Falcon Bank Employees Recognized as Leadership Laredo Graduates (September 2, 2007)
Falcon Bank Employees Recognized as Leadership Laredo Graduates (September 2, 2007)Internal Announcement
On August 16, seven Falcon International Bank employees graduated from the esteemed Leadership Laredo program. Jaclyn "Jackie" De la Viña, Elvira Rosell Esparza, Linda Hernandez, Natalie Hernandez, Alma Leticia Esquinca Narvaez, Victor Salinas IV and Erika Veliz-Laurel were members of the program's 21st annual class, and State Representative Richard Raymond, R-Laredo, served as keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony.
Established in 1986, Leadership Laredo has a fruitful history of identifying and educating future community leaders through exposing them to a series of training seminars and events geared toward informing them about current issues facing Laredo. So far, approximately 630 students have graduated from the program, many of whom now serve Laredo in such prominent positions as lawyers, journalists and CEOs.
"We're proud to support our Falcon Family members' commitment to learn how to best serve our community," says Gilbert Narvaez, Jr., President. "The knowledge our employees have gained through Leadership Laredo will only help the bank continue to recognize and address the needs of its customers."
Jaclyn "Jackie" De la Viña
Jaclyn "Jackie" De la Viña is Marketing Director and Assistant Vice President at Falcon. De la Viña attained her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Texas A&M International University in 2003. De la Viña also graduated from the School of Bank Marketing and Management in Boulder, Colorado after completing her last year at Northwestern University in Evanston, Chicago in 2005. Recognizing the importance of community involvement, De la Viña dedicates her time and talents to such organizations as the March of Dimes, Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Chamber of Commerce and is a member of Manchester Who's Who Among Young Executives and Professionals.
Elvira Rosell Esparza
A member of the Falcon Bank team for the last three years, Elvira Rosell Esparza is a Loan Assistant Supervisor responsible for cultivating strong and knowledgeable loan processors. Esparza has earned certifications in Applied Accounting and Real Estate and Management. She is also a licensed real estate agent, and an active member of the Laredo Board of Realtors, Texas Real Estate Commission and Women's City Club. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for the American Cancer Society, the Salvation Army and the American Heart Association. Esparza is also a proud Eagle Scout parent.
Natalie Hernandez recently joined Falcon as a Business Development Officer. Hernandez, who began her banking career in 1999 as a teller/sales associate, enjoys meeting and networking with customers to generate new business opportunities for the bank. She is also deeply invested in improving her community, a commitment evident in her active involvement with the United Way
Corazón Club, as well as her board member status in the WBCA and Imaginarium of South Texas. She is also a S.T.A.R.S. committee member. Hernandez graduated from Martin High School and furthered her education by attending the Bank Operations School at Southern
Methodist University, from which she graduated in 2004. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree at Texas A&M International University.
Linda Hernandez has been a valued member of the Falcon Family for four years, during which time she has served in such vital roles as Foreign Exchange Manager and Foreign Exchange Officer. She was recently promoted to Assistant Vice President. In August 2004, she was honored as Banker of the Month for her superior work ethic, which is evident not only through her achievements with Falcon, but also by her contributions to the larger community of Laredo. She has served as a March of Dimes board member since 2006, March of Dimes Walk committee member since 2005 and a Habitat for Humanity "I helped built it" committee member
since 2005. She was this year's March of Dimes walk co-chair and was also honored with the organization's 2007 Volunteer of the Year Award.
Alma Leticia Esquinca Narvaez
Alma Leticia Esquinca Narvaez has been a respected member of the Falcon Bank team for 17 years, and currently serves as Vice President of Business Development. Narvaez is responsible for maintaining and developing business opportunities through actively growing customer relationships. Narvaez attended Laredo Community College and is a licensed real estate agent, as well as a member of the Women's City Club and a parent volunteer.
Victor Salinas IV
Victor Salinas IV is one of Falcon International Bank's talented accountants for more than four years. Salinas attained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M International University in December 2005. He graduated as a member of the university's D.D. Hachar Honors Program, which he maintained for the entirety of his time at TAMIU. Following this achievement, Salinas pursued his Master's degree in Professional Accountancy from the same university and graduated last May. Salinas has been a member of the San Martin de Porres Church Youth Group in Nuevo Laredo and an active participant of Laredo's Feast of Sharing.
Erika Veliz-Laurel—Incoming Leadership Laredo President
Erika Veliz-Laurel has nine years of banking experience to her credit, four of which have been diligently spent at Falcon. Promoted to Vice President in 2006, she oversees the New Accounts areas in all of Falcon's markets. As active in the community as she is at Falcon, Veliz-Laurel is a 2005 Leadership Laredo graduate and the incoming Leadership Laredo President. Laurel is an active volunteer with the Junior Achievement of Laredo, and has also contributed to Habitat for Humanity as well as other community functions. Veliz-Laurel graduated from Texas A&M International University with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in Accounting. She was recently honored in the 2006 edition of Who's Who Among American Business People.