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Now Open! Cambria Hotel & Suites McAllen Convention Center in McAllen, TX

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s largest hotel companies, O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC, Hankin Enterprises, and Fulcrum Management are set to officially open the doors of the new Cambria hotel & suites in McAllen, TX today. Located just steps from the McAllen Convention Center, the 121-room Cambria McAllen will serve as the brand’s third property in Texas “said Roxanne Pequeno, General Manager of the new hotel. The new Cambria Hotel & Suites McAllen Convention Center features a modern design, while also taking cues from the vibrant city that surrounds it. Amenities will include a contemporary Bistro called Social Circle, serving a menu comprised of local specialties created by Chef Michael DeMaria; liquor, wine, beer and freshly prepared grab-and-go gourmet salads and sandwiches; and a barista bar; an outdoor pool; and over 2000 square feet of meeting space with integrated AV capabilities available for meetings. “McAllen is…

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13 Questions with McAllen Chamber Board Member Nora Shah

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1) What is your favorite book? Gone with the Wind.  I’ve read it and seen the movie several times. 2) What is your favorite movie? I watch so many movies. I love funny or action movies like “The Proposal” and “The Fugitive.” 3) What was your favorite vacation spot? Paris is one. It’s so romantic. It’s old and I like the history. In Europe you see a lot of that. I love to see the old buildings and think how it was in the past. 4) What is your life’s  motto? I’ve been going through life doing what’s best and learning from people who inspire me. I love to learn. We never stop learning. 5) Where were you born? Brownsville, Texas 6) What was a life-changing event in your life? Having my four children and opening the business, I’m always dedicated to that. It keeps me changing, it keeps me focused. 7)…

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Raba Kistner Brings their Coastal Services to the Rio Grande Valley

Tom Burr, COO of the Raba Kistner Environmental group, has announced that Raba Kistner has brought their coastal protection, restoration and resiliency services to the Valley. The Coastal Services and Engineering (CSE) group will focus their efforts along the entire Texas Gulf Coast. The CSE group is led by Melany Larenas, PG and Scott Hicks, PE.  The group introduces a full suite of coastal engineering and geological capabilities to Raba Kistner’s Valley offices. For more information, please contact Melany at mlarenas@rkci.com or Scott Hicks at shicks@rkci.com.

Register now for STC Spring 2017 Classes

Registration for the upcoming 2017 spring semester is underway at all South Texas College campuses. Classes start January 17 and students are encouraged to register early. South Texas College offers 119 degree and certificate programs with classes ranging from art, biology, and automotive technology to nursing, mathematics and political science. More than 34,000 students attend STC, and a faculty and staff of more than 1,600 serve STC’s five state-of-the-art campuses, two teaching centers and South Texas College Online, a virtual campus. Day, night, weekend, and online classes allow students to fit school into even the busiest of schedules. Many classes are in high-demand and fill quickly, so early registration ensures the best selection of classes and times. Advisors are available to assist new students with the registration process. Current and recently enrolled students can register online at SouthTexasCollege.edu/register or at any South Texas College location. New students can apply for admission…

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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.