Author Archives: Anabel Aranda-Saenz

HOTELS AND HOSPITALITY: A FAMILY TRADITION

Barry R Patel Perspective Hospitality LLC Making people feel welcome, comfortable, and content is the name of the game for Perspective Hospitality, LLC president Barry R. Patel, and his team. Honing his customer service skills has truly been a life long endeavor. Growing up with his family in Zambia, where his father owned retail stores, Patel, at 16, and his five siblings, were sent to the United Kingdom for their education. He chose to become a pharmacist, and received his degree from the University of Bradford in Yorkshire. “I actually wanted to become a physician but, as a foreign exchange student, competition to get into medical schools in England was hard,” Patel said. “I did love pharmacy, however.” Since the U.S. did not recognize degrees from abroad, Patel obtained a second degree in pharmacy in Oklahoma when they moved to the states, then worked with the Revco Drug Store in…

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BUSINESS YOU SHOULD KNOW – SPAWGLASS

Providing the best construction experience is what SpawGlass strives to deliver. What else can be said of a company that builds complicated, large construction projects such as performing arts centers and convention centers (McAllen’s, for one), parking garages, academic facilities, airport renovations, and healthcare renovations for buildings such as the McAllen Medical Center. The company also has a building service group for small, fast-paced projects, as well as a civil division, with the vast majority of its work done for repeat clients. Back in 1953, Louis Spaw and T. Frank Glass decided to start  their own construction company. They built it to an international enterprise with Mr. Spaw’s trademark saying, “We don’t just build buildings, we build people.” Today the company is 100 percent employee-owned, with its ownership open to all employees.  “Nearly 400 shareholders of our 725 team members in our ten branches across Texas are shareholders,” Eric Kennedy,…

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MEET YOUR AMBASSADOR – KIMBERLY BARBOZA

Lift Your Spirits Balloon Decorators Kim Barboza, creative designer, sales manager, and partner for Lift Your Spirts, finds that themes are the magic behind their balloon creations. “I love working with themes,” said Barboza. “I can do anything with themes. I love it most when my mother and I put an event together and the client and their kids walk in and say, ‘Oh, Wow!’ It’s that ‘Wow Moment’ I love!” A wife and mother of two, it took moving to the Valley for this California girl born and raised, to find true love and discover her creative spirit in her mother’s company, coming on board full-time two years ago. Attending worldwide conventions and seminars in their quest to learn about new balloon products and new trends, they bring that knowledge back to the Valley to share. Being involved as an ambassador has meant new friendships, business, and opportunities for…

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BROOKS NAMED BOB GOODWIN AWARD WINNER

Ambassadors are often seen as the face of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce. When an ambassador sells $10,000 worth of membership dues, they are recognized for the contribution by becoming a recipient of the Bob Goodwin award. For Steve Brooks, Territory Manager with Heartland Payment Systems, being a McAllen Ambassador is a way of life. For 14 years Brooks has done his best to emulate Bob Goodwin, who was a mentor to him and so many others. “It’s an honor to win this award because Bob Goodwin was a legend,” Brooks said. “I’ve tried to follow in his footsteps by attending the majority of the ribbon cuttings, mixers, and Chamber events. I meet so many different people – business owners I might never have known about without this opportunity.” “Talking about the Chamber also helps me get my foot in the door with a potential new client,” he added. Brooks…

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