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Falcon International Bank Continues Expansion (January 22, 2007)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank Continues Expansion (January 22, 2007)


Falcon International Bank, headquartered in Laredo, Texas, is committed to providing quality products and services to its customers in all of its regions. The bank has grown to over $650 million in assets and has a total of eleven branches in South Texas including branches in Laredo, San Antonio, Buda, Eagle Pass, Del Rio, and McAllen. In addition, there are representative offices in Monterrey and Guadalajara, Mexico. This year, Falcon Bank plans to expand its banking facilities in San Antonio, Eagle Pass, McAllen, and Laredo, and is entering the Brownsville market.


South Central Region - San Antonio & Buda
Falcon Bank has three full-service branches operating in the South Central Region, two in San Antonio and one in Buda. The San Antonio branches are located in northwest San Antonio at 19230 Stone Oak Parkway and in south San Antonio at 2530 S.W. Military Drive. The Buda branch is located along IH 35 at 1795 Main St., Buda, Texas. The South Central Region is managed by Richard T. (Terry) Cullen, Regional President.

The South Central Region saw significant growth in 2006. This growth has led to continued expansion in this region. A new banking facility is scheduled to open during the fourth quarter of this year. The new full-service branch will be located at Bandera Road and Loop 1604 in Helotes, Texas.

Southwest Region - Eagle Pass & Del Rio
Falcon Bank began operating in Eagle Pass in September, 2005 and since then has experienced substantial growth. Currently, the Bank has one full service branch in downtown Eagle Pass at 725 Main Street. Due to the great success of this location, a second location will be opening in February, 2007. The new facility is located at 476 S. Bibb Ave., directly adjacent to Wal-Mart.

Eagle Pass is part of the Southwest Region which is managed by Guillermo Hyslop, Regional President. This region also includes two branches in Del Rio, Texas.

Lower Rio Grande Region - McAllen
Another region that has experienced tremendous growth is our Lower Rio Grande Region. This region currently has a full-service branch and a Loan Production Office (LPO). The full-service branch is located at 220 North 10th Street and the LPO is located at 1300 N. 10 St., Suite 320 in McAllen, Texas. The McAllen Region is managed by Laredo native Roberto Martinez, Jr., Regional President.

This year the Lower Rio Grande Region can expect to see two additional Falcon International Bank facilities in the community. The first facility will be located at 500 E. Bus. Hwy. 83 in McAllen, Texas and a second facility is planned for 605 N. Shary Rd in Mission, Texas.

Headquarters - Laredo
The Laredo region is also expanding. A new banking facility will be opened in 2007 at 10517 McPherson Rd. in North Laredo in the San Isidro Subdivision. This facility will be the fifth branch for the Laredo region.

The Laredo region currently has four full-service facilities available to serve the community in all their banking needs. The Main Bank is located at 5219 McPherson Rd., the Downtown branch is located at 801 Matamoros, the East branch is located at 212 Bob Bullock Loop and the Del Mar branch is located at 7718 McPherson Road.

Southern Coastal Region - Brownsville
Falcon International Bank is proud to announce the newest edition to our family, the Southern Coastal Region. This new region will start with one full service branch that will be opening by the end of January 2007. The branch is located at 2200 Boca Chica Blvd., Suite 100 in Brownsville, Texas. Laredo native, Arturo R. Farias, has been named Regional President for this region.

Founded in Laredo, Falcon knows well the distinct duality of border-town culture; in fact, we use it to blend the quality of Mexican tradition with the efficiency of modern American banking. What you're left with is a bank that understands where you're coming from and will get you where you want to be. Today, Falcon boasts a dedicated team of over 300 employees, and assets of over $650 million. At Falcon, we know what counts with our customers: personalized service, attention to detail, and genuine commitment to helping our customers achieve their dreams. Falcon International Bank is a member of Falcon Bancshares Inc. holding company. For more information on the bank you may call (956) 723-2265 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (956) 723-2265 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit their website at www.falconbank.com.

