Category Archives: Moving On Up

Promotions and hires around the RGV

Brownsville Names Engineering & Public Works Director 

Armando Gutierrez Jr.

Armando Gutierrez Jr. is now the Engineering & Public Works director of the City of Brownsville. Gutierrez oversees the department to implement systems, operational plans and policies to improve city services by efficiently and effectively allocating resources. The Engineering & Public Works Department aims to execute capital projects for improvements to city infrastructure. There is an emphasis on streets and drainage. Gutierrez was most recently the director of Public Works for…

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State Association Recognizes HIDTA Agents

Two agents of the Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office – High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force have top honors from the Texas Narcotic Officers Association. HIDTA Commander Juan Pablo Sifuentes is “Supervisor of the Year” and Agent Genovevo “Geno” Martinez III “Narcotic Officer of the Year” for the TNOA South Region. Both will receive recognition at the organization’s annual conference Aug. 19-22 in South Padre Island. Hidalgo County Criminal District…

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Teacher Receives Lifetime Award

Kelsey E. Martin

McAllen Memorial High journalism teacher Kelsey Martin will soon receive the Edith Fox King Award from the Interscholastic League Press Conference. The lifetime achievement award will be presented May 4 in Austin. She is the first journalism adviser/teacher from McAllen ISD to receive this honor. She is also only the fourth in the Rio Grande Valley. The award recognizes those people who have a life dedication to continuing the ideals…

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Mission EDC Thriving With Silva

Mission EDC CEO Daniel Silva

Straight out of college and Daniel Silva was job hunting after earning a degree in computer information systems from then-University of Texas-Pan American. His job search then led to the Mission Economic Development Corporation at their former home at the Texas Sweet Building. He started as a project manager, a job that had little to nothing to do with computers. Then in late November 2018, after a 14-year climb, Sliva…

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Serrano Adds Boost to Weslaco EDC

Juan Jose Serrano, new EDC board member

The Weslaco Economic Development Corporation recently filled a vacancy on its board during a time when the city is experiencing robust growth and planning for additional development. Juan Jose Serrano was recently appointed by the City Commission. He fills the vacancy left as a result of the passing of businessman Rudy Cisneros. In his facility leader position as the H-E-B Retail Support Center in Weslaco, Serrano oversees 250 employees. The…

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Edinburg Chamber Names Marketing Director

DeAnna Daniel Garza

DeAnna Daniel Garza is now the director of marketing and special events for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce. She will work closely with the Executive Director Ronnie Larralde, for all of the chamber’s events. She will aid in member outreach, retention and developing different avenues to increase business development. “We are excited to have DeAnna come on board. She is a dedicated and driven individual and will be a great…

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Nominate Small Businesses for McAllen Top 5

McAllen Top 5

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for the McAllen Top 5 Small Business Awards. Winning nominees receive recognition from the chamber as the best of the best businesses in McAllen. In order to compete, a business must complete a Top 5 Small Business Awards application, as well as provide documentation supporting their claim as one of McAllen’s finest businesses. Businesses must also be a member of the…

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TSTC welcomes new police chief

Eduardo Patiño

Eduardo Patiño was recently promoted and named Texas State Technical College’s newest police chief. Patiño celebrates 10 years at TSTC in June, serving as sergeant for the force for the past six years. TSTC Police Commissioner Aurelio Torres says Patiño was one of six candidates selected and interviewed on competences identified as critical for a college police chief. “Patiño has made an impact since day one,” said Torres. “His experience in…

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Larralde to Lead Edinburg Chamber

Noe “Ronnie” Larralde

On Jan. 7, the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce board of directors made the announcement that Noe “Ronnie” Larralde will lead the organization as its new executive director. Larralde, who served as the interim executive director since September, replaces former president Letty Gonzalez. Prior to his appointment, Larralde served as the director of Marketing and Special Events for seven years. Prior to joining the chamber in 2012, Larralde worked at First National…

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Weslaco Chamber Names Board Chair

Luis Reyes

Luis Reyes is the new Weslaco Chamber of Commerce board chair for the 2018-2019 fiscal year. Reyes is the communications manager for Magic Valley Electrical Cooperative, a role in which he has served since 2011. “The chance to serve our members and the Weslaco business community is a task I’m excited and eager to take on,” said Reyes. “Weslaco is the epicenter of so much growth and economic development, it’s important…

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