% 0.0%

2.9% –1.0% –1.1%

0.3% –0.5% –0.3%

0.4% 1.3% 1.1%

0.8% 2.5% 1.5%

3.9% 3.2% 1.8%

1.9% 3.0% 1.1%

Growth Rate Brownsville MSA Texas United States

Sources: Texas Workforce Commission; U.S. Department of Labor

TOP 20 EMPLOYERS

UNEMPLOYMENT RATES Brownsville MSA Texas United States

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

7.9% 5.0% 4.7%

9.0% 6.4% 5.8%

9.5% 6.7% 6.0%

8.7% 6.0% 5.5%

7.5% 5.3% 5.1%

6.6% 4.9% 4.6%

6.0% 4.3% 4.6%

1980

1990

2000

2007

Projected 2010

84,997 209,727 537,811

98,962 260,120 701,888

139,722 335,227 978,369

Sources: Texas Workforce Commission; U.S. Department of Labor

POPULATION Brownsville Brownsville MSA Rio Grande Valley

data PrOvided By tHe BrOwnsville eCOnOmiC develOPment COunCil, 5/2009.

172,437 199,841 395,161 434,130 1,202,596 1,342,788

1 Brownsville ISD Education 2 AMFELS Manufacturing 3 UT Brownsville Education 4 Cameron County Government 5 Wal-Mart Retail 6 City of Brownsville Government 7 Convergys Corp. Call Center 8 HEB Food Stores Retail 9 Valley Regional Medical Center Medical 10 Valley Baptist Medical Center Medical 11 Trico Technologies Manufacturing 12 National Electric Coil Manufacturing 13 Public Utilities Board Utilities 14 U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Government 15 ORC Industries Manufacturing 16 Rich SeaPak Manufacturing 17 Dillard’s Retail 18 International Shipbreaking Manufacturing 19 Brownsville Community Health Center Medical 20 U.S. Postal Service Government Source: Brownsville Economic Development Council

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business & indusTry EMPLOYMENT BY SECTOR 2003

2004

2005

2006

% Change % Change Since 2006 Since 2001

Sector

2001

2002

2007

Manufacturing

11,300

10,200

9,100

7,800

7,300

7,700

7,500

–2.6%

–33.6%

Natural Resources/Construction

4,800

4,700

4,600

4,700

4,400

4,600

4,400

–4.3%

–8.3%

Transportation/Trade/Utilities

22,600

22,700

22,500

22,900

23,000

24,200

24,700

2.1%

9.3%

Financial Activities

4,200

4,300

4,500

4,600

4,700

4,800

4,900

2.1%

16.6%

Information

1,500

1,500

1,500

1,400

1,300

1,300

1,400

7.7%

–6.6%

Professional/Business Services

6,500

7,400

7,300

7,400

7,800

8,100

9,200

13.6%

41.5%

Education/Health Services

20,600

23,100

24,800

25,700

26,800

27,900

28,900

3.6%

40.1%

Leisure/Hospitality

11,100

11,500

11,400

11,700

11,400

11,800

12,700

7.6%

14.4%

Other Services

3,500

3,500

3,500

3,500

3,300

3,200

3,200

0.0%

–8.6%

Government

25,700

26,000

26,100

26,400

26,800

27,700

28,700

3.6%

11.7%

Sources: Texas Workforce Commission; U.S. Department of Labor

RETAIL ACTIVITY Retail Trade – Gross Sales (billions) Brownsville % Change Brownsville MSA % Change

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

1,337,711 12.2% 2,890,645 8.1%

1,509,271 12.8% 2,890,645 0.0%

1,583,259 4.9% 2,975,605 2.9%

1,592,603 0.6% 3,048,040 2.4%

1,600,978 0.5% 3,157,163 3.6%

1,717,537 7.3% 3,322,064 5.2%

1,860,803 8.3% 3,496,315 5.2%

Sales Tax Receipts Brownsville % Change

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

14,676,228 11.1%

16,155,477 10.1%

17,031,423 5.4%

18,052,722 6.0%

19,351,470 7.2%

20,222,526 4.5%

22,872,186 13.1%

Sources: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts; City of Brownsville

TRADE ACTIVITY Infrastructure Entity International Bridge Truck Crossings Brownsville/SPI Air Passengers Port Waterborne Cargo (metric tons in millions)

COST OF LIVING INDEX* 2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

217,693

215,573

198,586

201,447

205,198

N/A

294,114

70,854

70,074

61,973

67,821

76,848

84,300

94,043

3.9

4.6

3.6

3.8

4.5

5.3

4.7

Overall ..................................................................75 Food......................................................................87 Utilities ................................................................ 105 Miscellaneous ................................................... 102 *Note: U.S. average for all indices is 100. Source: Sperling’s BestPlaces, 2009

Sources: Brownsville/SPI International Airport; Port of Brownsville; Rio Grande Valley Chamber of Commerce

Mechanical Contractor

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Providing Insurance and Financial Services Home Office, Bloomington Illinois 61710

Kay Conly LUTCF, Agent 2401 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville, TX 78521-2307 Bus 956 542 0222 Fax 956 504 5814 kay.conly.b3e7@statefarm.com

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business & indusTry UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT BROWNSVILLE-TEXAS SOUTHMOST COLLEGE Enrollment Degrees Conferred

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

9,373 1,290

9,974 1,389

10,604 1,836

11,560 1,923

13,316 2,085

15,688 2,179

17,500 2,100+

Source: University of Texas at Brownsville

MAQUILADORA ACTIVITY Plants: Matamoros % Change Employment: Matamoros % Change

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

125 5.0% 60,875 –7.9%

127 1.6% 55,207 –9.3%

126 –0.8% 53,226 –3.6%

126 0.0% 53,394 0.3%

121 –4.0% 54,690 2.4%

117 –3.3% 55,455 1.4%

116 –.9% 56,700 2.2%

Source: INEGI

BUILDING PERMITS New Residential Monthly Average New Commercial Monthly Average Total Valuation (millions)

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007*

1,362 113 195 16 $203.3

1,536 128 180 15 $213.1

1,649 137 156 13 $309.8

1,453 121 175 14 $249.2

1,476 123 167 14 $262.1

1,326 110 151 12 $240.0

779 78 93 9 $163.9

*Statistics from January through October Source: City of Brownsville Building Inspections Department

BANK DEPOSITS Brownsville (billions p/mos) % Change

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

$1.47 1.1%

$1.67 13.1%

$1.95 17.0%

$2.16 10.9%

$2.02 -6.6%

$2.38 17.8%

$2.52 5.8%

Note: Figures are for deposits in FDIC insured banks in Brownsville. Source: Rio Grande Valley Partnership

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Business on the Border South Texas Tops in Strength and Growth

n September 2008, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Dr. Arthur Laffer, acclaimed economic researcher and consultant, unveiled an economic study of two of the nation’s economic heavyweights: Texas and California. By Carol Cummings Reasonable regulations, along with Texas’ low taxes and limited government, have created a superior economic climate, with growth in income, wealth, and employment projected to strengthen relative to California “Brownsville and Matamoros have and the nation as a whole, according to formed a unified and steadfast the study. Laffer’s study partnership to better market the vast compared Texas and California in six major economic advantages of conducting categories, including taxes on labor income, business along the border.” capital income, and consumption, along with the overall tax environment, government spending policies, and government regulatory policies. The study found the Texas economic 18 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

environment to be more competitive than California’s in five of the categories and equal to California’s in the sixth — taxes on consumption. In addition, according to a comprehensive regional report by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, economic indicators point to a solid economic outlook for South Texas. Major growth is anticipated in the education, health, financial, professional, trade, transportation, and utility sectors. “South Texas’ strengths include vibrant international trade, a young and rapidly growing population, and impressive gains in education and workforce development,” Comptroller Susan Combs stated in a press release.

Partners in Progress Brownsville and Matamoros have formed a unified and steadfast partnership to better market the vast economic advantages of conducting business along the border. Brownsville-Matamoros United is dedicated to serving the industrial and economic growth of the global marketplace. According to a national ranking


Business & Industry by IndustryWeek magazine, Brownsville is now the sixth-fastest-growing manufacturing region in the United States. With four bridges linking Brownsville to Matamoros and a strong seaport, this pro-business growth environment allows smooth commutes from industrial production to destination routes. Matamoros possesses strong assets such as a large young workforce, established and experienced industries, and a great availability of land, allowing room for expansion and growth. Brownsville-Matamoros United offers strong border qualities, leadership cooperation between both communities, and diverse industry logistics. These benefits will capitalize on opportunities for sustainable economic growth in this competitive global environment. Brownsville-Matamoros United offers an array of advantages that make living, working, and conducting business here a rewarding experience.

Help From the BEDC The Brownsville Economic Development Council (BEDC) is a publicly funded organization created in 1992 to help companies establish or expand operations in the Brownsville area. The six-person BEDC staff offers companies the financial, job training, and site location assistance needed to be successful here. The BEDC guides a prospective firm through the processes of acquiring permits and zoning, identifying potential suppliers, making contacts with other businesses, and meeting community leaders.

New Development Highlights 88 Matamoros added 2 million square feet of industrial space in 2008. 88 The Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation will receive $196,514 for the construction of the North Brownsville Industrial Park. 88 The Texas Department of Transportation plans to fund the $36 million Port Spur project that will alleviate truck traffic and connect the Port of Brownsville to Highway 77 and the future I-69. 88 The Brownsville leg of the proposed I-69 will be the first to be constructed of three superhighways coming to South Texas.

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rownsville’s retail activity grew by the astounding rate of 56 percent from 2000 to 2008 (BEDC, 2008), and retail growth doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time in the near future. According to the Brownsville Economic Development Council, the By Carol Cummings & Laura Wilcoxen city’s sales tax base increased from $1.3 billion in 2000 to $1.8 billion in 2006. Figures for the Brownsville MSA also rose between 2000 and 2007, increasing from $2.8 billion to $3.4 billion. And 2008 saw continued retail and service construction, including the city’s second Ross store, a Conn’s and Kohl’s outlet, and a string of restaurants and banks. Retailers questioned about their decision to come into Brownsville cite several factors: 88 The relatively inexpensive real estate in Brownsville. 88 The presence and success of big-box retailers like Wal-Mart and Target. 88 Infrastructure improvements. 88 Population and resident income growth. 88 Proximity and ease of access to Mexico. New industry, a growing population base, and expanding tourism have all impacted the retail sector of Brownsville’s economy. According to the Texas comptroller’s office, 2008 third-quarter year-to-date sales tax revenues for the City of Brownsville were up by 2.81 percent over 3Q2007 figures, while figures for the Brownsville MSA rose by 5.98 percent during the same period. According to the BEDC, between 2001 and 2008, Brownsville’s bank deposits grew by 42 percent. These

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figures correlate with the increase in sales tax revenues, retail gross sales, and the city’s population boom. Combined, the Rio Grande Valley’s $11 billion in bank deposits per month are the second-highest in South Texas, closely trailing San Antonio. The growth of South Texas and Northern Mexico as a region is catching the eye of many. The Federal Reserve of Dallas, which ranks the Brownsville-Matamoros region as the third-largest border metro in Texas, cites Brownsville’s retail growth as a testament to ever-increasing border traffic on the city’s four international bridges.

The growth of South Texas and Northern Mexico as a region is catching the eye of many. Selections In addition to Sunrise Mall — which features several department stores, shops, dining choices, a theater, and even a hand-crafted carousel — and the adjoining Sunrise Commons, Brownsville offers a variety of shopping plazas around the city. For a more traditional and intimate shopping experience, the charming and historic downtown Brownsville and the markets of Matamoros offer abundant souvenirs and gifts, including handcrafted jewelry, pottery, and clothing. Fresh, local produce can be found at seasonal roadside stands as well as at Brownsville’s Farmers Market, held Saturdays in front of the Federal Courthouse.


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rownsville and Matamoros are at the epicenter of one of the most dynamic and exciting regions in North America. Situated where the Rio Grande and Gulf of Mexico meet, the cities are uniquely positioned as hubs for international trade in the NAFTA marketplace. The cities have emerged as a top destination for retailers, manufacturBy Carol Cummings & Laura Wilcoxen ers, and logistics firms looking for a thriving new location to do business. According to the Texas comptroller’s office, trade between Mexico and the South Texas region totaled nearly $162 billion in 2007, up 28 percent from 2004. Brownsville alone saw $11.5 billion in truck trade and $1.3 billion in rail trade with Mexico in 2007.

Industrial Space The Brownsville-Matamoros metro area is home to 12 industrial areas, with the newest being two maquiladora parks. La Ventana Park According to a national ranking Industrial and Los Palmares Industrial Park both by IndustryWeek magazine, opened in 2007, and Brownsville is now the sixthboth began signing tenants the day they fastest-growing manufacturing broke ground. In all, Brownsville region in the United States. has five industrial parks, and Matamoros is at seven. Brownsville-Matamoros added 2,285 jobs in the manufacturing sector and 997,000 square feet in industrial space in 2007. According to a 22 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

national ranking by IndustryWeek magazine, Brownsville is now the sixth-fastest-growing manufacturing region in the United States.

Transportation Land An expressway runs through Brownsville, and all major U.S. and regional carriers service the area. Trucks leaving Brownsville and Matamoros can be in Chicago in less than 48 hours. More than 80 U.S. freight companies provide shipping, trucking, and motor freight services for commercial and residential shippers from and to any point within the United States. Brownsville and Matamoros have three international bridges with truck crossings to Mexico, offering fast and efficient travel and transport between the two countries. Trucks moved the majority of goods sent to Mexico from South Texas in 2007, accounting for $125 billion, or 77 percent, of the total. Air

Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport (BRO) is setting records for passenger service. It leads all airports in the Southwest in load factor, the percentage of seats occupied on each flight. BRO is also home to the largest Free Trade Zone in the United States. Travelers can fly into or out of Brownsville several times a day on Continental Airlines through its Houston hub. From there, connections are available to close to 300 destinations worldwide. Daily non-stop flights from BRO to Dallas-Ft. Worth International via American Eagle were added in June 2009. BRO is the only airport in the Rio Grande Valley to offer Midnight Express Air Cargo


Business & Industry Service and the only one of five area airports to offer free secure parking BRO is also the only airport in the Rio Grande Valley with 24/7 customs and immigration service. International flights carrying movie stars, royalty, presidents, and corporate leaders often stop in Brownsville to clear customs and continue as domestic origin flights. At just 18 miles away, Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport is the closest airport to one of America’s most popular beaches — that on South Padre Island. The airport offers a $2 shuttle to the island, which is free to participating hotels. The terminal has undergone a major renovation and has a brand-new, awardwinning restaurant; newsstand; and gift shop. The airport has more than a dozen improvement projects under way, including longer runways, expanded air cargo facilities, new hangars, sidewalks, and more free parking. BRO was the first airport in the Rio Grande Valley to offer all jet flights and the first to provide a free flight alert program. After registering online, passengers are called on their cell phones with the latest status of their flights.

Sea – Barge Brownsville is the only Texas border city with a deep-water port. The Port of Brownsville’s first-class cargo and fishing port is connected to the Gulf of Mexico by a 17-mile, 42-foot-deep channel. Products going to and from the Rio Grande Valley, northern Mexico, and the world pass through the Port of Brownsville, which is also home to the local shrimp fleet. Rail lines and truck routes from both sides of the border connect with the Port for cargo transport. Waterborne cargo tonnage rose nearly 36 percent between 2001 and 2008. In 2006, a private consulting firm estimated that the Port of Brownsville was responsible for about 38,000 direct and indirect jobs in Texas and $1.9 billion in personal income in the state. Additionally, the study credited the Port with annually generating nearly $2.8 billion in business revenue and indirect purchases, as well as nearly $174 million in state and local taxes. Rail Union Pacific lines run through the city and provide direct access to Mexico. From the Mexico crossing at the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge, Ferrocarriles

Nacionales (the Mexican National Railway) can move railcars to any part of the country. Rail service between Brownsville and Matamoros runs through multiple industrial parks. Brownsville’s rail service train crews operate on a 24-hour, six-days-per-week time frame. The Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railroad (the “Railroad”) is a short-line railroad providing exclusive common carrier rail transportation to all facilities within the Brownsville Navigation District of Cameron County, Texas. All traffic is interchanged with the Union Pacific Railroad Company (UP) at its Olmito yard. Interchange with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Company (BNSF) is accomplished via a haulage agreement between UP and BNSF. Interchange with the Mexican Railroad carrier TFM is done via an intermediate switch with UP at the Brownsville & International Matamoros Bridge. The Railroad operates as a common carrier, subject to all rules of the Surface Transportation Board.

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Business Legal Structure and Name The initial step in starting your business is to correctly record the name of your business and to decide the legal arrangement of your business. The legal arrangement is the most critical, since it will have significant impact on your taxes and liability, both financially and legally. See the Chamber directory for a list of attorneys. BUSINeSS NaMe

Upon determining the legal organization and a name for the business, if the name of the business will be other than the owner’s name, a business name must be filed with the county clerk’s office and/or the secretary of state, depending on its legal structure. LOCaL ReGIStRatION

All business entities doing business in Cameron County as a Sole Proprietorship or Partnership will need to file an Assumed Name Certificate with the respective county courthouse. For further information, call or visit Cameron County at 956-544-0815 or www.cameroncountyclerk.org. State ReGIStRatION

All business entities doing business in the State of Texas as Limited Partnerships, Registered Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, Corporations, Professional Corporations, Non Profit Corporations, and Professional

Associations must submit documentation with the secretary of state. For further information, visit the secretary of state’s Web site at www.sos.state.tx.us. Finally, with corporations, all businesses will need to file Articles of Incorporation with the secretary of state. The fee for filing is $300. Navigating Through the Tax Maze The specific taxes that are applicable to organizations vary based on the legal structure selected, the location of the business, the number of employees hired, and other varying factors. The following is a summary of the different types of taxes that most businesses are required to pay; it should not be construed as a comprehensive list. A tax accountant should be contacted to verify the taxes that are applicable to your organization. FeDeRaL taxeS

When forming your business, one of the first steps is to apply for a Federal Taxpayer Identification Number. If you are in a trade or business, your taxpayer ID number is generally your Employer Identification Number (EIN), which must be shown on all of your business tax returns as well as on any tax-related documents and statements. When filing income tax returns as an individual proprietor, a partner in a partnership, or a member of an LLC, you must place your Social Security Number and EIN on your personal income tax return (Form 1040); Form 1040 for

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Business & Industry sole propri­etorships, partners, and LLCs; and Form 1120 for corporations. If you have changed the legal form of the organization (i.e., incorporated your individual proprietor business, formed a partnership, or vice versa) you must get a new Employer Identification Number. The same is true if there is a change in ownership of the business (such as the purchase or inheritance of an existing business); you cannot use the EIN of the former owner, even if he or she is your spouse. A new number is required if you terminate an old partnership and begin a new one. To apply for an Employee Identification Number, complete form SS-4 from: Internal Revenue Service 2701 S. 77 Sunshine Strip Harlingen, TX 78550 956-365-5185 www.irs.gov/businesses/small/index.html Once this form is processed, you will re­ceive your ID number, a federal deposit tax slip, and relevant information about the taxes you will need to pay. As an employer, you are responsible for withholding and paying certain taxes connected with the salaries, wages, tips, and other compensation

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paid to your employees. The most common taxes are the Federal Income Tax, the Federal Insur­ance Contribution Tax Act (FICA), and the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA). It is important to note that you, as the employer, are liable for regular payments to the government (federal, state, and local) of the various taxes that are withheld from your employees’ compensation. You are subject to severe penalties for non-payment. A business tax kit is available at the IRS of­fice; this kit includes forms and brochures that will help you comply with federal tax laws and regulations. The kit also contains a Tax Guide for Small Business, which explains step-by-step the taxes for which you may be liable, sample filled-in forms, and other helpful information. Contact the IRS office to request the Business Tax Kit and other publications at 800-829-3676 or 800-829-4059. State Taxes

The agency in charge of administration and collection of state and local sales taxes from businesses operating in Texas, as well as any franchise taxes owed by Texas corpo­rations, is the Comptroller of Public Accounts. For further information, contact:

Comptroller of Public Accounts 955 W. Price Road, Suite B Brownsville, TX 78520-8703 956-542-8426 Some employers must contribute to the state unemployment insurance fund. The agency in charge of collecting all unemployment taxes for workers employed in Texas is the Texas Workforce Commission. For further information about these taxes, obtaining a state employer’s identification number, and tax credits, contact: Texas Workforce Commission Tax Department 101 E. 15th St. Austin, TX 78776 www.twc.state.tx.us/ • New Employer Accounts/Status of Accounts: 800-832-9394. • Quarterly Reports and Rates: 512-463-2407. • Unemployment Insurance Customer Service: 512-463-2542. • Labor Market Information: 512-491-4922. • Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC): 800-695-6879.


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Corporations and Limited Liability Companies organized or doing business in Texas are subject to the Texas franchise tax. For additional information, call 800-252-1381 or visit the Texas State Comptroller’s Web page at www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/franchise/index.html. When a business owner sells taxable items (tangible personal property or taxable services), he or she must collect state sales or use tax plus the appropriate local sales or use taxes. Sales taxes can reach a maximum of 8.25 percent. The state levies 6.25 percent of the sale’s price on qualifying items. The state also collects sales taxes for the cities and other municipal taxing authorities, which can reach an additional 2.0 percent combined, then rebates money to the local authorities. Depending on the anticipated sales volume for the business, the owner will file sales tax reports quarterly, monthly, or yearly. The State’s Comptroller’s Office will send preprinted report forms to the taxpayer before the due date. For more information, visit www.window.state.tx.us/ taxinfo/sales/new_business.html. LOCaL taxeS

Owners of real property and tangible personal property located in Texas on the date of assessment, and that is used in generating income, are subject to tax. The tax rate is set by the local (county) taxing unit. Real property includes land and improvements on the land. Tangible personal property includes boats, trailers, inventory, and depreciable tangible personal property, with certain exemptions for inventory. For further information, contact the local county appraisal district where the business is located.

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NOTE: A variety of miscellaneous state and federal taxes, such as the gasoline tax, must be filed in specific situations. The aforementioned tax rates and other tax matters covered are subject to change. It is recommended that you see the IRS office, the Texas Comptroller of Public Account office, or your accountant for updated information. See the Chamber directory for a list of member accountants. Business Licenses and Permits by Business Type The Texas Department of Economic Development has an updated list of licenses, permits, certifications, and registrations for a specific business on the federal, state, and local levels. Visit their Web site at www.texasonline.com/category.jsp?language=eng&categoryId=9 or contact them at 800-888-0511. www.brownsvillechamber.com 27


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Business Employer Requirements Employers have to comply with labor, safety, and tax obligations at federal and state levels.

Texas Workforce Commission 101 East 15th St. Austin, TX 78778 512-837-9559 or 800-832-9243 www.texasworkforce.org

The Texas Workers’ Compensation Commission publishes a new law guide, a quarterly newsletter and an information brochure for employers to help them become more familiar with the basic requirements for workers’ compensation in Texas. To obtain these publications, contact: Southfield Building 4000 South IH 35 Austin, TX 78704 512-448-7900 eQUaL eMPLOYMeNt ReQUIReMeNtS

Federal and state laws prohibit employment discrimination. The United States Equal

Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Texas Commission on Human Rights (TCHR) are charged with enforcing fair employment laws, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. Current statutes cover all employment transactions. All employers with 15 or more employees engaged in an industry affecting commerce, employment agencies, and labor unions are prohibited from denying equal employment opportunities. Regardless of the number of individuals employed, a county, municipality, and any state agency or instrumentality, including public institutes of education, are also prohibited from denying equal employment opportunities. The TCHR will assist local governments in establishing human rights commissions and will provide technical assistance and training to employers to facilitate compliance with laws prohibiting employment discrimination. The TCHR has jurisdiction for investigating employment complaints in Texas. The EEOC promotes voluntary programs that allow employers and organizations to implement equal employment opportunity programs within their businesses. For inquiries regarding federal equal employment requirements, contact: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission San Antonio District Office 5410 Fredericksburg Road, Suite 200 Mockingbird Plaza, Plaza II San Antonio, TX 78229 210-229-4810 or 210-229-4858

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides protection for people with disabilities in the areas of employment, public services and transportation, public accommodation, and telecommunications. For more federal information on how the Americans with Disabilities Act will affect a business and for technical assistance with provisions applying to employment, contact: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 1801 L Street NW Washington, D.C. 20507 800-669-4000 or 800-669-6820 (TDD) www.eeoc.gov SaFetY ReQUIReMeNtS

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) U.S. Department of Labor, Regional Office 525 Griffin St., Room 602 Dallas, TX 75202 214-767-4731 WaGe aND LaBOR ReQUIReMeNtS

The Texas Workforce Commission is charged with investigating and notifying appropriate county and/or district attorneys regarding all labor law violations. The Labor Law Department is charged with the enforcement of state and federal labor laws as well as the prosecution of offenders of these laws. State statutes include the Pay Day and Child Labor laws. For additional information, contact: U.S. Department of Labor Regional Wage and Hour Offices Corpus Christi: 512-888-3520 San Antonio: 210-229-4515 DRUG-FRee WORKPLaCe

Advice is available to Texas employers with 15 or more employees who maintain workers’ compensation coverage. Employers must comply with certain drug-free workplace requirements and are also subject to federal regulations. These federal regulations include the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and U.S. Department of Transportation regulations requiring drug and alcohol testing. For information, contact: Texas Drug-Free Workplace Initiative 2525 Wallingwood, Building 5 Austin, TX 78746 512-328-1144 or 800-343-3822 28 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce


Health Care An award-winning team helps physicians provide life-saving care in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville. Staff members include, from the left: Tony Ashley, RN, Cath Lab Supervisor; Edgar Tovar, RT(R), Scrub Tech; William Robertson, LVN, Cath Lab Tech; Rudy Sanchez, RN, Cardiovascular Services Director; Samuel Herrera, Registered Radiology Technologist; Josh Atkinson, RN; and Reynaldo Reyna, Cardiovascular Technician.

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Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville 1040 W. Jefferson St., Brownsville :: 956-698-5400 :: www.ValleyBaptist.net

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hrough its dedicated team of caring doctors and nurses, Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville is offering an array of new services, quality improvements, and new facilities for the benefit of Valley residents and visitors. As Brownsville’s largest hospital, Valley Baptist-Brownsville has been upgrading its surgical suites and inpatient floors and recently opened the new Foot Care By Michael Swartz Institute, which offers specialized care for diabetes and other patients. VBMC-Brownsville was also the first hospital in Cameron County to offer a new type of computer-guided knee surgery. The surgery, performed by Dr. Jose A. Bossolo, is resulting in smaller incisions and quicker healing times for many patients. In addition, Valley Baptist, in partnership with local physicians, has expanded beyond its main 243-bed hospital off Central Boulevard by opening a new imaging center — featuring an open MRI — in north Brownsville.

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The North Brownsville Medical Plaza, conveniently located on Expressway 77 north of Alton Gloor Boulevard, also includes an ambulatory surgery center and physical therapy clinic. Valley Baptist is also expanding services at its campus in East Brownsville, which includes Brownsville’s first inpatient behavioral health facility (37 beds), as well as outpatient mental health and seniors’ programs.

“We are committed to providing outstanding care to our patients and the community.” Valley Baptist-Brownsville physicians and staff have received many national awards for their quality service and clinical excellence, including 5-Star PRC (top 10 percent in the nation) awards for the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Outpatient Laboratory. Meanwhile, the


Health Care Emergency Department Outpatient Services and Inpatient Units received 4-Star Awards for exemplary care and service. In 2009, Valley Baptist-Brownsville was the only hospital in Texas to receive the “Gold Triple Recognition Award” from the American Heart Association for treating coronary artery disease, heart failure, and stroke. In addition, Valley Baptist-Brownsville and Valley Baptist-Harlingen recently became the only

Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville uses lifesaving emergency medicine to reverse strokes in the Emergency Room. Attending to a patient are, from the left: Jose Sosa Jr., RN; Ross Peterson, RN, BSN, CEN, Stroke Coordinator for Valley Baptist-Brownsville; Dr. Khadim Hussain, Emergency Physician; Kathryn Taylor, RN; and Luis Hernandez, ER Medical Technician.

two hospitals in the Valley to be certified as “Primary Stroke Centers” by national accrediting organization the Joint Commission. “These honors are a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our physicians and employees at VBMC-Brownsville,” said Leslie Bingham, hospital CEO. “We are committed to providing outstanding care to our patients and the community.”

As Brownsville’s largest hospital, Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville offers an array of health care services for Valley residents and visitors.

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Valley Regional Medical Center 100 Alton Gloor Blvd., Brownsville :: 956-350-7000 :: www.ValleyRegionalMedicalCenter.com

Treating You Like Family

ounded as Valley Community Hospital in 1975, Valley Regional Medical Center proudly serves Brownsville and the surrounding communities. Valley Regional is committed to providing the best health care for the residents in the Rio Grande Valley. Affiliated with HCA, the largest hospital company in the world, Valley Regional Medical Center moved to its current location at the corner of Expressway 77 and Alton Gloor in 1998 upon completion of a state-of-theart, 214-bed replacement facility. By Robin Brechot With over 200 physicians representing over 25 specialties, Valley Regional Medical Center is a leader in a vast array of high-quality programs, including advanced diagnostic imaging, interventional cardiac catheterization, open-heart surgery, laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, women’s services, and neonatal intensive care. The Emergency Department, a designated Level III Trauma Center, treats a wide range of emergent needs 24 hours a day.

Valley Regional Medical Center offers technologically advanced imaging services. When it comes to quality imaging, size does matter. Valley Regional offers a 64-slice CT scanner, 1.5 Tesla MRI, 4D ultrasound testing, and much more. Many imaging centers simply cannot compete with such advanced technology. The heart of Valley Regional Medical Center is our staff. Living our mission, patients at our facility become part of our extended family. Leading the Rio Grande Valley with the number of nurses who have obtained advanced certifications, you can count on our staff to provide you with compassionate and quality care. Innovation and an unwavering commitment to patient care are the cornerstones of our hospital. Our commitment to patient safety and high standards of nursing care is evident through our compassionate and caring staff, which lives our mission and vision daily by treating you as “family.” When you want the very best, choose Valley Regional Medical Center.

Founded as Valley Community Hospital in 1975, Valley Regional Medical Center proudly serves Brownsville and the surrounding communities. With over 200 physicians representing over 25 specialties, Valley Regional Medical Center is a leader in a vast array of highquality programs.

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Health Care Brownsville Doctors Hospital recently completed a $20 million, 80,000-square-foot expansion. New services have been added as well, including a stateof-the-art Imaging Center, the Wound Center, cesarean deliveries, and expanded inpatient services.

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Brownsville Doctors Hospital Growing to Serve 4750 North Expressway, Brownsville :: 956-554-2000

hysician-owned Brownsville Doctors Hospital recently completed a $20 million, 80,000square-foot expansion. The new facility includes seven operating rooms, an expanded imagining center, and 55 beds. With this recent expansion, hospital owners have invested $35 million in the community’s health care services. The staff at Brownsville Doctors Hospital performs thousands of surgeries each year and can boast of one of the lowest infection rates in the country (0.001 percent), together with the lowest morbidity and mortality rate of any area hospital. Contributing to these outstanding results is a patient-to-nurse ratio of 3-to-1, allowing each nurse to focus closely on his/her patients and By Staff Writer their specific needs and earning the hospital state and national recognition. Brownsville Doctors Hospital (previously Brownsville Surgical Hospital) was the first hospital in the Rio Grande Valley to be awarded the Joint Commissions (JCAHO) “Gold Seal” of approval. The staff at Brownsville Doctors Hospital Brownsville Doctors Hospital has steadily added new serperforms thousands of surgeries each year vices to the facility. Among recent additions, the hospital has introduced its state-of-the-art Imaging Center, the Wound and can boast of one of the lowest infection Center, and cesarean deliveries and has also expanded inparates in the country (0.001 percent). tient services.

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Driscoll Children’s Services Driscoll Children’s Hospital :: 3533 S. Alameda St., Corpus Christi :: 361-694-5000 Driscoll Children’s Specialty Center :: 5500 N. Expressway 77/83, Brownsville :: 956-982-2439 :: www.driscollchildrens.org

Hope and Healing

ince opening its doors in 1953, Driscoll Children’s Hospital (DCH) in Corpus Christi has been offering hope and healing to children in the entire South Texas region. That care is complemented by the hospital’s specialty clinic in Brownsville. By Michael Bratten DCH is a 189-bed pediatric tertiary care center with pediatric specialists representing 19 medical and nine surgical specialties. Each year, more than 100,000 children receive care through Driscoll, including 40,000 patients who are seen at South Texas’ first emergency room created specifically for pediatrics. Additionally, Driscoll maintains a state-of-the-art ground-air transport team.

Driscoll Children’s Specialty Center is a pediatric outpatient clinic in Brownsville. The facility includes 12 physician rooms and provides pediatric services in the areas of: 88 88 88 88 88 88 88 88 88 88

gastroenterology hematology and oncology nephrology neurology neurosurgery orthopedics plastic and reconstructive surgery psychology and behavioral services surgery urology

Driscoll Children’s Hospital is a 189-bed pediatric tertiary care center with pediatric specialists representing 19 medical and nine surgical specialties.

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Other Regional Medical Providers Comprehensive Care By Tim Hastings

Solara Hospital Brownsville 956-546-0808 :: www.solarahc.com/fac_brownsville.asp

Solara Healthcare, a Dallas/Fort Worth-based longterm acute-care hospital company; Valley Baptist Health System; and the local community opened Solara Hospital Brownsville in October 2007. Solara Hospital Brownsville is a 41-bed, all-private-room hospital designed to treat patients with acute complicated care needs requiring an average hospital stay of 25 days or more. The hospital also features a six-bed ICU.

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South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital 956-554-6000 :: STRH.ernesthealth.com

South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital is a state-of-theart 40-bed acute rehabilitation hospital specializing in inpatient and outpatient care of patients with stroke, trauma, spinal cord injury, brain injury, and other disabling impairments. The staff at South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital knows that therapy is a very emotional experience requiring a caring, highly trained, and supportive team to maximize recovery. For the third consecutive year, South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital


Health Care ranked in the top 10 percent of 813 rehabilitation facilities ranked in the IRF (In-patient Rehab Facilities) database of Uniform Data System (UDSMR). STRH was cited for care that is effective, efficient, timely, and patient-centered.

Other Care Services Brownsville is home to a wide variety of physicians providing service through an array of private offices, clinics, labs, medical centers, minor emergency centers, outpatient surgical centers, and night clinics. The city also has several assisted living centers and nursing homes. These include one facility with a high-security unit to meet the needs of Alzheimer’s patients. Each of the facilities has professional medical staff. Flexible financial plans are available. Hospice care is also available in Brownsville.

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Education Encompassing 95 square miles, Brownsville Independent School District is the largest school district in the Rio Grande Valley and the largest employer south of San Antonio, Texas.

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n October 14, 2008, at a ceremony held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, two former U.S. secretaries of education, Rod Paige and Richard Riley, announced that Brownsville By Tim Hastings Independent School District was the winner of the 2008 Broad Prize, the largest education prize in the country. Started in 2002, the $2 million Broad (rhymes with “road”) Prize is an annual award honoring large urban school districts that demonstrate the strongest student achievement and improvement while narrowing achievement gaps between income “Brownsville is the best-kept secret in and ethnic groups. The money goes America. Other school districts can learn a directly to gradugreat deal from Brownsville’s success.” ating high school seniors for college —Eli Broad scholarships. A Founder of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation jury of 10 prominent American government, education, business, and civic leaders, including the two former U.S. secretaries of education, selected Brownsville ISD, which received $1 million in college scholarships for 2009 graduating seniors. The four finalists each received $250,000 in college scholarships. The selection jury evaluated quantitative data on the finalists, consisting of publicly available student performance data compiled and analyzed by MPR Associates Inc., a leading national education research consulting firm. In addition, the jury evaluated the five finalist districts’ policies and practices based on site visits, classroom observations, and interviews with administrators, teachers, principals, parents, community

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leaders, school board members, and union representatives. The site visits were led by Massachusetts-based School Works, an education consulting company. Reasons Brownsville stood out among the large urban school districts included: 88 Brownsville ISD outperformed other similar Texas districts. 88 There was greater improvement by ethnic and income subgroups. 88 The district showed closing achievement gaps between income and ethnic groups. 88 Brownsville ISD has strong districtwide policies and practices. Brownsville’s Broad Prize selection was covered extensively by many major national newspapers, publications, and wire services, including The New York Times, Newsweek, and the Associated Press.

Brownsville ISD Fast Facts 88 Encompassing 95 square miles, Brownsville ISD is the largest school district in the Rio Grande Valley and the largest employer south of San Antonio, Texas. 88 BISD is the 17th-largest school district in Texas and currently operates 52 campuses. 88 Approximately 7,300 employees serve a student population rapidly approaching 50,000. 88 Several new schools are under construction; three new elementary schools will open their doors during the 2009–2010 school year.


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he history of The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College is as rich as that of the Rio Grande Valley and this corner of Texas. Recognizing the need for quality higher education, local leaders and residents of Brownsville created a community college in 1926. The college expanded through the years, then took a giant leap forward through the By Cheryl Taylor creation of a historic partnership between Texas Southmost College and The University of Texas System in 1991. This unprecedented partnership provides residents the opportunity to pursue degrees offered at a four-year institution, but it does not eliminate the programming customarily offered by a community college. The unique mix of the two institutions has been dubbed by many as the “community university.” “The establishment of the partnership has enabled us to respond to traditional and nontraditional students in our area,” said UTB/TSC President Dr. Juliet V. García, the first Hispanic female to become president of a university or college. “Since that time (1991), we have graduated more than 17,000

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students with certificate, associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and we are looking forward to May 2010 and the graduation of our first College of Education doctoral students in curriculum and instruction.”

A College and University Are Born The face of UTB/TSC has changed dramatically since the 1991 partnership, when the entire campus was confined to part of the remaining historic Fort Brown, established in 1846 by Gen. Zachary Taylor during the Mexican-American War. After the war, the fort was rebuilt by Capt. William A. Wainwright, post quartermaster; some of those buildings remain today. The historic buildings on campus have been carefully restored and adapted for use as administration offices, among them the Office of the President in the arched, colonnaded Gorgas Hall, built as the post hospital, where Army surgeon Lt. William C. Gorgas began research on yellow fever. The three-level fort commissary, which later also served as a brig, has been restored and is the new home of the Division of Institutional Advancement. One of Fort Brown’s last remaining


Education wooden frame structures, the commandant’s house, has also been rescued and is now the office of the university’s provost.

Academics Hailing from every continent, a diverse faculty is also transforming UTB/ TSC with cutting-edge research, new teaching techniques, and real-world knowledge, all of which benefits both students and the community. Many faculty members consider themselves to be educational pioneers, attracted to UTB/TSC by the opportunity to be part of building a great university from the ground up. Several departments enjoy outstanding credentials, including the Physics and Astronomy Department, with its Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy, and the award-winning music programs of the Fine Arts Department. Health and human performance, nursing, and education faculty members are actively involved in researching the particular health problems that disproportionately affect residents of the Rio Grande Valley, among them diabetes and Alzheimer’s. UTB/TSC offers numerous associate degrees, including allied medical health professions such as sonography, polysomnography, respiratory therapy, and emergency medical technology. Added just last year, a twoyear pre-architecture program in partnership with Texas Tech University is designed to prepare students for a seamless transition to Tech’s School of Architecture.

New Places to Learn In 2004, voters in Texas Southmost College taxing district approved a $68 million bond for the addition of five large buildings on campus:

88 The final large construction project under way is the Science and Technology Learning Center, a $33.8 million facility funded by The University of Texas System that will focus on medical research.

Education and Business Partnership A vital component of UTB/TSC is the International Technology, Education and Commerce Center (ITEC Center), a 647,000-square-foot facility just one mile from the Fort Brown Campus. Conceived as a place where the university partners directly with business and industry, the center includes a variety of programs aimed at assisting regional employment growth and economic development efforts. Part of the 2004 bond funding, an extensive remodeling was completed in January 2009, which created 50,000 square feet of classrooms, including two extra-large lecture halls. As a result, the ITEC Center is now an ideal location for small business conferences and meetings. Among the programs at the ITEC Center is the Workforce Training and Continuing Education Center (WTCE) (see related story, page 43). WTCE maintains an average annual enrollment of about 5,000, with students participating in studies such as criminal justice, foreign language courses, and customized industry training. Also at the ITEC Center is the International Innovation Center, a business incubator designed to help new ventures get a solid start, particularly those seeking to partner with the growing research capabilities of UTB/TSC in information technology, the nano sciences, and biomedical technology. Helping the community conduct business internationally is another important facet of ITEC Center’s mission. The International Trade Center

88 The Recreation, Education and Kinesiology Center (The REK) opened last summer, immediately becoming the hot spot on campus. 88 Also completed in time for the fall semester were a new 43,300-squarefoot library, a 39,000-square-foot classroom building, and the Center for Early Childhood Studies. This new center will serve as a teaching laboratory for university child development students while providing quality on-campus day care. 88 Across University Boulevard from the childhood studies center, UTB/ TSC student housing is always at capacity. A former hotel, this facility will be phased out as up-to-date student housing is built in its place. 88 The recently opened crown jewel of the bond projects, The Arts Center, is located next to the Fort Brown Resaca. The center will have classrooms, practice space, and an 808-seat performance hall that will enhance the university’s fine arts program and bring more cultural opportunities to local residents.

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Education assists with a variety of trade support and financing programs. The Mexican Consulate and the Brownsville Economic Development Council are also located at ITECC. To date, UTB/TSC remains the largest institute of higher learning south of San Antonio, totaling 467 acres, boosted recently by the acquisition of the 82-acre Los Tomates Banco tract, designated as the future athletic zone.

Medical Partnering UTB/TSC is also home to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, Brownsville Campus, housed in the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC). Since 2000, research at the RAHC has been dedicated to identifying and preventing local public health issues through communitybased models of public health awareness, practice, and education. In addition to ongoing research, the academic programs available at the RAHC include a graduate certification, a master’s and a doctorate in public health, and a doctoral degree in epidemiology.

Beyond The Campus Being located on the U.S.–Mexico border promotes relevant degree programs, among them international business and bilingual/duallanguage education studies and translation studies.

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The marine biology and environmental sciences departments benefit greatly from close proximity to the Gulf Coast and the Laguna Madre wetlands, extraordinary hands-on laboratories just a 30-minute drive from campus. Rising from sea level to 3,750 feet — about 270 miles south of Brownsville — is another unique ecosystem for biology students to visit for study and research. UTB/TSC’s Rancho del Cielo Field Station in Tamaulipas, Mexico, is a no-frills camp high in the cloud forest of the Sierra Madre Oriental, in the El Cielo Biosphere Reserve. Not limited to geography, there is also great diversity among the UTB/TSC student population. International students comprise almost 6 percent of full-time students. Of those, most are from Mexico, yet many come from such faraway places as Serbia, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and numerous South American countries. The native languages of these students are intertwined with English and Spanish, the predominant languages on the UTB/TSC campus, all contributing to the richness of the environment, the history, and the culture that characterize this corner of Texas. At The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, knowledge knows no boundaries.


Education

Additional Educational Resources Learning Never Ends By Cheryl Taylor

Workforce Training and Continuing Education Center

Career Centers of Texas - Brownsville

956-882-4148 :: http://wtce.utb.edu/businessandindustry.htm

800-987-1242 :: www.CareerCenters.edu

The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education Center (WTCE) offers a variety of classes to help businesses train employees and help adults upgrade their skills. WTCE often uses grants to help employers provide customized training in technical and business management fields. The center also offers certification classes for peace officers, nurse assistants, teachers of advanced placement classes, and real estate sales. Electrician apprentice-journeyman, English-as-a-Second Language, computer, Kids College, and GED are also offered.

The Career Centers of Texas Brownsville Campus grants diplomas in the health care, information technology, and professional fields. Classes are taught by instructors with experience working in the fields they teach and are scheduled throughout the day and in the evenings. Diplomas are conferred in medical assistant, medical office specialist, and computer business systems. Career Centers of Texas offers an HVAC/R diploma that prepares graduates for the North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification exam. The Career Services Department helps students write resumes, prepare for interviews, and secure part-time employment while attending classes.

Allied Skills Training Center 956-548-2100 :: alliedskills@yahoo.com

At Allied Skills Training Center (ASTC), students are trained in combination welding. ASTC is approved by the Texas Workforce Commission, Career Schools and Colleges, and Veterans Education. It is also a member of the American Welding Society. ASTC strives to equip each student with real industry welding experience and has trained more than 200 graduates for jobs nationwide paying from $8 to $40 an hour. Border Tech School

Inter-Tech Technical School 956-554-9664 :: www.IntertechTS.com.

Inter-Tech offers  career programs to support the area’s growing industrial and business demands. Courses include computer office specialist, accounting office specialist, medical office specialist, medical assistant, and GED. Citizenship and intensive English courses are available for the growing Hispanic community.

956-465-4487

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute

Located in West Brownsville, Border Tech is a small career school specializing in personalized, focused training programs that can be quickly completed.

888-509-3584 :: www.stvt.edu

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute (STVT) offers hands-on career training in high-demand fields, including www.brownsvillechamber.com 43


Education essay contest also won first place in the State of Texas contest. 88 Accredited by the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools. Guadalupe Regional Middle School 956-504-5568

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Catholic school for grades six through eight. Tuition-free. Only 15 students per class. Rigorous college-prep curriculum. Accredited by Texas Catholic Education Department, in conjunction with the Diocese of Brownsville.

Incarnate Word Academy 956-546-4486 :: www.IW-Academy.com

medical assisting, medical administrative assisting technology, dental assisting, pharmacy technician, professional massage therapy, and computer accounting specialist. STVT also offers an intensive English language program. Job placement assistance is available to all STVT graduates. STVT’s most recent endeavour is the addition of the Continuing Education Department. Shortterm programs include personal fitness trainer certification preparation and nursing assistant. However, STVT will soon boast the Aesthetics Laser Certification Preparation Seminar and Laser Clinic, making STVT one of only three Laser schools in the entire United States. For more information on the Continuing Education Department, please contact Yvonne Keathley, corporate business developer, by phone at 956-212-7517 or via e-mail at ykeathley@ atienterprises.edu. Southern Careers Institute 956-550-9962 :: www.SCITexas.com

Southern Careers Institute (SCI) provides educational programs relevant to today’s job market. Professional instructors bring realworld experience to the classroom, where lesson plans are skills- and knowledge-based, rather than relying on books and theories. The

Brownsville campus of SCI offers health care and business programs, including administrative assistance, business accounting, medical billing and coding, medical assistance, sales and marketing, and cosmetology, as well as English as a Second Language classes. Financial aid is available for those who qualify, and job placement assistance is offered to graduates. A student services coordinator can assist students who need day care, housing, transportation, or tutoring. Episcopal Day School 956-542-5231 :: www.EpiscopalDaySchool.net

88 Pre-3K through grade six. 88 Science fair for grades five and six and a spelling bee for grades three through six held each year. 88 Offers Brownies, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Chess Club. 88 In March 2009, five sixth graders attended the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C. 88 In spring 2009, students won top honors in the Daughters of the American Revolution and Daughters of the Republic of Texas essay contests. The winner of the DAR

Xavier Leos Family Dentistry, PA General Dentistry & Oral Surgery

1800 Central Blvd. Brownsville, TX 78520 (956) 542-4466

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Livingway Christian School 956-548-2223 :: www.LivingWayRGV.com.

Private Schools

Xavier Leos DDS, BS

88 Private Catholic school for Pre-3K through grade eight. 88 Conducted by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. 88 Fully accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department. 88 One of only 12 schools nationwide to receive the Catholic Schools for Tomorrow Award for “Total Community Involvement” from Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine. 88 Integrates technology through the use of SMART boards, laptops, and a computer lab.

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88 Ministry of Livingway Family Church. 88 Pre-3K through grade 12. 88 Expansion projects include larger auditorium and full-length high school gym. 88 Activities include Samaritan’s Purse project, food drive. 88 Nine athletic programs include basketball, soccer, softball, and cheerleading. 88 Fully accredited by the International Christian Accrediting Association. Saint Joseph Academy 956-542-3581 :: www.SJA.us

88 Grades seven through 12. 88 Conducted in the tradition of the Marist Brothers of the Schools.


Education 88 College preparatory education; comprehensive curriculum in the arts and sciences. 88 Student-to-teacher ratio of 14-to-1. 88 Thirty-eight percent of staff hold advanced degrees. 88 Honors and advanced placement courses in a variety of subjects. St. Mary’s Catholic School

88 Students in grades kindergarten through five have classes in computer, art, music, physical education, Spanish, health and nutrition, multiculturalism, character education, and speech. 88 Departmentalization begins in third grade; students have subject teachers for math, English, science, and social studies.

956-546-1805 :: www.StMarys-CS.org

IDEA Public Schools

88 Pre-3K through grade six. 88 Fully accredited in accordance with the guidelines of the Texas Catholic Conference and recognized by the Texas Education Agency. 88 Curriculum approved by the Diocese of Brownsville. 88 Students consistently score above Texas and national averages on standardized tests. 88 State-of-the-art mobile computer lab and Internet-accessible computers in all classrooms.

956-373-5814 :: www.IDEAPublicSchools.org

Charter Schools Harmony Science Academy-Brownsville 956-574-9555 :: www.HSABrownsville.org

88 Harmony follows an advanced curriculum under which students take classes at upper grade levels.

88 IDEA Frontier Academy and College Preparatory founded in Brownsville in 2006 as one of IDEA Public Schools’ first expansion campuses. 88 IDEA Frontier serves more than 900 students in Pre-K and grades six through 10 (86 percent from low-income families); the campus will be a fully scaled Pre-K–12 campus in the 2010–11 academic year. 88 IDEA Public Schools’ IDEA College Preparatory (located in Donna) named among U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 “Best High Schools” and honored as the No. 1 high school in the Rio Grande Valley, the No. 2 high school in Texas, the No. 6 charter school in the nation, and the No. 19 high school in the nation.

