For Extensive Commitment to Rio Grande Valley
Jesse Trevino, a Texas Certified Development Company (TxCDC) representative and a stalwart educational leader in the Rio Grande Valley, was named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Golden Eagle Award by the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. The award recognizes Trevino’s commitment to education and service to the community.
“It has been an honor to work with Jesse Trevino and we congratulate him on receiving this award,” said TxCDC President Suzanna Caballero. “He has been our TxCDC representative in the lower Rio Grande Valley, introducing bankers and business owners to the SBA 504 program and to TxCDC. As an experienced businessman, he knows the value of receiving favorable financing for business assets. He enjoys talking to area bankers and business owners about the benefits of the 504 program and TxCDC loves working with Jesse.”
A Passion for Education
Trevino began his career as a sixth-grade teacher in Alice Independent School District (ISD) after graduating from the University of Texas-Austin. During his one year working in the classroom, Trevino took 11 students on a field trip to Austin and San Antonio in order to expand their experiences. This trip included visits to the Texas Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion, the University of Texas, the Alamo and the San Antonio Zoo. However, by the end of the school year Trevino decided to pursue other career options due to the low salary paid to teachers.
Still, education remained close to Trevino’s heart. He served 11 years on the McAllen ISD Board of Trustees, including two terms as board president. He also served for nine years on the Region 1 Education Service Center’s board, including one year as president. Trevino was a founding board member and served as chairman of the board of the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) for 32 years. IDRA, founded by the late Dr. Jose Angel Cardenas and based in San Antonio, is an independent, non-profit organization that promotes and supports education for all students through curriculum development, teacher training, research and technical assistance. He currently remains on the IDRA board.
Committed to Developing the Valley Area
After leaving the classroom, Trevino worked for the U.S. Department of Labor as a compliance officer for the Bracero Program. In that role, he assisted local farmers in remaining compliant on labor contracts. He also was selected by U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen to develop the Council for South Texas Economic Progress, Inc. (COSTEP), which promoted economic programs for South Texas. He currently serves as the COSTEP chairman.
In 1959, Trevino founded the Jesse Trevino Insurance Agency in McAllen. He expanded the company to include offices in San Antonio, Mercedes, Edinburg and Raymondville. In his professional capacity, Trevino served as president of the McAllen Independent Agents Association for two terms and as a director of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas.
Trevino also founded the Tripa Club, a renowned networking opportunity for residents of the Rio Grande Valley. This twice-a-year event drew up to 500 attendees, including business leaders and elected state and federal officials, who enjoyed tripas, mollejas, guisado, pork sausage, guacamole and corn tortillas. Trevino also started the “Tripero Distinguido Award,” which honored recipients such as U.S. Ambassador Tony Garza, the late U.S. Federal Judge Reynaldo Garza, and Laredo businessman and former gubernatorial candidate Tony Sanchez. The Tripa Club continued for 40 years and by its end, had 1,500 members.
A Valuable Member of TxCDC‘s Team
Trevino retired soon after selling his business to his son-in-law in 2013. He soon began looking for other avenues to pursue so he could remain busy. One opportunity came from TxCDC, thanks to the organization’s founder, Paul Tovar, who was one of the students that Trevino taught in sixth grade and who had stayed in touch with his former teacher.
In his new role with TxCDC, Trevino is drawn to the opportunity to use his contacts to help the Rio Grande Valley prosper. “Economic expansion is always to the area’s benefit,” Trevino said. “If I can help some of the businessmen that I know and work with some of the bankers who I have met, that keeps me active and doing something that also will help the community.”
by Dorian Martin