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McAllen Education Foundation honors grant recipients

McAllen Education Foundation honors grant recipients: Pictured are McAllen ISD teachers who received a grant from the McAllen Education Foundation Sept. 1. The grants include violin classes for elementary students, an outdoor science lab for high school students, solar-powered car kits and supplies to create a garden. The Foundation provided $24,250 to fund 12 grants which will benefit more than 3,000 students during the 2014-15 school year. Standing with the grant winners are MEF Executive Director Maricruz Abbott (far left) and McAllen ISD Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Rachel Arcaute (far right).

ERO Architects to Present Hispanic Heritage Awards

ERO Architects is pleased to announce that in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month it will present two awards during this year’s Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) and the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Convention in Dallas to an individual and an organization that have advocated, supported and championed for quality education of all children in Texas. State Board of Education Member Ruben Cortez, Jr. (District 2) has been selected to receive the inaugural ERO Architects – Hispanic Heritage Award for his dedication, leadership and efforts that have positively affected legislative policy mission and goals.

Ylianna Guerra of McAllen wins Miss Texas USA

Miss Ylianna Guerra from McAllen, Texas proudly represented the Rio Grande Valley and earned the title of Miss Texas USA 2015! This year’s pageant competition saw Miss Guerra as Miss Tropics of Texas USA, along with 113 young ladies from across the Lone Star State, competing for the crown on August 31 in Houston, Texas. In the pageant preliminaries she also earned the title of Miss Photogenic and was a Top 5 finalist in the Swimsuit division. Ylianna’s journey to Miss Texas USA began with her first pageant win where she was crowned Miss Rio Grande Valley 2011, she then went on to become Miss South Texas in 2013. Ylianna is currently a senior at The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, majoring in Communications, where she is on the Dean’s List and a member of the National Society of Leadership & Success. Ylianna is the daughter…

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Kirk Clark to be honored at Collage: Legacy of Generosity

This year, the International Museum of Art & Science will be honoring Kirk Clark at the annual COLLAGE: LEGACY OF GENEROSITY. Kirk will be honored for contributing and enriching the community of the Rio Grande Valley, along with his lifetime of service to the International Museum of Art & Science. Saturday, September 27, 2014 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the IMAS front desk or by calling 682-0123.

Chef Larry Delgado to represent Texas at Great American Seafood Cook-off

Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board are hosting the 11th annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, in New Orleans. Eighteen chefs from throughout the U.S. will compete for the highly coveted crown honoring the best seafood chef in the nation. The event will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and is open to the public. Tickets are $5 in advance at the Broad Street, Arabella Station, Veterans Memorial (Metairie) and Towne Center (Baton Rouge) Whole Foods locations, or $10 at the door. Many states hold their own cook-offs in spring and early summer to qualify chefs to compete in New Orleans. Participating chefs in this year’s event will represent Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia. “I'm thrilled to…

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DHR Named in the Top 82 Physician-Owned Hospitals to Know

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) is pleased to announce it was named among Becker’s Hospital Review’s Top “82 Physician Owned Hospitals to Know.” The report, which was issued last month, highlights some of the highest performing hospitals that are partly or fully owned by physicians. The full list of Becker’s Hospital Review’s Top “82 Physician Owned Hospitals to Know’ can be read here: http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/81-physician-owned-hospitals-to-know-2014.html

DHR named Top 82 Physician-Owned Hospitals to Know

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance (DHR) is pleased to announce it was named among Becker’s Hospital Review’s Top “82 Physician Owned Hospitals to Know.” The report, which was issued last month, highlights some of the highest performing hospitals that are partly or fully owned by physicians. In the United States, there are approximately 240 physician-owned hospitals. The 82 hospitals on Becker’s Hospital Review’s list have earned recognition from various reputable sources, including Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, The Joint Commission, Press Ganey and CareChex. They have also earned high scores from CMS' Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey. The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team chose hospitals for inclusion based on these accolades. As evidence of the success that led Doctors Hospital at Renaissance to be named among the Top “82 Physician-Owned Hospitals to Know,” DHR was ranked among U.S. News and World Reports “Best Hospitals” for 2013-2014, receiving high…

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McAllen Chamber gets 5-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber

