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JUNE 2016 -Vol. 11 No. 12-

Remembering how Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc. Started 40 Years Ago

EXCLUSIVE Josh Stockel

Dennis E. Nixon

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Will Collins in Big Development League James “Will” Collins, Jr.

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CONTENTS 4 Publisher’s Word 5 The Responsibility to Vote Now, by Dean Mario Reyna 6 Exclusive – Will Collins in Big Development League 8 New Steel Coil Company from New Mexico and California Sets Shop in Mission, Texas, by Mike Willis 9 “Sacred Cows” Slowing You Down? By Josh Stockel 10 A Prime Hotel in McAllen Drury Suites, by Viviana Ozuna 11 Voluntarism, a Serious Matter for Terracon and Lion’s Club 11 Spark Events in Mission, Great for Celebrations, by Crystal Kelly 12 Mission West Golf Club, Great Once Again, by Crystal Kelly 13 New Name for Edinburg School District’s football stadium honors Coach Richard R. Flores 14 Edinburg EDC Exec. Dir. Agustín García, Jr. announces Lowest Unemployment Rate among Valley’s cities for April 2016, by David Diaz 15 Magic Valley Electric Co-Op Provides Important Safety Programs for Employees and the Public

16 In a Historic Event McAllen / Reynosa Reaffirmed their Sister City Agreement 20 Five Life Lessons from 50 Years of Banking, by Dennis E. Nixon, IBC 21 Bert Ogden’s Augie and Johnny Reaching Out to Elementary Students 23 Ernest Aliseda joins McAllen office of Dykema Cox Smith 26 BIG Story - Affordable Homes of South Texas Celebrates 40th Anniversary 30 STC Engineering Students Transition to Texas A&M got easier 32 Christina Rivera honored in Austin 33 Dr. Havidán Rodríguez receives National Award for Advocacy of Workers’ Rights, Humanitarian Issues, by Gail Fagan 34 Rio South Texas Economic Council Hires New Executive Director 35 Edinburg State of the City 2016 42 Pharr Bridge Consolidated a Position for New Projects with CPB and Mexico 44 A Texas Tornado is Finally Winding Down in San Benito! By Pedro Ayala 46 Mexico Good News Report TBB


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dramatically increasing profitability, and driving business development for cAllen, Texas - Patty U.S. companies in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Rojas was born and Colombia and Central America where raised in Bogota, she landed top level accounts. Colombia, and after arriving in the United In Mexico, she landed accounts States, she quickly mastered English such as Sam’s, Walmart, Blockbuster, before graduating cum laude from the Soriana, Chedraui, Comercial Mexicana, University of Texas Pan American (now Costco and several more. In Puerto Rico, UTRGV). she developed strong She is fluent in relationships with the Spanish and also has a teams at Sam’s, Walmart natural understanding and Walgreens. In of the nuances in Latin Colombia, she launched American cultures, a video game accessories including the US and line at Panamericana the Rio Grande Valley’s and in Central America Hispanic market. she reached the market In the last 15 through a local distributor. years, Patty has gained “We are very diverse international excited to have Patty marketing, sales and as part of our team”, Patty Rojas public relations experience said Christopher Julian, which she has put to President of Advertir. work for companies such as Grupo “She will bring a great new dimension to Rio San Juan, COKeM International, our agency”, Julian concluded. General Mills, dreamGEAR, CTA Advertir, Inc. is a full-service Digital, Madrona, Inc., and ClubCorp Marketing and Advertising Agency based (Cimarron Country Club). She has in McAllen and has retained Patty Rojas also been recognized for establishing as their Business Development Manager. effective sales and marketing strategies, TBB



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Will Collins the Creator of Businesses and Opportunities


oung and aggressive developers don’t come around often. Much less people with vision with a desire to develop in multiple communities from San Antonio to the Rio Grande Valley. Our region is fortunate because James “Will” Collins. Jr., the principal of Terracor, Real Estate Services began an aggressive commercial development in different parts of the Valley. He is our feature Exclusive story this month. Will was born in McAllen, Texas

to James William Collins (Jim) and Kathleen Cook Collins (Kathy). He told Texas Border Business he has four siblings, Jennifer, Courtney, Caroline, and Vannie, all raised in McAllen. He is a graduate of McAllen High School, Class of 1999. He loves the outdoors and loves hunting, fishing and enjoys nature. He is a good tennis, soccer and baseball player, he grew up exercising these activities. During his junior year of college, he was hired by the Hunt Oil Company as a research analyst for their Latin America operations. Will worked at the Hunt Oil Company through graduation and later was hired by the Bush 2004 Presidential Campaign as an Advance Team Member. He is also very active with nonprofits; he organized and founded Friends for Hope, a nonprofit organization focused on raising money and community awareness for childhood James “Will” Collins, Jr.

cancer and blood diseases through social networking events for young professionals in the Rio Grande Valley. Read more about him and other projects that will impact the economy of this region. In this issue, also meet and learn more about Dennis E. Nixon, he is International Bancshares President and Chairman/CEO. He is one of the most accomplished bankers of our time. He is sharing with us his own Five Life Lessons from 50 Years of Banking, as IBC Bank celebrates its 50th anniversary. This is a must read story. In this issue also read an article written by Mario Reyna, the Dean for Business and Technology at South Texas College for 20 years. He reminds us all of The Responsibility to Vote Now.

And what is Pedro Ayala writing about? He brought an interesting story from San Benito, Texas. It will soon join the Rio Grande Valley family of museums. Ayala emphasizes that he means museum with a capital ‘M’, for Musicos, lots of Musicos. Here comes the modern shrine to Narciso Martinez, homage to Texas tornado Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex Conjunto Music and Texas-Mexican Border Heritage. Arriva San Benito! Josh Stockel is our newest Guest Writer. He is the Greater Mission Continued on page 43

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The Responsibility to Vote Now By Dean Mario Reyna

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e take voting for granted! In our short history there was a time when the only individuals that could vote were property owners, those that paid a poll tax and were a male. The governmental systems that existed in our early history had voting restrictions that excluded, African Americans, Catholics, women, and Jews. Wars have been fought and many people have paid the ultimate sacrifice to allow people the right to vote, yet so many Americans take this civic responsibility lightly. The current political environment calls for your involvement. You should not stand by the wayside and let things happen that you do not want. Do you want a wall? Then you should vote! Do you want a free college education? Then you should vote! Do you want a medical care system that takes care of all the American people? Then you should vote! Do you like the trade agreements? Then you should vote! Do you want America to become isolated? Then you should vote!

This political season is extremely exciting, and it is even more exciting due to the lightning speed of available communication. If you have not paid attention to the current environment, there is a Twitter war going on right now. Politicians are saying one thing online, something different on the radio and something different on TV. They change course as quick as a used car salesman (please don’t be offended) trying to close the deal in the minds of their potential constituents. For example, a politician will state, “I will make the rich pay” in one instance and backtrack one hour later. Another politician will state something about clean energy without thinking of the devastating consequences of what is going to happen to those individuals who do not work in clean energy projects, so the information is fast and furious. We, as informed citizens, must be vigilant to the consequences of policies being proposed by our candidates. Once you understand what they are proposing, then get behind them and do all that you can to support their policies or platform. The Twenty-sixth Amendment to the Constitution grants anyone at least eighteen years of age or older the right to vote, so many of you graduating from high school will have the first opportunity to study the political landscape and vote for the candidate of your choice.

Voting during this election season will give you satisfaction if your candidate wins or disappointment if he or she doesn’t. However, win or lose, you will have served a very important function which is to inform our political leaders what is in your mind. If there are many individuals that think like you, our political leaders will eventually come to your way of thinking. We, as Americans, have the power to vote our leaders into office. We believe in a constitution and our allegiance is to the constitution not an individual. We salute our flag and those that we elect into the highest office to show respect to the office they serve in. Voting doesn’t take that much time, so study the issues and go get your candidate elected. Mario Reyna has served as the Dean for Business and Technology at South Texas College for 20 years. Dean Reyna is a retired Air Force Captain with an additional 20 years of dedicated service. Thanks to his leadership, the South Texas College Division of Business and Technology has grown to serve more than 34,000 credit students in addition to creating partnerships with countless business and industry partners on both sides of the border. For more information, call 956-872-6116 or email reyna@ TBB


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Will Collins in Big Development League By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez

The son of prominent philanthropists takes on the challenge to create businesses and opportunities


ames “Will” Collins, Jr., the principal of Terracor, a real estate company, is becoming a familiar face in South Texas. A McAllen, Texas native, Will has started significant developments that will impact the economy of the metropolitan area of Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. During the fall of 2001, his academic background included attending La Fundación José Ortega y Gasset in Madrid, Spain for International Business Studies during which he took specialized courses on International Finance, European Business Culture and Ethics. In December 2003, Will graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX with a BBA in Finance and has taken specialized courses in Real Estate Fundamentals, Real Estate Valuation, Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management. Formerly a senior vice president for Vantage Bank Texas in San Antonio, he was responsible for originating $20MM in commercial loans over a twelvemonth period. He was also responsible for underwriting, originating, managing the funding process, and managing all commercial loan relationships originated. He was also recognized for being the top loan producer for the bank in 2012. Today, Will, is in the middle of his latest development now under construction at the corner of Expressway 83 and 29th Street in McAllen, Texas. Will told Texas Border Business that the project was named ‘Shops At 29’ and will feature Bubba’s 33 which has three

Jim Collins addressing guests that attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Dave & Buster’s. In the back from L-R: City Commissioner Trey Pebley and Mike Corbell, Director for Dave & Buster’s in the state of Texas. restaurants in one. According to founder and CEO, Kent Taylor, this eatery has a family dining section, the garage bar, and a dining area with a bar. They stone bake pizzas in-house, grind burgers, and even bake their buns from scratch. Shops At 29 will become a fast destination for patrons from all over the South Texas border region and Mexico. It also will be featuring Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, a fast casual

City Manager Roy Rodriguez proudly wearing a Dave & Buster’s T-shirt, with Jim Collins.

restaurant chain that specializes in various sandwiches and burgers, as well as frozen custard. Freddy’s also has a few varieties of beef and chicken burgers, and sandwiches. In addition to 3 different hot dogs: Freddy’s Hot Dog, Chicago Dog-Freddy’s Style, and a Chili Cheese Dog. In the mix comes Burlington Coat Factory, a very popular store that sells quality products at 65% off compared to other retailers’ prices. They proudly say; “You NEVER have to wait for a sale or clip coupons to get an amazing deal.” Ross clothing store will also be part of the shopping center, which offers a variety of women’s clothes at a lesser price. On June 1, 2016, the young developer in conjunction with the City of McAllen broke ground for the upcoming Dave & Buster’s (D&B) project, which is set to open in the second quarter of 2017, offering residents the only place to eat, drink, play, and watch sports. Will pointed out that Dave & Buster's (D&B) complements Shops At 29 significantly, which will offer 200,000 square feet of shopping, dining, and entertainment to McAllen and the surrounding communities. The 30,000 sq. ft. D&B entertainment destination is an ideal fit for the west development of the city, as McAllen continues to grow to make entertainment a top priority. Rebecca Olaguibel, the retail and business development director for

McAllen, acted as master of the ceremony and said, “We are here at Shops At 29, one of the most vibrant and beautiful new developments that the City of McAllen has to offer, thanks to Terracor Development Services.” Mayor Jim Darling told Texas Border Business the city had pursued Dave & Buster’s in the past because there was a genuine interest in bringing them to the city. According to Mayor Darling, the concept is unique and its proximity to the McAllen Convention Center area makes it an exciting venue. Will told Texas Border Business that he and his team were extremely excited to have a first class operator like Dave & Buster’s join the Shops At 29. He also recognized the efforts of the city and how they work to get things done that is important to the city. “I want to thank the City of McAllen for all their hard work and dedication to bringing Dave & Buster’s to McAllen.” He said, “It’s been a long, hard-fought process not without a lot of really tough competition. Without the help and support of Roy Rodriguez, Kevin Pagan, Michelle Leftwich and especially Rebecca Olaguibel and the support of Mayor Darling and the City Commission this would not have been possible.” Roy Rodriguez, the manager of the City of McAllen, was elated to have worked on the Dave & Buster’s project. Aside from saying that he ‘often hears that Continued on page 7

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God loves McAllen,' which was received with resounding applause, he added, “This entertainment destination will be a place for families from across the region to enjoy and create lifetime memories.” To his credit, Will was part of a group that put together a sophisticated deal about Dave & Buster’s, that could only ever have happened by bringing together seasoned individuals. Rodriguez explained how the deal was structured, specifically what the city had offered as part of the incentive package to bring such a unique venue to McAllen. On April 27, 2016, during the announcement, Rodriguez said that McAllen will pay for all "tenant improvements after all work is

completed and open for business” by Dave and Buster's up to $3.3 million, according to the agreement -- $110 per sq. ft. for the approximately a 30,000 sq. ft. building. Dave and Buster's must submit invoices and other records to McAllen before receiving the tenant improvement money. The City Commission also approved a complex rent guarantee agreement with developer James W. Collins Jr. Dave and Buster's will pay the developer "percentage rent," which will be calculated based on the entertainment center's gross sales. * If the percentage rent falls below $194,202 annually during the first five years of the 15-year lease, McAllen will pay the developer the difference each year. * If the percentage rent falls below $213,622 annually during the second five

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years of the 15-year lease, McAllen will pay the developer the difference each year. * If the percentage rent falls below $234,948 annually during the third five years of the 15-year lease, McAllen will pay the developer the difference each year. Once the developer collects about $3.2 million from a combination of the percentage rent paid by Dave and Buster's and rent grants provided by the city, McAllen will make no further payments to the developer. The agreement allows McAllen to recoup the cost of the tenant improvements paid to Dave and Buster's and any rent grants paid to the developer. After the developer collects about $3.2 million, McAllen will receive the percentage rent from Dave and Buster's until the tenant improvement costs and any rent grants have been repaid. McAllen and the developer will split any percentage rent payments from that point through the 15th year of the lease. Rodriguez had been very much a part of the effort to make this happen. “In fact,” he said. “I remember flying to Dallas; Commissioner Scott Crane was with us when we first tried to talk to Dave & Buster’s about coming down to McAllen.” Steve Ahlenius, president, and CEO of the McAllen Chamber offered this opinion about Dave & Buster’s coming to McAllen, “Well, I think it’s a huge success story for McAllen, it speaks well of McAllen.” He said, “I don’t think Dave & Buster’s will build several of these locations in South Texas, having it in McAllen makes sense.” Steve also pointed out that this project brings another element to having entertainment. “Will Collins knows what he’s doing as far as development, he has put the pieces of the puzzle together, and I think they’re going to have great success here.”


