Weslaco Citizens Receive Top Chamber Honors

Weslaco Chamber names Man, Woman of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018


Weslaco Citizens Receive Top Chamber Honors

Krystal Palomino of Chick-fil-A, Scott Vaughan, Robert McAllen, Cynthia Cabaza, Toni Marbar and Bobby Calvillo
Krystal Palomino of Chick-fil-A, Scott Vaughan, Robert McAllen, Cynthia Cabaza, Toni Marbar and Bobby Calvillo

Scott Vaughan of Burton Auto Supply and Cynthia Cabaza of Shepard Walton King Insurance Group are Man and Woman of the Year, respectively, with awards from the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce. Also receiving honors are Robert McAllen with the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as Chick-fil-A of Weslaco with Business of the Year.

Scott Vaughan

In his nomination form, Vaughan is described as a true role model and an amazing person. Vaughan’s involvement in the community includes Arroyo 4-H, RGV Livestock Show Gala, Smoking on the Rio committee and Aurora House.  He volunteers with Grace Christian Academy and the Weslaco Rotary Club, where he recently finished a term as president.

Cynthia Cabaza

Cabaza is a life-long resident of Weslaco and serves many causes in the Valley. Her service includes the Weslaco EDC board for three years, where she currently serves as board secretary. She has been board president of Fountain of Mercy ministries for nine years. Cabaza’s professional service includes the board of directors for the State Bar and the Commission for Discipline for the State Bar. She is also a  member of the Credit Union Commission of the Credit Union Department for the State of Texas.  In addition, she is very active at St. Pius X Catholic Church where she serves as Eucharist Minister.

Robert McAllen

McAllen’s service in the Weslaco community spans close to 60 years. He has served on several boards of directors, including Weslaco ISD, Knapp Medical Center, Weslaco Chamber of Commerce and the RGV Boy Scout Council. In addition, McAllen served as president of the RGV Partnership and the Weslaco Rotary Club. With Rotary, he has had perfect attendance for more than 50 years.

Chick-fil-A of Weslaco

Chick-fil-A’s service to Weslaco began in July 2014 and it supports local schools. For example, the restaurant has mass food distributions, including randomly surprising high school band students with chicken sandwiches after practice one day. Chick-fil-A has also sponsored several Chamber networking events and committee meetings. Most recently, the company has signed on to be the title sponsor for Weslaco’s 100 Celebration next year.

Additional honorees included Volunteer of the Year Jennifer Rektorik and Chamber Board Member of the Year Bobby Calvillo of Affordable Homes of South Texas, as well as Retiring Board Member Esperanza Garza of Margo’s Corner.

The honors came recently at the chamber’s annual membership luncheon. An introduction was also made of the 2018-2019 board of directors, as well as the board officers for this fiscal year.