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Banker Of The Year 2008 (January 22,2009)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Banker Of The Year 2008 (January 22,2009)

Hector Cantu has been named Falcon International Bank's Banker of the Year 2008

 

Hector Cantu was recently recognized as Falcon International Bank's Banker of the Year 2008. Gilbert Narvaez, President & COO, noted "Hector is very deserving of this award and recognition. It is evident that his peers throughout the Falcon organization truly admire his constant attentiveness and dedication."

When asked about his thoughts, Cantu stated " I was surprised and felt honored that my co-workers selected me as Falcon's Banker of the Year. I feel that this award is a representation of the IT department's hard work."

Cantu joined Falcon in 2006 as an intern in the Information Technology (IT)Department and was rapidly converted as a full time staff member. He was later promoted to the position of IT Support Specialist. Some of his responsibilities include: help desk/technical support to bank employees and the installation and maintenance of the network infrastructure.

Cantu was selected as Banker of the Month, which made him eligible for the Banker of the Year award because of his ability to provide quality and efficient customer service. Cantu has a positive work and influences the same attitude on others; he willingly performs above and beyond the normal job requirements.

Cantu graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Information Systems from Texas A&M International University, and is currently pursuing his master's degree.

About Falcon International Bank

Founded in Laredo, Texas in 1986, Falcon International Bank knows well the distinct duality of border-town culture; in fact, the bank uses it to blend the quality of Mexican tradition with the efficacy of modern American banking. Today, Falcon is proud to offer superior customer service at any of its 18 branches, including locations in San Antonio, McAllen, Brownsville, Eagle Pass, Del Rio and Buda, with a Loan Production Offices (LPO) in Harlingen and representative offices in Monterrey and Guadalajara, Mexico. Falcon International Bank, whose assets exceed $930 million, is a subsidiary of Falcon Bancshares, Inc.

For more information on Falcon International Bank, please call (956) 723-2265 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (956) 723-2265 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit www.falconbank.com.

Falcon opens 18th branch (10-13-2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon opens 18th branch (10-13-2008)

Falcon International Bank Completes Exterior Renovation of 17th South Texas Branch

 

McAllen branch's attractive new facade heralds more good to come

McAllen, TX, Oct. 7, 2008—This month, Falcon International Bank is excited to announce the completion of an extensive exterior renovation to its 17th and newest branch. Located in front of La Plaza Mall at 2011 S. 10th St. in McAllen, the branch officially opened its doors on Wednesday, July 2—only three days after its previous tenants vacated—and was fully operational through the duration of the construction.

"It has always been important to Falcon to pursue opportunities in the markets we know best," said Adolfo Gutierrez, CEO and Chairman of the Board. "Even in an uncertain economy, the quick and efficient opening and renovation of the La Plaza Mall branch exemplifies one such opportunity."

Immediately after taking ownership of the building on June 29, Falcon hired Dominion Construction to replace the façade's old brick with more modern stucco and stone. Today, the 4,040 square foot building is a beautiful and contemporary addition to the thriving McAllen area.

The La Plaza Mall branch marks Falcon's third location in McAllen, and Paul Quintero, Jr., formerly a business development coordinator for the region, has been appointed branch manager. With 23 years of banking experience, he will oversee all banking functions, including operations, retail banking, and lending—as well as the continued interior renovations.

"We are a community oriented bank committed to providing our customers with the quality service that they deserve," said Roberto Martinez, President of Lower Rio Grande Region. "The remodeling that we have done to the Sanborn's building provides very convenient full service location for our customers to do business."

Since early 2008, the bank has expanded its branching network by three locations and has realized over 12 percent asset growth. Now boasting assets in excess of $900 million, Falcon is on target to meet President and COO Gilbert Narvaez Jr.'s forecast of $1 billion in assets by mid-2009. Falcon's steady growth recently garnered an appearance in Hispanic Business magazine, when the publication rated Falcon the 93rd largest Hispanic-owned company in the U.S. The 22-slot jump from 2007 also explains Falcon's place on the magazine's 100 Fastest Growing U.S. Companies list.