Jim and Kathy Collins The significance of this venue for the region is a positive economic impact. D&B’s specialty is family entertainment, where friends can get together, have fun, have a delicious dinner, play games, and connect with each other. Rebecca Olaguibel was asked, what was the scope of the strategy? “For retail recruitment, it is a very narrow range. The retail that we recruit to McAllen has to be destination type and first to market. So the retailers that we’re looking at for recruitment to our area, part of our requirement is that they have at least a 200mile draw.” “Also part of the strategy behind retail under this development for the city of McAllen is to not only provide quality of life but to seek out venues that are unique to our area. This venue is going to be second to none”, Rebecca said. Douglas G. Bready, Regional President for Vantage Bank and longtime friend of the Collins family, said while this reporter was interviewing Will Collins, “Don’t forget, anything that’s worth doing takes a while to get done properly. If you rush, you make mistakes.” Mike Corbell, the regional operating director for D&B, made the announcement that Raul Gonzalez, the assistant to the general manager in San Antonio had been Continued on page 9


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E By Mike Willis

New Steel Coil Company from New Mexico and California Sets Shop in Mission, Texas


he Mission Industrial Park now houses the newest manufacturing company in the region- Southwest Steel Coil. The Mission and McAllen Economic Development Corp. respectively, assisted them in their expansion into the south Texas border region. They are the newest member of South Texas Manufacturing Association (STMA) as well, increasing our total membership to a new high of 152 companies. STMA welcomes Southwest Steel Coil company to south Texas. Southwest Steel Coil has completed the construction of their new facility at 1014 Business Park Drive in Mission. With the addition of this facility and their plants in Santa Teresa, New Mexico and Mira Loma, California, they are now positioned to provide 24-hour delivery service to their manufacturing customers in Mexico and the USA border regions. They are an ISO 9001-2008 certified company. The company has evolved into a service center business, particularly focused on contract business with complex supply chain management, and Kanban inventory management for Just-In-Time deliveries. Material offerings include flat-rolled low carbon, high carbon, stainless steel, alloy, galvanized, pre-painted, and aluminum.

Southwest Steel Coil in Mission is a subsidiary of Calstrip Industries, and provides innovative steel solutions to metal stamping companies who convert slit rolls and sheets of steel into components for manufacturing of a wide variety of products- from household appliances, power tools, electrical construction materials, and more. How their Production Process works: They receive large rolls of steel by railroad car and truck, and their sophisticated machinery converts them into large but narrower rolls, cut to exact customer

specifications. Other manufacturers here and in Mexico who are in the metal stamping business order rolls of various types and thicknesses of steel to be cut by them to the exact width needed for specific components their customers need. This ensures there is little waste in the manufacturing process. This is a perfect illustration of the "Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3" supply chain we often reference when we talk about manufacturing plants. For example, a washing machine may be assembled by a large, labor-intensive factory in Mexico

(Tier 1). Some of the components would be manufactured under contract by a metal stamping company (Tier 2) and shipped to the factory in Mexico to be installed during the assembly process. The metal stamping plant would get their raw materials from a company like Southwest Steel Coil (Tier 3). This is how our region can benefit when manufacturing jobs are created in Mexico. Typically, the component manufacturers are very capital-intensive, and the attraction of the low labor costs in Mexico are not as important as energy, infrastructure, building cost, etc. The safety, security, and quality of life offered by living in the USA is another consideration for many companies. In our region, we have a unique location advantage and can offer the best of both worlds to the industry- especially those who are not as capital-intensive as large assembly plants. Mike Willis is a Texas Border Business Guest Writer and has been Executive Director of the South Texas Manufacturers Association since 2003. Mike has 25 years’ experience as both a Plant Manager and Operations Manager in the manufacturing sector. For the past ten years, he has also worked in leadership positions in the Business Services division at Workforce Solutions, the regional Workforce Development Board serving Hidalgo, Starr, and Willacy Counties. TBB

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assigned to manage the McAllen location. “First of all, I just want to tell you how overwhelmed I am for the welcome here,” Corbel said. Dave & Buster’s operates 86 stores nationwide; Corbel is the director over the whole state of Texas, so this will be his 12th store. “I’ve been here for a day now; I think this is going to be one of my strongest units, if not the strongest in my region,” Corbel said. McAllen City Commissioner Trey Pebley said, “As a city commissioner, it gives me great pride that we were able to fulfill several goals with the addition of Dave & Buster’s to our fine city. One is enhancing the quality of life for our residents; two, is creating new jobs; and three, is maintaining, and improving McAllen’s status as a destination city.” It was said that the venue would create about 300 new jobs. Will pointed out that D&B will be within walking distance from the McAllen Convention Center, the Embassy Suites Hotel, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Home2Suites hotel and the McAllen Performing Arts Center set to open this fall, and other restaurants. Will’s parents Jim and Kathy Collins were also present and Collins Sr. had this to say about his son, “I’m so proud of Will and all my children that they’re all taking an interest in the business and this

is a great project for both McAllen and the community.” He said, “Will’s learned a lot. He’s learned to be squeezed by the city and squeezed by the Dave & Buster’s. So he’s a become a better developer I’m sure.” Will is the founder and principal of Terracor Real Estate Services based in San Antonio, Texas. He is focused on commercial real estate development and investments in San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley. Currently he has multiple projects under development: 420-acre Master Planned Community in west San Antonio, TX 200,000 sq. ft. Power Center in McAllen, TX 12,500 sq. ft. Multi-Tenant Center in McAllen, TX Currently in the pipeline: 100,000+ sq. ft. Community Retail Center at the North West Corner of FM 495 and Conway, Mission, TX 125,000+ sq. ft. Lifestyle MixedUse Center at the South East Corner of Expressway 83 and Ware Rd., McAllen, TX 50,000+ sq. ft. Retail Center at the North West Corner of Expressway 83 and Bentsen Rd, McAllen, TX Will told Texas Border Business that this has been a tremendous partnership. “I look forward to continuing to work together, to bring other new and exciting venues to the City of McAllen.” TBB

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ou know how the story goes. A business or organization used a creative marketing campaign, internal process, or some kind of strategy and it worked! They succeeded and began to make money. Then one day it didn’t work and the question popped up, “Why are we doing something that’s not working?” and you know what answer ensued. “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” This age old phrase has kept many businesses and organizations from succeeding and growing. If we’re being honest, if a business or organization adopts this mindset that is the day that the ship begins to sink. What that business has done is created the “sacred cow”. In other words, we keep a practice because it worked in the past, no matter what, even though it may not be working any longer. Here are a few thoughts for how you should approach the “sacred cows” when it comes to running your business or organization. Identify and remove the “sacred cows”. What strategies or processes do you have in place that used to be the path to profit but are now a stumbling block to your team or customers? Your vision and goals should be the only things you keep in place but your strategies should be kept fluid. If something isn’t working, get rid of it and replace it with something that does work. Listen to your team. I have found

over the years that when I’m leading, I tend to not see the issues before my team does. If your team is like mine, the issues arise near the bottom or the middle of the organization where the strategies are being implemented and put into practice. If something isn’t working, the team tends to experience it first and communication is critical in not only identifying the issue but in coming up with creative and effective solutions. Evaluate regularly. As things are moving in the right direction make sure to evaluate as you go. Use surveys, forums, team discussions, etc. to continue to identify what is working well and what is not and make adjustments as you go. Just like with our vehicles and especially our health, a good checkup is always a good decision. Remember, your vision and goals are your anchor but your strategies and processes should be kept fluid. This world is changing quickly all the time and a business or organization has to be able to adapt without losing its vision and goals. Take the pressure off and feel free to kill the “sacred cows” that are holding everything back and keeping you from being successful. Come see what’s going on in Mission as we are working along side of you to do the very same things. There’s great opportunity here and we want to show you. Josh joined the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce as the President & CEO in April 2016. The Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce works closely with the City of Mission and the Mission Economic Development Corporation for the development and voice of business success within the City of Mission. TBB

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Voluntarism, a Serious Matter for Terracon and Lion’s Club


Spark Events in Mission Great for Celebrations Weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, graduations, anniversaries, birthday parties, and more... By Crystal Kelly



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ictured: From West month.   Brownsville Lions Mr. Medina, along with many Club, is Louie Medina, other Lions, has been volunteering at volunteering at the Good Neighbor the Good Neighbor Settlement House Settlement House in Brownsville.  for years.  The Good Neighbor is a With him is Stephanie Marie Rendon, soup kitchen in Brownsville where MBA; she is the Client Development volunteers feed the hungry; there is no Specialist for Terracon. The club charge to eat. Courtesy photo. TBB volunteers the third Friday of each

he City of Mission, Texas is home to some of the nicest event centers and banquet halls in the Rio Grande Valley. Spark Events, located at 105 E. 30th is no exception. With its elegant seating and intimate feel, groups of up to 100 people can celebrate any occasion comfortably. Owner and Manager, Gabriela De Alba Barnett is no rookie at running a business. She opened Shear Excellence Spa & Salon in 1999 and has developed a loyal customer base. The entrepreneur in her loves business in all aspects. After several beauty and business courses, she found herself doing hair for her family and Gabriela De Alba Barnett, Owner and Manager friends and loving it. She of Spark Events in Mission soon realized that she could be successful doing what she Spark Events is the perfect was passionate about. location for any type of event. Weddings, Fast forward to December baby showers, bridal showers, 2015, when Spark Events first opened graduations, anniversaries, birthday its doors. After speaking to members of parties, and business meetings have all the community, Gabriela soon realized been held there. the demand for a smaller event center Spark Events is a proud member was high. She wanted to maintain the of the Greater Mission Chamber of elegance and quality that a larger event Commerce and actively participates in its center would have. However, she wanted GoMission program. When you present to make it more intimate. your GoMission card at time of booking, That intimacy allows for a more you will receive one extra hour FREE! personal experience. You speak directly For more information, call (956)580with Gabriela for everything from the 4200 or email planning and food to the décor. TBB


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Mission West Golf Club, Great Once Again By Crystal Kelly


ission is home to some of the Rio Grande Valley’s nicest golf courses and Mission West Golf Club is getting ready for its debut as just that. Opened in 1985 as Seven Oaks Country Club, it was later turned into Meadow Creek Golf Course. In February of 2016, Olaguer Bauza, a hotel businessman in Mexico, and his wife, Loris purchased the course and have already made huge strides in its large renovation process. The last five years of this golf course were rough, as the original owner passed away during this time and family members were not local. This was a stagnant time where no upgrades were made, and the very basic maintenance was all that was taking place. Most of the same staff has remained and are excited to have new life being breathed into the club. Olaguer and Loris were quick to recognize that had it not been for the staff' loyalty, the club would have been in even worse shape. They value that the staff knows the course, knows the regulars, and have a special commitment to making this course great once again. First up for upgrades were the

(Far right): Olaguer Bauza, his wife Loris and son Olaguer Jr. greens, which have since been re-soiled and given new grass. New equipment has been and continues to be purchased to keep the course in pristine shape. Even the tennis courts are looking at a facelift. Of course, there is plenty of painting to do, counters to be replaced and restrooms to be upgraded. Everything is going to have a much more modern, fresh and upto-date look and feel to it. Throughout all these renovations, Mission West Golf Club

continues to offer lessons to adults as well as children. The driving range and the putting green are also up and running, as well as the lounge. What used to be the pool will soon be a mini-golf area, complete with an adjacent party location perfect for a golf themed party or just a fun get-together. The Bauza’s goal is to make this a family friendly club to spend an entire day at. Of course, events will also be offered. With a large ballroom that can

accommodate up to 600 people and two smaller rooms holding up to 150 and 100, Mission West Golf Club will be home to weddings, baby showers, bridal showers, anniversaries, family reunions, parties and more! With all renovations scheduled for completion by 2017, Mission West Golf Club has big plans to go full force with tournaments and a few other surprises. However, you do not need to wait until then to get your golf on. Every Wednesday, they are home to a Sundowner’s Tournament, and organizations can already start holding tournaments. Olaguer has been an avid golfer since the age of 7, so his passion for golf runs deep. Together with his wife, Loris and their 8-year-old son, Olaguer, Jr.; Mission West Golf Club has quickly become a home to them. Proud members of the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce, Mission West Golf Club are active participants of the GoMission program. When you present your GoMission card, you receive $2.50 off a range balls bucket. Mission West Golf Club is located at 1300 Circle Dr. in Mission. For more information, call (956) 5816267 or email missionwestgolfclub@ TBB

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D I N B U R G , Texas – Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District’s Cats Stadium will now be called Richard R. Flores Stadium to honor Coach Richard R. Flores, who was an athletic director and head football coach for ECISD from 1975 to 2000. Flores went 121-37-3 with Rio Hondo, Lyford and his alma mater, Edinburg High School, leading the EHS Bobcats to nine playoff wins and two state quarterfinal appearances in the 1980s. ECISD’s only football stadium has been called Cats Stadium since 1992 when the district added its second high school. Now sharing the stadium are the EHS Bobcats, Edinburg North High School Cougars, Economedes High School Jaguars and Vela High School Sabercats. “The stadium is finally getting a name that is representative of the many educators that inspire our students,” said ECISD Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Eva Torres, who organized and managed the process of naming the football stadium. “The legendary Coach Flores was an educator that made a difference in children’s lives and he’s inspired others to become educators and even coaches.” “The stadium is not just about football, but it’s about an experience of tradition and community support of our students; students who are not only involved in football, but are in band, track, cheerleading and many other activities,” said ECISD Superintendent Dr. Rene Gutierrez.

ECISD’s football stadium’s new name honors the legendary Richard R. Flores.

