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December 02, 2010

Falcon International Bank launches to new level, announces Regional Presidents (February 9, 2007)

Falcon International Bank launches to new level, announces Regional Presidents (February 9, 2007)

Falcon announces Regional Presidents


Falcon International Bank, a family-owned, private business headquartered in Laredo, Texas, has enthusiastically met a new milestone in their continued expansion: In December of 2006, the bank announced the appointment of Regional Presidents for its South Central, South West, Lower Rio Grande and Southern Coastal regions. Armed with diverse banking experiences and expertise, the new Regional Presidents are committed to upholding the Falcon philosophy by providing their respective communities with quality products and services.

"The idea is to keep the bank at its community level," explains Gilbert Narvaez, Jr., President of Falcon. "It's difficult to keep the community bank feel when everything is headquartered in one area. The purpose of this change is to keep a pulse on the market while empowering our people to make local decisions in their individual communities."

Falcon International Bank has grown to more than $665 million in assets and thirteen branches in South Texas, including branches in Laredo, San Antonio, Buda, Eagle Pass, Del Rio, McAllen and Brownsville. In addition, the bank has representative offices in Monterrey and Guadalajara, Mexico.


South Central Region - San Antonio & Buda

Since joining Falcon International Bank in September 2003 as President of the Trust division, Richard Terry Cullen has adopted the role of South Central Regional President. Cullen manages and markets the bank's Trust function, tirelessly customizing each service to match customers' particular needs and lifestyles; Cullen's Trust responsibilities include but are not limited to: Investments, Asset Management, Account Administration, Compliance, Lending, Expansion of the Falcon franchise and Business Development. Additionally, Cullen oversees any and all bank functions in the San Antonio/Austin corridor, a booming market in Texas.

"This position will allow me to tailor our products and services to the specific community that we're in," Cullen says. "The bank recognizes that there are different needs for different markets, and I think this will increase the efficiency and pertinence of local decisions."

Cullen actively contributes to his community through involvement in numerous charity and non-profit functions, as well as business and professional organizations. He currently serves on the President's Advisory Committee for the Sportsmen Conservationists of Texas and has a lifetime appointment as Trustee for the Wood Family Foundation. He is also a member of the Buda Chamber of Commerce, the Stone Oak Business Association and the Knights of Columbus, as well as his local Homeowners' Association.

Cullen graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1978 and, recognizing that education is a lifelong endeavor, has since completed studies at the ABA National Installment Credit School, ABA National Commercial Lending School, Texas School of Trust Banking and Cannon Trust School. In 1996, Cullen earned the Certified Trust Financial Advisor designation. Cullen also served as Chairman of the Real Estate and Mineral Management Committee of the Trust Division of the Texas Banker's Association.

South West Region - Eagle Pass & Del Rio

Guillermo "Willie" Hyslop has been announced as President of the bank's South West Region. Hyslop joined Falcon in 2005 with over ten years of banking experience to his credit, and is now responsible for managing all banking functions at the South West branches, including operations, retail banking, and lending.

Since his arrival in Del Rio/Eagle Pass, Hyslop's primary goal has been to create a team-oriented, community bank environment in his vast region. In that capacity, Hyslop has developed, implemented and managed various programs to achieve unparalleled growth targets, such as the opening of four branches in his region. He has also increased the region's market share by hiring qualified and experienced personnel to experience and contribute to Falcon's extraordinary growth. Throughout each of his banking endeavors, however, Hyslop's overarching objective is to meet and exceed customer expectations.

"This change will help me coordinate both Eagle Pass and Del Rio markets more effectively," says Hyslop. "In this next year, I see us focusing on opportunities for expansion in this region, as well as taking Falcon's community representation to a whole new level; I'd like to represent the bank in the South West community as a whole, rather than have each branch represented individually."

A native of Del Rio, Hyslop recognizes that the only way to understand a community's needs is to immerse oneself in its civic organizations; today, he is an active member of the Del Rio Chamber of Commerce, member of Laughlin Air Force Base Military Affairs, and Vice-President of Val Verde Community Foundations.

Hyslop graduated from Southern Methodist University's Southwestern Graduate School of Banking and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Texas A & M University. In addition, Hyslop received a certificate in International Business from the Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla, Mexico. Hyslop's has also received a certificate in Commercial Lending from Texas Bankers Association and one from the National Consumer Credit School of the American Bankers Association.

Lower Rio Grande Region - McAllen

Falcon International Bank welcomed Roberto Martinez, Jr., a Laredo native, as the Senior Vice President for the McAllen region in 2006. Since then, Martinez, who boasts twenty-five years of banking experience, has taken on new leadership as Regional President for the Lower Rio Grande Region. Martinez also serves as the area's senior lender and manages the dynamic daily operations of its branches.

"It's a real joy to work with a bank that truly exists to support its employees, customers and community," says Martinez. "I'm proud to represent Falcon in my region."

Aside from banking, Martinez is a member of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce and McAllen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Martinez earned a Bachelor of Science from Texas A& I University at Laredo and continued his education by earning a Masters of Science from Laredo State University. Martinez is also a graduate of the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at SMU.

Southern Coastal Region - Brownsville

Arturo R. Farias, a Laredo native, has joined the Falcon International Bank team as President of the Southern Coastal Region. Farias began his banking career in 1978 upon graduating with a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. After several years advancing his career in Laredo, he relocated his family to Brownsville in 1985 to launch a de novo community bank.
Farias followed his University of Texas education by graduating from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking in 1993.

Since then, Farias has run the gamut of banking positions, and he has accepted his newest title with the same enthusiasm and energy applied throughout his 28 years of banking. His responsibilities now include overseeing all aspects of the Southern Coastal Region, as well as formulating and developing international business and lending activities. Further, his familiarity with the Brownsville market will prove to be an invaluable asset in developing the bank's presence in the region.

"International banking is critical to our success," says Farias of his new responsibilities. "I'm pleased to be part of an organization that understands the importance of international banking and is committed to empowering us to make decisions at the community level."

Farias' commitment to the Brownsville community is reflected in the various leadership roles he has taken outside the bank. He currently serves as a board member for the University of Texas at Brownsville Development Board, the St. Mary's Church Finance Council, and was most recently appointed as an advisory member for BISD's Bond Oversight Committee. Additionally,
Farias is past Chairman of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce and Cameron Willacy Community Projects, as well as a board member and treasurer for the Dean Porter Park Renovation Committee and board member for St. Joseph Academy's Athletic Booster Cub and Development Board in Brownsville.


Founded in Laredo, Texas in 1986, Falcon knows well the distinct duality of border-town culture; indeed, the bank uses it to blend the quality of Mexican tradition with the efficiency of modern American banking. The result is a uniquely community-oriented bank that strives to understand its customers and cultivate the trust they place in its business. Falcon converted to a state charter and became Falcon International Bank in 2000, now boasting a dedicated team of more than 300 employees and assets exceeding $665 million. The bank attributes its success to knowing what counts with their customers: personalized service, attention to detail, and genuine commitment to helping 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.