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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.

Falcon Branch Manager Elected Chamber of Commerce Director (December 19, 2007)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon Branch Manager Elected Chamber of Commerce Director (December 19, 2007)

Buda manager Lisa Sauceda brings business expertise and trademark enthusiasm to new Board role - Internal Announcement

 

When Lisa Sauceda, Buda branch manager for Falcon Bank, was notified of her election to the Buda Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, no one was surprised—except Sauceda.

"I was completely caught off guard!" Sauceda laughs, recalling the November 30 letter from BACC President Dick Schneider. "I've always been a strong supporter of the Chamber and its members, but I had no idea they were interested in nominating me as director."

Joining the bank in September 2006, Sauceda has been invaluable in enhancing Falcon's presence in the Buda/Kyle area. In addition to her significant management duties, Sauceda has actively participated in and sponsored numerous community events, including the annual Buda Weiner Dog Races, Booda Halloween, the Santa Cruz Catholic Church Fiesta and Red, White and Buda 4th of July Fireworks. Sauceda has also encouraged her staff to join her in these events, with the goal of fostering community and increasing the bank's visibility.

Now, as a BACC voting board member, Sauceda will be responsible for contributing to the development of its policies, procedures and regulations, as well as monitoring its financial success. She will also be joining other board and regular members during their monthly meetings and luncheons, and will represent and advocate the BACC in the community. Her term as director extends from January 1, 2008 through December 31, 2010.

"I am very proud and honored to have been elected as Director of the BACC," Sauceda says, "and I look forward to setting an example for both the community and fellow board members."

Falcon International Bank warmly congratulates Lisa Sauceda on her latest achievement, and looks forward to her continued success in Buda and surrounding communities.

Falcon International Bank Keeps on Growing, Opens New Branch in McAllen, TX (November 20, 2007)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Keeps on Growing, Opens New Branch in McAllen, TX (November 20, 2007)

Leticia Echazarreta named manager of Falcon's fifteenth location - Internal Announcement

 

Falcon International Bank is excited to announce the opening of a new branch in McAllen, TX. Located at 500 East Business Highway 83, this is the fourth new branch in the last year for Falcon, whose most recent locations include Brownsville, Eagle Pass, and Laredo. Leticia Echazarreta, who holds more than 20 years of valued banking experience, will serve as manager of the beautiful, 6,000 square-foot location.

"We thank Falcon management for providing us with a lovely facility that will be an asset to the community and surrounding area. We have had many compliments and invite everyone to come and visit us," says Echazarreta.

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, IRA's and auto loans, as well as commercial and residential mortgages. Branch and regional managers are as excited about building Falcon's business presence in McAllen as they are in forging lasting connections with the people in the McAllen community.

"Falcon International Bank is excited about its commitment to McAllen and surrounding communities," says Roberto Martinez, Falcon's Lower Rio Grande Regional President. "Our experienced team of officers and employees is dedicated to providing excellent customer service, and we look forward to meeting the financial needs of this dynamic region."

All members of McAllen and surrounding communities are invited to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony, which will take place in January 2008.

About Falcon International Bank

Founded in the border town of Laredo, Texas, Falcon International Bank focuses on balancing an understanding of Mexican tradition with effective strategies of modern banking. The result is a hugely successful and widely respected financial institution that has a unique understanding of its customers' needs. Current assets are in excess of $750 million, an impressive 19 percent increase since December of 2006, and are expected to reach $800 million by year-end. Falcon is presently the 115th largest Hispanic-owned business in the United States.

For more information, log on to www.falconbank.com.

Behind the Scenes with Falcon International Bank Tellers (October 1, 2007)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Behind the Scenes with Falcon International Bank Tellers (October 1, 2007)

Lake barbeque, prizes, to be held in honor of Teller Appreciation Week - As printed in the Laredo Morning Times Teller Appreciation Week Tabloid - September 30, 2007

 

Everyday, Enrique "Kike" Villanueva, 25, arrives at Falcon International Bank's main branch at 8:30 a.m. As Assistant Cashier and Teller Supervisor, Villanueva helps oversee approximately 35 tellers at Laredo's five Falcon branch locations. His first morning task is to check and respond to email and phone messages seeking approvals or situational guidance; inevitably, there are already several in his inbox, as Falcon's drive-through opens at 8:00. This first duty sets the pace for a day that won't end for Villanueva until 9:30 p.m.

"In comparison to past years," says Villanueva, who has been with Falcon for almost seven years, "The job description has evolved dramatically. Our tellers are now able to multi-task and tackle many different challenges head on."

Most important to tellers, Villanueva says, is customer service, and tellers strive to build relationships with customers while providing them with invaluable peace of mind. After all, in many ways, Falcon's tellers are the bank's "face," especially for customers opting to do business via drive-through. With that responsibility, however, comes another: to have extensive knowledge of all of Falcon's products and services. In addition to processing deposits, negotiating withdrawals and offering cash advances, tellers regularly answer customers' questions about credit card payments and loan payments, accept Tax Treasury and Loan payments, sell foreign currency and cross-sell other bank products, such as certificates of deposit and money market accounts.

Still, many of the challenges met by tellers are ones that customers never see.

When a customer leaves the teller window, tellers employ careful, systematic processes to accompany each transaction. Documents are reviewed and analyzed for accuracy and safety, and then filed to keep customers' information private and protected. Additionally, tellers take great care to balance bank accounts flawlessly at the end of each day.

"We are happy to say that we have recognized a multitude of tellers with perfect balancing throughout the year," Villanueva says. "Decreasing losses in the teller area is a trend that we are very proud of, given that we are a booming institution and increasing in branches every year."

In honor of Teller Appreciation Week from October 1st-5th, and to show appreciation for its 70 tellers' hard work throughout the year, Falcon Bank will host an employee barbeque at its Lake Casablanca property. The festivities will include several plaques to be awarded for their outstanding accomplishments. Last year, Falcon team member Efrain Ruiz received a plaque and a one-week paid vacation for perfect balancing and best customer service.

Villanueva says he appreciates the bank's show of support and adds, "As a team, we are only getting stronger as we grow."

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