On February 29, the ECISD Board of Trustees voted in favor of the name change, which was presented by a Naming Committee that included the following members of the community: Jaime Chavana, Sherri CunninghamCarlson, Eloy Pulido, Bill Reynolds, Roman Rodriguez and Obie Salinas. Flores was extremely humbled when he heard the news. He said he felt very blessed to have the stadium named after him. “Edinburg is my hometown and I am beyond proud to leave this legacy,” said Flores. “It’s not only a testament of my enjoyment of football, but it signifies the teamwork and support of all the coaches that I’ve worked with along the way. There have been many talented coaches that have helped shape Edinburg football.” TBB


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By David A. Díaz

Edinburg EDC Executive Director Agustín García, Jr. announces Lowest Unemployment Rate among Valley’s cities for April 2016


dinburg’s unemployment rate for April 2016 of 4.5 percent marked the fourth consecutive month that the city posted a monthly figure of less than five percent, with McAllen being the only other Valley city in that category, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced. It is the best showing for that month in almost a decade, when the city posted a 4.0 percent unemployment rate in April 2008. The unemployment rate has been under five percent for nine months since January 2015. The latest data released Friday, May 20, 2016 by the Texas Workforce Commission, there were 36,636 people employed in Edinburg during the month of April 2016.  That performance represents an increase of 758 jobs in Edinburg when comparing the employment figures for April 2016 (36,636) and April 2015 (35,878). Edinburg’s latest showing is better than the U.S. unemployment rate for April 2016, which was five percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. The city’s 4.5 percent figure in April 2016 is better than the annual unemployment rate in Edinburg for 2015 of 5.1 percent. The 5.1 percent annual unemployment rate for the city in 2015 was the best yearly performance since 2008, when Edinburg registered a 4.9

Featured: Councilmember David Torres, Mayor Richard García, and Mayor Pro Tem Richard Molina, at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance on Thursday, May 19, 2016, following the mayor’s State of the City Address. Photograph by Diego Reyna percent annual unemployment figure. The state’s unemployment rate in April 2016 was 4.2 percent, while the annual unemployment rate in Texas for 2015 was 4.5 percent. “Edinburg Becoming a Destination City” - Mayor Richard Garcia The strong performance of Edinburg’s economy and its positive impact on the quality of life was featured during the mayor’s State of the City Address, which he delivered on Thursday, May 19, 2016, before a full house at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance. “Together, we have created the beginning of a Rio Grande Valley ‘Destination City.’ We have something for

everyone,” said Mayor García, as he shared credit with the Edinburg City Council, the EEDC Board of Directors, and city and EEDC staff. “There’s the upcoming Bert Ogden Arena – the new, 8,500-seat facility for the RGV Vipers (affiliate of the NBA’s Houston Rockets) – and a 9,500-seat soccer stadium for the region’s newest professional franchise, the RGV FC Toros (affiliate of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo) to the promise of a bright and healthy future that lies within the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley $54 million UTRGV School of Medicine Medical Education Building you now see changing the cityscape of our beloved home,” the mayor noted.

Edinburg, which is approaching a population of 90,000 – not including tens of thousands of people who come to work or go to school in the city during the week days – is projected to see more advances in the coming months and years. “The huge strides that have been made in establishing and marketing our hometown as a destination city are part of the vision plan that the Edinburg Mayor and Edinburg City Council and their staff, in partnership with the EEDC Board of Directors and our staff, continue to build upon,” said EEDC Board President Mark Iglesias. “Throughout the state and beyond, Edinburg quickly comes to mind as an ideal place to build or bring a business, and especially in which to live and raise a family. This contributes to job growth as well.” The mayor and city council lead the charge, with the EEDC implementing the policy directions of these elected leaders – Richard García, Mayor; Pro Tem Richard Molina, and J.R. Betancourt, Homer Jasso, Jr. and David Torres Councilmembers. The EEDC, of which Agustín García, Jr. is Executive Director, is the jobs-creation arm of the City of Edinburg. The EEDC Board of Directors is comprised of Mark Iglesias as President, Harvey Rodríguez as Vice President, Ellie M. Torres as Secretary/Treasurer, and Mayor Richard García and Richard Ruppert as Members. Richard García and Agustín García, Jr. are not related. ■

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Magic Valley Electric Co-Op provides Important Safety Programs for Employees and the Public By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez


ince Macias is one of the many key professionals in the safety industry, he is the Loss Control Manager for Magic Valley Electric Cooperative company in the Rio Grande Valley. Cooperatives are independent, private and not-for-profit organizations owned by the members they serve. What exactly does a loss control manager does? “The Loss Control Manager provides a safety program for the employees. We do all the complaints, training for employees, investigation of accidents, and we help out with public speaking on safety topics.” The company operates in five of the counties here in the valley and serve approximately 110,000 customers. What kind of safety programs do you provide? “I manage the Apprentice Alignment Program. It gives the opportunity to new employees with no knowledge to learn. We teach them the necessary skills to work on the powerlines. We have a training field and they are trained onsite. We also have testing for them, books that they have to read, we have a documented apprenticeship program, which tells them from step one, two and three and when

Vince Macias they finish they are able to work in a real field by themselves.” What kind of situations do you want to avoid? “That the public stay away from to working near the powerlines, to avoid that they get close to them.” He pointed out that those are the situations they are more concerned about. How do you protect your employees? “Well, actually, the program that I manage, we do monthly schedule safety meetings. And we also bring in people, outside contractors, like Texas A&M Extension Services, Texas Electric

Cooperatives, and throughout the year we have training. Whether it’s working on powerlines, whether it’s operating the bucket trucks, digger trucks, first aid, CPR. We were working on a project here last year on putting AED’s on all of our trucks.” What is AED? “It’s an automated external defibrillator. So if any of our employees have a situation and their heart stops a defibrillator is available they’re on our vehicles. We trained everyone on how to use them. During the time this conversation

was taking place, the City of McAllen had an important training session where Magic Valley Electric Cooperative had an important demonstration on how to use a defibrillator in case of an emergency. So your employees are very well trained in saving lives? “Yes, sir. All of them, all employees, not just a few, all employees go through first aid, CPR training and rescue.” How long have you worked for this company? “For Magic Valley for 20 years, but I’ve actually been employed in the utility business for 31 years.” What is the message that you would like to convey to the public so that they are aware of the dangers getting near to power line and maybe save lives? “My recommendation is to call Magic Valley. And at any time you have a question about power, about the trees near powerlines, about outages, about how to handle power, we have a call center that handles the calls and all they have to do is make that call.” And what is that number? “1866-225-5683, the public can also visit our website website www.magicvalley. coop and a Facebook page that you can check the status of the outages. So, feel free to look Facebook and just type in Magic Valley Electric Co-op ad you’ll get updates.” TBB

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By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez


PRIL - 2016 - Officials from the cities of McAllen and Reynosa celebrated their reaffirmation as sister cities on April 27, 2016. The ceremony took place at the McAllen city council room. According to city records, on April 27, 1992, McAllen and Reynosa had signed a resolution to become sister cities. Since then, the relationship between both cities has been that of a sisterhood, collaborating and partnering through the years in multiple binational projects such as manufacturing, health, tourism, education, culture, commerce and international trade. This year, the official signing ceremony was witnessed by Guillermo Ordorica, Mexican Consul in McAllen and Angela Kerwin, the US Consul in Matamoros, Tamaulipas Mexico. The sister city agreement was signed by City of McAllen Mayor, Jim Darling and Reynosa Mayor, Jose Elias Leal. Mayor Darling said, “Honorable Mayor of Reynosa, Lic. Jose Elias Leal; distinguished First Lady of Reynosa, Elvira Mendoza de Elias; dear dignitaries and friends from both sides of the border joining us this afternoon: Today, I am very pleased to be here, because we have gathered, to celebrate a very important occasion. The signed resolution to become sister cities was a promise that one day, the two cities would formalize their sisterhood in a formal sister city agreement, 24 years later the two cities united to make official what was started back in 1992; the reaffirmation of the sisterhood agreement between McAllen and Reynosa. “Today, our communities are coming together to once more, seal the bond of friendship,” Mayor Darling said. McAllen mayor also noted that

In a Historic Event, McAllen / Reynosa 24 years since the first event

Pictured above: McAllen Mayor Jim Darling signing reaffirmation. Picture on the top left corner: Reynosa Mayor José Elías Leal came exclusively to sign the reaffirmation between the two cities. the City of McAllen, was honored to have Reynosa as part of the city’s family of sister cities, a family united by friendship, collaboration and prosperity. “I am delighted that on this day, thanks to the vision and leadership of Mayor Jose Elias Leal, the city of Reynosa is example of progress and economic growth,” Mayor Darling said. He also pointed out that communities around the world face new economic challenges and McAllen and Reynosa are not an exception. He said, “In spite of that, our cities stand as beacons of strength and prosperity, in our countries, our states and our regions.” He added that the reaffirmation of this sisterhood between McAllen

and Reynosa is a natural step in the longstanding relationship, and highlights the mutual commitment respectively to assure our communities keep prospering, together, united as family. Darling’s counterpart, Jose Elias Leal, Reynosa’s mayor said, “I would like to affectionately greet the Mayor of the city of McAllen, our friend Jim Darling, and extend this greeting to his wife, Sandra, who is with us today.” He continued, “I respectfully welcome the Consul General of the United States, ambassador Angela Kerwin, José Guillermo Ordorica Robles, Consul of Mexico in McAllen, Juan Chuy Hinojosa, Texas senator a friend of ours as well, and our friend Rigo Villarreal, superintendent

of bridges of McAllen/Hidalgo and McAllen/Mission Anzalduas.” Mayor Leal pointed out that the reason they have gathered was because a mutual desire of collaboration, the determination of two societies that want to jointly address problems and opportunities. “These are issues we share and are mutually interested in. But above all, fraternity brings us together, the affinity between these two communities.” He said, “During this time, the relationship between our cities has been a diverse and constructive relationship. Our governments and our societies acknowledge each other and realize how important it is to always work together.”

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Reaffirmed their Sister City Agreement took place, now it’s official

Mayor Jim Darling and his wife Sandra, took the opportunity to host the Mayor of Reynosa José Elías Leal in the company of his wife, Elvira Mendoza de Elias. A group of distinguished friends and officials of the City of Reynosa also took part in this important ceremony. The legendary Mario Lopez, in the hat, also witnessed this important event. Photo Roberto Hugo Gonzalez. Keith Patridge, president of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation was also a witness of this official ceremony. Keith, works closely with Reynosa official’s year round and he and other members of the entity he represents know how important relationships are with the neighbors to the south. Mayor Darling also said, “Through this sisterhood, our cities agree to continue developing exchanges and cooperating in economic development, trade, culture, education and tourism.” To this effect, Mayor leal said that historically, both societies have maintained undoubtedly strong bonds. “Very strong bonds because we share much more than a border.” He said, “There are cultures here that interact and enrich one another. There are families that are located on one side of the border or another. We share the same natural region that, even though it has different jurisdictions, has an ecological system where both share vital resources.”

He went on to say that we are a metropolitan community with cities that are connected socially and economically that make up the first reference point of this binational regional relationship. “Our two communities stand out as one of the most dynamic and integrated in the world.” Mayor Leal said, “That is why it’s an honor for us to come to McAllen City Hall to underwrite the reaffirmation of the twinning of our cities.” Mayor Leal thanked Mayor Darling for being a friend to the people of Reynosa. He said, “Our communities respect each other, they care for each other, and they strive to help one another.” Mayor Darling said that the City of McAllen is committed to do its part. “Our union shall be a shining example of communities whose people are connected through common goals and dreams, representing a world where borders are only lines on a map and bridges are built in the hearts and minds of its people becoming more than friends… a family,” Mayor Darling said. TBB

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IBC Bank celebrates Red Nose Day

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n May 26, 2016, IBC Bank - McAllen employees participated in Red Nose Day. This was a special day to have fun, come together, and make a difference for kids who need help in the U.S. and around the world. T h e employees of IBC Bank felt it was important to bring awareness to this worthy cause called The Red Nose Day Fund, a program of Comic Relief Inc. This organization is on a mission to lift kids out of poverty and has raised over $1 billion IBC Bank McAllen Employees globally in the last 25 celebrating Red Nose Day years. On May organizing FUN26, 2016, people across the country raisers, and watching a Red Nose Day got involved by wearing Red Noses, TV Special live on NBC. TBB sold exclusively at Walgreens, and by

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ictured are members of 2016 Leadership Edinburg (LE) Class XXVII with keynote speaker Veronica Gonzales at their recent Graduation ceremony held May 25th at the Echo Hotel and Conference Center. Front row (L to R): Veronica Gonzalez (UTRGVVP for Governmental and Community Relations), José De La Rosa (Inter National Bank), Mari Tovar (City of Edinburg- Fire Department), Marla Cantu (Rio Valley Realty), Margaret

H. Flores (Frost Bank), Eddie Leal (PlainsCapital Bank) and Marco Pérez (First Community Bank). Back row: Aaron Salinas (Valley Baptist Medical Center), Gerado Ramos (Edinburg Regional Medical Center), Yajaira Elizondo (Memorial Funeral Home), Veronica Cruz (Monzer H. Yazji, M.D. & Associates), and Julio Carranza (Landmark Mortgage). Not pictured are Roxanna Vasquez- Lucio (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) and Luis Alamia (Marquez Robotic Orthopedic Institute). TBB

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Five Life Lessons from 50 Years of Banking By: Dennis E. Nixon International Bancshares President and Chairman/CEO


his year IBC Bank celebrates its 50th anniversary; I’ve learned a few lessons in banking and business along the way. Since taking the president position in 1975, so much has changed in the world, but many truths remain the same. “We Do More” is not only our motto, but it’s a great way to think about how you conduct business. We can all “do more” by:  1. Having a survivor mentality It takes character and discipline to successfully navigate all the challenges that occur in our business and personal lives. Over our 50 years, IBC Bank has been through a tsunami of events that could have sunk our company. We weathered all types of storms because we were flexible, innovative, conservative, and finally, relentless survivors. Don’t feast during the good times because you may be left starving through the bad. Business owners should start small, build from within and manage company growth to plan for unforeseen challenges and always stay within your boundaries of what can be successfully managed. You must have the right people and systems in place at the right time to succeed and stay

successful. 2.Looking beyond our own walls It’s easy to be so focused on your own work that you forget what’s happening in the business world around you. Managing a company is no small feat, especially in an economy that has seen its share of financial crises in oil, agriculture, construction and more. It takes smart, creative business decisions to keep a business growing in those conditions. You can keep afloat in the hardest times by looking beyond your own market. While the economy may be bad in the United States it could be strong in Mexico, for example. Currently, the U.S. dollar is strong against other currencies around the world as the American economy improves. This impacts international business and the purchasing power of international travelers. The global economy impacts every business, no matter its size. From looking beyond the four walls of your office, to prospecting internationally for business, owners must diversify their business model to remain sustainable. 3. Investing in the community We all succeed when a community is thriving. It is a give and take relationship between a business and the community. Businesses depend on the community’s support and the community depends on businesses to enrich the value of the community. Neither will be successful unless both are successful.

