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Falcon CEO Named Walk America Chair (September 2, 2005)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon CEO Named Walk America Chair (September 2, 2005)

Adolfo E. Gutierrez appointed as Walk America Chair

 

The Laredo Division of the March of Dimes said Thursday Adolfo E. Gutierrez, Falcon International Bank CEO and president, will serve as honorary chairman for WalkAmerica 2006 on Sunday, April 23.
Lucy Lucio, assistant vice president in charge of foreign exchange and letters of credit for Falcon Bank, is the chairperson of the 2006 walk.
Sabas Zapata III, Falcon Banks executive vice president, was named the walks Revenue chairperson.

Last year the Laredo division raised approximately $134,000 from the WalkAmerica, and we hope to exceed $143,000 in 2006 Gutierrez adds. I urge you to join me and help give all babies a fighting chance.
Lucio, Jackie de la Vina, marketing and business development officer for the bank and Ana M. Barrientos, Falcon Bank loan processor, serve on the March of Dimes Board of Directors. De la Vina will assist Lucio as the team captain for the bank.
Falcon Bank has always been a very good friend of the Laredo division of the March of Dimes, said Norma Saldana Lopez, Laredo Division director for the March of Dimes.

Mr. Gutierrez has personally walked in some of the walks, and leads the fantastic participation at Falcon Bank. Bank employees have raised money for and participated in the WalkAmerica sponsor since 1999. Falcon Bank staff members also have helped in the planning of the WalkAmerica event, as well as serving on the local board, since 1999, she said.
As a family business, Falcon Bank knows the necessity of ensuring our childrens health and safety, Gutierrez said.

Among March of Dimes lifesaving breakthroughs are pioneering surgery that corrects certain birth defects before a baby is born, surfactant therapy to help babies breathe, and other new tests and treatments that help preemie babies recover.
Prematurity is the leading killer of babies in their first month of life, and a major cause of long term health problems, including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, blindness and chronic lung problems.

Falcon International Bank To Open Branch in Del Rio (August 10, 2005)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank To Open Branch in Del Rio (August 10, 2005)

Del Rio Resident named Managing Officer

 

