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LULAC Council #12 Scholarships

Monday, 07 August 2017
Falcon Bank had the honor of hosting LULAC Council #12 for their Scholarship Award Night. Graduating Seniors from different high schools in Laredo were awarded scholoships to use toward their education. 

How Faith and Family Became the Cornerstones of Falcon By Katie Gutierrez

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

One of my favorite stories growing up was the one about my dad’s guardian angel. As the family lore goes, my dad was driving home from Texas A&M College Station when his car broke down. Among his friends, he drew the short straw to hitchhike to a gas station to call for a tow.

 

The man who gave my dad a ride stank of beer, his eyes glazed as he veered between lanes. He drove with one hand, the other resting casually on a shotgun. The moment the car slowed, my dad thanked the driver and rushed out, thinking he might have literally dodged a bullet.

 

But soon, another car was slowing behind him. The men inside were small-town bored, eager to make trouble, and they did, taunting my dad through the windows. My dad didn’t engage, but he didn’t back down, either, and that was all they needed: they jumped him. My dad fought back as best he could, but when one of the men picked up a tire iron and the other swiped his straightedge against my dad’s neck, he thought it was over. He was leaning over, bleeding, waiting for the inevitable when the men’s eyes widened at something over my dad’s shoulder. From my dad’s position, head bent low toward his knees, he saw what looked like a white robe fluttering behind him. Next, the men were fleeing.

 

When my dad turned around, no one was there.

 

He’s convinced it was his guardian angel that saved him that day, and the story is one of many I could tell to illustrate my family’s faith—the faith I grew up in. Faith and family went together like the arroz y frijoles we ate at my grandpa’s house every Sunday; they were intertwined, one incomplete without the other. When Falcon came into our lives, it was only natural that faith and family became a part of its DNA . . . the way Falcon has become a part of ours. Now, we are a much larger family, one guided by the same principals that have always given me comfort and direction.

 

Faith, family, and Falcon: It's not just a slogan. It’s a long, beautiful history—and an exciting future.

The More You Learn, The More You Earn

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

This summer, Falcon International Bank wants to congratulate and honor all Laredo graduates— including the six Falcon Bank employees who recently graduated with their bachelor’s and master’s degrees!

 

Since 1996, about 10 percent of Falcon’s employees have taken part in the bank’s tuition reimbursement program. Any full-time employee is eligible for the program, which reimburses tuition for work-related courses at a community college or university.

 

“I’m so grateful for Falcon’s support as I pursued a higher education,” says Jaclyn de la Viña-Mendez, vice president, who has been with the bank for 15 years. “I was able to obtain a bachelor’s and a master’s degree with little to no debt. Now I hope to give back to the bank by using what I learned.”  

 

The program was borne out of the late Hugo A. Gutierrez, Sr.’s belief in the importance of education.

 

“Dad taught us young to work with our hands,” says Adolfo Gutierrez, chairman of the board. “He was proud of what he knew and of what we learned from him in the electrical trade. He never pushed us to do one thing over another."

 

“However,” Mr. Gutierrez continues with a laugh, “his timing was impeccable. He always asked us about continuing our education or trade when we were sweating in Laredo’s summer heat. Essentially, he was asking if we would rather work in an air-conditioned office or on top of 20-foot scaffolding in what seemed to be 130 degrees.”

 

Mr. Gutierrez remembers his father saying, “As your dad, the best thing I can do for you is provide you with an education. The rest is up to you.”

 

Falcon’s tuition reimbursement program is a natural extension of this philosophy, and Mr. Gutierrez knows his father would be proud of this year’s graduates.

 

“As my father always used to say, ‘The more you learn, the more you earn!’”

Falcon FastPay: A Product Built for Today’s Speeds

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

This month, Falcon International Bank is excited to introduce Falcon FastPay, an innovative solution that transfers money from person to person (P2P) in near real time.

 

Here’s how it works: Imagine you want to reimburse a friend for dinner on Friday night, or send funds to a child away at college. To access Falcon FastPay, just log in to Falcon’s online banking system on your mobile device or computer, and select Fast P2P under the Transfers tab. You can send money to anyone with a debit card and U.S. bank account using their phone number or email address. Every transaction is securely authorized before execution, and no registration is required. The recipient will simply receive a link via text or email to accept the funds; once they do, the transaction will be complete.

 

Because Falcon FastPay uses debit cards to transfer money, the transaction occurs almost instantly. Even popular mobile payment services such as Venmo, which is owned by PayPal, take several days to transfer funds from the digital wallet into your bank account.

 

“Our customers are looking for solutions that are fast, secure, and keep up with the pace of everyday life,” says Gilbert Narvaez, Jr., president and CEO. “We’re pleased to say that Falcon FastPay does just that.”

 

Committed to providing customers with the latest technology to streamline their banking experience, Falcon is proud to be the only bank in Laredo offering this service.

June Banker of the Month

Tuesday, 27 June 2017
Aurora Rocha
Aurora Rocha is the Banker of the Month for June. She is a great asset to our Lending Department at our Downtown Branch. Congratulations Aurora!
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