I take great pride in IBC Bank’s “We Do More” philosophy. Throughout our twelve Texas and Oklahoma markets, we continue to serve as a community bank. We take it upon ourselves to help develop the financial literacy and skills of our youth through our in-class financial lessons and Minitropolis® program. Investing in these lifelong skills has incredible merit as we look to our future workforce. Additionally, involvement within the business and non-profit organizations allows us to better know the community’s needs. From the top down, we encourage active participation in chambers, business organizations, boards, United Way and others. We are committed to positive change and results for years to come. We live and work in each community so we want to positively reflect the quality of life in every city we serve. 4. Building future leaders Mentors are integral in the shaping of a young person’s career. Very few CEOs have made it to their current positions without a mentor’s guidance. Having reached the peak of this organization, I will always remember those who helped me along the way. Starting as a teen at a Corpus Christi bank and being afforded the opportunity to manage bank operations at a young age, it shaped the business leader I am today. When joining IBC Bank, we had a great mix of young and seasoned entrepreneurs ready to work hard to grow the business. Through the mentorship I received early

on, I knew the hard work it would take to make a business grow. It was exciting and fun to build a business back then. It’s every leader's responsibility to give back. Take time to mentor and coach promising individuals in order to mold future leaders and learn from them, too. Offer strong training programs, the right work resources, and establish mentoring or leadership training programs to build the next generation of leaders. These investments ensure that successors will be prepared to raise their hand when opportunity arises. On the job training is a critical part of success. Day to day coaching and mentorship is a critical success component. Always maintaining the right attitude is critical that is why our motto “We Do More” has been so important. The bottom line for any business to be successful, the people and the business must love what they are doing and are having fun doing it. They all have to believe what they are doing is right and is great. 5. Recognizing that relationships matter What bankers do every day changes people’s lives, even if we don't realize it. Over the last five decades, IBC has made billions in loans that have literally shaped communities from Oklahoma City to the border cities of Texas and into Mexico. That growth has changed the lives of thousands of families. Banking involves trust and trust is established best through relationships. Continued on page 22

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Bert Ogden’s Augie and Johnny Reaching Out to Elementary Students By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez Texas Border Business

them at the forefront of everyone in terms of giving back to the community. gustin (Augie) Their action tells what is L o z a n o important to them. and Johnny The Bert Ogden Rodriguez, Public Relations for Group RGV is a recognizable Bert Ogden Auto Group have name in the marketplace due been entertaining school kids to well applied strategic across Hidalgo County with marketing, and a brilliant a puppet show. way of utilizing a twoAugie and Johnny word slogan "Dale Gas", have become so popular that which identifies well with now both are in demand and are the communities of the Rio being invited to several schools Grande Valley. for Career Days: E. R. Chapa Their involvement Elementary in Mission, De La with the local schools Viña Elementary in Edinburg and is possibly the best way Bertha Palacios Elementary in to show how important Las Milpas, just to name a few. education is to them. Johnny told Texas The success that Border Business that the smiles this corporation has had is they see when they visit these Augie Lozano and Johnny Rodriguez are unique in the way they reach out to children. Both are attributable to their leader schools are priceless. He said, "It's part of Bert Ogden Auto Group RGV Public Relations department. Robert C. Vackar, his wife all about encouraging, motivating Janet, and the staff that has self-confidence in many kids that worked diligently to make known that Bert Ogden Auto Group is and the schools. The company is well we meet." a community minded corporation and known for their involvement with the sure that they lead in an industry that is Augie pointed out that days stands among the best corporate partners community and up to last month, Mr. very competitive. before the STARR exam both talked to for South Texas. Like the saying indicates, 'next Robert C. and his wife Janet Vackar are kids about the importance of getting to a great man, there is a great woman, Augie and Johnny said that the top philanthropists in South Texas. proper rest the day before the exam and Bert Ogden Auto Group believes in Multimillion dollar and great staff'. In this case the saying fits eating a healthy meal. By now it is well- getting involved with the community contributions to education have placed perfectly. TBB



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Art Village on Main to celebrate 3rd Annual “A Season of Hope” Arts Festival Texas Border Business


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Season of Hope-Arts Festival invites you to apply to be one of 24 exhibitors at the 2016 event, celebrating the Arts. The event gives patrons the opportunity to meet and purchase art from exhibiting artists. Our goal is to provide the public and our selected exhibitors an experience of unparalleled quality. Proceeds from the Arts Festival help provide scholarships for McAllen Independent School District art students. Important Dates Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – Application available and Call for Artists Continued from page 20

Five Life Lessons... There are hundreds of families doing business with us today who can trace their IBC roots back two or three generations. I know men and women who came to IBC Bank 30, 40, even 50 years ago for help when they wanted to start a business. We partnered with them to get their dreams off the ground. As those dreams and those businesses grew, they brought their

children to the bank and taught them the importance of managing their money. Today, those children are bringing their children to IBC. Nothing matches the feeling of being part of that tradition, being the hometown bank. The face of banking has certainly changed over the last five decades. There are more women in leadership positions than ever and there are more to come. Technology is now a part of the fabric in how we conduct business. Regulations

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Ernest Aliseda joins McAllen office of Dykema Cox Smith Texas Border Business


cAllen, Texas –— fortunate to add an attorney of Ernie’s Dykema Cox Smith, stature to our roster,” said Diann Bartek, a leading national Office Managing Member of Dykema Cox law firm, today announced the addition Smith’s McAllen office. “His reputation of Rio Grande Valley native, Ernest precedes him. There is no doubt that Aliseda, to its Commercial his strong background in Litigation Practice Group commercial litigation and as a member in the firm’s his experience as a judge McAllen, Texas office. will be extremely valuable Prior to joining to the firm and its clients.” Dykema, Aliseda served Aliseda is a as General Counsel/ Governor appointed Chief Legal Officer for Regent to the University the Loya Insurance Group of Texas System Board of companies, where he Regents and a State Bar of handled general legal Texas President appointed matters and managed and member to the Board of the oversaw diverse litigation Texas Bar College. throughout the country. He received Ernest Aliseda Aliseda is also a his law degree from the former State District Judge University of Houston Law for both the 398th and 139th State District Center and his undergraduate degree Courts in Hidalgo County. from Texas A&M University. In his practice Aliseda He is Board Certified by the will advise and represent clients in Texas Board of Legal Specialization in commercial and general litigation matters, Personal Injury Trial Law, along with along with serving as a mediator and being trained as a mediator, arbitrator, arbitrator in personal injury, commercial, and litigation management professional. employment, international and personal He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the injury law cases. U.S. Army Reserves, where he serves as “We are very pleased and a Military Judge. TBB

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Affordable Homes of South Texas Celebrates 40th Anniversary In forty years of service they helped approximately 4,000 families to fix or buy a home By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez


he McAllen Housing Services, Inc. was established in June of 1976 and years later changed its name to Affordable Homes of South Texas in order extend their services to anyone in the Valley. The history of this entity is exemplary, and the work that many private citizens have done to help others is admirable. Consequently, the history is an extraordinary, interesting and valuable history of this city. Throughout the forty years of existence, many of McAllen leaders have been very much a part of the efforts of helping people to live in better housing conditions. Robert “Bobby” Calvillo, the current executive director, is the man who has kept the history alive for two decades. Next July 6, 2016, he will be celebrating his 20th anniversary with the not-for-profit

entity. In 1975, one year before Affordable Homes became a reality, the City of McAllen was featured in Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, and the Los Angeles Times as the city with the worst substandard living conditions in America. The publication portrayed the region as a third world state; this exacerbated the situation. The city of McAllen Planning Department conducted a survey of housing conditions in the city and found out that over 1,700 homes lacked indoor plumbing, and about 1,300 homes needed substantial repairs. The report indicated that most of them were rental units with two or sometimes even three units on a 25foot lot. The findings of the survey didn’t settle well with city leaders because many of the families were living in deplorable

Special recognition to McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and the late David Farb Texas Border Business Congratulates McAllen Mayor Jim Darling for all the work he did for Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc. According to Calvillo, Mayor Darling became the largest donor to the program. Mayor Darling never charged for legal work done to process a home closing. He did it for more than 20 years. Photo Roberto Hugo Gonzalez

David Farb – was the first to donate $2,000 to help to fund raise and create a housing program. He also challenged the McAllen City council asking to match funds. He became one of the Founding Members of McAllen Housing Services. A Native of Galveston, he Graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and the University of Texas –Austin. He was a WWII – U.S. Army Cavalry Captain; served in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He was active in the VFW and the American Legion. He was part of the Board of Regents of Pan American University and was Secretary of the Board. In 1967 he became Co-Chairman of United Fund of McAllen Chairman of the City-School Tax Equalization Board (2-Terms as Chairman) First Chairman of the Business Council for the School of Business – Pan American Univ. Chairman of the Board McAllen General Hospital – 20 Years as its Chairman Founding member of the Rio Grande Radiation Treatment Center (Vannie Cook Cancer Center) Treasurer of the McAllen International Museum Vice President of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce In 1974 – Man of the Year McAllen Chamber of Commerce Board Member of First National Bank McAllen (Chase Bank) President of J Edelstein Furniture Co. Member of Temple Emanuel - McAllen

Roberto “Bobby” Calvillo Executive Director for Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc. (AHSTI), told the 40 the years’ story of AHSTI to Texas Border Business. He will be celebrating in July of 2016, twenty years since he started working for the corporation. conditions. Calvillo has been part of this corporation for half of its existence and for that reason he knows most of the players. He said, “Back then, they agreed that private and public partnership had to be developed to address the issue of poor and substandard housing.” He also pointed out that McAllen Housing Services, Inc. (MHSI) initiated services as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1976. The most important task of the newly organized entity was to raise $100,000 in private funding to create a revolving loan fund to make lowinterest loans to McAllen homeowners in need to construct indoor plumbing and other repairs and upgrades to protect their homes. For this effort, Arturo “Tito” Torres became the first president of the organization and was supported by a distinguished group of citizens as part of the board. Among them was Baldomero Vela, Mrs. Richard Crum, Reyes Guerra, Morgan Talbot, Lydia Moore, and David Farb. When this reporter saw the name of Baldomero Vela, I decided to text Danny Vela owner of Lee’s Pharmacy and asked

him if he was related to him. “Yes, he is my father. He is alive and well,” Danny responded. Mr. Vela was part of the founding board, an entity that has brought happiness and a genuine feeling of accomplishment for almost 4,000 families. He is the father of Danny Vela, who currently is a McAllen ISD trustee, and of Veronica Vela Whitaker, McAllen City Commissioner. The search for more information about other founders is an ongoing effort, in the meantime Founder Arturo “Tito” Torres, continues to be active in this community. The late David Farb was the owner of a single furniture store, Edelstein Furniture, better known as “La Muebleria de Jacobo” in McAllen. His furniture store served the market for more than 70 years. Mr. Farb was known for his great heart, always ready to help. As a matter of fact, records show that he was the first to donate to the private fund. According to Calvillo, when Mr. Farb learned about the situation and how many families were living in substandard conditions he called Michael “Mike” Blum at the time Assistant City Manager and pledged $2,000 to use towards improving Continued on next page

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Morgan Talbot, founder of what is today Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc. It is very important to highlight the participation of the late Morgan Talbot. He was another responsible McAllen citizen that moved as quickly as possible to remedy the situation of many families in the City of McAllen. His son Mark Talbot told Texas Border Business, “Roberto, thank you for remembering my father. I’m glad that he’s being remembered for one of the many things that he did for McAllen and the surrounding area. He felt very strongly about providing affordable housing. He and I later served on the McAllen Housing Finance Board which oversees the application of funds for that purpose. I was constantly reminded when I went to meetings of the crucial part he played in helping develop the affordable housing plan for our area.” MORGAN K. TALBOT - (1929 - 2013) Born in Jonesboro, Louisiana. He was admitted to the Texas bar in 1957. Education: University of Texas (B.B.A., 1950; LL.B., 1957). Appointed by the Governor of Texas to the Texas State Board of Podiatry (2009) and the Texas State Independent Living Counsel (2001 - 2008). Former Law Professor at Reynaldo Garza Law School. Chairman and Lecturer, University of Texas-Pan American, Estate Planning Seminar Series, 1982 -. Member: Hidalgo County (President, 1964) Bar Association; State Bar of Texas (Member, Board of Directors, 1969-1972; Director, Insurance Trust, 1987-1989; Member, Grievance Committee District 12-B, 1973-1983; Chairman, 1976-1978; Vice-Chairman, Disciplinary Review Committee, 1984-1987). (Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization). Morgan participated in many State Bar activities and committees and was a member of the Board of Directors from 1984 – 1987. He was a member of the Texas Grievance Committee and Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct Committee of the State Bar. Mr. Talbot was also one of the founding members of the McAllen Foreign Trade Zone and the McAllen Affordable Housing Program. He also served on several city boards including the McAllen Housing Finance Board and the McAllen Airport Board. these conditions. in-law, whom I deemed one of the According to records, this finest individuals on the planet Presidents of Affordable brought a quick response, where and that is no exaggeration.” Homes of South Texas, Inc. prominent community members Calvillo said that the effort McAllen Housing Services, Inc. including Arturo “Tito” Torres, to raise money was intensive, and Morgan Talbot, and David Farb Dr. Landrum-Chester was also Arturo “Tito” Torres began raising funds to address among the many who donated 1976-1980 these issues and convinced the to the cause. The board meeting Robert “Bob” Rome City of McAllen to match their to discuss further the strategic 1980-1982 fundraising goal of $100,000 if plan to raise funds took place at John Schrock, Sr. met. The group was able to raise Wyatt’s Cafeteria on Pecan and 1982-1983 $88,000 and the city of McAllen north 10th street. Peter Piper Danny Boultinghouse helped to secure an additional Pizza now occupies the building. 1983-1984 $100,000. Mike Blum corroborates the Mike Braun Mr. Farb’s son in law, story saying that in fact in 1976 1984-1986 Mike Braun joined the group and the City Planning Department Andres Gomez became president of the board in conducted a city-wide housing 1986-1987 1984-1986. He continues to be study to determine the state of Stafford W. Burroughs active. the housing stock. He stated that 1987-1988 Braun told Texas Border Ed Taylor, (still on staff, Craig Business that Mr. Farb passed Farmer and Blum were in charge McAllen Affordable away on January 4, 1980. “He of the study.  “We learned what Housing, Inc. and McAllen was a very, very young 58.” you have the details on,” he told Affordable Homes, Inc. Braun said, “I have never worked Texas Border Business.  with anyone who had such a Blum said that once they Othal E. Brand, Sr. wonderful gift for being able finished the report and witnessed 1988-1991 to organize people from highly the conditions of housing in Glen E. Roney diverse interests and at the end of McAllen, they went to the Rotary 1991-1993 the day, have them all pulling in Club and other clubs to talk about Randy McLelland the same direction.” the severity of the situation. “We 1993-1996 Alonzo Cantu Braun, after so many years were promoting the idea of the still misses him every day. “I City creating a Housing rehab 1996-1999 loved to hear him laugh, almost program designed to provide John Schrock, Jr. like a school boy.  David could funds to homeowners at a low 1999-2001 walk into a room of hornets, interest.   The actual idea was in Paul Schwab and leave with a room of happy the formative stage at the time.” 2001-2006 butterflies.  He had the ability Blum said, “David Farb, read Luis Figueroa to acknowledge the person in about the problem in The Monitor, 2006-2011 front of him, and understand that a story written by Virginia person; he’d talk to them as if he Armstrong.  He was moved to Affordable Homes had known them all of their lives.  call me to express his belief that of South Texas, Inc. Texas Border Business the business community should recognizes Mr. Farb’s call to raise funds to create a housing Luis Figueroa action, he was the first one to rehab program.  Coincidentally, 2006-2011 write a check and challenged the the idea of establishing a housing Paul R. Rodriguez city commission to get everyone rehab program was already on 2011-2013 started to find a way to fix the the City Commission agenda for Elva M. Cerda homes of many families. Braun the following Monday.  David 2013-2015 said, “I will scour my files at home showed up with a $2,000 check Jason Leal to try and cobble together the and challenged the Mayor 2015- Present many civic interests of my father- and Commission to join in a Continued on page 28


