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Following his true calling, Julian Alvarez leads the Valley’s Chamber

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By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez,

As Originally Published by Texas Border Business newsprint edition.

This month we bring you a feature story that I know you will enjoy. It’s about Julian Alvarez, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rio Grande Valley Partnership, an association of leaders that dates back to 1944. As a matter a fact, it was started by several great people that have left a genuine foundation of progress in the Rio Grande Valley. Just so you have an idea how important this position is, the original and first leader was Lloyd Bentsen, Sr. who became the first Chairman of what we now know as the Rio Grande Valley Partnership Chamber of Commerce.

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Under Julian’s leadership and experience the partnership has notably made great progress. Julian credits the great board in place.

The great news is that Aeromar, the airline based in Mexico City announced that it is increasing the flights from Mexico City to McAllen   and from McAllen to Mexico City during the summer time. Now there is a daily flight until August 31 due to the strong demand from passengers who want to shop in this American destination, while enjoying its natural beauty and entertainment attractions.

In this issue, you also get to meet and learn about Brooks Ausborn, an acoustic/electric classical guitarist who you may have seen playing throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

Alonzo Cantu, one of the most successful businesspeople in the Rio Grande Valley, acquired a professional soccer franchise to operate a soccer team in the Valley. On top of that, he has committed to build a soccer stadium. This sounds unbelievable but it is already happening.

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Cantu is now recognized as a businessman that invests heavily in the area where he does business. He has expressed his interest in creating a better quality of life for everyone. Read the feature story inside to learn more.

I recently had the opportunity of talking to one of the pioneers of high school soccer. While still in high school, Efren Lopez together with his friends helped to convince the school to create their first Valley high school soccer program.

We have a very informative story by Isaac Daniel Smith, a member of the Smith family that owns and operates Matt’s Building Supplies. He brings some insights into how to compete with the big box stores in the Rio Grande Valley. Matt’s Building Supplies has been very successful and he shares with everyone the secrets to their success.

What a pleasant surprise to learn about Patty Rojas. She is the membership director and the one responsible for telling the story about Cimarron Country Club’s services. Read the story and join the club now!

Henry Cuellar deserves this new recognition, he works hard and is very effective representing his district. The National Retail Federation (NRF) named Congressman Henry Cuellar one of their “Heroes of Main Street.”

The Romans used to call it “Dog Days”, we now call it Canicula, which is hot weather in three digits. Bill Keltner brings a story about the “Dogs Days” that we have experienced for several weeks. He says that this will continue during the month of August.

Bob McCreery, the owner and operator of McCreery Aviation in McAllen Texas is now making plans to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the company this coming year. Congratulations and we wish you the best!

There is more in this issue; I know that you will enjoy it!  TBB

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