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Protecting Our Customers (December 27, 2006)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Protecting Our Customers (December 27, 2006)

Enhanced Online Security - Security Update

 

Falcon International Bank has implemented a new layer of security effective December 28, 2006. Now you will see the additional layer of security that adds security enrollment features to your login. This enhanced security requires a one-time enrollment, which should only take a few minutes to complete. During your next login to Falcon Online you will be asked to complete the enrollment process. To help you there is an online demonstration and information explaining the new security features as well as information regarding identity theft, phishing and other security concerns. The demo can be found at Falcon International Bank Demo .

During the new security enrollment, the following will take place:

1) You will be provided an Authentication Image from our image library.
2) You will be asked to create an Authentication Phrase for your Authentication Image.
3) You must answer three security confirmation questions.
4) You must designate whether the computer you are logging on from is a "Public Computer". If this is a private computer (such as your home computer) you will select "Register this Computer". If the computer is Registered you will only be asked for your User ID and Password the next time you log in. If you designate it as a Public Computer you will need to answer a security question correctly and verify your Authentication Image and Phrase before being able to proceed to your Password.

By completing the enrollment process, you are partnering with Falcon Bank to help protect your personal information.

Once registered, your Authentication Image and Authentication Phrase will appear whenever you are logging into a valid Falcon Online website. If your Authentication Image and Authentication Phrase are not present or do not match, you are NOT on a legitimate Falcon website. If this occurs, you should NOT enter your Password and should close out of the website.

If you have any questions or problems with this process, contact the Customer Service Department. For Laredo call 956-723-2265 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 956-723-2265 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, all other areas call 1-888-310-2265 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-888-310-2265 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

-The Falcon Online Team

Falcon International Bank: Banker of the Year 2006 (December 11, 2006)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank: Banker of the Year 2006 (December 11, 2006)

Adriana Tovar voted Falcon's Banker of the Year

 

Adriana Tovar [Loan Processor] has been named Falcon International Bank's Banker of the Year 2006.

When asked about her thoughts she said " I was shocked the night that I got awarded banker of the year! I knew that each candidate's nomination was well deserved and that the final decision would be difficult."

Tovar joined Falcon in 2005 as a teller and due her performance and dedicated was promoted to the Loan Administration Department as a Loan Processor. Her responsibilities include: processing commercial and consumer loans, as well as offering first-rate customer service.

" I am thankful to be here and I look forward to growing with Falcon". Every morning I wake up with a positive attitude and come to work. I will always try my best to provide the best customer service and most of the time you'll catch me with a smile," said Tovar.

All employees with the exception of officers, who are in good standing for the last 90 days, are eligible for Falcon's Banker of the Month/Year award and may be nominated by another employee or an officer.

Falcon Bank Donates to Habitat for Humanity (August 19, 2006)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon Bank Donates to Habitat for Humanity (August 19, 2006)

Falcon donates land to Habitat for Humanity's next project in Las Blancas Subdivision

 

Tierra Prometida - the Promised Land - may be a Biblical reference, but for 50 families living on Highway 359, it will soon be home. Habitat for Humanity of Laredo broke ground for the colonia alternative project at the intersection of Highway 359 and Judith Gutierrez Parkway on Friday with an audience of honored guests, volunteers and homeowners alike.
The10 - acre tract of land donated by private developers Dicky Haynes, Jesus Ruiz and Arnulfo Gonzalez will be the site for the Las Blancas subdivision, an ambitious project expected to provide 50 new homes for families who currently live in substandard housing. Falcon International Bank also donated a tract of land to Habitat for Humanity of Laredo for the purpose and construction of a public dedicated road (Judith Gutierrez Parkway) allowing access to the Subdivision from Highway 359.
Carol Sherwood, volunteer executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Laredo, emceed the ceremony, paying tribute to the dozens of individuals and organizations that contributed to establishing what was once merely a vision. Sherwood said that Habitat attempts to change the poverty that has virtually become a part of the modern landscape, and acknowledged both current and future Habitat homeowners.
"They above all others, are the most honored guests at this ceremony," Sherwood said, referring to the soon-to-be Habitat homeowners. "We want decent, wonderful families who will be good neighbors to each other."
Mario Elizondo, a current Habitat homeowner in another subdivision, said building his new home was an emotional journey and improved his family's quality of life.
"When they told us we were approved, we were so excited, we were crying, we were happy. I still remember that day," he said. "In the last five months we have been living in our house, and our lives have changed dramatically in a good way."
Elizondo described Habitat as a family he was proud to be a part of, and gave his own advice to the future homeowners in the audience.
"I just have on thing to say: enjoy every moment of building your house, and take a lot of pictures," he said.
Families eligable for the homes must put in 500 hours of "sweat equity," meaning family members approved for housingmust work on their own or another family's Habitat home in lieu of paying interest for the $40,000 to $50,000 homes.
"We have a great time with it and the families love it," Sherwood said.
Maria Gamez, a Habitat homeowner partner, said she has completed about 200 sweat equity hours toward her own abode.
"It's very nice to meet other people and to be working," she said, adding that she enjoys learning her new construction skills.
In addition to homeowners, Sherwood recognized others in the audience, including Commissioner Judith Gutierrez. Sherwood congratulated the commissioner, who was on hand for the groundbreaking in her precinct, and described Gutierrez as being "instrumental in the work for the colonias and the Habitat for Humanity."
Gutierrez said the area would be further developed after plans for a $1 million park project adjacent to the Self Help Center are complete; Haynes, one of the developers, said a Catholic Church should also be soon to follow.
Sherwood also credited Carlos Mejia, an engineer who donated about $100,000 worth of services to the project. The first street leading into the subdivision will be named Mejia Road, she said.
Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas, City Manager Larry Dovalina, Community Development Director Ronnie Acosta, Building Director Erasmo Villareal, Commissioner Jerry Garza and incoming commissioner Wawi Tijerina were among special guests recognized at the ceremony by Habitat for Humanity. Also recognized were representatives of HUD, Bethany House and the South Texas Food Bank.
Sherwood said about $800,000 had already been invested in Tierra Prometida from Habitat International and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant money, although the project still lacks about $300,000 for infrastructure development. She is confident the money will be raised.
"It doesnt take much to buy a door or a window wh en we put our pennies and nickels together," she said.
Construction of homes should begin by Jan. 1, 2007, she said, explaining the organization expects about 400 collegiate volunteers to aid in construction during an alternative spring break.
But Habitat always needs volunteers, Sherwood said.
"We know at Habitat we can make a difference, one family at a time," she said.

Falcon Bank Makes ICBA's Top Earners List (June 5, 2006)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon Bank Makes ICBA's Top Earners List (June 5, 2006)

 

Falcon International Bank was listed by the Independent Community Bankers of America as one of the association's top performers again. Please see below for more information.

 

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Measuring Performance

Thursday, 02 December 2010 (table, pg. 65)
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