From the Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc. archives

Jack Whetsel, of Broadway Hardware (Left), presents a check to Barney Jackson, setting the foundation for the McAllen Housing Services.

David Farb of J. Edelstein Co. (right) presenting a donation to Arturo “Tito” Torres, Chairman of the McAllen Housing Services.

Former McAllen Mayor, Othal Brand, Sr., assists Teresa Salazar in the ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating her new house and McAllen Affordable Homes, Inc. or MAHI’s first project. Veronica Salazar, Teresa’s daughter, still lives in the same house. Photo comment from 2001.

McAllen Housing Services, Inc. (MHSI) President Arturo “Tito” Torres (left) congratulates rehab recipient James Carr as Executive Director Al rogers looks on. Photo date 1978


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All Presidents of the Board of Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc. since its inception from 1976 to 2016

Jason Leal 2015- Present

Elva M. Cerda 2013-2015

Othal E. Brand, Sr. 1988-1991

Paul R. Rodriguez 2011-2013

Stafford W. Burroughs 1987-1988

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Affordable Homes... campaign to raise $100,000. I understand they raised $88,000.” It is important to mention that at the time, Jack Whetsel was McAllen Mayor from 1969 to 1977. McAllen City Commissioner Barney Jackson accepted the role of chairperson of the finance committee. According to Blum, the commission approved the idea of creating a housing rehab program and that lead to the formation of McAllen Housing Service

Luis Figueroa 2006-2011

Andres Gomez 1986-1987

Paul Schwab 2001-2006

Mike Braun 1984-1986

Inc. Alfred W. Rogers became the first executive director, and over several years substandard housing units were brought to code.  Also, Blum said that Mayor Othal E. Brand, Sr. (Mayor from 1977-1997) and others thought the city could do even more, and the idea of McAllen Affordable Homes was created.  “This entity went on to develop land and build new housing units for thousands of McAllen residents that would otherwise not be able to afford a new home,” Blum said. “Today, that initial $188,000 is now

John Schrock, Jr. 1999-2001

Danny Boultinghouse 1983-1984

Alonzo Cantu 1996-1999

John Schrock, Sr. 1982-1983

Randy McLelland 1993-1996

Robert “Bob” Rome 1980-1982

a $50 million loan portfolio,” Calvillo said. He pointed out that the founder’s vision was to create a revolving credit system for residents that met the criteria to get financing for improvements to their homes. The original idea was to help residents in need at the same time it would help others because by repaying their loan they also pay interest. “Even though it was not a high interest charge, it accumulates.” Calvillo Said, “That’s the neat thing about the concept, it is a hand-up, not a handout.” He added that at the beginning,

Glen E. Roney 1991-1993

Arturo “Tito” Torres 1976-1980

the idea was to lend the money so that people can fix their homes, plumbing and not to have dirt floors. But in 1988, a move initiated by Mayor Brand, a new organization named McAllen Affordable Homes, Inc. (MAHI) was created. “The focus was in developing new homes for McAllen Residents in partnership with the city of McAllen,” Calvillo said. In 1988, MAHI built the first three bedrooms, one bath and cart port brick home for Pedro and Teresa Salazar at a Continued on page 41

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HARR, TEXAS –The Pharr Community Theater Company will celebrate the grand opening of the Elva & Keith Michal Performing Arts Center. The ribbon-cutting event will take place on June 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the newly remodeled community theater located at 213 W Newcombe Ave, Pharr, TX. The public is invited to attend the event, which will include complimentary refreshments and pastries as well as the company of City of Pharr Dignitaries and special guest speakers who worked with the Michal’s. A pictorial history of some of the plays produced will also be on display.  After the 45-minute ceremony, attendees are invited to stay and watch the public performance of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged,” co-directed by PCT Artistic Director, Isidro Lerma and Rise Morris.  The Pharr Community Theater Co., a 501c3 non-profit company founded by the Michals, now celebrates its 8th year and 34th play. It is one of several organizations founded by the Michals during their time in the Rio Grande Valley. The couple, originally from Ohio, decided to move to Pharr, TX in 1996. As they connected with the Pharr community, they became involved as volunteers and eventually as community organizers addressing socioeconomic issues in the region. In the 20-year span that they lived in Pharr they developed and operated at least three non-profit organizations with


Grand Opening of ‘Elva & Keith Michal Performing Arts Center’ in Pharr

Elva and Keith Michal pose in front of the Pharr Community Theater stage that they so much supported.

An ensemble of actors from Pharr Community Theater pose after performing an original play, “The Chisholm Trail” written by Romeo Rosales, librarian with the Pharr Memorial Library and directed by David Cid from Weslaco, TX.

a primary focus on literacy, English immersion, health & wellness and the performing arts. The Pharr Community Theater Co. is an outgrowth of one of the major organizations the Michals began: The Pharr Literacy Project & Cultural Center. In 2005, an English Immersion Class was created to meet the English needs of students that needed to practice basic literacy skills. The students wrote and produced original plays as part of the specialized English curriculum, culminating in the first production, “Santa Anna Wildlife Refuge,” which was performed before an audience at the

Pharr United Methodist Church. This production served as a precursor to what became the Pharr Community Theater. The community theater program expanded throughout the ensuing years under the direction of Artistic Director, Pedro Garcia. By 2010, the Pharr Community Theater was producing at least three plays annually with increasing emphasis in training opportunities and theater classes to the residents of Pharr, TX. Four years later, The Pharr Community Theater and Cultural Center became a nonprofit with 501c3 designation. 

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After two decades in the RGV, and both now in their golden 80’s (years of age), Elva and Keith Michal decided to move back to their home state of Ohio in November 2015, to be closer to family, entrusting the leadership to a committed Board of Directors, staff, and recently elected Chief Executive Officer, Adriana Guerrero. PCT Board Member Bob Cuellar reflected on the legacy of the Michals, “They were visionaries that not only had the ability to dream, but to sell that dream to others. They were hard working Continued on page 46


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STC Engineering Students Transition to Texas A&M got easier Texas Border Business


cAllen, TX – For engineering students, the transition between South Texas College (STC) and Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) has never been easier. Now, there is a seamless pathway that will allow them to move from an associate degree to a bachelor’s degree due in part to a special collaboration almost three years in the making between the two institutions. STC and TAMUK held a signing ceremony of a 2+2 articulation agreement for engineering. The agreement includes the creation of new programs for environmental engineering, natural gas engineering and chemical engineering. STC leadership in attendance at the event were Dr. Anahid Petrosian, STC Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ali Esmaeili, Dean of Math and Science, and Bachelor’s Programs. Representing TAMUK at the event were Dr. Heidi Anderson, TAMUK Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Stephen Nix, dean and professor at Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. “This is very important because it will be the first time that our students

Left to right, Dr. Ali Esmaeili, STC Dean of Math and Science and Bachelor’s Programs; Dr. Anahid Petrosian, STC interim Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Heidi Anderson, TAMUK Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs; and Dr. Stephen Nix, dean and professor at Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. STC and Texas A&M- Kingsville have formalized a seamless transition for students seeking their four year degrees. Both institutions held a signing ceremony of a 2+2 articulation agreement for engineering, which includes the creation of new programs for environmental engineering, natural gas engineering and chemical engineering. can complete their Bachelor’s Degree in engineering without having to leave the Valley,” Dr. Petrosian said. “The type of assistance they are bringing to our students, making the transition very seamless and providing a lot of support, is

very important to our students’ success.” South Texas College and Texas A&M University-Kingsville, a member of The Texas A&M University System have officially agreed to a mutually beneficial working relationship to meet

the educational needs of the students of the Valley. STC’s Division of Math, Science, and Bachelors Programs and TAMUK’s Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering have signed an articulation agreement that will provide strong support to TAMUK’s Rio Grande Valley Engineering Initiative, and also assists students transferring to their main campus. Focused efforts will be made to provide clear pathways between institutions for students pursuing careers in engineering and related Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields with little or no loss of academic credits. This will be an ongoing effort providing immediate as well as future, opportunities to create a near seamless transfer between STC and TAMUK engineering or related STEM programs. “I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say this the most important part of the state. I think A&M Kingsville has the preeminent engineering college in the state and South Texas College is the best community college,” Dr. Nix said. “I have been to a lot of different states, and I have never seen a college like this one. You should be very proud. I’m proud to be associated with it.” Continued on page 32

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Christina Rivera honored in Austin Texas Border Business


hristina Rivera, CEO of the Rio Grande Regional Hospital was named a 2016 Woman of Distinction by the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) and honored at a Luncheon in Austin on May 13th. Ms. Rivera was one of the 13 women from throughout Texas that were being recognized for their exemplary accomplishments, contributions and positive impact that they make in our community, our country and the world.  Mrs. Rivera, an Edinburg, Texas native, was welcomed November of 2012, as the first female Hispanic executive to assume the position of Chief Executive Officer of Rio Grande Regional Hospital in McAllen, Texas. Rio Grande Regional Hospital is an established 324 bed acute care facility that offers the community a comprehensive list of medical services, advanced technology and quality compassionate care. With over 30 years of healthcare management experience, Mrs. Rivera has held various leadership and executive roles throughout her career with HCAHospital Corporation of America. Prior to Mrs. Rivera’s return to the Valley, she served as CEO in both Louisiana and Kansa. She is a skillful healthcare executive with a proven track record of working collaboratively with her staff

Christina Rivera, CEO of the Rio Grande Regional Hospital. Photo By Roberto Hugo Texas Border Business and physicians to ensure they provide the best care possible to the patients and community we so proudly serve. In addition to her executive duties, Mrs. Rivera is also a dedicated community partner, who serves on the board of numerous community organizations and takes great pride in helping charitable organizations. Currently, she serves as president of the McAllen Education Foundation; She is a member of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce Innovation Grant Awards Program, Texas Workforce Solutions; the American Heart Association, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – International women’s Board; March of

Dimes and El Milagro Clinic. In Addition, Mrs. Rivera is also an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Rio Grande Valley Local Program Council, and the McAllen South Rotary. Mrs. Rivera earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Incarnate World College and her Master of Business Administration and Healthcare Management from Our Lady of the Lake University, both in San Antonio. She and her husband David have two children, Cynthia Deanne, David Christian, their daughter-in-law Erica Lynn, and recently celebrated the addition of their first grandson, Leo. TBB

Dario. AEROSPACE ENGINEER in the making. South Texas College helps many students who aspire to make a difference in The Valley after graduating. After earning his engineering degree, Dario will transfer to Texas A&M and work at NASA before returning home to watch his own business take off.