Premier High School of Brownsville 956-550-0084 :: www.PremierHighSchools.com/Brownsville.html

88 Premier High Schools is a leader in dropout recovery. 88 Students work at their own pace toward achieving their diplomas. 88 Day classes start at 7:45 a.m. and end at 1:30 p.m., allowing students to both attend school and work. 88 Premier High School of Brownsville is the only campus offering night classes in the RES District. The school accepts 19- to 26-yearolds who want to obtain a high school diploma. Hours for evening sessions are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. Raul Yzaguirre School of Success 956-542-2404 :: www.tccc-ryss.org

88 Public charter school, grades Pre-K through six. 88 Affiliated with Tejano Center for Community Concerns. 88 Received Gold Performance Acknowledgments in mathematics and reading/ELA in 2007.

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W Real Estate

At Home With It All

You Oughtta Be in Brownsville

ill it be a quiet home in the country, or a place in the heart of urban excitement? Do you want to be serenaded by the sea at a peaceful beach-side retreat, or do you crave the energy of the city scene? Natural beauty and urban appeal aren’t usually found side-by-side; but when you live in Brownsville, By Jennifer Bull & Laura Wilcoxen you don’t have to choose — you can have a home with it all. Located “on the border by the sea,” Brownsville offers fishing, swimming, birding, wildlife, and many more outdoor activities to enjoy. The climate cooperates in the natural appeal, with an average 223 sunny days a year and moderate rainfall. With lows of 51 degrees in the winter and highs of 93 degrees in the summer, beautiful flora graces the region year round, including stately palm trees and gorgeous purple bougainvilleas. But Brownsville is a burgeoning metro area as well, offering a solid economy and a host of cultural and entertainment attractions like theater, music, historic sites, museums, restaurants, shopping, and more. Brownsville holds deep appeal for both the lover of nature and the lover of nightlife. Perhaps that’s why the area continues to grow each year. In 2007 Brownsville was ranked the 24th-fastest-growing city in the country. With a 2007 population of 172,437, Brownsville grew by 23.41 percent between 2000 and 2007. Since Brownsville has experienced explosive growth in popularity, one might expect that the cost of buying a home in the city has risen out of reach. But this is not the case. The average price of a home in Brownsville was $105,400 at the end of 1Q2009, compared to $175,200 in Texas and $169,900 in the United States as a whole.*

Subdivisions have sprung up all over town, with brand-new homes and lots priced to fit any budget. According to Metrostudy, there were 2,217 new homes started during the 12 months ending in September 2008 and an inventory of 1,081 finished vacant homes in the Rio Grande Valley totaled homes at the end of 3Q2008. Housing dollars go far here. A buyer can find spacious newer, single-family homes with such amenities as three to four bedrooms, two full baths, and an enclosed garage for between $85,000 to $100,000, or, if seeking a home with less maintenance, an abundance of brand-new condos. There are plenty of new luxury homes on the market here as well. While there are homes in the $500,000-plus range in the region, there are also executive-style homes boasting amenities like vaulted ceilings, formal dining rooms, large master suites, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, water views, and more for under $400,000. Brownsville’s location on the border of Mexico is a source of pride to the local community. Many of the homes in the region show a decidedly Spanish influence in design and décor. Homes are often constructed of stucco, brick, or stone of a sandy golden hue, some with red tile roofing. Open, flowing interiors are popular; homes are frequently tiled throughout, with large vaulted ceilings and open columns. Residents enjoy the natural beauty of this semi-tropical region with large patios on spacious lots. The close relationship Brownsville shares with Matamoros also adds to the exceptional quality of life enjoyed by Brownsville residents. Residents of both Brownsville and Matamoros frequently cross the border to visit their neighbor’s museums and churches, browse through the marketplace, participate in festivals, or enjoy a meal at one of many restaurants. If you want to live in a tropical paradise with a rich cultural heritage — but without the hefty price tag — then come make your home with us in Brownsville! Please see the Chamber directory for a list of member real estate agents that can help you find your perfect home in paradise. *Average price data: Real Estate Center at Texas A&M; National Association of Realtors

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Discover Historic Brownsville The Historic Brownsville Museum is located in the old Southern Pacific Depot building, constructed in 1928. A popular exhibit is the Baldwin wood-burning, narrow gauge railroad locomotive, Rio Grande Engine No. 1, the last of its kind in the world.

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History

“Crossroads of the Hemisphere”

rownsville is a semi-tropical paradise of stately palm trees, ever-blooming bougainvilleas, exotic birds, and warm Gulf breezes. Steeped in a rich South Texas heritage, Brownsville is located on the banks of the Rio Grande, with Matamoros, Mexico, just steps By Carl Chilton & Carol Cummings away from the border. Brownsville’s southern Texas location has played an important role in both the history and the progress of the community. Known as the “crossroads of the hemisphere,” Brownsville is the only city on the Mexican border that offers four methods of international transportation: water, rail, highway, and air. This area near the Rio Grande saw action in the 1846, during the first battles of the Mexican War. Led by Gen. Zachary Taylor, those American victories established that land north of the Rio Grande was part of the United States. In 1848, A U.S. Army post known as Fort Brown was established. The fort was named after Maj. Jacob Brown, who had died in nearby fighting during the Mexican War. A new community was established adjacent to the fort and was named Brownsville in his honor. During the Civil War, Brownsville and Fort Brown saw even more military action. The Confederacy exported cotton to markets in Europe, and the Union blockaded all Southern ports. Cotton was moved overland to the Rio Grande, then across into Mexico, where it was loaded onto waiting ships. Both Union and Confederate troops occupied Fort Brown at times. Confederate troops helped with the cotton trade, while

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Union troops tried to stop it. Brownsville’s population and economy grew because of the cotton trade, but local military action caused turmoil in the area. Largely because of its geographic isolation, Brownsville developed slowly after the Civil War, with a population of around 5,000. Most transportation was by ocean shipping, but stagecoach service was also available. Steamboat service on the Rio Grande moved people and cargo to and from the coast and up the river for 100 miles or so, depending on water levels. Local people engaged in ranching, farming, and trading with communities in Mexico, but there was considerable border unrest, along with cattle rustling by bandits. The nearest American communities were Laredo and Corpus Christi.

Brownsville is the only city on the Mexican border that offers four methods of international transportation: water, rail, highway, and air. Life was challenging, but Brownsville citizens developed good businesses and enjoyed a comfortable lifestyle. The year 1904 brought railroad service to the area, providing the first convenient transportation to and from the rest of the country. Railroad lines were extended about 100 miles throughout the area, and soon nearly a dozen new communities were established. New residents began arriving, and developers cleared acreage for irrigated farming. Attracted


Discover Historic Brownsville by the warm climate and year-round growing season, prospective residents came by train from other states to inspect this newly opened country, known as the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Agriculture became a major industry, and the area’s farmers produced citrus and vegetables. By 1930 the city had grown to more than 20,021 residents, with much of this growth occurring during the prosperous 1920s. During this period, Brownsville took steps to establish itself as a modern city. The many improvements included paved streets, a junior college, a municipal airport, a second bridge across the Rio Grande to Mexico, a multi-story hotel, a radio station, and numerous churches and schools. Like the entire nation, Brownsville suffered during the Depression, but the community had resources to pull through. The airport was the home of a Pan American Airways base, which employed 220 people. This sizable payroll helped alleviate economic problems. A significant event in Brownsville history was the development of the Port of Brownsville, which opened in 1936 after many years of preparation. Soon after the Port opened, it attracted cargoes of vegetables, cotton, petroleum, and other products. By 1950, Brownsville’s population topped 36,000. At the Port of Brownsville, a large fleet of shrimp boats operated, and chemical plants had been built. The 1950s saw an increasing level of trade with Mexico, as well as an increase in Mexicans crossing the border to shop in Brownsville. The latter half of the 20th century was a time of continued growth and progress. Brownsville grew to 98,962 in 1980 and to 107,027 in 1990. This progress was due to more trade with Mexico, more tourism, more industrial development, and the increasing number of retirees choosing the area. The establishment of maquiladora plants in nearby Matamoros, Mexico, has also contributed to economic growth. These plants employ thousands of workers, and many have facilities in Brownsville. The NAFTA trade agreement has brought increased trade between the United States and Mexico. In 161 years of Brownsville history, the city has seen its share of challenges, such as hurricanes, freezes, droughts, and Mexican peso devaluations. But progress has continued and has gained momentum in the 21st century. Brownsville’s population is projected to hit nearly 200,000 by 2010, and the community is home to a youthful and skilled population and a positive outlook. www.brownsvillechamber.com 49


Discover Historic Brownsville

Historical Attractions E O H xploring

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eritage

By Carol Cummings

Brownsville Heritage Complex 1305 E. Washington, Brownsville 956-542-5560 :: www.brownsvillehistory.org

The Brownsville Historical Association operates the Brownsville Heritage Complex, which includes the Stillman House Museum, Brownsville Heritage Museum, Aiken Education Center, and the Preservation Resource Center. The Stillman House Museum, built in 1850, is the former home of Charles Stillman, founder of Brownsville. The home is a Texas Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Landmark and is the only historic house museum in the Rio Grande Valley still standing on its original location. 88 The Brownsville Heritage Museum portrays the history of Brownsville from early settlement through the first half of the 20th century. The museum hosts numerous presentations, musical performances, and book signings throughout the year. 88 The Preservation Resource Center offers a research library for those wishing to preserve their historic home and is a clearinghouse for architectural salvage material from Brownsville’s historic buildings. 88 The Aiken Education Center houses temporary exhibitions and is the site for history and art multidisciplinary presentations.

Commemorative Air Force Museum Rio Grande Valley Wing 955 S. Minnesota Ave., Brownsville 956-541-8585 :: www.RGVWingCAF.com

The Rio Grande Valley Wing of the Commemorative Air Force showcases the history of World War II, including the events building up to the war and the aftermath of the fall of the Third Reich and the defeat of the Japanese Empire. Many artifacts on display have been lent to or given to the museum by Brownsville area families. One mission of the Commemorative Air Force is to keep the historical aircraft in flying condition. The Rio Grande Valley boasts 50 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

nine fully functional WWII trainers, five liaison aircraft, and two transport aircraft in its hangars. The lounge has a collection of aircraft photographs and models. The museum keeps regular hours during the school year, but tours are available by appointment at any time.

Historic Brownsville Museum 641 E. Madison St., Brownsville 956-548-1313 :: www.BrownsvilleMuseum.org

The Historic Brownsville Museum is located in the old Southern Pacific Depot building, constructed in 1928. A magnificent example of Spanish colonial revival architecture, the building is a Texas Historical Marker and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum opened in 1986 and houses a variety of exhibits that interpret events from Brownsville’s past, including data from the earliest military fort in the area, to the arrival of French teaching nuns, to displays of agricultural and ranching tools. Featured displays include artifacts from the MexicanAmerican War, a restored wood-burning railroad locomotive, a 19th-century telephone switchboard, and soldiers’ uniforms. A popular exhibit is the Baldwin wood-burning, narrow gauge railroad locomotive, Rio Grande Engine No. 1, the last of its kind in the world. A hand-carved mahogany bedroom set (circa 1850) is also among the permanent displays. The bedroom set belonged to Simon Celaya, a prominent local businessman and vice-consul to Spain.

Market Square Research Center 1150 Market Square St., Brownsville 956-546-4242

The Brownsville Historical Association also operates the Market Square Research Center, located at Historic Market Square. The center houses the historic textiles, photographs, artifacts, and archives of the Brownsville Historical Association. There is also  a gallery with temporary rotating exhibitions from BHA’s


Discover Historic Brownsville historic art collections and a research library, available to the public and scholars. The Market Square Research Center is also home to the Backal Collections of Mexico City, rare art and artifacts from colonial Mexico through contemporary Mexico.

Mitte Cultural District The Mitte Cultural District, located between 6th and 7th streets, has a natural clustering of Brownsville’s most exciting and fascinating cultural entities located within walking distance of each other. These popular attractions are representative of the culture and diversity Brownsville has to offer. The district was the vision of the Roy F. and JoAnn Cole Mitte Foundation, which recognized that the area surrounding Dean Porter Park was home to most of the city’s cultural organizations. Designating the area a “cultural district” to provide the impetus to promote and enhance historical, cultural, educational, and family activities, the foundation provided funding for renovations to Dean Porter Park, construction of the Civic Pavilion, and establishment of the Mitte Cultural Education Center.

Old City Cemetery Center 600 E. Jackson (corner of 6th and Monroe), Brownsville 956-541-1167

The Old City Cemetery Center, managed by the Brownsville Historical Association, focuses on the history, architecture, art, and folk customs of the Brownsville Historic City Cemetery. The center offers a permanent exhibition focused on the cemetery, as well as rotating exhibitions focusing on folk art customs. The mission of the center is to advance learning about the history, architecture, art, genealogy, and folk art traditions of the Brownsville Historic City Cemetery and the surrounding Buena Vida Neighborhood through exhibitions, cultural events, and educational programs. Guided tours are offered through the Old City Cemetery Center by appointment or every Friday at 10 a.m. The Brownsville Historic Cemetery, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was established in 1853 and is recognized as an outstanding historical landmark by the Texas Historical Commission. The cemetery reveals much of the city’s history; victims of war, gunfights, yellow fever, and cholera are buried there, and their graves are evidence of early conditions in the border town. Buried in the Old City Cemetery are veterans of every war except for the American Revolutionary War.

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park On May 8, 1993, the National Park Service formally dedicated the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site. The historic site was expanded to include Resaca de la Palma Battlefield, and the name changed to Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park on March 14, 2009. The park has a broad mandate to interpret the Mexican-American War, including the story of the causes and consequences of this important conflict. The centerpiece is the Palo Alto Battlefield Unit. Palo Alto Battlefield Unit Intersection of FM 1847/FM 511 Visitor Facility: 1623 Central Blvd., Brownsville 956-541-2785 :: www.nps.gov/paal/

This battlefield, a National Historic Landmark, marks the site of an artillery duel that opened the U.S. war with Mexico on May 8, 1846. The battle was the first in a two-year conflict that changed North America. This expanse of coastal prairie and dense chaparral is one of the best-preserved battle sites in the nation. The annual November candlelit memorial honoring the 8,000 U.S. and Mexican troops who died in the clash is breathtaking. The site also features a one-mile, round-trip walking trail. Nature lovers will be impressed with the vast array of local wildlife, such as coyotes, bobcats, jackrabbits, tortoises, and a variety of birds. The battlefield also features a Visitors Center with special exhibits and a 15-minute video program, War on the Rio Grande.

Resaca de la Palma Battlefield

Paredes Line Road between Price Road and Coffee Port Road, a half-mile south of the junction of FM 1847 and Highway 802 956-541-2785 www.nps.gov/paal/historyculture/resacadelapalma.htm

The site of the second battle of the MexianAmerican War is also a National Historic Landmark. Early in the morning of May 9, 1846, the army of Gen. Zachary Taylor marched from Palo Alto Battlefield and met resistance from Mexican Gen. Mariano Arista at Resaca de la Palma. At Resaca de la Palma, a decisive battle between Taylor’s and Arista’s forces took place. The National Park Service is currently working with the Brownsville Community Foundation on proposals to preserve the remaining portions of the Resaca de la Palma Battlefield Unit and to open it to the public on a full-time basis.

H. Saenz Jr. Inc. U.S. Customs Broker 4740 Coffee Port Road Brownsville, TX 78521

Tel: 956-831-5313 Fax: 956-831-7977 www.hsaenz.com

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Arts & Culture

Fine Arts The Play’s the Thing By Amanda Knoles

Camille Lightner Playhouse 1 Dean Porter Drive, Brownsville 956-542-8900 :: www.freewebs.com/camilleplayhouse/

The Camille Lightner Playhouse features year-round entertainment including plays, musicals, and special events. Audiences last season enjoyed an eclectic season that included Bye Bye Birdie, Dracula, Tuesdays With Morrie, and High School Musical, while the 2009–2010 season promises A Chorus Line, You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Agnes of God, and a female version of The Odd Couple. Originally constructed with generous donations from the city and community, the theater has become 52 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

so successful over the years it is now entirely selfsupporting. Artistic director Ben Agnesti, a professional actor and director for more than 30 years, also offers youth workshops focusing on acting, stage makeup, set construction, and costume design. “Next year, the local premiere of Rent, a show that changed the face of the musical for modern audiences and became an instant classic, is our most challenging and anticipated show,” Agnesti noted. “After many requests we also hope to expand our theater workshops to older students and adults.”


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eople in Brownsville, Texas, have something sweet to smile about with the area’s first Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

“Who doesn’t love chocolate? People come in and their eyes light up. We give them samples and enjoy talking with them. Our customers always leave with a smile,” says Maria Marroquin, the new store’s owner. Before she opened her chocolate shop, Maria says “there was nothing like it in Brownsville.” Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is located at Sunrise Mall across from Luby’s. Visitors to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory are treated to a bright shop filled with the irresistible smell of chocolate and shiny display cases overflowing with the trademark chocolate, caramel and nut Bears™, truffles, English toffee, nut clusters, caramels, and more, available in signature generous portions and all made from time-honored recipes. In addition, a complete line of sugar-free chocolates is offered. Customers especially enjoy watching Maria make fudge on the big marble candymaker’s table, and appreciate the freshly made samples that follow. The store also entertains with Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory’s famously delicious handmade caramel apples. Crisp Granny Smith apples are spun in caramel and then rolled in tasty toppings. Varieties range from the brown sugar, cinnamon, and white confection of the Apple Pie Apple™ and the Caramel Apple featuring Snickers® Bar to a traditional peanut-covered variety. Maria credits her brother Pedro Gomez, the shop’s chef and manager, with creating the popular gourmet apples. Trained at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu chef’s school in France, Gomez has an eye for what tastes and looks delectable and likes to introduce new apples. One of the chocolate shop’s most popular gourmet apples is the Chile Limón, the shop’s tribute to the region’s love of anything spicy: a red candy apple rolled in chile and lemon powders, with an optional final drizzle of liquid chile. Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory also offers custom gift baskets and treat trays. Maria sees a real need for the corporate and special-occasion offerings, from chocolate business cards, dipped-apple party trays, boxed chocolates, and holiday-themed gift items to wedding trays and customer “Thanks for the Business” baskets. A former elementary school teacher, Maria, like her husband and business partner, Ricardo, is a longtime Matamoros/Brownsville resident. The couple has three sons — ages 5, 8, and 11 years — who are delighted that their mother opened her chocolate store. “The whole community is excited about Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. People find out what I do and they are thrilled. Having the store has been a very nice experience. It’s been so much fun,” says Maria. The first Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory store opened in 1981 in the picturesque Old West mining town of Durango, Colorado, where the factory continues to create chocolates for more than 300 franchised and company-owned stores throughout North America. For more information about the Brownsville Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, visit rmcf.com/tx/brownsville50792 or call (956) 982-7501.


Arts & Culture Capitol Theatre Restoration 956-831-9590 :: www.brosociety.org

The Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts (BSPA) is the driving force behind the restoration of the Capitol Theatre in the city’s historic downtown district. Consulting with top theater restoration and performing arts consultants, the BSPA is working with community leaders and local organizations to raise funds that will transform the 1928 movie theater into a state-of-the-art, 1,200seat venue that will provide a stage for music, art, dance, and theater companies. The building will also serve as a community center for local schools, churches, and other groups.

UTB/TSC Arts Presentations UTB/TSC Fort Brown Memorial Center 600 International Blvd., Brownsville 956-882-7945 :: www.utb.edu/ba/fortbrown Patron of the Arts Series 956-882-7025 :: http://blue.utb.edu/finearts/patronhome.htm

The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College offer high-quality entertainment throughout the year. Typically six to eight events, featuring everything from ballet and comedy to stage plays, are held each year at the Jacob Brown Auditorium. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009, the Patron of the Arts Series entertains audiences with concerts at the Science, Engineering and Technology Building Lecture Hall and at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in downtown Brownsville. Beginning in 2010 all events will take place at a new Arts Center behind the Jacob Brown Auditorium. Along with presentations from regional and international artists, the series features student soloists, musical groups, and faculty. All funding for the series comes from donations and subscriptions from local families. Paul Kavanaugh, a development research associate for UTB/ TSC, appreciates the quality and affordability of the concerts. “I’ve lived in towns with huge universities that aren’t able to do what Patron of the Arts does.”

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Arts & Culture

Museums Exploration and Education By Amanda Knoles

Brownsville Museum of Fine Art 660 E. Ringgold St., Brownsville 956-542-0941 :: http://brownsvillemfa.org

Founded in 1935 by local artists who would become known as the Brownsville Art League, the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art was housed in the historic 19th-century Neale House until moving to its current 17,000-square-foot facility in 2006. Located across the street from the Gladys Porter Zoo and near the hiking trail leading to the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site, the museum is in the heart of the city’s Mitte Cultural District. Boasting a permanent exhibition gallery with works from famous names like Chagall, Daumier, Samuelson, and Whistler, the museum also showcases paintings and sculptures from traveling exhibitions as well as regional artists, demonstrating the diversity of art in the 21st century. The museum offers a variety of educational classes and workshops for children and adults, including the popular Museum Summer Art Camp, which offers daily courses in art appreciation for youth from age 5 to 17.

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Annual events include an International Art Show and Juried Exhibition, which includes a Student Category. In February 2009 the museum launched an NPR radio broadcast, “Speaking of Art,” featuring lively dialogues with regional artists and community members.

Children’s Museum of Brownsville 501 Ringgold St., #5 Dean Porter Park, Brownsville 956-548-9300 :: www.cmofbrownsville.com

Adults and children of all ages love the Children’s Museum of Brownsville! A popular destination since it opened in 2005, this kid-friendly museum offers a fun environment where youngsters can participate in a variety of activities, including story hours, field trips, and summer camps. Interactive displays designed for hands-on exploration include Tac Tile Panels, a mosaic of unusual textured panels, and the Infant/Toddler Area, decorated with fish, birds and sea creatures. Themed exhibits include All World’s Café, By The Sea, Construction Zone, Dance


Arts & Culture With Me, Dr. Bones Health Clinic, Texas Farmhouse, The Plaza, and KRGV Channel 5 First Warn Weather Station. A new physics exhibit designed in cooperation with the University of Texas at Brownsville is scheduled to open in 2010. “Since so many schools have had to cut back on field trips, we will be doing more outreach programs in 2009–2010, with a special emphasis on health,” said Executive Director Mandy Jo Euresti. “For instance, our 7-foot-tall doll, Stuffee, provides a unique way for us to teach students about the organs of the body. We stress the importance of health, exercise, nutrition, and safety in a program that children can easily understand.”

Costumes of the Americas Museum 501 Ringgold St, #5 Dean Porter Park, Brownsville 956-547-6890 :: www.costumesoftheamericasmuseum.com

Located in the Mitte Cultural Education Center at Dean Porter Park, the Costumes of the Americas Museum has been delighting adults and children since 2005. Sponsored by the Pan American Round Table I and the City of Brownsville, the museum features more than 400 colorful costumes and accessories worn by indigenous people from North and South America. Offering fascinating facts and bits of history for each country represented by a costume, the exhibits give visitors a chance to learn about different cultures and view styles of dress through different periods of history. Many of the costumes in the collection were acquired through private donations, and the displays include museum-quality pieces and a library of resource books. As part of its ongoing educational outreach program, the museum provides lesson plans and presentations for schoolchildren and hosts field trips for students studying different cultures.

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Fiesta! Brownsville’s Festivals By Amanda Knoles

Air Fiesta 956-541-8585 :: www.rgvwingcaf.com/airfiesta

Vintage World War II planes are the highlight of this mid-March air show organized by the Commemorative Air Force, Rio Grand Valley Wing. Spectators get a chance to see incredible battle re-enactments in the sky and view modern military planes like the F-15 and F-18 on display. Aerobatic teams entertain the crowd with chilling stunts, and a trade show features vendors selling a variety of new merchandise and collectibles, from plane models and posters to apparel and accessories. 60 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

A concurrent arts and crafts show with food booths enhances the carnival-like atmosphere and provides a fun experience for the whole family. Funds raised at the annual show help defray costs of operating the Wing Museum and maintaining the collection of aircraft. Show dates for 2010 are March 13–14.

Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival 956-831-9590 :: www.brosociety.org

The Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival, an internationally acclaimed event, features prominent jazz artists and showcases local musicians. The Brownsville Society for


Arts & Culture the Performing Arts promotes multicultural diversity throughout the event, which features a variety of music genres, including salsa, merengue, bossa nova, samba, mambo, rumba, and flamenco in a remarkable display of fusion jazz. Prior performers have included Latin jazz greats such as Ray Vega, Ruben Rodriguez, Felix Figueroa, Jimmy Bosch, and Dave Valentin, among others. Latin Dance Night, a highlight of the event, features dance exhibitions led by champion Latin dancers such as ESPN world salsa champions Abel Pena and Zulmara Torres. The citywide festival, originated in 1997 by the late Tito Puente, takes place annually in mid-October as a four-day music extravaganza and draws Latin jazz and dance enthusiasts from around the globe.

Charro Days 956-542-4245 :: www.charrodaysfiesta.com

Charro Days, a 72-year-old tradition and one of the largest celebrations in the Rio Grande Valley, is a week-long festival in February celebrating international friendship between Brownsville and its south-of-theborder neighbor, Matamoros, Mexico. Kicking off with Baile de Sol, the fiesta begins with the traditional grito (a shout of joy performed by festival organizers and local officials) and a street carnival where students dressed in colorful costumes perform traditional Mexican dances. Throughout the week locals are encouraged to dress in native Mexican apparel, and festival participants enjoy a variety of events on both sides of the border, including tortilla-eating contests, parades, fireworks, boat races, bullfighting, a rodeo, and a grand ball. The presentation of Mr. Amigo,

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Brownsville Heritage Complex is managed by the Brownsville Historical Association and is located in the heart of historic downtown Brownsville. It is home to the Stillman House Museum, the home of Charles Stillman, the founder of Brownsville. The complex also includes the Brownsville Heritage Museum, which portrays visual images of the historical evolution of the city and surrounding regions from discovery and exploration up through the first half of the 20th Century. The Complex also includes the Preservation Resource Center and Library. The Association also manages the downtown Market Square Research Center’s special collections archive/art gallery and Old City Cemetery Center which focuses on the history, architecture, art and folk customs of the Brownsville Historic City Cemetery.

Tel: 956-541-5560 Fax: 956-541-5524 Email: info@brownsvillehistory.org


Arts & Culture a crowd-pleasing highlight, honors a famous Mexican entertainer, politician, or other local celebrity who participates in festival events and serves as an ambassador of friendship. An outstanding Mexican citizen is honored during the Mr. Amigo Association event for his or her contribution to international friendship and the development of mutual understanding and cooperation. Activities, including a Mexican costume dance and an awards banquet, are held with the selected celebrity as the guest of honor.

Guitar Ensemble Festival 956-882-7527 http://blue.utb.edu/finearts/guitarfestival.htm

Sponsored by the Brownsville Society of Performing Arts and the largest event of its kind in the United States, the Guitar Ensemble Festival is held the last week of March and features performances by elementary, middle, high school, and college students, along with professional groups. The display of fine classical instruments from guitar makers and sellers is a must-see for guitar enthusiasts. UTB/TSC is the leading university in the United States for guitar teacher training for classical players and has earned national recognition for its training program for performers. The guitar orchestra has performed throughout Texas for nine years, and its members have won numerous state and regional competitions.

at Washington Park from Thursday through Saturday, the celebration features music and entertainment, arts and crafts, more than 30 food booths, cooking competitions, and fun challenges such as jalapeño eating contests. Live music performances and a street party atmosphere have made this one of the most highly anticipated events of the year in Brownsville. Local nonprofit groups donate their services to help operate the festival in exchange for donations to their organizations. Organizers credit the high attendance at the festival (40,000 or more each year) with helping to fund numerous community improvement projects.

Other Annual Events 88 Rio Grande Valley South Texas Music Festival takes place in February at the Livestock Show Grounds in Mercedes, a 30-minute drive from Brownsville. It features three days of country, bluegrass, gospel, and folk music, plus arts and crafts, food booths, and more. 88 Texas Onion Fest is held annually in April at Weslaco City Park, a short drive from Brownsville. The day-long event features live music, arts and crafts, food booths featuring onion specialties like the sweet onion blossom, dancing horse shows, kiddy rides, and onion-eating contests.

88 International Art Shows, sponsored by the Brownsville Art League, are held in April and May. 88 Fireworks Over The Bay is a fireworks display at South Padre Island, held in the center of the bay every Friday night from Memorial Day through Labor Day and on New Year’s Eve. Pyrotechnic displays begin at 9:15 p.m. sharp. 88 Cinesol Film Festival is a celebration of Latin films held in downtown Brownsville each June. 88 Expo Fiesta, just across the border in Matamoros, Mexico, is held from mid-June to July. It features internationally known artists, concerts, and crafts from regional vendors, including decorative ceramic items, silver jewelry, and leather apparel. 88 Festival Internacional de Otoño is held in Matamoros in October. Featuring an array of world-class performers, concerts take place at the city’s main square, the Reforma Theatre, and Mundo Nueve Convention Center. 88 The Brownsville Art League sponsors the Arts and Crafts Festival in November. 88 Fiesta of Lights Parade is held in Brownsville’s historic downtown district, along with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Visitors Information Center, kicking off the holiday season in early December.

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival 800-531-7346 :: www.rgvbirdfest.com

The Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, held in nearby Harlingen in mid-November, has been an annual event for 16 years. The four-day event features an extensive program of educational seminars, guided field trips, vendor booths, youth programs, and social events to help nature lovers make the most of bird-watching opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley. Guided tours of local birding centers give participants prime views of some of the most colorful birds in the United States. Other activities include boat trips on the Gulf of Mexico for an up-close look at marine fowl and canoe excursions on the Rio Grande to explore the biodiversity of Southern Texas and Northern Mexico.

Sombrero Festival

956-550-9682 :: www.sombrerofestival.com

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Where the Wild Things are

Brownsville Is for the Birders Regional Bird-Watching Sites and Wildlife Refuges By Amanda Knoles

A Beacon for Bird-Watchers Brownsville is at the southern tip of the Texas Coastal Birding Trail, and bird enthusiasts flock to the area all year round to view the more than 500 counted species of birds in the Rio Grande Valley. Bird watching is at its peak in fall and spring, when hundreds of bird species migrate to the Rio Grande Valley, but the winter months also provide plenty of viewing opportunities. More than 500 bird species have been counted in the area, and the city frequently hosts fun activities and special programs for birding enthusiasts. Popular bird-watching sites around town include Tamaulipas Crow Park, Boca Chica Beach dunes and wetlands, and the city’s resacas. Created by the Rio Grande River, the resacas area is a semi-tropical environment covering 1,700 acres. Thanks to controls put in place for the benefit of wildlife, species like the heron, blackbellied whistling duck, purple gallinule, and long-billed thrasher find the bird-friendly surroundings hard to resist. 64 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

The dense vegetation also attracts the olive sparrow, least grebe, and white-eyed vireo. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service operate the World Birding Center at Brownsville’s Resaca de la Palma State Park, the largest in a network of birding centers spanning 120 miles from South Padre Island to Roma. The Sabal Palm Audubon Center and Los Ebanos Preserve are other popular spots for bird watching. Wild birds are frequently spotted at Gladys Porter Zoo. Red-crowned parrots, egrets, herons, cormorants, and woodpeckers, not officially a part of the zoo collection, have found sanctuary, food, and safe places to nest within its varied habitats. The region is dotted with preserves providing protecting habitat not only for birds, but also for a variety of flora and fauna. Grab your hiking boots, binoculars, and camera and head out for a day “where the wild things are.”


Where the Wild Things are Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Located 20 miles northeast of Brownsville, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is situated along the banks of the Laguna Madre and is famous for its diversity of bird species. Featuring a fascinating mix of coastal brush lands, freshwater lakes, mud flats, and beaches, it is a habitat for exotic birds, butterflies, and wildlife ranging from alligators and armadillos to the endangered ocelot, Texas tortoise, and javelina. Volunteers and rangers lead birding tours on weekends from November through April. Five self-guided, diverse trails offer views of birds, wildlife, native shrubs, trees, and wildflowers.

Situated along the banks of the lower Rio Grande, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge covers more than 2,000 acres. Established in 1943 for the protection of migratory birds, it features more than 400 types of birds, as well as wildlife ranging from indigo snakes and armadillos to bobcats, coyotes, and long-tailed weasels. Providing a diverse mix of desert, gulf coast, great plains, and subtropical climates, it provides an attractive habitat for half of the known butterfly species in the United States, and thousands of birds fly over the area on their way to and from Central and South America. The Visitor Center offers educational programs, books, field guides, maps, and binoculars. Twelve miles of foot trails are available for hikers, and a seven-mile wildlife drive for motorists and bicyclists provides access to more remote areas. A 60-seat guided tram leaves the visitor center three times daily from Thanksgiving to the end of April. The Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge is headquartered at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Rated as one of the most biologically diverse national wildlife refuges in the United States, it features 11 distinct habitats, including desert brushlands, oxbow lakes, riverside woodlands, and coastal barrier islands. It is home to 1,100 plant species, 700 vertebrates, 484 bird species, and over 300 types of butterflies. Wildlife include the endangered ocelot and jaguarundi, collared peccary, Kemp’s ridley turtle, southern yellow bat, and the reticulate collared lizard.

Highway 106 and Buena Vista Road, Rio Hondo 956-748-3607 :: www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/texas/laguna.html

Los Ebanos Preserve

27715 Highway 100, San Benito 956-399-9097 :: www.losebanospreserve.com

This 82-acre nature park features tropical landscaping and several varieties of palm trees. Trails winding through the property take visitors past butterfly gardens and a lake that is home to several types of marine fowl. Visitors may explore self-guided trails or observe the birds and butterflies from lakeside benches. Birds frequently spotted at the preserve include the great kiskadee flycatcher, hooded oriole, green kingfisher, and the plain chachalaca. Butterfly sightings range from giant swallowtails, white peacocks, and zebras to Mexican bluewings and blue metalmarks, among others. Casa Los Ebanos, the elegantly decorated Southern colonial home at the center of the preserve, is a popular spot for weddings and other special events.

Sabal Palm Audubon Center

5169 Sabal Palm Grove Road at Southmost Road (FM 1419) 956-541-8034 :: http://tx.audubon.org/sabal.html

Situated in a bend of the Rio Grande River along the U.S.-Mexico border, Sabal Palm Audubon Center is a 557-acre sanctuary that features native plants and animals not found anywhere else in the United States, including the largest remaining stand of Texas sabal palms. Hikers often spot hummingbirds, hooded orioles, green kingfishers, and other colorful birds along its three miles of scenic trails. The center features numerous wildlife viewing areas, including a wheelchair-accessible observation deck, and special tours and workshops are offered throughout the year. Through its educational projects, conservation programs and ongoing efforts to protect its unique ecosystem, the center attracts more than 10,000 visitors a year.

FM907 and U.S. Highway 281, Alamo 956-784-7521 :: www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/TEXAS/lrgv.html

World Birding Center Resaca de la Palma State Park :: 1000 New Carmen Blvd. and FM 1732 956-350-2920 :: www.worldbirdingcenter.org

Catering to bird-watchers and butterfly enthusiasts, this day-use park offers visitors views of wildlife in a natural setting that includes a six-mile resaca winding through the park, marshes, dense thorn scrub, re-vegetated grasslands, mature palm trees, and ebony forests. Amenities include four observation decks, a visitor center with concessions and a gift shop, picnic area, interpretation hall, and more than eight miles of dirt trails accessible by hiking, biking, or walking. A paved 3.5-mile loop traveled by tram makes two stops. Thanks to its diverse habitats, proximity to Mexico and Central America, and its location along two American migratory flyways, the park attracts more than 250 species of birds, including many that are not seen north of the Rio Grande Valley. Colorful birds like the Atlamira oriole, American redstart, green jay, and yellow-breasted chat provide stunning photo opportunities. Interpreter-led bird and nature walks are held on Saturday and Wednesday mornings, and special bike tours take place throughout the year.

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It’s a Jungle in Here

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Gladys Porter Zoo 500 Ringgold St., Brownsville :: 956-546-2177 • www.gpz.org

pen 365 days a year, this 34-acre zoological preserve, built on an old channel of the Rio Grande River, was donated to the City of Brownsville in 1971 by the Earl C. Sams Foundation. It has become one of the most popular attractions in South Texas. A unique landscape of winding paths takes visitors past gardens with cactus and succulents from all over the world, exotic plants like the Hong Kong orchid tree, and brilliant flowering vines like the bougainvillea. Wildlife in open exhibits is surrounded by natural waterways, and visitors may view more than 1,500 animals representing 337 species, including 46 that are endangered. Divided into four major geographic By Amanda Knoles areas — Tropical America, IndoAustralia, Asia, and Africa — the zoo also features a herpetarium, free-flight aviary, bear grottoes, a California sea lion exhibit, an aquatic wing, and animal contact yard. Educational and entertaining temporary exhibits like Butterflies, Bugs and Blooms; Return of the Dinosaurs; World of Whales; and Into the Ice Age are crowd pleasers every year. Summer Safari offers a day camp environment where children participate in fun group activities like crafts, puppet shows, and tours. Other family-oriented events include Boo at the Zoo in October and Zoo Nights and Lights in December. Visitor amenities include a children’s nursery, numerous concession stands (including Pizzooria, which opened in July 2009), and a gift shop. Safari Express, a special train tour, runs on Sundays.

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Come Outside and Play Variety Is Key

rownsville, blessed with fantastic weather throughout the year, has a wide variety of recreational opportunities. Fishing, swimming, boating, and other water sports keep those who love water busy during the sunny, warm days. A variety of locations offer golfing that is both challenging and fun. And By Jennifer Bull Brownsville has a variety of parks for nature lovers and sports lovers alike. With a wide variety of recreational activities to choose from, Brownsville is a wonderful place to visit, live, or vacation.

Fishing

Brownsville’s unique location means fishermen can sample both freshwater and saltwater fishing. There are many opportunities available, including sports fishing, charter boats, pier fishing, and surf and offshore fishing. 88 Brownsville Ship Channel allows fishing in two different areas and is known for its speckled trout, snook, and redfish. 88 Resacas, former channels of the Rio Grande, are unique to the area and provide a wide variety of fishing

opportunities. Those fishing in area resacas have caught bass, trout, and catfish year round. 88 Surf fishing can be found within a 20-mile drive at beaches thriving with fish, including whiting and flounder. 88 Peaceful bay fishing can be found at the bays of Port Isabel and South Padre Island. 88 Deep sea fishing is an option as well; boats can be chartered in the Gulf of Mexico. Brownsville’s outlying areas also offer many fishing locations, including Falcon Lake, the Arroyo Colorado, and Laguna Madre.

Golf In a region where there is sunshine 223 days of the year, golfing is a pastime that almost never has to be cancelled due to inclement weather. With seven different golf courses to choose from, the natural terrain provides a unique challenge, as the resacas and lakes test the skills of even accomplished golfers. There are lighted driving ranges to help golfers perfect their swing and pro shops offering exactly the equipment needed to make even the pickiest golfer happy. www.brownsvillechamber.com 67


Outdoor Recreation Brownsville Tennis Center 3 Event Center Blvd., Brownsville 956-547-8326

The Brownsville Tennis Center features 15 fully lighted all-weather courts (including two stadium courts), a full-service pro shop, dressing rooms, a lobby area, a meeting room, a vending area, and a veranda.

Southern Pacific Linear Park

See the directory at the back of this book for a list of Chamber-member golf courses.

Parks The natural beauty of the Brownsville region is enhanced and showcased by the many parks located throughout the area. The Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department states on their homepage (www.cob.us/ parksandrec/) that they are “committed to providing quality recreational services, facilities, and programs necessary for the positive development and well-being of the community and the improvement of the quality of life for all residents.” Part of how they accomplish this challenging goal is through a wide variety of parks and recreational opportunities, including

Brownsville’s rich history makes the Southern Pacific Linear Park an excellent place to visit. With trails that allow hiking and biking, Southern Pacific Linear Park takes visitors from the abandoned Southern Pacific rail line from Harrison Street to the entrance of Palo Alto Battlefield. The trial offers beautiful scenery and picnicking and even includes a caboose from the Rio Grande Railroad.

three pools that host activities such as swim classes. The park system has four softball fields, nine baseball fields, 12 kickball fields, two adult and nine youth soccer fields, and two gymnasiums. The jewel of the park system, Dean Porter Park boasts two enclosed and air-conditioned pavilions that can each seat up 500 people. An additional outdoor pavilion holds up to 800 people and includes barbecuing facilities. Playground equipment and individual barbecue and picnic areas make for a great location for families to relax and play. The park is also home to the Brownsville Children’s Museum, Costumes of the Americas, the Camille Lightner Playhouse, and botanical gardens. Other amenities include trails, a boardwalk, public restrooms, and nature areas.

Boca Chica Beach For those who prefer their beaches without the noisy commercialization found elsewhere, Boca Chica Beach is the perfect place to visit. Possessing no development at all, Boca Chica Beach offers a variety of fun activities such as birding, dolphin viewing, surf casting, snorkeling, kiteboarding, shelling and beach diving, just to name a few. The pristine and undeveloped beach is owned by the state of Texas and is technically considered a park, but there are no park facilities on the land. A simple drive from Brownsville on Route 4 east takes you to this beautiful beach.

Brownsville Sports Park 88 The excitement over the Brownsville Sports Park is well-deserved, given the scope of facilities being made available to the public. The official groundbreaking ceremony on August 26, 2006, had a host of people from the community show up in support, including a variety of sports leagues and prominent members of the Brownsville community. 88 The $26 million park is located off 77/83 at the Merryman Road Exit. Once completed, it will have a wide variety of amenities and activities, including: 88 Sports fields equipped to handle: 88 Archery 88 Baseball 88 Basketball 88 Football

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88 Little League Baseball 88 Little Miss Kickball 88 Disc Golf 88 Miracle Field 88 Soccer 88 Softball A gymnasium with a full-sized basketball court Nine basketball courts A complete disc golf course with goals Flexible field areas for a variety of activities A full skateboard park A BMX bike park A public park and nature trail for picnicking and hiking A lake, boardwalk, and recreational fishing pier with natural wetland plants and animal life, perfect for birdwatching during seasonal migration

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A playground and shaded rest areas Chess boards throughout the park Shaded pavilions Restroom and concession facilities Three lighted parking lots


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Resaca de la Palma State Park 1000 New Carmen Blvd. and FM 1732

88 Resaca de la Palma State Park provides the largest tract of native habitat found in the World Birding Center network. With 1,200 acres of land, the park was shaped by the Rio Grande before recorded history. The resacas — abandoned coils of river beds — create ponds that, when full, attract a wide variety of wildlife. 88 Dense stands of banco woodlands and marsh vegetation in some areas, and dry Tamaulipan thorn woodlands with mesquite and anacahuitain in other areas, provide the perfect area for a diverse population of birds and wildlife. The resaca levels can be controlled to support wildlife, and often species such as the least grebe, blackbellied whistling duck, purple gallinule, herons, and migrating waterfowl can be found. Other birds found in the park include the summer tanager, American redstart, yellow-breasted chat, olive sparrow, long-billed thrasher, and white-eyed vireo. 88 The World Birding Center visitor’s center can get you started on one of the eight miles worth of trails, or if you prefer, there are four decks that overlook six miles of resaca and a tram that loops through 3.2 miles of the park. The trails throughout the park are open for hiking, walking, or biking. Facilities also include picnic areas and restrooms.

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Matamoros, Mexico

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Sister City to the South Brownsville’s International Neighbor Is an Important Cultural and Economic Partner

ust across the Rio Grande from Brownsville is beautiful Matamoros, Mexico. Our friendly neighbor invites visitors to add an international flavor to their visit and to enjoy all that Mexico has to offer. In addition to its prime geographic location and world-class culture and arts, Matamoros has manufacturing and business on an international level, numerous schools, and considerable agricultural, ranching, and fishing production. By Carol Cummings The close relationship between Matamoros and Brownsville is most evident in the United States Consulate in Matamoros. The oldest

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The close relationship between Matamoros and Brownsville is most evident in the United States Consulate in Matamoros. continuously active diplomatic post, this consulate reflects the close relationship the cities have had in the exchange of commerce, culture, and celebration. Matamoros possesses several unique tourist attractions, all full of history and beauty. Matamoros offers visitors modern services, first-class hotels, unique


Matamoros, Mexico restaurants with delicious northern Mexican cuisine, and many cultural and business centers. While the city has grown and modernized over time, the unique style of the historical construction has been well maintained.

Historic and Cultural Appeal Many sites in Matamoros take you into a colorful past. Plaza Hildago, in the center of town, offers unique architecture. Visitors can discover a marvelous cathedral built in 1825 and renovated historic buildings such as the Matamoros Casino. At Plaza Hildago, visitors can also visit the Museo del Agrarismo Mexicano, which depicts the agricultural heritage of the State of Tamaulipas and Mexico with numerous exhibits and authentic artifacts from the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The city also has many other unique plazas with restored historic buildings, such as the Cross House, which provides an excellent example of the diverse structural designs of the 1800s. The Main Plaza and City Hall were first built in 1800 and have been reconstructed numerous times over the years due to the large number of hurricanes that hit the area. The first “Kiosko� was built in the center of the Plaza in 1889. Most of the wood used is of Morocco style, making this one of the architectural treasures of the city. On Saturday and Sunday, citizens and tourists alike enjoy one the most popular traditions of the city — relaxing at the Plaza and enjoying the many wonders of the area. Homemade candy is available from street vendors, and many cultural events take place each weekend. The main City Hall building was recently rebuilt to match the architectural design of the 1800s and is open to the public for tours. The Main Plaza and City Hall are located at 6th Street between Gonzalez and Abasolo streets. Casamata Museum, the last remaining fort in northern Mexico, is traditionally associated with the intrigue and struggle of Mexico in the mid-1800s. Construction of the fortress began in 1845, in preparation of the expected invasion of Mexico by U.S. Gen. Zachary Taylor in 1846. The fort was restored as a historical museum, and its collection includes sabers, bullets, cannons, uniforms, pictures of historical events, a newspaper archive, and other memorabilia from 1810 through 1920. The museum is open daily, and admission is free.

Shopping Art and handcrafts from throughout Mexico can be found in the shops and markets of Matamoros. Goods include leather, silver, and gold jewelry, as well as talavera pottery, Zarapes, boots, and art. Many shops are just across the Gateway International Bridge. However, more shops are just a short taxi or tour bus ride away at the Juarez Market. Located on 9th street between Abasolo and Matamoros streets, the original market (El Parian) was started by a small congregation of merchants. In 1873, the market was renamed Juarez Market in memory of President Benito Juarez, who died in 1872. The attraction offers more than 100 shops, making it the largest shopping center in the city.

Dining Matamoros offers a number of diverse restaurants to suit many tastes. The food of Matamoros has long been impressing visitors and is one of the best reasons to visit the city. From traditional Mexican fare, to regional seafood dishes, to hearty steaks, visitors

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Matamoros, Mexico are sure to be satisfied. The dining experience often takes on added dimensions with costumed servers and mariachi music.

Natural Attractions Matamoros offers unique natural sights, such as the Rio Grande and the Gulf of Mexico, which provide many fun water activities, including a relaxing day at Playa Bagdad Beach on the Gulf of Mexico. Thatched palapa structures can be found along the beach, regional fishing tournaments are held year-round, and beach camping is a tradition among the locals.

Festivals The city is also one of celebration, as annual festivals include the Semana Santa at Easter, the Expo Fiesta in June and July, Mexican Independence Day in September, the Festival Internacional de Otono in October, and the Day of the Dead in November. In December, an array of breathtaking Christmas lights adorns the city.

Arts Matamoros was built upon a strong historic background of architecture, literature, painting, music, sculpture, history, poetry, and dance. The city’s many museums, theaters, and auditoriums showcase the arts and culture of the city and provide a fitting counterpoint to Matamoros’ bustling modern amenities. All of this, combined, makes Matamoros a wonderful entrance to Mexico.

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outh Padre Island, just 25 minutes from Brownsville, is a modern beach resort with a warm, inviting style. The 34-mile stretch of white sand is bordered to the east by the Gulf of Mexico and to the west by Laguna Madre Bay. The miles of pristine island terrain, along with modern resort conveniences, draw thousands of visitors to the area each year. By Carol Cummings Linked to the mainland by the Queen Isabella Causeway and located at the same latitude as Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the island’s weather averages 65 degrees in the winter and 82 South Padre Island is as rich degrees in the summer. Ranked as one in history as it is in beauty. of America’s top 10 beaches, the sandy shores of South Padre Island provide a perfect playground for sailing, windsurfing, aquatic sports,

diving, fishing, dolphin watching, horseback riding, golf, spa days, and shopping. The warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico offer an exquisite backdrop for breathtaking sunsets. South Padre Island is as rich in history as it is in beauty. Padre Nicholas Balli, for whom the island was named, was the first European to bring families to the island. Twenty-six miles north of the island’s southern tip, he and his nephew, Juan, founded El Rancho Santa Cruz de Buena Vista (later known as the Lost City), where he kept cattle, horses, and mules. The actual ranch and outbuildings were little more than thatched huts, known as jacals. Because of its natural fences of water, the island was a perfect spot for raising livestock. In 1811, Padre Balli stated in his will that he owned 1,000 head of cattle. He also built the first church on the island for the conversion of the Karankawa Indians and for the benefit of the settlers. Ironically, Balli never lived on the island that bears his name. He left the day-to-day operations of the ranch to www.brownsvillechamber.com 73


South Padre Island his nephew, who also held title to a sizable amount of the island, while Balli spent most of his time on the mainland, ministering to the spiritual and material needs of his people. Padre Balli died on April 16, 1829, and was buried near Matamoros. A statue of Padre Balli stands sentinel at the eastern foot of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway. Visitors to South Padre Island can choose from beach homes, luxurious hotels, condominiums, and affordable motels. While its many amenities make South Padre a popular vacation spot, its location also makes it one of the premier spots in the state to observe wildlife in its natural state — particularly birds. The animals of the island can be enjoyed a variety of ways, with special tours, services, and centers available. The Dolphin and Nature

Research Center offers an educational look at sea creatures and encourages interactive participation. South Padre Island also affords opportunities for dining and nightclubs. Dozens of restaurants and night clubs offer live music, dancing, and fabulous food. From seafood restaurants with gorgeous views of the water to sports bars with big-screen televisions, you can find what you’re looking for on South Padre Island. Caribbean and Mexican dishes delight the palate, while steaks, burgers, and sandwiches offer more casual fare. A wide variety of museums, recreational areas, golf courses, and parks complete the list of attractions that can fill each day of a South Padre vacation with fun and relaxation.