Falcon International Bank, a $400 million institution with four locations in Laredo, a branch in San Antonio, and a representative office in Monterrey has been granted regulatory approval to establish a Loan Production Office (LPO) in Del Rio in temporary facilities at 315 South Main. The target date for the opening of said facility is August 16, 2005. The LPO will offer Commercial, SBA, Mortgage, Home Improvement, Home Equity and Interim Construction loans, as well as Lines of Credit.
By the end of August 2005, Falcon International Bank will convert the LPO into a full service branch with traditional banking services, including investments, insurance, and trust products and services.
In late 2005, the bank staff will move into a remodeled building at 504 South Main St. to operate a full service bank, complete with drive through lanes.
Long-time Del Rio resident Guillermo Willie Hyslop has been appointed Sr. Vice President/Managing Officer of the Del Rio branch for Falcon Bank. The bank will hire two additional loan officers from the Del Rio area at this time, with plans to increase the staff by as many as 15 people by the end of the year when they move operations to the permanent bank building. Hyslop will also be responsible for overseeing of the new Falcon Bank branch in Eagle Pass.
Hyslop has eight years of experience in the banking industry in Del Rio. A graduate of Southern Methodist Universitys Southwestern Graduate School of Banking and Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Business Administration, he also has his certificate in International Business from the Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla, Mexico.
The building that Falcon International Bank will occupy at the end of the year is an 11,500 sq. foot facility, which used to be a former bank many years ago, in downtown Del Rio. Falcon Bank is hiring Del Rio contractors for the refurbishing of this location.
Del Rio excitedly welcomes Falcon International Bank to our growing community, says Laura Plumb, Main Street Coordinator for the City of Del Rio. Having Falcon International Bank located in our historic central business district is definitely an added bonus. We see this new downtown business as a sure sign that our historic downtown is well on its way to a successful revitalization.
Several months ago, Falcon was encouraged by progressive business leaders to visit the community of Del Rio, says Falcon International Bank CEO and President Adolfo E. Gutierrez. We were told that Falcon would fit seamlessly into Del Rio's culture, as well as benefit immensely from its growth potential. What we found was a dynamic community, vibrant and poised for explosive development a community that immediately felt like home.
Falcon Bank is going to be a great partner in Del Rios future on many levels, but there are several that are especially important to me and I would imagine to all Del Rio residents: the banks emphasis on superior customer service; its sound philosophy; and the point that decisions will be made locally. The bank is a perfect fit for the cities rapid growth in many sectors, including industrial industry and government agencies such as the Border Patrol and Laughlin Air Force Base, says Del Rio Falcon Managing Officer Hyslop. In fact, Falcon Bank is already in the process of providing financing to a large housing community on the outskirts of the city.
Besides Falcon Banks six existing bank facilities, the bank management has plans to open additional banking units in the following Texas cities:
San Antonio: Full service branch will open at 2530 Southwest Military Drive at Zarzamora in late September 2005.
Buda: Full service branch will open at 1005 North Loop 4 at IH 35 in late August 2005.
Eagle Pass: private banking branch will open in September 2005 in downtown area at 725 Main Street. Within 8 to 10 months, plans call for a second full service branch facility to open on Bibb Street directly adjacent to the Wal-Mart.
McAllen: by August 15, Loan Production Office (LPO) will open at 220 North 10th Street, with plans to convert it into a private banking branch in the fourth quarter of 2005.
San Antonio: two additional full service branches are slated to open in this market in 2006.
A family-owned privately held business, Falcon Bank has served the Laredo market for 18 years and was named 172nd in the Hispanic Business 500 the annual directory in the June 2005 issue of Hispanic Business magazine of the top Hispanic-owned firms in the United States. That same magazine recently recognized the bank as 74th on its list of 100 fastest-growing Hispanic owned businesses. Falcon Bank earned its second consecutive High Performance Bank Award in 2003 by the National Bankers Association.
In ten short years, Hugo Gutierrez, Sr. and his four sons, Hugo Jr., Ricardo, Adolfo, and Roberto, and grandson Hugo III, have taken Falcon Bank from a bank with a staff of 20 and assets of $52.8 million to a chartered bank with 200 employees and assets of $400 million. Even with the great growth, the banks management and staff operate with a small-town banks sense of community, believing that building relationships with customers is just as important as building business transactions with them.
The Laredo Chamber of Commerce honored the Gutierrez family with the 2004 Distinguished Business Persons of the Year Award. Adolfo Gutierrez is now the banks President and CEO. Joining him on the Board of Directors are his brother, Hugo Gutierrez Jr., and father, Hugo Gutierrez Sr., who serves as Chairman of the Board. Hugo III acts as Marketing and Business Development Officer for the San Antonio branch in the Stone Oak area.
Falcon International Bank has an impressive and extensive record of active participation in the communities it serves. CEO/President Gutierrez has just been named Honorary Chairman for Walk America 2006 in Laredo. Other key chairpersons for the Walk that are Falcon employees include Lucy Lucio, chairperson of the 2006 Walk; Sabas Zapata III, Revenue Chairperson; and Jackie de la Viña, Team Captain for Falcon Bank and MOD Board Member. In addition, employees of Falcon Bank are well-known in their respective communities for selfless contributions to numerous endeavors, including Little League Baseball teams, the annual nationwide United Way campaign, Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, Optimist Club, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), the American Hearth Association, Communities in Schools, Hospice of South Texas, Friends for the Library, Junior Achievement of South Texas, and the Laredo Chamber of Commerce.
In keeping with its commitment to the Del Rio community, we will certainly join important civic organizations, and have plans to implement an Advisory Board made of local residents at some point, says Hyslop.
Through the Certificate of Deposit Account Registry Service, or CDARS, Falcon International Bank customers can deposit up to $20 million with eligibility for full Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insurance, and get the convenience of managing funds through one relationship, allowing for a risk free investment. Contrary to popular belief, its not just the wealthy that need this service. Retirees and business owners are using the CDARS service, as well as many government and nonprofit organizations that are required to invest funds locally or with federal government backing. With CDARS, these customers can fulfill their obligation to invest locally, secure their funds, and have the added convenience of managing funds with one institution.

