Category Archives: Chamber News

STC trustee named president of a statewide association

MCALLEN, Texas – South Texas College Board of Trustee Paul Rodriguez was recently named 108th President of the Texas Land Title Association (TLTA), the first Rio Grande Valley native to hold this state title. The TLTA is a statewide association representing the Texas title insurance industry that serves more than 15,000 professionals by providing a program of regulatory and legislative advocacy on a state and federal level. Rodriguez, president, and chief executive officer of Valley Land Title Co., a real estate title insurance agency with four offices in Hidalgo County, has served on the TLTA board for six years, serving as treasurer and president-elect, but has been a member of the association for more than a decade. He said this role was never one he imagined, retiring after 30 years in commercial banking and entering the title insurance business in 2006. “This has been a second career for me,” Rodriguez…

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STC grad promotes August as Breastfeeding Awareness Month

 WESLACO – One Mid-Valley woman has transformed the challenges she faced while breastfeeding into a flourishing health care career. South Texas College alumna Sabrina de la Rosa began her health care career preparations at STC in 2007 as a dual enrollment student. She said she remembers spending half her school day at Weslaco East High School and the other half at STC. “It was a great experience,” de la Rosa said. “I graduated in the top 10% of my class, ranked 37th, and was awarded a two-year scholarship to STC.” She received her associate degree in biology in 2009 and then decided to study physical therapy at the University of Texas-Pan American. That’s when she began her own journey into motherhood. “Throughout that time, I never had help in learning about lactation,” de la Rosa said. “I had to use Google and books. I lived at Barnes and Noble –…

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Pat Davison and Family: Classic Comedy & Variety Entertainment

Pat Davison and Family performs Comedy Magic and Juggling for corporate, public, and private events: Awards Banquets, Wedding Receptions, Corporate Meetings, Quinceanera Receptions, School Fundraisers, Motivational Programs for schools K-College, Senior Residences, Birthday Parties, Customer/Employee Appreciation Banquets and Parties, Church Socials, Conventions, Trade Shows, Restaurants, Holiday Parties, Country Clubs, Etc. Visit:  Or call Pat Davison at 612-597-7797

Patrick McDonnell Elected New Chief Executive Officer of VTX1 Companies

New CEO to lead company’s future growth (Raymondville, TX – May 25, 2022) – The Board of Directors for Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (VTCI) and VTX1 Companies (VTX1) have elected Patrick McDonnell as the company’s next Chief Executive Officer, effective June 1, 2022. This election comes after serving as Chief Operating Officer for the company for approximately the last two years. McDonnell will succeed outgoing CEO, Dave Osborn, who has been at the helm of the company since 2005. Osborn will serve in the capacity as Special Advisor to the Board of Directors for the remainder of the year to assist with special projects and transitionary responsibilities as he retires from a distinguished 50-year career in telecommunications. “My expectation is to continue building on the plans Dave set forth to grow VTX1 over the last 17 years” shared McDonnell. “We will continue to be heavily involved in supporting the local…

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McAllen Ranks Best in Places to Live in the South on a Social Security Check

Survey conducted by Once again, McAllen receives another accolade for the benefits it provides its residents; this time, those on a budget. According to the folks at, McAllen ranks number one for anyone planning to retire on Social Security alone.  The financial website conducted the survey and found that half of the list includes cities in Texas, with other cities from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. “This is such good news for many in our community who are on a fixed government income, including the elderly and others who will rely on Social Security for their retirement,” said McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos. “While we hope to elevate the opportunities for our younger generations, with higher-paying jobs and more educational opportunities, having affordable housing and other amenities for those who live on their Social Security check alone is important to us, as well.” McAllen has the lowest average rent — $613…

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The City of McAllen and LiftFund offer interest-free loans to support small businesses

The program offers 0% interest loans to growing small businesses and startups The City of McAllen and nonprofit small business lender LiftFund are aiming to help small business owners seeking to grow or begin a new business by offering interest-free funding. The program offers zero percent interest loans to small business owners who do not have access to acquire loans through more traditional sources. Loan amounts will vary based on the size and need of the business and the funds may be used for working capital, payroll, equipment, inventory, and other business-related purposes. “The City of McAllen and LiftFund have a long-standing partnership in support of the small business community,” said Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, P.E., McAllen City Manager. “Our Zero Percent Loan program is a great opportunity to support small businesses with access to funding during these tumultuous times.” The City of McAllen and LiftFund launched the zero percent loan…

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VIDA “A Golden Affair” 2nd annual Gala

