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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.

Falcon International Bank Announces Promotion (April 7, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Announces Promotion (April 7, 2008)

Elizabeth Nochebuena Named Assistant Vice President - As printed in Laredo Morning Times Business Journal - April 7, 2008

 

Falcon International Bank recently announced the promotion of Elizabeth Nochebuena to Assistant Vice President - Retail Banking. Nochebuena joined Falcon in 2004 as a Retail Banking Officer. With over 12 years of extensive banking experience, Nochebuena is currently responsible for overseeing Falcon's Call Center and Retail Banking program.

Nochebuena's professional experience at Falcon includes positions as a sales culture trainer, reward checking product manager, and financial aid representative. As for Retail Banking, Nochebuena will continue to assist the Bank's focus on increasing customer relationship growth and coordinate sales. She cites sharing knowledge and experience with her colleagues to be simultaneously the most challenging and rewarding aspect of her work.

"The experience I have had with Falcon Bank is a rewarding one," says Nochebuena. "I work with people of all distinctions, who have influenced my professional career in a manner that is truly inspirational. I consider Falcon to be part of my family."

A Laredo native, Nochebuena graduated from Banking Operations School at Southern Methodist University in 2004. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in industrial psychology, and also finds time to contribute to the community in many ways; Nochebuena is an active volunteer for Junior Achievement, the Red Cross, GEAR UP, and Habitat for Humanity. She also teaches financial literacy classes through Dismass Charities and participates in local elementary schools' Career Day presentations. Nochebuena enjoys spending spare time with her son, Cristian, as well as experiencing world cultures through camping and traveling.

Falcon International Bank proudly employs the best financial talent, and fervently supports the continued development and success of all of its personnel. Founded in Laredo, Texas, Falcon's current assets are in excess of $860 million, and 16 branches across South and Central Texas. Falcon credits this unprecedented growth to the strength of its valued employees, and looks forward to a strong and prosperous future.

Falcon International Bank Announces New President of International Banking (March 24, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Announces New President of International Banking (March 24, 2008)

As printed in the Laredo Morning Times Business Journal - March 24, 2008

 

Falcon International Bank recently announced that Apolonio Borrego, Jr. has been appointed President of International Banking. Gilbert Narvaez, Jr., President and COO of Falcon Bank, said, "We're excited to promote Borrego to oversee and direct International Banking activities of all Falcon Bank Regions, as we move forward with our expansion plans and experience the continued growth of International related business in Laredo, San Antonio, and the Lower and Upper Rio Grande regions. His strong understanding of border culture and professional experience make it a natural transition to this new post, and we are confident that he will provide significant banking leadership to assist us in meeting the financial needs and expectations of our growing roster of international clients."

Borrego, an Eagle Pass native, possesses more than 29 years of respected banking experience, particularly in the border region. A longtime banking executive, Borrego joined Falcon in 2007 as Executive Vice President of Corporate Planning. He has extensive leadership experience in international banking, commercial lending, and retail banking, and takes pride in seeing his colleagues discover and achieve their professional goals; indeed, Borrego cites leading a diversified team to success as his most significant challenge.

"I look forward to leading and supporting the high performing team already in place at Falcon Bank," says Borrego. "My hope is to add value to their outstanding performance and help the bank achieve continued success."

Borrego's commitment to quality leadership extends beyond the bank's doors. Currently serving as President of the Brownsville Community Foundation, Borrego is also a member of the University of Texas Brownsville Development Board. Additionally, he has served on the boards of the Valley Baptist Hospital Foundation, the Brownsville Children's Museum, and the Brownsville Fine Arts Museum.

When he is not at Falcon, Borrego enjoys spending time with his wife, Olga, and their children Olivia, Elizabeth, Alejandra, Victoria, and Andres. He also enjoys hunting and playing golf.

Falcon congratulates Apolonio Borrego, Jr. on his achievements, and looks forward to what he will bring to the bank in his new role!

Falcon International Bank Announces Officer Promotions (March 24, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Announces Officer Promotions (March 24, 2008)

Announces Promotions in Lending and International Banking - As printed in Laredo Morning Times Business Jorunal - March 24, 2008

 

Once again, Falcon International Bank grows as its employees grow! Continuing its tremendous pace of development, Falcon is pleased to announce three Laredo-based promotions: Robert Peregoy, David Gutierrez, and Dalia Rosales have been promoted to Banking Officers. Peregoy and Gutierrez were promoted to Lending Officers, and Dalia Rosales was promoted to International Banking Officer.

