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Falcon International Bank Celebrates 20 Years (January 22, 2006)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Celebrates 20 Years (January 22, 2006)

"It takes time to grow and in 2006 we're going to have our 20th Anniversary." (January 22,2006)

 

In 2006, Falcon International Bank will be 20 years old.

If the last two years are any indication of the financial institution's future, this year should be as good or better than the other two.

"We're very blessed," said Adolfo E. Gutierrez, president and CEO of the bank. "We're in a good place and I think that when you look back to look forward, I expect in 2006 the momentum that we started in 2004 and 2005 will be picking up. We know where we have been, we know what these projects are, and they are no longer a dream."

Gutierrez explained the changes as pent-up growth. With four new branches completed last year in Buda, San Antonio, Del Rio and Eagle Pass, he said the bank plans to open four more in 2006 in its current areas and McAllen.

"It takes time to grow and in 2006 we're going to have our 20th Anniversary," Gutierrez said.

Incredible Year

"2005 was an incredible year for us," Gutierrez said. "All the branches are running on all cylinders. We're looking forward to a good year."

Regarding Laredo's growth, Gutierrez stated that the bank's interest has been commercial lending.

"Our niche is construction spending and interim financing for home builders," Gutierrez said.

Most of the home construction has been with the major locally owned builders instead of larger publicly-traded organizations that have other financial resources.

Even with houses going $80,000 to $100,000, more people are getting their first homes, he said.

"They get the square footage down. That's how they become affordable. Most of them are starter homes. Four or five years later they step up to a bigger place," Gutierrez said.

"People can afford twice the home," he said.

Due to historically low interest rates on mortgages, those who resisted buying a home when rates were in double digits are more active in buying homes, he said. As the rates inch toward 10 percent, less people will risk even a first home.

More Services, More Employees

Gutierrez said the company gained employees as the bank grew in branches and services offered. Last year, he said there were 185 employees and at the start of 2006, 235 people are on the payroll. Expansion has been so rapid that a single human resource coordinator has morphed into a three-person department.

The latest technological services that equal those of any national bank have increased the IT department to a staff of eight.

A building originally planned to be another branch on the Bob Bullock Loop turned out to be a 17000 sq. ft. addition to its main office on McPherson. The building, which houses the insurance department along with the auditing department, opened late 2005.

"We've grown our insurance department into a large operation," Gutierrez said. "We offer all the lines of insurance."

Internationally, Gutierrez said Falcon is making a name for itself with a new office in Guadalajara, Mexico to complement its office in Monterrey. It is being one of the major players in multi-national trade along the border.

"This has been very positive for us," Gutierrez said.

FalconVest, the investment arm of the organization, based in San Antonio, has grown in volume.

"We offer brokerage and investment services," he said. "San Antonio also houses or trust services, which has grown 30 percent last year."

$20 million in deposit insurance

Promontory Interfinancial network said that Falcon International Bank, based in Laredo, has provided more than $100 million of Federal deposit insurance coverage to customers through Promontory's premier service, CDARS.

With CDARS, banks can offer a customer up to $20 million in Federal deposit insurance coverage. CDARS, or the Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service, has been endorsed by the American Bankers Association.

Mark Jacobsen, President and COO of the Network, and a former FDIC chief of staff, noted, "The largest financial institution in the country cannot offer anything safer than CDARS. There are few guarantees in life – FDIC insurance is one of them. And with interest rates rising, CDs are becoming a more attractive cash management and investment option."

To offer CDARS, a deposit placement service, a bank must be a member of Promontory Interfinancial Network, a nation-wide network of more than 1000 banks.

When a customer places a large deposit with a network member, the bank arranges for the placement of funds into certificates of deposit issued by other Network banks – in increments of less than $100,000 to ensure that both principal and interest are eligible for full FDIC protection.

Falcon Gives to TAMIU Student Scholarship Fund (November 14, 2005)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon Gives to TAMIU Student Scholarship Fund (November 14, 2005)

Mr. Hugo Gutierrez, Sr., and Adolfo E. Gutierrez give to TAMIU Student Scholarship Funds (November 14,2005)

 

