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Falcon International Bank Adds Anabel Pottin to its Family (May 13, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Adds Anabel Pottin to its Family (May 13, 2008)

Banking veteran Anabel Pottin promoted to Branch Manager

 

Falcon International Bank is proud to announce Anabel K. Pottin's promotion to Branch Manager at the N. 10th branch in McAllen. In her new position, the Laredo native will manage a wide variety of banking functions. She will ensure that all bank policies and procedures are complied with and that the branch operates within its budget and attains profitability goals. She will also be responsible for meeting risk management and compliance requirements, as well as motivating and counseling employees in any necessary capacity.

Pottin joined Falcon 8 months ago, bringing with her 11 years of crucial experience in operations, consumer and mortgage lending, and new accounts. With this knowledge, she will further build the capacity of McAllen's branch, ensuring quality service for each client. After earning her associate's degree in business from Laredo Community College, she attained a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas. With the experience she has accrued, Pottin enjoys spending time with customers and learning about their needs, which ultimately enables her to deliver an honest, quality product. Working with and establishing relationships with her team is also very important, since the branch is like a family and has goals it collectively works toward meeting.

"Working for Falcon International Bank has been a wonderful and rewarding experience for me. I am truly grateful for the opportunities that I've been given and thankful for the ongoing support," Pottin says.

Moving back to the Rio Grande Valley seven years ago with her husband Eduardo has proven "to be a great move since I'm part of a successful bank that has so much potential," she adds. An active member of the National Hispanic Organization and the National Hispanic Professional Organization, Pottin is eager to work with the community to help both colleagues and neighbors achieve their goals.

Falcon International Bank congratulates Anabel Pottin, and looks forward to her continued contributions!

Falcon International Bank Announces More Employee Career Advancement (May 6, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Announces More Employee Career Advancement (May 6, 2008)

Angela Corona promoted to retail banking officer and call center manager

 

Falcon International Bank congratulates Angela Corona on her promotion to Retail Banking Officer and Call Center Manager at the Laredo offices. In her new position as Banking Officer, Corona will keep track of all pay and referrals on a monthly basis. As Call Center Manager, Corona will develop and update policies and procedures as well as train Call Center agents, ensuring that all provide the best customer service possible.

Corona joined Falcon in 2006, bringing with her 11 years of valuable financial experience. She is a 2003 graduate of Banking Operations School at Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas. A conscientious customer service provider, she cites handling the volume of calls to the Center as a significant challenge, and works hard to provide all customers with exceptional service in a timely manner. Corona is quick to say how proud she is to be part of the Falcon family.

"Being a part of the Falcon International Bank family has been very rewarding for me," says Corona. "Falcon not only encourages its employees to become involved in their communities, but also treats both customers and employees as family."

A native of Laredo, Corona has an active life in her community. She was named 2002-2003 Rookie of the Year by the Noon Optimist Club. A volunteer with the American Red Cross and The Santa Monica Mission in El Cenizo, TX, she is also a member of the Dismas Charities Community Relations Board and volunteers for the Financial Literacy program for Dismas Charities residents. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their five children and five grandchildren.

Falcon International Bank is excited to see Angela Corona's career advance, and looks forward to her ongoing contributions!

Falcon International Bank Advances with Continued Employee Growth (May 6, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Advances with Continued Employee Growth (May 6, 2008)

Adriana Ramirez Promoted to Assistant Vice President in Human Resources

 

Falcon International Bank congratulates experienced administrator Adriana Ramirez on her promotion to Assistant Vice President at the Laredo offices. In her new position in the human resources department, Ramirez is responsible for administering the employee benefit plans and monitoring employee relationship policies and procedures.

Ramirez joined Falcon in 2003, bringing with her 14 years of valuable financial experience. She supports her professional background in banking with continuing education courses in accounting, as well as with training courses such as United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Training, and State & Federal Personnel Laws Training. Formerly a human resource officer at Falcon, she also works with the human resources director in areas such as training, employee development, employee compensation and bank-wide communication activities.

Ramirez cites meeting new employees as one of the most significant challenges—and rewards—of her position, also noting how Falcon's unprecedented growth affects her job. "Traveling to our 17 branches and meeting new employees is always exciting," says Ramirez.