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STC Engineering students... The agreement outlines five areas of potential cooperative initiatives designed to promote the success of students attending both academic institutions and to facilitate access to higher education in the region including: 1. Joint Engineering Admission 2. Program/Course mapping 3. Reverse Transfer 4. Summer Bridge initiative 5. Non-Academic Consortium Agreements re: financial aid, libraries, computer labs, etc. “We have been working with STC for the last two or three years to make a seamless transition from college to the actual university, straight from an associate degree to a four-year degree in Engineering,” said Dr. Oralia De Los Reyes, Director of Operations of TAMUK’s Rio Grande Valley Engineering Initiative. “Now, we are going to have a 2+2, which is building the tracks for the specific majors we have here in the Valley including chemical, environmental and natural gas,” Dr. De Los Reyes said. “Once they transfer, every single class they take here at STC will be able to transfer for their major at TAMUK.” TBB

• June 2016 • Texas Border Business By Gail Fagan io Grande Valley, Texas – June 2016 – The American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity (AAAED) has selected Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, founding provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, to receive its prestigious 2016 Cesar Estrada Chavez Award. The award presented on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., during AAAED’s 42nd National Conference and Annual Meeting. Named for the famed Latino labor leader and civil rights activist, the Cesar Chavez award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership in support of workers’ rights and humanitarian issues. Rodríguez, who came to UT Pan American in 2011 as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs and also served for a year as UTPA president ad interim, said he is both humbled by and appreciative of the recognition. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do, which is the result of many hardworking, deeply committed and passionate colleagues who positively impact workers’ rights and humanitarian affairs,” he said. “This award symbolizes a collective effort aimed at producing a significant and sustainable influence for the advancement of our communities.” At UTRGV, Rodríguez is



Dr. Havidán Rodríguez receives National Award for Advocacy of Workers’ Rights, Humanitarian Issues principal investigator of betterment of society, such as a five-year, $3.1 million improving warning systems ADVANCE Institutional for natural disasters. Transformation grant His academic career from the National Science also includes directing the Foundation (NSF), American Sociological aimed at increasing Association Minority the representation and Fellowship Program while advancement of women a faculty member at the faculty, especially University of Puerto RicoLatinas, in science, Mayagüez and serving technology, engineering as deputy provost at the and mathematics University of Delaware, (STEM) fields. Under his where he headed the Disaster leadership, the grant has Research Center, one of the led to the initiation of an Dr. Havidán Rodríguez with his wife Rosy. He is the founding leading social science disaster ADVANCE Leadership provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at The research centers in the world. Institute, an ADVANCE University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, has been awarded the Rodríguez has Administrative Fellows American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity’s prestigious received numerous accolades, and Associate-to-Full 2016 Cesar Estrada Chavez Award, for his leadership in support of including recognition in the Professor programs workers’ rights and humanitarian issues. 2015 Bright Spots in Hispanic and a Women’s Faculty (Photo by Roberto Hugo Gonzalez Texas Border Business) Education by the White House Network at UTRGV. Initiative on Educational “These issues are prevalent His academic Excellence for Hispanics career reflects his passion about issues throughout his notable research in two main and receiving the 2015 Alfredo G. de related to human and civil rights, social areas: disasters and their disproportionate los Santos Jr. Distinguished Leadership justice and increasing access and equity impacts on vulnerable populations, and Award from the American Association for under-represented populations, said Hispanics in the U.S. and their social of Hispanics in Higher Education. Last Dr. Marie Mora, UTRGV associate vice mobility outcomes,” Mora said. year, he was also featured on the cover Rodríguez’s international of the national publication, The Hispanic provost for Faculty Diversity and last year’s Cesar Estrada Chavez Award disaster-related research has been used Outlook in Higher Education Magazine. winner, who nominated Rodríguez for the to inform and shape public policy related TBB to human rights and social justice for the 2016 award.


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Rio South Texas Economic Council Hires new Executive Director Local Insight and Global Perspective to advance Regional Economic Development Efforts


eslaco, TX) – A familiar face and a good friend of South Texas, Matt Z. Ruszczak, a MBA graduate of the University of Texas – Pan American, has taken over the position of Executive Director at the Rio South Texas Economic Council (RSTEC). He began serving in his position on Monday, June 6th. Matt, who prior to joining RSTEC worked in Austin, Texas serving the Texas Restaurant Association in a state-wide role as Chapter Relations & Development Manager, is taking on his new role as Executive Director with both local insight and a global perspective. Matt has a diverse professional background, having worked in IT, public opinion research, real estate, small business development, governmental affairs, economic development and public administration in various roles across the Rio Grande Valley prior to moving to Austin in 2014. As a native of Central Europe who lived in both Poland

Cut line: Matt Z. Ruszczak (center), the new Executive Director for the Rio South Texas Economic Council (RSTEC), with members of the RSTEC Board of Directors. and Germany before making Texas his home, Matt also speaks Spanish, German, and Polish, which will benefit RSTEC in promoting the Rio Grande Valley in the global marketplace. “The Rio Grande Valley is an exciting region with a very bright future, so I am thrilled to be back and have the opportunity to contribute the

prosperity of the region, its communities and its residents by supporting our members in their economic development efforts as well as promoting the RGV on an international scale. It is a true privilege to serve RSTEC and its members, so I look forward to utilizing my skills and leveraging my experience at their

service.” said Matt. Melisa Gonzales, RSTEC Chairwoman of the Board, said, “The Board is excited to welcome Matt to RSTEC and we look forward to seeing him use his knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to help RSTEC achieve its goals as well as fulfill our vision for the region.” TBB

South Texas College hosts Workshop on Safety of Journalists on the Border Texas Border Business


cAllen, TX (June2016) – On Friday, South Texas College hosted the Valley’s first Security for Border Journalists Binational Workshop. The event brought together journalists from Mexico and the U.S. to establish safety protocols and reduce risk while on the job. Topics of interest included risk assessment with Salama, a platform used by journalists that enables them to gauge the level of risk during sensitive investigations. Journalists also discussed building sources at risk in sensitive investigations during a presentation led by Lise Olsen from the Houston Chronicle. The event concludes on Saturday June 4. Bernando Gomez, a former federal police commander in Mexico, will be conducting physical training for journalists from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at STC’s Cooper Center for Communication Arts. “This is a program to enhance the skills for journalists to reduce risk while working on the U.S./Mexico border,” said event coordinator Jorge Luis Sierra, who also conducted a presentation regarding digital security tools available in the newsroom including encryption of

Angela Kerwin, Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros, Mexico was on hand to officially inaugurate the Security for Border Journalists Binational Workshop at South Texas College on Friday afternoon. More than 35 journalists from Mexico and the U.S. gathered for the two-day event to discuss safety protocols and measures to ensure their safety while covering sensitive assignments. The event concludes on Saturday with physical training at STC's Copper Center from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. email and sensitive communications. “We are grateful to South Texas College for hosting us. I think as the first of its kind, it’s important that we do things on the border where things are happening,” Sierra said. “We have journalists coming from Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros, Ciudad Victoria, Reynosa and Monterrey. On the U.S. side, we have a reporter here from the Houston Chronicle, Univision in Corpus Christi and of course from McAllen. The idea is to train them on how to reduce risk in various ways including digital risk and physical risk

The event was organized through a partnership with the International Center for Journalists, in partnership with the School of Journalism and the Center for Border and Global Journalism, at the University of Arizona; South Texas College, the Border Journalism Network and the Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers, with the support of the ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellowships Program and the United States Embassy in Mexico. The idea is to ensure the safety of journalists covering sensitive issues, and preserve the flow of free and independent

journalism on the border. “That’s the whole idea. At some point in the past, we didn’t need to go over these topics, but now we have to establish protocols in the newsroom,” said Victor Hugo Castillo, event organizer and co-founder of the Border Center for Journalism and Bloggers with Sierra. “We have to establish safety protocols as individual journalists covering sensitive issues. It’s not only about protecting our sources, it’s about protecting ourselves and families. It’s a broad spectrum that includes digital security.” TBB

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hank you all for being here today! We are excited about all the fantastic news to share with you. Thank you Councilmen for your dedication and commitment to our city for all that you do. All that you just saw and all that is to follow has been done without raising taxes! In fact, Edinburg is one of the only Cities in the Rio Grande Valley that hasn’t raised property taxes in 21 consecutive years. We are growing our City and being fiscally responsible. We are planning, prioritizing, and partnering. Our City, your city, is investing wisely and stretching every single dollar. Edinburg’s sales tax collection continues to be one of the strongest in the region with double digit increases. 



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We are growing our City and being fiscally responsible. We are planning… prioritizing… and partnering

Pictured above members of the Edinburg Chamber of commerce with Mayor Richard Garcia. With him David Torres and Richard Molina both City councilmembers.


he City of Edinburg is financially sound and two of the leading global rating agencies predict our strong economic outlook will continue due to the rate of growth, the construction activity, and the City’s management practices. Explosive growth brings with it explosive demands for city services and infrastructure. We are vigilant and committed and are proud to say that we do not just “keep up” with the demand, but we stay ahead of it. And we listen. We listen to you. We take seriously what our residents want, after all, you are the reason that all of this matters. You said you wanted more entertainment options, more shopping venues, more restaurants, parks and more family outing choices. We heard you, and as you just saw, it’s coming!  Together, we are transforming Edinburg into a Destination City, a City that offers the best education. We recognize that success in life begins with success in the classroom. Superb residential options for every level, luxury, middle, and

Mayor Richard Garcia and his wife Myra

From Left to Right, Mr. Bob Garcia and Dr. Dahlia Guerra and Mayor Richard Garcia.

affordable housing all have equal importance. Extraordinary healthcare, quality employment opportunities, good paying jobs so that if you work hard you shouldn’t live in poverty or have to work two jobs to make ends meet. We all deserve a little time to help our kids with their homework or share a meal with our loved ones. World class cultural and sporting venues, and it’s yours my fellow residents, it’s yours, my friends and neighbors, and it is theirs, our friends across the state and the country. Edinburg IS a destination city. The creation of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, one of the largest Hispanic serving institutions – which by the way is a very, very big deal when capturing the attention of the federal government - provides the Valley’s residents with the highest caliber of educational opportunities. UTRGV also makes Edinburg a destination city, people from other countries and across the United States will come to the Rio Grande Valley to attend this great university. And although technically in our neighbor’s

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We listen to you. We take seriously what our residents want… after all…you are the reason that all of this matters back yard, our gates are open and we welcome Texas A&M to the neighborhood! Edinburg has one of the best school districts in Texas. ECISD (Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District) with more than 33,000 students has 4 nationally recognized high schools, 10 schools that earned perfect distinctions, 2 National Blue Ribbon nominated schools, and 13 Title 1 reward schools. Congratulations! To date, Edinburg has launched an Entrepreneur Development Initiative that will be called the “Hive Effect”. In partnership with Grindstone Co-working, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation, will offer an all-inclusive business model that will guide the participants from conceptualization to commercialization of their product or service.  Training courses, professional mentorship, shared conference and office space will be provided to those qualified businesses. Many of you know this about me, I am a history buff. I will not be around to say “I told you so” so let me just say it now. The single most significant event in this, our Rio Grande Valley and certainly my beloved City of Edinburg, is the creation of the UTRGV School of Medicine. Classes will start in the new building located on the north-end of the campus yet this year and as you can see from the photos, it looks like it’s always been there. It was meant to be! Congratulations to the UT Board of Regents, to our friends and partners in the Valley delegation, and to our State leaders for the tenacity required to make this a reality. Since the announcement of the new medical school, health care has been front and center.  Edinburg is now home to the first nationally accredited cancer center in the Valley.  Doctors Hospital at Renaissance is one of eight in South Texas to gain the distinction awarded by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. 

DHR also brought to Edinburg the Valley’s first Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgical Clinic and it has also brought back local organ transplant opportunities for those in need of kidneys. Huge for all of us, DHR has begun construction of a nine-story medical tower, that will employ more than 500 new full-time workers, and will be investing more than $180 million. South Texas Health System opened a new emergency satellite hospital on University Drive creating 40 new jobs.  They will be creating even more jobs with the planned expansion of 200 beds at Edinburg Regional Hospital.  And while on the subject of health, Edinburg was the first City in Hidalgo County to approve a 100% comprehensive smoking ban this past December.  No doubt, the medical and education sectors of our local economy are booming and creating fantastic employment opportunities, but manufacturing activities are also in

full swing. Santana Textiles, inaugurated a long awaited production start-up this past November. With their permission, I announce today that the company has officially changed its name, Santana Textiles LLC will now operate in Texas as DENIMBURG. Of course that’s a play on the product they produce and Edinburg. They’ve already invested some $60 million in our community and will be producing five different types of denim at this, their only North American manufacturing facility. Congratulations to our friends from Denimburg! Edinburg is the Destination City for education, the medical corridor, county government, business, entertainment, and recreation.

The hotel industry took notice! The Edinburg EDC is working with local and national companies to bring more hotels. The Qube Hotel Group is building a new Marriott TownePlace Suites prototype that will be the first of its kind in the Country. Qube is investing $10 million to build the hotel guaranteeing 30 permanent full-time jobs.    The Wyndham Garden Hotel is joining the bustling commercial community at the Shoppes at Rio Grande Valley just northeast of Burlington Coat Factory.  The hotel group plans to build a four-story facility complete with 120 rooms, a restaurant, bar service, and meeting


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Together, we are transforming Edinburg into a Destination City…a City that offers the best education space creating 40 new jobs. On Closner Boulevard, Holiday Inn Express and Suites Hotel also opened for business in 2015 adding 81 rooms, a pool, patio area, and two conference rooms creating 30 new jobs.  Next door, the Comfort Inn will be adding 50 rooms as part of a new Main Stay Suites.  And although I can’t reveal the name yet, another limited service hotel and conference space is being developed on University Drive, directly across from the main entrance of the University. Hotels aren’t the only things going up in our City.  From last year to today, the Planning and Zoning Department has reviewed and approved $225 million in construction projects.  Staff has issued 2,041 construction permits and 913 reconstruction permits.  One such company acquiring a reconstruction permit was Carmike Theaters on I 69 Central and Canton Road. Carmike is adding an IMAX theater to its Edinburg location.  It will be the company’s first IMAX theatre in the Rio Grande Valley. IMAX is the world’s most immersive movie experience with awe-inspiring images known to movie enthusiasts.  Thank you Cinemark for choosing Edinburg to begin your new Valley adventure.  Residential development in Edinburg is exploding, from master planned single family luxury development to high density, full amenity apartment complexes, construction is booming! In 2015 alone, 594 apartment units were built in Edinburg, three complexes along the City’s medical corridor and a fourth on Sugar Road near the University;  448 more apartment units are under construction as is a 150-home subdivision known as Jackson Heights Subdivision.   This particular subdivision is located next to Canterbury Elementary, at the corner of Jackson and Canton Roads. It represents one of the highest growth corridors for the City. It will feature homes in

