Category Archives: Member Briefs

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 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

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

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

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 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.

Applebee’s® Ignites 2,000 New Wood Fired Grills to Give Americans the Steak They Deserve

McAllen, TX area Applebee’s introduce new Hand-Cut Wood Fired offerings including USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steaks and Bone-in Pork Chops Moving to take back America’s neighborhoods – the roots of its rise as the country’s largest casual dining restaurant chain – Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar® is unveiling new American-made, wood-fired grills as the centerpiece of nearly 2,000 U.S. locations and inviting guests to follow the enticing aroma of American Oak smoke into their neighborhood Applebee’s to try a new Hand-Cut, Wood Fired Grill item. Three McAllen & Edinburg, TX area Applebee’s will introduce certified USDA Choice Top Sirloin Steaks as the marquee item of its revamped menu highlighting the elevated quality, flavor and freshness of its dishes. “Our new wood-fired grill is the cornerstone of our elevated dining experience and we’re excited for our guests to come in and try our delicious new wood-fired steak options,” said Regional Vice…

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Air Evac Lifeteam – Air Ambulance service is looking for a Membership Sales Manager

The position is based in McAllen, TX for membership development in the Valley area. College degree and previous sales background is preferred, but not mandatory. Candidate must be community minded, adept at public speaking, computer literate, have a strong work ethic, and be willing to work some evenings and weekends. Bilingual candidate is preferred. Air Evac is part of AirMedCare Network, is a fast growing Emergency Medical Care service provider with over 230 Helicopter and Fixed Wing aircraft in 32 states. If interested, please forward a resume to John Gates is Area Director, Membership for AirMedCare Network, South Texas.

Raba Kistner promotes F. Howard Holland, PE to Vice President

Russel Lenz, PE and COO of Raba Kistner Infrastructure, Inc. (RKI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Raba Kistner, Inc., has announced the promotion of F. Howard Holland, PE to Vice President. With substantial experience overseeing all facets of project management, including planning, design, construction, and maintenance, Mr. Holland is responsible for all areas of project operations for the Infrastructure group of Raba Kistner, including employee and corporate leadership, operational oversight, and project development and management. Prior to joining Raba Kistner, Mr. Holland had a significant career with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). In his more than 24 years with the organization, Mr. Holland served in numerous positions including District Engineer in Amarillo before retiring as the Director of the Maintenance Division in Austin. Holland is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is a licensed engineer in the State of Texas.

Driscoll physician receives Distinguished Service Award from Texas Pediatric Society

Mary Dale Peterson, MD, MSHCA, FACHE, President and CEO of Driscoll Health Plan, has been awarded the 2015 Texas Pediatric Society’s Distinguished Service Award. The award, which was presented on October 3 at the Texas Pediatric Society annual luncheon in Sugar Land, recognizes a non-member pediatrician, non-pediatric physician, allied healthcare provider or a lay person who has gone beyond the norm in expressing their dedication and love of children. Dr. Peterson was recognized for her ideas, perseverance, advocacy and the respect she commands and wields in Austin for the benefit of the children of Texas.

New Head of Raba Kistner Environmental Announced

Raba Kistner has announced that Thomas Burr has joined Raba Kistner as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President of Raba Kistner Environmental (RKE). Thomas has 21 years of experience in the environmental field, including most recently with Chicago Bridge & Iron (CB&I), where he was Office Director and Environmental and Infrastructure Operations Manager. Thomas will be responsible for expanding the environmental department’s services and technical competencies; for management of their client base; for implementing best practices, methods and processes; for executing plans to expand into new service Iines, market sectors, and geographies; and for developing staff. “We look forward to Thomas’ guidance as we continue to grow with this important business group,” said William L. Raba, President of Raba Kistner, Inc. “His experience will help us expand our environmental services into new areas – particularly environmental permitting – and he will help greatly with staff development. We are all…

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Congratulations to the 17 participants in the Good Pitch Competition October 22. In the words of judges, “Every idea pitched here today….should be fleshed out.” From among all the worthy presentations, the following pitch presentations were chosen as the 2015 winners. 1st – Samuel Shipp 2nd – Lamar Jones 3rd – David Sage-Olivares Good Pitch Competition 2015 1st Place Winner Samuel Shipp accepts his award from the Judges Aaron Gonzalez, Jacquelyn Michel, CEO  Steve Ahlenius, Matt, Kennedy and Ivan Gonzalez Vice President of Business Development. 2nd Place Lamar Jones         3rd Place David Sage-Olivares