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Membership Directory

Index of Advertisers

Advertiser.....................................................................Page Number

Advertiser.....................................................................Page Number

Active Life Rehabilitation Center....................................................104

Incarnate Word Academy.................................................................66

Alford Insurance Agency, Inc............................................................21

International Christian Center.............................................................7

Allied Skills Training Center..............................................................41

Kantack Alcantara Law Office, P.C....................................................44

Astral Axiom....................................................................................28

Lago Vista / Cardenas Development Co., Inc.....................................49

B Town Realty..................................................................................46

Livingway Family Church & School...................................................69

BBVA Compass................................................................................17

Magic Valley Electric Cooperative.....................................................69

Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railroad...............................29

Marcello’s Italian Restaurant & Lighthouse Pub................................75

Brownsville Coffee Shop #2, Inc.......................................................61

Mervis Industries.............................................................................13

Brownsville Economic Development Council &

Metro Electric, Inc............................................................................15

the Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation...............................5

Mi Pueblito Restaurant Bar & Grill....................................................71

Brownsville Events Center................................................................61

New Horizon Medical.......................................................................37

Brownsville Golf Center....................................................................55

Ospeca Logistics Management Transport, Inc...................................72

Brownsville Historical Association....................................................62

Parker & Company Worldwide..........................................................19

Brownsville Independent School District...........................................13

PlaGar Engineering LLC...................................................................25

Brownsville Museum of Fine Art.......................................................59

Port of Brownsville...........................................................................26

Brownsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.................................32

R. L. Lackner.........................................................Outside Back Cover

Brownsville Orthopedics and Rehabilitation......................................12

Rain Forest Nursery.........................................................................44

Brownsville Parks & Recreation............................... Inside Back Cover

RGV Vein, Laser & Aesthetic Clinic....................................................37

Brownsville Pediatrice & Adolescent Care........................................33

Ricardo’s International Cuisine.........................................................61

Brownsville Public Utilities Board.....................................................11

Ringgold Civic Pavilion at Dean Porter Park......................................62

Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport.........................74

Rio Bank..........................................................................................33

Burton McCumber & Cortez, L.L.P.....................................................23

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory..................................................53

CAF Flying Museum /

Saint Joseph Academy.....................................................................66

Rio Grande Valley Wing Commemorative Air Force........................71

Shenanigans Irish Pub & Grill...........................................................49

The Car Spa Hand Car-Wash............................................................15

Sierra Title Company........................................................................51

Career Centers of Texas...................................................................39

South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.............................74

Cargo USA Logistics.........................................................................24

Spaw Glass.............................................................. Inside Back Cover

CD Financial Group – Carlos De La Rosa..........................................25

State Farm Insurance – Rick Armendariz.........................................11

Chris Sepulveda Commercial Painting..............................................11

State Farm Insurance – Kay Conly...................................................16

City of Brownsville...........................................................................66

Staybridge Suites.......................................................................56–57

Cobblestone Court Restaurant..........................................................54

Temp Control, Inc.............................................................................16

Community Merchants Financial, LLC................................................8

Tipton Ford......................................................................................12

Costumes of the Americas Museum.................................................54

United First Financial.......................................................................41

Designer’s Showroom......................................................................75

University of Texas at Brownsville / Texas Southmost College...........39

Dutch Fisher Real Estate..................................................................47

The University of Texas Pan American /

Ebony Lake Healthcare & Rehab Center...........................................32

Business Development & Innovation Group...................................29

Eco Living Solutions.........................................................................65

Valley Baptist Medical Center Brownsville........................................31

Edward Jones – Humphrey G. Thomas.............................................21

Valley Federal Credit Union..............................................................14

Gladys Porter Zoo..............................................................................7

Vermillion Restaurant & Watering Hole.............................................25

Guajardo Aesthetic / Medical Spa.......................................................3

Wilkinson Jim Iron & Metal Inc.........................................................19

H. Saenz Jr. Inc................................................................................51

Workforce Solutions Cameron..........................................................24

Holiday Inn / Homewood Suites........................................................27

Xavier Leos Family Dentistry, PA......................................................44

IBC Bank..................................................................Inside Front Cover The information in this membership directory has been provided and reviewed for accuracy by the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce. CommunityLink and Craig Williams Creative Inc. assume no responsibility for omissions or errors of any kind.

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#1 Quality Electric Inc.

Jose J. Sanchez 22784 San Miguel Harlingen TX 78552 (956)421-2078 ........ Fax: (956) 421-4026 qualsan@aol.com Electricians-Electric Contractor-Electric Repair & Service

Aaron Economic Consulting, LLC

Vanessa Casanova, Ph.D. Brownsville TX 78521-4985 (956)639-1698 ..........Fax: (956) 554-1698 aaronecon@gmail.com http://www.aaecg.com Business & Management Consultants Business Development

Alfredo De La Fuente 7620 Victoria Ct., Suite 4 Brownsville TX 78521-6937 (956)838-2700 ........ Fax: (956) 838-5051 adelafuente@victoria-lake.com Contractors-General & Sub

A.M. International Language Services

Alfredo Mercuri 155 Pinar Del Rio Ave. Brownsville TX 78526 (956)542-8149 ..........Fax: (956) 542-8149 alfredofre@aol.com Translation & Interpreting Services

A Plus Cleaning Services

Guillermo J. Lambarri 1035 E. San Marcelo Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526 (956)517-8393 ..........Fax: (956) 248-0659 sales@apcleaningonline.com http://www.apcleaningonline.com Janitorial Service

A. Stars Over Stripes Co.

Cedric Boyd P.O. Box 2623 South Padre Island TX 78597-2623 (956)299-1000 ..........Fax: (956) 772-0100 cedricboyd@realnicerecords.com http://www.realnicerecords.com Employment Agencies

A & V Lopez Supermarkets

Norma Lopez - Leal 2814 International Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-3122 (956)546-3120 ..........Fax: (956) 546-3980 Normal@avlopez.net Grocery Stores-Supermarkets

A-1 Health Service Agency

Mary Barrera 3670 Boca Chica Blvd. Suite 3 Brownsville TX 78520 (956)574-0596 ........ Fax: (956) 574-0086 mbarreragarcia@yahoo.com Home Health Care Services - Nursing Home Health Care

A-Bay Self Storage

Guillermo E. Garza 85 Industrial Dr. Brownsville TX 78521-3201 (956)982-7887 ..........Fax: (956) 542-1178 billekrane@sbcglobal.net Storage - Household & Commercial Warehouse-Storage

AAA Electrical Sign

Steve Smith 2407 East Business Hwy 83 Donna TX 78537-3545 (800)825-5376 ..........Fax: (956) 464-2408 signs@3asigns.com http://www.3asigns.com Signs - Electrical

Aaron Economic Consulting, LLC

Vanessa Casanova, Ph.D. 740 Acacia Lake Drive Brownsville TX 78521-4985 (956)639-1698 ..........Fax: (956) 554-1698 aaronecon@gmail.com http://www.aaecg.com Business & Management Consultants Business Development

Fred Hernandez 6305 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78526-9555 (956)574-8300 ..........Fax: (956) 574-8305 fred@aghconsultants.com http://www.aghconsultants.com Engineers-Civil-Consulting-Land Surveying

Alamo Concrete Products, Ltd.

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A. D. Welding Co.

AGH Engineering & Surveying, LLC

Accion Texas

Marlene Rodriguez 2300 Boca Chica Blvd., 2nd Floor Brownsville TX 78521-2230 (866)312-3778 ...... Fax: (956) 541-7542 mrodriguez@acciontexas.org http://www.acciontexas.org Accion Texas, a nonprofit organization, makes loans to small business owners that don’t have access to loans from commercial sources. We offer loans from $500 - $50,000 to help start or grow your business. Call 1-866-312-3772 to learn more. Loans-Micro Lending

Acclaim Health Services, Inc.

Rogelio Cázares, R.N. 3505 Boca Chica Blvd., Suite 203 Brownsville TX 78521-4214 (956)986-0942 ..........Fax: (956) 986-0961 claudia@acclaimhealth.com http://www.acclaimhealth.com Home Health Care Services - Nursing Home Health Care

Acetylene Oxygen Company

Joe Garcia 3557 E. 14th Street Brownsville TX 78521-3235 (956)546-1696 ..........Fax: (956) 548-0508 joe@aoctx.com http://www.aocweldingsupply.com Welding Supplies & Equipment

Acetylene Oxygen Company

Joe Garcia Brownsville TX 78521-3235 (956)546-1696 ..........Fax: (956) 548-0508 joe@aoctx.com http://www.aocweldingsupply.com Welding Supplies & Equipment

Oliver Achleitner, M.D., P.A.

Oliver Achleitner 535 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-2483 (956)982-6982 ........ Fax: (956) 982-0436 oliver@oamd.com http://www.brownsvilleortho.com Physicians-Orthopedic Surgeons

Active Life Rehabilitation Center

Surya Raguthu, M.D. 315 Jose Marti Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-2868 (956)546-7530 ..........Fax: (956) 546-7531 medical100@hotmail.com Physicians-Physiatrist Rehabilitation-Physical TherapyOccupational Therapy See ad page 104

Affordable Attic

Darrel Johnson 2805 S. Business 77 Harlingen TX 78550 (956)428-4040 http://wwwaffordableattic.com Storage - Household & Commercial

Affordable Clinic of Brownsville, LLC Richard Garza 814 N. Expressway 77, Ste. #5 Brownsville TX 78521-1422 (956)548-0035 ..........Fax: (956) 548-0036 rglvhh@yahoo.com Clinics-Medical Centers-Surgery Centers

Andy Petrach 6981 East Evans Rd. San Antonio TX 78266 (210)208-1570 ..........Fax: (210) 208-1553 apetrach@alamoconcrete.com Concrete, Cement, Gravel, Sand & Stone

Alford Insurance Agency, Inc.

Kevin Alford 147 E. Price Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-3527 (956)542-7415 ..........Fax: (956) 541-0247 kevin@alfordinsurance.com Insurance Agencies & Agents See ad page 21

Alivio Pain & Injury Recovery Center Alex Flores 5327 S. McColl Rd. Edinburg TX 78539 (956)631-2277 Chiropractors

All Star Metals, LLC

Nick Shah 101 Box Car Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-9217 (956)838-2110 ..........Fax: (956) 838-2190 nikhil@allstarmetals.com http://www.allstarmetals.com Shipbreaking-Dismantling Services

All Star Realtors

Mary McGowan 400 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-2466 (956)546-3378 ..........Fax: (956) 546-5109 pamape@aol.com http://www.allstarrealtorstx.com Real Estate-Residential & Commercial

Allegra Printing & Imaging

John Ely 1273 Alton Gloor, Suite A Brownsville TX 78526-3919 (956)548-1301 ..........Fax: (956) 548-0225 allegrabrn@sbcglobal.net Blueprinting-Digital Printing Printers, Publishers, Typesetters & Graphics

Allex International Properties

David E. Allex 920 West Van Buren Harlingen TX 78550-6058 (956)425-6199 ..........Fax: (956) 425-7121 DALLEX@ALLEXIP.com http://www.allexip.com Real Estate Development-Industrial International Trading Company

Allied Skills Training Center

Janie Sanchez-Solano 2045 Les Mauldin Ste. B Brownsville TX 78521-5635 (956)548-2100 ..........Fax: (956) 548-2105 alliedskills@yahoo.com http://www.alliedskills.info Schools, Colleges & Education See ad page 41

Allied Waste

Jon Deicla 9402 W. Expressway 83 Harlingen TX 78552-6696 (800)423-7316 ..........Fax: (956) 428-2045 http://www.disposal.com Waste and Sanitation Services - Sanitation/ Residential

membersHiP direCTory Aloha Pools of Texas

American Heart Association

Alton Motors

American Investigations & Security Int’l

Randy Russell 10 Business Drive, Suite B Brownsville TX 78521-4293 (956)592-1550 ..........Fax: (956) 544-1315 rrussell12@aol.com http://www.alohapoolsoftexas.net Swimming Pool Contractors, Service, Equip. & Maint. Rick Masso 4624 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521 (956)350-0050 ..........Fax: (956) 350-5864 altonmotors@yahoo.com Automobile Dealers-New & Used

Daniel B. Flores 30 Business Dr. Brownsville TX 78521-4293 (956)542-8256 ........ Fax: (956) 542-8294 aminv@msn.com http://www.a-i-s-i.com Private Investigations-Security Services/ Civil Process

Amazonia Restaurant Bar & Lounge

Delia Lazo Brownsville TX 78520-8332 (956)982-2122 ..........Fax: (956) 982-4414 amazoniarestaurant@yahoo.com http://www.amazoniarestaurant.com Night Clubs-Lounges Restaurants

American Red Cross Blood Services Lisa Montemayor 4800 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas TX 75235-7717 (214)678-4800 http://www.redcross.org Blood Banks - Plasma Centers

Amberjack’s Bar & Grill

Lance Mullins 209 W. Amberjack St. South Padre Island TX 78597 (956)761-6500 ...... Fax: (956) 761-4470 events@amberjacks.info http://www.amberjacks-spi.com ~ Make Sure to Book Your Events Here ~ Featuring the Freshest Seafood & Aged Prime Steaks Location Perfect for Sunset Dinners & Bayside Dining Restaurants

Ambiotec Group, Inc.

American Red CrossSouth Texas Chapter

Michael Huckabee P.O. Box 2202 Harlingen TX 78551-2202 (956)423-0523 ..........Fax: (956) 423-0542 stxredcross@rgv.rr.com http://www.southtexasredcross.org Blood Banks - Plasma Centers Organizations-Non-Profit

Americas Best Value

Carlos Marin 5420 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78526-9400 (956)548-9333 ..........Fax: (956) 548-9399 cmmarin@ambiotec.com http://www.ambiotec.com Engineers-Civil, Environmental, Mechanical & Consulting Environmental Consultants

American Contracting U.S.A, Inc.

Leticia Barcenas 1606 S. Reynolds Rio Hondo TX 78583-3023 (956)748-4030 ..........Fax: (956) 748-2891 acusainc@aol.com Roofing Contractor

American Eagle Airlines

Nancy Rogers 700 Amelia Earhart Dr. Brownsville TX 78521-5739 (800)433-7300 ..........Fax: (956) 550-0737 nancy.rogers@aa.com http://www.aa.com Airports-Airline-Aircraft

American Eagle Airlines

Nancy Rogers Brownsville TX 78521-5739 (800)433-7300 ..........Fax: (956) 550-0737 nancy.rogers@aa.com http://www.aa.com Airports-Airline-Aircraft

American Firing Range, Inc.

Jaime Escobedo 55 Galonsky St., Suite 100 Brownsville TX 78521-3647 (956)542-2285 ..........Fax: (956) 504-5060 americancompanies@gmail.com http://www.americanfiringrange.net Sports

American Firing Range, Inc.

Jaime Escobedo Brownsville TX 78521-3647 (956)542-2285 ..........Fax: (956) 504-5060 americancompanies@gmail.com http://www.americanfiringrange.net Sports

Victoria Salazar 1400 South Cage Blvd., Suite 9 Pharr TX 78577-6290 (956)984-0201 ..........Fax: (956) 984-0202 victoria.salazar@heart.org http://www.americanheart.org Health Services Organization Organizations-Non-Profit

Chris Patel 1130 E. Expressway 83 Pharr TX 78577 (956)702-3330 ..........Fax: (956) 702-7358 americasbvi@pacbell.net Hotels-Motels

Amigo Pawn & Jewelry

Robert Galindo 6181 Paredes Line Road Brownsville TX 78526-3508 (956)554-0293 ..........Fax: (956) 542-1135 Pawn Shops

Amigoland Event Center

Michael Belleville 1010 Mexico Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-4179 (956)504-7230 ..........Fax: (956) 504-7234 amigoeventcenter@att.net Reception Facilities

Andre

Renata Ledesma 2370 N. Expressway, Suite 1252 Brownsville TX 78521-1205 (956)668-6601 ..........Fax: (956) 688-6602 renata@andrefashion.com http://www.andrefashion.com Apparel Shoes

Angel’s of Mercy

Oscar Huerta 3201 West Expressway 83, Suite 2 Penitas TX 78576 (956)583-9995 ..........Fax: (956) 583-1305 angelshh@yahoo.com Nursing Facilities-Nursing Care

Anita’s Tortilleria

Avi Schwarcz 603 E. Jefferson St. Brownsville TX 78520-6065 (956)542-8497 ..........Fax: (956) 542-2451 kalmanavi@aol.com http://www.anitasbville.com Tortilla Factory-Tamales-Menudo - BBQ

Anita’s Tortilleria

Avi Schwarcz Brownsville TX 78520-6065 (956)542-8497 ..........Fax: (956) 542-2451 kalmanavi@aol.com http://www.anitasbville.com Tortilla Factory-Tamales-Menudo - BBQ

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Membership Directory Antonio’s Restaurant

Jose Campos, Jr. 840 Paredes Line Road Brownsville TX 78521-2450 (956)542-6504...........Fax: (956) 542-1125 antoniosmexicanvillage@netzero.com Caterers Restaurants

Antonio’s Restaurant

Jose Campos, Jr. Brownsville TX 78521-2450 (956)542-6504...........Fax: (956) 542-1125 antoniosmexicanvillage@netzero.com Caterers Restaurants

AOG-Logistics, LLC

Steve Perez 301 Mexico Blvd., Suite G7-102 Brownsville TX 78520-4159 (956)346-0755...........Fax: (713) 481-8368 steveperez@aog-logistics.com http://www.aog-logistics.com Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders

AQUA TECH

Bobby Evans 4309 N. 10th McAllen TX 78504-3008 (956)630-1402...........Fax: (956) 664-9963 aquatech@prodigy.net http://www.aquatechlawn.com Lawn Sprinkler Systems

Aramark, LLC

Michelle Cid 7100 Old Alice Rd. Olmito TX 78575-5150 (956)472-2530...........Fax: (956) 350-8069 cid-michelle@aramark.com http://www.aramark.com Caterers

Archer Business Systems, Inc.

Richard Archer 717 N. 77 Sunshine Strip Harlingen TX 78550 (956)554-9500...........Fax: (956) 425-7687 rgarza@sharp-abs.com http://www.sharp-abs.com Copiers, Faxes, Printers, & Scanners-Sales and Service

Argus Security Systems/ASG

Tamatha Main 314 Ash Avenue McAllen TX 78501-2556 (800)683-7487...........Fax: (956) 686-2427 tmain@asgsecurity.com http://www.asgsecurity.com Fire Extinguisher Sales & Service Security-Products, Systems, Burglar & Fire Alarms & Companie

Arrhythmia Consultants of South Texas

Frank Mazzola, MD 160 Plaza Santa Rosa Brownsville TX 78520-9785 (956)550-8700...........Fax: (956) 550-0242 tenriquez@acstonline.org Physicians-Cardiologists

Astral Axiom

Frank Esparza 4406 Roberto Ave. Brownsville TX 78526 (956)466-0677 info@astralaxiom.net http://www.astralaxiom.net Advertising & Marketing Web Design Development & Hosting See ad page 28

AT&T

Sergio Contreras 721 Beech Avenue B-A-06 McAllen TX 78501-2693 (956)630-8243...........Fax: (956) 630-8246 sergio.contreras@att.com http://www.att.com Communications-Telecommunications

AT&T

Pamela Garcia 4305 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-9479 (956)541-6200...........Fax: (956) 350-9108 pamela.garcia@att.com http://www.wireless.att.com Communications-Wireless

Austin Star Detonator Co.

Homer Solis 901 Cantu Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-9200 (956)831-7751...........Fax: (956) 831-7760 Manufacturing-Explosives

Auto Repair Solutions

Ernest Kim 3800 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78526-9481 (956)542-9600...........Fax: (956) 547-9624 atlbrownsville@yahoo.com Automobile Repairs & Service

Automatic Ice, LLC

Howard Curry 118 S. Bowie San Benito TX 78586 (956)399-9309 Ice-Fuel-Industrial Supplies

Avanza International

Sandra Duran 200 Texas Ave., Suite 100 Brownsville TX 78521-3400 (956)572-9151 sduran@avanzamex.com http://www.avanzamex.com Business & Management Consultants

Avis Rent A Car

Leticia Montiel 700 S. Amelia Earhart Dr. Brownsville TX 78521-5739 (956)541-9271......... Fax: (956) 541-9273 avisbro@cbrac.com http://www.avis.com Automobile Renting & Leasing

Ayusa Construction & Development

L. Adrian del Pozo 1623 Central Blvd., Suite 201 Brownsville TX 78520 (956)504-4833...........Fax: (956) 504-4830 Ldelpozo@grupoayusa.net http://www.grupoayusa.net Construction

ARTDECON

Horacio Lira 4964 Juniper Dr. Brownsville TX 78526-3871 (956)504-0489....... Fax: (956) 504-0489 artdecon_57@msn.com http://www.artdecon.com Construction

Associacion de Maquiladoras de Matamoros Robert Mattus Acambaro No. 2 Fracc. Entre Carlos Salazar y Colima H. Matamoros, Tamps. MX 87300 (868)810-7000 rmattus@ammatamoros.org http://www.ammatamoros.org Organizations-Non-Profit

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B-Town Realty, LLC

Rolando Guerra 803 Old Port Isabel Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-3557 (956)541-2200...........Fax: (956) 541-2206 roland_guerra@yahoo.com http://www.b-townrealty.com Real Estate-Residential & Commercial See ad page 46

Bailey & Galyen Attorneys at Law

Victor Quintanilla 2200 Boca Chica Blvd., Suite 120 Brownsville TX 78521-2217 (956)504-6611...........Fax: (956) 504-6633 strevino@galyen.com http://www.thetexasattorney.com Attorneys

78 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

Baja Duty Free

Karina Zaleta 1401 East Washington Street, Suite D Brownsville TX 78520-5740 (956)550-9300......... Fax: (956) 550-1035 karinaz@fairn.com http://www.bajadutyfree.com Retail - Duty Free

Bargain Book

Linda Medrano 1300 Wildrose Lane Brownsville TX 78520-8600 (956)546-5113...........Fax: (956) 546-0903 adcopy@bargainbook.cc http://www.bargainbook.cc Newspapers

Sahadeo Basdeo “Basil”

Sahadeo Basdeo “Basil” 1415 Mulberry Lane Brownsville TX 78520 (956)371-9997...........Fax: (956) 542-8902 sahadeo.basdeo@valleybaptist.net Individual Members

BBVA Compass

Best Buy

Paul Rodriguez 2701 Pablo Kisel Brownsville TX 78526-4125 (956)546-0755...........Fax: (956) 983-1502 paul.rodriguez2@bestbuy.com http://www.bestbuy.com Audio-Visual-Eqpt & Production Computer Products & Services Home Audio/Video Installation

Best Western La Copa Inn and Suites

BMC y Fragoso S.C.

Lesa Labar 350 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island TX 78597-6501 (956)761-6000...........Fax: (956) 761-6013 reservations@lacoparesort.com http://www.bestwestern.com Hotels-Motels

BBVA Compass

Bicycle World of Brownsville

Diana Delaunay 629 E. Elizabeth St. Brownsville TX 78520-5248 (956)547-3800...........Fax: (956) 547-3806 http://www.texasstatebank.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page 17

BBVA Compass

Juan M. Loya 2000 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78526-2800 (956)547-3963...........Fax: (956) 982-2167 juan.loya@compassbank.com http://www.texasstatebank.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page 17

BBVA Compass

Belinda Garces 2370 N. Expressway, Suite 1018 Brownsville TX 78521-1106 (956)541-2112...........Fax: (956) 544-7622 belinda.garces@bbvacompass.com http://www.bbvacompas.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page 17

Benchmark Mortgage

Charley Whitlow 5156 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78526-4057 (956)350-4466...........Fax: (956) 350-4799 Mortgage & Loans Companies

Benjamin Thomas Home Furniture

Yesenia Martinez 2625 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)541-3448...........Fax: (956) 541-3447 bthfurniture1@aol.com Furniture

Bert Whisenant Insurance

Bert Whisenant,III 14 E. Levee St. Brownsville TX 78520-5402 (956)546-4222...........Fax: (956) 546-0157 BWhisenant@bwi-ins.com http://www.bwi-ins.com Insurance Agencies & Agents

Blue Rio

Pete Patel 2520 N. 10th Street Hidalgo TX 78557 (956)843-1234...........Fax: (956) 843-6127 Hotels-Motels

Bestway Refrigerated Service

BBVA Compass

Mike Kirby Donna TX 78537-5687 (956)461-3636...........Fax: (956) 461-3760 operations@blandds.com http://www.blandds.com Cold Storage Distribution Center Adriana Lopez 1544 Cardinal Lane Brownsville TX 78521-1515 (956)908-7844 bluerioband@hotmail.com http://www.bluerioband.com Entertainment

Best Western Arena Inn & Suites

Patty Castillo 3255 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-3511 (956)547-3900...........Fax: (956) 544-6187 http://www.texasstatebank.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page 17 David McWhorter 3201 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-8845 (956)546-1771...........Fax: (956) 546-7092 http://www.texasstatebank.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page 17

Bland Distribution Services

Scott Stachowiak 6665 Padre Island Hwy, Suite 204 Brownsville TX 78521-5218 (956)831-7825...........Fax: (956) 831-3568 s.d.stachowiak@honey-bestway.com Trucking Companies

Sergio L. Fragoso Honduras #144 Col. Modelo H.Matamoros, Tam. CP 87360 (868)812-1214...........Fax: (868) 816-2600 sfragoso@bmcyfragososc.com Accountants-Certified-Public

BNA Drive-Thru

Benny Rendon 10 South Central Avenue Brownsville TX 78521-5604 (956)541-5828 benny.rendon@yahoo.com Convenience Stores-Drive Thru

Bob Richardson & Associates, Inc.

Terry Hall 1275 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-8622 (956)541-9712...........Fax: (956) 541-9717 Bicycle Shops & Repair Fitness Center and/or Fitness Supplies

Bob Richardson 1623 Central Blvd., Suite 200 Brownsville TX 78520-8345 (956)542-1775...........Fax: (956) 542-1980 bobrichardson@bizrgv.rr.com http://www.bobrichardson.org Financial Planners

Big Daddys Burgers and Shakes

Boca Chica Animal Hospital

Bill Biggadike & Assoc. Landscape Lighting Designs, Inc.

D. Marty Bogart, CPA

Rosie Paredes 3065 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)542-0555 Restaurants

Ben Biggadike 809 A Savannah McAllen TX 78503-3003 (830)643-0303......... Fax: (830) 643-1395 bs@biggadike.com http://www.moonlighterdesigns.com Landscape Lighting Designers

BizTax Income Tax Service

Jeanneth Escobedo 2685 N. Coria Street, Suite B1 Brownsville TX 78520-8813 (956)541-4447...........Fax: (956) 541-6114 efile@biztaxrefund.com http://www.biztaxrefund.com Income Tax Services

BizTax Income Tax Service

Glenn Head 1733 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-8140 (956)541-5249 Veterinarians

D. Marty Bogart, CPA 1805 E. Ruben Torres Blvd., Suite B20 Brownsville TX 78521-1115 (956)504-6550...........Fax: (956) 504-6555 marty@pdlrmail.us Accountants-Certified-Public

Boogedy Bear’s Partyland

Blanca E. Perez-Moreno 22 Palm Village Shopping Center Brownsville TX 78520-7265 (956)541-6920...........Fax: (956) 541-6920 boogedybears@sbcglobal.net http://www.boogedybears.com Event Organizer Party Hall

Border Customs Service

Jeanneth Escobedo Brownsville TX 78520-8813 (956)541-4447...........Fax: (956) 541-6114 efile@biztaxrefund.com http://www.biztaxrefund.com Income Tax Services

Salvador Lopez 1280 Cheers Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-4432 (956)548-0311...........Fax: (956) 548-1286 slopez@bordercustoms.com http://www.bordercustoms.com Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders

T. Mark Blakemore

Border Financial Services, Inc.

T Mark Blakemore 905 E. Los Ebanos Blvd., Suite C Brownsville TX 78520-8720 (956)541-5900...........Fax: (956) 541-5905 tmblakemore@tmb-atty.com Individual Members

Bland Distribution Services

Mike Kirby 2243 N. Golie Rd. Donna TX 78537-5687 (956)461-3636...........Fax: (956) 461-3760 operations@blandds.com http://www.blandds.com Cold Storage Distribution Center

Keyla Maradiaga Financial Services

Border Properties, Inc.

Mark Johnson 1100 N. Expressway 83 Suite E Brownsville TX 78521-1407 (956)546-3551...........Fax: (956) 546-3552 borderprop@att.net http://www.borderpropertiesinc.com Real Estate Appraisers-DevelopersInvestors Real Estate-Residential & Commercial


Membership Directory Border Tech School

Maria Sanchez-Fletcher 355 W. Elizabeth St. , Suite 110 Brownsville TX 78520-5597 (956)465-4487...........Fax: (956) 544-3349 info@bordertechschool.com http://www.bordertechschool.com Schools, Colleges & Education

Border Technology Enterprise, Inc.

Peter Lounsbery 814 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)574-9000...........Fax: (956) 546-7891 sales@border-tech.com http://www.border-tech.com Audio-Visual-Eqpt & Production Printers-Laser - Service & Supplies

Boys and Girls Clinic

Pamela Lambert 5850 FM 802, Suite C6-7 Brownsville TX 78522 (956)831-0880...........Fax: (956) 831-0815 Physicians-Pediatricians/Adolescent Care

BrandyWyne Apartments/B-Wyne Management, LP

Tammy Cuevas 605 Paredes Line Road Brownsville TX 78521-2456 (956)542-7159...........Fax: (956) 542-5945 bwynemanagement@yahoo.com Apartments Townhomes & Condos

Bravo Logistic Services

Carlos E. Ramirez 900 E. Levee Street Brownsville TX 78520-5104 (956)542-7851...........Fax: (956) 542-5720 carlosrm@att.net Import-Export

Breeden/McCumber, Inc.

Don Breeden 1724 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-8141 (956)542-5193...........Fax: (956) 544-2842 don@breedenmccumber.com http://www.breedenmccumber.com Advertising Agencies

Briggs Equipment

Dago Magallan 454 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521-1405 (956)504-5900...........Fax: (956) 504-5955 dago.magallan@briggsequipment.com http://www.briggsequipment.com Construction Equipment-Sales-RentalRepair Leasing-Equipment

Brisky & Perez Insurance Agency, Inc.

Albert L. Perez, Jr. 46 Cove Circle Brownsville TX 78521-2661 (956)541-9115...........Fax: (956) 542-8335 albert@hia-bpia.net Insurance Agencies & Agents

Brownsville Affordable Homeownership Corporation

Steven D. Solis 896 Ridgewood, Suite C Brownsville TX 78520-8636 (956)621-2813...........Fax: (956) 621-2815 solis@rgv.rr.com Housing Development Services

Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

Angela R. Burton 1600 University Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-4972 (956)542-4341...........Fax: (956) 504-3348 info@brownsvillechamber.com http://www.brownsvillechamber.com Chambers of Commerce Organizations-Non-Profit

Brownsville Children’s Clinic

Asim Zamir, M.D. 4430 E. 14th Street, Suite A Brownsville TX 78521-3364 (956)544-5557...........Fax: (956) 544-5100 Physicians-Pediatricians

Brownsville Coffee Shop No. 2, Inc.

Brownsville Group Services

Brownsville Community Foundation

Brownsville Gulfside Warehouse, Inc.

Jovita Chase 3230 International Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-3216 (956)542-9650 Restaurants See ad page 61

Elvira Ramos 275 Jose Marti Blvd., Suite E Brownsville TX 78526-1746 (956)546-8787...........Fax: (956) 546-8262 Organizations-Non-Profit

Brownsville Community Health Center

Paula Gomez 2137 E. 22nd St. Brownsville TX 78521-2908 (956)548-7400......... Fax: (956) 546-2056 ealpert.bchc@tachc.org http://www.ebchc.org Clinics-Medical Centers-Surgery Centers See ad page 37

Brownsville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Mariano Ayala 650 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78520-9107 (956)546-3721...........Fax: (956) 546-3972 mayala@brownsville.org http://www.brownsville.org Travel Information & Marketing

Brownsville CrimeStoppers

J.J. Trevino 30 Business Drive Brownsville TX 78521-4293 (956)546-TIPS.............Fax: (956) 982-0439 jtrevino@cob.us http://brownsville.crimestoppersweb.com Organizations-Non-Profit

Brownsville Doctors Hospital

Jose Jimenez, PhD 4750 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78526-4120 (956)554-2000...........Fax: (956) 350-6171 http://www.brownsvillesurgicalhospital.c Hospitals

Brownsville Economic Development Council

Jason Hilts 301 Mexico Blvd. Ste. F1 Brownsville TX 78520-4159 (956)541-1183...........Fax: (956) 546-3938 info@bedc.com http://www.bedc.com Business Development See ad page 5

Brownsville Elks Lodge #1032

Roy D. Turner 2223 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-8711 (956)542-3545 bpoe1032@sbcglobal.net Organizations-Non-Profit Professional & Business Organization

Brownsville Events Center

Corine Parris 1 Events Center Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-1171 (956)554-0700......... Fax: (956) 554-3886 corine@cob.us http://eventscenter.cob.us Meeting Facilities Reception Facilities See ad page 61

Brownsville Farmer’s Market

Katharine Martin Linear Park - Corner of 6th Street & Harrison Brownsville TX 78521 (956)882-5896...........Fax: (956) 882-5152 thebrownsvillefarmersmarket@gmail.com Markets

Teresa Huddleston 717 N. Expressway Ste. A Brownsville TX 78520-8536 (956)982-0462...........Fax: (956) 982-0468 BGS1@SouthernTexasTitle.com Real Estate - Property Tax Information Lee Ostos 400 R.L.Ostos Rd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-4241...........Fax: (956) 831-2200 LOstos@dixshipping.com http://www.brownsvillegulfside.com Warehouse-Storage

Brownsville Historical Association

Priscilla Rodriguez 1325 E. Washington St. Brownsville TX 78520-5705 (956)541-5560...........Fax: (956) 541-5524 info@brownsvillehistory.org http://www.brownsvillehistory.org Museums Organizations-Non-Profit See ad page 62

Brownsville Independent School District

Brett Springston 1900 Price Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-2495 (956)548-8000...........Fax: (956) 548-8010 pio@bisd.us http://www.bisd.us Schools, Colleges & Education See ad page 13

Brownsville Junior Service League

Lela Burnell Brownsville TX 78523-3151 (956)455-9269...........Fax: (956) 831-3851 brownsvillejsl@hotmail.com http://www.bjsl.org Organizations-Non-Profit Youth Organizations & Centers

Brownsville Kiddie Health Center

Carmen Rocco 95 E. Price Rd. Building F Brownsville TX 78521-3531 (956)504-6080...........Fax: (956) 504-6419 ajgoza@pol.net Physicians-Pediatricians

Brownsville Literacy Center

Victor Rivera 1235 E. Jefferson St. Brownsville TX 78520-5832 (956)542-8080...........Fax: (956) 542-0078 brownsvilleliteracy@yahoo.com http://www.brownsvilleliteracycenter.org Education Organizations-Non-Profit

Brownsville Local Development Co., Inc.

Jessica Gonzalez 1150 E. Adams St., 2nd Floor Brownsville TX 78520-5804 (956)548-6150...........Fax: (956) 548-6134 lucyg@cob.us http://bldc.cob.us Business Development Organizations-Non-Profit

Brownsville & Matamoros Bridge Co. Jose F. Galvan 1300 Mexico Blvd. Brownsville TX 78522-4119 (956)548-2415...........Fax: (956) 548-2426 josegalvan@up.com http://www.expressbridge.com International Bridge

Brownsville Mineral Warehouse Charles Van Sickle 100 Boxar Road Brownsville TX 78521 (704)969-6314 chuck@905logistics.com

Brownsville Montessori Academy

Norma Frausto Brownsville TX 78520-7508 (956)525-4530...........Fax: (956) 525-4530 millyuribe@gmail.com Http://www.bma-montessori.com Schools, Colleges & Education

Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

660 E. Ringgold St. Brownsville TX 78520-7974 (956)542-0941...........Fax: (956) 542-6931 bhorn@brownsvillemfa.org http://www.brownsvillemfa.org Museums Organizations-Non-Profit Reception Facilities See ad page 59

Brownsville Navigation District (Port of Brownsville)

Eduardo A. Campirano 1000 Foust Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-1000 (956)831-4592...........Fax: (956) 831-5006 eacampirano@portofbrownsville.com http://www.portofbrownsville.com Port Authority See ad page 26

Brownsville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Marcos Cavazos 320 Lorenaly Drive Brownsville TX 78526-4060 (956)350-2252....... Fax: (956) 350-2256 mcavazos@rnct.com http://www.brownsvillenursing.com Commitment To: Communication Commitment To: Service Commitment To: Higher Standards Commitment To: Growth Commitment To: Fiscal Responsibility Nursing Facilities-Nursing Care See ad page 32

Brownsville Obstetrics & Gynecology Assoc., PLLC

Jose R. Nieves-Sosa 800 West Jefferson St., Suite 210 Brownsville TX 78520-6300 (956)550-8733...........Fax: (956) 550-9299 Physicians-Obstetrics-Gynecology

Brownsville Pediatric & Adolescent Care

Jorge E. Dominguez, M.D., P.A. 3150 International Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-3214 (956)548-1100...........Fax: (956) 504-1907 Physicians-Pediatricians/Adolescent Care See ad page 33

Brownsville Public Library System

Geraldo Salazar 2600 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-8824 (956)548-1055...........Fax: (956) 548-0684 http://www.bpl.us Library

Brownsville Public Utilities Board

John Bruciak 1425 Robinhood Dr. Brownsville TX 78521-4230 (956)983-6100...........Fax: (956) 983-6289 inquiries@brownsville-pub.com http://www.brownsville-pub.com Utilities Utilities-Electric See ad page 11

Brownsville Rehabilitation Services, P.C.

Christina Achleitner 535 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-2483 (956)982-8907......... Fax: (956) 982-0436 christina@oamd.com http://www.brownsvilleortho.com Rehabilitation-Physical TherapyOccupational Therapy

Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railroad

Norma Torres 12650 Hwy 48 Marine Way Rd. Brownsville TX 78523 (956)831-7731......... Fax: (956) 831-2142 ntorres@brgrr.com http://www.brgrr.com Shortline Railroad Railroad See ad page 29

Brownsville Scrap Paper, Inc.

Ruben V. Guerrero 5850 FM 511 Brownsville TX 78526-9719 (956)838-1999...........Fax: (956) 838-1976 bspaperinc@aol.com Recycling Paper Material Recycling Services

Brownsville Sheet Metal Works, Inc.

Ivianne R. Merrill 1954 S. Price Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-2478 (956)546-4517...........Fax: (956) 546-5832 IMerrill@bsmwinc.com Metal Fabricators Sheet Metal-Welding

Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts

George Ramirez 6700 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78526-6914 (956)831-9590...........Fax: (956) 831-7810 info@brosociety.org http://www.brosociety.org Festivals Organizations-Non-Profit

Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport

Larry Brown 700 Ameilia Earhart Drive Brownsville TX 78521-5739 (956)542-4373......... Fax: (956) 542-4374 labrown@cob.us http://www.flybrownsville.com Airports-Airline-Aircraft Industrial Park See ad page 74

Brownsville Tennis Center

Ceferino Couoh Event Center Blvd. # 3 Brownsville TX 78526-1171 (956)547-8326...........Fax: (956) 541-1432 brownsvilletennis@sbcglobal.net http://www.brownsville.usta.com Recreation-Entertainment Tennis Centers

Brownsville U-Pull-It, Inc.

Tim Tillman 40881 State Hwy 48 Brownsville TX 78526 (956)838-2800...........Fax: (956) 838-2273 tim@upiautoparts.com http://www.upiautoparts.com Automobile Dealers-New & Used Salvage Companies

Brownsville Urban System

Norma Zamora 700 Jose Colunga Jr. Street Brownsville TX 78521-5789 (956)541-4881....................Fax: 544-7603 Transportation

Brownsville Winter Haven Resort

Anna Garza 3501 Old Port Isabel Rd. Brownsville TX 78526-9560 (956)831-7755...........Fax: (956) 831-7757 winterhaven@rgv.rr.com http://www.winterhavenresort.com Mobile Home Parks

Brownsville/SPI Board of Realtors

Nora Pompa 1825 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-8330 (956)546-8920...........Fax: (956) 546-5279 bbor1103@aol.com http://www.brownsvillespibor.com Meeting Facilities Organizations-Non-Profit

Bryan, Gonzalez Vargas y Gonzalez Baz, S.C. Rosa Hilda Posada P.O. Box 4978 Brownsville TX 78523-4978 (868)813-6000 Attorneys-Mexico

www.brownsvillechamber.com 79


Membership Directory Bryant Industrial Services

Daniel Bryant 10148 State Highway 48 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)838-5120...........Fax: (956) 838-5140 Daniel Construction

Bryant & Stingley, Inc.

Maureen Stingley 2010 E. Harrison St. Harlingen TX 78550-7312 (956)428-0755...........Fax: (956) 428-7133 bryantstingly@bryantstingley.com http://www.bryantstingley.com Court Reporters

Burton Companies

Scott Vaughan 3800 International Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-3254 (956)546-5175...........Fax: (956) 546-7454 http://www.burtoncompanies.com Automobile, Truck & Industrial Parts

Burton McCumber & Cortez, L.L.P.

Gregg S. McCumber 1950 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-1692 (956)542-2553...........Fax: (956) 542-8940 gmccumber@bmctexas.com http://www.bmctexas.com Accountants-Certified-Public Computer Products & Services See ad page 23 C

C & C Wings

Lori Indridson 6550 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78526-6910 (956)831-3460...........Fax: (956) 831-0245 candc_wings@yahoo.com Restaurants

C.H. Harden, Jr. Advertising Specialties

C.H. (Skip) Harden, III 240 West St. Charles Brownsville TX 78520-5515 (956)542-7301...........Fax: (956) 542-6733 chharden@sbcglobal.net http://www.chharden.com Marketing & Promotional Products Trophies & Plaques

Cameron Appraisal District

Frutoso Gomez, Jr. 2021 Amistad Dr. San Benito TX 78586-7732 (956)399-9322......... Fax: (956) 361-6097 fgomez@cameroncad.org http://www.cameroncad.org Real Estate Appraisers-DevelopersInvestors

Cameron County Children Advocacy Centers, Inc.

Elizabeth Shull P.O. Box 5418 Brownsville TX 78523-5418 (956)986-2770...........Fax: (956) 986-2708 mh@ccacmh.org http://www.cccacmh.org Organizations-Non-Profit Social Services - Abused & Neglected Children

Cameron County Drainage District No. 1

Ernesto Gamez, Jr. 3510 Old Port Isabel Road Brownsville TX 78526-9553 (956)838-0162...........Fax: (956) 831-7602 veronicamartinez33@msn.com Organizations-Non-Profit

Cameron County Judge’s Office

Carlos Cascos 974 E. Harrison St. Brownsville TX 78520-7198 (956)544-0830...........Fax: (956) 544-0801 bernardina.olvera@co.cameron.tx.us Individual Members

Camille Playhouse

Ben Agresti No. 1 Dean Porter Park Brownsville TX 78520-7971 (956)542-8900......... Fax: (956) 542-0567 patcranick@aol.com http://www.camilleplayhouseonline.com Theaters-Live

Capital One

Isela Del Angel 1075 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-2696 (956)698-3200...........Fax: (956) 541-1362 Lynette.bennett@capitalonebank.com http://www.capitalonebank.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

Capital One, N.A.

Cynthia Graham 3275 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-3511 (956)546-4528...........Fax: (956) 541-0997 cynthia.graham@capitalonebank.com http://www.capitalonebank.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

Capital One, N.A.

Jorge Zarate 4150 N. Expressway 77 Brownsville TX 78526-4330 (956)698-3224...........Fax: (956) 698-3318 lilly.delarosa@capitalonebank.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

Cardenas Development Company, Inc.

Reba Cardenas McNair 1603 E. Price Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-1409 (956)542-8919...........Fax: (956) 504-3276 cardevelop@aol.com http://www.cardenasdevelopment.com Real Estate-Developers See ad page 49

Cardenas Motors, Inc.

Andy Hagan 1500 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521-1439 (956)542-3541...........Fax: (956) 542-6581 andy@sellscars.org http://www.cardenasautogroup.com Automobile Dealers-New & Used

Career Centers of Texas-Brownsville Robert Montz 1900 N. Expressway, Suite O OMNI Pavillion Shopping Center Brownsville TX 78521-1563 (956)547-8200...........Fax: (956) 547-8208 rmontz@kaplan.com http://www.cct-bv.com Schools, Colleges & Education See ad page 39

Caring For You Home Health, Inc.

Marcelo Baca 441 E. Washington St. Brownsville TX 78520-6021 (956)546-1361...........Fax: (956) 542-3365 caring4uhh@aol.com Home Health Care Services - Nursing Home Health Care

Carinos Italian

Carruthers Embroidery

Ana Rodriguez 1325 E. San Marcelo Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-1866 (956)371-1454 carruthersembroidery@gmail.com Embroidery & Screen Printing Marketing & Promotional Products

Casa Los Ebanos/ Los Ebanos Preserve

Taylor Blanton 27715 State Hwy. 100 San Benito TX 78586-7771 (956)399-3543...........Fax: (956) 399-7664 tblanton1941@aol.com http://www.losebanospreserve.com Birding Reception Facilities

CASA of Cameron & Willacy Counties, Inc.

Alicia Cardenas 1175 W. Price Rd., Suite 3 Brownsville TX 78520-8738 (956)546-6545...........Fax: (956) 546-6612 CWCASA@aol.com Organizations-Non-Profit Social Services - Abused & Neglected Children

Casa Rodriguez Tile

Julio Villafranca 3090 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78526-2812 (956)504-2422...........Fax: (956) 504-2460 julio_villafranca@yahoo.com www.ferreteriarodriguez.com Ceramic Tile Distributors-ContractorsSupplies

Castex Export, Inc.

Fernando Nunez 3300 E. 14th St. Brownsville TX 78521-3232 (956)541-7169...........Fax: (956) 541-7317 nugadiesel@sbcglobal.net Truck Parts - Wholesale - Import-Export

Cavazos Income Tax & Financial Services, LLC

Centracore Business Services Enrique Flores Brownsville TX 78521-5335 (956)543-9415 eflores@centra-core.com Business Development

CENTURY 21 Johnston Company

Tip Johnston 109 E. Price Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-3527 (956)541-8073...........Fax: (956) 546-7882 c21johnston@aol.com http://www.century21johnston.com Real Estate-Residential & Commercial

Manuel Chacon

Manuel Chacon 5501 S. Expressway 77 Harlingen TX 78550 (956)365-1888...........Fax: (956) 365-1875 manny.chacon@ harlingenmedicalcenter.com Individual Members

Tom Champion

Tom Champion 201 Tesoro Ranch Viejo Country Club Rancho Viejo TX 78575-9537 (956)350-9155 Individual Members

Chema’s Trucking, LLC

Carmen Garza 2030 N. Indiana Rd. Brownsville TX 78526-6610 (956)838-2343...........Fax: (956) 838-1819 jmgarza@chemastrucking.com http://www.chemastrucking.com Trucking Companies

Chemtex

Cavazos Insurance Agency

Joe Magdaleno 4325 N. 77 Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-9479 (956)350-9488...........Fax: (956) 350-9295 Restaurants

Johnny N. Cavazos 315 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-2276 (956)542-2508...........Fax: (956) 542-1143 cavazosinsagy@sbcglobal.net Insurance Agencies & Agents

Rosie E. Cavazos

Rosie E. Cavazos 4515 Graham Rd. Hut 109 Harlingen TX 78550 (956)561-5899 rosie.cavazos@valleybaptist.net Individual Members

Cavender’s Western Outfitter

Carling Technologies, Inc.

