Author Archives: Anabel Aranda-Saenz

FULLY PROMOTED – HELPING BUSINESSES GROW

Hector Leal and son Miguel are helping McAllen and the Valley be Fully Promoted.   EmbroidMe has changed its name to Fully Promoted. Do you know why? It’s actually pretty simple. “The primary reason we changed our name is because people still think we just do embroidery,” manager Miguel Leal said.  Joining the four-year old EmbroidMe franchise in 2004, the McAllen branch became a family affair for Hector Leal and two of his three sons. Today, it’s Hector and son Miguel who carry on the family business and bring Hector’s dream of coming to America to become a success a reality. Hector brought his family to the Valley in 1997 with one goal – to own his own business. Working in sales and management for a local company, Hector found an opportunity to open an EmbroidMe franchise in the Valley, and began following his plan of action. “I remember it like it was…

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BUSINESS YOU SHOULD KNOW – VALLEY RETINA INSTITUTE, PA

Caring for others’ vision is the passion of Dr. Victor H. Gonzalez, Valley Retina Institute, PA, Valley Retina Research. Actually, Dr. Gonzalez first dreamed of being a neurosurgeon and operating under a microscope, but he found he missed the patient/doctor relationship.  “When I rotated to ophthalmology, retina surgery was the closest thing to neurosurgery,” Gonzalez said. “You’re operating under a microscope, and since the retina is an extension of the brain, in a sense it is neurosurgery. I love it, and I like being able to follow the patients through their recoveries and establish relationships with them.” After Harvard Medical School, Gonzalez completed his retina fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and then spent time at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. A casual remark to him by a diabetic nurse triggered his life’s passion to work with children and diabetics. “The nurse had told me she practiced putting…

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PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW – GILBERT GALLEGOS

Gilbert Gallegos Senior Vice President, Broaddus & Associates   Broaddus & Associates senior vice president Gilbert Gallegos, an architect, started his career in the private sector. It wasn’t long before he realized he wanted to do more, and entered the public world. He began working for UT Austin, which led to his career with the UT System. “They wanted an individual to manage projects with the 1993 South Texas Border Initiative for providing higher education access,” Gallegos explained. “I began managing all the design and construction for UT System south of Austin. When I first came down to McAllen with Broaddus 17 years ago, it was like a mission. My passion was to be involved in helping under-served areas so people could experience unique environments to enhance the learning, functional, and perceptive quality for all.” With five employees in the McAllen office, the 18-year-old company based out of Austin leads its…

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MEET YOUR AMBASSADOR – CHRIS SALAZAR

Chris Salazar, World Financial Group The definitive word describing Chris Salazar, associate, World Financial Group, is entrepreneur; but then, business wizard, risk taker, or visionary could also fit. Having worked for a national publishing company in Houston, Salazar decided to return  home to the Valley. He launched The Blue Book, a medical directory, as well as a healthcare policy magazine called DOCTalk with nationwide readership. Battling two bouts of non-Hodgkin lymphoma brought Chris to his knees, so the workaholic made a drastic change, taking time off to discover the joy of living. “When I discovered World Financial Group I fell in love with its mission.” Salazar grinned. “People in serious financial trouble come, and I teach them how to get out of trouble. I love doing that. Without making a single sale, I can change their lives through financial literacy education.” Chris takes being an Ambassador seriously. “I think being…

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