"We are excited by our continued growth," said Gutierrez, "and we are ready to, at a moment's notice, take new opportunities."

About Falcon International Bank

Founded in Laredo, Texas in 1986, Falcon International Bank knows well the distinct duality of border-town culture; in fact, the bank uses it to blend the quality of Mexican tradition with the efficacy of modern American banking. Today, Falcon is proud to offer superior customer service at any of its 18 branches, including locations in San Antonio, McAllen, Brownsville, Eagle Pass, Del Rio and Buda, with a Loan Production Offices (LPO) in Harlingen and representative offices in Monterrey and Guadalajara, Mexico. Current assets are in excess of $900 million, and Falcon was recently named one of the 100 largest and fastest-growing companies in the U.S. by Hispanic Business magazine.

For more information on Falcon International Bank, or its La Plaza Mall McAllen branch, please call (956) 723-2265 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (956) 723-2265 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit www.falconbank.com.

Falcon International Bank Breaks Coveted #100 Mark on Annual Hispanic 500 Directory (July 28, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Breaks Coveted #100 Mark on Annual Hispanic 500 Directory (July 28, 2008)

South Texas bank also makes Hispanic Business magazine's list of 100-fastest growing Hispanic-owned companies in U.S. - As printed in the Laredo Morning Times Business Journal - July 28, 2008

 

At the midpoint of an exciting year for Laredo-based Falcon International Bank, President and COO Gilbert Narvaez Jr. and Chairman of the Board and CEO Adolfo E. Gutierrez received unprecedented news: Falcon had broken the coveted number 100 mark up to 93 on Hispanic Business magazine's annual Hispanic 500 directory, which lists the 500 largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S. Furthermore, Falcon earned a place on the magazine's second annual directory: The 100 Fastest Growing [U.S.] Companies list.

"When I first learned about this exciting news, I felt truly honored and humbled by the recognition. I have feelings of pride for our staff, and their ability to keep up with our continued growth, while maintaining the high level of customer service that we are known for," says Gilbert Narvaez Jr., President of Falcon.

Hispanic Business magazine, syndicated by The New York Times Company, recently won the prestigious Maggie Award for "Best Business & Finance Magazine." It has led the Hispanic press market for more than 25 years—which is why, says CEO Gutierrez, it is such an honor for Falcon to have found success in its pages.

Falcon's first mention in the Hispanic 500 was in 1997, when (then named Falcon National Bank) it ranked 499 on the directory. With assets under $30 million and profits of less than $5 million, the bank had been under new ownership for only two years. Since then, under the same ownership, Falcon has grown to employ more than 385 dedicated team members; 18 branches located in Laredo, San Antonio, McAllen, Brownsville, Eagle Pass, Del Rio and Buda, with a Loan Production Office (LPO) in Harlingen as well as representative offices in Monterrey and Guadalajara, Mexico; and $870 million in assets.

"I'm most proud of the fact that since our inception we have experienced increased growth in our personnel, customers, loans, deposits and products," says Narvaez. "Our staff is our largest asset and it is because of this that we will not lose focus on training and individual growth."

In the next several months, Falcon plans to open an IT Service Center behind its Laredo East branch, which will primarily house the Information Technology Department and the Call Center. Falcon Bank recently opened a new branch in McAllen located across from LaPlaza Mall, as well as another branch in San Antonio, located on Bandera Rd,; these branches mark Falcon's third location in each of these cities.

"At Falcon we attribute our success largely to being a family-owned business—and, thus, a business that values and cultivates a familial atmosphere in its staff and customers," says Narvaez. "Throughout our growth there are several things that haven't changed at Falcon and that is our commitment to offer personalized service, our attention to detail and quality products."

For more information on Falcon International Bank, please visit www.falconbank.com

Laredo organization aims to create leaders (July 28, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Laredo organization aims to create leaders (July 28, 2008)

By PAUL S. MARTINEZ Published: Laredo Morning Times Business Journal - Monday, July 28, 2008

 

Leadership Laredo is committed to addressing uncontested local elections, the organization's president told the Laredo Kiwanis International Club last week."Leadership Laredo is a good program," said former Kiwanis Club President Sabas Zapata. "But we are cranking out all these people who are supposed to be leaders, but I don't see many new folks taking on new leadership positions."

