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.

Rio Bank Tops Off New Headquarters

Hundreds gathered for the Rio Bank “Topping Out” lunch on Jan. 17 to celebrate the final beam addition to the new corporate headquarters in McAllen. Signing the beam were contractor workers and Rio Bank directors and employees, as well as other business leaders. The beam then made its way to its destination atop the sixth floor of the building on the north side of the Interstate near McColl. With roughly…

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Raising Cane’s Opens in Harlingen

Raising Cane’s is now open at 2120 S. 77 Sunshine Strip in Harlingen.

On Nov. 13, Raising Cane’s celebrated the grand opening of its first Harlingen restaurant located at 2120 S. 77 Sunshine Strip. Raising Cane’s hosted a “Lucky 20” drawing before opening its doors and awarded 20 customers free Cane’s for a year. In addition, the first 100 dine-in customers ages 13 and older to purchase a Combo meal received a free limited-edition Cane’s t-shirt. An extra freebie for each of them was a…

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The Current State of U.S./Mexico Relations

The future economics between the United States and Mexico will be very interesting. All eyes will be on future trade relations, especially after Dec. 1 due to incoming president Andres Manuel Lopez. With current rocky trade relations between the United States and China, Mexico has plenty to gain under the new NAFTA terms. On Nov. 9, Duncan Wood, director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, spoke at the McAllen Performing…

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Brownsville Luncheon Celebrates Leadership

Incoming Brownsville Chamber of Commerce Board Chairwoman Monica Garza welcomed an energetic crowd Oct. 18 to the Brownsville Events Center for the annual Leadership Luncheon. The event honors outgoing chamber board officers and incoming board officers. Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez also spoke to the crowd on leadership. “A leader is well prepared, relentless in pursuit and emotionally stable (takes the drama out of decisions), while also possessing good character and…

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VIA Welcomes Frontier Airlines

Frontier Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Daniel Shurz takes the podium in announcing the new Frontier Airlines service at VIA.

Chicago, Ill., and Denver, Colo., will soon be even more accessible as Frontier Airlines brings it non-stop service to these destinations from Valley International Airport. Regional officials and business leaders celebrated the announcement Aug. 28 with an official press conference. Here, Frontier confirmed the non-stop services will begin in November. The addition of flights to Harlingen represents the 100th city in the airline’s network. Frontier is currently offering a special introductory, one-way…

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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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