Working in the San Isidro Branch, Peregoy joined Falcon in 2007 as a Credit Analyst; with seven years of prior banking experience, however, he is no stranger to the financial world. In addition to workplace advancement, Peregoy actively pursues professional development through the Texas Bankers Association and is pursuing his Bachelor's degree at Texas A & M International University. An enthusiastic team player, Peregoy has a bright future ahead of him at Falcon.

"I consider it an honor and privilege to work for an institution as successful as Falcon International Bank," says Peregoy. "I am thankful for the trust that the Bank has instilled in me as I move forward with my career in the Lending area, and I look forward to the tasks and challenges that lie ahead."

David Gutierrez has also been promoted to Lending Officer. Working in the Lending Department in the Laredo East Branch, Gutierrez joined Falcon in 2006 as a Loan Review Analyst. The Laredo native is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio and an active participant in seminars and conferences offered through the Texas Bankers Association. A conscientious administrator, Gutierrez sees the simultaneous challenges and rewards associated with providing optimal customer service in the financial industry, particularly in this time of volatility. "A good lender learns something new every day and, maybe more importantly, teaches something new every day," says Gutierrez.

Dalia Rosales, who contributes her talents to Falcon's Downtown Branch, has been promoted to International Banking Officer. She has five years of experience in the banking industry, including more than two with Falcon. Recognized as Banker of the Month in August 2006, Rosales solicits international customers to Falcon and works tenaciously to provide them with the best service. Like Gutierrez, Rosales sees this alone as the most significant challenge of her work. She is devoted to Falcon, and credits the bank for helping to shape her abilities. "My experience with Falcon has helped me become more independent," says Rosales. "I enjoy taking on new responsibilities and learning new tasks."

Falcon International Bank proudly employs the best financial talent, and fervently supports the continued development and success of all of its personnel. The bank's current assets are in excess of $850 million and employs more than 380 people. Founded in Laredo, Texas, Falcon now has 15 branches across South and Central Texas. Falcon credits this unprecedented growth to the strength of its valued employees, and looks forward to a strong and prosperous future.

Falcon International Bank hosts grand opening ceremony at new McAllen branch (January 31, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank hosts grand opening ceremony at new McAllen branch (January 31, 2008)

Falcon board members, executives, staff and community leaders attend ribbon-cutting event Internal Announcement

 

On Thursday, January 31st, Falcon International Bank hosted a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new branch in McAllen, TX. Located at 500 East Business Highway 83, this is the fourth new branch in the last year for Falcon, which opened others in Brownsville, Eagle Pass, and Laredo in 2007. Leticia Echazarreta, who holds over 20 years of banking experience, serves as manager of the beautiful, 6,000 square-foot location.

Paul Quintero Jr., business development officer for the McAllen region, opened the ceremony by welcoming the attendees. Quintero then introduced McAllen's Regional President, Roberto Martinez Jr., and called for a show of hands from the McAllen staff. Before providing a blessing of the new facility and its staff, Quintero also welcomed Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Adolfo E. Gutierrez, President and Chief Operating Officer Gilbert Navarez, Jr., as well as Senior Executive Vice Presidents Ana P. Valdez and Ray A. Gonzales. Steve Alehnius, president of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Cynthia Sakulenzki, McAllen Hispanic Chamber president, and Marisol Peña, Pharr Chamber president, together cut the ceremonial ribbon, symbolizing a new day of business for Falcon International Bank and the McAllen community.

"We are so excited that such a large number of community and Falcon leaders attended the ribbon-cutting event," says Roberto Martinez, Jr., regional president. "We are grateful both to the McAllen and Pharr communities for their support, and we look forward to serving them both for many years to come."

A full-service banking facility, the McAllen branch provides a variety of financial services and products to its customers, including personal and business checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit, money market accounts, IRAs, and auto loans, as well as commercial and residential mortgages.

The opening of the McAllen branch is the latest milestone in a period of unrivaled growth for Falcon International Bank. Current assets are in excess of $815 million, an impressive 20 percent increase since December of 2006, and the bank employs more than 350 people. Founded in Laredo, Texas, Falcon now has branches across South and Central Texas—including its first McAllen location at 220 N. 10th St. and a future McAllen branch at 6301 N. 10th St.—and is presently the 115th largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States. Falcon International Bank is a member of Falcon Bancshares, Inc. For more information on the bank, please visit www.falconbank.com.

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