CD Financial Group

80 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

Daniel Cedillo 6068 N . Expressway Brownsville TX 78520 (956)350-8244...........Fax: (956) 350-8244 dcedillo@prodigy.net.mx http://www.inmaq.com Manufacturing-Plastic Injection Molding

Daniel Cavazos 3900 Paredes Line Road Brownsville TX 78526-1138 (956)546-1004...........Fax: (210) 855-5072 Daniel@CavazosTax.com http://www.CavazosTax.com Financial Services Income Tax Services

Joaquin Rodriguez 2600 N. Expressway 77 Brownsville TX 78526-4100 (956)986-2550...........Fax: (956) 986-2554 keno_rodz@hotmail.com http://www.carinos.com Restaurants Fred Martinez 3734 International Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-3230 (956)546-5564...........Fax: (956) 546-0323 fred.martinez@carlingtech.com http://www.carlingtech.com Manufacturing-Electronics

Cedillo Enterprises

Martin Zarate Brownsville TX 78520-8491 (956)350-3355...........Fax: (956) 350-3311 cbc053@cavendars.com http://www.cavenders.com Western Wear & Supplies Carlos de la Rosa 1905 E. Los Ebanos Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-2209 (956)544-3185...........Fax: (956) 544-3014 Ldelarosa@isimail.com http://www.cdfinancialgroup.net Accountants-Certified-Public Financial Planners See ad page 25

Tom Jones 1642 E. Price Rd., Suite 104 Brownsville TX 78521-1455 (956)542-1022...........Fax: (956) 574-0048 http://www.chemtexindustries.com Manufacturing-Chemicals

Chick-fil-A

Chris Sepulveda Commercial Painting

Chris Sepulveda 301 E. Washington Ave. Harlingen TX 78550 (956)536-2419......... Fax: (956) 230-1026 cbs89lx@yahoo.com Painting-Commercial Paints-Manufacturing, Dealers & Contractors See ad page 11

Christ Church of the Valley John Phillips 28 Alvarado Ave. Rancho Viejo TX 78575 (956)455-3302 123jphillips@gmail.com Churches-Synagogues

Church’s Chicken

Joe De Jesus 2395 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-2204 (956)546-7762 oandrade@churchs.com http://www.churchs.com Caterers Restaurants

Cintas The Service Professionals

Josh Home 700 Dawson Rd. Mercedes TX 78570-4339 (956)565-9996...........Fax: (956) 565-0330 homej@cintas.com http://www.cintas.com Uniforms-Linens Supplies & Service

Circle Industries, Inc.

Wayne Bishop 815 W. Tyler Harlingen TX 78550 (956)423-2836...........Fax: (956) 423-7246 circle@sbcglobal.net Contracting Manufacturer

City of Brownsville

Pat M. Ahumada, Jr. 1001 E. Elizabeth St. Brownsville TX 78520-5128 (956)548-6005...........Fax: (956) 546-4021 http://www.cob.us Government See ad page 66

Clearview Builders

Chris Caraveo 5465 Garden View Ct. Brownsville TX 78526-9585 (956)592-4704 chrisclearviewhomes@yahoo.com http://www.clearviewhomes.net Construction

Chick-Fil-A at Sunrise Mall

Clinica Del Rey Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Center

Children’s Museum of Brownsville

CM Graphics & Signs

Joe Magdaleno 2370 N. Expressway, Suite 1348 Brownsville TX 78521-1223 (956)541-4222...........Fax: (956) 541-6423 brd4256@aol.com http://www.chick-fil-a.com Restaurants Mandy Jo Euresti 501 Ringgold Street, No. 5 Dean Porter Park Brownsville TX 78520 (956)548-9300...........Fax: (956) 504-1348 mjeuresti@cmofbrownsville.com http://www.cmofbrownsville.com Museums

Chili’s Bar & Grill

Victor Hernandez 2750 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78526-4101 (956)574-9955...........Fax: (956) 574-9966 coo627@chilis.com http://www.chilis.com Restaurants

Franco Reyes Jacome Calle 5a. # 1809 Esq. con Hidalgo Matamoros MX 8700 (956)341-3680...........Fax: (868) 813-0642 Dr.Franco@ClinicaDelRey.com.mx http://www.clinicadelrey.com.mx Physicians-Cosmetic Surgeon Miguel Plata 1018 E. Jefferson Ave., Suite A Harlingen TX 78550-5637 (956)421-2114...........Fax: (956) 421-2114 miguel@cm-graphics.net http://www.cm-graphics.net Signs

Coastal Automation & Supply

Juan Blanco 292 Kings Highway, Suite 10 Brownsville TX 78521-4265 (956)554-3390...........Fax: (956) 554-3489 j.blanco@coastalautomation.us http://www.coastalautomation.us Electric Supplies Industrial Distributor


Membership Directory Coastal Realty

Mark Barnard 2901 Central Blvd., Ste. A Brownsville TX 78520-8900 (956)541-9000...........Fax: (956) 541-9020 info@coastalrlty.com http://www.coastalrlty.com Real Estate Development-Industrial Real Estate-Commercial Properties

Cobbleheads Bar & Grill

Joseph F. Kenney, Jr. 3154 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-8844 (956)546-6224...........Fax: (956) 546-6772 http://www.cobbleheads.com Caterers Restaurants

Cobblestone Court Restaurant James DuBois 2200 Boca Chica Blvd., Suite 124 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)982-0911 james@cobblestone-court.com http://www.cobblestone-court.com Restaurants See ad page 54

Julius Collins

Julius Collins 163 Creekbend Brownsville TX 78521-4325 (956)546-6495 jjcolin3@aol.com Individual Members

Comfort Suites

Monica Garza 651 Sunrise Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-4384 (956)541-3332...........Fax: (956) 621-0003 comfortbrownsville@ogihotels.com http://www.choicehotels.com/hotel/tx966 Hotels-Motels

Community Development Corporation of Brownsville

Nick Mitchell-Bennett 901 E. Levee St. Brownsville TX 78520-5164 (956)541-4955...........Fax: (956) 541-4990 nmitchell@cdcb.org http://www.cdcb.org Housing Development Services

Community Merchants Financial, LLC

John Stephens 5460 N. Paredes Line Rd., Suite 206-296 Brownsville TX 78526 (956)465-4334...........Fax: (281) 763-7088 john@communitymerchantsfinancial.com http:// www.communitymerchantsfinancial.com Financial Services See ad page 8

Conquistador East Apartments

Steven de la Garza 375 Billy Mitchell Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-5054 (956)982-0323...........Fax: (956) 982-0324 Apartments Townhomes & Condos

Constantino STYLELABB

Carlos Constantino 800 Alton Gloor Blvd., Suite C Brownsville TX 78526-4296 (956)550-0750...........Fax: (956) 550-0750 constantinosalon@sbcglobal.net Beauty Salons-Tanning-Nails

ConsultingPoint, Inc.

Coyote Canyon A Steak Buffet

Don Morgan 700 Amelia Earhart Drive Brownsville TX 78521-5739 (956)504-5831...........Fax: (956) 504-0054 don.morgan@coair.com http://www.continental.com Airports-Airline-Aircraft

Convergys

Cathy Cassels 935 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-8619 (956)547-5237...........Fax: (956) 544-7843 cathy.cassels@convergys.com http://www.convergys.com Call Center

Copy Graphics, Inc.

Amy Miller 112 E. Pecan Street, Suite 1800 San Antonio TX 78205-1521 (210)554-5500......... Fax: (210) 226-8395 http://www.coxsmith.com Attorneys Mario Hernandez 4495 N. Expressway 77/83 Brownsville TX 78520-8491 (956)350-3999...........Fax: (956) 350-5080 hernandez.mario1014@gmail.com http://www.stockadecompanies.com Caterers Restaurants

CRH North America

Greg Landis Av. Lauro Villar Km 9 #67 H.Matamoros, Tamps. MX 87499 (956)525-4515...........Fax: (956) 542-8940 r.gray@crh-group.com Manufacturing-Automotive Maquiladora

David S. Valdez 2604 International Blvd., Suite A Brownsville TX 78520-3183 (956)504-9354 info@copyg.com http://www.copyg.com Computer Products & Services Copiers, Faxes, Printers, & Scanners-Sales and Service

Cricket Communications

Corrigan Dispatch Co.

Cristina R. Camargo 355 Kings Hwy. Brownsville TX 78521-4228 (956)542-0524...........Fax: (956) 542-5879 support@cristyscakes.com http://www.cristyscakes.com Bakeries

Harold C. Averill 1350 Cheers St. Brownsville TX 78521-4439 (956)831-4222...........Fax: (956) 831-2582 brownsville@corrigandispatch.com http://www.corrigandispatch.com Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders

Sherry Cortez

Sherry Cortez 3100 J Street, Apt. 5 McAllen TX 78501 (956)682-6277 sherry@ia-agency.com Individual Members

Companion Animal Hospital

Dr. J.B. Coulter

Yi-Lin Chao 835 W. Price Rd. Brownsville TX 78520-8743 (956)986-2772...........Fax: (956) 986-2882 Maquiladora

Dahill

Ralph Cowen P.O. Box 4496 Brownsville TX 78523-4496 (956)831-8533...........Fax: (956) 831-4949 ralphcowen@yahoo.com Individual Members

Continental Airlines

Sean Corrigan 4742 Holts Prairie Rd. Pinckneyville IL 62274-3436 (800) 455-5600...... Fax: (866) 898-8307 sean.corrigan@communitylink.com http://www.communitylink.com Publications

Components Anchia Intl., L.L.C

Ralph Cowen

Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated

Lita Pashos 501 Ringgold St. #5 Dean Porter Park Brownsville TX 78520 (956)548-9300...........Fax: (956) 838-5955 costumesmuseum001@yahoo.com http://www. costumesoftheamericasmuseum.c Museums See ad page 54

Robert R. Maza, DVM 2600 F.M. 802 Brownsville TX 78526-2804 (956)544-5868...........Fax: (956) 544-4101 cah@cahrgv.com http://www.cahrgv.com Veterinarians

D-Sign Print Solutions

Thomas Perez 3955 North Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-9391 (956)350-4600...........Fax: (956) 350-4678 Thomas.Perez@marriott.com http://www.courtyard.com/brocy Hotels-Motels

Joel Gonzalez 301 Mexico Blvd. No. 700 Brownsville TX 78520 (956)986-2727...........Fax: (956) 986-2731 joelg@consultingpoint-tx.com http://www.consultingpoint-tx.com Manufacturing

Costumes of the Americas Museum CommunityLink

Courtyard by Marriott

J.B. Coulter 5502 Autumn Mist Ln. Brownsville TX 78521-5110 (956)542-7705 Individual Members

Country Casuals, Inc.

Mike Pierce 2200 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-2212 (956)546-3771...........Fax: (956) 546-1932 mpierce@rgv.rr.com Apparel-Women’s & Children’s Shoes

Leonel Garza 3025 Boca Chica Blvd., Suite E Brownsville TX 78521-3580 (956)544-5730 lgarza@cricketcommunications.com http://www.mycricket.com Communications-Wireless

Cristy’s Cake Shop

Vincent L. Crixell

Vincent L Crixell P.O. Box 3242 Brownsville TX 78523-3242 (956)504-5616....................Fax: 541-8894 Individual Members

Cubco Construction, Inc.

Rick Cardenas 1603 E. Price Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-1409 (956)542-6680...........Fax: (956) 546-0370 eva@cubcoconstruction.com Contractors-General & Sub

Culligan Water of the Rio Grande Valley

Winslow Stenseng 1300 West Highway 77 San Benito TX 78586-4102 (956)399-1780...........Fax: (956) 399-1785 culligan@h2orgv.com http://www.culligan.com Water Treatment-Bottled D

D & T Construction, Inc.

Daniel Sanchez 33222 FM 2893 San Benito TX 78586 (956)233-1130...........Fax: (956) 233-1126 texmexeqm@yahoo.com Construction

Eduardo Araiza Brownsville TX 78520-7537 (956)504-7150...........Fax: (956) 504-7144 dsignprint@att.net http://www.dsignprint.com Advertising & Marketing Printers, Publishers, Typesetters & Graphics

De Shopping en el Valle de Texas

Gloria Gracia Badiola 801 N. Ware Road McAllen TX 78501-8916 (956)630-9571...........Fax: (956) 630-9591 gloria@deshoppingenelvalle.com http://www.deshoppingenelvalle.com Advertising & Marketing Newspapers

Joey Pollard 2635 South 77 Sunshine Strip Harlingen TX 78550-8320 (800)603-9951...........Fax: (956) 425-3025 jpollard@dahill.com http://www.dahillindustries.com Copiers, Faxes, Printers, & Scanners-Sales and Service

Decoma Litetek

Dairy Queen

Deep Southtex Terminals, L.P.

Robert Lozano 208 N. Cage Blvd. Pharr TX 78577-3906 (956)787-8770...........Fax: (956) 787-8749 maryl@thedqteam.com http://www.thedqteam.com Restaurants

Dairy Queen West

David Duncan P.O. Box 1376 Tulsa OK 74101 (918)584-2225...........Fax: (918) 584-2324 melx@sbcglobal.net Asphalt Binder Manufacturing & Wholesale

Dr. Francisco J. Del Castillo,M.D.

Francisco J. Del Castillo, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. 4970 N. Expressway 77/83, Suite B Brownsville TX 78526-4269 (956)350-8788...........Fax: (956) 350-0009 veronica@drdelcastillo.com Physicians-Obstetrics-Gynecology

Henry Talbot 844 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-8303 (956)542-0680 henrytal@aol.com http://www.dairyqueen.com Restaurants

Delphi Componentes Mecanicos de Matamoros

Dalco Protection Systems

Albino Carrasco 1127-A E. Levee Street Brownsville TX 78520-5001 (956)541-6056......... Fax: (956) 541-6961 acalarmed@aol.com Security-Products, Systems, Burglar & Fire Alarms & Companie

Darling-Mouser Funeral Home

Juan Jose Gallegos 945 Palm Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-6120 (956)546-7111...........Fax: (956) 542-7242 rodriguez@legacyfuneralgroup.com http://www.darling-mouser.com Funeral Homes & Memorial Parks Funeral Plans-Pre-Arranged

Dave’s Serv-Tech

David Ramirez 2120 Old Port Isabel Rd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)554-4870...........Fax: (956) 554-4871 dservtech@hotmail.com Air Conditioning - Sales, Service & Installation

David Champion, M.D., P.A.

David Champion 3125 International Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-3213 (956)542-4100...........Fax: (956) 542-2558 davidchampionmd@yahoo.com http://www.davidchampionmd.com Physicians

Davidson & Troilo

John W. Davidson 7550 W. IH-10 Suite 800 San Antonio TX 78229-5814 (210)349-6484...........Fax: (210) 349-0041 JDavidson@davidsontroilo.com http://www.davidsontroilo.com Attorneys

Days Inn

Steve Bowler 4694 Coffee Port Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-5283 (956)832-7100...........Fax: (956) 832-0042 steve.bowler@magna.com http://www.decoma.com Manufacturing-Automotive

Mohammed Chowdhury 715 N. Expressway 77/83 Brownsville TX 78520-8536 (956)541-2201...........Fax: (956) 541-6011 mchowd4337@aol.com http://www.daysinn.com Hotels-Motels

Rosalinda Torres 1900 Billy Mitchell Blvd. Building B Brownsville TX 78521-5610 (956)228-1888...........Fax: (956) 228-1992 Manufacturing-Automotive

Delphi Delco Electronics de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.

Barry Goodrich 601 Joaquin Cavazos Rd. Los Indios TX 78567 (956)228-7000...........Fax: (956) 228-7206 barry.f.goodrich@delphi.com Manufacturing-Automotive

Ace Eateries dba Denny’s

Alvie Britton 6131 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78526 (956)687-9511...........Fax: (956) 687-2974 alvie@aceeateries.com http://www.dennys.com Restaurants

Ace Eateries dba Denny’s

Alvie Britton 1875 North Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-8840 (956)554-3042...........Fax: (956) 554-3047 dennys7584@aceeateries.com http://www.dennys.com Restaurants

Design Elements, L.L.C.

Jose L. Perez, AIA 212 N. Arroyo Blvd., Suite B Los Fresnos TX 78566 (956)233-9546...........Fax: (956) 233-1390 designelementsllc@rgv.rr.com Architects

Design Group 692

Roberto Valencia 3300 E. 14th Street Brownsville TX 78521-3232 (956)504-7131...........Fax: (956) 541-7317 valenc5@aol.com http://www.designgroup692.com Construction-Builders-Developers

Designer’s Showroom

Julie Edelstein-Best 350 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-8054 (956)542-6602......... Fax: (956) 542-6605 julie.ebf@sbcglobal.net http://www.designers-showroom.com Furniture See ad page 75

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membersHiP direCTory Wayne Devora

Wayne Devora 3349 SE Loop 410 San Antonio TX 78222 (210)887-9597 ..........Fax: (866) 260-0947 DevoraW@cintas.com Individual Members

Digital Office Systems

Daniel Montano 4800 W. Expressway 83 McAllen TX 78501-3015 (956)554-3900 ........ Fax: (956) 631-7728 dmontano@digitalrgv.com http://www.digitalrgv.com Copiers, Faxes, Printers, & ScannersSales and Service Printers-Laser - Service & Supplies

E

E & D G, LLC

Ernest Garcia 3320 Creekwood Dr. Brownsville TX 78526-2898 (956)371-3226 gar9dia@aol.com Construction-Builders-Developers

E.R.A Sunrise Realty

Eva Ortiz 2345 Hudson Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)542-8333 ..........Fax: (956) 542-3406 noenilo@era.com http://www.erasunrisergv.com Real Estate-Residential & Commercial

Dillard’s Department Store # 729

Kevin Lyon 2340 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78526 (956)546-4581 ..........Fax: (956) 574-6950 http://www.dillards.com Department Stores

Dipasa U.S.A., Inc.

Leopoldo Cruz 6600 East FM 802 Brownsville TX 78526-6953 (956)831-4072 ..........Fax: (956) 831-5893 info@dipasausa.com http://www.dipasausa.com Sesame Products

Divine Skin Inc.

Rosie Rivera 120 Plaza Santa Rosa, Ave. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)455-9830 rbriverarn@aol.com Massage-Spa Services

Dix Shipping Company, Inc.

Robert Lee Ostos 400 RL Ostos Road Brownsville TX 78521-1050 (956)831-4228 ..........Fax: (956) 831-2559 LOstos@dixshipping.com Steamship Agents Stevedores-Warehouse Facilities

Dixie Tool Company

David M. Garcia 275 Kings Highway, No. 102 Brownsville TX 78521-1050 (956)544-4333 ..........Fax: (956) 544-0410 sales@dixietoolcompany.com http://www.dixie-tool.com Industrial Machinery and Supplies

Driscoll Children’s Hospital

Tammy Weaver 3533 S. Alameda Corpus Christi TX 78411-1721 (800)DCH-LOVE..........Fax: (956) 698-8637 Tammy.weaver@dchstx.org http://www.driscollchildrens.org Clinics-Medical Centers-Surgery Centers

John Dunkel

John Dunkel 604 Escandon Ave. Olmito TX 78575-9711 (956)350-5520 choate14@aol.com Individual Members

Duro Bag Manufacturing Co.

Carlos Villarreal 3401 David Shore Drive Brownsville TX 78521-1039 (956)831-4209 ..........Fax: (956) 831-2112 cvillarreal@durobag.com Manufacturing

Dutch Fisher Real Estate

Dutch Fisher 664 Hillcrest Court Brownsville TX 78521 (956)546-3474 ..........Fax: (956) 546-3444 ludyfisher@yahoo.com http://www.dutchfisherrealestate.com Real Estate-Residential & Commercial See ad page 47

Ebony Lake Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center

Jerry A. Trevino 1001 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-7533 (956)541-0917 ...... Fax: (956) 541-2860 jtrevino@transitionhealth.net http://www.ebonylakehealthcare.com Specializing in rehabilitation: Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Speech Therapy/ Vital Stim Care Nursing Facilities-Nursing Care See ad page 32

Eco Living Solutions

Maria Ferraez McKenzie 7 N. Tupelo Cir. Brownsville TX 78521-2630 (956)459-6616 ..........Fax: (956) 554-3906 mariaanto@aol.com http://www.ecoquest.com/msmaria Air Purification See ad page 65

Ecological Services International, Inc.

F. Paul Seales 41786 FM 510 Los Fresnos TX 78566-4846 (956)233-4609 ..........Fax: (956) 233-3196 bbreceda@esimfg.com http://www.esimfg.com Manufacturing

ED’S World Class Tae Kwon Do Academy

Edward Arriaga 3271 Old Port Isabel Road Brownsville TX 78526-4350 (956)544-4003 ..........Fax: (956) 504-1690 edwardarriga@att.net http://www.edsmartialarts.com Martial Arts

Edith Saldaña Photography

Edith Saldaña 74 S. Price Road, Suite 9 Brownsville TX 78521-0262 (956)543-3993 esphotography@hotmail.com http://www.edithsaldanaphotography.com Photography-Studio-Video

Edward Jones

El Jardin Water Supply Corporation

Gale Armstrong, Jr. 5250 Coffeeport Rd. Suite “D” Brownsville TX 78521-5377 (956)831-9981 ..........Fax: (956) 831-9983 ejwscorp@sbcgobal.net Utilities-Water

El Pato Mexican Food, L.P.

Terry Van Burkleo 2425 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78526-1183 (956)547-9100 ..........Fax: (956) 687-5231 tvb@elpatomexicanfood.com http://www.elpatomexicanfood.com Restaurants

El Pollo Loco Restaurant Mark W. Wright 54 S. Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-8029 (956)554-3450 markw.wright@att.net http://www.elpolloloco.com Restaurants

El Toro Sporting Goods, Inc.

Fracisco V. Cermeño 1223 E. Elizabeth Street Brownsville TX 78520-5025 (956)542-3156 ..........Fax: (956) 544-7826 eltoro01@aol.com Sporting Goods

Electric Fixture Supply

William Duncan 810 E. 11th St. Brownsville TX 78520-6433 (956)546-2401 ..........Fax: (956) 546-4372 elecfixture@hotmail.com Electrical Wholesale Materials Lighting-Fixtures-Ceiling Fans & Supplies

Elite Promotions

Rossy Galarza 50 East Elizabeth St. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)982-2059 ..........Fax: (956) 982-2499 rossy@elite4promo.com http://www.elite4promo.com Marketing & Promotional Products

Escobedo’s Pharmacy & DME

Farmers Insurance Group

Estrada Hinojosa & Company, Inc.

Farmers Insurance Group David Villarreal Insurance

Josephat Escobedo 4430 E. 14th Street, Suite B Brownsville TX 78521-3364 (956)986-0707 ..........Fax: (956) 986-0770 josephat1962@yahoo.com Drug Stores-Pharmacy Medical Equipment & Supplies Noe Hinojosa, Jr. 1717 Main St., Suite 4700 LB 47 Dallas TX 75201-4640 (214)658-1670 ..........Fax: (214) 658-1671 bgarza@estradahinojosa.com Investment Bank

Executive Inn

P.K. Patel 1945 North Expressway Brownsville TX 78520 (956)986-0333 ..........Fax: (956) 546-3485 Exe0333@yahoo.com Hotels-Motels

Express Employment Professionals

Jeff Reed 1100 N. Expressway 77/83, Suite 2 Brownsville TX 78521-1454 (956)550-8510 ..........Fax: (956) 550-8516 Jeff.Reed@expresspros.com http://www.expresspros.com Employment Agencies

Exxon Food Store

Mike Tidwell 4990 N Expressway Brownsville TX 78526-4121 (956)350-4515 ..........Fax: (956) 350-3737 Convenience Stores F

Jorge Elizondo 4699 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78526-7401 (956)831-7174 ..........Fax: (956) 831-7178 elizondo@elizondocrane.com http://www.elizondocrane.com Crane & Rigging Services

Fajitas Grill

Elva’s Restaurant Bar & Grill

Falcon International Bank

Rolando Martinez Brownsville TX 78521-4393 (956)350-2200 rmj.transports@yahoo.com Restaurants

Evelin Salazar 1775 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)504-3371 ..........Fax: (956) 504-6959 elvas_bargrill@yahoo.com Caterers Restaurants

Apolonio Borrego 2200 Boca Chica Blvd., Suite 100 Brownsville TX 78521-2212 (956)548-2265 ..........Fax: (956) 982-1649 arecio@falconbank.com http://www.falconbank.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

English Motors, Inc.

Family First Medicine in Brownsville

Dollie Lucio 3000 E. Price Road Brownsville TX 78521-3174 (956)547-9898 englishmotorsinc@aol.com http://www.englishmotorsinc.com Automobile Dealers-New & Used

Episcopal Day School

El Clavo Lumber Co., Inc.

Ernie Hernandez 205 Paredes Line Road Brownsville TX 78521-2247 (956)546-1722 ..........Fax: (956) 546-1728 fiesgrafix@aol.com Embroidery & Screen Printing Signs

82 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

Farmers Insurance District Office

Richard Jaross 16200 Jose Garza Road Brownsville TX 78521-9207 (956)831-8300 ........ Fax: (956) 831-8343 RJaross@escomarine.com http://www.escomarine.us Shipbreaking-Dismantling Services Scrap Metal

Elizondo Crane Service

Humphrey G. Thomas, AAMS 2494 Central Blvd., Suite C Brownsville TX 78520-8458 (956)574-8281 ..........Fax: (866) 515-2185 humphrey.thomas@edwardjones.com http://www.edwardjones.com Financial Consultants Investment Counselors See ad page 21 Richard Buchholz 3261 E. 14th Street Brownsville TX 78521-3317 (956)541-7401 ..........Fax: (956) 541-7580 elclavolumber@yahoo.com Hardware-Building Materials

ESCO Marine, Inc.

Teresa Hoskins 34 N. Coria St. Brownsville TX 78520-8310 (956)542-5231 ..........Fax: (956) 504-9486 mosborn@episcopaldayschool.net http://www.episcopaldayschool.net Schools, Colleges & Education

Ernie’s Fiesta Graphics

Armando “Mando” Gonzalez Brownsville TX 78526 (956)350-9600 ..........Fax: (956) 350-8424 mando.gonzalez@HCAhealthcare.com Clinics-Medical Centers-Surgery Centers

FAMSA Edelstein’s Better Furniture

Henry Hernandez 234 North Expressway Brownsville TX 78523-2258 (956)542-5585 ..........Fax: (956) 542-5655 http://www.edelsteinsrgv.com Furniture

Farmers Insurance

Ernie Hernandez 1425 FM 802, Suite R Brownsville TX 78526 (956)546-4040 ..........Fax: (956) 546-2235 ehernandez@farmersagent.com Insurance Agencies & Agents

Norma Villarreal 10213 N. 10th Street, Suite B McAllen TX 78504 (956)383-8841 ..........Fax: (956) 383-8861 nvillarreal1@farmersagent.com http://www.farmersinsurance.com Insurance Agencies & Agents Small Business Opportunity Claudia Rodriguez 4000 Paredes Line Road Brownsville TX 78526-1112 (956)542-1133 ..........Fax: (956) 542-1156 crodriguez1@farmersagent.com Insurance Agencies & Agents

Nathan David Villarreal 3040 FM 802, Suite C Brownsville TX 78526-2871 (956)541-9050 ..........Fax: (956) 541-9055 nvillarreal@famersagent.com http://www.farmersagent.com/nvillarreal Financial Services Insurance Agencies & Agents

Farmers Insurance-Roy Garcia Agent Roy Garcia 1213 East Alton Gloor, Suite A Brownsville TX 78526-3906 (956)541-4939 ..........Fax: (956) 541-6033 rgarcia@farmersagent.com http://www.farmersangent.com/rgarcia Insurance Agencies & Agents

Fatty Chem By-Products

Enrique Ayala 39808 Highway 100 Los Fresnos TX 78566 (956)233-5691 ..........Fax: (956) 233-4760 fattychem@aol.com http://www.fattychem.com Recycling Services - Cooking Oil

William A. Faulk, P.C.

William “Rusty” A. Faulk 185 East Ruben M. Torres, Sr. Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-9071 (956)546-5304 ..........Fax: (956) 541-9695 rfaulk@wafpc.com http://www.wafpc.com Attorneys

Federal Petroleum Company

Stephen Jones 5694 S Padre Island Hwy Brownsville TX 78521-4416 (956)831-9303 ..........Fax: (956) 831-2367 ruby@federalpetroleumco.com http://www.federalpetroleumco.com Oil & Petrochemicals - Processing & Distribution & Storage

FedEx Office & Print Center

Linda de la Rosa 1100 North Expressway, Suite A Brownsville TX 78521 (956)504-6002 ..........Fax: (956) 504-9960 linda.delarosa@fedex.com http://www.fedex.com Copying Services Printers, Publishers, Typesetters & Graphics

Fel-Glo, Inc.

Felipe Mendez 2250 Angler’s Place Road Brownsville TX 78521 (956)838-1234 ..........Fax: (956) 831-5795 intrmash@msn.com Sheet Metal-Welding

Feldman’s Valley Wide Liquor Stores Carrie Carmona 754 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-8338 (956)542-4561 ccarmona@feldmansvalleywide.com Liquor Stores

Financial Corporation of America

David F. Pickett 12515 Research Blvd. Bldg 2, Ste. 100 Austin TX 78759 (512)719-7500 ..........Fax: (512) 719-3517 DPickett@fcoa.com http://www.FCOA.com Financial Services


membersHiP direCTory Firebird Bulk Carriers, Inc.

Tyler S. Bosard 9100 Old State Hwy 48 Port of Brownsville Brownsville TX 78521 (956)832-0888 ..........Fax: (956) 832-0284 tylerb@firebird-tx.com http://www.firebird-tx.com Transportation

First Cash Financial Services

Jose A. Ramirez 497 W. Elizabeth St. Brownsville TX 78520-5552 (956)546-7296 ..........Fax: (956) 546-7298 http://www.firstcash.com Pawn Shops

First Cash Financial Services

Joe A. Ramirez 915 International Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-5742 (956)546-4270 ..........Fax: (956) 550-0904 joer@firstcash.com http://www.firstcash.com Pawn Shops

First National Merchant Solutions

Chris Escobar 371 Calle Alegre San Benito TX 78586-7480 (956)456-6805 ..........Fax: (956) 233-8157 cescobar@fnni.com http://www.fnms.com Credit Cards & Checks Processing

FNB Wealth Management

Flavio Gonzalez 50 Morrison Rd., Suite B Brownsville TX 78520-7262 (956)544-3617 ..........Fax: (956) 544-3625 ricardo.filizola@fnbwm.com http://www.fnbwm.com Financial Consultants

Frost Brokerage Services

Ruben P. Lozano 5480 Paredes Line Rd Brownsville TX 78520 (956)554-6321 ..........Fax: (956) 554-6317 ruben.lozano@frostbank.com Financial Consultants

Frullati Cafe

Jose Moreno 2370 N. Expressway, Suite 1352 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)541-8002 ..........Fax: (956) 554-3200 morecafeinc@yahoo.com http://www.frullati.com Restaurants

Functional Performance Rehab Consultants

Marcos Ricoy 721 W. Tyler, Suite C Harlingen TX 78550 (956)440-7783 ..........Fax: (956) 440-8341 FPRC03@yahoo.com Health & Fitness Consultant

Fundación ALE Matamoros

Maria Isabel Velarde Brownsville TX 78521-1665 (956)455-4397 fundacionalematamoros@gmail.com http://www.quierodonartamaulipas.org.mx Health Services Organization Organizations-Non-Profit

Funeraria del Angel Buena Vista & Burial Park

Eduvijes Treviño 5 McDavitt Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-2124 (956)541-5400 ..........Fax: (956) 550-0668 eduvijes.trevino@sci-us.com http://www.dignitymemorial.com Funeral Homes & Memorial Parks

Fortin de Bravo Restaurant Bar & Grill

Ana Luisa C. Gonzalez Calle Sexta #1721 y Calle Sauto Fracc. Moderno H. Matamoros, Tamps MX 87456 (868)817-5209 ..........Fax: (868) 817-0317 fortindebravorestba@yahoo.com.mx Restaurants - Matamoros

Frank E. Perez & Associates

Frank E. Perez 300 Mexico Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-4162 (956)504-5403 ..........Fax: (956) 504-5991 fperez@feperezandassociates.com Attorneys Mediators

Free Energy Solutions, LLC

Mario Meza San Benito TX 78586-7810 (956)572-9753 ..........Fax: (956) 504-0770 meza_mario@hotmail.com http://www.freeenergysolutionsllc.com Solar Panels - Wind Turbines

Friends Construction Jose Hernandez 3029 Lazy Acres Brownsville TX 78521 (956)561-3608 Construction

Friendship of Women, Inc.

Lillie Champion 315 Old Port Isabel Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-3546 (956)544-7412 ..........Fax: (956) 541-7676 ceo@fowinc.com Organizations-Non-Profit Social Service Organizations

Frost Bank

Patti Ayala 5480 Paredes Line Road Brownsville TX 78526-9400 (956)554-6310 ..........Fax: (956) 554-6317 patti.ayala@frostbank.com http://www.frostbank.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

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G & K Services

Mark Lewis 425 James Richard Closner, Suite A La Feria TX 78559 (956)797-2573 ..........Fax: (956) 797-4090 mlewisol@gkservices.com http://www.gkservices.com Uniforms-Linens Supplies & Service

G.M.S. Waste Disposal

Mike Bennett 2965 E. 13th St. (Entrance on 14th-nxt to Wilkenson Yard) Brownsville TX 78521-3344 (956)544-2100 ..........Fax: (956) 544-4527 Solid Waste-Commercial-Recycling

G & T Paving

Abel Gonzales 2005 Mercedes Road Brownsville TX 78520-9058 (956)546-3633 ..........Fax: (956) 546-5333 gpavingco@rgv.rr.com Construction-Paving

G-Shank, Inc.

Chinhung Lin 1034 Old Port Isabel Rd., Suite 2 Brownsville TX 78521-3654 (956)550-9565 ..........Fax: (956) 550-9575 gs2us@aol.com Manufacturing-Metal Stamping

Gage Pintail Lodge

Romolo De La Rosa 143 North Street, Suite D Brownsville TX 78521-2363 (956)546-9101 ..........Fax: (956) 544-4731 http://www.gageoutdoor.com Hunting & Fishing Tours

Galaxy Bowling Center

Corina Murillo 3451 Pablo Kisel Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-4141 (956)350-5252 ..........Fax: (956) 350-0927 corinagal@yahoo.com http://www.galaxybowlingcenter.com Bowling Lanes-Supplies Caterers

Gallegos Electric, Inc.

Ana Liza Cisneros 1350 El Jardin Heights Rd. Brownsville TX 78526-9569 (956)542-0058 ..........Fax: (956) 548-1392 gallegoselectric@gmail.com http://www.gallegoselectric.com Electricians-Electric Contractor-Electric Repair & Service

Garcia Bookkeeping

Raul Garcia 2380 Everglades Rd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-9373 ..........Fax: (956) 465-0013 garciabookkeeping@gmail.com Accountants-Bookkeeping

Garcia’s Curios & Liquors

E. Manuel Garcia Ave. Alvaro Obregon No. 82 H. Matamoros, Tamps. MX 87330 (800)769-2470 ..........Fax: (868) 812-0131 admingarcia@prodigy.net.mx http://www.garcia-s.com Restaurants - Fine Dining Restaurants - Matamoros

Garza & Garza, L.L.P.

David C. Garza 680 E St. Charles Street, Ste. 300 Brownsville TX 78520-5258 (956)541-4914 ..........Fax: (956) 542-7403 dgarza@garzaandgarza.com http://www.garzaandgarza.com Attorneys

Gateway Printing & Office Supply, Inc.

Tony A. Cantu 1460 N. Expressway 77/83 Brownsville TX 78521-1457 (956)546-0632 ..........Fax: (956) 546-0640 lin@gatewayp.com http://www.gatewayp.com Office-Supplies, Equipment & Furniture Printers, Publishers, Typesetters & Graphics

George Cunningham Co. Inc.

Albert Escobedo 610 N. Expressway 77 Harlingen TX 78550 (956)423-8437 ..........Fax: (956) 425-2473 aescobedo@gcincac.com http://www.gcincac.com Air Conditioning - Sales, Service & Installation

German Chocolate, Inc.

Lalys Aleman 6990 US Military Hwy 281 Brownsville TX 78520 (956)546-0550 ..........Fax: (956) 546-0550 Bakeries Caterers

John Gillis

Godinez Communication

Brian Godinez 300 South 8th Street McAllen TX 78501 (956)655-4655 ..........Fax: (956) 661-0401 brian@godinezintl.com Marketing Research & Marketing Companies

Gold’s Gym

Frank Williams 3100 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island TX 78597-7035 (956)536-8465 ..........Fax: (800) 336-3243 frankwilliams@letsgondo.com Advertising & Marketing

Gonzalez & Arrambide, Inc.

Ruth S. Gonzalez Weslaco TX 78596-9138 (956)447-9009 ..........Fax: (956) 447-9339 ruthg1234@aol.com http://www.texas-tax-cpa.com Accountants-Certified-Public Income Tax Services

Gonzalez Engineering & Surveying, Inc.

Edmundo R Gonzalez, Jr. 153 E. Price Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-3527 (956)546-5515 ........ Fax: (956) 546-2804 edmundo@gonzalezengineering.com Engineers-Civil-Consulting-Land Surveying

Gonzalez Furniture

Jorge Gonzalez, Jr. 701 Sunrise Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-4243 (956)574-8200 ..........Fax: (956) 550-8534 jgonzalez@rioplexwireless.com Appliances Electronics-Electric Equipment Supplies

Ricardo Gonzalez Customs Broker

Ricardo Gonzalez 5250 Coffeeport Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-5361 (956)831-9651 ..........Fax: (956) 831-2740 rgonzalez@itsbrownsville.com http://www.itsbrownsville.com Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders

Good Samaritan Society Brownsville

Gladys Porter Zoo

Good Shepherd Church

Carter S. Huber 2000 Redbud Ave. McAllen TX 78504-4130 (956)686-0545 ..........Fax: (956) 686-2759 chuber@glazers.com Beer Wholesalers & Distributors

Gloor Hardware & Specialty Lumber, Inc.

Leslie Gloor 1600 Alton Gloor Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-3916 (956)546-4244 ..........Fax: (956) 546-1736 Lumber Companies

Richard Hinojosa 300 W. Morrison Rd. Brownsville TX 78520-9480 (956)350-8282 ..........Fax: (956) 350-9673 corinneg@ies.net http:// www.goodshepardcommunitychurch.co Churches-Synagogues

Gorgas Science Foundation, Inc.

Lawrence V. Lof 510 E. St. Charles Street Brownsville TX 78520-5349 (956)504-6862 ..........Fax: (956) 504-0806 gorgas@utb.edu http://www.gorgassciencefoundation.org Organizations-Non-Profit

Rose Gowen, M.D. P.A.

Joseph Graham Attorney and Counselor at Law

Grande Mart

GONDO (Toonville is a division of GONDO)

Claude Mapp 510 Paredes Line Rd Brownsville TX 78521-2494 (956)546-5358 ........ Fax: (956) 541-2623 cmapp@good-sam.com http://www.good-sam.com Nursing Facilities-Nursing Care

Glazer’s

Rose Gowen, M.D. Brownsville TX 78520-6300 (956)504-6880 ..........Fax: (956) 504-9199 rmzgmd@me.com Physicians-Obstetrics-Gynecology

Joseph Graham 117 E. Price Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-3527 (956)982-2221 ..........Fax: (956) 550-9553 jgraham@arcticmail.com Attorneys

Hugo Robinson 800 Sunrise Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-4136 (956)544-6533 rflores@goldsgym.com http://www.goldsgym.com Fitness Center and/or Fitness Supplies

John Gillis 2410 Lois Lane Brownsville TX 78523-9062 (956)542-2469 jgillis5@yahoo.com Individual Members Patrick M. Burchfield 500 Ringgold St. Brownsville TX 78520-7998 (956)546-7187 ..........Fax: (956) 541-4940 admin@gpz.org http://www.gpz.org Recreation-Entertainment Zoological & Botanical Gardens See ad page 7

Rose Gowen, M.D. P.A.

Rose Gowen, M.D. 800 W. Jefferson St., Suite 100 Brownsville TX 78520-6300 (956)504-6880 ..........Fax: (956) 504-9199 rmzgmd@me.com Physicians-Obstetrics-Gynecology

Roger Bhakta 952 Palm Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)574-9252 Convenience Stores

Guadalupe Regional Middle School

Leo Shea 1214 E. Lincoln Street Brownsville TX 78521-2057 (956)504-5568 ..........Fax: (956) 504-9393 guadalupe678@gmail.com http://guadalupe.schoolfusion.us Schools, Colleges & Education

Guajardo Export Trade Group, LLC

David Guajardo Brownsville TX 78520-4159 (956)551-0386 ..........Fax: (956) 882-4119 daviid@worldsalesunlimited.com http://www.worldsalesunlimited.com Import-Export

J. Gabriel Guajardo, MD

Gabriel Guajardo 100B Alton Gloor Blvd., Suite 130 Brownsville TX 78526-3356 (956)350-4821 ..........Fax: (956) 350-6718 noelia.galvan@hcahealthcare.com http://www.gabrielguajardomd.com Physicians-Obstetrics-Gynecology

Manuel G. Guajardo, M.D.P.A.

Manuel G. Guajardo 300 Lorenaly Drive Brownsville TX 78526-4060 (956)350-5007 ...... Fax: (956) 350-0945 Aaguilar@ies.net Quality aesthetic products & services from a name you know & trust. Surgical procedures under local anesthesia include Tumescent Liposuction/Liposculpting and Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck). Call us today for your FREE consultation. Physicians-Obstetrics-Gynecology Physicians-Surgeons-Specialists See ad page 3

Gulf Breeze Mobile & R.V. Park

Rebecca Witt 1313 N. Minnesota Ave. Brownsville TX 78521-7175 (956)831-4606 ..........Fax: (956) 831-3552 gulfbreeze@mceproperties.com http://www.gulfbreezeresorts.net Mobile Home Parks RV Parks

Gulf Packaging

Blanca Puga 801 E. Fronton Brownsville TX 78520-5136 (956)504-9999 ..........Fax: (956) 504-9800 bpuga@gulfpackaging.com Forklifts & Material Handling Equipment Packaging

Gulf Stream Marine, Inc.

Mark Hoskins 2993 North Indiana Ave., Suite 3 Brownsville TX 78526-6674 (956)831-6766 ..........Fax: (956) 831-6763 gsmb@gulfstreammarine.com Stevedores-Warehouse Facilities

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Membership Directory Gulmar, Inc.

Mauricio Martinez 9675 Jose Garza Road Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-4547...........Fax: (956) 831-3526 mauricio@gulmar.net Pig iron and ferroalloys Pig iron and ferroalloys H

H.A.R.P. Hispanic Active Relationships Project

Perla Garza 1601 East Alton Gloor, Bldg. A Brownsville TX 78526-3902 (956)544-7165...........Fax: (956) 544-7158 pgarza@harpcc.com http://www.harpcc.com Marriage & Relationship Education Organizations-Non-Profit

H.E.B. Store #1

Joe Lucio 924 E. Elizabeth St. Brownsville TX 78520-5147 (956)542-4191...........Fax: (956) 504-5997 http://www.heb.com Drug Stores-Pharmacy Grocery Stores-Supermarkets

H.E.B. Store #2

Greg Wood 2250 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-2216 (956)541-1251...........Fax: (956) 982-8726 http://www.heb.com Drug Stores-Pharmacy Grocery Stores-Supermarkets

H.E.B. Store #3

Jaime Cavazos 1628 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-8327 (956)541-4816...........Fax: (956) 546-0314 Cavazos.Jaime@heb.com http://www.heb.com Drug Stores-Pharmacy Grocery Stores-Supermarkets

H.E.B. Store #4

Jesse Lugo 2950 Southmost Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-4787 (956)541-8406...........Fax: (956) 541-8814 Lugo.Jesse@heb.com http://www.heb.com Drug Stores-Pharmacy Grocery Stores-Supermarkets

H.E.B. Store #5

Tom Linville 2155 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-1609 (956)574-9701...........Fax: (956) 574-9725 Linville.Tom@heb.com http://www.heb.com Drug Stores-Pharmacy Grocery Stores-Supermarkets

H & R Block

Adam Saba 4354 N. Expressway, Ste. 750 Brownsville TX 78520-4867 (956)350-8262...........Fax: (956) 423-7177 adam.saba@hrblock.com http://www.hrblock.com Income Tax Services

H & R Block

Adam Saba 2921 Boca Chica Blvd., Ste. 127 Brownsville TX 78521-3500 (956)544-4447...........Fax: (956) 423-7177 adam.saba@hrblock.com http://www.hrblock.com Income Tax Services

H & R Block

Adam Saba Brownsville TX 78520-4867 (956)350-8262...........Fax: (956) 423-7177 adam.saba@hrblock.com http://www.hrblock.com Income Tax Services

H & R Block

Adam Saba Brownsville TX 78521-3500 (956)544-4447...........Fax: (956) 423-7177 adam.saba@hrblock.com http://www.hrblock.com Income Tax Services

H. Saenz Jr., Inc.

Heard & Smith, LLP

John R. Heard 2494 Central Blvd., Suite A Brownsville TX 78520-8458 (956)546-1500...........Fax: (210) 820-3777 jrhatty@heardandsmith.com http://www.heardandsmith.com Attorneys

Beto Saenz 4740 Coffeeport Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-5291 (956)831-5313...........Fax: (956) 831-7977 beto@hsaenzbro.com http://www.hsaenz.com Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders See ad page 51

Emilio O. Hernandez, D.D.S., P.C.

H. Yturria Land & Cattle Co.

Ghery Valladares 4535 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78526-5202 (956)831-8033...........Fax: (956) 831-8019 gvalladares@homs.com.mx http://www.homs.com.mx Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders

Daniel Y. Butler 1155 East Van Buren St. Brownsville TX 78520-7055 (956)542-4212...........Fax: (956) 542-4261 Hunting & Fishing Tours

Hales - Bradford, L.L.P.

Billy R. Bradford, Jr. 855 W. Price Rd., Suite 25 Brownsville TX 78520-8718 (956)542-9196...........Fax: (956) 544-1860 billybjr@hbacpa.com http://www.halesbradford.com Accountants-Certified-Public

Charles E. Hamilton, P.C.

Charles E. Hamilton 805 Old Port Isabel Road Brownsville TX 78521-3557 (956)504-5500...........Fax: (956) 504-3866 ceh@rgv.rr.com http://www.chasham.com Attorneys

Hands On Technologies

Anna Marroquin 855 W. Price Rd., Suite #2 Brownsville TX 78520-8742 (956)504-6800...........Fax: (956) 504-5115 amarroquin@handon.net http://www.handson.net Computer Networking Computer Products & Services Medical Billing Management

Happy Hearts Adult Day Care

Lisa De la Rosa-Dwyer 4080 Ted Hunt Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-7806 (956)831-0202...........Fax: (956) 831-3963 HappyHeartsADC@aol.com Adult Day Care Centers

Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce

Crisanne Zamponi 311 E. Tyler Ave. Harlingen TX 78550-9121 (956)423-5440...........Fax: (956) 425-3870 czamponi@harlingen.com www.harlingen.com Chambers of Commerce

Harmony Science Academy -Brownsville

Emrah Emrah 1124 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-7513 (956)574-9555...........Fax: (956) 574-9558 emrah@harmonytx.org http://www.hsabrownsville.org Schools, Colleges & Education

HDR Engineering, Inc.

Thomas B. Rodino 113 Calle Conejo Bayview TX 78566-4467 (956)233-9931...........Fax: (956) 233-4213 tom.rodino@hdrinc.com http://www.hdrinc.com Engineers-Civil, Environmental, Mechanical & Consulting

Healthy Communities of Brownsville

Rose Timmer 80 Fort Brown, SPH Building 5400 Brownsville TX 78520-4956 (956)882-5067...........Fax: (956) 882-5152 healthycommunities@utb.edu http://www.healthybrownsville.org Organizations-Non-Profit

84 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

Emilio O. Hernandez 2989 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-8958 (956)542-8777...........Fax: (956) 542-8543 IRUN2B@aol.com Dentists-Dental Care

Hessen Forwarding, Ltd.

High Velocity Gymnastics Jonathan Lopez 4202 E. FM 802, Suite E Brownsville TX 78526 (956)455-2285 Gymnastics

Hilton Garden Inn Beach Resort South Padre Cristin Howard 7010 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island TX 78597-7712 (956)761-8700 cristinhiltonspi@yahoo.com http://www.sopadrelive.com Hotels-Motels

Hilton Garden Inn Beach Resort South Padre Cristin Howard South Padre Island TX 78597-7712 (956)761-8700 cristinhiltonspi@yahoo.com http://www.sopadrelive.com Hotels-Motels

E. “Timo” Hinojosa

Eutimio Hinojosa 440 Ruben Torres Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-9102 (956)542-2960 Individual Members

Historic Brownsville Museum

Holt Cat

Kathy Bower 725 E. Hwy 83 Weslaco TX 78596 (956)968-2161...........Fax: (956) 968-1887 katherine.bower@holtcat.com http://www.holtcat.com Construction Equipment-Sales-RentalRepair

Holtzman Property Company

Larry Holtzman 24 Calle Cenizo Brownsville TX 78520-7402 (956)982-4540...........Fax: (956) 546-8558 lholtz130@aol.com Real Estate-Commercial & Industrial Real Estate-Commercial Properties

Homemaid Professional Cleaning Service

Monica Garza 1153 Sage Valley Trail Brownsville TX 78520-9056 (956)266-9241...........Fax: (866) 552-2949 homemaid_bro@yahoo.com http://www.homemaid.vpweb.com Janitorial Service

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Shelly Sojitra 3759 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-9376 (956)574-6900......... Fax: (956) 574-6910 shradha.sojitra@hilton.com http:// www.brownsville.homewoodsuites.co Hotels-Motels See ad page 27

Hotel Ritz

Gerardo Rodriguez 7a y Matamoros No. 612 H. Matamoros,Tamps. MX 87300 (868)812-1190...........Fax: (868) 813-0279 gerardordz@msn.com http://www.ritzhotel.org Hotels/Motels - Matamoros

Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville

Esiquio Luna, Jr. 2606 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-2312 (956)541-8315...........Fax: (956) 541-7860 Bha@txbha.com http://www.txbha.com Government Social Service Organizations

Marisela Cortez 641 East Madison Street Brownsville TX 78520-6098 (956)548-1313...........Fax: (956) 548-1391 cortezmarisela@aol.com http://www.brownsvillemuseum.org Meeting Facilities Museums

Hughston Insurance Agency

HNTB Corporation

Khadim Hussain 2812 Deer Trail Brownsville TX 78521 (956)546-5155 kh_vision2010@yahoo.com Individual Members

Lamberto “Bobby” Balli 1805 E. Ruben Torres Sr., Blvd. Suite A-15 Brownsville TX 78521-1112 (956)554-7508...........Fax: (956) 554-7509 bballi@hntb.com http://www.hntb.com Architects-Planners Engineers-Civil-Consulting-Land Surveying

Holiday Inn

Ravi Deva 3777 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-9376 (956)547-1500...........Fax: (956) 547-1550 gm@holidayinnbrownsville.com http://www.holidayinn.com/brownsvilletx Caterers Hotels-Motels See ad page 27

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

Juani Gonzalez 1985 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-8849 (956)550-0666...........Fax: (956) 550-9449 hie4446@yahoo.com http://www.hiexpress.com/brownsvilletx Hotels-Motels

David Hughston 46 Cove Circle Brownsville TX 78521-2661 (956)542-4387...........Fax: (956) 542-8335 david@hia-bpia.net Insurance Agencies & Agents

Dr. Khadim Hussain

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IBC Insurance Agency

Chad Hainley 1600 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78521-1104 (956)547-1181......... Fax: (956) 547-1187 chainley@ibc.com Insurance Agencies & Agents

IDEA Public Schools

Lindsey Price 505 Angelita Dr., Suite 9 Weslaco TX 78596-4694 (956)373-5814 lprice@ideapublicschools.org http://www.ideapublicschools.org Organizations-Non-Profit Schools, Colleges & Education

Ideas In Action, Inc.

