editor’s note; “What a special moment to be a father”, Adrian Villarreal – IBC Bank

Adrian Villarreal, President and CEO of IBC. Photo by Roberto Hugo Gonzalez
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Texas Border Affairs

June 19 is Father’s Day. For this reason, Texas Border Business had a conversation with Adrian Villarreal, president and CEO of one of the major banks in the Rio Grande Valley. He oversees 29 branches in Hidalgo County. In addition to leading this banking institution, he manages the planning of different fundraising events that connect the bank to the community.

Today we know there is a big difference in how fathers interact with the family. Over the past few decades, the involvement of fathers has increased dramatically.

In his case, Villarreal found joy, satisfaction and fulfilling moments watching his children grow up. His involvement as a father is to guide them through different aspects and decisions of their lives.

Fathers with families and demanding careers sometimes face conflicts between family space and work. Villarreal said his biggest supporter is his wife, Lupita Villarreal.

Find out more in this issue about Villarreal and IBC.

Congratulations! Robert C. Vackar of the Bert Ogden Auto Group has been named the 2021 GMC Dealer of the Year. It’s an award few dealerships nationwide receive. Bob and Janet Vackar expressed their gratitude to the employees and administrative staff for all their hard work and dedication to their customers.

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Bob considers this award to be the most prestigious award you can receive from General Motors and said this: “As I said in the presentation, GMC was Mr. (Bert) Ogden’s dealership. So the price is for him. He said: “I’m telling you, if he and Dorothy were here today I think they would be very proud and impressed with everything we’ve done.” Read the rest of this interesting story inside.

Brownsville – The City of Brownsville has launched the Launch BTX Grant Program to foster and support public educational institutions’ collaboration with Brownsville start-ups and businesses in the aerospace, urban mobility and technology. Program applications are now live and should be submitted by October 31, 2022. Learn more inside.

Edinburgh – The City of Edinburgh has announced its partnership with the Army Partnership for Youth Success (PaYS) program, making it the first municipality in the Rio Grande Valley to sign up and participate in this distinctive program.

Through the PaYS program, PaYS soldiers are guaranteed a job interview with five PaYS partners of their choice after completing their training or their first term. More details inside.

McAllen – The City of McAllen and the McAllen Chamber of Commerce will present the MXLAN 2022 event to celebrate Mexican and Latin American culture in our country. The event will host an artisan Mercado showcasing murals and paintings, live performances by local singers, bands and performers. To register and for more information, contact the McAllen Chamber. More details inside.

Pharr – More than 400 high school students from Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD have been nominated for South Texas College’s Spring 2022 commencement ceremony. “Congratulations to the hundreds of seniors who have reached this incredible, life-changing milestone,” said PSJA Superintendent Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo. For more details read inside.

On another note, Terracon, a leading provider of environmental, facilities, geotechnical and materials services, has appointed Martin Reyes the Group Manager of Geotechnical Services in its Pharr office. Martin will oversee or control all ongoing projects in the department. More details inside.

Enjoy these stories and more in this issue.

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