By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez
Texas Border Business
During a traditional ceremony that took place at the Glen Roney’s office, it was announced that John Sharp, the Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System is the new 2018 Border Texan of the Year. The official event, where Mr. Sharp will be recognized takes place on April 13, 2018, at the McAllen Convention Center.
The Border Texan of the Year annual banquet recognizes individuals in the Rio Grande Valley who advocate for the improvement of issues relevant to the area, including education, funding, transportation, business, security, and health issues, to name a few. The annual banquet raises funds which are awarded to area non-profit organizations.
This year’s honoree is Mr. Sharp, who has unique connections and affection to the Rio Grande Valley, helping to pave the way for opportunities and highlights for the region.
The Border Texan of the Year committee Chairman, Mr. Glen Roney did the announcement in the company of his wife Rita K. and other members of the committee like John David Franz, Paul Moxley, and Val La Mantia Peisen.
Also present, Jim Darling, mayor of McAllen, Keith Patridge, McAllen EDC, Roy Rodriguez, McAllen City manager, Dr. Shirley Reed, President of STC, Veronica Whitaker. Texas Senators Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and Eddie Lucio Jr. said they know Mr. Sharp who is indirectly responsible for the acceleration of the creation of the medical school in the valley.
Mr. Robert Vackar, president of Bert Ogden Auto Group dealerships in the Rio Grande Valley, and a longtime friend of the honoree was also present and he told Texas Border Business, “John Sharp is an A&M Class of 72 and I am a graduate of Class 1966.” He continued, “So, probably we are two of the oldest Aggies around anywhere.” He said. “It’s always an honor to be with him,” Vackar finalized.