Miriam Avila 110 Gil Drive San Benito TX 78586-4114 (956)399-5554...........Fax: (956) 399-2636 mavila@ideasinactioninc.com http://www.ideasinaction.com Marketing & Promotional Products

Ignite Consultants Plus

Maria Hall 14 Hacienda Drive Laguna Vista TX 78578-2894 (956)459-2138 maria@igniteconsultantsplus.com Consultants Training-Professional Development

ILSCO Corporation

Javier Cantu 3501 Nafta Pkwy, Ste. A Brownsville TX 78526-8414 (956)831-0500...........Fax: (956) 831-5700 mjohnson@ilsco.com Maquiladora

Inca Del Sol

Melissa Casaretto 1050 Ruben M. Torres Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)541-2929...........Fax: (956) 541-4253 melissa@incadelsol.com http://www.incadelsol.com Caterers Restaurants

Incarnate Word Academy

Magda G. Garza 244 Resaca Boulevard Brownsville TX 78520-7436 (956)546-4486...........Fax: (956) 504-3960 magdagarza@iw-academy.org http://www.iw-academy.org Schools, Colleges & Education See ad page 66

Industrial & Electric Supply Co.

Ralph Munoz 209 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-2247 (956)541-3743...........Fax: (956) 541-2106 ralph@mrocrib.com http://www.mrocrib.com Industrial Distributor Industrial Supplies & Services Electric Supplies Fluid Power-Products & Services

Inter National Bank

Marly Marin 1785 Ruben M. Torres Sr. Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)574-8500...........Fax: (956) 574-8580 mmarin@inbweb.com http://www.inbweb.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

Inter-Tech Technical School

Erick Sandoval 1205 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-8622 (956)554-9664...........Fax: (956) 554-9685 info@intertechts.com http://www.intertechts.com Schools, Colleges & Education

Interim Healthcare

Conrado Balli 950 E. Alton Gloor Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-3936 (956)541-4410...........Fax: (956) 541-4434 cballi@mindspring.com Home Health Care Services - Nursing Home Health Care

Interlube Corporation

Arturo Romero 750 N. Anchor Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-9204 (956)831-7046...........Fax: (956) 831-8064 arturo@interlube-corp.com Lube Oil Storage Terminal


Membership Directory International Bank of Commerce

Guillermo Lambarri 1623 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-8326 (956)547-1320...........Fax: (956) 504-9447 Glambarri@ibc.com http://www.ibc.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page Inside Front Cover

International Bank of Commerce

Margarita San Miguel 630 E. Elizabeth St. Brownsville TX 78520-5249 (956)547-1350...........Fax: (956) 542-8719 MSANMIGUEL@ibc.com http://www.ibc.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page Inside Front Cover

International Bank of Commerce

International Carpets

Francisco Galvan 5575 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-9433 (956)350-6777...........Fax: (956) 525-4131 intercarpets@sbcglobal.net http://www.intcarpets.com Carpet-Flooring Dealers & Supplies

International Christian Center

Bob Ordeman 2855 Paredes Line Road Brownsville TX 78526-1121 (956)541-3500...........Fax: (956) 541-4050 info@iccenter.org http://www.iccenter.org Churches-Synagogues See ad page 7

International Construction Services

Sara Rodriguez 4520 E. 14th Street Brownsville TX 78521-4027 (956)547-1300...........Fax: (956) 547-1314 http://www.ibc.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page Inside Front Cover

David Bolding 759 W. Rodriguez Ave. Raymondville TX 78580-2355 (956)689-0248...........Fax: (956) 689-6558 julie@iwcs-ics.com http://www.iwcs-ics.com Construction Weighing Services

International Bank of Commerce

International Dielectric Products, Inc.

Fred W. Rusteberg 1600 Ruben Torres Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-1103 (956)547-1000...........Fax: (956) 547-1028 frusteberg@ibc.com http://www.ibc.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page Inside Front Cover

International Bank of Commerce

Joe Capetillo 2370 N. Expressway, Suite 1222 Sunrise Mall Brownsville TX 78526-1206 (956)547-1380...........Fax: (956) 544-5326 Jcapetillo3@ibc.com http://www.ibc.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page Inside Front Cover

International Bank of Commerce

Denise Atkinson 3600 W. Alton Gloor Blvd. Wal-Mart Brownsville TX 78520-9288 (956)547-1391...........Fax: (956) 350-3393 http://www.ibc.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page Inside Front Cover

International Bank of Commerce

Leticia Gonzalez 7480 South Hwy 48 Wal-Mart Brownsville TX 78521 (956)547-1370...........Fax: (956) 831-3388 http://www.ibc.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page Inside Front Cover

International Bank of Commerce

Pilar Ruiz 79 E. Alton Gloor Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-9090 (956)547-1360...........Fax: (956) 547-1369 http://www.ibc.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page Inside Front Cover

International Bank of Commerce

Miguel Angel Garza 2721 Boca Chica Blvd. Wal-Mart Brownsville TX 78521-3501 (956)547-1260...........Fax: (956) 547-1269 mgarza6@ibc.com http://www.ibc.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page Inside Front Cover

International Bank of Commerce

Leticia Gonzalez 2250 Boca Chica Blvd. Inside H-E-B Brownsville TX 78521-2216 (956)547-1280...........Fax: (956) 547-1289 http://www.ibc.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page Inside Front Cover

Matthew Wyatt 2025 Billy Mitchell Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-5627 (956)541-8890...........Fax: (956) 541-8812 idpi@awsomenet.net Manufacturing-Electronics

International Forwarding & Storage, Corp.

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Jamestown Plastics, Inc.

Fernando Baca 3200 N. F M 511 Brownsville TX 78526-9730 (956)831-8800...........Fax: (956) 831-9600 fbaca@jamestownplastics.com http://www.jamestownplastics.com Packaging Supplies-Specialty TapesMaterial Handling

Brian G. Janis, P.C.

Brian G. Janis 1325 Palm Blvd., Suite B Brownsville TX 78520-7268 (956)541-2168...........Fax: (956) 541-8663 brian@brianjanis.com Attorneys

Jason’s Deli

Lupe Perales 4365 S. Expressway 77, Suite 900 Brownsville TX 78520-4858 (956)350-2400...........Fax: (956) 350-2450 lupe.perales@jasonsdeli.com http://www.jasonsdeli.com Caterers Restaurants

Jesse’s Enterprise Electric, Inc.

Jesus J. Ruiz, Sr. 34734 California Road Los Fresnos TX 78566-4518 (956)350-9919...........Fax: (956) 350-8204 jessesenterprise@yahoo.com Electricians-Electric Contractor-Electric Repair & Service

Abel G. Duran Cavazos 1650 N. Central Avenue Brownsville TX 78521-5255 (956)831-2422...........Fax: (956) 831-3442 if_sc@duranlongoria.com http://www.duranlongoria.com Import-Export

Jimmy Closner & Sons Construction

International Shipbreaking LTD, L.L.C.

JIT Services, LLC

Robert Berry 18501 R.L. Ostos Road Brownsville TX 78521-1038 (956)831-2299...........Fax: (956) 831-4112 neptunerlb@aol.com http://www.shiprecycling.com Shipbreaking-Dismantling Services

International Warehouses of Brownsville, Inc.

Jaime King Cancino 1705 N. Minnesota Ave. Suite # 200 Brownsville TX 78521-7003 (956)838-1816...........Fax: (956) 838-1254 fjking@aajking.com http://www.aajking.com Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders

ISCE, Inc.

Jose L. Guerrero, Sr. 4402 Austin Road Brownsville TX 78521-4157 (956)831-0900...........Fax: (956) 831-0771 isce@isceinc.net International Trade Consultants

Isla Grand Beach Resort

Shirley Donahue 500 Padre Boulevard South Padre Island TX 78597-6615 (956)761-6511...........Fax: (956) 761-5397 SDonahue@islagrand.com http://www.islagrand.com Hotels-Motels

IT Computer Solutions

David Ricoy 301 Mexico Blvd. Suite H3A-209 Brownsville TX 78520-4286 (956)547-7772...........Fax: (646) 607-5599 david@it-c-s.com Computer Networking Computer Products & Services

Robert Closner 8 1/4 North FM 491 Mercedes TX 78570 (956)565-2688......... Fax: (956) 565-0347 robert@jimmyclosner.com Contractors-General & Sub Stephen C. Woolley 62 Avenida Cortez Rancho Viejo TX 78575-9627 (956)592-6042...........Fax: (561) 828-0974 swoolley@jitservices.com http://www.jitllc.com Inventory Management Services

JK Family Medical Clinic

Satnam Bhondi, M.D. 2686 W. Alton Gloor Blvd., Ste. 1 Brownsville TX 78520-4055 (956)350-5444...........Fax: (956) 350-2493 raquelace@rocketmail.com Clinics-Medical Centers-Surgery Centers

JKF LLC

Virginia Wood 1180 Toya Lane Brownsville TX 78520 (956)345-9576 Investments

JKJ Workforce Agency, Inc.

James K. Judkins 32775 FM 106 Rio Hondo TX 78583-3135 (956)748-0550...........Fax: (956) 748-0553 carnival.workforce@gmail.com Foreign Worker Consultant

Joel Loera Construction Joel Loera 12 Sam Perl Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)909-1160 Construction

John Wood & Associates Realty, LLC John Wood 1180 Toya Lane Brownsville TX 78520 (956)778-7175 jwarealty@aol.cm Real Estate-Residential & Commercial

Johnstone Supply of Brownsville

Cindy Aguilar 1244 Robinhood No. 115 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)550-9739......... Fax: (956) 550-8562 cindy.aguilar@johnstonesupply.com http://www.johnstonesupply.com Air Conditioning - Sales, Service & Installation

Larry Jokl

Kearfott Corp. Motion Systems Division

Roger Priest 5964 E. 14th Street, Suite B Brownsville TX 78521 (956)838-1745...........Fax: (956) 838-1764 Navigation Equipment for Aerospace Industry

Kennedy Bag Impressions, Inc.

Larry Jokl P.O. Box 3865 Brownsville TX 78523 (956)778-7181...........Fax: (956) 832-5005 larry@bremcoinc.com Individual Members

Fred Kennedy 7838 E. FM 802 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)350-9172...........Fax: (956) 350-9877 okbi0524@rgv.rr.com http://www.kennedybagimpressions.com Wholesalers-Store Fixtures & Supplies

Jones Liquor

Keppel AmFELS, Inc.

JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.North Brownsville Branch

Key Mortgage

Mike Jones 800 E. Alton Gloor Blvd., Suite A Brownsville TX 78526-4296 (956)541-4241...........Fax: (956) 541-3312 lupita@jonesliquor.com http://www.jonesliquor.com Liquor Stores

Doris Arredondo 4999 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-9445 (956)350-6562...........Fax: (956) 350-0918 doris.arredondo@chase.com http://www.chase.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.North Brownsville Branch

Doris Arredondo Brownsville TX 78520-9445 (956)350-6562...........Fax: (956) 350-0918 doris.arredondo@chase.com http://www.chase.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Irma Arismendi 2300 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-2230 (956)982-7606...........Fax: (956) 982-7622 http://www.chase.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Sandra Garcia 1475 Ruben Torres Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-1564 (956)548-6901...........Fax: (956) 548-6809 sandra.g.garcia@chase.com http://www.chase.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

Juan Carlos Photography and Design

Lillian Kim 1022 E. Tyler, Suite 1 Harlingen TX 78550 (956)428-6363...........Fax: (956) 428-6175 keymortgagergv@yahoo.com Mortgage & Loans Companies

KGBT - TV 4

Ben Tucker 9201 W. Expressway 83 Harlingen TX 78552-6624 (956)366-4444...........Fax: (956) 366-4494 listens@kgbt4.com http://www.kgbt4.com Television-Radio Stations

Kiss’l Flowers & Decor

Leticia Robinson 3001 Pablo Kisel, Suite J Brownsville TX 78526-4280 (956)982-7700...........Fax: (956) 982-6930 Florists

Kool Smiles General Dentistry for Kids

Jessica Garcia 2921 Boca Chica Blvd., Suite 15 Brownsville TX 78521-3574 (956)544-6039...........Fax: (956) 544-6419 jmgarcia@ncdrllc.com http://www.koolsmilespc.com Dentist-Pediatric Dentists-Dental Care

Angela M. Kozak, D.O.

Angela M. Kozak 2955 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)542-6945...........Fax: (956) 546-0098 Individual Members

Juan C. Garza 1034 Old Port Isabel Rd., Suite 3 Brownsville TX 78526-3654 (956)639-0849 juancgarza@yahoo.com http://www.juancphotos.com Photography-Studio-Video

KRGV - TV 5

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K+ architects

Stanford Knowles 333 Ebony Ave. Brownsville TX 78520-8015 (956)542-7660...........Fax: (956) 550-8118 knowlesaia@aol.com Architects-Planners

Kantack Alcantara Law Office, P.C.

GS Tan 20,000 State Highway 48 Brownsville TX 78521-8910 (956)831-8220...........Fax: (956) 831-6220 G.Tan@keppelamfels.com Ship & Offshore Oil Rig Construction & Repair

Ramona Kantack Alcantara 1534 E. 6th Street, Suite 200 Brownsville TX 78520-7238 (956)982-1880...........Fax: (956) 982-1875 ramona@kantacklawoffice.com http://www.kantacklawoffice.com Attorneys See ad page 44

John Kittleman 900 E. Expressway 83 Weslaco TX 78596-4500 (956)544-5555...........Fax: (956) 973-5003 news@krgv.com http://www.krgv.com Television-Radio Stations

KTLM - TV- Telemundo

Martha Muñiz 3900 N. 10th St., 7th Floor McAllen TX 78501-1735 (956)686-0040...........Fax: (956) 686-0770 gm@ktlm-tv.com http://www.telemundo40.com Television-Radio Stations

KVEO - TV NBC 23

William Jorn 394 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521-2259 (956)544-2323...........Fax: (956) 544-4636 wjorn@KVEO.com http://www.kveo.com Television-Radio Stations

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L & F Distributors, Ltd.

Juan Gonzales 3502 Spur 54 Harlingen TX 78552-3523 (956)423-2256 ..........Fax: (956) 423-3096 juan.gonzales@lnfdist.com http://www.lnfdist.com Beer Wholesalers & Distributors

L & G Concrete Construction

Erasmo Lopez 2100 W. Expressway 83 Mercedes TX 78570-9764 (956)565-6334 ..........Fax: (956) 565-1089 moe@lgconcrete.com http://www.lgconcrete.com Construction-Paving

La Estancia at River Center

Flor Ruiz 2651 FJRM Brownsville TX 78520 (956)541-9200 ...... Fax: (956) 541-9201 fruiz@assetcampusproperties.com 2651 FJRM Brownsville, TX 78520 Apartments

La Mansion del Paseo

Arlene Adami 2700 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78526-2821 (956)574-0555 ..........Fax: (956) 542-9665 lamansiontx@aol.com http://www.lamansionapts.com Apartments

La Michoacana Meat Market

Richard Lane 1627 Resaca Village Brownsville TX 78521-1409 (956)546-7255 ..........Fax: (956) 546-5992 fidelbonilla@lmmm.net http://www.lamichoacanameatmarket.com Grocery Stores-Supermarkets Restaurants

La Milpa Tortilleria

John L. Villarreal 239 W. St. Charles Brownsville TX 78520-5514 (956)541-7079 john.l.villarreal@hotmail.com Tortilla Factory-Tamales-Menudo - BBQ

La Pampa Argentinean Steak House

Las Campanas Center

D. Marty Bogart 1805 E. Ruben Torres, Suite B-20 Brownsville TX 78521-1112 (956)504-6550 ..........Fax: (956) 504-6555 winlandinvestments@cox.net Shopping Centers-Malls

Las Campanas Center

D. Marty Bogart Brownsville TX 78521-1112 (956)504-6550 ..........Fax: (956) 504-6555 winlandinvestments@cox.net Shopping Centers-Malls

Las Palmas Apartments

Maria Martinez 4200 Las Palmas Circle Brownsville TX 78521-2791 (956)554-9552 ........ Fax: (956) 554-3996 http:// www.laspalmasapartmenthomes.com Apartments

Las Palmas Bakery

Patricia Mar 1020 Palm Blvd., Suite D Brownsville TX 78520-6194 (956)548-1161 ..........Fax: (956) 542-9795 Bakeries

Lasseigne Enterprises, Inc.

Harris Lasseigne, Jr. 3545 Dry Dock Court Brownsville TX 78521-9256 (956)831-4331 ..........Fax: (956) 831-3101 sidney@ies.net Shrimpers-Trawlers

Law Offices of Paul Hemphill

Paul Hemphill 815 Ridgewood St. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)546-5596 ..........Fax: (956) 544-7201 Attorneys

Law Offices Of Robert Garza, PC

George Farish 3201 Central Blvd., Suite 202 Brownsville TX 78520-3806 (956)541-8900 ..........Fax: (956) 504-3083 george@paradisecove.us http://www.paradisecove.us Real Estate-Developers

Lineage Power Corporation

Bryan Kerrick 1385 Cheers St., Suite A Brownsville TX 78521-4440 (956)547-6010 ..........Fax: (956) 547-6013 bryan.kerrick@lineagepower.com Manufacturing-Electronics

Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP

Mark Moody 1805 Ruben Torres Blvd., Suite B-28 Paseo Plaza Center Brownsville TX 78521-1119 (956)546-1216 ..........Fax: (956) 546-1624 mark.moody@publicans.com Attorneys

Link Staffing Services

Gloria Salazar 2414 E. Price Rd., B-101 Brownsville TX 78521-3195 (956)504-5349 ..........Fax: (956) 504-5223 gsalazar@linkstaffing.com http://www.linkstaffing.com Employment Agencies

Little Farm Frozen Foods, Inc.

Livingway Family Church & School

Ruben Pe単a 700 Paredes Ave., Suite 103 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)546-5775 ........ Fax: (956) 546-5778 Riolaw1@aol.com Attorneys

Lazar Developments

Laguna Development Group, Ltd.

Wesley Reed, III 222 E. Van Buren Ave., Suite 703 Harlingen TX 78550-6856 (956)423-4114 ..........Fax: (956) 412-8872 wesley_reed@msn.com Financial Services Insurance Agencies & Agents

Law Offices of Ruben R. Pe単a

La Quinta Inn & Suites

Marivete Martinez 1405 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78521-1100 (956)546-4262 ..........Fax: (956) 541-3076 marivetem@lacksvalley.com http://www.lacksvalley.com Appliances Electronics-Electric Equipment Supplies

Lincoln Financial

Yolanda Martinez 1919 Billy Mitchell Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-5625 (956)544-1919 ..........Fax: (956) 541-0958 yolanda.martinez@lahuerta.com.mx http://www.lahuerta.com.mx Frozen Foods-Wholesale

Lawn Care Services

Lacks Galleria

Maude T. Lette 145 Boca Chica Blvd., Suite B Brownsville TX 78520-7877 (956)541-7252 ........ Fax: (956) 542-8757 maude@letteinsuranceagency.com http://www.letteinsuranceagency.com Insurance Agencies & Agents

Robert Garza 2320 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)544-1111 ........ Fax: (956) 544-1108 jrobert@rgarzalaw.com Attorneys

Jose Antonio Lopez Santove単a 1655 Ruben Torres, Suite 208 Brownsville TX 78526 (956)504-5858 ..........Fax: (956) 504-5875 antonio4v67@yahoo.es http://www.lapampasteakhouse.com Restaurants - Fine Dining Billy Schrank 7000 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island TX 78597-7726 (956)772-7000 ..........Fax: (956) 772-9311 lq0730gm@lq.com http://www.sopadrelive.com Hotels-Motels

Lette Insurance Agency

John Finley P.O. Box 188 Los Fresnos TX 78566-0188 (956)434-6065 ..........Fax: (956) 233-4702 finleylsfrsns@aol.com Lawn Maintenance Clifford W. Lazar 9717 Cisco St. Los Angeles CA 90034-1053 (310)838-3885 ..........Fax: (310) 838-8066 lazarcw@ca.rr.com Office Buildings-Office Space

Learn 2 Center, LLC

Angelina Macias Brownsville TX 78521-4872 (956)550-0041 am@learn2center.com http://www.learn2center.com Schools, Colleges & Education

Paul A. Lenz, M.D., P.A.

Paul Lenz 2300 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)544-6111 ........ Fax: (956) 546-7957 Paullenz@sbbcglobal.net Physicians-Family Practice

86 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

Bill Moore 350 Ruben M.Torres Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)548-2223 ..........Fax: (956) 548-1970 livingwaychurch@lfc-jubillee.com http://www.livingwayrgv.com Churches-Synagogues Schools, Colleges & Education See ad page 69

Loera Customs Brokerage, Inc.

Minerva G. Loera 5845 E. 14th Street Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-9000 ..........Fax: (956) 831-4103 minerva@loeracbi.com http://www.loeracbi.com Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders Warehouse-Leasing-Distribution

Loma Alta Trap & Skeet, Inc.

Jose Paredes 500 Old Port Isabel Rd. Brownsville TX 78526 (956)371-7436 LomaAltaTrapSkeet@gmail.com http://www.LomaAltaTrapSkeet.com Sports

Lone Star National Bank

Raymond Cisneros 3300 N. Expressway 77/83 Brownsville TX 78526-4137 (956)554-6800 ........ Fax: (956) 554-6851 http://www.lonestarnationalbank.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

Lone Star National Bank

Margarita Gonzalez 2100 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-2234 (956)574-7300 ..........Fax: (956) 574-7355 http://www.lonestarnationalbank.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

Lone Star Professional Services

Raul Rodriguez 3620 Ruben Torres Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)544-6200 ..........Fax: (956) 544-6205 raul.qb@sbcglobal.net Accountants-Bookkeeping Training-Professional Development

Lone Star Shredding & Document Storage

Dan Hernandez 1970 W. Expressway 83 Mercedes TX 78570-9700 (956)565-1200 ..........Fax: (956) 565-1208 mario@lonestarshredding.com http://www.lonestarshredding.com Computer-Imaging Supply & Services Shredding Services-Paper

Long Chilton, L.L.P.

A. Carlos Barrera 3125 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-9523 (956)546-1655 ..........Fax: (956) 546-0112 cbarrera@longchilton.com http://www.longchilton.com Accountants-Certified-Public

Ray Lopez

Ray Lopez P.O. Box 4852 Brownsville TX 78523-4852 (956)233-4081 Individual Members

Lower Valley Dental Association, PA

J. Patrick Pirtle 4920 N. Expressway 77, Suite E Brownsville TX 78526 (956)350-0059 ...... Fax: (956) 350-5447 http://www.lowervalleydental.com Jordan Patrick Pirtle, DDS & Claudia E. Rodriguez, DDS Dentist-Pediatric Dentists-Dental Care

Luke Fruia Motors

John T. Edge 2645 Barnard Rd. Brownsville TX 78520-8628 (956)541-3141 ..........Fax: (956) 548-6492 jtedge@justaskforluke.com http://www.justaskforluke.com Automobile Dealers-New & Used M

M & M Mooring Services Mark Clive 1951 W. Monroe Brownsville TX 78520 (956)574-8361 Marine & Industrial Supply

Magic Valley Electric Co-Op

Cesar Aleman 1825 N. Indiana Road Brownsville TX 78526 (866)225-5683 ..........Fax: (956) 838-2274 marketing@magicvalley.coop http://www.magicvalley.coop Utilities-Electric Utilities See ad page 69

Magic Valley Marketing, Inc.

Arthur Monaghan 5990 Forest Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-4142 (956)554-7792 ..........Fax: (956) 554-7792 mvm@earthlink.net http://www.magicvalleymarketing.net Advertising & Marketing

Sergio Makiolke

Sergio Makiolke 155 Sugartree Brownsville TX 78520 (956)266-1613 smakioke@yahoo.com Individual Members

Dr. Juan Mancillas, FACOG

Juan Mancillas 844 Central Blvd., Suite 470 Brownsville TX 78521-5530 (956)546-0369 ..........Fax: (956) 548-1879 Physicians-Obstetrics-Gynecology

Manna Therapy Services

Jee Dellota 135 San Diego Ave. Brownsville TX 78526 (956)541-6976 ..........Fax: (956) 546-7959 Rehabilitation-Physical TherapyOccupational Therapy

Manpower Temporary Services

Brenda Ortiz 2494 Central Blvd., Suite G Brownsville TX 78520-8458 (956)544-7153 ..........Fax: (866) 899-4162 brenda.ortiz@na.manpower.com http://www.us.manpower.com Employment Agencies

Manrique Custom Vision Center

Heriberto Manrique 5505 Expressway 83/77, Suite 105 Harlingen TX 78550-3223 (956)430-9000 ..........Fax: (956) 430-9001 accounting@manriqueeye.com http://www.manriqueeye.com Physicians-Optometrist, Medical Eye Specialist

Maquilogistics, Inc.

Juan Martinez 594 S. Vermillion Brownsville TX 78521 (956)504-6440 ..........Fax: (956) 504-2665 cruiz@maquilogistics.com http://www.maquilogistics.com Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders

March of Dimes Foundation

Karina Corral 1418 Beech, Suite 106 McAllen TX 78501-4657 (956)682-7114 ..........Fax: (956) 682-7786 kcorral@marchofdimes.com http://www.marchofdimes.com/texas Organizations-Non-Profit

Marco Sales, Inc.

Larry Hodgson 4783 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-5515 (956)541-4821 ..........Fax: (956) 542-0846 msshrimp@aol.com Seafood

Marine Service

Billy Kenon P.O. Box 416 Port Isabel TX 78578 (956)943-2648 ..........Fax: (956) 943-4516 billy@marineservice.us http://www.marineservice.us Mariners Services

Marshall International e-Commerce

Winifred Marshall 1022 Avenida de Estrellas Rancho Viejo TX 78575-2701 (956)472-3701 ..........Fax: (866) 324-0867 winifredm@msn.com http://www.quixtar.com Cosmetics e-Commerce, Shopping, Sales, & Franchises

Mary Kay

Angela Rodriguez-Bricker 813 Ivy Ave. McAllen TX 78501-2662 (956)630-4832 arodriguez-bricker@marykay.com http:// www.marykay.com/arodriguez-bricker Cosmetics

Mary Kay - Nelly Burguete

Nelly Burguete Brownsville TX 78526-2874 (956)572-9925 nburguete@marykay.com http://www.marykay.com/nburguete Cosmetics


Membership Directory MAT Construction, Inc.

Chuck Tijerina P.O. Box 8363 Brownsville TX 78526-8363 (956)548-1278...........Fax: (956) 542-7599 maggimed@aol.com http://www.matconstruction.com Construction-Retaining Walls-Sea WallsBulk Heads Lawn Sprinkler Systems

Materiales para Construccion Triple AAA, Inc.

Jose G. Alvarez 6521 Paredes Line Road Brownsville TX 78526-9538 (956)504-9064...........Fax: (956) 544-7761 josegalvarez@yahoo.com http://www.materialestripleaaa.com Brick Distributor Ceramic Tile Distributors-ContractorsSupplies

Matthews Institute of Languages C. Mark Matthews 1640 Palm Valley Dr. E. Harlingen TX 78552-9050 (868)812-1166 matthews.institute@att.net Schools, Colleges & Education

Mattress Firm

James Perez 4350 North Expressway Suite F Brownsville TX 78526-4366 (956)992-9004...........Fax: (956) 992-5030 MATTFIRMCCTX@aol.com http://www.mattressfirm.com Furniture

Maury Collections

Jose Rolando Paredes 1509 Artemisa Ave. Brownsville TX 78526-1924 (956)371-2553...........Fax: (956) 544-3528 noramaury@hotmail.com www.maurycollections.com Linens - Rental Rentals-Party Equipment

McCall, Gibson & Company

Michael M. McCall 13100 Wortham Center Dr. #235 Houston TX 77065-5610 (713)462-0341...........Fax: (713) 462-2708 Accountants-Certified-Public Financial Consultants

McCoy’s Building Supply

Angel Sosa 5500 Padre Boulevard Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-9887...........Fax: (956) 831-3056 http://www.mccoys.com Hardware-Building Materials

Salvador Mendez

Salvador Mendez 1631 Lincoln St. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)204-1610...........Fax: (956) 504-0576 mendezsalvador@sbcglobal.net Individual Members

Mercator International, Inc.

Pablo Aguilera 5460 N. Paredes Line Rd., Suite 206 Brownsville TX 78526-9741 (956)243-2190 mercatorvending@yahoo.com Vending Machines

Mercator International, Inc. Pablo Aguilera Brownsville TX 78526-9741 (956)243-2190 mercatorvending@yahoo.com Vending Machines

Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios

Edna G. Posada 2370 N. Expressway, Suite 1470 Sunrise Mall Brownsville TX 78521-1225 (956)546-1638...........Fax: (956) 546-6126 ednamnc@aol.com http://www.spalaposada.com Beauty Salons-Tanning-Nails

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.

Newlin Lancaster 1655 E. Ruben M. Torres Blvd., Ste. 101 Brownsville TX 78526-1597 (956)544-5831...........Fax: (956) 544-2013 newlin_lancaster@ml.com http://www.ml.com Financial Consultants Investment Counselors

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.

Newlin Lancaster Brownsville TX 78526-1597 (956)544-5831...........Fax: (956) 544-2013 newlin_lancaster@ml.com http://www.ml.com Financial Consultants Investment Counselors

Mervis Texas L.P.

Jorge Alvarez 6955 North FM 511 Brownsville TX 78526-9494 (956)838-0011...........Fax: (956) 838-0013 jorge.alvarez@mervis.com http://www.mervis.com Recycling Services See ad page 13

Metro Electric, Inc.

Anna E. Oquin 2721 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-3501 (956)554-7715...........Fax: (956) 550-8106 Restaurants

Jack Gerdes 5255 Commercial Dr. Brownsville TX 78521-5260 (956)686-2323......... Fax: (956) 686-4559 http://www.metroelectric-rgv.com Electrical Subcontractors See ad page 15

McNair & Company, Inc.

Mexico Industrial Supply

McDonald’s

Harry E. McNair, Jr. 730 E. Fronton St. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)541-5276...........Fax: (956) 541-5279 hemjrbrotxusa@aol.com Warehouse-Leasing

Med Pro Financial Services, Inc.

Arthur A. Delgado 1072 Los Ebanos, Suite A Brownsville TX 78520 (956)541-1278...........Fax: (956) 541-2854 info@mpfsi.com Medical Billing Management

Mejia & Rose, Inc.

Eduardo H. Mejia 1643 W. Price Rd. Brownsville TX 78520-8642 (956)544-3022...........Fax: (956) 544-3068 yalmaguer@cngmail.com Engineers-Civil-Consulting-Land Surveying Surveyors

Jaime Espinoza 250 S. Expressway 83, Suite B Brownsville TX 78520-8036 (956)541-9449...........Fax: (956) 541-8809 mexindsup@aol.com Industrial Supplies & Services

Mi Pueblito Restaurant

Milwhite, Inc.

Mr. Gatti’s

Irina A. Minina, MD, PLLC

Mr. Music

Mike Hughes 5487 South Padre Island Hwy. Brownsville TX 78521-4411 (956)547-1990......... Fax: (956) 547-1998 mhughes@milwhite.com http://www.milwhite.com Manufacturing Irina A. Minina 1201 E. Alton Gloor Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-3831 (956)542-2188...........Fax: (956) 542-2199 iraminina@aol.com Physicians-Internal Medicine

MIR Import/Export

Joseph Sevier 1425 E. Ruben Torres Blvd., Suite H Brownsville TX 78521-1117 (956)542-2503...........Fax: (956) 504-1258 JohnSevier@sbcglobal.net Music - Lessons Music Stores-Instruments and accessories

Marcos Tello Bahia de Banderas No. 259 Fracc. Paseo de las Brisas H.Matamoros, Tamp. MX 87444 (868)203-1552...........Fax: (868) 203-1552 importadoramir@hotmail.com Import-Export

MTZ Group, LLC

MLT International Consultants

Murfee Engineering Co., Inc.

Juan F. Garza Parra 2900 Central Blvd., Ste. C Brownsville TX 78520-8922 (956)544-4640...........Fax: (956) 544-4002 paco@mltic.com http://www.mltic.com Manufacturing-Start Up Management Consulting & Recuiting

Moody Clinic

Debbie Sears 1901 E. 22nd Street Brownsville TX 78521-2956 (956)542-8504...........Fax: (956) 542-6510 dsears@moodyclinic.org http://www.moodyclinic.org Organizations-Non-Profit Rehabilitation-Physical TherapyOccupational Therapy

Motel 6

Claudia Benavidez 2255 N. Expressway 77/83 Brownsville TX 78520-8852 (956)546-4699...........Fax: (956) 546-8982 m60348bo@motel6.com http://www.motel6.com Hotels-Motels

Newtek Business Services

Brian Flax 301 Mexico Blvd., Ste. H4-A UTB/TSC ITECC Innovation Center Brownsville TX 78520-4159 (800)381-8022...........Fax: (800) 823-0094 bflax@newtekbusinessservices.com http://www.newtekbusinessservices.com Credit Cards & Checks Processing Financial Services

Dr. Everett Nievera

Everett Nievera 2501 Paredes Line Road, Suite A-10 Brownsville TX 78526 (956)544-4700...........Fax: (956) 544-4774 Physicians-Pediatricians/Adolescent Care

North Brownsville Surgery Center

Margaret Beavers 5700 N. Expressway, Suite 201 Brownsville TX 78526 (956)698-4970......... Fax: (956) 698-4927 margaret.beavers@valleybaptist.net Clinics-Medical Centers-Surgery Centers

Artemrio Martinez 5460 Paredes Line Rd., Suite 206-218 Brownsville TX 78521-9334 (956)832-2220 Recycling Paper Material Recycling Services Robert Ferguson 1101 Capitol of Texas Highway South Building D Austin TX 78746-6482 (512)327-9204...........Fax: (512) 327-2947 rferguson@murfee.com Engineers-Civil-Consulting-Land Surveying

North Park Plaza Shopping Center

Mycsa Ag, Inc.

NRS Consulting Engineers

Federico Casillas 3539 E. 14th Street, Suite G Brownsville TX 78521-3250 (956)546-9119...........Fax: (956) 546-9229 fcbro@mycsaag.com http://www.mycsaag.com International Trading Company

Myers & Associates Consulting, LLC

Marylin Myers Brownsville TX 78521-3095 (956)504-1868...........Fax: (956) 504-3609 http://www.allstateagencies.com Financial Consultants Insurance Agencies & Agents N

Gwen T. Benton One North Park Plaza Brownsville TX 78521-1428 (956)542-4128...........Fax: (956) 548-2057 ajala57@aol.com Shopping Centers-Malls Joseph Norris 1222 E. Tyler Suite C Harlingen TX 78550 (956)423-7409...........Fax: (956) 423-7482 bnorris@nrsengineers.com http://www.nrsengineers.com Engineers-Civil, Environmental, Mechanical & Consulting

Nuga Diesel, Inc.

Fernando A. Nuñez 3300 E. 14th St. Brownsville TX 78521-3232 (956)548-0984...........Fax: (956) 541-7317 nugadiesel@sbcglobal.net Marine & Industrial Supply Truck Equipmment & Parts

National Electric Coil

Nurses That Care

Fred Dawson 3330 E. 14th Street Brownsville TX 78521-3232 (956)541-1759...........Fax: (956) 541-5499 ct@national-electric-coil.com http://www.national-electric-coil.com Manufacturing-Power Generation Products

Angela de la Garza 1200 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-7542 (956)682-0800...........Fax: (956) 682-1120 adelagarza@nursesthatcare.net http://www.nursesthatcare.net Home Health Care Services - Nursing Home Health Care

Motion Industries Inc.

National Hispanic Professional Organization

Nye Plantation

Calvin Zamzow 488 Regal Row, Suite 108 Brownsville TX 78520-4226 (956)546-5191...........Fax: (956) 546-6927 TX42@motion-ind.com http://www.motionindustries.com Industrial Distributor

Felix Espinoza, Jr. 247 Center Dr. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)908-6941 lowervalley@nhpo.us http://www.nhpo.us Professional & Business Organization

Mr. Amigo Association

Navco Logistics, LLC

Mother of Perpetual Help Nursing Home

Noemi Perez 519 E. Madison St., Suite A Brownsville TX 78520-6082 (956)546-6745...........Fax: (956) 546-0711 Nursing Facilities-Nursing Care Organizations-Non-Profit

David Morales P.O. Box 4897 Brownsville TX 78523-4897 (956)455-1432 Festivals Organizations-Non-Profit

Alfonso J. Cardenas Calle 5 Y Constitucion H.Matamoros, Tamp. MX 87330 (956)455-3543......... Fax: (868) 813-8723 mipueblito1@prodigy.net.mx http://www.mi-pueblito.com Caterers Restaurants - Matamoros See ad page 71

Mr. B Motor Co. Sales & Rentals

Mary Miller

Ramiro Gonzalez 1201 El Jardin Heights Brownsville TX 78526-9507 (956)399-1809...........Fax: (956) 399-1566 rrpavingco@aol.com Fireworks - Retail

Mary Miller 655 W. St. Francis Brownsville TX 78520 (956)459-6024 mary.miller@valleybaptist.net Individual Members

David Jimenez 2100 FM 802, Suite A Brownsville TX 78526-9507 (956)546-6221...........Fax: (956) 548-8854 manager@gattispizzabrownsville.com http://www.mrgattis.com Restaurants

Baldomero Treviño, Sr. 2300 Southmost Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-3763 (888)311-3542...........Fax: (956) 546-6735 MRB@MRBMOTORCO.com http://www.mrbmotorco.com Automobile Dealers-New & Used

Mr. G’s Fireworks

Dorothy N. Irwin 9506 Southmost Road Brownsville TX 78521 (956)542-4052 dnirwin@bwwonline.com Farm Operation O

Jim Griffin 2100 Les Mauldin Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-5631 (956)542-4138...........Fax: (956) 544-2139 jgriffin@navcologistics.com http://www.navcologistics.com Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders Warehouse-Leasing-Distribution

Nevill Imaging Solutions

Reed Allan Melnick 1601 S. 77 Sunshine Strip Suite D Harlingen TX 78550-8161 (956)412-6482...........Fax: (956) 412-9692 rmelnick@nevillsolutions.com http://www.nevillsolutions.com Copiers, Faxes, Printers, & Scanners-Sales and Service

Oakcrest Management, Inc.

James Cortez 6600 E. FM 802, Suite A Brownsville TX 78526-6954 (956)838-1133...........Fax: (956) 838-1766 jcortez@oakcrestmgmt.com http://www.oakcrestmgmt.com Builders-Developers-Management Warehouse-Leasing

Office Depot #372

Edgar Perez 2944 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-3506 (956)504-0900......... Fax: (956) 504-1997 ods00372@officedepot.com http://www.officedepot.com Office-Supplies, Equipment & Furniture

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Membership Directory Office Furniture USA

Pete Lipscomb 1008-A E. Pecan McAllen TX 78501-5751 (956)605-8727...........Fax: (956) 440-7433 pete@ofsuargv.com http://www.ofusargv.com Office-Supplies, Equipment & Furniture

Oil Patch Fuel & Supply, Inc.

Joseph Gayman 1905 Bayou Court Brownsville TX 78521-8919 (956)831-4839...........Fax: (956) 831-9296 opfuel@tiagris.com Oil & Petrochemicals - Processing & Distribution & Storage

Outstanding Development, Ltd.

William P.C. Hudson 1805 E. Ruben Torres Blvd., Suite B-20 Brownsville TX 78526 (956)504-6550...........Fax: (956) 504-6555 bill@pdlrmail.us http://www.valleylakes.us Real Estate-Developers Shopping Centers-Malls

Owen Roofing Company

Stuart Owen 1905 N. Illinois Ave. Brownsville TX 78521-6732 (956)546-6638...........Fax: (956) 831-9811 owenroof@sbcglobal.net Roofing Contractor

Christopher E. Olson, M.D., P.A.

Christopher E. Olson 535 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-2438 (956)544-6727...........Fax: (956) 544-7475 colsontx@prodigy.net Physicians-Orthopedic Surgeons See ad page 12

One Stop Realty, GMAC

Gloria A. Gonzales 830 W. Price Road Brownsville TX 78520-8702 (866)551-7867....... Fax: (956) 541-6193 G5417867@aol.com http://www.onestopgmac.com Your ONE STOP for all your real estate needs - National Award Winner for the last 3 consecutive years for being one of the top 5 and top 10 companies to excel in closed unit sales. Call us. Our expertise can work for you. Real Estate-Residential & Commercial

ORC Industries, Inc.

Barbara F. Barnard 2807 Central Ave. Brownsville TX 78526-5105 (956)831-0618...........Fax: (956) 831-0689 http://www.orcindustries.com Assembly Plant Manufacturing-Apparel

Julian Ordonez

Julian Ordonez 2299 El Metro St. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)554-9631...........Fax: (956) 554-9635 autodoorservices@att.net Individual Members

Gilbert J. Ortiz Insurance & Real Estate

Gilbert J. Ortiz 2404 Boca Chica Blvd. Suite D Brownsville TX 78521-2359 (956)542-8723...........Fax: (956) 548-1324 gilberto33@sbcglobal.net Insurance Agencies & Agents Real Estate-Residential & Commercial

Oscar Lara Export

Oscar Lara 1615 Tyler St. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)739-2563 Import-Export

OSPECA Logistics Management Transport, Inc.

Daniel V. Saenz 4740 Coffeeport Road Brownsville TX 78521-5291 (956)831-4525......... Fax: (956) 831-2664 dsaenz@ospecagroup.com http://www.ospecagroup.com Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders See ad page 72

Outdoor Mexico Ultimate Hunting

Danny Putegnat P.O. Box 8520 Brownsville TX 78526-8520 (956)541-6062...........Fax: (956) 504-3851 dpute76547@aol.com http://www.mexicobirdhunt.com Hunting and Fishing Lodge

P

Padre Insurance Agency

Ramiro Lerma 1805 E. Ruben Torres, Suite B2 Brownsville TX 78521-1113 (956)986-2886......... Fax: (956) 541-8569 ramlerma@allstate.com Insurance Agencies & Agents

Padre Insurance Agency

Ramiro Lerma 795 Paredes Line Road Brownsville TX 78521-3095 (956)504-5493......... Fax: (956) 504-6595 ramlerma@allstate.com Insurance Agencies & Agents

Padre South Hotel

Ramachandran Raju 1500 Gulf Blvd. South Padre Island TX 78597 (956)761-4951...........Fax: (956) 761-4954 padresouth@ies.net http://www.padresouth.com Condominiums Hotels-Motels

Palm Resaca Mobile Home Park, Inc. Espie Benavidez 100 Tangerine Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-4368 (956)546-7423...........Fax: (956) 504-5745 palmrespk@aol.com Mobile Home Parks

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park

Mark Spier 1623 Central Blvd. , Suite 213 Brownsville TX 78520-8345 (956)541-2785...........Fax: (956) 541-6356 mark_spier@nps.gov http://www.NPS.GOV/PAAL Government

Paradise Construction Group Joey Kitterman 1001 Balboa Ave. Rancho Viejo TX 78575 (956)466-1080 Construction

Parker & Company

Frank Parker, Jr. 4694 Coffeeport Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-5283 (956)831-2000...........Fax: (956) 831-4140 fparker@parker-logistics.com http://www.parkerandcompany.com Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders Warehouse-Leasing Warehouse-Leasing-Distribution Import-Export Freight Forwarders - Transmigrantes See ad page 19

Parra Furniture & Appliance Center, Inc.

Jaime Parra 744 E. Washington St. Brownsville TX 78520-5907 (956)546-3129...........Fax: (956) 542-6371 http://www.brandsource.com Appliances Electronics-Electric Equipment Supplies

88 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

Parra Loan Company

Robert L. Perkins, III, CPA

Planto Roe Financial Services, Inc.

Paseo de la Resaca Landscape & Lighting Maint. District

Perma-Temp Personnel Services, Inc.

Plitt Crane & Equipment, Inc.

Luigi Cristiano 2025 Central Blvd., Suite B Brownsville TX 78520-8691 (956)550-8367...........Fax: (956) 542-0904 lcristiano@perma-temp.net Employment Agencies

David Musso 2601 R.L. Ostos Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-1020 (956)831-4278......... Fax: (956) 831-9626 david.musso@plittrigging.com http://www.plittrigging.com Crane & Rigging Services

Paseo Plaza Apartments

Pesa Labeling Systems

Pocket Communications

Sam Pate

Petro Corn LLC

Polaris Construction Services

Carlos H. Cascos 647 E. Saint Charles St. Brownsville TX 78520-5217 (956)544-7778...........Fax: (956) 544-8465 ccascos@pbhcpa.com http://www.pbhcpa.com Accountants-Certified-Public

Philip T. Cowen, CHB

Popeii, LLC

Payne Volkswagen Suzuki

Philly’s Americana Cheesesteaks

Jaime Parra, Jr. 744 E. Washington St. Brownsville TX 78520-5907 (956)546-3129...........Fax: (956) 542-6371 plc@parracorp.com Loan Companies

Bill Hudson 1805 Ruben Torres Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-1112 (956)504-6550...........Fax: (956) 504-6555 bill@pdlrmail.us Organizations-Non-Profit Laura Garcia 2701 Paredes Line Rd. - Business Office Brownsville TX 78526-1101 (956)541-6868...........Fax: (956) 541-6066 paseoplaza@coachrealty.us Apartments Townhomes & Condos Sam Pate 1301 E. Levee St. Brownsville TX 78520-5005 (956)542-2556 Individual Members

Pattillo, Brown, Hill LLP.

Brad Anderson 4017 N. Expressway 83 Brownsville TX 78520-9375 (956)350-4488...........Fax: (956) 350-9677 http://www.payneautogroup.com Automobile Dealers-New & Used

PaySmart Payroll Service

Irene Romero Girard 3125 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-9523 (956)546-1655......... Fax: (956) 546-6951 igirard@longchilton.com http://www.longchilton.com Payroll Services

Pelican Station, Inc.

Jeff Zimmerman 201 S Garcia St. Port Isabel TX 78578-4112 (956)943-3344...........Fax: (956) 943-4522 nautmar@aol.com http://www.pelicanstation.net Restaurants

Pen III, LLC

Ernesto Pena, Jr. 20005 State Highway 48 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-4995...........Fax: (956) 831-2599 sales@shallowh2o.com http://www.shallowH2O.com Boat Dealers & Marine Supplies Boat Repairs & Maintenance

Peninsula Island Resort and Spa

Mario Salinas 340 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island TX 78597-6501 (956)761-3726...........Fax: (956) 761-6095 gerardo@peninsulaislandresort.com http://www.peninsulaislandresort.com Hotels-Motels

Perfect Crab Company

Arnold I. Benson 1120 Robinhood Dr. Brownsville TX 78521-4275 (956)504-2006...........Fax: (956) 504-1556 arnold@perfectcrab.com Seafood

Robert L. Perkins, III 3302 Boca Chica Blvd., Suite 102 Brownsville TX 78521-4202 (956)546-2900...........Fax: (956) 546-3606 bobperkins@sbcglobal.net Accountants-Certified-Public

Damian Galvan 275 Kings Highway # 104 Brownsville TX 78521-5266 (956)544-3323......... Fax: (956) 544-3362 pesalabel@aol.com http://www.pesalabeling.com Labeling-Industrial Guilly Garza 1900 Fisherman Place Brownsville TX 78521 (956)994-9887...........Fax: (956) 994-8131 noemicosta0717@hotmail.com Industrial Supplies & Services Philip T. Cowen 500 E. Levee St. Brownsville TX 78520-5343 (956)541-6031...........Fax: (956) 541-6872 ptchb@worldnet.att.net Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders Walter Underwood 2155 N. Expressway, Ste. G Brownsville TX 78520-9829 (956)554-7000 phillysamericana@yahoo.com http://www.phillysamericana.com Restaurants

Physicians Health Choice

Manny Marquez 1907 E. Tyler Harlingen TX 78550-7393 (956)364-0325...........Fax: (956) 364-2415 mmarquez@phyhc.com http://www.phccares.com Insurance Agencies & Agents Medicare Advantage Plans

Pioneer Equipment Co.

