Community Witnesses Signing of BiNED Agreement at Annual Event
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MARCH 21, 2014 – El Gran Salón at The University of Texas at Brownsville was filled to capacity today with business leaders
from throughout the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Matamoros, Mexico, for the
third annual Business Awards Breakfast hosted by the School of Business.
advantage of the large gathering, mayors Tony Martinez of Brownsville, Chris
Boswell of Harlingen and Lety Salazar of Matamoros signed the Binational
Border Economic Development (BiNED) Zone agreement to create an integrated
innovative and competitive binational advanced manufacturing zone along the U.S./Mexico
border to capture a share of the economic development resurgence of near
shoring advanced manufacturing that is occurring in the interior of Mexico.
Mayors Tony Martinez of Brownsville, Lety Salazar of Matamoros and Chris Boswell of Harlingen signed the Binational Border Economic Development (BiNED) Zone Agreement.
spoke of the need for strong ties between the business community, the university
and the university’s students – that each must support the other to generate a
presenting a review of the state of the petroleum industry, he said the North
American “manufacturing renaissance” was not expected, that this is the “biggest
event in business to happen in our lifetime.”
need to be streamlined and issued, and we need trained welders and pipefitters;
the old ones are retiring,” he said. “This is an exciting time for our country.
The president should get behind this; all the production is on private land,
not federal land.”
of the business and philanthropic contributions of the three awardees were shown,
and each was presented with a plaque by García and Dr. Mark Kroll, Dean of the
School of Business.
awardees this year were Scott Friedman, Dr. Ricardo Diaz Garza and Gregg
Garza, a practicing orthodontist for 35 years, is the founder of several
charity organizations, including Caritas de Matamoros, providing medicine,
medical treatment, doctors, food and clothing to needy residents of the area,
and the Matamoros Food Bank which provides foodstuffs to over 15,000 families
per year. Diaz is also a businessman; he has constructed industrial buildings
and provides warehousing to maquiladoras established in Matamoros. He is also
President of the University CUN in Matamoros.
native McCumber, a founding partner of Burton McCumber
& Cortez, LLP,
established in 1991, has been the Managing Partner of the firm’s Valley offices
since 2006. The firm today has five U.S. partners and employs 27 Certified
Public Accountants in Brownsville and McAllen. Burton McCumber & Cortez is
also a partner in the Mexican accounting firm of BMC y Fragoso S.C., with offices
in Matamoros and Reynosa and a staff of about 40 persons.
the breakfast, Klesse gave his presentation to business students. A question was
posed from the student audience about what he looks for when he is hiring
William Klesse, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Valero Energy Corporation, spoke with students in a lecture hall of Main Building.
stressed the need for skills such as accounting, Internet technology and
engineering, but that students should also be mindful of their appearance and
said students who are interested in working with Valero must put a high
priority on safety, environment, community and customer service. He shared he
is looking for employees that exhibit respect, dedication, integrity,
generosity and teamwork – saying the complexity of today’s business is such
that teamwork is essential.
left the students in the lecture hall with this advice: “Be optimistic and
enthusiastic; you are in control of your own life.”
Brownsville native Ruben Lozoya (UTB,
2008), scheduled to graduate in May of this year with the Master of Arts in
Interdisciplinary Studies, and Carlos Pouncey from Tallahassee, Florida
(Florida State University, 2007), scheduled to graduate in May 2015 with the
Master of Business Administration, were invited to lunch with a small group
including Klesse at the President’s Office.
“Mr. Klesse, Dr. García, Dr. Pablo
Rhi-Perez [Associate Professor, School of Business] and the other invitees
shared their stories about their careers and the obstacles they faced,” Lozoya
said. “Also, they let us share the work that we are currently undertaking as
research assistants in the School of Business, and they provided us with some
words of encouragement to continue working hard.”