Chamber Leadership Passes the Torch - South Texas Alliance for Regional Trade

Nov 1, 2013


Chairman of the Board for the Laredo Chamber of Commerce Jose A. Palacios, Jr., will officially hand over the reins of the organization to his successor, Javier Moctezuma at a ceremony to be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013. As is customary, the outgoing chairman will preside over the luncheon meet and deliver a “state of the Chamber” report as one of his final official acts. Palacios, in addition, will present awards and recognitions to the many volunteers who assisted in carrying forth his program of work during the past year.

Annually, the Laredo Chamber of Commerce hosts a gala event at the end of its fiscal year to recognize volunteers. This year’s event will be held in the Laredo Country Club ballroom starting at 11:30 am. States Palacios on a positive note, “One of my priorities this year was to generate closer personal contact with our members. With help from the Board we’ve reached out through personal visits and calls to the membership. They are the backbone of the Chamber after all. It’s been a great experience.”

The Chamber Awards ceremony will be held in place of the regularly scheduled Board of Directors meeting. As is traditional, the program will also serve to introduce the incoming Chairman of the Board and the new slate of officers. Heading the FY 2013-2014 team will be Chairman of the Board Javier Moctezuma, retired banker and now heading his own business, Moctezuma Financial Consultants. Other members of the 2013-2014 Executive Committee are: David Newman, (B.P. Newman Investments Co.), Chairman Elect; Mario Pena (IBC), Vice Chair/Treasurer; Cassandra Wheeler (TAMIU), Susana Melendez-Valencia (BBVA-Compass), John Ulbricht (Laredo Medical Center), Danielle D. Marasco (McDonald’s Restaurants), and Adelaido ‘Lalo’ Uribe (Keystone Financial Group) Council Chairs; Jose A. Palacios, Jr., (Texas Community Bank), Past Chairman; and Miguel A. Conchas, President/CEO.

Traditionally, following the recognition of volunteers, the outgoing chairman calls on the new chairman and presents him/her with the gavel. The new chairman then closes the meeting as his/her first official action of the new year.

Following is the list of recognitions and awards to be presented by Chairman Jose A. Palacios:

  • Jim Parish Media Award

    – Presented to Ricardo ‘Cuate’ Santos of the Laredo Morning Times, for unfailing support to the mission of the Laredo Chamber and its efforts to advance the free enterprise system.

  • Un Poquito Más Award

    — Presented to Javier Garza, former officer of Laredo National Bank and business advocate, for continued support to the Chamber mission. Mr. Garza is being recognized in particular for his dedication and commitment to improve membership services.

  • Committee Chairperson of the Year Award

    – Presented to Jonathan Ruiz, of HR Employment Solutions, who, as chairman of the Bienvenidos Committee, has exhibited steadfast leadership in promoting the image of the Chamber.

  • Volunteer of the Year Award

    – Presented to Mario Pena, of IBC, whose tireless efforts contributed to the success of the Vision 2013 Economic Outlook Conference.

  • “Spirit of Laredo” Award

    – Presented to Gene Garza, CBP Director of Field Operations for the Laredo Field Office, for his unwavering support to the welfare of the people and industry of the city of Laredo.

  • “Spirit of Laredo” Award

    – Presented to Carlos Villarreal, City Manager for the City of Laredo, for his untiring efforts to the continued development of the city of Laredo.

  • Order of Los Dos Laredos Award

    – Presented to the Honorable Danny Valdez, Webb County Judge, for his unwavering support over the years in support of the mission of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce.

  • Recognition in Honor of Max Mandel

    – Presented posthumously to Daniel B. Hastings, Jr., who labored incessantly to advance the image of the city of Laredo as a leader in international trade within the global community

Tickets to the 2013 Awards Ceremony and luncheon are $35 per person. Reserved tables of 8 are available for $350. For information or tickets to the noon luncheon, contact the Laredo Chamber of Commerce at (956) 722-9895 or E-mail Blanca
Founded in 1915, the Laredo Chamber of Commerce is Laredo’s and Webb County’s longest running business organization. Currently with a 700-member roster, the Laredo Chamber is accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with four stars.