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Falcon International Bank Breaks Coveted #100 Mark on Annual Hispanic 500 Directory (July 28, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Breaks Coveted #100 Mark on Annual Hispanic 500 Directory (July 28, 2008)

South Texas bank also makes Hispanic Business magazine's list of 100-fastest growing Hispanic-owned companies in U.S. - As printed in the Laredo Morning Times Business Journal - July 28, 2008


At the midpoint of an exciting year for Laredo-based Falcon International Bank, President and COO Gilbert Narvaez Jr. and Chairman of the Board and CEO Adolfo E. Gutierrez received unprecedented news: Falcon had broken the coveted number 100 mark up to 93 on Hispanic Business magazine's annual Hispanic 500 directory, which lists the 500 largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S. Furthermore, Falcon earned a place on the magazine's second annual directory: The 100 Fastest Growing [U.S.] Companies list.

"When I first learned about this exciting news, I felt truly honored and humbled by the recognition. I have feelings of pride for our staff, and their ability to keep up with our continued growth, while maintaining the high level of customer service that we are known for," says Gilbert Narvaez Jr., President of Falcon.

Hispanic Business magazine, syndicated by The New York Times Company, recently won the prestigious Maggie Award for "Best Business & Finance Magazine." It has led the Hispanic press market for more than 25 years—which is why, says CEO Gutierrez, it is such an honor for Falcon to have found success in its pages.

Falcon's first mention in the Hispanic 500 was in 1997, when (then named Falcon National Bank) it ranked 499 on the directory. With assets under $30 million and profits of less than $5 million, the bank had been under new ownership for only two years. Since then, under the same ownership, Falcon has grown to employ more than 385 dedicated team members; 18 branches located in Laredo, San Antonio, McAllen, Brownsville, Eagle Pass, Del Rio and Buda, with a Loan Production Office (LPO) in Harlingen as well as representative offices in Monterrey and Guadalajara, Mexico; and $870 million in assets.

"I'm most proud of the fact that since our inception we have experienced increased growth in our personnel, customers, loans, deposits and products," says Narvaez. "Our staff is our largest asset and it is because of this that we will not lose focus on training and individual growth."

In the next several months, Falcon plans to open an IT Service Center behind its Laredo East branch, which will primarily house the Information Technology Department and the Call Center. Falcon Bank recently opened a new branch in McAllen located across from LaPlaza Mall, as well as another branch in San Antonio, located on Bandera Rd,; these branches mark Falcon's third location in each of these cities.

"At Falcon we attribute our success largely to being a family-owned business—and, thus, a business that values and cultivates a familial atmosphere in its staff and customers," says Narvaez. "Throughout our growth there are several things that haven't changed at Falcon and that is our commitment to offer personalized service, our attention to detail and quality products."

For more information on Falcon International Bank, please visit www.falconbank.com

Laredo organization aims to create leaders (July 28, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Laredo organization aims to create leaders (July 28, 2008)

By PAUL S. MARTINEZ Published: Laredo Morning Times Business Journal - Monday, July 28, 2008


Leadership Laredo is committed to addressing uncontested local elections, the organization's president told the Laredo Kiwanis International Club last week."Leadership Laredo is a good program," said former Kiwanis Club President Sabas Zapata. "But we are cranking out all these people who are supposed to be leaders, but I don't see many new folks taking on new leadership positions."

There are plenty of opportunities for leadership positions in the county, the city and the two school districts, he added.

Others in the club, which meets Tuesday for noon lunch at the Holiday Inn Civic Center, lamented that there are so many uncontested local elections.

Leadership Laredo President Vanessa Martinez-Contreras, who was speaking to the club meeting, said she would address their concerns.

A Kiwanis Club member suggested adding a class on how to run for office. Martinez-Contreras agreed.

"I've already spoken to somebody Austin who knows how to prepare a political campaign to bring him down," she said over the phone a few days after the meeting. "A lot of times people don't run for office because they don't know where to start."

Leadership Laredo is a two-year program: the first year consists of monthly classes taught by a handpicked instructor covering various topics of the community such as history, health, business and so on.

The second year consists of a service project for the community, which Martinez-Contreras wants to make stronger.

The International Bank of Commerce marketing executive said she plans to bring back a Friday/Saturday ranch retreat, which used to be a part of the class, but was done away with a few years ago.

"That's where all the second-year planning was done," she said. "And there was bonding. Since that went away, I think the essence of what the second year is supposed to be was lost."

Leadership Laredo is still recruiting for its 23rd class.

The program will hold a recruitment luncheon on July 31 at 11:30 a.m. at the Embassy Suites hotel with a keynote address from U.S. Magistrate Diana Saldaña.

The cost is $500 for a 10-person table or $75 for an individual ticket.

Martinez-Contreras said there are still tables available.

The board of directors chooses the class, expected to be between 40 to 45 people, after the application is made.

Applications and more information through the Laredo Chamber of Commerce Web site at www.laredochamber.com/leadershiplaredo.

