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School of Business to Honor Gonzalez, Rusteberg and Vela on March 22 

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 12, 2013 –The School of Business at The University of Texas at Brownsville announced the recipients of its Business Leaders Awards for 2013. 

The honorees are Rolando Gonzalez Barron, CEO of Gobar Systems, Inc., Fred Rusteberg, President of International Bank of Commerce, and Manny Vela, CEO of Valley Baptist Health System. They will be honored at the School of Business Annual Business Appreciation Breakfast to be held on Friday, March 22 on the UTB campus.  

“Our three honorees have been a positive force for change in developing the region’s economy, people and human capital,” said Dr. Mark Kroll, Dean of the School of Business. “I am especially excited about our keynote speaker, Mr. Mario Laborín Gómez, one of Mexico’s most highly regarded business leaders.” 

Manny Vela
Manny Vela
Rolando Gonzalez Barron
Rolando Gonzalez Barron
Fred W. Rusteberg
Fred W. Rusteberg

Mario Laborín Gómez is Chairman and CEO of ABC Capital, a commercial bank and the largest independent loan servicing company in Mexico. He served in the cabinets of two Mexican presidents: as CEO of Nacional Financiera for President Vicente Fox, and he continued that appointment and also became CEO of Bancomext for President Felipe Calderon. 

“Mr. Laborín is a brilliant business leader, and we are honored that he has accepted our invitation,” Kroll said. “He has a thorough knowledge of the region’s economy and its great potential. He will share his insight with today’s business leaders and our leaders of the future, our students. This will be an invaluable opportunity for all.”

Following the breakfast, Laborín will participate in a panel discussion, open to the public, that begins at 10 a.m. in the lecture hall of the Science and Engineering Technology Building. He will be joined on the panel by Dr. Idelfonso Guajardo, Economics Minister for the Mexican government’s new administration; 2012 Business Award recipient Sergio Arguelles, Chairman of the Board of FINSA, S.A.; and 2013 honoree Rolando Gonzalez. The experts will focus the discussion on the outlook for the Mexican economy and U.S.-Mexico trade in light of the recent Mexican and U.S. elections. 

The School of Business, with over 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the spring 2013 semester, is committed to providing graduates with the education and training needed to successfully lead the region’s businesses and launch new enterprises that will grow the economy.

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