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Falcon International Bank Advances with Continued Employee Growth (May 6, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Advances with Continued Employee Growth (May 6, 2008)

Adriana Ramirez Promoted to Assistant Vice President in Human Resources


Falcon International Bank congratulates experienced administrator Adriana Ramirez on her promotion to Assistant Vice President at the Laredo offices. In her new position in the human resources department, Ramirez is responsible for administering the employee benefit plans and monitoring employee relationship policies and procedures.

Ramirez joined Falcon in 2003, bringing with her 14 years of valuable financial experience. She supports her professional background in banking with continuing education courses in accounting, as well as with training courses such as United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Training, and State & Federal Personnel Laws Training. Formerly a human resource officer at Falcon, she also works with the human resources director in areas such as training, employee development, employee compensation and bank-wide communication activities.

Ramirez cites meeting new employees as one of the most significant challenges—and rewards—of her position, also noting how Falcon's unprecedented growth affects her job. "Traveling to our 17 branches and meeting new employees is always exciting," says Ramirez.

A native of Laredo, Ramirez is a volunteer for Junior Achievement. She is also a treasurer for the C. L. Milton Elementary Parent Teacher Association, member of Laredo Association for Human Resource Management and past member of Financial Women International. When she is not working, Ramirez enjoys spending time with her husband, Martin, and their eight-year-old son, Jacob.

Falcon International Bank is excited to congratulate Adriana Ramirez, and looks forward to her continued contributions!

Careers Continue to Grow at Falcon International Bank (May 6, 2008)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Careers Continue to Grow at Falcon International Bank (May 6, 2008)

Bank promotes Miguel Arturo Gutierrez to Regional Information Technology Officer


Falcon International Bank is pleased to announce that Miguel Arturo Gutierrez has been promoted to Regional Information Technology Officer at the San Antonio Stone Oak branch. In this position, Gutierrez will provide IT management and expertise for new branches under construction and existing locations in the South Central region.

Gutierrez has advanced steadily in his four years at Falcon. Arriving as an intern at the bank's Laredo headquarters in September of 2003, he earned a position as Information Technology Specialist that December. In March 2005, he was named Banker of the Month, and was recently honored as Employee of the Quarter for his contributions in San Antonio. He graduated Cum Laude from Texas A&M International University, receiving a bachelor's degree in computer information systems.

A true computer aficionado, Gutierrez most enjoys helping other employees by creating programs that are more efficient and easier to use. "There is always something new to learn in this field," says Gutierrez. "New challenges arise every day, making it a wonderful, demanding, and rewarding field to work in."

A native of Laredo, Gutierrez has participated in March of Dimes and Junior Achievement events in Laredo and San Antonio. When he isn't working, he enjoys fishing, hunting, bowling, play basketball, and experimenting with computers.

Falcon International Bank congratulates Miguel Arturo Gutierrez on his new position, and looks forward to his continued professional development!

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!

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