Category Archives: Chamber News

Being Centered

There are lots of challenges in the workplace. Finding the balance between being “all-in” and productive and keeping your life in balance is hard, especially in today’s world of being connected to work 24/7 every day. The productivity experts tell us that finding a balance or “being centered” is critical, not only for strong performances, but also for living a life that is filled with joy and fulfillment. So how does a person find that balance in a world that appears to be going faster and faster every day? The answer lies not in just one solution, but in a variety of thoughts and processes that bring our focus to how we think and our attitudes. Like most things in life, there is a discipline to achieving “being centered.” Here is a list of some of the key elements, based on what several experts have written and discussed: 1) Sleep.…

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Turning Ideas into Reality: Innovation & Entrepreneur Programs

The McAllen metro area and its surrounding communities are evolving. We are in the midst of growing opportunity, cutting-edge technology, and favorable conditions for new businesses. City leaders and your team members at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce are absolutely ecstatic about the possibilities that lie before us. Perhaps what makes these prospects so exciting is that the individuals who make up our community have stepped up to the plate. Many of you are ready to turn your business dreams and products into a reality. There is a sense of great potential in the air that seems to draw people to McAllen and we are eager to help those who are ready to contribute to our great city. It is because of this reason that we have created a number of programs, services, and partnerships with other local organizations to provide innovators and entrepreneurs the support, connections, and funding they…

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Ode to Cliff

This is another installment of my “Ode to Cliff” columns. Cliff was the mailman on the television series Cheers, who sat at the end of the bar, spouting off the origins for sayings that were never right, but sounds vaguely familiar to someone I know. Better Half. It is not uncommon to introduce our spouses as our “better half.” I do it all the time. The phrase comes from the Middle East where a Bedouin had insulted a prince and the prince had ordered the Bedouin to be put to death. The Bedouin’s wife pleaded with the prince not to kill her husband. The wife stated it was not her “whole” husband who had insulted the prince, but just half of her husband. She asserted that she made up the other half of her husband (the better half). She had not insulted the prince and the husband, she argued, was…

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Getting Straight A’s in Life

I was never a straight A student in school. I was always a little envious of those students who made school look easy and got straight A’s. Every year, I would begin the school year with the goal of doing all the right things to make A’s – it never seemed to work out. Education experts will tell you the best ways to improve your grades include sitting in the front row, never missing class, completing all your assignments before class (that was really hard), taking good notes, starting early and working hard – all great ideas and suggestions. I thought, what about getting straight A’s in life, what would it take? Here are some thoughts: Action. People who make A’s in life are “doers” and not “talkers.” The people who make things happen eventually win. Shakespeare said, “Action is eloquence.” Loving what you do makes action so much easier.…

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McALLEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 2017 MAN AND WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Paul Moxley, Chief Executive Officer, Texas Regional Bank Janet Vackar, President, Bert Ogden Auto Group The honor of Man and Woman of 2017 has gone to two people with exceptional credentials who are respected by the entire community serving on multiple boards, working with non-profits and contributing as leaders in major companies. Paul Moxley and Janet Vackar are making a difference in their community. Paul Moxley, Chief Executive Officer, Texas Regional Bank, is normally a private man who prefers to keep his works and good deeds quiet. However, receiving this title of Man of the Year has Paul opening the vaults of his memories, remembering those who shaped him into the man he has become. He recalled the strong influence of his mother and shared one of his favorite memories of her: she used to hang his little 5 or 6-year old ADHD body by his belt on the doorknob…

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PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW – JOAQUIN ZAMORA

Joaquin Zamora McAllen City Commissioner District 2 Assistant Criminal District Attorney One of the first things a person notices about Joaquin Zamora, McAllen City Commissioner District 2 and Assistant Criminal District Attorney, is his welcoming attitude. Perhaps that is because he is so grateful to God for the life he is living. Born and raised in McAllen in a colonia, Zamora learned his work ethics early from clerking in the family store, stocking the shelves, taking inventory and selling barbacoa on Sundays. At the same time his moral philosophy was being honed – always tell the truth, respect your elders, don’t talk back, do the right thing. Maybe it was partly this which, by the time he was in 5th grade, helped him know what he wanted in life. It was not the family business, but the city business. “It was the ‘80s. I saw a lot of poor people…