For 26 years, VIDA has helped over 6,000 economically-disadvantaged valley residents achieve a college education and workforce success through long-term career training. In 2021, VIDA assisted 464 participants pursue careers in target demand occupations and prepare them to enter the workforce earning family-sustaining wages. Our persistence rate was 93% and best of all, the average annual salary upon their graduation was $45,614! This is a true representation of human capital investment and aligning workforce skills with local industry demand. Join us on September 29, 2022, for VIDA’s 2nd annual Gala – A Golden Affair at the Doubletree Suites by Hilton in McAllen. Contact Christi Cantu at

Cambium Learning Group Recognizes Three Exceptional Teachers for its 2022 Essential Educator Awards

Cambium Learning® Group, a leading provider of award-winning education technology and services for PreK-12 markets, today announced the winners of its second annual Essential Educators Awards. During ongoing uncertainty caused by the pandemic, the Essential Educator Awards recognize teachers who surpassed expectations in their commitment to helping students and their communities. The award program aligns with Cambium’s purpose of helping all teachers and students feel seen, valued, and supported. The winning teachers were selected based on written nominations from invited school districts and partners across the country. As part of the awards, Cambium is donating $1,000 in each winner’s honor to the Kids In Need Foundation, which empowers under-resourced teachers and students by providing the supplies they need to succeed. An official from Cambium Learning Group will be in McAllen to present Ms. Veronica Balli with an award at 9:45 am on Thursday, April 14 at the Fields Elementary Library located…

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Beautiful Quinta Mazatlan receives many honors by the Valley Wedding Pages

Quinta Mazatlan was honored as the BEST Outdoor Venue, Upper Valley Venue, and Photoshoot Location.  The VALLEY WEDDING PAGES presented the award to Commissioner Pepe Cabeza de Vaca, Commissioner Victor “Seby” Haddad, and Quinta Mazatlan Events Coordinator Victoria Gomez. Follow Quinta Mazatlan on social media and visit the beautiful urban sanctuary for a walk in the woods and/or to book your special event.  

McAllen to be certified as a “Music Friendly Community” on Thursday, April 7

McAllen is among the cities of Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas, just to name a few of the 30 most glorified cities, to receive the official Music Friendly Community designation in the great state of Texas, and the first city to receive the designation in the Rio Grande Valley! As a Music Friendly Community, McAllen is fostering a music scene that will reflect the vibrant and diverse heritage of the RGV. “Being designated a Music Friendly City acknowledges the many opportunities available for live music in the city and shows support for local artists and venues. The City of McAllen encouraged such entertainment as seen in various outdoor events held throughout the year,” said Commissioner Omar Quintanilla, District 3. “The City of McAllen is very proud to have earned the designation as a Music Friendly Community and we strongly believe it only reinforces what we know to be true, that…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Lizcano and Lemaux To Texas Commission On Law Enforcement

March 22, 2022, | Austin, Texas | Appointment Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Mario Lizcano and reappointed Kim Lemaux to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) for terms set to expire on August 30, 2027. The commission establishes and enforces standards to ensure that the people of Texas are served by highly trained and ethical law enforcement, corrections, and telecommunications personnel.Mario Lizcano of Pharr is an administrator of corporate affairs at DHR Health. He is certified as a volunteer firefighter with the State Firefighters’ & Fire Marshals’ Association and has served as a basic emergency medical technician with the Texas Health and Human Services for a combined 20 years. Additionally, he is Chairman of the board of the Greater Pharr Chamber of Commerce, Vice Chairman of the Pharr Economic Development Authority, incoming President of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, and Board President of Pharr Housing Authority. Lizcano received a…

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The Santa Fe Wine Classic, with this year’s theme “Studio54,” is scheduled for Friday, March 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to attend dressed in glamorous 1970s club scene-inspired attire. Housing this impressive event is Quinta Mazatlan, the City of McAllen’s quintessential adobe estate located at 600 Sunset Drive in McAllen. The Wine Classic will highlight over 200 wines including such top brands as Paul Hobbs, Amici Cellars, La Rioja Alta, Bevan Cellars, Cakebread Cellars, Château Latour, Vega Sicilia, Ca’Momi, Caymus, Stags’ Leap, and Moët & Chandon. Restaurant chefs will craft the specialty dishes that make their restaurants the best in McAllen. Included this year will be Santa Fe Steakhouse, Republic of the Rio Grande, University Draft House, Kumori Sushi & Teppanyaki, and Mori Steakhouse. Music by Grupo Aché will be featured again this year, as well as a silent auction, a champagne & mimosa lounge,…

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