Falcon International Bank: South Central Region 2006 Recognitions (January 12, 2007)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank: South Central Region 2006 Recognitions (January 12, 2007)

Falcon recognizes Banker and Officer of the Year for the South Central Region


Falcon International Bank would like to recognize Ashley Pfeiffer as the 2006 Banker of the Year and Angelica Cuellar as the 2006 Officer of the Year for the South Central Region, which includes San Antonio and Buda.

Pfeiffer has been a member of the Falcon Family since the Buda branch opened its doors for business in August of 2005 as a Teller Supervisor. Her duties included supervising tellers in all areas such as balancing, reporting, scheduling as well as providing excellent customer service. Since then Pfeiffer has been promoted to a Financial Service Representative.

"When I won I was very surprised. I felt very honored to be recognized for all of my hard work. I also feel the true way to render ourselves is to love our work and find it in our pleasure," Pfeiffer said.

Cuellar joined the Falcon Family in February of 2004 as a Loan Administration Officer and has recently been promoted to Assistant Vice President in the Loan Administration Department. Cuellar is responsible for loan administration functions, which include Prefunding commercial and consumer loans for the South Central Region.

Cuellar stated, " I was really surprised when I was awarded officer of the year for the San Antonio Region. It's always nice to be recognized amongst your co-workers. I've really enjoyed being a part of the Falcon Family and look forward to growing with this organization."

Protecting Our Customers (December 27, 2006)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Protecting Our Customers (December 27, 2006)

Enhanced Online Security - Security Update


Falcon International Bank has implemented a new layer of security effective December 28, 2006. Now you will see the additional layer of security that adds security enrollment features to your login. This enhanced security requires a one-time enrollment, which should only take a few minutes to complete. During your next login to Falcon Online you will be asked to complete the enrollment process. To help you there is an online demonstration and information explaining the new security features as well as information regarding identity theft, phishing and other security concerns. The demo can be found at Falcon International Bank Demo .

During the new security enrollment, the following will take place:

1) You will be provided an Authentication Image from our image library.
2) You will be asked to create an Authentication Phrase for your Authentication Image.
3) You must answer three security confirmation questions.
4) You must designate whether the computer you are logging on from is a "Public Computer". If this is a private computer (such as your home computer) you will select "Register this Computer". If the computer is Registered you will only be asked for your User ID and Password the next time you log in. If you designate it as a Public Computer you will need to answer a security question correctly and verify your Authentication Image and Phrase before being able to proceed to your Password.

By completing the enrollment process, you are partnering with Falcon Bank to help protect your personal information.

Once registered, your Authentication Image and Authentication Phrase will appear whenever you are logging into a valid Falcon Online website. If your Authentication Image and Authentication Phrase are not present or do not match, you are NOT on a legitimate Falcon website. If this occurs, you should NOT enter your Password and should close out of the website.

If you have any questions or problems with this process, contact the Customer Service Department. For Laredo call 956-723-2265 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 956-723-2265 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, all other areas call 1-888-310-2265 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-888-310-2265 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

-The Falcon Online Team

Falcon International Bank: Banker of the Year 2006 (December 11, 2006)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon International Bank: Banker of the Year 2006 (December 11, 2006)

Adriana Tovar voted Falcon's Banker of the Year


Adriana Tovar [Loan Processor] has been named Falcon International Bank's Banker of the Year 2006.

When asked about her thoughts she said " I was shocked the night that I got awarded banker of the year! I knew that each candidate's nomination was well deserved and that the final decision would be difficult."

Tovar joined Falcon in 2005 as a teller and due her performance and dedicated was promoted to the Loan Administration Department as a Loan Processor. Her responsibilities include: processing commercial and consumer loans, as well as offering first-rate customer service.

" I am thankful to be here and I look forward to growing with Falcon". Every morning I wake up with a positive attitude and come to work. I will always try my best to provide the best customer service and most of the time you'll catch me with a smile," said Tovar.

All employees with the exception of officers, who are in good standing for the last 90 days, are eligible for Falcon's Banker of the Month/Year award and may be nominated by another employee or an officer.