Students at Texas A&M International University have a new champion for their higher education in Hugo A. Gutierrez Sr. and Adolfo E. Gutierrez, chairman of the Board and President, respectively, of Falcon International Bank.
Falcon International Bank has provoided a $5,000 gift in support of TAMIU's student scholarship fund in honor of Gutierrez Sr. At a recent TAMIU reception, the Gutierrez' met with the four students who will benefit from their gift.
The students are all TAMIU freshman and May 2005 graduates of United South High School. They are: Kayla Nicole Brewster, Yvette Castro, Jenny Ramirez and Gabriela Ruiz.
Candy Hein, TAMIU Vice President of the Insitutional Advancement, said the University salutes the Gutierrez' family's generosity and vision.
"This is a fine example of a local business sharing its good fortune with the generation to come and helping to better the future of our students and our community as they do so. We hope that others follow the example set by Falcon International Bank," Hein said.
Sabas Zapata III, executive vice president of marketing for Falcon International Bank, said the Bank and the Gutierrez family were happy to partner with the University.
"We are all believers in the power of higher education. We know that this is the way to help make a difference and to insure that we all have brighter futures. We look forward to hearing of these students' educational and career success and are glad to have a role in helping their dreams to come true," Zapata said.
Falcon International Bank has assets of over $424 million.
A family-owned privately held business, it has served the Laredo market for 18 years and was named the 172nd in the top Hispanic-owned firms in the United States "Hispanic Business 500" in the June 2005 issue of Hispanic Business Magazine.
That same magazine recently recognized the bank as 74th on its list of 100 fastest-growing Hispanic-owned businesses.
In 2004 the Gutierrez family was honored by the Laredo Chamber of Commerce as the Distinguished Persons of the Year.

Falcon International Bank Extends Deposit Coverage to $25 Million (October 31, 2005)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Extends Deposit Coverage to $25 Million (October 31, 2005)

Falcon International Bank has provided more than $100 million of Federal Deposit Insurance Coverage

 

Promontory Interfinancial Network announced this week that Falcon International Bank, based in Laredo, has provided more than $100 million of Federal deposit insurance coverage to customers through Promontory's premier service, CDARDS.
With CDARS, banks can offer a customer up to $25 million in Federal deposit insurance coverage. CDARDS, or the Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service, has been endorsed by the American Bankers Association.
Mark Jacobsen, President and COO of the Network, and a former FDIC chief of staff, noted, "The largest financial institution in the country can not offer anything safer than CDARDS. There are few guarantees in life - FDIC insurance is one of them. And with interest rates rising, CD's are becoming a more attractive cash management and investment option."
To offer CDARDS, a deposit placement service, a bank must be a member of Promontory Interfinancial Network, a nationwide network of more than 1,000 banks.
When a customer places a large deposit with a Network member, the bank arranges for the placement of funds into certificates of deposit issued by other Network banks - in increments of less than $100,000 to ensure that both principal and interest are eligible for full FDIC protection.
Falcon offers traditional deposit products, loan origination, and trust services from four branches in Laredo, and a single branch in San Antonio. As the "International" in its name implies, the bank also provides services such as foreign currency exchanges, international wire transfers, letters of credit, and foreign drafts.

Falcon International Bank Opens in Eagle Pass (October 6, 2005)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Opens in Eagle Pass (October 6, 2005)

Eagle Pass Branch Now Open

 

Laredo-based Falcon International Bank quietly opened its doors on Monday, October 3, 2005 at 725 Main Street (next to Foster Realty) to become the fifth financial institution to open for business in Eagle Pass within the last 10 years.
Founded in 1995, Mr. Hugo Gutierrez, Sr. and his four sons, Hugo Jr., Ricardo, Adolfo, and Roberto, and grandson, Hugo III purchased a majority interest in the bank. Adolfo Gutierrez is Falcon International Bank's president and Chief Executive Officer. The Falcon Bank Board of Directors is comprised of Chairman of the Board Hugo Gutierrez Sr., Hugo Gutierrez Jr., Adolfo Gutierrez, Gilbert Narvaez Jr., John J. Hill, Ray A. Gonzales, Hector H. Garcia Sr., and Hector H. Garcia Jr.
Falcon believes that the best business values are derived from family and community values. Falcon Bank knows what counts with its customers: personalized service, attention to detail, and genuine committment to helping the customers achieve their dreams. Falcon Bank President and CEO Adolfo Gutierrez explains Falcon's as follows: "We are not conventional bankers. We're business people first, and we like finding ways to make deals work, instead of ways to shoot them down."
Falcon International Bank has three Laredo branches, a representative office in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, two in San Antonio, one in Del Rio, and now in Eagle Pass. Future branches in the Rio Grande Valley are planned as well.
Falcon International Bank has assets in excess of $370 million and over 190 employees. Hispanic Business magazine last year named Falcon Bank the 163rd largest Hispanic Business in the United States and the 74th fastest growing. Also, the National Banking Assosiation has recognized Falcon Bank as the top-performing bank in their membership for two consecutive years.
All Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico businesses, entrepreneurs, investors, bank clients, and general public are cordially invited to visit Falcon Bank at its new Eagle Pass branch bank location at 725 Main Street. Falcon Bank is a full-service bank open to the public. A formal grand opening will be scheduled in the near future.
In 2004, the Laredo Chamber of Commerce honored the Gutierrez Family with the "Distinguished Business Persons of the Year Award" in recognition of their significant and outstanding business and community contributions.
The Eagle Pass Business Journal welcomes Falcon International Bank to Eagle Pass and wishes them success its endeavors.

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