On extreme right, Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia; and from Left to Right, City councilmember David Torres; Bert Garcia Vipers and Toros and Richard Molina City Councilmember. the $350,000-$500,000 range and will add more than $50 million to the City’s tax base once fully built out. At the corner of 10th Street and 107, we have 115 acres of new mixed-use development about to break ground, as well as, off-campus student housing under development at Chapin and Sugar Roads, and another off-campus student housing project at 4th and University just behind the old bookstore. That project is scheduled to go out for bids in August. Meanwhile, adjacent to that we also have the Multi-Use Transit Facility that is also projected to go out for bids in August with construction ending before the end of the year. This facility of course will be home to Valley Metro and we’re happy to welcome their regional hub to Edinburg. The approximately 35,000 square foot facility will be a mixeduse project that will combine public and private transit service with office space, and restaurants. Speaking of restaurants, you asked

for more so we worked with the EEDC to make that happen. Earlier this year, we announced that Bob’s Steak & Chop House has chosen Edinburg to open its first restaurant south of San Antonio.  Known for serving the best cuts of meat available, Bob’s will be located at the Shoppes. The first Chick-Fil-A opened in 2015 along University Drive.  Within months of opening day, it became one of the best performing locations in the Valley.  We also welcomed Luciano Neighborhood Pizzeria across from the Edinburg Baseball Field, a Carl’s, Jr. on University Drive, a Green Ceviche, Firehouse Subs, and Dunkin Donuts at the Marval Plaza on Trenton Road. A second Dunkin Donuts is coming to University Drive between City Hall and UTRGV. Currently, the Shoppes is adding an A’GACI Fashion Store for young fashionistas and an Encore Shoe Store specializing in footwear for men, women, and children. And we’re

excited to announce 4 new sit-down restaurants to include seafood, urban dining, and a gourmet restaurant with Mediterranean fusion flair, an outdoor kitchen, bar, and outdoor plaza, landscaped and designed to provide a community dining experience unlike any other in the Rio Grande Valley. While, places to go, to eat, and to shop attract people, so do parks and other avenues where families can spend quality time outdoors. That’s why we spent close to $3 million to create the Jackson Road Hike and Bike Trail.  The almost threemile long trail runs from Chapin to Canton Road and is part of the City’s Master Plan that will eventually join with McAllen’s 2nd Street Trail. As you can see it is complete and quite popular with walkers, runners and riders alike.  The City added playscapes at Memorial Park, Norma Linda Park, and South Park for children to enjoy,  and we added public restrooms at Cenizo

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Edinburg has launched an Entrepreneur Development Initiative that will be called the “Hive Effect”

Leaders of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation are, from left: Agustín García, Jr., Executive Director; and the Edinburg EDC Board of Directors: Ellie M. Torres; Secretary/Treasurer; Mark Iglesias, President; Mayor Richard García, Member; Richard Ruppert, Member; and Harvey Rodríguez, Jr., Vice President. Agustín García, Jr. and Mayor Richard García are not related. and West Park. The Burns Brothers are helping us cultivate outdoor recreation and entertainment options by creating a retail, recreational, and entertainment development adjacent to their expanding residential development on I69 Central, just north of Monte Cristo and Davis Roads. It’s all part of a 726-acre planned La Sienna community and Resaca Market. The Burns Brothers will invest $10 million to develop the project that will include another Cinematic Venue in the City of Edinburg.  This theatre will feature a full bar and restaurant and unique entertainment events that currently do not exist anywhere else in the Rio Grande Valley.   Edinburg has invested millions of dollars to increase cultural arts opportunities in the form of performing arts, live performances and festivals like the South Texas International

Film Festival and the ever-popular UFO Annual Conference. Edinburg was recognized by the Mexican Government for its continued support of our Mexican Heritage by sponsoring the only 3-day event in the region that highlights the richness of the Mexican people. And along with constructing facilities and entertainment venues we are conscientious to the infrastructure that is needed to accommodate more people and more vehicles.  As Councilmember Torres said earlier, we are working on streets and we’ve taken serious steps in securing that the City has sufficient water for today and for tomorrow.  Last March we kicked off a $12.8 million expansion at the West Edinburg Water Plant in order to increase capacity.  Currently, Edinburg services 24,000 connections, which amounts to 94 percent of the total 16 million gallons our two water plants

Mayor can hold. This Richard expansion will now Garcia with give us a combined McAllen total of 26 million Mayor Jim gallons per day.   I Darling inform you today that the project is on track and scheduled to be completed in 580 days. And we all know that people want to live and visit a city that is safe.  Those of us on the Council are mindful of that and we are making sure that our public safety agencies have the tools, training and support necessary to get the job done.  I’m happy to report that we saw a 13.9 percent decrease in crime in 2015.  Our Fire Department is making history by helping to create and manage the first ever Texas Task Force in the Rio Grande Valley. 



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Edinburg is the Destination City for education, the medical corridor, county government, business, entertainment and recreation

Both of these facts are testament to the commitment of our City employees. Edinburg has 784 full-time employees.  We are very appreciative of their passion to serve this community.  To our City employees mberhere today, you truly deserve the recognition, our gratitude and our respect! Please know that you are appreciated. I stand before you today as Mayor, a public servant in this City where I have always stood, and with a grateful heart and a proud spirit report that the state of the city is FANTASTIC! There is a sense of ambition that resonates in our city. Edinburg is a place with a big heart, a fierce spirit, and with our eyes on the future, with a resolve to make tomorrow better than today. We do not run from our challenges, and we have had a few, we embrace them, we confront them together, as family does. We do not shy away from opportunity; we reach for it.

I want t o thank you for being here today and for your continued support for Edinburg. For our Edinburg residents, on behalf of the entire City Council and myself, thank you for letting us serve you.  Before I let you go though, please indulge me in one thing.  Here at the City of Edinburg, we work hard to reach and accomplish our goals. I like to think that we target the needs of our citizens regardless of their color, religion, income or social strata. This is a presidential election year and I would hope that we can expect the same from those that would lead us at the National level, be it in Congress or the White House. Before I close I want to share some personal thoughts regarding that theme. Please be assured that my thoughts are not intended to favor any political party or candidate, instead my words are food for thought and a reminder that there is no substitute for hard work to accomplish our goals. Some of my words are my own and some are borrowed. I try to learn from others, especially from those who say

it better. As I said earlier, I am a history buff and I study history because I like a great story, because it’s interesting, and because it’s relevant. The well-known saying is that “if you don’t study history you are destined to repeat it.” -----well, most of us don’t, so life events, human events, pretty much mirror themselves every 50 to 100 years. To me history gives me an explanation as to why things in my world are happening as they are. I’m going to relate to you a little history that I feel relates to today. My apologies in advance if anyone is offended by this story but sometimes history is not kind. And sometimes the truth hurts. Many years ago, when I was a child --- a former President was involved in a Presidential Campaign and in strategy sessions regarding the vote in the South. Be it truth or rumor, he allegedly told his campaign strategists, “Tell the lowest white that he is better than the highest black and he’ll follow you blindly --- you can pick his pocket, you can rob him blind, and he will thank you for it.” An ugly racist thing to hear, and in deference to this former President, it was during his watch that integration finally became reality, that segregation became illegal, and we all thought diversity and equality would be the new face of our Nation. Today as I look out into the audience I see varying shades of skin, I see diversity in culture, in religion, in customs, in ideas, and I embrace it. So why is this relevant today. Because ethnicity and diversity are once again at the very core of a Presidential election. But in my evaluation this all goes beyond the color of your skin, or your religious preference, at least for political purposes.

Today, as I watch the mainstream news within Social Media I fear that a large segment of our society is Ill! That illness is fear. That fear is cancerous. That fear, like cancer is spreading rapidly, within our citizenship and our government bodies. That fear causes men to belittle or denigrate others who were born differently or color or a different gender or religion. It is hurting you, it is hurting and killing your children, it is damaging families, it hurls shrapnel in many directions — sometimes fatally and bringing an end to the lives of those people who are unfortunate enough to be in its blast radius. Today’s backward politics nurture, protect and feed that fear and are hurting millions of us every day; calling out to lottery of genetics or fortune of birth and lending a blind eye to earned merit. The Fear of country of origin. The reality is that 63% of the mass shootings in the United States have been committed by men who are home grown. History tells us that when our leadership feeds on fear and allows violence to rear its ugly head in an attempt to maintain social or political control, we are in trouble. This is an important time in our country. A very, very important time. This period in our country will be highlighted in history books for generations to come. Today, I think most of us still believe that education and hard work and not the color of your skin, or your choice of religion, or country of origin; education and hard work are the formula for success. I still believe in you, in us, in the America that our forefathers left their homeland for. We have a path, a map and a destination. Equality and compassion will surely lead us all to success. God bless you and yours and this one of a kind democracy we so proudly call “The United States of America” Thank you for coming! ■

Edinburg City Council

Richard H. Garcia

J.R. Betancourt,

Homer Jasso Jr., Councilmember 

Richard Molina, Mayor Pro Tem

David Torres, Councilmember

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Affordable Homes... cost of $16,000 and financed for 15 years at a 5% interest rate. The following year, 1989, it was agreed the new organization should merge with McAllen Housing Services, Inc. (MHSI) and do both things, home rehabilitation, and building news homes. Glen E. Roney, (Board President 1991-1993), Othal E. Brand and Mike Braun (Board President 1984-1986) headed the new corporate merger. In January 2008, the organization changed its name to Affordable Homes of South Texas (AHSTI) Fast forward to 2016; Calvillo tells people that they don’t do rocket science. “We are essentially a subdivision developer, a builder, and a mortgage company.” He said, “The difference is that we are exclusively servicing lowincome families in our area.” He told Texas Border Business, “We are not reinventing how to build a house or build it upside down or sideways. A house is a house. A loan is a loan.” Calvillo said, “The difference is that we’ve got 65 employees that love what they do, they come to work every day with a smile on their face and ready to serve.” How did the new Mayor Jim Darling impact this organization? “I think the mayor’s impact is not even measurable. When I started almost 20 years ago, he was already doing so many things for us that I can’t even describe it but primarily his official role was our legal counsel.” Calvillo said that at the time Mayor Darling was a city employee, and he asked for permission to be able to do home closings. At that point, Darling stated that he would prefer for clients to use the money to pay their homes. “Since at least 20 years ago, Mayor Darling was doing all the legal work for us free of charge,” Calvillo said. Also, he said, Darling became the largest donor to this organization, because when an attorney closes a mortgage, and they get title insurance, the title company pays the closing attorney a fee. Darling at the time would get that fee from the title company payable to his law firm, and what he would do is endorse the check back to the organization. “He was contributing with his professional skills, and also providing us financial support. Nobody else would have done that,” Calvillo said. Calvillo said that the founders and the board presidents had done a fabulous job. However, he also wants to recognize the volunteers that they have had, and they have been many. Before him, three individuals served as executive directors during the Continued on page 46


David N. Calvillo joins Chamberlain Hrdlicka as Senior Counsel Texas Border Business been named to Texas Super civil matters, including Lawyers from 2007 through breach of contract, business ouston– National law firm divorces, business torts, 2016 and has received the Chamberlain Hrdlicka today professional AV Preeminent rating from malpractice, announced that David N. personal injury, wrongful Martindale-Hubbell. Calvillo has joined the firm as Senior death, employment, debt He is a member of Counsel. He will serve clients in Houston, collection, environmental numerous professional as well as the Rio Grande Valley, including and intellectual property. organizations, including the Brownville, Texas and McAllen, Texas. As a professional neutral, American Board of Trial “As a board certified trial lawyer, he serves as an arbitrator in Advocates, the American professional neutral, certified public commercial, construction, Bar Association, the accountant and certified valuation employment, international Mexican American Bar analyst, David Calvillo brings a wealth of and health law matters. Association, the Hispanic David N. Calvillo experience and expertise to our firm,” said Calvillo received a National Bar Association, Wayne Risoli, managing shareholder of bachelor’s degree in accounting from The the American Arbitration Association and Chamberlain Hrdlicka. University of Texas – Pan American and the American Health Lawyers Association. Calvillo brings a multidisciplinary a law degree from the University of Texas He serves the profession as a member perspective to his clients in the practice School of Law. of the Council of the ADR Section of areas of commercial litigation, construction He is currently enrolled in the State Bar of Texas and as an Exam law, arbitration, mediation 6/14/14 and tax 12:10 the Executive LLM3 Tax program at Commissioner for the Civil Trial section spanish ads:paragon PM Page controversy. He has successfully tried Georgetown University Law Center with of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. and litigated various commercial and an anticipated graduation date in 2017. He’s TBB



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Pharr Bridge Consolidated a Position for New Projects with CPB and Mexico Texas Border Business


harr, Texas - June, 2016 Luis Bazan, Pharr Bridge Director was elated when he was talking about the results of a meeting with US Federal Officials and representatives of the Federal government of Mexico. He said, “Good news. We just came back from Mexico City. We were at the Bi-National Borders and Bridges meeting co-presenting with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). He told Texas Border Business that they were approached by CBP about copresenting because the Pharr Bridge and the City of Pharr are now under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with CBP to develop new infrastructure projects inside the port. According to Bazan, the Pharr Bridge and the City of Pharr have done things properly. “Following the processes, setting the example for other ports of entry when it comes to this program, which is the Donations Acceptance Program under Section 559, a CBP Federal Government

Luis Bazan, Pharr Bridge Director private-public partnership program,” he


The co-presentation was before a committee which is comprised of both the US and Mexico federal officials. Present in this meeting, were committed stakeholders and decision makers of both countries “It was an honor and a privilege,” Bazan said. “The fact that we co-presented with CBP just means a lot because at the end of the day, we are also helping CBP.” He said, “We are an ambassador for CBP to push this program to other ports of entry.” The projects that Bazan refers to, and that they co-presented with CBP in Mexico, were the two additional entry lanes and also two additional exit lanes. “These are two projects that are under the Section 559 Program, under that MOU that I’m talking about.” He said, “When finished this will facilitate trade.” Bazan’s enthusiasm was contagious, “It’s going to make us more efficient. It’s going to reduce wait times, and the throughput of trucks, and the flow of trucks is going to be better at our port,” he said. He continued, “We were not the only ones presenting, City of McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and Superintendent of Bridges Rigoberto “Rigo” Villarreal; and the team from the Donna Bridge were also present.” Bazan said the the City of Pharr and the Pharr Bridge are privileged because they already have a commercial port of entry. “We are the only full-service commercial bridge in the region here,” he emphasized. He also pointed out, “We are

already light years ahead. We have the infrastructure in place. We have the commercial traffic, and the non-commercial traffic; and we are pushing for more but we need to be ready for more. That’s why we are building these infrastructure projects inside the port.” You mentioned that CBP was excited about working with Pharr, why? “Because we are following the right protocols. We are not trying to skip ahead of the line. We are actually following the process to get these things; and these are small projects. Like the entry lanes, and the exit lanes you are looking at about six million dollars for both of those projects but at the end of the day, they pay big.” He was clear to say that the reason he is talking to the press is to clarify and try to eliminate confusion. He said that some companies are confused because information is flying around that is not factual. He said, “That is why it is important for us to say it exactly how it is. We are the commercial bridge in place with the right infrastructure and getting ready for additional lanes.” Bazan said they started on the planning and development phase after they signed the MOU. The projects were submitted in December of 2014 because the 559 Program opened up for project proposals from October to December of 2014. That was their first proposal. He said, “We proposed four projects. Then it takes about 3, 4, 5, or 6 months for CBP and GSA to review. Then in June or July of 2015, we got the good news, and then there was a press release also indicating that Pharr is being tentatively accepted to move forward with these plans.” Bazan said that they signed the MOU in August of 2015 with CBP and GSA, and then in October of 2015 they started the first phase, which is planning and development. “We are still right now in the planning and development stage, almost nine months after the fact. Once we hit August this year, it’ll be a year that we are working on planning and development.” By August of this year they expect to be in the procurement and requirements phase. “Right now, all that CBP is waiting for are the designs, and we have been working with an engineering firm to develop the designs,” he said. Bazan said that they are about to submit schematics and designs with real measurements. He also said, that once they clear the planning and development, they immediately go to the procurement requirements phase. And after that? “We’ll start talking about a potential day for groundbreaking,” he finalized. TBB

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Trademarks – Differences in Mexico - Us class.