Falcon Bank Donates to Habitat for Humanity (August 19, 2006)

Thursday, 02 December 2010

Falcon Bank Donates to Habitat for Humanity (August 19, 2006)

Falcon donates land to Habitat for Humanity's next project in Las Blancas Subdivision


Tierra Prometida - the Promised Land - may be a Biblical reference, but for 50 families living on Highway 359, it will soon be home. Habitat for Humanity of Laredo broke ground for the colonia alternative project at the intersection of Highway 359 and Judith Gutierrez Parkway on Friday with an audience of honored guests, volunteers and homeowners alike.
The10 - acre tract of land donated by private developers Dicky Haynes, Jesus Ruiz and Arnulfo Gonzalez will be the site for the Las Blancas subdivision, an ambitious project expected to provide 50 new homes for families who currently live in substandard housing. Falcon International Bank also donated a tract of land to Habitat for Humanity of Laredo for the purpose and construction of a public dedicated road (Judith Gutierrez Parkway) allowing access to the Subdivision from Highway 359.
Carol Sherwood, volunteer executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Laredo, emceed the ceremony, paying tribute to the dozens of individuals and organizations that contributed to establishing what was once merely a vision. Sherwood said that Habitat attempts to change the poverty that has virtually become a part of the modern landscape, and acknowledged both current and future Habitat homeowners.
"They above all others, are the most honored guests at this ceremony," Sherwood said, referring to the soon-to-be Habitat homeowners. "We want decent, wonderful families who will be good neighbors to each other."
Mario Elizondo, a current Habitat homeowner in another subdivision, said building his new home was an emotional journey and improved his family's quality of life.
"When they told us we were approved, we were so excited, we were crying, we were happy. I still remember that day," he said. "In the last five months we have been living in our house, and our lives have changed dramatically in a good way."
Elizondo described Habitat as a family he was proud to be a part of, and gave his own advice to the future homeowners in the audience.
"I just have on thing to say: enjoy every moment of building your house, and take a lot of pictures," he said.
Families eligable for the homes must put in 500 hours of "sweat equity," meaning family members approved for housingmust work on their own or another family's Habitat home in lieu of paying interest for the $40,000 to $50,000 homes.
"We have a great time with it and the families love it," Sherwood said.
Maria Gamez, a Habitat homeowner partner, said she has completed about 200 sweat equity hours toward her own abode.
"It's very nice to meet other people and to be working," she said, adding that she enjoys learning her new construction skills.
In addition to homeowners, Sherwood recognized others in the audience, including Commissioner Judith Gutierrez. Sherwood congratulated the commissioner, who was on hand for the groundbreaking in her precinct, and described Gutierrez as being "instrumental in the work for the colonias and the Habitat for Humanity."
Gutierrez said the area would be further developed after plans for a $1 million park project adjacent to the Self Help Center are complete; Haynes, one of the developers, said a Catholic Church should also be soon to follow.
Sherwood also credited Carlos Mejia, an engineer who donated about $100,000 worth of services to the project. The first street leading into the subdivision will be named Mejia Road, she said.
Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas, City Manager Larry Dovalina, Community Development Director Ronnie Acosta, Building Director Erasmo Villareal, Commissioner Jerry Garza and incoming commissioner Wawi Tijerina were among special guests recognized at the ceremony by Habitat for Humanity. Also recognized were representatives of HUD, Bethany House and the South Texas Food Bank.
Sherwood said about $800,000 had already been invested in Tierra Prometida from Habitat International and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant money, although the project still lacks about $300,000 for infrastructure development. She is confident the money will be raised.
"It doesnt take much to buy a door or a window wh en we put our pennies and nickels together," she said.
Construction of homes should begin by Jan. 1, 2007, she said, explaining the organization expects about 400 collegiate volunteers to aid in construction during an alternative spring break.
But Habitat always needs volunteers, Sherwood said.
"We know at Habitat we can make a difference, one family at a time," she said.

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