McALLEN—The McAllen Chamber of Commerce recently achieved a distinction shared with few other chambers across the country. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce gave its “5-Star Accreditation” to the McAllen Chamber, recognizing the local organization’s procedures, organization and community imprint, according to an April 4 news release. “This effort took over a year to complete and I am very proud of every person who made a significant contribution,” Steve Ahlenius, president and CEO of the McAllen Chamber, said in the release. “The McAllen Chamber is one of only seven chambers in the state of Texas to accomplish the five-star status – and we are very proud to be among the few.” Ahlenius said via email that the McAllen Chamber is among 81 across the country that have received the five-star distinction. “Accreditation validates a chamber as having programs that benefit their local economy and for positively influencing action in their community,”…

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Engaging McAllen

There’s much to be said for a community that keeps abreast of national and state issues and strives to bring new ideas, businesses, perpsectives and business models to the area. And that’s exactly what McAllen has been demonstrating via the overwhelming public support of the Newsmakers Breakfast Series, a partnership between the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and The Monitor, and sponsored by IBC Bank. We are pleased to announce that the series will feature U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, who will be interviewed for an hour by Monitor Editor Carlos Sanchez on Thursday at the McAllen Chamber building at 1200 Ash Ave. This is the fourth such event held at the McAllen Chamber since the Newsmaker series kicked off in October with Washington Post syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. Other speakers have included former U.S. ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza. The events are unscripted and allow Sanchez to interview…

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New President/CEO at Security Service Federal Credit Union

Jim Laffoon has been named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) by the credit union’s Board of Directors. Since 2012, Laffoon has served as the credit union’s president. As president and CEO, Laffoon is responsible for day-to-day operations of the enterprise and strategic direction for SSFCU’s nearly 2,000 employees in Texas, Colorado and Utah. SSFCU’s

Jim Laffoon steps into the role of president and chief executive officer at Security Service Federal Credit Union

 Jim Laffoon has been named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Security Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) by the credit union’s Board of Directors. Since 2012, Laffoon has served as the credit union’s president. As president and CEO, Laffoon is responsible for day-to-day operations of the enterprise and strategic direction for SSFCU’s nearly 2,000 employees in Texas, Colorado and Utah. SSFCU’s former CEO, David E. Reynolds, retired in March.   Laffoon began his career with SSFCU in 1989 and steadily advanced into roles of increasing responsibility, serving as the credit union’s primary strategist, corporate planner, technologist and operations manager. He was named executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2002.  Laffoon earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance from The University of Texas. Before joining SSFCU, he served as a senior consultant with Arthur Anderson and Co.  About Security Service Federal Credit Union Security…

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STC and McAllen Chamber Creative Incubator Partner to Offer Fall Classes

South Texas College's (STC) Continuing Professional and Workforce Education Department (CPWE), in partnership with the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, will present a variety of art, dance, and music classes starting this April 2014 at the McAllen Creative Incubator. All classes are led by skilled teachers approved by STC Human Resources and are designed to encourage students to unleash their imagination. Formal lessons are scheduled to be offered in a variety of media. Popular classes include oil painting, acting, scrapbooking, cake and floral decoration and even salsa and tango dance instruction. “The McAllen Chamber of Commerce and STC are making an important contribution to cultural activities in McAllen,” said McAllen Chamber of Commerce Director of Arts Development Ivan F. Gonzalez. “We hope that this new project at the McAllen Creative Incubator will provide a valuable legacy to our community.” For a complete schedule of classes and registration, visit STC’s Continuing Professional…

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McAllen Hotel Occupancy Trending Up

            McAllen's hotel occupancy is trending up and leading the county, according to statistics released recently by the Texas Hotel Performance Handbook.             2013 annual figures show McAllen’s revenues jumped 4.8% over 2012, to $61,220,183. Occupancy also gained, from 58.6% to 59.6%, and Average Daily Rate (ADR) improved 2.7% to $87.43.             Occupancy for Hidalgo County as a whole increased .6%, while ADR and revenues kept pace with McAllen.             McAllen ended strong, with fourth quarter numbers showing increases in all three categories- 8% growth in revenues, 3.3% in ADR, and 2% in occupancy.             McAllen fared better than many cities and areas around the state, including Cameron County, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Laredo, Odessa and Wichita Falls.             “This is certainly positive news,” said Nancy Millar, Vice President and Director of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. “We are seeing a real turn-around…

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