Author Archives: Gerry Garcia

Passion for the Chamber Leads to Bob Goodwin Awards

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Four Chamber members have been awarded the Bob Goodwin Award after having sold over $10,000 worth of memberships. “I worked at the Chamber as the Membership Director for five years in the ‘80s,” said award winner Francy Jones, Public Relations and Marketing Director for Castle Hospitality, LTD. “I had the pleasure to work side by side with Bob Goodwin. He was an Ambassador along with Alida Hernandez and Dora Brown, and many others. They were always competing with each other to get more members,” she continued. Bob was a unique individual, a handsome man always in a suit with one of his great ties! He would go to every ribbon cutting and almost every opening. Bob was the face of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. It means a lot to me to win this since I knew him personally.” Winning this was no easy feat and came as a surprise…

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Public Art – A Reflection of our Humanity

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The Clarks Donate the  stainless Gatekeeper, a sculpture by Tobolowsky Art is a part of Clark’s soul, and has been since he was very young. Selling his first painting for $400 at 10 years of age was the start of his career in the colorful, captivating world of art. “I was a sculpture and drawing major at the University of New Mexico,” Kirk began. “I was a ‘found object’ guy using automotive found objects-bumpers, fenders and things like that. I used to go to junkyards, eyeing these giant mounds of steel and stand next to the crane operator who moved the pile from one side to another. “‘Stop, stop, stop!’ I’d yell, and run up the pile of metal, which would have probably cut my leg off if I had fallen, and pick up some odd piece I’d seen unveiled. “What the heck are you going to do with these pieces of…

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The Romero Group – Where the sales are happening!

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ROMERO GROUP  3901 North Jackson Road McAllen Texas 78501 USA  TO SELL OR NOT TO SELL? IS THE ADVERTISING QUESTION  Romero Group an international ad firm, just opened an office at The Monitor managed by Mr. Joseph Romero de Velasco Sr. Creative Director who hails from Dallas where he opened the agency with Larkin, Meeder & Schweidel, a spring child from GSD&M, Austin in 1993. “Our objective here is to expand sales to the local businesses via innovative technologies and ideas including shopping and investments from Mexico.” Said Mr. Romero a former mad man at Campbell Mithun – Esty in Minneapolis. After winning the 3M Thinsulate account vs. BBD&O, moved to Dallas where Romero Group assisted his client Ford Motor Credit (Associates Financial Services) develop a joint venture with the Puerto Rico’s government with an ad campaign to promote Puerto Rico’s Olympians such as former boxing champion Daniel Santos. “Joseph’s…

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Southern Careers hosts Community Career Fair & Business Networking Event

Southern Careers Institute is proud to announce it is hosting a Community Career Fair and Business Networking Event on Friday, September 23 from 12:00pm through 4:00pm. This will be a time for you to market your business, network with other employers and the community, interview on the spot, and potentially find new employees. We are opening up our facility to provide plenty of space for local employers to participate in this community wide event. Space is being offered on a first come first serve basis so reserve your spot today. If you’d like to be included in this event, please reply to sdelagarza@scitexas.edu with your company name, contact name, address, phone, email, and any special requirements you may have for your booth. You can fax the signup sheet to 956-632-2749; email it to the above email address or mail to 1500 N. Jackson Rd. Pharr, TX 78577, attn.: Sonia De…

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CentRx Pharmacies Provide Concierge Service to Patients

Hospitals Using Innovative Approach to Make Transition from Hospital to Home Care Easier    The U.S. Center for Disease Control reports that, on average, 20 to 30 percent of medication prescriptions are never filled, and medication is not continued as prescribed in about 50 percent of cases. Patients who are non-compliant with medications are more likely to wind up in the hospital, and skipping medications is likely to cause approximately 125,000 deaths in the United States annually. The statistics are higher is areas with low health literacy, such as in the Rio Grande Valley. Dealing with medication non-compliance is a huge concern for healthcare facilities, not only because it is not in the best interest of the patient, but because medication issues are a primary cause of readmission to a hospital 30 days after discharge. Patients may not understand how or when to take prescriptions, some are unable to pay…

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DHR assists the Valley Scholars Program at South Texas College

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Doctors Hospital at Renaissance has donated $2,500 to the Valley Scholars Program at South Texas College. With their donation to the 11th Annual “A Night with the Stars” at a special check ceremony on Tuesday Aug. 23, DHR has become the latest sponsor that has affirmed their support for the brightest students in the Valley. Net proceeds from the event go to fund scholarships for the Valley Scholars Program at STC. “We were established in 1997 to promote academic excellence at STC,” said Jessica S. Garcia, Coordinator of the Valley Scholars Program at STC. “We are very proud of our students and work hard to ensure their success.  We hold monthly meetings, participate in community service events, and provide academic services such as advising and registration.  Through the help of our sponsors, we provide scholarships to high performing students from Hidalgo and Starr County.  We are very thankful for the…

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Carlos Margo named Dean of Industry Training and Economic Development

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Carlos L. Margo has been selected to serve as STC’s Associate Dean of Industry Training and Economic Development.   Margo has long been recognized for his expertise in assessing companies’ workforce needs. Industry Training and Development then takes those needs and customizes training at the college to provide employers with highly qualified and well-trained employees. Working within STC’s Office of Industry Training and Economic Development (ITED), he has worked tirelessly to develop and manage corporate training initiatives, has implemented grant funded projects, designed and developed customized workforce training programs and curricula, all while managing and supervising workforce training departments. Margo began his career with the college as a curriculum coordinator and eventually served as Training Manager, Regional Manager, Executive Director and now Associate Dean. His responsibilities have included providing leadership and administrative direction for all core operational functions for the College’s industry training and economic development initiatives.  

