Surviving the Daily Grind of Business

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Texas Border Business

Robert C. Vackar, best known to his family and friends as Bob, is a businessman who has survived the ups and downs of life, also, the daily grind of business. For those of us in business, we understand what the word ‘grind’ means.

Sometimes, businessmen go through that grinder several times a day. No matter the size of the business, everyone has a grinder and goes through it several times a day, even if you don’t see it.

Bob has been through this business grind many times and survived. Bob in partnership with Janet, his wife, manage and promote 22 dealerships. They employ more than 900, and at the present time, they have 77 opportunities for qualified individuals looking for a job.

I invite you to read and learn more about the business entrepreneur Robert C. Vackar. I hope you will be inspired and realize that if you work, and work hard, you can and will achieve business success. Bob told Texas Border Business in Exclusivity, “I feel that hard work is the catalyst for success.” 

On another note, Killam Development, a private, family-owned business that has been serving South Texas for more than 100 years, announced that it has acquired approximately 3,400 acres in Mission and McAllen from Hunt Valley Development. 

The property will be the site of a large master-planned development that will include places for people of all generations to live, work and play. It will include walkable neighborhoods, walking trails and park space, connections to entertainment, commercial districts, and education centers. Welcome!

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Space Stuff: Impressive; this is taking place in the Rio Grande Valley in late September. Founder and CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, visited the Boca Chica facility located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley to provide an update on the development of the Starship MK1 spacecraft. 

The 165-foot-tall Starship MK1 prototype was built over the last several months at Boca Chica Beach. The prototype is tentatively scheduled to launch about 12 miles in height in the near future and will later launch into orbit shortly thereafter.  These are exciting developments for the SpaceX program and the Brownsville area. Inside check out the photo of Starship MK1 spacecraft.

Congressman Gonzalez said it best, “Mexico: The time is now or never.” Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) published an editorial urging Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to accept the United States’ offer of help to secure the country. On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, a massacre of nine people, women, and children, in the Mexican state of Chihuahua highlighted the increasing stranglehold of Mexican cartels in parts of the country and the nation’s inability to combat them. Good advice let’s hope President Lopez Obrador will accept the offer.

I have never before heard about a female cadet chasing fires. Well, now I have. Gina Perez is up before the sun every morning to make the hour-long commute from Los Fresnos to South Texas College’s Fire Science Program. 

Once she gets to class, she puts on her heavy ‘bunker gear’ and gets to work learning the art of fire safety and extinguishing danger.  Firefighting is an industry that women are still trying to break into with more frequency. It’s still rare to see a woman wearing full gear, holding the hose as the designated nozzle person and running into a flaming structure. Read more in this issue.


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