Hector Silva 3675 East 14th Street Brownsville TX 78521-3237 (956)550-8822...........Fax: (956) 550-8784 HSilva@Pioneerequipment.com http://www.pioneerequipmentrgv.com Agriculture-Dealership

Madhavan Pisharodi, M.D.

Madhavan Pisharodi 3475 W. Alton Gloor Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-9277 (956)541-6725...........Fax: (956) 541-2070 Unniyettan@aol.com. http://www.pisharodiclinic.com Physicians-Neurological Surgeons

RGV Pizza Hut, L.L.C.

Chris Wicker 1201 International Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)542-3400 cwicker@pizzahutrgv.com http://www.pizzahutrgv.com Restaurants

PLAGAR Engineering, LLC

Placido J. Garcia, Jr. 1155 Military Hwy. Brownsville TX 78520-4731 (956)550-9995...........Fax: (956) 550-9939 plagar@sbcglobal.net Engineers-Civil-Consulting-Land Surveying See ad page 25

Robert Swantner 2494 Central Blvd., Suite F Brownsville TX 78520-8458 (956)541-2041...........Fax: (956) 542-3936 robert.swantner@plantoroe.com Financial Consultants

Danny Cortez 6902 W. Expressway 83 Harlingen TX 78552-3701 (956)577-7000 dcortez@pocket.com http://www.pocket.com Communications-Wireless

Rolando Flores 340 Lion Lake Dr. Progresso Lakes TX 78596 (956)472-0311...........Fax: (956) 565-3540 19flores80@gmail.com Construction-Commercial Cuzette Perry Brownsville TX 78521-3549 (956)541-4429...........Fax: (956) 504-0727 popeiicompany@gmail.com Ice Cream-Dairy Shop

Port Warehouse Properties, L.P. Ralph Cowen 2700 Ostos Rd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)592-3439 ralphcowen@yahoo.com Warehouse-Leasing-Distribution

Posada de las Palmas Apartments

Marcela V. Cope 3775 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-4141 (956)541-2931...........Fax: (956) 541-7969 posadadelaspalmas@rgv.rr.com Apartments

Powers Financial Services

Herman Otis Powers, Jr. 1642 East Price Rd., Ste. 101 Brownsville TX 78521-1455 (956)542-1629...........Fax: (956) 542-2003 taxirs@aol.com Financial Services

Precious Flowers by Aracely

Aracely Villarreal 3724 Boca Chica Blvd., Suite E Brownsville TX 78521 (956)525-0191 preciousflowersbyaracely@yahoo.com Florists

Premier Granite & Marble

Juan Campos 4605 E. Ruben Torres Brownsville TX 78526 (956)541-1300......... Fax: (956) 541-1449 premiergranitemarble@yahoo.com Granite

Premier High School of Brownsville

Norma Sorola 955 Paredes Line Road Brownsville TX 78521-2659 (956)550-0084...........Fax: (956) 554-0890 NSorola@PremierHighSchool.com http://www.premierehighschool.com Education Schools, Colleges & Education

Professional Printing, Inc.

Irma Jean Cantu 794 Paredes Line Road Brownsville TX 78521-2442 (956)541-2901...........Fax: (956) 541-4800 jvela@pprinting.com http://www.pprinting.com Copying Services Printers, Publishers, Typesetters & Graphics


Membership Directory Pronto Carriers, Inc.

R & R Paving, LLC

Pronto Insurance

R. Soto Transport Trucking

Arturo Saldana 4745 Mar Street Brownsville TX 78520-5294 (956)831-0117...........Fax: (956) 831-0070 salavepro@aol.com Transportation Clemente Rendon 805 Media Luna, Suite 401 Brownsville TX 78520-5267 (956)574-9787......... Fax: (956) 574-9076 clementerendon@prontomga.com www.prontoinsurance.com Insurance Agencies & Agents

Ramiro Gonzalez 1201 El Jardin Heights Brownsville TX 78520 (956)399-1809...........Fax: (956) 399-1566 rrpavingco@aol.com Construction-Paving Roberto Soto 2413 E. Ave. Brownsville TX 78521-4701 (956)459-4291 Trucking Companies

Raba-Kistner Consultants, Inc.

Rosie Rivera 25 Business Brownsville TX 78521 (956)838-1801...........Fax: (956) 838-0170 ptlhealthcare@aol.com Home Health Care Services - Nursing Home Health Care

Martin Vila, P.E. 143 North Street, Suite A Brownsville TX 78521-2350 (956)504-9777...........Fax: (956) 504-9763 mvila@rkci.com http://www.rkci.com Construction Materials Testing & Inspection Engineers-Civil, Environmental, Mechanical & Consulting

Pueblo Tires & Services

Radio Dual, S.A. de C.V.

PTL Health Care, Inc.

Domingo Hernandez 2904 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-3506 (956)542-8473...........Fax: (956) 541-8664 brownsville@pueblotires.com http://www.pueblotires.com Automobile Repairs & Service Tire Dealers - New

Georgina E. Puga

Jorge Cardenas 145 Fireside Dr. Brownsville TX 78521-1646 (868)812-0202...........Fax: (868) 812-1476 mazubizar@hotmail.com http://www.wfm977.com Television-Radio Stations

Rainforest Nursery

Georgina E. Puga 2521 Chuparosa Ct. No. 1 Harlingen TX 78550 (956)357-1350 ginapuga@gmail.com Individual Members

Lily Lopez 6949 West Business 83 Harlingen TX 78550 (956)425-0852......... Fax: (956) 428-3889 rainforestnursery@yahoo.com Nursery-Wholesale See ad page 44

Pur Fitness & Health

Ralph Ruby Landscaping

Omar Garza Brownsville TX 78520-8492 (956)592-8359 purfitnessstudio@yahoo.com Health & Fitness Consultant

PXE Construction

Marco Romero 2370 N. Expressway, Suite 1002 Brownsville TX 78521-1106 (956)832-3753 Construction Q

Quality Weighing Services, Inc.

Hilda G. Esparza 875 Milo Road Port of Brownsville Brownsville TX 78521-1044 (956)831-8253...........Fax: (956) 831-8649 Weighing Services

Ram’s Plumbing

George Saenz P.O. Box 4448 Edinburg TX 78540 (956)580-8087...........Fax: (956) 580-3603 ramsplbg@sbcgobal.net Plumbers

Marie Ramirez

Marie Ramirez 1415 Mulberry Lane Brownsville TX 78520 (956)459-9242...........Fax: (956) 542-8902 marieramirez@yahoo.com Individual Members

Rana Laboratories

Quiznos Sub

Alex M. Patel Brownsville TX 78520-8499 (956)350-8988...........Fax: (956) 350-3660 quiznos9031@gmail.com http://www.quiznos.com Caterers Restaurants R

R.G.V. Wing Commemorative Air Force David Hughston 955 S. Minnesota Ave. Brownsville TX 78521-5731 (956)541-8585 http://www.rgvwingcaf.com Museums Organizations-Non-Profit See ad page 71

R.L. Lackner, Inc.

Ralph Ruby 1301 W. Minnesota Rd. Pharr TX 78577-9695 (956)781-0392...........Fax: (956) 702-3448 Rubylandscaping@aol.com Landscape Contractors

Shannon Ostos 2200 Boca Chica Blvd. Suite 118 Brownsville TX 78521-2241 (956)542-3351...........Fax: (956) 542-3893 smostos@sbcglobal.net Jewelers See ad page Outside Back Cover

Jim Gilmore 5225 Commercial Dr. Brownsville TX 78521-5260 (956)831-4771...........Fax: (956) 831-9399 jim.gilmore@carolina.com Laboratories

Rancho Caracol

Dean Putegnat 2424 Village Dr. Brownsville TX 78521-1432 (956)542-3482......... Fax: (956) 542-5765 dean@ranchocaracol.com http://www.ranchocaracol.com Hunting and Fishing Lodge

Rancho Viejo Realty

Sonia Richardson 3501 Carmen Avenue Rancho Viejo TX 78575 (956)350-0099...........Fax: (956) 350-2269 tesoro705@aol.com http://www.ranchoviejorealty.com Real Estate-Residential & Commercial

Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club

Timothy Trapp 1 Rancho Viejo Drive Rancho Viejo TX 78575-9740 (956)350-4000...........Fax: (956) 350-5696 stay@ranchoviejoresort.com http://www.playrancho.com Golf Course-Country Clubs Hotels-Motels

Ransome & Ray, P.C.

Marshall Ray 550 East Levee St. Brownsville TX 78520-5343 (956)542-3642...........Fax: (956) 542-3698 marshall@ransomeray.com Attorneys

Raul Yzaguirre School for Success

Ninfa Diaz 2255 N. Coria Brownsville TX 78520-8731 (956)542-2404...........Fax: (956) 542-2667 diaz.n@tccc-ryss.org http://www.tccc-ryss.org Education Schools, Colleges & Education

RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc.

Jan Bartholomew 1001 Fannin, Suite 400 Houston TX 77002-6759 (713)651-3342...........Fax: (713) 651-3347 jan.r.bartholomew@rbcdain.com http://www.rbcdain.com Financial Consultants

RBD Fashion, Inc.

Jorge L. Robledo 1474 W. Price Road, Suite 6 Brownsville TX 78520-8675 (956)548-2032...........Fax: (956) 548-2036 Jorge@RBDfashion.com http://www.RBDmoda.com Apparel Apparel-Bridal & Evening

Recording Media International, Ltd.

Moshe Galonsky 25 E. Sam Pearl Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-5066 (956)541-8518...........Fax: (956) 982-4381 Distributors of Recording Media-USBMemory Cards

Red River Service Corporation

Lourdes Viada 36861 FM 2480 Los Fresnos TX 78566-4362 (956)233-6805...........Fax: (956) 233-5542 mgr@redriverservice.com http://www.redriverservice.com Solid Waste-Commercial-Recycling

Reeds Jewelers

Jesse Gomez 2370 N. Expressway, Suite 1154 Brownsville TX 78521-1211 (956)547-8320...........Fax: (956) 547-8291 tetogf@yahoo.com Jewelers

Rental World, LLC

Richard Melchor 2615 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-2311 (956)546-6666...........Fax: (956) 504-9075 http://www.rentalworld.com Rentals-Party Equipment

Resaca de la Palma State Park/ World Birding Center

Pablo de Yturbe 1000 New Carmen Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-4044 (956)350-2920...........Fax: (956) 350-3814 lauren.acevedo@tpwd.state.tx.us http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us Birding Meeting Facilities

Residence Inn by Marriott Brownsville

Rene Rodriguez 3975 N. Expressway 77 Brownsville TX 78520-9391 (956)350-8100...........Fax: (956) 350-8101 rene.rodriguez@marriott.com http://www.marriott.com/brori Hotels-Motels

RGV Day & Night Clinic

Jorge R. Guevara, M.D. 425 E. Los Ebanos, Suite 104 Brownsville TX 78520-8482 (956)542-2520...........Fax: (956) 544-2580 rhunter@maob.net http://www.maob.net Clinics-Medical Centers-Surgery Centers

RGV Medical Equipment

Nereida Tellez 421 E. 12th Street Brownsville TX 78520 (956)504-0462......... Fax: (956) 504-0498 rgvmedical@aol.com Medical Equipment & Supplies

RGV Vein, Laser & Aesthetic Clinic

Thomas Clark 5700 N. Expressway 77 Suite 102 Brownsville TX 78520-4353 (956)350-6561...........Fax: (956) 350-6700 bowieclark@aol.com http://www.valleyvein.com Physicians See ad page 37

Ricardo’s International Cuisine LLC

Ricardo Serna 3000 Pablo Kisel Blvd., Suite 200-E Brownsville TX 78526-4292 (956)544-2069...........Fax: (956) 541-6840 Caterers Restaurants See ad page 61

Carlton J. (Bud) Richards

Carlton J. Richards 17 Casa Linda Brownsville TX 78521-2735 (956)542-0800...........Fax: (956) 542-7565 Individual Members

Villarreal, Rick , D.D.S

Rick Villarreal, D.D.S 925 W. Jefferson Brownsville TX 78521 (956)542-4135 vallevillarrealdentalcenter@yahoo.cm http://www.vallevillarrealdentalcenter.c Dentists-Dental Care Yoli Perez-Ayala 501 E. Ringgold Brownsville TX 78520 (956)547-6850......... Fax: (956) 547-6879 yolip@cob.us http://rcp.cob.us Meeting Facilities Reception Facilities See ad page 62

Rio Bank

Lloyd Molina 3401 Old Hwy 77 Brownsville TX 78520-9135 (956)542-9858...........Fax: (956) 542-9854 L.Molina@riobk.com http://www.riobk.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page 33

Rio Bravo Forwarding, LLC

Abel Duran Cavazos 1650 North Central Ave. Brownsville TX 78521-5255 (956)831-2422...........Fax: (956) 831-3442 if&sc@ies.net Import-Export

Ernesto Carballo, Jr. 6912 W. Expressway 83 Harlingen TX 78552-3701 (956)423-0250...........Fax: (956) 421-4950 ecarball@bsamail.org http://www.riograndecouncil.org Education Organizations-Non-Profit

Rio Grande Guardian

Buddy Zepeda 119A Couch Rd. Olmito TX 78575 (956)350-5151...........Fax: (956) 350-4175 Wholesale Produce Distributor

Rio Grande Shredding Company

Robert L. Berry 18601 RL Ostos Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-1053 (956)831-3500...........Fax: (956) 831-3518 neptunerlb@aol.com Shredding Services-Metal

Rio Grande Tool Co., Inc.

Kenneth W. Graham 5295 Commercial Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-8249...........Fax: (956) 831-8303 kengraham@riograndetool.com Manufacturing-Plastic Injection Molding Tool & Die Molds-Design & Repair

Rio Grande Valley Abstract Co., Inc.

Alicia Hernandez 905 West Price Road Brownsville TX 78520 (956)542-4367...........Fax: (956) 542-7041 Title Companies

Rio Grande Valley Professional Hockey Club

Grant Buck Borough Hidalgo TX 78557-4352 (956)843-7825...........Fax: (956) 843-6644 tickets@killerbeehockey.com http://www.killerbeehockey.com Sports

Rio Grande Valley Partnership/ Chamber of Commerce

Bill Summers 322 South Missouri Weslaco TX 78596 (956)968-3141......... Fax: (956) 968-0210 mail@valleychamber.com http://www.valleychamber.com Chambers of Commerce

Rio Grande Valley Vipers

Ringgold Civic Pavilion

Rio Grande Council, Boy Scouts of America

Rio Grande Okra Sales, Inc.

Brian M. Cooper McAllen TX 78504-2919 (956)972-1144...........Fax: (956) 972-1150 jgoldberg@rgvipers.com http://www.rgvipers.com Entertainment Sports

Rio Plastics, Inc.

Carl Meyer 2700 R.L. Ostos Rd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-2715...........Fax: (956) 831-9851 info@rioplastics.com http://www.rioplastics.com Manufacturing

Rio R.V. Park, Inc.

Lee Zieger 8801 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521 (866)279-1775...........Fax: (956) 831-0147 RioRVpark@aol.com http://www.riorvpark.com RV Parks

Valda S. Rispoli, C.P.A.

Valda S. Rispoli 905 Los Ebanos Blvd. Suite B Brownsville TX 78520-8720 (956)544-2706...........Fax: (956) 544-2707 Accountants-Certified-Public

River Bend Resort, Inc.

4541 U.S. Military Hwy 281 Brownsville TX 78520-3927 (956)548-0191...........Fax: (956) 548-0191 info@riverbendresort.us http://www.riverbendresort.us Golf Course-Country Clubs RV Parks

Melinda Barrera P.O. Box 5057 McAllen TX 78502-5057 (512)917-5778 staylor@riograndeguardian.com http://www.riograndeguardian.com Online Media

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Membership Directory Rivera’s Forwarding Service

Victor Rivera 2451 Courage Street Brownsville TX 78521-5137 (956)546-2446 riveras1966@yahoo.com.mx http:// www.guiaaduanaldetamaulipas.com/r Import-Export Parking Lot - Trucking

Rivera’s Forwarding Service

Victor Rivera Brownsville TX 78521-5137 (956)546-2446 riveras1966@yahoo.com.mx http:// www.guiaaduanaldetamaulipas.com/r Import-Export Parking Lot - Trucking

RM Walsdorf, Inc.

Robert M. Walsdorf 10155 SH 48 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-3984...........Fax: (956) 831-4923 kim@rmwalsdorf.com Contractors-General & Sub

Robinson, Duffy & Barnard, L.L.P.

Steve Robinson, MAI, CCIM 1906 East Tyler Avenue, Suite C Harlingen TX 78550 (956)428-4480...........Fax: (956) 428-4154 srobinson@rdbllp.com Real Estate Appraisers-DevelopersInvestors

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Ricardo Marroquin 2370 N. Expressway Suite 1090 Brownsville TX 78520 (956)982-7501 roberi_rmcf@hotmail.com http://rmcf.com/TX/Brownsville50792 Candy & Nuts Gift Shops See ad page 53

Rodco Marine Supply, Inc.

Rosario Rodriguez 1750 Anglers Place Rd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-8271...........Fax: (956) 831-9550 gloria@rodcomarine.com Marine & Industrial Supply

Roerig, Oliveira & Fisher, L.L.P.

Jeffrey D. Roerig 855 W. Price Rd., Suite 9 Brownsville TX 78520-8718 (956)542-5666...........Fax: (956) 542-0016 jroerig@rofllp.com Attorneys

Roman’s Plumbing

Roman Avila 513 E. Jackson, No. 224 Harlingen TX 78550 (956)423-1208...........Fax: (956) 423-1917 romansplumbn@aol.com Plumbers

Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens

Eduvijes Treviño 4464 Old Port Isabel Road Brownsville TX 78526-9618 (956)831-4216...........Fax: (956) 831-0631 eduvijes.trevino@sci-us.com http://www.dignitymemorial.com Funeral Homes & Memorial Parks

Rosemont of El Dorado

Marcy Benavides 185 Robindale Brownsville TX 78521-4386 (956)831-0404...........Fax: (956) 831-0606 rosemonteldorado@southwesthousing.com http://www.southwesthousing.com Apartments

Rosenbaum Flowers & Gifts

Yolanda Rosenbaum 874 Hortencia Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-4733 (956)542-7493...........Fax: (956) 541-8552 http:// www.rosenbaumsflowersandgifts.com Florists

Roser Customs Service, Inc.

Alfred Roser 400 E. 13th St. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)546-5544...........Fax: (956) 546-0258 aroser@rosercustoms.com http://www.rosercustoms.com Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders

Roser & J. Cowen Logistical Services, LTD.

Danny Lopez 4695 Towerwood Drive Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-8533...........Fax: (956) 831-4949 dlopez@rosercowen.com http://www.rosercowen.com Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders

Rotary Club of Brownsville

Rudy Valle 925 W. Jefferson St. Brownsville TX 78520-6337 (956)371-0481 rudyvalledds@aol.com Organizations-Non-Profit Professional & Business Organization

Rotary Club of Brownsville

Rudy Valle Brownsville TX 78520-6337 (956)371-0481 rudyvalledds@aol.com Organizations-Non-Profit Professional & Business Organization

Rotary Club of Brownsville Sunrise

Michele Sanchez, P.C.

RZB, Inc. DBA Global Electric

Rene Z. Barrera 4705 Towerwood Dr. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-5004....... Fax: (956) 831-5005 rbar1234@aol.com Electricians-Electric ContractorElectric Repair & Service S

Sabal Palm Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Bob Benson Palm Grove Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-5169 (956)541-8034...........Fax: (956) 504-0543 bbenson@audubon.org http://www.sabalpalmaudubon.org Birding Nature Tourism

Saber Steel Group, Inc.

Ankjaer Jensen 125 Industrial Dr. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)546-4292...........Fax: (956) 546-0684 ajensen@sabersteelgroup.com http://www.sabersteelgroup.com Distributors - Fastners Maintanence Repair Opertations-Products

John Herrera P.O. Box 5448 Brownsville TX 78523-5448 (800)838-1243 http://www.brownsvillesunriserotary.org Organizations-Non-Profit Professional & Business Organization

Saenz Jewelry, Inc.

Royal Metal Building Components

Juan M. Martinez 8010 Westway Dr., Suite 3 Harlingen TX 78552-6478 (800)738-8237......... Fax: (956) 425-9303 jmm@safeguardpcrgv.com http://www.safeguardpc.com Exterminator Services-Pest Control

Pat Pace, Jr. 2031 Amistad Dr. San Benito TX 78586 (956)399-2271...........Fax: (956) 399-2275 http://www.royalmbc.com Metal Products-Metals-Steel-Buildings & Industrial Plastics

Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, L.L.P. Atty. James H. Hunter, Jr. 55 Cove Circle Brownsville TX 78521-3509 (956)542-4377......... Fax: (956) 542-4370 jim.hunter@roystonlaw.com http://www.roystonlaw.com Attorneys

RSC Equipment Rental

Enrique Moreno, IV 3495 E. Ruben Torres Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-7435 (956)544-1856......... Fax: (956) 544-2625 enrique.moreno@rscrental.com http://www.rscrental.com Rentals-Construction-Petro Chemical Equipment

RTW Terminals

Fred Figueroa 1005 Anchor Rd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)831-7117......... Fax: (956) 831-7194 rtw.rmc@royalmfg.com Trans Loading-Liquid Storage & Blending

Rudy’s Bar-B-Q

Brad Scrivner 2780 N. Expressway 83 Brownsville TX 78526-4101 (956)542-2532...........Fax: (956) 542-3218 rudysbrn@fordrstgrp.com http://www.rudys.com Caterers Restaurants

90 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

Sylvia M. Saenz 1805 E. Ruben Torres, Suite B-12 Brownsville TX 78526 (956)504-1507...........Fax: (956) 504-3606 Jewelers-Distributors & Manufacturing

Safeguard Pest Control

Saint Joseph Academy

Lucy Williams 101 Saint Joseph Drive Brownsville TX 78520 (956)542-3581...........Fax: (956) 542-4748 mgonzalez@sja.us http://www.sja.us Schools, Colleges & Education See ad page 66

Marc Saldana

Marc Saldana 864 Central Blvd., Suite 3200 Brownsville TX 78520 (956)542-2845...........Fax: (956) 548-9019 Individual Members

SAM’S CLUB

Al Garcia 3570 W. Alton Gloor Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526 (956)350-6917...........Fax: (956) 350-5370 http://www.samsclub.com Wholesalers

Sanborn’s Mexico Insurance

Mary Staves 1945 Expressway 77/ Executive Inn Brownsville TX 78520-8849 (800)258-1656...........Fax: (956) 504-2919 brownsville@sanbornsinsurance.com http://www.sanbornsinsurance.com/ brownsv Insurance-Tourist Auto

Dan Sanchez

Dan A. Sanchez 501 E. Tyler Harlingen TX 78550 (956)425-5297...........Fax: (956) 425-1844 Individual Members

Michele Sanchez 717 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-8536 (956)541-7211...........Fax: (956) 541-4294 michele@msanchezpc.com Attorneys

Sarati International Ltd.

Barbara Creighton 27502 Ted Hunt Rd. Los Fresnos TX 78566-4715 (956)233-5001...........Fax: (956) 233-1890 bcreighton1@yahoo.com http://www.saratiprivatelabel.com Healthcare Cosmetic Manufacturer

Savor The Sip Cafe

Yvonne Hatley 100-A Alton Gloor Blvd. Inside Valley Regional Medical Center Brownsville TX 78526 (956)350-7470...........Fax: (956) 350-7526 Restaurants

Scampi’s Restaurant & Bar

Tom Hansen 206 West Aries South Padre Island TX 78597 (956)761-1755......... Fax: (956) 761-2534 jhansen950@aol.com http://www.scampisspi.com Restaurants - Fine Dining

Schaefer Stevedoring

Kenton Schaefer 4201 Foust Rd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-4007......... Fax: (956) 831-9751 kschaefer@schaeferstevedoring.net http://schaeferstevedoring.com Stevedores-Warehouse Facilities

Schor’s

Becky Jordan 2200 Boca Chica Blvd., Suite 104 Brownsville TX 78521-2241 (956)541-7701...........Fax: (956) 542-8110 schors@aol.com Gift Shops Jewelers

Scrub-Inn

Kristin McKee 22 North Park Plaza Brownsville TX 78521 (956)554-0159......... Fax: (956) 554-9844 Kristin@scrub-inn.com Uniforms/ Workwear - Medical

Seahorse Transportation

Mark Haynes 2700 R.L. Ostos Rd. Brownsville TX 78523 (956)831-0600...........Fax: (956) 831-4164 Trucking Companies

Seasonal Support Services, Inc.

Alejandro Trevino 5460 Paredes Line Rd., Suite 206 PMB 333 Brownsville TX 78526 (956)748-4253...........Fax: (956) 748-4253 carnival.workforce@gmail.com Foreign Worker Consultant

Security Service Federal Credit Union

Brian Epps 4345 S. Expressway 77/83, Suite 800 Brownsville TX 78520 (956)244-1172...........Fax: (956) 428-8950 bepps@ssfcu.org http://www.ssfcu.org Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

Select Staff

Sheila Rouse 5460 N. Paredes Line Road, Ste. 199 Brownsville TX 78526-9742 (956)544-8373......... Fax: (956) 544-1366 srouse@select-staff.com http://www.select-staff.com Employment Agencies

Serafy Laboratories

Nick Serafy, Jr. 205 W. Levee St. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)546-5313...........Fax: (956) 542-4041 nick@serafy.com http://www.aab.org Laboratories

Serendipity Salon and Spa

Manuela Perez 409 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)982-7588...........Fax: (956) 982-7589 serendipity409@att.net Beauty Salons-Tanning-Nails

Serenity Springs Day Spa & Hair Design

Angie Arambula 1552 Palm Blvd #23 Palm Village Brownsville TX 78520-7264 (956)541-0393...........Fax: (956) 541-1405 serenitysprings05@sbcglobal.net http://www.serenityspringsdayspa.com Beauty Salons-Tanning-Nails Day Spa

Service Master Professional Cleaning Services Abel Rosas 1104 East Valle Vista Pharr TX 78577-7858 (956)655-9439 arosas@smcprofclg.com Janitorial Service

SGS Industrial Supplies

Bill Conner 2771 Robindale Rd. Brownsville TX 78526-5106 (956)831-4291......... Fax: (956) 831-9434 info@sgsindustrial.com http://www.sgsindustrial.com Industrial Supplies & Services Steel Sales

Shenanigans Irish Pub & Grill

Dean Feurtado 2451 Pablo Kisel Blvd., Suite H Brownsville TX 78526 (956)986-2337...........Fax: (956) 986-2336 Dean_Feurtado@yahoo.com Restaurants See ad page 49

Seccion Amarilla USA, LLC

Shepard Walton King Insurance Group

Security Depot, Inc.

Brad Shields

Alejandro Vasquez 3505 Boca Chica Blvd., Ste. 360 Brownsville TX 78521-4063 (956)542-7222...........Fax: (956) 542-7733 isabel.perezduran@seccionamarilla.com http://www/seccionamarilla.com Advertising-Directory Eric Hoff 2212 S. International Blvd. Weslaco TX 78596 (956)973-1666...........Fax: (956) 969-3465 eric.hoff@securitydepotinc.com http://www.securitydepotinc.com Security-Products, Systems, Burglar & Fire Alarms & Companie

Robert Shepard 1906 E. Tyler, Suite B Harlingen TX 78550-7109 (956)423-8755...........Fax: (956) 428-0730 http://www.shepardwaltonking.com Financial Services Insurance Agencies & Agents Brad Shields 120-B N. Main St. La Feria TX 78559 (956)797-6116...........Fax: (956) 797-6117 brad@bradshieldslaw.com Individual Members


membersHiP direCTory Shoney’s

Cindy Gonzalez 2355 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78520 (956)504-1500 trini_benavides@yahoo.com http://www.shoneys.com Restaurants

Shrimp Outlet

Mary Helen Flores Brownsville TX 78521-9220 (956)831-8114 ..........Fax: (956) 831-3851 shrimpoutlet@wildblue.net Seafood Seafood Brokers

Sierra Title Company

Neida Ruth Soto

Neida Ruth Soto 3202 Noble Dr. Brownsville TX 78526 (956)543-6633 neida.soto@valleybaptist.net Individual Members

South Padre Island Golf Club

Justin Awtrey #1 Golf House Rd. Laguna Vista TX 78578-2663 (956)943-5678 ..........Fax: (956) 943-2070 justin@spigolf.com http://www.spigolf.com Golf Course-Country Clubs Real Estate-Developers

SPAN America Austin Inc.

Jim Hutchins 5200 George McVay Drive, Suite C McAllen TX 78503 (956)522-4435 jhutchins@spanltd.com Maquiladora

Spanish Meadows Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing & Assisted Living Cent

Ramiro Lozano 440 East Ruben M. Torres Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-9102 (956)546-7378 ..........Fax: (956) 546-8562 Assisted Living Facility Nursing Facilities-Nursing Care

Neel Fulghum 1765 E. Price Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-1412 (956)541-9893 ..........Fax: (956) 504-0568 nfulghum@sierrargv.com http://www.sierratitle.com Title Companies See ad page 51

South Texas Railroad Construction Co.

Fernando San Miguel 2801 South Ostos Rd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-4030 ..........Fax: (956) 831-4030 southtexasr.r.@juno.com Railroad Construction

Jose Luis B. Garza 801 East Fir McAllen TX 78501 (956)631-5628 ..........Fax: (956) 631-0832 jose@spanishprint.com http://www.spanishprint.com Newspapers

Sign Solution

South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital

Spaw Glass

Luz Maria Averill Brownsville TX 78521-2257 (956)554-0402 lucha@brownsvillesignsolution.com http://www.brownsvillesignsolution.com Signs

Signet Maritime Corporation

Barry Snyder 7400 Foust Road Brownsville TX 78521-1012 (956)838-6800 ..........Fax: (956) 838-6801 shipping@signetmaritime.com http://www.signetmaritime.com Tugboats & Barges

Dr. Jaime L. Silva, M.D.

Jaime L. Silva, M.D. 100 Uptown Ave. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)546-5500 ..........Fax: (956) 546-2035 Jsilva5831@aol.com http://www.JaimeSilvamd.com Physicians-Cardiologists

Simmons Homes

Lourdes S. Carrasco 167 E. Price Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-3527 (956)546-2216 ..........Fax: (956) 546-2388 http://www.simmons-home.com Construction-Builders-Developers

Snodgrass Inc.

Sam Snodgrass 2025 Angler Place Rd. Brownsville TX 78526 (956)831-3210 ..........Fax: (956) 831-7520 Shrimpers-Trawlers

Society for Human Resource Management

Camille Lilly 1474 W. Price Rd., No. 274 , Suite 7 Brownsville TX 78520-8687 (956)547-5268 ..........Fax: (956) 544-7843 camille.lilly@convergys.com http://www.lvcshrm.org Human Resource Professionals

Solara Hospital Brownsville

Larry Witgenn 333 Lorenaly Drive Brownsville TX 78520-4333 (956)546-0808 ..........Fax: (956) 546-0811 lwitgenn@solarahc.com http://www.solarahc.com Hospitals

Sombrero Festival, LTD

David Musso P.O. Box 5240 Brownsville TX 78523-5240 (956)831-4278 ..........Fax: (956) 831-9626 http://www.sombrerofestival.com Festivals Organizations-Non-Profit

Jessie Eason Gonzales 425 E. Alton Gloor Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-3361 (956)554-6000 ..........Fax: (956) 350-6150 http://www.strh.ernesthealth.com Hospitals Rehabilitation-Physical TherapyOccupational Therapy

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute

Spanish Print Media, Inc.

Rene Capistran 4909 East Grimes, Suite 116 Harlingen TX 78550 (956)412-9880 ..........Fax: (956) 412-3581 rene.capistran@spawglass.com http://www.spawglass.com Construction-Commercial See ad page Inside Back Cover

Specialty Advertisers

Maria M. Carrejo 2144 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)554-3515 ..........Fax: (956) 554-3542 stvtbrownsville@stvt.edu http://www.stvt.edu Schools, Colleges & Education

April M. Rodriguez 3664 Commerce Drive Brownsville TX 78521-3249 (956)986-0958 ..........Fax: (956) 986-0959 aprilmarie.rodriguez@yahoo.com http://www.specialtyadvertisers.com Marketing & Promotional Products Trophies & Plaques

South Texas Woodmill, Inc.

SSP Design, LLC

David Wilhite 5250 Coffeeport Rd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-3304 ..........Fax: (956) 831-4981 sales@stx-woodmill.com http://www.stx-woodmill.com Manufacturing-Casework

Southern Careers Institute Mark Gonzalez 1424 W. Price Rd., Ste. K Brownsville TX 78520-8680 (956)550-9962 mark.gonzalez81@yahoo.com http://www.sci.com Schools, Colleges & Education

Southern Stone, LLC

John Webber 1100 E. Expressway 83 Donna TX 78537-4129 (956)464-5979 ..........Fax: (866) 520-7609 info@southernnaturalstone.com http://www.southernnaturalstone.com Concrete, Cement, Gravel, Sand & Stone

Southern Texas Physicians Network-Brownsville

Jaime Villarreal, MD 100B Alton Gloor Blvd., Suite 260 Brownsville TX 78526 (956)350-3901 ..........Fax: (956) 350-3900 jose.carr@hcahealthcare.com http://www.brownsvillesurgical.com Physicians-Surgeons-Specialists

Southern Texas Title Company

Guy Huddleston 717 North Expressway Brownsville TX 78520 (956)542-6777 ..........Fax: (956) 544-0592 guy@southerntexastitle.com http://www.southerntexastitle.com Title Companies

Southwestern Security Services, Inc. Jesse Morales 505 E. Washington Street Brownsville TX 78521 (956)546-4141 ..........Fax: (956) 546-5845 Security-Products, Systems, Burglar & Fire Alarms & Companie

Scott Pajeski 789 E. Washington St. Brownsville TX 78520-5909 (956)547-9788 ..........Fax: (956) 547-9977 spajeski@sspdesign.com http://www.sspdesign.com Architects-Landscape

St. Mary’s Catholic School

John Barreda 1300 Los Ebanos Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)546-1805 ..........Fax: (956) 546-0787 jbarreda@stmarys-cs.org http://www.stmarys-cs.org Schools, Colleges & Education

Staff Force Personnel Services

David Martinez 1424 W. Price Road, Suite E Brownsville TX 78520 (956)550-9093 ..........Fax: (956) 550-9063 cvillarreal@staff-force.com http://www.staff-force.com Employment Agencies

State Farm Insurance

Spencer Gaille 1140 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-2628 (956)541-4848 ..........Fax: (956) 541-8286 spencer.gaille.b3ag@statefarm.com http://www.statefarm.com Insurance Agencies & Agents

State Farm Insurance Rick Armendariz

Rick Armendariz 3525 International Blvd., Suite C2 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)542-7425 ..........Fax: (956) 542-7435 http://www.rickarmendariz.com Insurance Agencies & Agents See ad page 11

State Farm Insurance Ruben Garcia

Sunset Funeral Home

Ruben Garcia 434 Paredes Line Road, Suite B Brownsville TX 78521 (956)544-2464 ........ Fax: (956) 544-7747 ruben.garcia.b4li@statefarm.com Insurance Agencies & Agents

State Farm Insurance-Kay Conly

Kay Conly 2401 Boca Chica Blvd Brownsville TX 78521-2158 (956)542-0222 ........ Fax: (956) 504-5814 Kay.Conly.B3E7@statefarm.com http://www.statefarm.com Insurance Agencies & Agents See ad page 16

State Representative Eddie Lucio III

2402 W. Business Highway 77, Suite I San Benito TX 78586 (956)361-2795 ..........Fax: (956) 361-9158 Ruben.Obell@house.state.tx.us http://www.house.state.tx.us Government Individual Members

Noe Ortiz Los Fresnos TX 78566-5064 (956)233-6333 ..........Fax: (956) 233-1148 http://www.sunsetfuneralhomergv.com Funeral Homes & Memorial Parks

Sunset View Inc.

John Perez 2251 N. 10th Street, Suite B Hidalgo TX 78557 (956)843-2552 ..........Fax: (956) 843-5230 http://www.roxxiaccessories.com Construction-Builders-Developers

Sunwave Air Conditioning & Heating Co.,LLC

Tomas Gutierrez 7250 N. Expressway Olmito TX 78575-9712 (956)350-4813 ..........Fax: (956) 350-9447 Air Conditioning - Sales, Service & Installation

Supercut

Linda Jordan 1505 Morningside Rd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)541-5285 ..........Fax: (956) 465-1320 Manufacturing

Jack N. Sutter Staybridge Suites

Connie Hensley 2900 Pablo Kisel Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-4293 (956)504-9500 ...... Fax: (956) 504-9584 chensley@ascensionmgt.com http://www.staybridge.com/brown Hotels-Motels See ad page 56–57

Ingrid Steinbach

Ingrid Steinbach 713-1 Continental Unit 264 Box 12 Brownsville TX 78520 (956)698-5594 isteinbach@aol.com Individual Members

Synergy Outpatient Therapy Services Burt Nicart 435 Paredes Line Road, Suite A Brownsville TX 78520 (956)544-4500 ..........Fax: (956) 544-4502 synergytx@yahoo.com Rehabilitation-Physical TherapyOccupational Therapy T

T-Mobile

Stewart Title Cameron County

Rick Wickett 700 FM 802, Building A Brownsville TX 78520 (956)546-4533 ..........Fax: (956) 554-6969 rick.wickett@stewart.com http://www.stewartcameroncounty.com Title Companies

Stitch Gallery, Inc.

Eduardo Diaz 113 S. 77 Sunshine Strip Harlingen TX 78550 (956)412-3087 ........ Fax: (956) 412-7597 stitchgallery@sbcglobal.net http://www.stitchgalleryinc.com Embroidery & Screen Printing

Sudarshan Eye Experts/Vista Optical Alexander P. Sudarshan, MD 1058 Los Ebanos Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)541-4828 ........ Fax: (956) 541-4568 valleyvision@sbcglobal.net http://www.theeyeexperts.com Optical, Optometrists, Opticians & Optical Labs Physicians-Optometrist, Medical Eye Specialist

Suites At Sunchase

Tonny de la Torre South Padre Island TX 78597-6605 (866)926-7711 ..........Fax: (956) 761-6410 fom@suitesatsunchase.com http://www.suitesatsunchase.com Hotels-Motels

Sunrise Mall

Jack Sutter 4104 Old Port Isabel Rd. Brownsville TX 78526-9604 (956)831-4488 Individual Members

Cesar Briseño 2370 N. Expressway, Suite 1446 Brownsville TX 78526-1595 (956)541-5302 ..........Fax: (956) 546-0251 Cesar_Briseno@cblproperties.com http://www.sunrisemalltx.com Shopping Centers-Malls

Marco Garza 1 CSR Drive Brownsville TX 78526 (956)983-7100 Communications-Telecommunications

Taco Palenque Del Valle, L.L.C.

Francisco Ochoa 1803 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-8142 (956)544-8400 ..........Fax: (956) 574-9344 info@tacopalenque.com http://www.tacopalenque.com Caterers Restaurants

Taco Pueblito, LLC

Pedro Cepeda Brownsville TX 78521-0965 (956)312-0555 pedrocepeda@tacopueblito.com http://www.tacopueblito.com Restaurants

Take Two Variety Band

Noe Ortiz Brownsville TX 78526-3806 (956)546-7855 dublinortiz@yahoo.com http://www.TakeTwoVarietyBand.com Entertainment Musicians

Talamantez Chiropractic Neurology Fili Talamantez 302 Kings Highway Suite 205 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)986-6100 Chiropractors

TD American Limestone Liliana Trevino 9805 Old Highway 48 Brownsville TX 78521-8916 (956)838-2755 Granite

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Membership Directory Teach for America

Robert Carreon 200 S. 10th St., Ste. 800 McAllen TX 78501-4867 (956)630-6781...........Fax: (956) 682-7619 robert.carreon@teachforamerica.org http://www.teachforamerica.org Education Organizations-Non-Profit

Teach for America

Robert Carreon McAllen TX 78501-4867 (956)630-6781...........Fax: (956) 682-7619 robert.carreon@teachforamerica.org http://www.teachforamerica.org Education Organizations-Non-Profit

Teacherbuilder.com

Frank Sauceda 44 North Park Plaza Brownsville TX 78521-1428 (956)455-9982 fsauceda@teacherbuilder.com http://www.teacherbuilder.com Education Schools, Colleges & Education

Tech Prep of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc.

Patricia (Pat) G. Bubb, E.D. 1902 North Loop 499 Harlingen TX 78550-3697 (956)364-4509...........Fax: (956) 364-5143 pat.bubb@harlingen.tstc.edu http://www.techpreprgv.com Education Organizations-Non-Profit

TechNet Consultants, Inc.

Jesus Rivas P.O. Box 8400 Brownsville TX 78526-8400 (956)542-9090...........Fax: (956) 542-9092 info@technetconsultants.com http://www.technetconsultants.com Computer Products & Services

Tejas Equipment Rental & Sales

Matt Musgrove 3320 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)542-3636...........Fax: (956) 542-3687 Tejasbro2@aol.com http://www.tejasequipment.com Rentals-Construction-Petro Chemical Equipment Rentals-Party Equipment

Temp Control, Inc.

Texas Community Bank

Twila Young 3505 Boca Chica Blvd. #109 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)542-7333...........Fax: (956) 546-7287 tyoung@tcb.cc http://www.tx-communitybank.cc Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

Texas Gas Service

Dean LaFever 5602 East Grimes Road Harlingen TX 78550 (800)743-2945...........Fax: (956) 444-3997 dlafever@txgas.com http://www.txgas.com Utilities

Texas Roadhouse

Eddie Stewart 3400 N. Expressway 77/83 Brownsville TX 78526 (956)554-9900...........Fax: (956) 554-9955 store_brownsville@TexasRoadHouse.com http://www.texasroadhouse.com Restaurants

Texas Southmost College District

David Pearson 80 Fort Brown Brownsville TX 78520 (956)882-6567...........Fax: (956) 882-8811 Kim.sanchez@utb.edu http://www.utb.edu/ Schools, Colleges & Education

Texas Wipers & Rags, LLC

Enrique Melguizo 739 E. Fronton St. Brownsville TX 78520-5246 (956)554-7500......... Fax: (956) 554-7500 texaswipers@sbcglobal.net Manufacturing-Cleaning Cloths Clothing-Used

Textile Recycle World, LLC

Yacoub Lawani 2908 Boca Chica Blvd., Suite A Brownsville TX 78521-3506 (956)546-8320...........Fax: (956) 550-8499 http://www.ilerecycleworldllc.com Clothing-Used Import-Export

The Balli Group, LLP

Fernando R. Balli Brownsville TX 78520-7960 (956)541-9394...........Fax: (956) 544-6954 balligroup@rgv.rr.com Construction

Felipe Garcia 295 U.S. Hwy 281 Brownsville TX 78520-4429 (956)546-8937......... Fax: (956) 542-3165 tempcontrolinc@sbcglobal.net http://www.tcitexas.com Air Conditioning - Sales, Service & Installation See ad page 16

The Brownsville Golf Center

Terreas Advance Community Development

Daniel Cavazos 1135 E. Van Buren Brownsville TX 78520 (956)542-4301...........Fax: (956) 504-1119 rdaniel_cavazos@link.freedom.com http://www.brownsvilleherald.com Newspapers

Rafael Chacon 504 Jose Marti Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)547-7777...........Fax: (956) 547-9979 rschacon@terreas.com Shopping Centers-Malls

Terrier Transportation, Inc.

Robert Lindsay 1800 W. San Marcelo Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-1701 (956)541-2582...........Fax: (956) 541-1906 elicob@cob.us Golf Course-Country Clubs See ad page 55

The Brownsville Herald

The Car Spa Hand Car-Wash

Ruben Ortiz 11800 R.L. Ostos Rd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-9954...........Fax: (956) 831-9958 ruben.ortiz@terriertran.com http://www.tertrans.com/ Transportation-Logistics-Warehousing

Lidia Lopez 1235 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-8622 (956)547-9274 urba_lydia@hotmail.com http://www.the-carspa.com Car Wash See ad page 15

Terry Ray Construction, Inc.

The CopyLady, LLC

Terry Ray 5296 Commercial Dr. Brownsville TX 78521-5259 (956)548-2000...........Fax: (956) 548-2075 tar@terryray.com http://www.terryray.com Construction-Commercial Contractors-General & Sub

Pam Gardiner 2031 East Price Rd. Suite “F” Brownsville TX 78521-3229 (956)299-COPY...........Fax: (956) 541-0300 copylady@aol.com Copiers, Faxes, Printers, & Scanners-Sales and Service

92 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

The Humphreys Group of Supreme Lending

Tip of Texas Family Outreach

Linda Humphreys 700 E. Ruben Torres Blvd., Suite 101 Brownsville TX 78520 (956)465-0467...........Fax: (956) 983-6980 ronald.humphreys@supremelending.com http://www.supremelending.com Mortgage & Loans Companies

Donna Barron 455 E. Levee Brownsville TX 78520 (956)541-5566...........Fax: (956) 541-7978 donnabarron.familyoutreach@yahoo.com http://www.totfo.com Organizations-Non-Profit Social Service Organizations

The Inn at Chachalaca Bend

Tipotex Chevrolet, Inc.

Suzanne Clifton 36298 Chachalaca Bend PR No. 03 Los Fresnos TX 78566-4471 (956)233-1180...........Fax: (956) 233-1932 inn@chachalaca.com http://www.chachalaca.com Bed & Breakfast Birding

The Printers Border Press

John G. Champion, Jr. 620 E. Price Rd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-2793...........Fax: (956) 831-4565 borderpress@rgv.rr.com http://www.theprinters.us Copying Services Printers, Publishers, Typesetters & Graphics

The Shop

Dillon E. Vanderford 213 Texas Ave. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)541-4557...........Fax: (956) 546-6245 dillonsshop@att.com Automobile Repairs & Service

The Sign Depot

Mario Martinez 1604 E. Price Road Brownsville TX 78521-1411 (956)547-9797...........Fax: (956) 547-7744 erik@thesigndepot.net http://www.thesigndepot.com Signs

The Travel Agency

Narciso Escareño 2035 Price Road Brownsville TX 78521 (956)542-6773...........Fax: (956) 542-8441 travelagency@lycos.com Travel Agencies

The User-Friendly Phone Book, LLC

Gabino Ortiz 1401 E. Hackberry Ave., Suite B McAllen TX 78501-5791 (877)235-0708...........Fax: (956) 682-7671 gortiz@ufpb.net http://www.ufpb.net Publications

Thelsa International Moving

Sergio Garza 1300 East Hackberry Suite C McAllen TX 78501 (956)686-3960...........Fax: (956) 686-3960 mcallen@thelsa.com http://www.thelsa.com Import-Export

TIA, Inc.

E. A. Guetzow 3549 East 14th St., Suite C Brownsville TX 78521-3241 (956)982-0846...........Fax: (956) 982-0852 tia@tiausa.com http://www.tiausa.com Distributors- Industrial Wholesale

Time Warner Cable

Sabrina Heins 2921 South Expressway 83 Harlingen TX 78550 (956)425-7880...........Fax: (956) 425-5756 http://www.twcrgv.com Multi Channel Broadband Distributor

Tino’s Seafood

Tino Villarreal 1400 Palm Blvd. Ste. 14B-C Brownsville TX 78520-7256 (956)541-2451...........Fax: (956) 542-0234 villarreal.tino@gmail.com Restaurants

S Mark Roberts 1600 North Expressway 77/83 Brownsville TX 78521-1440 (956)541-3131...........Fax: (956) 983-1890 tipotex@tipotexchevrolet.com http://www.tipotexchevrolet.com Automobile Dealers-New & Used

Tipton Motors, Inc.

Jim Tipton 3840 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78526-4007 (956)350-5600...........Fax: (956) 350-5626 keithp@ies.net http://www.tiptonmotors.com Automobile Dealers-New & Used Automobile Repairs & Service See ad page 12

Tlapaleria y Ferreteria Universal, S.A. de C.V.

Roberto Rdgz. de la Garza 1a. Lauro Villar y Juan Alvarez # 126 Matamoros, Mexico (868)816-6718...........Fax: (868) 816-6718 universal@compusys.net.mx Hardware-Building Materials

TMC-Teaching & Mentoring Communities

Mary Alice A. Reyes 110 S Daniel Salinas Donna TX 78537 (956)464-5000...........Fax: (956) 464-2100 mary.reyes@mail.tmccentral.org http://www.tmccentral.org Organizations-Non-Profit

Tommy Boy’s Country Farmer’s Market

Tom Rhodes Brownsville TX 78520-4717 (956)621-3446...........Fax: (956) 621-3445 t.rhodes69@yahoo.com Farmers Market Wholesale Produce Distributor

Tony Martinez Paints

Tony Martinez 2793 El Mar St. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)455-4259 tonymartinezpaints@yahoo.com Paints-Manufacturing, Dealers & Contractors

Tony Roma’s

Saul Saldivar 1805 North Expressway Brownsville TX 78520-8840 (956)986-2884...........Fax: (956) 986-2359 http://www.tonyromas.com/ Caterers Restaurants

Tony’s Wrecker Service

Tony Garcia 3407 Burton Dr. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)542-0770...........Fax: (956) 544-6244 Tonyq0770@aol.com Wrecker Service

Top Cut Lawn Care Inc.

Louis Stewart 1200 East Highway 83 La Feria TX 78559 (956)423-4318...........Fax: (956) 797-4179 louis.stewart@topcutcorp.com http://www.topcutcorp.com Landscaping

Torr Sales

William H. Dorsett 300 Escandon Ave. Rancho Viejo TX 78575-9706 (956)350-0938...........Fax: (956) 350-0843 whdorsett@aol.com Individual Members

Total Workout, Inc.

