Author Archives: Athena Garcia

MAKING A FIRM STAND – CEMEX, BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE

Jairo Razo Vice-President General Manager Rio Grande Valley   What do the Golden Gate Bridge, and the interchange at Highway 83 and Bicentennial have in common? Concrete. Yes, that construction staple is used in virtually all structures built these days, and is even found in many craft projects. You may wonder what can be interesting about a bumpy or smooth glob of every shade of gray matter. Remarkably, the multi-faceted business of concrete is fascinating to learn about. “Cement is a powder substance we use within concrete,” Jairo Razo, vice-president general manager of CEMEX, Rio Grande Valley, said. “We manufacture concrete in four of our plants in Mission, Edinburg, Harlingen, and Brownsville. Our concrete mixes are like cake mixes so we can modify our mix designs to whatever our customers want.” Using cement, rock, sand, admixtures, and water, CEMEX creates any form of concrete for a particular project.  “Depending upon…

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BUSINESS YOU SHOULD KNOW – LEGENDS / McALLEN TRANSITIONAL CARE CENTER

Legends / McAllen Transitional Care Center is a seven wing, 70- bed short-term care center for those who have gone through traumatic injuries, surgeries or hospital stays and need 24/7 care. This is the place to go.  “This is the only place that’s an actual short-term transitional facility here in the Valley,” said Operations Manager Ediel Barrera. “One of our stand-out features is that the majority of our rooms are private. Each room is fitted with a mini-fridge, telephone, TV, and each has its own shower and restroom.” Barrera, with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy, is in the process of testing for his administrators license, and feels he understands what the patients need, and what they’re going through. “I get to communicate those needs with our nursing department in a way which can improve the quality of care we provide to our patients,” said Barrera. Open 24/7, Barrera brags about…

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PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW – JON REBELLO

CEO Texas Border & Gulf Coast, BBVA “One Team, Client First”    Total immersion – that’s exactly the way to learn something quickly. After receiving his degree in finance, Jon Rebello plunged right in when he accepted his first job at a start-up bank in Los Angeles. “I was only the third employee, and they hired me as a credit analyst,” Rebello, CEO for the Texas Border & Gulf Coast of BBVA, began. “When you get to start at the ground level of something new, it’s a unique experience. You get to wear a lot of hats. I was with that bank for three years and I loved it. It’s where I got my PhD in banking,” he said.  The native Bostonian, whose family history stretches back to the Pilgrims, became acquainted with Mr. Roney, at the time Chairman and CEO of Texas State Bank, and jumped at the opportunity…

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MEET YOUR AMBASSADOR – MELISSA URIEGAS, DDS

Uriegas Dentistry, What Makes You Smile? Twelve was a pretty important age for dentist Melissa Uriegas of Uriegas Dentistry. It was right around that age that she discovered dentistry. Fourteen years later, she realized her dream of becoming a dentist, and today Uriegas Dentistry cares for patients smack in the middle of where dentistry began in McAllen. “When I was younger I would shadow the dentist next door,” Uriegas said. “I love art. I love working with my hands. I love science. Being a dentist is like being an artist because I get to mold, shape, and make beautiful teeth that help people function in this world.” Among other awards, Uriegas won the 2018 New Dentist of the Year in the Rio Grande Valley. She cares about her patients and believes forming a bond with them will help them relax and will ease their minds in the midst of their…

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