Falcon International Bank Introduces Mobile Banking (June 23, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Introduces Mobile Banking (June 23, 2008)

- As printed in Laredo Morning Times Business Journal - June 23, 2008


In an age when handheld media devices, such as the BlackBerry, Palm or iPhone, have become indispensable, so are companies that free customers to do business on such tools. That's why Falcon International Bank has introduced mobile banking. According to Falcon executives, the service will offer on-the-go customers one more way to remain on top of their finances—without worrying about when the bank's doors close for the night.

"We're pleased to provide our customers with this cutting-edge technology. In this day and age, almost everyone owns a cell phone and now they will have the convenience to have access to their accounts and conduct transactions at their fingertips," says Gilbert Narvaez Jr., President of Falcon Bank.

Activating the service is simple. Customers should set up an online banking username and password, and then click on "services." Easy-to-use prompts will guide customers through creating a pin number and selecting which accounts they'll be able to access by phone. The process takes less than two minutes to complete and complements the extensive online banking services Falcon already offers, such as bill pay, financial transfers and online statement viewing.

Mobile banking is the latest in a suite of innovative services that Falcon has recently introduced, including the popular Reward Checking—which pays competitive interest rates with no minimum balance requirement and no per item fees—and Shazam R.A.D.A.R., which guards customers against debit card fraud and identity theft.

Falcon is committed to providing customers with quality products and unparalleled service—even on the phone or computer.

About Falcon International Bank

Founded in Laredo, Texas in 1986, Falcon International Bank knows well the distinct duality of border-town culture; in fact, the bank uses it to blend the quality of Mexican tradition with the efficacy of modern American banking. Today, Falcon is proud to offer superior customer service at any of its 18 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 $872 million, and Falcon was recently named one of the 100 largest and fastest-growing companies in the U.S. by Hispanic Business magazine.

For more information on Falcon International Bank or mobile banking, log on to www.falconbank.com or call (956) 723-2265 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (956) 723-2265 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Falcon International Bank Adds Anabel Pottin to its Family (May 13, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Adds Anabel Pottin to its Family (May 13, 2008)

Banking veteran Anabel Pottin promoted to Branch Manager


Falcon International Bank is proud to announce Anabel K. Pottin's promotion to Branch Manager at the N. 10th branch in McAllen. In her new position, the Laredo native will manage a wide variety of banking functions. She will ensure that all bank policies and procedures are complied with and that the branch operates within its budget and attains profitability goals. She will also be responsible for meeting risk management and compliance requirements, as well as motivating and counseling employees in any necessary capacity.

Pottin joined Falcon 8 months ago, bringing with her 11 years of crucial experience in operations, consumer and mortgage lending, and new accounts. With this knowledge, she will further build the capacity of McAllen's branch, ensuring quality service for each client. After earning her associate's degree in business from Laredo Community College, she attained a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas. With the experience she has accrued, Pottin enjoys spending time with customers and learning about their needs, which ultimately enables her to deliver an honest, quality product. Working with and establishing relationships with her team is also very important, since the branch is like a family and has goals it collectively works toward meeting.

"Working for Falcon International Bank has been a wonderful and rewarding experience for me. I am truly grateful for the opportunities that I've been given and thankful for the ongoing support," Pottin says.

Moving back to the Rio Grande Valley seven years ago with her husband Eduardo has proven "to be a great move since I'm part of a successful bank that has so much potential," she adds. An active member of the National Hispanic Organization and the National Hispanic Professional Organization, Pottin is eager to work with the community to help both colleagues and neighbors achieve their goals.

Falcon International Bank congratulates Anabel Pottin, and looks forward to her continued contributions!

Falcon International Bank Announces More Employee Career Advancement (May 6, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Announces More Employee Career Advancement (May 6, 2008)

Angela Corona promoted to retail banking officer and call center manager


Falcon International Bank congratulates Angela Corona on her promotion to Retail Banking Officer and Call Center Manager at the Laredo offices. In her new position as Banking Officer, Corona will keep track of all pay and referrals on a monthly basis. As Call Center Manager, Corona will develop and update policies and procedures as well as train Call Center agents, ensuring that all provide the best customer service possible.

Corona joined Falcon in 2006, bringing with her 11 years of valuable financial experience. She is a 2003 graduate of Banking Operations School at Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas. A conscientious customer service provider, she cites handling the volume of calls to the Center as a significant challenge, and works hard to provide all customers with exceptional service in a timely manner. Corona is quick to say how proud she is to be part of the Falcon family.

"Being a part of the Falcon International Bank family has been very rewarding for me," says Corona. "Falcon not only encourages its employees to become involved in their communities, but also treats both customers and employees as family."

A native of Laredo, Corona has an active life in her community. She was named 2002-2003 Rookie of the Year by the Noon Optimist Club. A volunteer with the American Red Cross and The Santa Monica Mission in El Cenizo, TX, she is also a member of the Dismas Charities Community Relations Board and volunteers for the Financial Literacy program for Dismas Charities residents. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their five children and five grandchildren.

Falcon International Bank is excited to see Angela Corona's career advance, and looks forward to her ongoing contributions!

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