Joe G. Reyna 1180 Robinhood Dr. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)542-6600 jgreyna@bisd.us Fitness Center and/or Fitness Supplies

Transmigrantes Mireya

Mireya Miranda 213 FM Rangerville Rd. 1479 Los Indios TX 78567 (956)440-9350...........Fax: (956) 440-9449 transmireya@hotmail.com Freight Forwarders - Transmigrantes

Transmigrantes Nuevo Milenio

Mary Zelaya 30471 Rangerville San Benito TX 78586 (956)592-2459...........Fax: (956) 428-8804 suseth2006@yahoo.com http://www.transnuevomilenio.com Freight Forwarders - Transmigrantes

TransMontaigne Partners L.P.

Mark Helmke 10150 State Highway 48 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-3531...........Fax: (956) 831-0448 mhelmke@transmontaigne.com http://www.transmontaigne.com Oil & Petrochemicals - Processing & Distribution & Storage

Travelodge

Billy Schrank 6200 Padre Blvd. South Padre Island TX 78597 (956)761-4744...........Fax: (956) 761-3144 travelodgespi@yahoo.com http://www.southpadretravelodge.com Hotels-Motels

Treviño & Bodden, Attorneys

Eddie Treviño, Jr. 805 Media Luna, Suite 300 Brownsville TX 78520-4058 (956)554-0683...........Fax: (956) 554-0693 etrevino@trevinobodden.com http://www.trevinobodden.com Attorneys

Trevino Funeral Home, Inc.

Juan Sierra 1355 Old Port Isabel Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-2726 (956)542-2583...........Fax: (956) 542-8512 Garza@TrevinoFuneral.com http://www.trevinofuneral.com Funeral Homes & Memorial Parks Funeral Plans-Pre-Arranged

Trimac Transportation

Carlos Berriochoa 2020 N. Central Ave. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-4405...........Fax: (956) 831-7989 cberriochoa@trimac.com http://www.trimac.com Transportation

Trinity Scrap Processors dba Port of Brownsville Recycling

Nancy Gaytan 6915 FM 511 Brownsville TX 78526-9494 (956)831-6707...........Fax: (956) 831-6769 ngaytan@pbrecycling.com Recycling Services Scrap Metal

Tropical Patios, Inc.

Jonathan Kidd 817 E. Vinson Harlingen TX 78550 (956)428-7073...........Fax: (956) 428-2014 Jonathan@TropicalPatios.com http://www.tropicalpatios.com Patios-Custom & Brick Paving

Tropical Texas Behavioral Health

Coni Diedrich Aguirre 1901 South 24th Avenue Edinburg TX 78539 (956)289-7130...........Fax: (956) 289-7128 diedrich@ttbh.org http://www.ttbh.org Mental Health & Retardation Services


Membership Directory Troy Giles Realty & Management

Patrick McNulty 5813 Padre Boulevard South Padre Island TX 78597 (956)761-2040...........Fax: (956) 761-6080 pmcnulty@troygilesrealty.com http://www.tgreo.com Real Estate-Management Real Estate-Residential & Commercial

TrueBlue, Inc.

Letty Garza 3638 Boca Chica Blvd., Suite #3 Brownsville TX 78521-4060 (956)982-1443...........Fax: (956) 982-8629 lgarza@laborready.com http://www.laborready.com Employment Agencies U

U.S. Clay, L.P.

Donald Shoupe 13905 R.L. Ostos Road Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-8140...........Fax: (956) 831-8260 Manufacturing-Clay Products

U.S. Forwarding Agency, L.L.C.

Maria Guadalupe Lozano 2035 N. Central Ave. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-0405...........Fax: (956) 831-3563 marilu@geasa.com.mx http://www.geasa.com.mx Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders

U.S. Herr Industrial Metals Co., Inc.

Jose Angel Herrera, Jr. 3498 Burton Dr. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)504-9450......... Fax: (956) 504-9451 brownsville@herrmetals.com http://www.herrmetals.com Metal Fabricators Metal Products-Metals-Steel-Buildings & Industrial Plastics Welding Supplies & Equipment

U.S. - Mexico Chamber of Commerce Roberto Fuerte Av. Fundidora No. 51 Edif. Cintermex PB L-114 Monterrey, NL MX 64010 (818)369-6477...........Fax: (818) 369-6714 rfuerteg@gmail.com http://www/usmcoc.org Chambers of Commerce

Uchi Japanese Restaurant

Jong Mi Park 1805 Ruben Torres, Suite A17 Brownsville TX 78526 (956)547-8244...........Fax: (956) 547-7776 isla1213@aol.com Restaurants

UETA Duty Free Stores

Rafael Alberto Rego 1401 E. Elizabeth St. Brownsville TX 78520-4961 (956)546-3996...........Fax: (956) 542-0641 arego@ueta.com http://www.ueta.com Import-Export Retail - Duty Free

Ukoli Care Clinic

Preston M. Ukoli, M.D. 2945 Central Blvd, Suite B Brownsville TX 78520-8950 (956)542-1655...........Fax: (956) 542-1881 prestukoli@pol.net Clinics-Medical Centers-Surgery Centers

Unique Molded Products, Inc.

Robert Redfern 615 Elca Lane, Suite B Brownsville TX 78521 (956)982-1500...........Fax: (956) 541-2985 bob.redfern@leggett.com Manufacturing-Plastic Injection Molding

United Blood Services

Frank Esparza 1400 S. 6th St. McAllen TX 78501-2955 (956)213-7500...........Fax: (956) 213-7549 fesparza@bloodsystems.org http://www.unitedbloodservices.org Blood Banks - Plasma Centers Organizations-Non-Profit

United First Financial

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Valle/Villarreal Dental Center

Rudy Valle 925 W. Jefferson St. Brownsville TX 78520-6337 (956)542-4135...........Fax: (956) 542-1150 rudyvalledds@aol.com http://www.vallevillarrealdentalcenter.c Dentists-Dental Care

Amy Hill 218 Kings Court South Padre Island TX 78597 (252)453-2400 amy@payitofffast.com http://www.unitedfirstfinancial.com Financial Services See ad page 41

Valley AIDS Council

United Marine Shipyard

Valley Baptist Health Plans

Charles R. Smith 857 E. Washington St. , Suite G Brownsville TX 78520 (956)541-2600...........Fax: (956) 541-9202 http://www.valleyaids.org Organizations-Non-Profit Social Service Organizations

A.B. Bernard 1325 Spindletop Ave. Beaumont TX 77705 (409)833-7070...........Fax: (409) 833-0744 mail@umtexas.us http://www.umtexas.us Ship & Offshore Oil Rig Construction & Repair

Jay Swoveland 2005 Ed Carey Drive Harlingen TX 78550-8257 (956)389-2273...........Fax: (956) 389-2281 mlara@firstcare.com http://www.valleybaptisthealthplans.com Insurance Agencies & Agents Insurance-Supplemental/Employee Benefits

United Rentals

Valley Baptist Health System

Rafael Trevi単o 3381 Ruben Torres Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)546-9060...........Fax: (956) 504-2822 rtrevino@ur.com http://www.unitedrentals.com Rentals-Party Equipment

Randall Baker 2101 Pease Street Harlingen TX 78550-8307 (956)389-1614...........Fax: (956) 389-6677 randy.baker@valleybaptist.net http://www.valleybaptist.net Hospitals

United Way of Southern Cameron County

Valley Baptist Medical Center Brownsville

Traci Wickett 634 East Levee St. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)548-6880...........Fax: (956) 548-6906 traci.wickett@unitedwayrgv.org http://www.unitedwayrgv.org Social Service Organizations Social Service Organizations

Leslie Bingham 1040 West Jefferson Brownsville TX 78520 (956)698-5400...........Fax: (956) 698-5747 Teri.Retana@valleybaptist.net http://www.valleybaptist.net Hospitals See ad page 31

The University of Texas at Brownsville

Valley Business Report

Juliet V. Garcia 80 Fort Brown Brownsville TX 78520 (956)882-8200...........Fax: (956) 548-0020 president@utb.edu http://www.utb.edu Meeting Facilities Schools, Colleges & Education See ad page 39

University Park, Ltd.

Rollins M. Koppel 1305 N. Stuart Place Rd. Harlingen TX 78552 (956)412-2029...........Fax: (956) 412-2032 rollinskoppel@yahoo.com Real Estate Appraisers-DevelopersInvestors

Unlimited Printing

Julia Lopez Brownsville TX 78520-8812 (956)542-3232 uprinting@yahoo.com Printers, Publishers, Typesetters & Graphics

UTB Center for Civic Engagement Kids Voting USA - Brownsville

Armand Mathew, OMI 1301 E. Madison St. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)882-7659...........Fax: (956) 882-4309 armand.mathew@utb.edu http://www.civicengagement.com Education Youth Organizations & Centers

UTB/TSC ITEC Center

Irv Downing 301 Mexico Blvd. E102 Brownsville TX 78520-4159 (956)882-4148...........Fax: (956) 882-4150 jim.holt@utb.edu http://www.wtce.utb.edu Business Development Education

Todd Breland Mission TX 78574-5025 (956)310-8953 todd@valleybusinessreport.com http://www.valleybusinessreport.com Newspapers

Valley Coca Cola Bottling Company

Oscar Valdez 2050 Turner Rd. San Benito TX 78586 (800)595-7270......... Fax: (956) 444-3575 ovaldez@cokecce.com Distributors

Valley Commerce Corp.

Adriana Muller 5304 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-7101...........Fax: (956) 831-3313 valleycommerce@sbcglobal.net Sanitary ware and tile distributors

Valley Day & Night Clinic

C. Lynn Anderson, Jr. M.D. 3302 Boca Chica Ste. 109 Brownsville TX 78521-4271 (956)982-1001...........Fax: (956) 982-1938 valleydayandnite@aol.com Clinics-Medical Centers-Surgery Centers

Valley Federal Credit Union

Olga I. Villarreal 183 E. Price Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-3527 (956)546-3108...........Fax: (956) 544-5404 normajasso@valleyfederalcreditunion.net http://www.vfcu.net Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions See ad page 14

Valley Garden Center

Jon Klement McAllen TX 78501 (956)618-1899...........Fax: (956) 618-0580 jon@southernlandscapes.com http://www.southernlandscapes.com Garden Center Landscape Contractors

Valley International Airport

Valley Warehouse Rack & Supply

Valley International Christian Center

Valley Wide Security

T. Michael Browning, A.A.E. 3002 Heritage Way Airport Terminal Bldg., 3rd Floor Harlingen TX 78550-3622 (956)430-8600...........Fax: (956) 430-8619 http://www.flythevalley.com Airports-Airline-Aircraft Jaime Loya 2007 E. Expressway 83/77 San Benito TX 78586 (956)399-5590...........Fax: (956) 399-5585 vicc@viccchurch.com http://www.viccchurch.com Churches-Synagogues

Valley International Country Club

Adolph Pereida 95 Country Club Drive Brownsville TX 78520 (956)546-5331...........Fax: (956) 548-9184 Golf Course-Country Clubs Restaurants - Fine Dining

Valley International Supply

Flavio Marquez 1474 W. Price Rd., Suite 107 Brownsville TX 78520-8681 (956)592-1927...........Fax: (915) 990-2008 fmarquez@valleyintlsupply.com http://www.valleyintlsupply.com Distributors- Industrial Wholesale Industrial Supplies & Services

Valley Lubricants

David Eymard 17555 SH 48 Brownsville TX 78526 (956)831-4123...........Fax: (956) 831-7860 beymard@worldnet.att.net Oil & Petrochemicals - Processing & Distribution & Storage

Valley Medical Recruiting

Steve Muschenheim P.O. Box 484 Brownsville TX 78522 (956)455-0198...........Fax: (956) 831-4140 stevemus@parker-logistics.com http://www.parkerandcompany.com Racks Jaime S. Ochoa 810 E. Van Buren Brownsville TX 78520 (956)544-4726...........Fax: (956) 544-5274 JOchoa6@sbcglobal.net Security Guard Services Security-Products, Systems, Burglar & Fire Alarms & Companie

Valley Wide Sprinkler Systems

Frank Jaramillo 1902 South 1st Street Harlingen TX 78550 (956)425-8402......... Fax: (956) 425-3821 valwsprinklers@aol.com Lawn Sprinkler Systems Landscape Contractors

Value Place

Sam Guess 995 Media Luna Road Brownsville TX 78520 (956)542-1684...........Fax: (956) 542-4401 bro78520@valueplace.com http://www.valueplace.com Apartments Hotels-Motels

Vela & Associates, LLC

Melissa I. Vela 457 Arboleda Ln. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)621-0804 melinigu@yahoo.com Business & Government Consulting

Baker Niazi 3214 Brook Arbor Ln. Sugar Land TX 77479-3851 (956)459-6618...........Fax: (956) 982-1579 bakerniazi@hotmail.com http://www.physicianswork.org Physician Recruiting & Consulting

Vera Insurance Agency - Farmers Insurance Group

Valley Radiologists & Associates

Verizon Wireless

Lorraine Webster 1717 Treasure Hills Blvd. Harlingen TX 78550 (956)421-3041...........Fax: (956) 425-4266 lwebster@rgv.rr.com Physicians-Radiologists

Valley Regional Medical Center

David Handley 100 Alton Gloor Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526-3354 (956)350-7000...........Fax: (956) 350-7111 david.handley@HCAHealthcare.com http://www.valleyregionalmedicalcenter.c Hospitals

Valley Speech Language & Learning Center

Elsa Cardenas Hagan 535 Stovall Road Brownsville TX 78520 (956)504-2200...........Fax: (956) 504-2231 valleyspeech@worldnet.att.net Education Speech Services

Alfredo Vera, Jr. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)542-1133...........Fax: (956) 542-1156 avera@farmersagent.com Insurance Agencies & Agents Hilario Gonzalez 508 Springmart Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526 (956)350-9273...........Fax: (956) 350-9278 alejandro.sandoval@verizonwireless.com http://www.verizonwireless.com Communications-Wireless

Vermillion Restaurant

Dan Davidson 115 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)542-9893...........Fax: (956) 541-4221 http://www.thevermillion.com Restaurants See ad page 25

Victory Packaging

Abraham Graustein 1100 E. Military Hwy. Pharr TX 78577 (956)702-8704...........Fax: (956) 782-8714 agraustein@victorypackaging.com http://www.victorypackaging.com Maquiladora

Valley Tire Shop & Road Service

Villa Maria Language Institute

Valley Trucking Co., Inc.

Vizta Property Development

Jorge Gabino 1954 E. 14th Street Brownsville TX 78521 (956)986-2828...........Fax: (956) 986-2818 valleytireshop@yahoo.com Automobile Repairs & Service Tire Dealers - New Richard Caruthers 4550 Coffeeport Rd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-4511...........Fax: (956) 831-4224 valleytrucking@ies.net Trucking Companies

Fernando Pineda 224 Resaca Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)546-7196...........Fax: (956) 546-1731 vmli@sbcglobal.net http://www.villamarialg.com Schools, Colleges & Education Ada U. Medina 5219 Mcpherson, Suite 300 Laredo TX 78041 (956)725-1297......... Fax: (956) 725-1299 ada@bizlaredo.rr.com http://www.santandertexas.com Real Estate-Management

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Wal-Mart #5493 Supercenter

Tino Vidaurri 7480 Padre Island Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)832-0376...........Fax: (956) 832-0956 http://www.walmart.com Discount Stores Grocery Stores-Supermarkets

Wal-Mart Super Center

Robert Rousey 2721 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-3501 (956)544-0394...........Fax: (956) 544-9229 http://www.walmart.com Discount Stores Grocery Stores-Supermarkets

Wal-Mart Supercenter

Whataburger, Inc. #280

Wells Fargo Advisors

David Merrill 2334 Boca Chica Blvd., Suite 400 Brownsville TX 78521-2698 (956)541-6344....... Fax: (956) 542-2827 david.merrill@wfadvisors.com http://www.wellsfargoadvisors.com Financial Consultants

WELLS FARGO Bank, N.A.

Janie Hernandez 1175 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78521-0938 (956)983-1455...........Fax: (956) 983-1472 http://www.wellsfargo.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

WELLS FARGO Bank, N.A.

Joe A. Atkinson 835 E. Levee St. Brownsville TX 78520-5101 (956)546-2421...........Fax: (956) 548-6354 joe.a.atkinson@wellsfargo.com http://www.wellsfargo.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

Jorge Montiel 3500 W. Alton Gloor Brownsville TX 78526-9286 (956)350-2022...........Fax: (956) 350-2026 http://www.walmart.com Discount Stores Grocery Stores-Supermarkets

WELLS FARGO Bank, N.A.

Walgreen’s - Store #10465

WELLS FARGO Bank, N.A.

Christina Flores 2105 Ruben Torres Blvd. Brownsville TX 78526 (956)504-3142...........Fax: (956) 504-3468 http://www.walgreens.com Drug Stores-Pharmacy

Walgreen’s - Store # 10826

Carla Herrera 1525 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)546-3701...........Fax: (956) 546-5583 http://www.walgreens.com Drug Stores-Pharmacy

Walgreen’s - Store # 2896

Fernando Vasquez 4490 East 14th St. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)542-3507...........Fax: (956) 542-8849 http://www.walgreens.com Drug Stores-Pharmacy

Walker Perez Associates

James Calvin Walker 7 Creekbend Drive Brownsville TX 78521-3603 (956)546-7094...........Fax: (956) 541-0342 wpabville@aol.com Architects-Planners

Warehouse Group, LLC

Mark A. Johnson 1100 N. Expressway 83, Ste. E Brownsville TX 78521 (956)546-3551...........Fax: (956) 546-3552 borderprop@att.net Real Estate Development-Industrial Warehouse-Leasing

Weight & Test Solutions, Inc.

Anna Rodriguez 910 Ruben Torres Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-9059 (956)548-6293...........Fax: (956) 986-2256 http://www.wellsfargo.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions Noemi C. Escalante 3310 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521-4202 (956)547-1604...........Fax: (956) 547-1610 noemic.escalante@wellsfargo.com http://www.wellsfargo.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

WELLS FARGO Bank, N.A.

Jorge A. Resendiz 2514 Southmost Road Brownsville TX 78521-3767 (956)983-1409...........Fax: (956) 983-1410 http://www.wellsfargo.com Banks-Savings & Loans-Credit Unions

WELLS FARGO Home Mortgage

Jackie Vasquez 1175 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)504-9165...........Fax: (956) 574-9316 http://www.wfhm.com/brownsvillebranchtx Mortgage & Loans Companies

Westwind Homes Rio Grande Valley

Jaime Gonzalez 8122 W. Expressway 83, Suite C Harlingen TX 78552-6476 (956)425-7111...........Fax: (956) 425-7066 jgonzalez@westwindhomes.com http://www.westwindhomes.com Construction-Builders-Developers

Whataburger #740

Analee Rodriguez 6100 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78521 (956)831-0761...........Fax: (956) 831-2508 http://www.whataburger.com Restaurants

R. M. Voreis 120 Lomax Road San Benito TX 78586 (956)350-4588...........Fax: (956) 350-9842 scales@wtsindustrial.com http://www.wtsindustrial.com Fluid Power-Products & Services Scales-Sales, Service & Rental

Whataburger #777

Weingarten Realty Investors

Roxanne Mora 1400 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)542-8044...........Fax: (956) 542-8068 http://www.whataburger.com Restaurants

Henry Peterman 2600 Citadel Plaza Drive, Suite 300 Houston TX 77008 (713)866-6025...........Fax: (713) 866-6049 hpeterman@weingarten.com Real Estate-Developers

Nora Garcia 3580 Alton Gloor Brownsville TX 78521 (956)350-8863...........Fax: (956) 350-8870 http://www.whataburger.com Restaurants

Whataburger #801

94 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

Guillermo Lopez 2290 N. Expressway Brownsville TX 78521 (956)546-2572...........Fax: (956) 548-2058 http://www.whataburger.com Restaurants

Whataburger, Inc. #283

Bert Gonzalez 2419 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)546-2361...........Fax: (956) 546-0631 http://www.whataburger.com Restaurants

Whataburger, Inc. #500

Carlos DeAnda 2021 International Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)542-0963...........Fax: (956) 542-6626 http://www.whataburger.com Restaurants

Marilyn I. White

Marilyn I. White P.O. Box 5358 Brownsville TX 78523-5358 (956)542-7662 Individual Members

Wilkinson Jim Iron & Metal, Inc.

Jim Wilkinson 3145 E. 14th St. Brownsville TX 78521 (956)546-4042......... Fax: (956) 542-8687 Wilkinsoniron@sbcglobal.net Scrap Metal See ad page 19

Wings Pizza N Things

Miguel Cisneros 4365 N. Expressway, Suite 100 Brownsville TX 78520 (956)350-2229...........Fax: (956) 350-2407 wingspizza@gmail.com http://www.brownsvillewingspizzanthings. Restaurants

WorldWide Digital Company & Edemsa

Ziwa Corporation

Worldwide Education Consultant Services, Inc.

Zonta Club of Brownsville #451

Wes Hoffman 5925 E. 14th Street, Suite C Brownsville TX 78521-4487 (956)541-0600...........Fax: (956) 541-0604 whoffman@gocontec.com http://www.gocontec.com Maquiladora

Abel Gonzalez 5521 N. Expressway 77 Brownsville TX 78520-1516 (956)350-4660....... Fax: (956) 350-2462 info@wecseval.com http://www.wecseval.com Our mission is to assist in having foreign studies recognized in the US for purposes of employment, education, immigration status, military and to provide information on attorneys and institutions which might help in obtaining your goals. Foreign Credential Evaluations Education X

Xavier Leos Family Dentistry PA

Xavier Leos, D.D.S. 1800 Central Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-8331 (956)542-4466......... Fax: (956) 982-1418 Dr.leos@hotmail.com Dentists-Dental Care See ad page 44

XC Networks

Jaime Martinez 154 E. Saint Francis St. Brownsville TX 78520-5416 (956)541-4877...........Fax: (956) 541-5366 jmartinez@xcnetworks.com http://www.xcnetworks.com Communications-Telecommunications

Wingstop

Rudy Alarcon 2501 Paredes Line Rd., Ste. A-3 Brownsville TX 78526 (956)546-6700...........Fax: (956) 546-2210 raul.torres@sbcglobal.net http://www.wingstop.com Restaurants

Wink’s Saloon Grill & Roping Arena

Jorge “Wink” Garza 10700 FM 1421 Brownsville TX 78520-3960 (956)399-9465...........Fax: (956) 399-9466 winks@winkssaloon.com http://www.winkssaloon.com Restaurants

John Wood

John Wood 1100 E. Monroe St. Brownsville TX 78520 (956)983-5091...........Fax: (956) 983-5090 jwood@co.cameron.tx.us Individual Members

Woodfin Trade Services, Inc.

Jon M. (Mike) Woodfin 2001 Foust Road Brownsville TX 78521-1002 (956)831-4200...........Fax: (956) 831-3988 wtstx@aol.com Grain Dryers, Bulk Handling & Storage Equipment

Workforce Solutions Cameron

Gaylen Lange 245 East Levee St. Brownsville TX 78520-5405 (956)548-6700......... Fax: (956) 548-6717 http://www.wfscameron.org Employment Agencies Organizations-Non-Profit See ad page 24

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Young Dental Manufacturing Co.

Nathan Butler 4401 Paredes Line Rd. Brownsville TX 78526-1117 (956)544-5938...........Fax: (956) 544-1707 nbutler@youngdental.com http://www.youngdental.com Manufacturing

Mary Yturria

Mary Yturria 54 Calle Cenizo Brownsville TX 78520-7402 (956)542-2612...........Fax: (956) 504-3083 Individual Members

Pete Yzaguirre

Pete Yzaguirre 95 East Price Rd., Bldg. F, Suite A Brownsville TX 78521 (956)343-2424 Individual Members Z

Zavaleta Family Health

Beverly A. Zavaleta 844 E. Central Blvd., Ste. 140 Brownsville TX 78520-7535 (956)698-5040...........Fax: (956) 698-4954 silvia.garzaperez@valleybaptist.net Physicians-Family Practice

Joe D. Zayas, D.D.S., P.C.

Joe D. Zayas, D.D.S. 555 Boca Chica Blvd. Brownsville TX 78520-7735 (956)546-7788...........Fax: (956) 546-6688 Dentists-Dental Care

Jorge de la Garza 1952 S. Price Rd. Brownsville TX 78521-2478 (956)542-8167...........Fax: (956) 986-2775 jdlg@ziwacorp.com http://www.ziwacorp.com Construction Contractors-General & Sub Lee Ann Greer 701 Sunshine Road Brownsville TX 78521-1635 (956)346-2114...........Fax: (956) 544-3361 leeanngreer@yahoo.com Organizations-Non-Profit Professional & Business Organization


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CateGOriCal listinG ACCOUNTANTS-BOOKKEEPING

Garcia Bookkeeping

AIR CONDITIONING SALES, SERVICE & INSTALLATION

(956)831-9373

Dave’s Serv-Tech

Lone Star Professional Services

George Cunningham Co. Inc.

(956)544-6200

ACCOUNTANTS-CERTIFIED-PUBLIC

BMC y Fragoso S.C. (868)812-1214

D. Marty Bogart, CPA (956)504-6550

Burton McCumber & Cortez, L.L.P. (956)542-2553 See ad page 23

CD Financial Group (956)544-3185 See ad page 25

Gonzalez & Arrambide, Inc. (956)447-9009

Hales - Bradford, L.L.P. (956)542-9196

Long Chilton, L.L.P. (956)546-1655

McCall, Gibson & Company (713)462-0341

(956)554-4870 (956)423-8437

Johnstone Supply of Brownsville (956)550-9739

Sunwave Air Conditioning & Heating Co.,LLC (956)350-4813

Temp Control, Inc. (956)546-8937 See ad page 16

AIR PURIFICATION

Eco Living Solutions (956)459-6616 See ad page 65

AIRPORTS-AIRLINE-AIRCRAFT

American Eagle Airlines (800)433-7300

American Eagle Airlines (800)433-7300

Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport

Pattillo, Brown, Hill LLP. (956)544-7778

(956)542-4373 See ad page 74

Robert L. Perkins, III, CPA

Continental Airlines

(956)546-2900

(956)504-5831

Valda S. Rispoli, C.P.A.

Valley International Airport

(956)544-2706

(956)430-8600

(956)831-0202

ADVERTISING AGENCIES

Breeden/McCumber, Inc.

APARTMENTS

BrandyWyne Apartments/ B-Wyne Management, LP (956)542-7159

Conquistador East Apartments (956)982-0323

(956)542-5193

ADVERTISING & MARKETING

Astral Axiom

(956)466-0677 See ad page 28

D-Sign Print Solutions (956)504-7150

De Shopping en el Valle de Texas

APPAREL-BRIDAL & EVENING

RBD Fashion, Inc. (956)548-2032

APPAREL-WOMEN’S & CHILDREN’S

Country Casuals, Inc. (956)546-3771

APPLIANCES

Gonzalez Furniture (956)574-8200

Lacks Galleria (956)546-4262

Parra Furniture & Appliance Center, Inc. (956)546-3129

ARCHITECTS

Design Elements, L.L.C. (956)233-9546

ARCHITECTS-LANDSCAPE

SSP Design, LLC (956)547-9788

ARCHITECTS-PLANNERS

HNTB Corporation (956)554-7508

K+ architects (956)542-7660 (956)546-7094

Deep Southtex Terminals, L.P. (918)584-2225

(956)831-0618 (956)541-9200 2651 FJRM Brownsville, TX 78520 Fax: (956) 541-9201 E-mail Address: fruiz@assetcampus properties.com

La Mansion del Paseo (956)574-0555

(956)504-5500

Heard & Smith, LLP

ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY

Spanish Meadows Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing & Assisted Living Cent (956)546-7378

ATTORNEYS

Bailey & Galyen Attorneys at Law

AUTOMOBILE RENTING & LEASING

Avis Rent A Car

Brian G. Janis, P.C. (956)541-2168

Kantack Alcantara Law Office, P.C. (956)982-1880 See ad page 44

Law Offices of Paul Hemphill (956)546-5596

Law Offices Of Robert Garza, PC (956)544-1111

Law Offices of Ruben R. Peña (956)546-5775

Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP Ransome & Ray, P.C. (956)542-3642

AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS & SERVICE

Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, L.L.P. Atty. (956)542-4377

Michele Sanchez, P.C. (956)541-7211

Treviño & Bodden, Attorneys (956)554-0683

ATTORNEYS-MEXICO

Bryan, Gonzalez Vargas y Gonzalez Baz, S.C. AUDIO-VISUAL-EQPT & PRODUCTION

Best Buy

(956)546-0755

Border Technology Enterprise, Inc. (956)574-9000

AUTOMOBILE DEALERS-NEW & USED

Alton Motors

(956)542-9600

International Bank of Commerce

Pueblo Tires & Services (956)542-8473

The Shop

(956)547-1380 See ad page Inside Front Cover

Tipton Motors, Inc.

International Bank of Commerce

(956)350-5600 See ad page 12

(956)547-1391 See ad page Inside Front Cover

Valley Tire Shop & Road Service

International Bank of Commerce

(956)541-4557

(956)547-1370 See ad page Inside Front Cover

(956)986-2828

AUTOMOBILE, TRUCK & INDUSTRIAL PARTS

(956)546-5175

International Bank of Commerce

BAKERIES

Cristy’s Cake Shop

(956)547-1260 See ad page Inside Front Cover

German Chocolate, Inc.

International Bank of Commerce

(956)542-0524

(956)547-1280 See ad page Inside Front Cover

(956)546-0550

Las Palmas Bakery

JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.North Brownsville Branch

(956)548-1161

BANKS-SAVINGS & LOANS-CREDIT UNIONS

BBVA Compass

(956)982-7606

(956)546-1771 See ad page 17

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

BBVA Compass

Lone Star National Bank

(956)548-6901

(956)547-3800 See ad page 17

(956)554-6800

Lone Star National Bank

BBVA Compass

(956)574-7300

(956)547-3963 See ad page 17

Rio Bank

(956)542-9858 See ad page 33

BBVA Compass

(956)350-0050

(956)541-2112 See ad page 17

Brownsville U-Pull-It, Inc.

Capital One

Cardenas Motors, Inc.

Capital One, N.A.

English Motors, Inc.

Capital One, N.A. (956)698-3224

(956)546-3108 See ad page 14

WELLS FARGO Bank, N.A.

(956)838-2800 (956)542-3541

Security Service Federal Credit Union (956)244-1172

(956)698-3200

Texas Community Bank (956)542-7333

(956)546-4528

Valley Federal Credit Union

(956)504-6611

GONDO (Toonville is a division of GONDO)

Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated

Luke Fruia Motors

Falcon International Bank

Paseo Plaza Apartments

(956)536-8465

(956)541-6868

(210)554-5500

Frost Bank

Magic Valley Marketing, Inc.

Posada de las Palmas Apartments

Davidson & Troilo

Mr. B Motor Co. Sales & Rentals

ADVERTISING-DIRECTORY

Seccion Amarilla USA, LLC (956)542-7222

Rosemont of El Dorado (956)831-0404

Value Place

(956)542-1684

AGRICULTURE-DEALERSHIP

Pioneer Equipment Co. (956)550-8822

APPAREL

Andre

(956)668-6601

(956)541-3141

(210)349-6484

(888)311-3542

William A. Faulk, P.C.

Payne Volkswagen Suzuki

(956)546-5304

(956)350-4488

Frank E. Perez & Associates

Tipotex Chevrolet, Inc.

(956)504-5403

(956)541-3131

Garza & Garza, L.L.P.

Tipton Motors, Inc.

(956)541-4914

Joseph Graham Attorney and Counselor at Law (956)982-2221

JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.North Brownsville Branch JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.

BBVA Compass

Las Palmas Apartments

(956)541-2931

(956)350-6562

(956)350-6562

(956)547-3900 See ad page 17

(956)630-9571

(956)554-7792

International Bank of Commerce

(956)547-1360 See ad page Inside Front Cover

Burton Companies

(956)547-9898

(956)554-9552

International Bank of Commerce

(956)547-1000 See ad page Inside Front Cover

Auto Repair Solutions

Roerig, Oliveira & Fisher, L.L.P. (956)542-5666

International Bank of Commerce

(956)547-1300 See ad page Inside Front Cover

(956)541-9271

(956)546-1500

(868)813-6000 ASPHALT BINDER MANUFACTURING & WHOLESALE

ORC Industries, Inc. La Estancia at River Center

Charles E. Hamilton, P.C.

(956)546-1216

ASSEMBLY PLANT

VOIP Digital Communication LLC (956)525-4083

(956)548-2032

Walker Perez Associates

ADULT DAY CARE CENTERS

Happy Hearts Adult Day Care

RBD Fashion, Inc.

(956)350-5600 See ad page 12

(956)548-2265

(956)983-1455

WELLS FARGO Bank, N.A.

(956)554-6310

(956)546-2421

Inter National Bank

WELLS FARGO Bank, N.A.

(956)574-8500

(956)548-6293

International Bank of Commerce

WELLS FARGO Bank, N.A.

(956)547-1320 See ad page Inside Front Cover

International Bank of Commerce

(956)547-1604

WELLS FARGO Bank, N.A. (956)983-1409

(956)547-1350 See ad page Inside Front Cover

BEAUTY SALONS-TANNING-NAILS

Constantino STYLELABB (956)550-0750

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Membership Directory Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios (956)546-1638

Serendipity Salon and Spa (956)982-7588

Serenity Springs Day Spa & Hair Design (956)541-0393

Bed & Breakfast

The Inn at Chachalaca Bend (956)233-1180

Beer Wholesalers & Distributors

Business Development

Aaron Economic Consulting, LLC (956)639-1698

Aaron Economic Consulting, LLC (956)639-1698

Brownsville Economic Development Council (956)541-1183 See ad page 5

Brownsville Local Development Co., Inc. (956)548-6150

Centracore Business Services (956)543-9415

Glazer’s

(956)686-0545

L & F Distributors, Ltd.

UTB/TSC ITEC Center (956)882-4148

(956)423-2256

Bicycle Shops & Repair

Bicycle World of Brownsville (956)541-9712

Birding

Casa Los Ebanos/ Los Ebanos Preserve (956)399-3543

Resaca de la Palma State Park/ World Birding Center (956)350-2920

Sabal Palm Audubon Center & Sanctuary (956)541-8034

The Inn at Chachalaca Bend (956)233-1180

Blood Banks - Plasma Centers

American Red Cross Blood Services (214)678-4800

American Red Cross-South Texas Chapter (956)423-0523

Business & Government Consulting

Vela & Associates, LLC (956)621-0804

Business & Management Consultants

Aaron Economic Consulting, LLC (956)639-1698

Aaron Economic Consulting, LLC (956)639-1698

Avanza International (956)572-9151

Blueprinting-Digital Printing

Allegra Printing & Imaging (956)548-1301

Boat Dealers & Marine Supplies

Pen III, LLC

Call Center

Convergys

(956)547-5237 Candy & Nuts

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (956)982-7501 See ad page 53

Pen III, LLC

(956)831-4995 Bowling Lanes-Supplies

Galaxy Bowling Center (956)350-5252

The Car Spa Hand Car-Wash (956)547-9274 See ad page 15

Carpet-Flooring Dealers & Supplies

International Carpets (956)350-6777

Caterers

Materiales para Construccion Triple AAA, Inc. (956)504-9064

Builders-DevelopersManagement

Oakcrest Management, Inc. (956)838-1133

Affordable Clinic of Brownsville, LLC (956)548-0035

Jason’s Deli

Brownsville Community Health Center

(956)350-2400

Mi Pueblito Restaurant (956)455-3543 See ad page 71

Quiznos Sub

(956)350-8988

Quiznos Sub

(956)350-8988

Ricardo’s International Cuisine LLC (956)544-2069 See ad page 61

Rudy’s Bar-B-Q (956)542-2532

Taco Palenque Del Valle, L.L.C. (956)544-8400

Tony Roma’s

(956)986-2884

(956)548-7400 See ad page 37

Driscoll Children’s Hospital (800)DCH-LOVE

Family First Medicine in Brownsville (956)350-9600

JK Family Medical Clinic (956)350-5444

North Brownsville Surgery Center (956)698-4970

RGV Day & Night Clinic (956)542-2520

Ukoli Care Clinic Valley Day & Night Clinic (956)982-1001

Texas Wipers & Rags, LLC

(956)504-2422

(956)554-7500

Materiales para Construccion Triple AAA, Inc.

Textile Recycle World, LLC

Bland Distribution Services (956)461-3636

Bland Distribution Services (956)461-3636

Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce

U.S. - Mexico Chamber of Commerce (818)369-6477

CommunicationsTelecommunications

AT&T

(956)630-8243

T-Mobile

(956)525-4083

XC Networks

AT&T

Communications-Wireless

(956)541-6200

Cricket Communications (956)544-5730

Christ Church of the Valley

Pocket Communications

(956)455-3302

(956)577-7000

Aramark, LLC

Good Shepherd Church

Verizon Wireless

Church’s Chicken

International Christian Center

(956)472-2530

Cobbleheads Bar & Grill (956)546-6224

Coyote Canyon A Steak Buffet (956)350-3999

Elva’s Restaurant Bar & Grill (956)504-3371

Galaxy Bowling Center (956)350-5252

German Chocolate, Inc. (956)546-0550

96 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

(956)350-8282

(956)350-9273

Livingway Family Church & School

IT Computer Solutions

(956)399-5590

(956)504-6800 (956)547-7772

Lone Star Shredding & Document Storage (956)565-1200

Concrete, Cement, Gravel, Sand & Stone

Alamo Concrete Products, Ltd. (210)208-1570

Southern Stone, LLC (956)464-5979

Best Buy

(956)546-0755

Burton McCumber & Cortez, L.L.P. (956)542-2553 See ad page 23

(956)843-2552

Westwind Homes Rio Grande Valley (956)425-7111

Construction-Commercial

Polaris Construction Services (956)472-0311

Spaw Glass

(956)412-9880 See ad page Inside Back Cover

Terry Ray Construction, Inc. (956)548-2000

Condominiums

Padre South Hotel (956)761-4951

Construction-Paving

G & T Paving

(956)546-3633 Construction

L & G Concrete Construction (956)565-6334

R & R Paving, LLC (956)399-1809 (956)504-0489 4964 Juniper Dr. Brownsville, TX 78526 http://www.artdecon.com

Ayusa Construction & Development Bryant Industrial Services

Construction-Retaining WallsSea Walls-Bulk Heads

MAT Construction, Inc. (956)548-1278

Consultants

Ignite Consultants Plus (956)459-2138

(956)838-5120

Clearview Builders (956)592-4704 (956)233-1130

Contracting Manufacturer

Circle Industries, Inc. (956)423-2836

Contractors-General & Sub

(956)561-3608

A. D. Welding Co.

International Construction Services

Cubco Construction, Inc.

(956)689-0248

(956)542-6680

Joel Loera Construction

Jimmy Closner & Sons Construction

(956)909-1160

Paradise Construction Group (956)466-1080

PXE Construction (956)832-3753

The Balli Group, LLP (956)541-9394

(956)838-2700

(956)565-2688

RM Walsdorf, Inc. (956)831-3984

Terry Ray Construction, Inc. (956)548-2000

Ziwa Corporation (956)542-8167

Ziwa Corporation Construction EquipmentSales-Rental-Repair

Briggs Equipment (956)504-5900

Holt Cat Computer Products & Services

(956)546-2216

Sunset View Inc. Computer-Imaging Supply & Services

(956)542-8167

Hands On Technologies

Valley International Christian Center

Simmons Homes

(956)542-9090

Computer Networking

(956)541-3500 See ad page 7

(956)548-2223 See ad page 69

TechNet Consultants, Inc.

Friends Construction

Antonio’s Restaurant (956)542-6504

(956)371-3226

VOIP Digital Communication LLC

Talamantez Chiropractic Neurology Churches-Synagogues

E & D G, LLC

(956)547-7772

D & T Construction, Inc.

(956)541-4877

(956)986-6100

IT Computer Solutions

(956)983-7100

Alivio Pain & Injury Recovery Center (956)631-2277

(956)504-7131

(956)504-4833

(956)423-5440

Rio Grande Valley Partnership/ Chamber of Commerce

Design Group 692

(956)504-6800

ARTDECON Cold Storage

Construction-BuildersDevelopers

Hands On Technologies

(956)546-8320

(956)504-9064

(956)542-4341

(956)504-9354

Clothing-Used

Casa Rodriguez Tile

Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

Copy Graphics, Inc.

(956)542-1655

Ceramic Tile DistributorsContractors-Supplies

Antonio’s Restaurant (956)542-6504

Clinics-Medical CentersSurgery Centers

(956)541-2929

Chiropractors

(956)546-7762 Brick Distributor

Inca Del Sol

(956)968-3141 Car Wash

(956)831-4995 Boat Repairs & Maintenance

(956)547-1500 See ad page 27

Chambers of Commerce

United Blood Services (956)213-7500

Holiday Inn

(956)968-2161

Convenience Stores

Exxon Food Store (956)350-4515

Grande Mart

(956)574-9252 Convenience Stores-Drive Thru

BNA Drive-Thru Construction Materials Testing & Inspection

Raba-Kistner Consultants, Inc. (956)504-9777

(956)541-5828


Membership Directory Copiers, Faxes, Printers, & Scanners-Sales and Service

Maquilogistics, Inc. (956)504-6440

Archer Business Systems, Inc.

Navco Logistics, LLC

Copy Graphics, Inc.

OSPECA Logistics Management Transport, Inc.

(956)554-9500 (956)504-9354

Dahill

(800)603-9951

Digital Office Systems (956)554-3900

Nevill Imaging Solutions (956)412-6482

The CopyLady, LLC (956)299-COPY

Copying Services

FedEx Office & Print Center (956)504-6002

Professional Printing, Inc. (956)541-2901

The Printers Border Press (956)831-2793

(956)542-4138

(956)831-4525 See ad page 72

Parker & Company (956)831-2000 See ad page 19

Philip T. Cowen, CHB (956)541-6031

Roser Customs Service, Inc. Roser & J. Cowen Logistical Services, LTD. (956)831-8533

Mary Kay

(956)630-4832

Mary Kay - Nelly Burguete (956)572-9925

Court Reporters

Bryant & Stingley, Inc. (956)428-0755

Crane & Rigging Services

Elizondo Crane Service (956)831-7174

Plitt Crane & Equipment, Inc. (956)831-4278

Credit Cards & Checks Processing

First National Merchant Solutions (956)456-6805

Newtek Business Services (800)381-8022

Customs Brokers-Freight Forwarders

AOG-Logistics, LLC (956)346-0755

(956)831-0405

Day Spa

Serenity Springs Day Spa & Hair Design Dentist-Pediatric

(956)350-0059 Jordan Patrick Pirtle, DDS & Claudia E. Rodriguez, DDS 4920 N. Expressway 77, Suite E Brownsville, TX 78526 Fax: (956) 350-5447 Web Site: http://www.lower valleydental.com Dentists-Dental Care

Emilio O. Hernandez, D.D.S., P.C. (956)542-8777

Kool Smiles General Dentistry for Kids (956)544-6039

Lower Valley Dental Association, PA

(956)350-0059 Jordan Patrick Pirtle, DDS & Claudia E. Rodriguez, DDS 4920 N. Expressway 77, Suite E Brownsville, TX 78526 Fax: (956) 350-5447 Web Site: http://www. lowervalleydental.com

Ricardo Gonzalez Customs Broker

Xavier Leos Family Dentistry PA

(956)831-5313 See ad page 51

Hessen Forwarding, Ltd. (956)831-8033

International Warehouses of Brownsville, Inc. (956)838-1816

Loera Customs Brokerage, Inc.

(956)542-4135 (956)542-4135

(956)542-4466 See ad page 44

Joe D. Zayas, D.D.S., P.C. (956)546-7788

Department Stores

Dillard’s Department Store # 729 (956)546-4581

Rio Grande Council, Boy Scouts of America (956)423-0250

Teach for America (956)630-6781

Teach for America (956)630-6781

Teacherbuilder.com Distribution Center

Bland Distribution Services (956)461-3636

Bland Distribution Services (956)461-3636

Distributors

Valley Coca Cola Bottling Company (800)595-7270

Distributors - Fastners

Saber Steel Group, Inc. (956)546-4292

Distributors- Industrial Wholesale

TIA, Inc.

(956)982-0846

Distributors of Recording Media-USB-Memory Cards

Valle/Villarreal Dental Center

H. Saenz Jr., Inc.

(956)350-2022

Lower Valley Dental Association, PA

(956)544-6039

Corrigan Dispatch Co.

(956)831-9651

Wal-Mart Supercenter

Valley International Supply

Villarreal, Rick , D.D.S

(956)831-4222

(956)544-0394

Kool Smiles General Dentistry for Kids

Border Customs Service (956)548-0311

Wal-Mart Super Center

U.S. Forwarding Agency, L.L.C.

Cosmetics

(956)472-3701

(956)832-0376

(956)546-5544

(956)541-0393

Marshall International e-Commerce

Discount Stores

Wal-Mart #5493 Supercenter

(956)592-1927

Recording Media International, Ltd. (956)541-8518

Drug Stores-Pharmacy

Escobedo’s Pharmacy & DME (956)986-0707

H.E.B. Store #1 (956)542-4191

H.E.B. Store #2 (956)541-1251

H.E.B. Store #3 (956)541-4816

H.E.B. Store #4 (956)541-8406

H.E.B. Store #5 (956)574-9701

(956)455-9982

Tech Prep of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. (956)364-4509

UTB Center for Civic Engagement - Kids Voting USA - Brownsville (956)882-7659

UTB/TSC ITEC Center (956)882-4148

Valley Speech Language & Learning Center (956)504-2200

Worldwide Education Consultant Services, Inc. (956)350-4660

Electric Supplies

Coastal Automation & Supply (956)554-3390

Industrial & Electric Supply Co. (956)541-3743

Electrical Subcontractors

Metro Electric, Inc. (956)686-2323 See ad page 15

Electrical Wholesale Materials

Electric Fixture Supply (956)546-2401

Electricians-Electric Contractor-Electric Repair & Service

#1 Quality Electric Inc. (956)421-2078

Ernie’s Fiesta Graphics (956)546-1722

(956)412-3087

Employment Agencies

A. Stars Over Stripes Co. (956)299-1000

Express Employment Professionals

(956)550-8367

(956)544-8373

Staff Force Personnel Services

Brownsville Literacy Center (956)542-8080

Premier High School of Brownsville (956)550-0084

Raul Yzaguirre School for Success (956)542-2404

Mr. Amigo Association (956)455-1432

(956)550-9093

Sombrero Festival, LTD

TrueBlue, Inc.

(956)831-4278

(956)982-1443

Workforce Solutions Cameron

Edward Jones

Engineers-Civil, Environmental, Mechanical & Consulting

FNB Wealth Management

Ambiotec Group, Inc. (956)548-9333

Lacks Galleria (956)546-4262

Parra Furniture & Appliance Center, Inc.

McCall, Gibson & Company

NRS Consulting Engineers (956)423-7409

Raba-Kistner Consultants, Inc.

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.

Engineers-Civil-ConsultingLand Surveying

(956)544-5831

Myers & Associates Consulting, LLC (956)504-1868

(956)546-5515

Planto Roe Financial Services, Inc. (956)541-2041

RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc. (713)651-3342

(956)544-3022

Murfee Engineering Co., Inc. (512)327-9204

PLAGAR Engineering, LLC (956)550-9995 See ad page 25

Entertainment

Blue Rio

(956)908-7844

Rio Grande Valley Vipers (956)972-1144

Take Two Variety Band (956)546-7855

Ambiotec Group, Inc. (956)548-9333

Wells Fargo Advisors

(956)541-6344 2334 Boca Chica Blvd., Suite 400 Brownsville, TX 78521-2698 Fax: (956) 542-2827 E-mail: david.merrill@ wfadvisors.com Web Site: http://www. wellsfargoadvisors.com Financial Planners

Bob Richardson & Associates, Inc. (956)542-1775

Environmental Consultants

Carruthers Embroidery

(713)462-0341

(956)544-5831

(956)504-9777

(956)546-3129

Embroidery & Screen Printing

(956)544-3617 (956)554-6321

(956)233-9931

Gonzalez Engineering & Surveying, Inc.

(956)574-8200

(956)574-8281 See ad page 21

Frost Brokerage Services

HDR Engineering, Inc.

Jesse’s Enterprise Electric, Inc.

Electronics-Electric Equipment Supplies

Financial Consultants

(956)548-6700 See ad page 24

(956)574-8300

Gonzalez Furniture Education

(956)831-9590

(956)542-0058

(956)831-5004 4705 Towerwood Dr. Brownsville, TX 78523 Fax: 956-831-5005

Festivals

Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts

Select Staff

Mejia & Rose, Inc.

(956)472-3701

(956)621-3446

Perma-Temp Personnel Services, Inc.

Walgreen’s - Store # 10826

Marshall International e-Commerce

Tommy Boy’s Country Farmer’s Market

(956)544-7153

(956)504-3142

e-Commerce, Shopping, Sales, & Franchises

Farmers Market

Manpower Temporary Services

(956)554-7508

(956)542-3507

(800)738-8237

(956)542-4052

(956)504-5349

Gallegos Electric, Inc.

RZB, Inc. DBA Global Electric

Safeguard Pest Control

Nye Plantation

Link Staffing Services

HNTB Corporation

Walgreen’s - Store # 2896

Exterminator Services-Pest Control

Farm Operation

(956)550-8510

Walgreen’s - Store #10465

(956)546-3701

(956)541-6920

Stitch Gallery, Inc.