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14 QUESTIONS WITH MCALLEN CHAMBER BOARD MEMBER – ANNETTE FRANZ

1) What is your favorite book? The Shack by William Young. The story line intrigued me. It’s about a man who suffers a lot of pain with the loss of a child, unbearable pain. The story is about forgiveness and how to get through life’s struggles. It is a reminder that many times we aren’t aware of God’s presence or even think we have been abandoned, God never leaves our side. 2) What is your favorite movie? I don’t know that I have a favorite movie. I like watching Hallmark movies. I prefer those, especially during the holidays, because of the happy endings. 3) What was your favorite vacation spot? Now that my kids are older, I think going to the island with them. When I was growing up it was camping at Garner State Park with my parents, near San Antonio in the Hill Country. 4) What is your…

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Business You Should Know – LEO RODRIGUEZ, STATE FARM INSURANCE

Here to Help Life Go Right! It is always amazing to me how life leads people to where they are supposed to go. Take Leo Rodriguez, State Farm Insurance Agent, for example. Growing up in Edinburg, he loved being outside. “We had such innocent fun back then,” he chuckled. “We’d go out and play baseball, touch football and climb trees. Every now and then we would try to get into mischief.” Graduating from Edinburg High School, he went to UTPanAm to follow his aspirations of becoming a doctor. When he graduated, his life changed when he was asked to be on the ground floor of what is now called the Learning Assistance Center, a program designed to help disadvantaged students get on an even playing field. Then, after seven years he received a call from an Agency Manager with State Farm. “He specifically told me, ‘This is not a job.…

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Show Me Your Scars

I recently sat through a seminar on how to relate to the millennials at work and how to engage them in meaningful work and fulfillment. Half-way through the presentation, I began to feel that I had become more like my father and that I now carried his attitudes toward younger workers. Don’t get me wrong; I love what Millennials bring to the workplace with their excitement, social media savvy and the ability to work in teams or as part of bigger groups. I can also see some of my own attitudes, when I was in my twenties, in this generation. They have a sense of being in a hurry and thinking experience is overrated, just like I did at that age. In the seminar, it was even suggested we, older workers, could be mentored by the Millennials. But I return to that classic line I was told in my twenties,…

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game

http://mcallen.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Baseball-Video_FB-720_V3-1-1.mp4 The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and McAllen Convention Visitors Bureau are proud to announce that this year’s Cecil Fielder New Years Invitational baseball tournament was a huge success. The event, which took place in mid-January brought over 60 teams from all throughout Texas as well as several international teams from Mexico. We’re also ecstatic about McAllen hosting the 2018 Cecil Fielder Texas State Championships at our newly developed 12-field baseball complex. The state tournament is set to take place from April 21-22nd and will bring in anywhere from 80 to 100 teams. Registration space is still available. We hope our Chamber members and local business owners are ready for the crowds! With 14 sporting events bringing in over $3.3 million to the local economy in 2017, we know this year is going to be even better. McAllen. Great place. Great sports. Great people.

Some Words of Encouragement

The economic and political climate today can cause a person to stop and wonder: “What is going on?” Uncertainty and a sense of chaos can be destabilizing, at so many different levels, for a person. Psychologists have found that when a person believes things or situations are out of a person’s control, there is increased stress, anxiety, angst, worry and all the other symptoms that come with uncertainty. Here are some words of encouragement. One of my favorite quotes is, “Don’t tell me worrying doesn’t work, 90% of the stuff I worry about never happens.” Our community and our region are primed to achieve unprecedented growth and opportunity. We have so many good things working in our favor, but we sometimes overlook them because of all the negative rhetoric coming out of Washington and Austin. So here are a few facts that I hope you will find encouraging: The median…

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New Year, New Entrepreneurial Opportunities

Did you promise yourself that 2018 will be the year that you stick to all of your New Year’s resolutions and finally get into the best shape of your life? You are not alone. The health and wellness industry is big business in McAllen and around the globe. Current projections indicate continued growth over the next few years. One of the leading nonprofit research and education resource centers for the wellness industry, the Global Wellness Institute, has commissioned multiple landmark studies that have found some truly intriguing business statistics including: The global wellness industry was a $3.7 trillion market in 2015. The industry grew by 10.6% between 2013 to 2015. The healthy eating, nutrition, and weight loss sector accounted for $646 billion. The fitness and mind-body sector stood at $542 billion. Preventive and personalized medicine, as well as public health, stood at $534 billion. 1 2 3 4 5 6…

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