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Publisher’s Word: Janet and Bob Vackar an example to follow

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By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez,

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As Originally Published by Texas Border Business newsprint edition.

What else can we say about this extraordinary couple. Bob and Janet Vackar have gone beyond their call of duty. They have exceeded any philanthropic activity normally seen here in the Valley. A tough call to answer or to follow, nevertheless the doors are open for anyone else who has their heart in the right place.

Bob and Janet have been very generous with this community, for those that know the golden rule of life, they will be blessed in every aspect. They will receive in return for their investment 100 fold, it is a written promise.

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Originally when this reporter was invited to the 11th floor of the Compass Bank to hear the announcement about Janet and Bob Vackar becoming the Border Texans of the Year, it was indeed great news.

The couple is well respected in every community of the Rio Grande Valley. Their expansion plans in business are also a blessing for the communities where they do business.

The selection of a couple in business for the first time and the selection of a new venue as to where to celebrate the Vackar’s, made this event very special. All of us will remember for years to come this great moment.

On another matter, banking veteran, community leader and founding president and CEO of IBC Bank-Brownsville, Fred Rusteberg, announced his retirement. His transition from CEO into retirement began last month in February and he will officially step down at the end of August.

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Texas Border Business has started with a series of safety articles. This month we spoke to Lt. Joel Morales of the McAllen Police Department. This month’s article is about Distracted Drivers and texting. Find out more and learn how to prevent an accident.

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (FBRGV) is happy to announce Michelle Lea Zamora, FBRGV Board Vice-President and Inter National Bank First Vice-President – Commercial Lender, as the new Chairwoman of the Empty Bowls 2016 Committee.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Edinburg won a distinguish national award from Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) as the new development design award. More inside this issue.

The Valley Symphony Orchestra had the pleasure of presenting Kirk and Jeri Clark with the 2016 Symphony Cultural Leader of the Year Award. The event took place at the McAllen Convention Center Ballroom. More inside.

Lone Star National Bank’s participation in the “Lights, Camera, Save!”, will become a great tool to teach the younger generation to save for the future. Read our article about the video contest that empowers young adults to use video in communicating the value of saving and inspiring others to become smart money managers.

Inside you will learn about what the International Women’s Board does to help university students. Also you will learn what IWB is all about.

Mario Reyna, Health and Physical Education Coordinator for McAllen Independent School District, will be inducted into a national Hall of Fame for exercise and health in April of this year, more inside this issue.

TASTE MCALLEN will host over 25 of the best restaurants in the McAllen area in a beautiful outdoor setting at the McAllen Convention Center Oval Park and Lake with live music in the background and the beautiful outdoor ambiance the Rio Grande Valley is known for.

The event will offer some of the best in McAllen’s Cuisine, enticing attendees with a variety of delicacies from their menu entrées such as prime rib, pasta, sushi, some international cuisines and more.

TASTE MCALLEN will be hosted on Thursday, March 31, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

See you there!


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