AGH Engineering & Surveying, LLC

(956)350-9919

Event Organizer

Boogedy Bear’s Partyland

CD Financial Group (956)544-3185 See ad page 25

(956)371-1454

(956)831-9000

www.brownsvillechamber.com 97


membersHiP direCTory FINANCIAL SERVICES

Border Financial Services, Inc. -

Cavazos Income Tax & Financial Services, LLC (956)546-1004

Community Merchants Financial, LLC (956)465-4334 See ad page 8

Farmers Insurance Group David Villarreal Insurance (956)541-9050

Financial Corporation of America (512)719-7500

Lincoln Financial (956)423-4114

Newtek Business Services (800)381-8022

Powers Financial Services (956)542-1629

Shepard Walton King Insurance Group (956)423-8755

United First Financial (252)453-2400 See ad page 41

FOREIGN CREDENTIAL EVALUATIONS

Worldwide Education Consultant Services, Inc.

(956)350-4660 Our mission is to assist in having foreign studies recognized in the US for purposes of employment, education, immigration status, military and to provide information on attorneys and institutions which might help in obtaining your goals. FOREIGN WORKER CONSULTANT

Argus Security Systems/ASG (800)683-7487

FIREWORKS - RETAIL

Mr. G’s Fireworks (956)399-1809

FITNESS CENTER AND/OR FITNESS SUPPLIES

Bicycle World of Brownsville (956)541-9712

Gold’s Gym

(956)544-6533

Total Workout, Inc. (956)542-6600

FLORISTS

Kiss’l Flowers & Decor (956)982-7700

Precious Flowers by Aracely

(956)542-7493

FLUID POWERPRODUCTS & SERVICES

Weight & Test Solutions, Inc. (956)350-4588

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (956)982-7501 See ad page 53

Schor’s

(956)541-7701 GOLF COURSE-COUNTRY CLUBS

Seasonal Support Services, Inc.

River Bend Resort, Inc.

(956)748-4253

(956)350-4000 (956)548-0191

South Padre Island Golf Club FORKLIFTS & MATERIAL HANDLING EQUIPMENT

Gulf Packaging (956)504-9999

FREIGHT FORWARDERS TRANSMIGRANTES

(956)943-5678

The Brownsville Golf Center

(956)831-2000 See ad page 19

(956)546-5331

GOVERNMENT

City of Brownsville

Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville

(956)544-1919

FUNERAL HOMES & MEMORIAL PARKS

Darling-Mouser Funeral Home (956)546-7111

Funeraria del Angel Buena Vista & Burial Park

(956)541-8315

Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park (956)541-2785

State Representative Eddie Lucio III (956)361-2795

(956)831-4216

Sunset Funeral Home (956)233-6333

Trevino Funeral Home, Inc. (956)542-2583

FUNERAL PLANS-PRE-ARRANGED

Darling-Mouser Funeral Home (956)546-7111

Trevino Funeral Home, Inc. (956)542-2583

GRAIN DRYERS, BULK HANDLING & STORAGE EQUIPMENT

Woodfin Trade Services, Inc. (956)831-4200

GRANITE

Premier Granite & Marble (956)541-1300

TD American Limestone (956)838-2755

GROCERY STORES-SUPERMARKETS

A & V Lopez Supermarkets (956)546-3120

H.E.B. Store #1 (956)542-4191

H.E.B. Store #2 (956)541-1251

FURNITURE

Benjamin Thomas Home Furniture (956)541-3448

Designer’s Showroom (956)542-6602 See ad page 75

FAMSA Edelstein’s Better Furniture (956)542-5585

Mattress Firm (956)992-9004

H.E.B. Store #3 (956)541-4816

H.E.B. Store #4 (956)541-8406

H.E.B. Store #5 (956)574-9701

La Michoacana Meat Market (956)546-7255

Wal-Mart #5493 Supercenter

McCoy’s Building Supply

Wal-Mart Super Center Wal-Mart Supercenter (956)350-2022

Best Western Arena Inn & Suites (956)843-1234

(956)621-2813

Comfort Suites

(956)541-4955

(956)761-6000

Tlapaleria y Ferreteria Universal, S.A. de C.V.

Days Inn

HEALTH & FITNESS CONSULTANT

Community Development Corporation of Brownsville

(956)541-3332

Courtyard by Marriott

(868)816-6718

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Brownsville Affordable Homeownership Corporation

Best Western La Copa Inn and Suites

(956)831-9887

(956)350-4600 (956)541-2201

Days Inn

(956)541-2201

HUMAN RESOURCE PROFESSIONALS

Society for Human Resource Management (956)547-5268

HUNTING AND FISHING LODGE

Outdoor Mexico Ultimate Hunting

Functional Performance Rehab Consultants

Executive Inn (956)986-0333

(956)541-6062

Pur Fitness & Health

Hilton Garden Inn Beach Resort South Padre

Rancho Caracol

(956)440-7783 (956)592-8359

HEALTH SERVICES ORGANIZATION

(956)984-0201 (956)455-4397

HEALTHCARE COSMETIC MANUFACTURER

Sarati International Ltd. (956)233-5001

HOME AUDIO/VIDEO INSTALLATION

(956)546-0755 HOME HEALTH CARE SERVICES NURSING HOME HEALTH CARE

A-1 Health Service Agency (956)574-0596 (956)986-0942

Caring For You Home Health, Inc. (956)546-1361

Interim Healthcare (956)541-4410

Nurses That Care (956)682-0800

Hilton Garden Inn Beach Resort South Padre (956)761-8700

Holiday Inn

(956)547-1500 See ad page 27

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites (956)550-0666

Homewood Suites by Hilton (956)574-6900 See ad page 27

Isla Grand Beach Resort La Quinta Inn & Suites (956)772-7000

Motel 6

(956)546-4699

Americas Best Value (956)702-3330

Bravo Logistic Services (956)542-7851

MIR Import/Export

(956)350-4000

Residence Inn by Marriott Brownsville (956)350-8100

(868)203-1552

Oscar Lara Export (956)739-2563

Parker & Company (956)831-2000 See ad page 19

Rio Bravo Forwarding, LLC (956)831-2422

Staybridge Suites

(866)926-7711

Rivera’s Forwarding Service (956)546-2446

Rivera’s Forwarding Service (956)546-2446

Textile Recycle World, LLC (956)546-8320

Thelsa International Moving (956)686-3960

UETA Duty Free Stores (956)546-3996

(956)761-4744

Value Place

(956)542-1684

INCOME TAX SERVICES

BizTax Income Tax Service (956)541-4447

HOTELS/MOTELS - MATAMOROS

Hotel Ritz HOTELS-MOTELS

IMPORT-EXPORT

Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club

Travelodge

(956)350-7000

(956)399-9309

(956)831-2422

Valley Baptist Medical Center - Brownsville

Valley Regional Medical Center

ICE-FUEL-INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES

Automatic Ice, LLC

(956)761-3726

Suites At Sunchase

(956)698-5400 See ad page 31

(956)541-4429

International Forwarding & Storage, Corp.

Valley Baptist Health System (956)389-1614

ICE CREAM-DAIRY SHOP

Popeii, LLC

Peninsula Island Resort and Spa

(956)554-6000

South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital

(956)542-4212

(956)551-0386

(956)504-9500 2900 Pablo Kisel Blvd. Brownsville, TX 78526-4293 Fax (956) 504-9584 chensley@ascensionmgt.com http://www.staybridge.com/ brown See ad page 56–57

(956)546-0808

H. Yturria Land & Cattle Co.

(956)761-4951

HOSPITALS

Solara Hospital Brownsville

(956)546-9101

Guajardo Export Trade Group, LLC

(956)838-1801

(956)554-2000

HUNTING & FISHING TOURS

Gage Pintail Lodge

Padre South Hotel

PTL Health Care, Inc.

Brownsville Doctors Hospital

(956)542-3482

(956)761-8700

(956)761-6511

Best Buy

(956)832-0376 (956)544-0394

98 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

(956)541-7401

Acclaim Health Services, Inc.

(956)541-5400

Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens

El Clavo Lumber Co., Inc.

Fundación ALE Matamoros

Transmigrantes Nuevo Milenio

Little Farm Frozen Foods, Inc.

HARDWARE-BUILDING MATERIALS

Valley International Country Club

(956)440-9350

FROZEN FOODS-WHOLESALE

(956)455-2285

American Heart Association

(956)548-6005 See ad page 66

(956)592-2459

GYMNASTICS

High Velocity Gymnastics

(956)541-2582 See ad page 55

Parker & Company

Industrial & Electric Supply Co. (956)541-3743

GIFT SHOPS

(956)748-0550

(956)525-0191

Rosenbaum Flowers & Gifts

(956)618-1899

Rancho Viejo Resort & Country Club

JKJ Workforce Agency, Inc.

Transmigrantes Mireya FIRE EXTINGUISHER SALES & SERVICE

GARDEN CENTER

Valley Garden Center

(868)812-1190

BizTax Income Tax Service (956)541-4447

Cavazos Income Tax & Financial Services, LLC (956)546-1004

Gonzalez & Arrambide, Inc. (956)447-9009


membersHiP direCTory H & R Block

(956)350-8262

H & R Block

(956)544-4447

H & R Block

(956)350-8262

H & R Block

(956)544-4447 INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS

Sahadeo Basdeo “Basil” (956)371-9997

T. Mark Blakemore (956)541-5900

Cameron County Judge’s Office (956)544-0830

Rosie E. Cavazos (956)561-5899

Manuel Chacon

Dan Sanchez (956)425-5297

Brad Shields

(956)797-6116

Neida Ruth Soto (956)543-6633

State Representative Eddie Lucio III (956)361-2795

Ingrid Steinbach (956)698-5594

Jack N. Sutter (956)831-4488

Torr Sales

(956)350-0938

Marilyn I. White (956)542-7662

John Wood

(956)983-5091

(956)365-1888

Mary Yturria

Tom Champion

Pete Yzaguirre

(956)350-9155

(956)542-2612 (956)343-2424

Julius Collins (956)546-6495

INDUSTRIAL DISTRIBUTOR

Sherry Cortez

Coastal Automation & Supply

(956)682-6277

Dr. J.B. Coulter (956)542-7705

Ralph Cowen (956)831-8533

Vincent L. Crixell (956)504-5616

Wayne Devora (210)887-9597

John Dunkel

(956)554-3390

Industrial & Electric Supply Co. (956)541-3743

Motion Industries Inc. (956)546-5191

INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY AND SUPPLIES

Dixie Tool Company (956)544-4333

(956)542-2469

E. “Timo” Hinojosa (956)542-2960

Dr. Khadim Hussain (956)546-5155

Larry Jokl

(956)778-7181

Angela M. Kozak, D.O. (956)542-6945

Ray Lopez

(956)233-4081

Sergio Makiolke (956)266-1613

Salvador Mendez (956)204-1610

INDUSTRIAL PARK

Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport (956)542-4373 See ad page 74

INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES & SERVICES

Industrial & Electric Supply Co. (956)541-3743

Mexico Industrial Supply (956)541-9449

Petro Corn LLC (956)994-9887

SGS Industrial Supplies (956)831-4291

Valley International Supply (956)592-1927

Mary Miller

(956)459-6024

Julian Ordonez (956)554-9631

Sam Pate

(956)542-2556

Georgina E. Puga (956)357-1350

Marie Ramirez (956)459-9242

Carlton J. (Bud) Richards (956)542-0800

Marc Saldana (956)542-2845

(956)383-8841

Farmers Insurance Group

INSURANCE AGENCIES & AGENTS

Alford Insurance Agency, Inc. (956)542-7415 See ad page 21

Bert Whisenant Insurance

(956)541-9115

Cavazos Insurance Agency (956)542-2508

Farmers Insurance (956)546-4040

(956)425-6199

Mycsa Ag, Inc.

Farmers Insurance Group David Villarreal Insurance

INVENTORY MANAGEMENT SERVICES

(956)541-9050

Farmers InsuranceRoy Garcia Agent (956)541-4939

Hughston Insurance Agency (956)542-4387

IBC Insurance Agency

(956)546-9119

JIT Services, LLC (956)592-6042

INVESTMENT BANK

Estrada Hinojosa & Company, Inc. (214)658-1670

(956)547-1181

Lette Insurance Agency (956)541-7252

Lincoln Financial (956)423-4114

Myers & Associates Consulting, LLC (956)504-1868

Gilbert J. Ortiz Insurance & Real Estate (956)542-8723

INVESTMENT COUNSELORS

Edward Jones

(956)986-2886

Padre Insurance Agency

(956)364-0325

Pronto Insurance (956)574-9787

Shepard Walton King Insurance Group (956)423-8755

State Farm Insurance State Farm Insurance Rick Armendariz (956)542-7425 See ad page 11

State Farm Insurance Ruben Garcia

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. (956)544-5831

JANITORIAL SERVICE

A Plus Cleaning Services (956)517-8393

Homemaid Professional Cleaning Service (956)266-9241

Service Master Professional Cleaning Services (956)655-9439

JEWELERS

R.L. Lackner, Inc.

(956)542-3351 See ad page Outside Back Cover

Reeds Jewelers Schor’s

Vera Insurance Agency Farmers Insurance Group (956)542-1133

Lawn Care Services (956)434-6065

(956)541-7701 JEWELERS-DISTRIBUTORS & MANUFACTURING

Saenz Jewelry, Inc. (956)504-1507

(956)546-4292

ConsultingPoint, Inc. (956)986-2727 (956)831-4209

Ecological Services International, Inc. (956)233-4609

LAWN SPRINKLER SYSTEMS

AQUA TECH

Milwhite, Inc. (956)547-1990

Rio Plastics, Inc.

(956)630-1402 (956)548-1278

(956)831-2715

Supercut

(956)541-5285

Young Dental Manufacturing Co.

(956)425-8402

(956)544-5938

LEASING-EQUIPMENT

Briggs Equipment

MANUFACTURING-APPAREL

ORC Industries, Inc. (956)831-0618

LIBRARY

(956)345-9576

Saber Steel Group, Inc.

Duro Bag Manufacturing Co.

LAWN MAINTENANCE

INVESTMENTS

JKF LLC

State Farm InsuranceKay Conly

(956)389-2273

(956)423-4318

(956)504-5900

(956)547-8320

Valley Baptist Health Plans

Top Cut Lawn Care Inc.

Valley Wide Sprinkler Systems

(956)544-5831

MAINTANENCE REPAIR OPERTATIONSPRODUCTS

MANUFACTURING LANDSCAPING

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.

(956)544-2464

(956)542-0222 See ad page 16

(830)643-0303

MAT Construction, Inc.

(956)504-5493

Physicians Health Choice

LANDSCAPE LIGHTING DESIGNERS

Bill Biggadike & Assoc. Landscape Lighting Designs, Inc.

(956)574-8281 See ad page 21

Padre Insurance Agency

MANUFACTURING-AUTOMOTIVE

Brownsville Public Library System

CRH North America (956)525-4515

(956)548-1055

LIGHTING-FIXTURESCEILING FANS & SUPPLIES

Electric Fixture Supply (956)546-2401

Decoma Litetek (956)832-7100

Delphi Componentes Mecanicos de Matamoros (956)228-1888

Delphi Delco Electronics de Mexico, S.A. de C.V.

LINENS - RENTAL

(956)228-7000

Maury Collections (956)371-2553

MANUFACTURING-CASEWORK LIQUOR STORES

South Texas Woodmill, Inc. (956)831-3304

Feldman’s Valley Wide Liquor Stores

MANUFACTURING-CHEMICALS

(956)542-4561

Chemtex

Jones Liquor

(956)542-1022

(956)541-4241 LOAN COMPANIES

MANUFACTURING-CLAY PRODUCTS

U.S. Clay, L.P.

Parra Loan Company

(956)831-8140

(956)546-3129

LOANS-MICRO LENDING

MANUFACTURING-CLEANING CLOTHS

Texas Wipers & Rags, LLC

LABELING-INDUSTRIAL

(956)554-7500

Pesa Labeling Systems INSURANCE-SUPPLEMENTAL/ EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Valley Baptist Health Plans (956)389-2273

INSURANCE-TOURIST AUTO

Sanborn’s Mexico Insurance (800)258-1656

(956)546-4222

Brisky & Perez Insurance Agency, Inc.

INTERNATIONAL TRADING COMPANY

Allex International Properties

(956)542-1133

(956)541-4848

(956)350-5520

John Gillis

Farmers Insurance District Office

INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE

Brownsville & Matamoros Bridge Co. (956)548-2415

(956)544-3323

LABORATORIES

Rana Laboratories (956)831-4771

Serafy Laboratories (956)546-5313

LANDSCAPE CONTRACTORS

ISCE, Inc.

(956)831-0900

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Ralph Ruby Landscaping (956)781-0392

Valley Garden Center (956)618-1899

INTERNATIONAL TRADE CONSULTANTS

MANUFACTURING-ELECTRONICS

Accion Texas

Valley Wide Sprinkler Systems (956)425-8402

LUBE OIL STORAGE TERMINAL

Interlube Corporation (956)831-7046

Carling Technologies, Inc. (956)546-5564

International Dielectric Products, Inc. (956)541-8890

Lineage Power Corporation (956)547-6010

MANUFACTURING-EXPLOSIVES

Austin Star Detonator Co. (956)831-7751

MANUFACTURING-METAL STAMPING

LUMBER COMPANIES

Gloor Hardware & Specialty Lumber, Inc.

G-Shank, Inc. (956)550-9565

(956)546-4244

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Cedillo Enterprises (956)350-8244

Rio Grande Tool Co., Inc. (956)831-8249

Unique Molded Products, Inc. (956)982-1500

MARRIAGE & RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION

H.A.R.P. Hispanic Active Relationships Project (956)544-7165

MARTIAL ARTS

ED’S World Class Tae Kwon Do Academy (956)544-4003

MANUFACTURING-POWER GENERATION PRODUCTS

National Electric Coil (956)541-1759

MANUFACTURING-START UP MANAGEMENT CONSULTING & RECUITING

MLT International Consultants

Divine Skin Inc. (956)455-9830

MEDIATORS

Frank E. Perez & Associates (956)504-5403

MEDICAL BILLING MANAGEMENT

Components Anchia Intl., L.L.C (956)986-2772

CRH North America

Hands On Technologies (956)504-6800

Med Pro Financial Services, Inc. (956)541-1278

(956)525-4515

ILSCO Corporation (956)831-0500

SPAN America Austin Inc. (956)522-4435

Victory Packaging

(956)504-9450

MOBILE HOME PARKS

Brownsville Winter Haven Resort (956)831-7755

Gulf Breeze Mobile & R.V. Park (956)831-4606

MASSAGE-SPA SERVICES

(956)544-4640

MAQUILADORA

U.S. Herr Industrial Metals Co., Inc.

Palm Resaca Mobile Home Park, Inc. (956)546-7423

MORTGAGE & LOANS COMPANIES

Benchmark Mortgage (956)350-4466

Key Mortgage (956)428-6363

The Humphreys Group of Supreme Lending (956)465-0467

WELLS FARGO Home Mortgage (956)504-9165

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

Escobedo’s Pharmacy & DME (956)986-0707

RGV Medical Equipment (956)504-0462

MULTI CHANNEL BROADBAND DISTRIBUTOR

Time Warner Cable (956)425-7880

(956)702-8704

WorldWide Digital Company & Edemsa (956)541-0600

MARINE & INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY

M & M Mooring Services (956)574-8361

Nuga Diesel, Inc. (956)548-0984

Rodco Marine Supply, Inc. (956)831-8271

MARINERS SERVICES

Marine Service (956)943-2648

MARKETING & PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS

C.H. Harden, Jr. Advertising Specialties (956)542-7301

Carruthers Embroidery (956)371-1454

Elite Promotions (956)982-2059

Ideas In Action, Inc. (956)399-5554

MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS

Physicians Health Choice (956)364-0325

MEETING FACILITIES

Brownsville Events Center

MARKETING RESEARCH & MARKETING COMPANIES

Godinez Communication (956)655-4655

Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

Brownsville/SPI Board of Realtors

Children’s Museum of Brownsville

(956)546-8920

(956)548-9300

Historic Brownsville Museum

Costumes of the Americas Museum

(956)548-1313

Resaca de la Palma State Park/ World Birding Center (956)350-2920

Ringgold Civic Pavilion (956)547-6850 See ad page 62

The University of Texas at Brownsville (956)882-8200 See ad page 39

MENTAL HEALTH & RETARDATION SERVICES

Tropical Texas Behavioral Health (956)289-7130

Historic Brownsville Museum (956)548-1313

R.G.V. Wing Commemorative Air Force (956)541-8585 See ad page 71

(956)546-4517

U.S. Herr Industrial Metals Co., Inc. METAL PRODUCTS-METALS-STEELBUILDINGS & INDUSTRIAL PLASTICS

Royal Metal Building Components (956)399-2271

(956)838-1745

NEWSPAPERS

Bargain Book (956)546-5113

De Shopping en el Valle de Texas (956)630-9571

Spanish Print Media, Inc. (956)631-5628

The Brownsville Herald (956)542-4301

Valley Business Report (956)310-8953

NIGHT CLUBS-LOUNGES

Amazonia Restaurant Bar & Lounge (956)982-2122

NURSERY-WHOLESALE

Rainforest Nursery (956)425-0852 See ad page 44

NURSING FACILITIES-NURSING CARE

Angel’s of Mercy (956)583-9995

Brownsville Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

(956)350-2252 Commitment To: Communication Commitment To: Service Commitment To: Higher Standards Commitment To: Growth Commitment To: Fiscal Responsibility See ad page 32

Mr. Music

(956)542-2503 MUSIC STORESINSTRUMENTS AND ACCESSORIES

Mr. Music

MUSICIANS

NATURE TOURISM

Sabal Palm Audubon Center & Sanctuary (956)541-8034

OIL & PETROCHEMICALS PROCESSING & DISTRIBUTION & STORAGE

Federal Petroleum Company

Ebony Lake Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (956)541-0917 Specializing in rehabilitation: *Physical Therapy *Occupational Therapy *Speech Therapy/ Vital Stim Care See ad page 32

Good Samaritan Society Brownsville (956)546-5358

Mother of Perpetual Help Nursing Home (956)546-6745

Spanish Meadows Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing & Assisted Living Cent (956)546-7378

OFFICE BUILDINGS-OFFICE SPACE

Lazar Developments (310)838-3885

Gateway Printing & Office Supply, Inc. (956)546-0632

Office Depot #372

(956)544-7412

Fundaci≤n ALE Matamoros (956)455-4397

Gorgas Science Foundation, Inc. (956)504-6862

Oil Patch Fuel & Supply, Inc.

H.A.R.P. Hispanic Active Relationships Project

(956)831-4839

TransMontaigne Partners L.P. (956)831-3531

Valley Lubricants (956)831-4123

ONLINE MEDIA

Rio Grande Guardian (512)917-5778

OPTICAL, OPTOMETRISTS, OPTICIANS & OPTICAL LABS

Sudarshan Eye Experts/ Vista Optical (956)541-4828

ORGANIZATIONS-NON-PROFIT

American Heart Association (956)984-0201

American Red CrossSouth Texas Chapter (956)423-0523

Associacion de Maquiladoras de Matamoros (868)810-7000

Brownsville Chamber of Commerce (956)542-4341

Brownsville Community Foundation (956)546-8787

Brownsville CrimeStoppers (956)546-TIPS

(956)541-5560 See ad page 62

Brownsville Junior Service League (956)455-9269

Brownsville Literacy Center (956)542-8080

Brownsville Local Development Co., Inc. (956)548-6150

Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

(956)544-7165

Healthy Communities of Brownsville (956)882-5067

IDEA Public Schools (956)373-5814

March of Dimes Foundation (956)682-7114

Moody Clinic

(956)542-8504

Mother of Perpetual Help Nursing Home (956)546-6745

Mr. Amigo Association (956)455-1432

Paseo de la Resaca Landscape & Lighting Maint. District (956)504-6550

R.G.V. Wing Commemorative Air Force (956)541-8585 See ad page 71

Rio Grande Council, Boy Scouts of America (956)423-0250

Rotary Club of Brownsville (956)371-0481

Rotary Club of Brownsville (956)371-0481

Rotary Club of Brownsville Sunrise (800)838-1243

Sombrero Festival, LTD (956)831-4278

Teach for America (956)630-6781

Teach for America (956)630-6781

Tech Prep of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. (956)364-4509

Tip of Texas Family Outreach (956)541-5566

TMC-Teaching & Mentoring Communities (956)464-5000

(956)542-0941 See ad page 59

United Blood Services

Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts

Valley AIDS Council

(956)831-9590

Brownsville/SPI Board of Realtors (956)546-8920

Cameron County Children Advocacy Centers, Inc. (956)986-2770

OFFICE-SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT & FURNITURE

Friendship of Women, Inc.

(956)831-9303

Brownsville Historical Association

(956)504-0900

100 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

(956)605-8727

(956)542-3545

Take Two Variety Band (956)546-7855

Office Furniture USA

Brownsville Elks Lodge #1032

MUSIC - LESSONS

(956)542-2503

Brownsville Sheet Metal Works, Inc.

Kearfott Corp. Motion Systems Division

(956)548-9300 See ad page 54

METAL FABRICATORS

(956)504-9450

(956)882-5896

(956)541-5560 See ad page 62

(956)554-0700 See ad page 61

MARKETS

Brownsville Farmer’s Market

Brownsville Historical Association

(956)542-0941 See ad page 59

Specialty Advertisers (956)986-0958

MUSEUMS

NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT FOR AEROSPACE INDUSTRY

Cameron County Drainage District No. 1 (956)838-0162

CASA of Cameron & Willacy Counties, Inc. (956)546-6545

(956)213-7500 (956)541-2600

Workforce Solutions Cameron (956)548-6700 See ad page 24

Zonta Club of Brownsville #451 (956)346-2114

PACKAGING

Gulf Packaging (956)504-9999


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PHYSICIANS-COSMETIC SURGEON

Jamestown Plastics, Inc.

Clinica Del Rey Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Center

PAINTING-COMMERCIAL

PHYSICIANS-FAMILY PRACTICE

(956)831-8800

Chris Sepulveda Commercial Painting (956)536-2419 See ad page 11

PAINTS-MANUFACTURING, DEALERS & CONTRACTORS

Chris Sepulveda Commercial Painting (956)536-2419 See ad page 11

Tony Martinez Paints (956)455-4259

(956)341-3680

Paul A. Lenz, M.D., P.A. (956)544-6111

Zavaleta Family Health (956)698-5040

PHYSICIANS-INTERNAL MEDICINE

Irina A. Minina, MD, PLLC (956)542-2188

PHYSICIANS-NEUROLOGICAL SURGEONS

Madhavan Pisharodi, M.D. (956)541-6725

PARKING LOT - TRUCKING

Rivera’s Forwarding Service (956)546-2446

Rivera’s Forwarding Service (956)546-2446

PARTY HALL

Boogedy Bear’s Partyland (956)541-6920

PATIOS-CUSTOM & BRICK PAVING

Tropical Patios, Inc. (956)428-7073

Boys and Girls Clinic (956)831-0880

Brownsville Pediatric & Adolescent Care (956)548-1100 See ad page 33

Dr. Everett Nievera (956)544-4700

PHYSICIANS-PHYSIATRIST

Active Life Rehabilitation Center (956)546-7530 See ad page 104

PHYSICIANS-RADIOLOGISTS

Valley Radiologists & Associates (956)421-3041

PHYSICIANS-OBSTETRICSGYNECOLOGY

Brownsville Obstetrics & Gynecology Assoc., PLLC (956)550-8733

Dr. Francisco J. Del Castillo,M.D. (956)350-8788

PHYSICIANS-SURGEONS-SPECIALISTS

Manuel G. Guajardo, M.D.P.A. (956)350-5007 See ad page 3

(956)504-6880

Rose Gowen, M.D. P.A. (956)504-6880 (956)350-4821

PIG IRON AND FERROALLOYS

Gulmar, Inc.

(956)831-4547

(956)554-0293

(956)580-8087

First Cash Financial Services

Roman’s Plumbing

First Cash Financial Services (956)546-4270

PAYROLL SERVICES

PaySmart Payroll Service (956)546-1655

PHOTOGRAPHY-STUDIO-VIDEO

Edith Saldaña Photography (956)543-3993

Juan Carlos Photography and Design (956)639-0849

PHYSICIAN RECRUITING & CONSULTING

Valley Medical Recruiting (956)459-6618

PHYSICIANS

David Champion, M.D., P.A. (956)542-4100

RGV Vein, Laser & Aesthetic Clinic (956)350-6561 See ad page 37

PHYSICIANS-CARDIOLOGISTS

Arrhythmia Consultants of South Texas (956)550-8700

Dr. Jaime L. Silva, M.D. (956)546-5500

(956)350-5007 Quality aesthetic products & services from a name you now & trust. Surgical procedures under local anesthesia include Tumescent Liposuction/Liposculpting and Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck). Call us today for your FREE consultation. See ad page 3

Dr. Juan Mancillas, FACOG (956)546-0369

(956)423-1208

PORT AUTHORITY

Brownsville Navigation District (Port of Brownsville) (956)831-4592 See ad page 26

PRINTERS, PUBLISHERS, TYPESETTERS & GRAPHICS

Manrique Custom Vision Center

(956)548-1301

D-Sign Print Solutions FedEx Office & Print Center (956)504-6002

(956)430-9000

Gateway Printing & Office Supply, Inc.

Sudarshan Eye Experts/ Vista Optical

Professional Printing, Inc.

(956)541-4828

PHYSICIANS-ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS

Oliver Achleitner, M.D., P.A. (956)982-6982

Christopher E. Olson, M.D., P.A. (956)544-6727 See ad page 12

PHYSICIANS-PEDIATRICIANS

Brownsville Children’s Clinic (956)544-5557

Brownsville Kiddie Health Center (956)504-6080

PROFESSIONAL & BUSINESS ORGANIZATION

Brownsville Elks Lodge #1032 (956)542-3545

National Hispanic Professional Organization (956)908-6941

Rotary Club of Brownsville (956)371-0481

Rotary Club of Brownsville

(956)546-0632 (956)541-2901

The Printers Border Press (956)831-2793

Unlimited Printing (956)542-3232

Rotary Club of Brownsville Sunrise (800)838-1243

Zonta Club of Brownsville #451 (956)346-2114

PUBLICATIONS

Border Technology Enterprise, Inc. (956)574-9000

Digital Office Systems (956)554-3900

Brownsville Group Services

Holtzman Property Company (956)982-4540

The User-Friendly Phone Book, LLC (877)235-0708

RACKS

Valley Warehouse Rack & Supply (956)455-0198

RAILROAD

Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railroad (956)831-7731 See ad page 29

RAILROAD CONSTRUCTION

South Texas Railroad Construction Co. (956)831-4030

REAL ESTATE APPRAISERSDEVELOPERS-INVESTORS

Border Properties, Inc. (956)546-3551

Cameron Appraisal District (956)399-9322

Robinson, Duffy & Barnard, L.L.P. (956)428-4480

University Park, Ltd. REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENTINDUSTRIAL

Allex International Properties (956)425-6199

Coastal Realty (956)541-9000

Warehouse Group, LLC (956)546-3551

Amigoland Event Center (956)504-7230

Brownsville Events Center (956)554-0700 See ad page 61

REAL ESTATECOMMERCIAL PROPERTIES

Coastal Realty

Brownsville Museum of Fine Art (956)542-0941 See ad page 59

(956)541-9000

Holtzman Property Company (956)982-4540

Casa Los Ebanos/ Los Ebanos Preserve (956)399-3543

REAL ESTATE-DEVELOPERS

Cardenas Development Company, Inc. (956)542-8919 See ad page 49

Ringgold Civic Pavilion (956)547-6850 See ad page 62

RECREATION-ENTERTAINMENT

Laguna Development Group, Ltd.

Brownsville Tennis Center (956)547-8326

(956)541-8900

Gladys Porter Zoo (956)546-7187 See ad page 7

South Padre Island Golf Club (800) 455-5600 4742 Holts Prairie Rd., P.O. Box 306 Pinckneyville, IL 62274 www.communitylink.com

(956)761-2040

RECEPTION FACILITIES REAL ESTATECOMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL

(956)504-6550

CommunityLink

Troy Giles Realty & Management

(956)982-0462

Outstanding Development, Ltd.

(956)412-2029 PRINTERS-LASER SERVICE & SUPPLIES

REAL ESTATE - PROPERTY TAX INFORMATION

(956)371-0481

Allegra Printing & Imaging

(956)504-7150 PHYSICIANS-OPTOMETRIST, MEDICAL EYE SPECIALIST

(956)542-8256

PLUMBERS

Ram’s Plumbing

Manuel G. Guajardo, M.D.P.A.

American Investigations & Security Int’l

(956)350-3901

Amigo Pawn & Jewelry

(956)546-7296

PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS-SECURITY SERVICES/CIVIL PROCESS

Southern Texas Physicians Network-Brownsville

Rose Gowen, M.D. P.A.

J. Gabriel Guajardo, MD PAWN SHOPS

PHYSICIANS-PEDIATRICIANS/ ADOLESCENT CARE

(956)943-5678

RECYCLING PAPER MATERIAL

Brownsville Scrap Paper, Inc.

Weingarten Realty Investors (713)866-6025

(956)838-1999

MTZ Group, LLC

REAL ESTATE-MANAGEMENT

Troy Giles Realty & Management

(956)832-2220

RECYCLING SERVICES

Brownsville Scrap Paper, Inc.

(956)761-2040

(956)838-1999

Vizta Property Development (956)725-1297

REAL ESTATE-RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL

All Star Realtors (956)546-3378

Mervis Texas L.P. (956)838-0011 See ad page 13

MTZ Group, LLC (956)832-2220

Trinity Scrap Processors dba Port of Brownsville Recycling

B-Town Realty, LLC

(956)831-6707

(956)541-2200 See ad page 46

Border Properties, Inc. (956)546-3551

RECYCLING SERVICES - COOKING OIL

Fatty Chem By-Products (956)233-5691

CENTURY 21 Johnston Company

REHABILITATION-PHYSICAL THERAPYOCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

(956)541-8073

Dutch Fisher Real Estate (956)546-3474 See ad page 47

Active Life Rehabilitation Center (956)546-7530 See ad page 104

E.R.A Sunrise Realty (956)542-8333

John Wood & Associates Realty, LLC (956)778-7175

Brownsville Rehabilitation Services, P.C. (956)982-8907

Manna Therapy Services (956)541-6976

One Stop Realty, GMAC

(866)551-7867 Your ONE STOP for all your real estate needs - National Award Winner for the last 3 consecutive years for being one of the top 5 and top 10 companies to excel in closed unit sales. Call us. Our expertise can work for you.

Gilbert J. Ortiz Insurance & Real Estate (956)542-8723

Rancho Viejo Realty (956)350-0099

Moody Clinic

(956)542-8504

South Texas Rehabilitation Hospital (956)554-6000

Synergy Outpatient Therapy Services (956)544-4500

RENTALS-CONSTRUCTIONPETRO CHEMICAL EQUIPMENT

RSC Equipment Rental (956)544-1856

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Rentals-Party Equipment

Maury Collections (956)371-2553

Rental World, LLC (956)546-6666

Tejas Equipment Rental & Sales (956)542-3636

United Rentals (956)546-9060

Fajitas Grill

(956)350-2200

Frullati Cafe

(956)541-8002

Inca Del Sol

(956)541-2929

Jason’s Deli

(956)350-2400

La Michoacana Meat Market (956)546-7255

McDonald’s

(956)554-7715

Mr. Gatti’s

(956)546-6221 Restaurants

Amazonia Restaurant Bar & Lounge (956)982-2122

Amberjack’s Bar & Grill

(956)761-6500 ~* Make Sure to Book Your Events Here* ~ Featuring the Freshest Seafood & Aged Prime Steaks Location Perfect for Sunset Dinners & Bayside Dining

Antonio’s Restaurant (956)542-6504

Antonio’s Restaurant

Pelican Station, Inc. (956)943-3344

Philly’s Americana Cheesesteaks (956)554-7000

RGV Pizza Hut, L.L.C. (956)542-3400

Quiznos Sub

(956)350-8988

Quiznos Sub

(956)350-8988

Ricardo’s International Cuisine LLC

(956)542-6504

(956)544-2069 See ad page 61

Big Daddys Burgers and Shakes

Rudy’s Bar-B-Q

(956)542-0555

Brownsville Coffee Shop No. 2, Inc. (956)542-9650 See ad page 61

C & C Wings

(956)831-3460

Carinos Italian (956)986-2550

Chick-fil-A

(956)350-9488

Chick-Fil-A at Sunrise Mall (956)541-4222

Chili’s Bar & Grill (956)574-9955

Church’s Chicken (956)546-7762

Cobbleheads Bar & Grill (956)546-6224

Cobblestone Court Restaurant (956)982-0911 See ad page 54

Coyote Canyon A Steak Buffet (956)350-3999

Dairy Queen

(956)787-8770

Dairy Queen West (956)542-0680

Ace Eateries dba Denny’s (956)687-9511

Ace Eateries dba Denny’s (956)554-3042

El Pato Mexican Food, L.P. (956)547-9100

El Pollo Loco Restaurant (956)554-3450

Elva’s Restaurant Bar & Grill (956)504-3371

(956)542-2532

Savor The Sip Cafe (956)350-7470

Shenanigans Irish Pub & Grill (956)986-2337 See ad page 49

Shoney’s

(956)504-1500

Taco Palenque Del Valle, L.L.C. (956)544-8400

Taco Pueblito, LLC (956)312-0555

Texas Roadhouse (956)554-9900

Wink’s Saloon Grill & Roping Arena (956)399-9465

Restaurants - Fine Dining

Garcia’s Curios & Liquors (800)769-2470

La Pampa Argentinean Steak House (956)504-5858

Scampi’s Restaurant & Bar (956)761-1755

Valley International Country Club (956)546-5331

Restaurants - Matamoros

Fortin de Bravo Restaurant Bar & Grill (868)817-5209

Garcia’s Curios & Liquors (800)769-2470

Mi Pueblito Restaurant (956)455-3543 See ad page 71

Retail - Duty Free

Baja Duty Free (956)550-9300

UETA Duty Free Stores (956)546-3996

Roofing Contractor

American Contracting U.S.A, Inc. (956)748-4030

Owen Roofing Company (956)546-6638

RV Parks

Gulf Breeze Mobile & R.V. Park (956)831-4606

Rio R.V. Park, Inc. (866)279-1775

River Bend Resort, Inc. (956)548-0191

Tino’s Seafood (956)541-2451

Tony Roma’s

(956)986-2884

Uchi Japanese Restaurant (956)547-8244

Vermillion Restaurant (956)542-9893 See ad page 25

Whataburger #740 (956)831-0761

Whataburger #777 (956)350-8863

Whataburger #801 (956)542-8044

Whataburger, Inc. #280 (956)546-2572

Whataburger, Inc. #283

Salvage Companies

Brownsville U-Pull-It, Inc. (956)838-2800

Sanitary ware and tile distributors

Valley Commerce Corp. Scales-Sales, Service & Rental

Weight & Test Solutions, Inc. (956)350-4588

Schools, Colleges & Education

Allied Skills Training Center (956)548-2100 See ad page 41

Border Tech School

Whataburger, Inc. #500

Brownsville Independent School District

Wings Pizza N Things

(956)548-8000 See ad page 13

Wingstop

Brownsville Montessori Academy

(956)546-6700

102 Brownsville Chamber of Commerce

Episcopal Day School (956)542-5231

Guadalupe Regional Middle School (956)504-5568

Harmony Science Academy -Brownsville (956)574-9555

IDEA Public Schools (956)373-5814

Incarnate Word Academy (956)546-4486 See ad page 66

Inter-Tech Technical School (956)554-9664

Learn 2 Center, LLC (956)550-0041

Livingway Family Church & School (956)548-2223 See ad page 69

Matthews Institute of Languages (868)812-1166

Premier High School of Brownsville

(956)525-4530

Seafood Brokers

Shrimp Outlet (956)831-8114

Security Guard Services

Valley Wide Security (956)544-4726

Security-Products, Systems, Burglar & Fire Alarms & Companie

Argus Security Systems/ASG (800)683-7487

Dalco Protection Systems (956)541-6056

Security Depot, Inc. (956)973-1666

Southwestern Security Services, Inc. (956)546-4141 (956)544-4726

Sesame Products

Dipasa U.S.A., Inc. (956)831-4072

Sheet Metal-Welding

(956)550-0084

Raul Yzaguirre School for Success

Fel-Glo, Inc.

(956)542-2404

Saint Joseph Academy (956)542-3581 See ad page 66

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute (956)554-3515

Southern Careers Institute (956)550-9962

St. Mary’s Catholic School (956)546-1805

Teacherbuilder.com (956)455-9982

(956)546-4517 (956)838-1234

Ship & Offshore Oil Rig Construction & Repair

Keppel AmFELS, Inc. (956)831-8220

United Marine Shipyard (409)833-7070

ShipbreakingDismantling Services

All Star Metals, LLC (956)838-2110

ESCO Marine, Inc.

Texas Southmost College District

(956)831-8300

The University of Texas at Brownsville

(956)831-2299

(956)882-6567

(956)882-8200 See ad page 39

Villa Maria Language Institute (956)546-7196

ESCO Marine, Inc. (956)831-8300

Trinity Scrap Processors dba Port of Brownsville Recycling (956)831-6707

Wilkinson Jim Iron & Metal, Inc. (956)546-4042 See ad page 19

Seafood

Marco Sales, Inc. (956)541-4821

Perfect Crab Company (956)504-2006

Shrimp Outlet (956)831-8114

Shortline Railroad

Brownsville & Rio Grande International Railroad (956)831-7731 See ad page 29

Shredding Services-Metal

Rio Grande Shredding Company (956)831-3500

Shredding Services-Paper

Lone Star Shredding & Document Storage (956)565-1200

Shrimpers-Trawlers

Lasseigne Enterprises, Inc. (956)831-4331

Snodgrass Inc. (956)831-3210

Valley Wide Security

Brownsville Sheet Metal Works, Inc.

Scrap Metal

(956)465-4487

(956)350-2229

(956)547-8200 See ad page 39

(956)831-7101

(956)546-2361 (956)542-0963

Career Centers of TexasBrownsville

International Shipbreaking LTD, L.L.C. Shoes

Andre

(956)668-6601

Country Casuals, Inc. (956)546-3771

Shopping Centers-Malls

Las Campanas Center (956)504-6550

Las Campanas Center (956)504-6550

North Park Plaza Shopping Center (956)542-4128

Outstanding Development, Ltd. (956)504-6550

Sunrise Mall

(956)541-5302

Terreas Advance Community Development (956)547-7777

Signs

CM Graphics & Signs (956)421-2114

Ernie’s Fiesta Graphics (956)546-1722

Sign Solution (956)554-0402

The Sign Depot (956)547-9797

Signs - Electrical

AAA Electrical Sign (800)825-5376

Small Business Opportunity

Farmers Insurance District Office (956)383-8841

Social Service Organizations

Friendship of Women, Inc. (956)544-7412

Housing Authority of the City of Brownsville (956)541-8315

Tip of Texas Family Outreach (956)541-5566

United Way of Southern Cameron County (956)548-6880

Valley AIDS Council (956)541-2600

Social Services - Abused & Neglected Children

Cameron County Children Advocacy Centers, Inc. (956)986-2770

CASA of Cameron & Willacy Counties, Inc. (956)546-6545

Solar Panels - Wind Turbines

Free Energy Solutions, LLC (956)572-9753

Solid Waste-CommercialRecycling

G.M.S. Waste Disposal (956)544-2100

Red River Service Corporation (956)233-6805


Membership Directory Speech Services

Valley Speech Language & Learning Center (956)504-2200

Sporting Goods

El Toro Sporting Goods, Inc. (956)542-3156

Sports

Theaters-Live

Camille Playhouse (956)542-8900

Tire Dealers - New

Pueblo Tires & Services (956)542-8473

Valley Tire Shop & Road Service (956)986-2828

American Firing Range, Inc. (956)542-2285

American Firing Range, Inc. (956)542-2285

Loma Alta Trap & Skeet, Inc. (956)371-7436

Rio Grande Valley Professional Hockey Club (956)843-7825

Rio Grande Valley Vipers (956)972-1144

Steamship Agents

Dix Shipping Company, Inc. (956)831-4228

Steel Sales

SGS Industrial Supplies (956)831-4291

Stevedores-Warehouse Facilities

Title Companies

Rio Grande Valley Abstract Co., Inc. (956)542-4367

Sierra Title Company (956)541-9893 See ad page 51

Southern Texas Title Company Stewart Title Cameron County (956)546-4533

Tool & Die Molds-Design & Repair

Rio Grande Tool Co., Inc. (956)831-8249

Tortilla Factory-TamalesMenudo - BBQ

Anita’s Tortilleria (956)542-8497

Anita’s Tortilleria

Gulf Stream Marine, Inc.

La Milpa Tortilleria

(956)831-6766

Schaefer Stevedoring (956)831-4007

Storage - Household & Commercial

A-Bay Self Storage (956)982-7887

Affordable Attic (956)428-4040

Surveyors

Mejia & Rose, Inc. (956)544-3022

(956)542-8497 (956)541-7079

Townhomes & Condos

BrandyWyne Apartments/ B-Wyne Management, LP (956)542-7159

Conquistador East Apartments (956)982-0323

Paseo Plaza Apartments (956)541-6868

Aloha Pools of Texas (956)592-1550

Television-Radio Stations

KGBT - TV 4

(956)366-4444

KRGV - TV 5

(956)544-5555

KTLM - TV- Telemundo (956)686-0040

KVEO - TV NBC 23

Ignite Consultants Plus Lone Star Professional Services (956)544-6200

(868)812-0202

Tennis Centers

Brownsville Tennis Center (956)547-8326

Utilities-Water Travel Agencies

The Travel Agency (956)542-6773

Travel Information & Marketing

Brownsville Convention & Visitors Bureau (956)546-3721

El Jardin Water Supply Corporation (956)831-9981

(956)542-7301

Specialty Advertisers (956)986-0958

Truck Equipmment & Parts

Nuga Diesel, Inc. (956)548-0984

Truck Parts - Wholesale Import-Export

Castex Export, Inc. (956)541-7169

Trucking Companies

Bestway Refrigerated Service

Mercator International, Inc. (956)243-2190

Mercator International, Inc. Veterinarians

Boca Chica Animal Hospital (956)541-5249

Companion Animal Hospital (956)544-5868

RTW Terminals (956)831-7117

Translation & Interpreting Services

A.M. International Language Services (956)542-8149

Transportation

Brownsville Urban System (956)541-4881

Firebird Bulk Carriers, Inc. (956)832-0888

Pronto Carriers, Inc. (956)831-0117

Trimac Transportation (956)831-4405

Warehouse-Leasing

McNair & Company, Inc. (956)541-5276

Oakcrest Management, Inc. (956)838-1133

Parker & Company (956)831-2000 See ad page 19

Warehouse Group, LLC (956)546-3551

(956)831-7825

Chema’s Trucking, LLC (956)838-2343

R. Soto Transport Trucking (956)459-4291

Seahorse Transportation (956)831-0600

Valley Trucking Co., Inc. (956)831-4511

Tugboats & Barges

Signet Maritime Corporation

(956)546-1696

Acetylene Oxygen Company (956)546-1696

U.S. Herr Industrial Metals Co., Inc. (956)504-9450

(956)243-2190

C.H. Harden, Jr. Advertising Specialties

Welding Supplies & Equipment

Acetylene Oxygen Company

Vending Machines

Trophies & Plaques

Warehouse-Leasing-Distribution

Loera Customs Brokerage, Inc. (956)831-9000

Navco Logistics, LLC (956)542-4138

Parker & Company (956)831-2000 See ad page 19

Port Warehouse Properties, L.P. (956)592-3439

(956)838-6800

Warehouse-Storage

Western Wear & Supplies

Cavender’s Western Outfitter (956)350-3355

Wholesale Produce Distributor

Rio Grande Okra Sales, Inc. (956)350-5151

Tommy Boy’s Country Farmer’s Market (956)621-3446

Wholesalers

SAM’S CLUB

(956)350-6917 WholesalersStore Fixtures & Supplies

Kennedy Bag Impressions, Inc. (956)350-9172

Wrecker Service

Tony’s Wrecker Service (956)542-0770

Youth Organizations & Centers

Brownsville Junior Service League (956)455-9269

UTB Center for Civic Engagement - Kids Voting USA - Brownsville (956)882-7659

Zoological & Botanical Gardens

Gladys Porter Zoo (956)546-7187 See ad page 7

A-Bay Self Storage (956)982-7887

Scrub-Inn

(956)554-0159 UniformsLinens Supplies & Service

Cintas The Service Professionals (956)565-9996

Trans Loading-Liquid Storage & Blending

(956)544-2323

Radio Dual, S.A. de C.V.

(866)225-5683 See ad page 69

(956)831-9954

Uniforms/ Workwear - Medical Training-Professional Development

(956)459-2138 Swimming Pool Contractors, Service, Equip. & Maint.

Terrier Transportation, Inc.

Magic Valley Electric Co-Op

(956)542-6777

Dix Shipping Company, Inc. (956)831-4228

Transportation-LogisticsWarehousing

G & K Services

Brownsville Gulfside Warehouse, Inc. (956)831-4241

Waste and Sanitation Services Sanitation/Residential

Allied Waste

(800)423-7316

(956)797-2573

Water Treatment-Bottled Utilities

Brownsville Public Utilities Board (956)983-6100 See ad page 11

Magic Valley Electric Co-Op (866)225-5683 See ad page 69

Texas Gas Service (800)743-2945

Utilities-Electric

Brownsville Public Utilities Board (956)983-6100 See ad page 11

Culligan Water of the Rio Grande Valley (956)399-1780

Web Design Development & Hosting

Astral Axiom

(956)466-0677 See ad page 28 Weighing Services

International Construction Services (956)689-0248

Quality Weighing Services, Inc. (956)831-8253

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