By Jorge F. Millan

or lawyers who practice intellectual property matters either in the US or in Mexico, it is indispensable to be aware of the differences in procedures to register, protect and litigate the ownership of a trademark in case their clients are located in both countries. For instance, in the US, your intellectual property lawyer will file the registration application in the class where your products or services need to be covered. The classification consists of 45 classes. The first 34 are for different products and the remaining classes from 35 through 45 are exclusively used for services. It is obvious that 45 classes cannot cover the universe of existing products and services. That is why there is a list of specific products and services where a lawyer can find the product or service that could not be found inside the 45 classes. In case that the applicant in unable to find a nest for its product or service it will be necessary to request the Trademark Department to assign the

I have seen in the US that intellectual property lawyers file an application without being absolutely certain that the class mentioned in their application is the correct one. If that is the case, they will wait for the United States Patent and Trademark Office to reply indicating the class where the trademark should be inserted in the application. In Mexican cases, if the lawyer lives in Mexico City where the Trademark Office is located, it is just a matter of going to that Office to obtain an answer in about an hour. If the trademark has not been used in commerce in the US before the application for registration is filed such application needs to mention that it is being filed with the “intent to use”. Intent to use applications need to be renewed but not indefinitely. The applicant in Mexico does not need to be represented by a lawyer either but just as in the US, it is recommended to hire a knowledgeable one. It is also not necessary that the trademark has been used prior to filing. However, if the registration is granted, the owner has to use it during the 10 years of its life. If it is not used for three consecutive years during that 10-year time, the registration becomes vulnerable to “lack of use” attacks by interested third parties in the


For US applications there will be a time during its process that the trademark will be published for 30 days during which time anyone who has a legal interest can file an opposition procedure against its registration. Should that happen the applicant faces a much longer and costlier procedure during which the registration will be put on stand-by. There is not an opposition procedure in Mexico but in practice I have opposed in the past, trademarks in the process of registration using as support language in the law that is vague but I have paralyzed the process. Contrary to public belief, a normal process of registering a trademark in the US takes a longer period of time to obtain than in Mexico. Another interesting difference between the US and Mexico is that in the US you can apply for State trademark registrations which, if obtained, will grant you State protection only versus federal. Jorge F. Millan, fully bilingual (Spanish-English, English-Spanish) and bicultural attorney at law, licensed to practice in México, with vast domestic and international experience as in-house and outside counsel for various corporations and individuals. TBB


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Publisher’s Word... Chamber of Commerce President & CEO. He joined the Mission Chamber in that capacity in April 2016. You will enjoy his article titled, “Sacred Cows” Slowing You Down? Read about Christina Rivera, CEO of the Rio Grande Regional Hospital named a 2016 Woman of Distinction by the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) and honored at a Luncheon in Austin on May 13th. Yoli Cantu and the Art Village on Main are getting ready to celebrate the 3rd Annual “A Season of Hope” Arts Festival which will take part on Saturday, December 10, 2016. In this issue, there is more information on how you can participate. We have included a QR for you to scan and find out more by visiting our site which has the complete rules and application to participate. Yoli, and A Season of HopeArts Festival invites you to apply and be one of 24 exhibitors at the 2016 event, celebrating the Arts. In this issue you will also learn about what happened 40 years ago in McAllen. The responsible businesspeople with a heart in the right place founded an organization that still is helping people to own their home. Enjoy! TBB


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A Texas Tornado is Finally Winding Down in San Benito! San Benito, Texas will soon join the family of museums with a Magnificent and Modern facility

By Pedro Ayala


an Benito, Texas will soon join the Rio Grande Valley family of museums, and I mean museums with a capital M, for Músicos, Muchos Músicos, Magnífico, Modern, Move over Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash. Here comes the modern shrine to Narciso Martínez, homage to Texas tornado Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex Conjunto Music and Texas-Mexican Border Heritage. Exciting indeed! Debate over the official name has loomed over the years of planning, although the Freddy Fender Museum and The Conjunto Music Museum opened November 17, 2007, the new modern building has been dubbed the new San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum as commissioners referred to it while approving design plans on April 19, 2016. The City Commission approved the initial concept design for the San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum designed by Munoz & Co. led by architect Steve Tillotson from San Antonio, Texas in a presentation done by local collaborating architect Meg Jorn of Megamorphosis out of Harlingen, Texas. It will encompass a broader spectrum of arts in this region. The museums have shared a building with the San Benito Historical Museum since its inception. The museum will be located at the corner of East Heywood Street and North Crockett Street. Historically and like many case studies throughout the United States, art, culture and museums have certainly aided in planting the seed for future economic growth and what better way than to embrace the past while looking to the future with a vibrantly modern juxtaposition of forms, materials, patterns and color that will take shape in this new museum. The Architect’s Design Statement: As paraphrased by collaborating architect Meg Jorn for design architect Steve Tillotson, with Munoz & Co. “We tried to let the building be an abstract representation of the musical heritage of San Benito with the facing wall looking like the bellows of an accordion and the front portion of the building in plan being symbolic of a guitar laying on

Floor plan of guitar shaped building addition

Narciso Mendoza. Photo Courtesy Wikipedia

Freddy Fender Photo Courtesy Wikipedia

The Existing Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center in San Benito, TX the ground. We tried to use natural daylight in there… the mechanical court enclosure will look like pierced paper (papel picado) representing festive celebrations. The entrance fascia from the low lying roof that faces Heywood Street will be brightly ornamented like the decorative bands of the circular opening of a guitar…the building is trying to, in abstract ways, represent the instruments that are a part of the musical heritage.

View of new addition from the corner of N. Crocket St. and E. Stenger Street showing the exterior screen pattern. The biggest vision was inspired by Eduardo Diaz who 10 years ago wrote a paper about the possibilities of San Benito creating this cultural heritage museum. We are trying to do what his paper recommended we do which is to create a cultural plaza. He now works at the Smithsonian Museum and has been

Site plan showing downtown complex.

involved in the design of many museums with this being his pet project by obtaining the necessary grant money.” The project is only about one building at this time because of the budget: $1.2M. The architects have only laid out what the future possibility of connecting the different buildings that exist on the site would look like integrated into one cultural plaza, not part of this scope of work, but part of a long term vision. The site plan shows a cluster of three buildings, with the newest addition having 7,083 square feet. The Cultural Heritage Museum will be next to the existing Narciso Martinez Center and the Community Center welcomed by a plaza in the front and enclosed with a patio in the rear of the site. It will be the only museum celebrating this region’s musical heritage, Conjunto Music. The original center was named after the father of conjunto music Narciso Martinez who was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico and died in San Benito, Texas. The roots of a local musical tradition began here and no doubt the man responsible for putting San Benito on the map, Baldemar Huerta or Freddy Fender known by his popular stage name, will certainly leave his contribution firmly cemented in the ground. A guitar shaped floor plan marks the side entrance to the

Site plan of Phase 1 showing the Guitar shape plan of the new addition next to the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center and the existing community center.

museum. It is important to note that out of the 12 museums in the Rio Grande Valley all mostly traditional in architectural style, the only one that stands out in its modernity and popularity is IMAS in McAllen. It’s the only museum that does not try to be historical. It’s the only one with the prestigious Smithsonian affiliation and ranked highest in attendance. Meg Jorn’s presentation to San Benito’s City Commission addressed the importance of designing a building that not only reflects musical instruments played in conjunto music such as the accordion, the keys of a piano, the guitar and other inspirational metaphors but also embodies a timeless quality, a future city landmark for visitors to flock to from all over the world.

View from Heywood Street of Main entrance to new addition showing a floral strip design. And why not draw inspiration from Bilbao and bring some musical modernity to San Benito? The architect suggested while she presented the exhaustive research needed to be done in order to explain to the City Commission what has been done in terms of music museums which are few and what opportunity lies here to make this an icon for locals, the Rio Grande Valley, and an attraction for international visitors. After all, Freddy Fender not only has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame but he was also honored in the European Walk of Fame from Rotterdam, Netherlands. While budgets for this type of projects are always slim, relying on grants, it would behoove anyone to help out in this historically significant tribute to our most prized possession from El Valle. His family is committed to continue the Freddy Fender Continued on page 46

Site Plan of Phase 2 showing what it could look like as inspired by Eduardo Diaz who works with the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

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Scholarship Fund and other philanthropic causes about which the musician was passionate. I remember when my father, my grandmother and I moved to McAllen in 1976 and Freddy Fender would come on the radio of my dad’s 1969 Plymouth GTX. She would have a beautiful smile, close her eyes and sway her head side to side and pretend like she was dancing holding out her arms. And that’s because she’s a Mexican national. My grandmother is 89 years old, and now lives in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico; for Mother’s Day I mailed her a CD of one of her favorite musicians – Freddy Fender! It had a compilation of hits but her favorite was Wasted Days and Wasted Nights, which was released this month back in 1975. Freddy Fender’s music transcended cultures and especially Texas-Mexican border heritage that filled the soul like a Texas Tornado. Our Tex-Mex heritage and music is magical and brings back memories of a unique place. This would be the first Tex-Mex, Conjunto and Border Heritage Museum dedicated to this region’s music culture hopefully with a bright future and possibly have the opportunity to become another museum with Valley Smithsonian affiliation, if all the organizations involved can work together to bring Eduardo Diaz’ vision to life. Pedro Ayala- As a Rio Grande Valley native, Pedro Ayala moved to McAllen in 1976. He is a member of Futuro McAllen, the McAllen Citizen’s League, Leadership McAllen, has been an instructor at STC – Technology Campus. His background is in architecture from Texas A&M University and in Urban Design from the University of Houston. TBB

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Affordable Homes... previous 20 years. "They did a fantastic job of thinking outside the box." Calvillo said, “They also deserve recognition." The three former executive directors were; the late Al Rogers, (1976-1980); the late William L. “Doc” Moore (1980 to 1992); and after during a small gap, Chris Voss served as interim director, and Marc Riggs (1992-1996). Calvillo said that these three individuals would do anything to help families in our area. June is an important month for Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc. and the surrounding cities blessed by Affordable Homes of South Texas, Inc. (AHST). They are celebrating 40 years of existence, and all the participants deserve recognition for a job extremely well done. TBB

Paris features Mexican art shows

Paris.- The council of the first district of Paris opened a series of exhibitions of Mexican art as part of its International Festival of cultural diversity. The show,

reach a target of $12 billion exports for the aerospace industry by 2020. Luis Lizcano, director general of Femia, the Mexican federation of the industry, said that it is working hard to meet the target. Last year, exports came to $7 billion.

Mexico plays host to cardiologists

Mexico is taking part in global efforts to speed up efforts to improve greater integration of green, reliable and accessible technologies for electricity, Joaquín Coldwell said. which is to be held through May 28, includes the photographic publication “Complicidades” by Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, as well as “Tablas Huicholas” by José Benítez Sánchez.

Frida painting is record-breaker

New York.- The painting “Dos

The economy is picking up

Mexico City. - Mexico will host the World Congress of Cardiology from June 14 through 17. More than 5,000 specialists are expected to take part in sharing information on the most recent advances in cardiovascular medicine. The event will focus on prevention of heart disease, said Marco Antonio Martínez Ríos, director of the Ignacio Chávez National Cardiology Institute.

Natural gas prices to be freed

desnudos en el bosque” by iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo broke a record for a Latin American work by fetching $8 million at a Christie’s auction in New York. The previous record was set at $7.2 million in 2008 by “El Trovador”, a work of the Mexican muralist Rufino Tamayo. The painting by Kahlo (1907-1954) was a gift to the actress Dolores del Río. It shows a brown-skinned woman comforting one of lighter complexion. Both are naked amid a landscape that is both exuberant and desolate, beneath a cloud-filled sky.

Flying high in Berlin

Berlin.- Mexico took part in the ILA

Mexico City.- Natural gas prices in northern Mexico will be freed from government controls, reported

Lourdes Melgar, the undersecretary for Hydrocarbons under the Energy ministry. Melgar said that the measure will be applied in areas where competition is already free as a result of the energy reform.

Energy alliance with US and Canada

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self-motivated and passionate, and had the ability to transfer those attributes to others.” Looking toward the future of the Pharr Community Theater, Guerrero

San Francisco.- The Energy minister, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, announced that Mexico will work with the United States and Canada in research and development to boost the region’s energy transition. reaffirmed the values of the community that the theater company would carry forward. “We exemplify hope, dreams, and aspiration. We will continue our work to nurture confidence in our community and provide a space for clean and fun entertainment.” Thanks to the dedication and

Paris.- The OECD report on world forecasts i n d i c a t e s economic growth of Mexico at 2.6 percent this year and 3 percent for 2017. The increase was attributable to the implementation of the government’s structural reforms, the OECD said.

Weapons to fight inequality

Mexico City.- President Enrique Peña Nieto published “Zonas económicas especiales para el desarrollo” that aims to boost regions where opportunities of economic development are in short supply The first of these zones are all in the south of the country. They are the port of Lázaro Cárdenas which bestrides the states of Michoacán and

Guerrero; the Tehuantepec Corridor, from Coatzacoalcos in Veracruz to Salina Cruz, Oaxaca; the Port of Chiapas in the state of the same name; and the CampecheTabasco Corridor. The legislation provides fiscal and economic incentives for companies that come to the regions in accordance with a master plan. TBB selflessness of the Michal's and all who have helped, The Pharr Community Theater will continue to carry the torch of literacy, cultural arts, and education into a new era for the community. For more information please feel free to call 956-600-9463. TBB

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