There are plenty of opportunities for leadership positions in the county, the city and the two school districts, he added.

Others in the club, which meets Tuesday for noon lunch at the Holiday Inn Civic Center, lamented that there are so many uncontested local elections.

Leadership Laredo President Vanessa Martinez-Contreras, who was speaking to the club meeting, said she would address their concerns.

A Kiwanis Club member suggested adding a class on how to run for office. Martinez-Contreras agreed.

"I've already spoken to somebody Austin who knows how to prepare a political campaign to bring him down," she said over the phone a few days after the meeting. "A lot of times people don't run for office because they don't know where to start."

Leadership Laredo is a two-year program: the first year consists of monthly classes taught by a handpicked instructor covering various topics of the community such as history, health, business and so on.

The second year consists of a service project for the community, which Martinez-Contreras wants to make stronger.

The International Bank of Commerce marketing executive said she plans to bring back a Friday/Saturday ranch retreat, which used to be a part of the class, but was done away with a few years ago.

"That's where all the second-year planning was done," she said. "And there was bonding. Since that went away, I think the essence of what the second year is supposed to be was lost."

Leadership Laredo is still recruiting for its 23rd class.

The program will hold a recruitment luncheon on July 31 at 11:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites hotel with a keynote address from U.S. Magistrate Diana Saldaña.

The cost is $500 for a 10-person table or $75 for an individual ticket.

Martinez-Contreras said there are still tables available.

The board of directors chooses the class, expected to be between 40 to 45 people, after the application is made.

Applications and more information through the Laredo Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.laredochamber.com/leadershiplaredo.

Falcon International Bank Introduces Mobile Banking (June 23, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Introduces Mobile Banking (June 23, 2008)

- As printed in Laredo Morning Times Business Journal - June 23, 2008

 

In an age when handheld media devices, such as the BlackBerry, Palm or iPhone, have become indispensable, so are companies that free customers to do business on such tools. That's why Falcon International Bank has introduced mobile banking. According to Falcon executives, the service will offer on-the-go customers one more way to remain on top of their finances—without worrying about when the bank's doors close for the night.

"We're pleased to provide our customers with this cutting-edge technology. In this day and age, almost everyone owns a cell phone and now they will have the convenience to have access to their accounts and conduct transactions at their fingertips," says Gilbert Narvaez Jr., President of Falcon Bank.

Activating the service is simple. Customers should set up an online banking username and password, and then click on "services." Easy-to-use prompts will guide customers through creating a pin number and selecting which accounts they'll be able to access by phone. The process takes less than two minutes to complete and complements the extensive online banking services Falcon already offers, such as bill pay, financial transfers and online statement viewing.

Mobile banking is the latest in a suite of innovative services that Falcon has recently introduced, including the popular Reward Checking—which pays competitive interest rates with no minimum balance requirement and no per item fees—and Shazam R.A.D.A.R., which guards customers against debit card fraud and identity theft.

Falcon is committed to providing customers with quality products and unparalleled service—even on the phone or computer.

About Falcon International Bank

Founded in Laredo, Texas in 1986, Falcon International Bank knows well the distinct duality of border-town culture; in fact, the bank uses it to blend the quality of Mexican tradition with the efficacy of modern American banking. Today, Falcon is proud to offer superior customer service at any of its 18 branches, including locations in San Antonio, McAllen, Brownsville, Eagle Pass, Del Rio and Buda, with a Loan Production Office (LPO) in Harlingen and representative offices in Monterrey and Guadalajara, Mexico. Current assets are in excess of $872 million, and Falcon was recently named one of the 100 largest and fastest-growing companies in the U.S. by Hispanic Business magazine.

For more information on Falcon International Bank or mobile banking, log on to www.falconbank.com or call (956) 723-2265 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (956) 723-2265 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

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