Falcon Bank Is Now Buying and Selling Euros (July 19, 2005)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon Bank Is Now Buying and Selling Euros (July 19, 2005)

Falcon International Bank is now buying and selling EUROS over the counter!

 

To keep up with demand for the Euro, we are pleased to announce that we can now buy or sell Euros over the counter, at the Downtown Branch teller line. The "Euro Exchange Program" is an excellent addition to our existing product line. If there are any questions regarding the Euro Exchange Program or any other foreign exchange service please do not hesitate to call the Foreign Exchange Department at
(956) 796-1785 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (956) 796-1785 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Falcon Adds Officer to the Board of Directors (June 27, 2005)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon Adds Officer to the Board of Directors (June 27, 2005)

Ray Gonzales added to the Board of Directors

 

Falcon International Bank CEO and President Adolfo E. Gutierrez said Wednesday that Ray A. Gonzales has been added to the board of directors of the bank.

He joins Gutierrez, Hugo A. Gutierrez Sr., Chairman of the Board, Hugo A. Gutierrez Jr., Gilbert Narvaez Jr., John J. Hill, Hector H. Garcia Sr. and Hector H. Garcia Jr. on the board.

"Ray's leadership and longevity with Falcon Bank will only serve to strengthen our Board," said Adolfo Gutierrez.

Gonzales currently serves the bank as executive vice president and chief lending officer for Falcon Bank. He oversees all lending activity, including bank-wide production levels, portfolio growth trends, and credit quality of the loan portfolio.

Additionally, Gonzales is responsible for maintaining manageable risk assessment levels, overall budgeting for strategic planning, reporting to the Board of Directors monthly, meeting with key lenders each week, and scheduling time for regulatory and/or internal/external loan reviews.

A native Laredoan, Ray graduated from Nixon High School in 1977 and attended Laredo Community College for two years, concentrating on bank-related subjects.

"As pleased as I am of my professional achievements, I am the proudest of my wonderful family: my wife Lyssa of 24 years, and my two fantastic daughters Michelle and Melanie, who are both wonderful students at Texas A & M International University in Laredo," he said.

Falcon Officer named Agent of the Month (May 27, 2005)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon Officer named Agent of the Month (May 27, 2005)

Noe Cubriel: Featured Agent of the Month

 

Congratulations to Noe Cubriel with Falconsure, Inc./Local Chapter #450 in Laredo. Noe has been selected as Germania's May 2005 Featured Agent of the Month.

Noe began his career in the banking industry in August 1985. Most of his experience has been predominantly in the international area in which he managed the Letters of Credit and Foreign Exchange Departments.

In 2000, the bank president asked Noe if he would be interested in playing a major role in establishing an insurance agency for their organization. Management at Falcon International Bank made the decision to expand its services and offer insurance products to its clients and the communities it served. Noe contemplated whether he should accept the offer - it wasn't an easy decision to make. His only experience and knowledge of insurance was his own personal insurance policies. Eventually, he accepted the challenge to assist in establishing the insurance agency and now he says it was the right decision.

Noe dedicated 100 percent of his efforts to this new adventure. He received both his personal lines and life licenses in 2001. Because of his focus on the insurance business, he was able to obtain his CIC designation within a period of only one year.

Noe enjoys being able to help individuals with their insurance needs and educating their clients on various insurance products. His goal for his staff is to continue providing the excellent service that their clients deserve. "We must remember that every insurance agency offers the same products, but our customer service should put us above all others," Noe shares. Noe's advice to other agents is to "listen to your customers and identify their needs. Provide the best possible service you can and be knowledgeable about the insurance products you offer." Noe is heavily involved with the not-for-profit organization "Communities In Schools of Laredo" in which he serves as the current treasurer. In addition, he is a member of the "Site Base Decision Making Committee" for Nye Elementary School.

Noe and his wife, Dulce have been married for 19 years. Dulce is an elementary school teacher in the Laredo area. They have three daughters, Bianca, Clarissa and Magaly. Bianca is a band member at JB Alexander High School and will be participating in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade this year. Clarissa is a member of the United Middle School dance team, Maverettes. Magaly is involved in various school activities including the school choir and Future Teachers of Tomorrow program.

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