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Will Collins the Creator of Businesses and Opportunities

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By Roberto Hugo Gonzalez,

As originally published by Texas Border Business newsprint edition.

Young and aggressive developers don’t come around often. Much less people with vision with a desire to develop in multiple communities from San Antonio to the Rio Grande Valley.

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Our region is fortunate because James “Will” Collins. Jr., the principal of Terracor, Real Estate Services began an aggressive commercial development in different parts of the Valley.

He is our feature Exclusive story this month.

Will was born in McAllen, Texas to James William Collins (Jim) and Kathleen Cook Collins (Kathy).  He told Texas Border Business he has four siblings, Jennifer, Courtney, Caroline, and Vannie, all raised in McAllen. He is a graduate of McAllen High School, Class of 1999. He loves the outdoors and loves hunting, fishing and enjoys nature.

He is a good tennis, soccer and baseball player, he grew up exercising these activities.

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During his junior year of college, he was hired by the Hunt Oil Company as a research analyst for their Latin America operations.  Will worked at the Hunt Oil Company through graduation and later was hired by the Bush 2004 Presidential Campaign as an Advance Team Member.

He is also very active with nonprofits; he organized and founded Friends for Hope, a non-profit organization focused on raising money and community awareness for childhood cancer and blood diseases through social networking events for young professionals in the Rio Grande Valley. Read more about him and other projects that will impact the economy of this region.

In this issue, also meet and learn more about Dennis E. Nixon, he is International Bancshares President and Chairman/CEO. He is one of the most accomplished bankers of our time. He is sharing with us his own Five Life Lessons from 50 Years of Banking, as IBC Bank celebrates its 50th anniversary. This is a must read story.

In this issue also read an article written by Mario Reyna, the Dean for Business and Technology at South Texas College for 20 years. He reminds us all of The Responsibility to Vote Now.

And what is Pedro Ayala writing about? He brought an interesting story from San Benito, Texas. It will soon join the Rio Grande Valley family of museums. Ayala emphasizes that he means museum with a capital ‘M’, for Musicos, lots of Musicos. Here comes the modern shrine to Narciso Martinez, homage to Texas tornado Freddy Fender, Tex-Mex Conjunto Music and Texas-Mexican Border Heritage. Arriva San Benito!

Josh Stockel is our newest Guest Writer. He is the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce President & CEO. He joined the Mission Chamber in that capacity in April 2016. You will enjoy his article titled, “Sacred Cows” Slowing You Down?

Read about Christina Rivera, CEO of the Rio Grande Regional Hospital named a 2016 Woman of Distinction by the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) and honored at a Luncheon in Austin on May 13th.

Yoli Cantu and the Art Village on Main are getting ready to celebrate the 3rd Annual “A Season of Hope” Arts Festival which will take part on Saturday, December 10, 2016. In this issue, there is more information on how you can participate. We have included a QR for you to scan and find out more by visiting our site which has the complete rules and application to participate.

Yoli, and A Season of Hope-Arts Festival invites you to apply and be one of 24 exhibitors at the 2016 event, celebrating the Arts.

In this issue you will also learn about what happened 40 years ago in McAllen. The responsible businesspeople with a heart in the right place founded an organization that still is helping people to own their home.

Enjoy! TBB

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