Category Archives: Moving On Up

Promotions and hires around the RGV

TSC Welcomes New Foundation Director 

David Tumlinson

David Tumlinson is the new Texas Southmost College director of Foundation and Community Outreach. Over the past two decades, Tumlinson has worked as the deputy director for the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department in San Benito, where he began as a probation officer in 2001.  “I’m excited to begin in this new role at this stage of my life,” said the Brownsville native. “I’m in a position to make a…

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McAllen Selects New Fire Chief

James Schultz

James Schultz is the new chief for the McAllen Fire Department. Schultz has been serving in an interim capacity since Chief Rafael Balderas’ retirement earlier this year after serving as assistant McAllen fire chief for the past eight years. His career, almost exclusively with the McAllen Fire Department, began in 1993 as a firefighter, a position he held also for eight years. “The City of McAllen and the McAllen Fire…

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Border Trade Alliance Elects Contreras as Chairman

Sergio Contreras, the president and CEO of the RGV Partnership, has been elected chairman of the Border Trade Alliance. Contreras takes the helm of the BTA board during a time of challenge for the cross-border trade community. “I am honored to assume the chairmanship of the Border Trade Alliance, one of the nation’s most respected trade advocacy groups, at a time when our work has never been more important,” Contreras…

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Hidalgo County Names Public Affairs Director

Carlos Sanchez

Carlos Sanchez is now the public affairs director and spokesman for Hidalgo County with appointment from Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez. “I’m honored to serve as spokesman for Hidalgo County,” said Sanchez. “Developing a strong communications blueprint between the county and the community at large is my priority.” Sanchez is a 37-year veteran of the news industry. He was recently a senior editor for Texas Monthly magazine in the…

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Local Engineering Firm Racks Up Awards

The team from SWG Engineering LLC accepts the 2019 Innovative Project of the Year award. Randall Winston, center, holds the 2019 Civil Engineer of the Year award from the American Society of Civil Engineers Rio Grande Valley Branch.

SWG Engineering LLC, a local civil engineering firm, was recently distinguished by two national organizations for the solutions it provided Rio Grande Valley municipalities in 2019. The American Society of Civil Engineers Rio Grande Valley Branch presented SWG with the 2019 Innovative Project of the Year award. The recognition comes for the firm’s canal-to-pipeline conversion for the Delta Lake Irrigation District. SWG turned the A-20 open canal into 4.5 miles…

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McAllen Chamber Seeks Top Small Businesses

2016 winners of the McAllen Top 5 Small Business Awards (photo McAllen Chamber)

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is currently accepting nominations for its Top 5 Small Business Awards. The honor recognizes “those businesses which have been the foundation for the economic prosperity and resilience which McAllen has experienced over the last several years.” Businesses may showcase accomplishments and impact on the community. The chamber views the exposure as an outlet to tell success stories of businesses. Participating businesses must complete a Top 5…

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Weslaco Chamber Announces New Board

Robert Donaldson, Alex Montenegro and Omar Rodriguez

Three new members are now on the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Robert Donalson of Texas Regional Bank, Alejandra Montenegro of Frost Bank and Omar Rodriguez of Rio Bank all accepted the nominations to serve a three-year term. Donalson is a loan officer at Texas Regional Bank in Weslaco. He is a graduate of Leadership Mid Valley XI and served on the…

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Census Official Urges Accurate Valley Count in 2020

Bishop Daniel Flores addresses the audience at a Census 2020 Forum.

The 2020 U.S. Census will go out to a nation that’s more technologically wired than ever. Census Bureau officials expect the nation’s official population count to be the first of its kind. A solid majority of respondents will do so online. “The fact we’ve moved beyond paper only makes us more relevant to the American people,” said Timothy Olson, the associate director of field operations for the U.S. Census Bureau. …

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Bobby Calvillo Named Board Chair

Robert “Bobby” Calvillo

Robert “Bobby” Calvillo is the board chairman of the Weslaco Area Chamber of Commerce for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. He began his service on the Weslaco Chamber board in 2015. For the last 23 years, Calvillo has served as executive director of Affordable Homes of South Texas Inc. AHSTI is one of the largest non-profit housing producers in the country. It serves as a subdivision developer, builder and mortgage company…

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State Recognition for Willacy EMS Director

Frank Torres is flanked by family relatives. Far left are Manny Vela and Texas Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.

Frank Torres, director of the Willacy County Emergency Medical Services, has been recognized by the Texas Senate for his exemplary service to the Lone Star State. Torres was chairman of the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System Board of Trustees since 2001. This year, he began a six-year reappointment on the administrative body that oversees 237 department members. He was recognized by the Senate and by Texas Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr.…

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