A native of Laredo, Ramirez is a volunteer for Junior Achievement. She is also a treasurer for the C. L. Milton Elementary Parent Teacher Association, member of Laredo Association for Human Resource Management and past member of Financial Women International. When she is not working, Ramirez enjoys spending time with her husband, Martin, and their eight-year-old son, Jacob.

Falcon International Bank is excited to congratulate Adriana Ramirez, and looks forward to her continued contributions!

Careers Continue to Grow at Falcon International Bank (May 6, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Careers Continue to Grow at Falcon International Bank (May 6, 2008)

Bank promotes Miguel Arturo Gutierrez to Regional Information Technology Officer

 

Falcon International Bank is pleased to announce that Miguel Arturo Gutierrez has been promoted to Regional Information Technology Officer at the San Antonio Stone Oak branch. In this position, Gutierrez will provide IT management and expertise for new branches under construction and existing locations in the South Central region.

Gutierrez has advanced steadily in his four years at Falcon. Arriving as an intern at the bank's Laredo headquarters in September of 2003, he earned a position as Information Technology Specialist that December. In March 2005, he was named Banker of the Month, and was recently honored as Employee of the Quarter for his contributions in San Antonio. He graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M International University, receiving a bachelor's degree in computer information systems.

A true computer aficionado, Gutierrez most enjoys helping other employees by creating programs that are more efficient and easier to use. "There is always something new to learn in this field," says Gutierrez. "New challenges arise every day, making it a wonderful, demanding, and rewarding field to work in."

A native of Laredo, Gutierrez has participated in March of Dimes and Junior Achievement events in Laredo and San Antonio. When he isn't working, he enjoys fishing, hunting, bowling, play basketball, and experimenting with computers.

Falcon International Bank congratulates Miguel Arturo Gutierrez on his new position, and looks forward to his continued professional development!

Falcon International Bank Introduces Identity Theft Prevention Program (April 14, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Introduces Identity Theft Prevention Program (April 14, 2008)

Bank Partners with SHAZAM to Prevent Fraud - As printed in Laredo Morning Times - April 12, 2008

 

In an effort to protect its customers from identity theft and fraud, Falcon International Bank is implementing a powerful system to monitor account activity. The prosperous south Texas bank has partnered with SHAZAM, a company well known for providing vigorous technical and operational support for financial institutions. Effective immediately, Falcon will be utilizing SHAZAM's Risk Assessment, Detection And Response tool, (R.A.D.A.R), to protect account holders. Customers need only to provide Falcon with current contact information.

"Protecting our customers is one of the top priorities at Falcon," says Falcon Senior Executive Vice President, Ana P. Valdez. "If suspicious activity is detected on your debit card, you will be contacted by Falcon International Bank, or by a SHAZAM fraud specialist calling on our behalf, to verify the transactions in question."

Falcon's actions are well advised. Numerous studies have shown Texas, in terms of victims per capita, is a top state for identity theft. According to the Federal Trade Commission, more than 26,000 Texans were victims of identity theft in 2006. Gartner, Inc., a leading information technology research and advisory company, claims the number of identity theft victims in the U.S. has increased by more than 50 percent since 2003. "All sensitive electronic data needs to be protected," says Gartner Vice President and analyst Avivah Litan. "Enterprises should be aware that the low hanging fruit for the criminals is electronic card and checking account numbers, as well as user IDs and passwords for online financial accounts."

SHAZAM R.A.D.A.R services include threshold reporting, which tracks unusual or high-risk activity, address verification, and card authorization services. Its fraud alert services are supported through MasterCard, which monitors all Cirrus ®and Maestro ® PIN transactions. And since SHAZAM is Falcon's electronic funds transfer network, it is already a trusted partner. For more information, go to www.shazam.net.

Based in Laredo, Falcon International Bank has 16 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 $870 million. In 2007, Falcon was named the 115th largest Hispanic-owned company in the United States by Hispanic Business magazine, and the National Banking Association has recognized Falcon as the top-performing bank in their membership for a consecutive four years. For more information, log on to www.falconbank.com.

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