Author Archives: Todd Breland, VBR general manager

My thirty years in the media world has primarily focused on marketing, advertising and writing. This industry is my passion. I have been blessed to serve customers with marketing consulting, advertising concepts, video production and promotion of all forms - broadcast, print and digital. My occupation is a fun job but not work. The opportunity to put clients and customers together awakens me early. Learning clients and their businesses enables me to create effective multimedia advertising campaigns. My media life led me to deep South Texas in 2004 to co-found The Business Times of the Rio Grande Valley and then the Valley Business Report in 2009. This south Louisiana native is proud to call the Rio Grande Valley my home.

Hazards Conference Brings Piece of Mind

The sixth annual South Texas All Hazards Conference attracted more than 5,000 to the McAllen Convention Center March 28-29.

More than 5,000 attendees took part in South Texas All Hazards Conference 2018 during the two-day conference last week. Held at the McAllen Convention Center, the event included an expo, classes, presentations and networking. John O’Valle, district director at Texas Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management, was very pleased with this year’s attendance. “On Wednesday alone, 3,157 people walked through the doors,” O’Valle praised. Initial projected attendance, according to…

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RGV Women of Purpose Celebrates Local Women

On March 15, IBC Bank Main in McAllen hosted the first annual RGV Women of Purpose event. More than 300 ladies of power, influence and purpose from throughout the Rio Grande Valley attended. They were further empowered by Catia Hernandez-Holm, author and motivational speaker. IBC Senior Vice President Dora Brown and her planning committee were thrilled to see a very successful turnout of regional business and community leaders. IBC McAllen…

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McAllen H-E-B introduces more ways to get Janktafied

The Jankster Lamar Jones gives a lively demonstration at the launch of The Jank BBQ spice rub Feb. 8. (VBR)

He came, he sang, he talked, he cooked. Lamar Jones joined H-E-B officials Feb. 8 in launching his newest addition to The Jank line, The Jank BBQ spice rub. And he did not disappoint shoppers who stopped to watch the show and sample some unique dishes. Shoppers were drawn in by dishes such as Jank Brussel Sprouts, Jankanero Dry Rub Chicken sliders and Marbled Jankanero Cornbread Cake. The new rub…

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Local Businesses Empowered by Governor’s Small Business Forum

Angela Burton, U.S. Small Business Administration, Lower RGV, moderated a Q&A panel of financial executives

Hundreds from the Valley learn how to thrive in today’s economy Starting your own small business can be stressful. It involves long hours but can be rewarding and employs other people to succeed. Be kind and helpful, learn from mentors, be grateful, bring passion to your work and surround yourself with people who are more intelligent than yourself … these are just a few of the points shared by successful small…

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Covering All Bases


Are you a hybrid? Do you prefer your news online, in print or both? I am a hybrid, maybe because of my age, my profession or how busy I am – possibly a combination of all three. It seems like we are always on the go, from one meeting to the next, en-route via vehicle or in the air. At times we’re catching up on emails, texts and more from…

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The New Look of VBR is Here

VBR launches new website and e-Brief The all new Valley Business Report site launched July 7, and all we can say is you have to see what we have in store for our readers. You’ll want to visit daily, possibly multiple times daily, to see new stories of regional economic development news plus a whole lot more. And you will now find VBR all over social media, including LinkedIn,…

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