Chamber Member in the News: LaserLux Team Welcomes New Owners

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Welcome to the LaserLux Team!! New owners, Cruz and Laura Lopez, want to Thank Our Valued Clients, for their support during our transition in ownership this year. As Richard Salinas writes the next chapter in his “Book of Life,” we pray for many blessings in his new adventures and want to express our gratitude for the many opportunities he has given the LaserLux family. Cruz and Laura are excited to work with the LaserLux Team, and continue to offer the same Excellent Service and Products to all LaserLux Clients for the last 27 years. Please join us in welcoming the Lopez family to LaserLux and the Rio Grande Valley. The first day of school is just around the corner. Do you need a few more calendars to get you through 2016? Come by and pick up your 2016 calendar and meet the Lopez family. Open to the Public  Monday-Friday  8:00am-5:00pm 2000…

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Lift Your Spirits Balloon Decor Earns Certified Balloon Artist Status

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Nilda Paxman of LIFT YOUR SPIRITS Balloon Decorators in McAllen, TX recently earned Certified Balloon Artist (CBA®) status. Nilda is one of a select group of balloon professionals who successfully completed a series of tests, including oral and practical examinations. The certification was administered by the Qualatex Balloon NetworkSM (QBN®), a professional organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in balloon decor and bouquets. There are currently less than 3,000 Certified Balloon Artist professionals worldwide. To order or discuss possible balloon décor for your next event, call Nilda at LIFT YOUR SPIRITS, 956-467-1922. They offer all occasion balloon décor for your various events such as: quinceañeras, birthday parties, bat & bar mitzvahs, school events, business events like ribbon cuttings and grand openings.

Lift Your Spirits Balloon Décor Earns Certified Balloon Artist Status

Nilda Paxman of LIFT YOUR SPIRITS Balloon Decorators in McAllen, TX recently earned Certified Balloon Artist (CBA®) status. Nilda is one of a select group of balloon professionals who successfully completed a series of tests, including oral and practical examinations. The certification was administered by the Qualatex Balloon NetworkSM (QBN®), a professional organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in balloon decor and bouquets. There are currently less than 3,000 Certified Balloon Artist professionals worldwide. To order or discuss possible balloon décor for your next event, call Nilda at LIFT YOUR SPIRITS, 956-467-1922. They offer all occasion balloon décor for your various events such as: quinceañeras, birthday parties, bat & bar mitzvahs, school events, business events like ribbon cuttings and grand openings.

People You Should Know – Veronica Whitacre, Comfort House Services

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Nestled in a quiet neighborhood in the middle of McAllen is a wondrous place where God’s love is felt in abundance. Comfort House is a 10-bed Palliative Care Facility established by Sister Marian Strohmeyer as a ministry to the dying in 1989. “Sister Strohmeyer’s mission was to run Comfort House on God’s blessings, which meant by monetary donations alone,” said McAllen City Commissioner and new Administrator Veronica Whitacre. That is exactly what has happened with this facility for those in need of a quiet place to let go of life. Fundraisers are a part of what makes it possible – the February Walkathon, May’s Pretty in Pearl Luncheon & Styleshow, September’s Poker Tournament, November’s evening dinner, and the upcoming July 16th event, Summer Barbeque and Market Days are all organized to support Comfort House. Otherwise it’s the community that lends its support, along with United Way Services, foundations, and donors.…

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MISD’S INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMME AT LAMAR ACADEMY

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The McAllen ISD Lamar Academy International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) Programme offers the diploma to students who want to develop and demonstrate their scholastic intensity through accomplishments in six academic subjects.  IB at Lamar is globally ranked, boasting a 98% diploma completion rate against an 80% worldwide average.  At Lamar Academy, students receive support through the development of approaches to learning, and they engage in rigorous courses and take academic risks in developing research, writing, and communication skills.  Although the IB curriculum offers a more humanistic and integrated vision of education, it is still rooted fundamentally in helping students develop expertise in the conventional academic disciplines and the arts.  IB integrates the curriculum around problems or project-based investigations, which lead to authentic learning that can bridge across all disciplines, including Medicinal Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Developmental Psychology, and Mathematical Explorations, among others. Different from other programs, IB does not rely only on…

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Business You Should Know – Mail-Pak Your Box Store

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Need shoes, a Christmas tree, or perhaps a TV with a surround sound system you sold on Craig’s list packaged and shipped? Where do you go to be sure the item is properly packed and safely shipped? Mail-Pak Your Box Store, offers just those services. Owner Ray Norton, a former executive, stays current with the trends in shipping stores. Offering a variety of services such as year round gift-wrapping, the rentalof private mail boxes, packaging, boxes, and shipping, he’s recently added new services. “The traditional mail and parcel center stores are becoming a thing of the past,” Norton said. “In order for us to continue to flourish, we continue to add other services.” Norton said. Norton listens to his customers and follows popular trends covered by Retail Shipping Associates, the industry organization he belongs to. He recently installed FotoZoomer, for instance, which prints color pictures, banners, posters, signs, and calendars…

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