Broadway Bank appoints Wealth Management Executive

Broadway Bank logoBroadway Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Wayne H. Madsen as the bank’s new group executive vice president of the Wealth Management Division. He brings over 20 years of banking and legal experience to the breadth of wealth management services offered by the bank.

“Wayne’s strong wealth management background, combined with his legal expertise makes him a valuable asset to the bank,” said Pam Parish, San Antonio regional president. “He shares our values and our commitment to exceptional client service – with the technical depth to really deliver results.”

W_MadsenMadsen will oversee all areas of the Wealth Management Division. Specialties under his leadership include investment management, financial planning, wealth advisory services, trust administration, estate settlement, senior care services, charitable trusts and foundations, farm and ranch management, as well as mineral management.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a strong, independent community bank like Broadway Bank,” said Madsen. “I look forward to working closely with our clients, and the community at large, to help them achieve their financial goals.”

Madsen joins Broadway Bank from Northern Trust Company in Chicago where he served for the last 12 years. He also served as an attorney at law for several years. Madsen has been a frequent speaker and author of numerous articles related to guardianship administration. He has also been very active in the Chicago community through his volunteer work, as well as serving on various boards and committees. He received a bachelor’s degree in business from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as a law degree from The John Marshall Law School.

About Broadway Bank
Headquartered in San Antonio, Broadway Bank was founded in 1941. It has evolved from a small neighborhood bank into one of the largest independently owned banks in Texas. Today, Broadway Bank continues to operate as a family-owned and operated financial institution. Broadway Bank offers a full range of sophisticated financial services, including personal banking, private banking, military banking, business banking and wealth management. With more than $2.8 billion in total assets, the highly rated Bank operates 39 locations in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding areas. Visit the Broadway Bank website at broadwaybank.com for more information.

Mobile check deposit capability latest in recent technology enhancements from SSFCU

Security Services Federal Credit UnionSecurity Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) announced that members can now deposit checks using their smart phones through the latest update of SSFCU’s myBranch mobile banking app for Android and iOS smartphones.

Free to use, mobile check deposit was the top feature requested by members, according to Mike Chapman, executive vice president and chief operating officer. More than a hundred checks were deposited on the first day of its release. SSFCU’s mobile deposit feature is available to SSFCU members enrolled in myBranch online banking with the latest update of the mobile app.

Mobile deposit is the most recent addition to several enhancements recently rolled out by the credit union. Earlier this year, SSFCU introduced myBranch and myBranch mobile, a completely redesigned online banking platform.

About Security Service Federal Credit Union
Security Service Federal Credit Union offers competitive, affordable financial products and services designed to meet the needs of its members. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Security Service is an industry-leading financial institution with $7 billion in assets and 70 locations in Texas, Colorado and Utah. The credit union is among the top 10 credit unions in the nation. Security Service strives to be America’s best credit union and provides the true benefits of credit union membership with financial services of the highest quality and value. Learn more at www.ssfcu.org or call 1-888-415-7878.

Raba Kistner, Inc. announces appointment of Dr. Robert R. Costigan, PhD, PE to lead Facilities Group

RK Facilities_cmykThe Board of Directors of Raba Kistner, Inc. announced that Robert R. Costigan, PhD, PE, PMP, CFM, LEED GA, has accepted the position of Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Facilities, Inc. Dr. Costigan has over 40 years of world-wide facility engineering experience, including roles as a project engineer, project manager, and program manager.

Bob Costigan_High Res_ColorDr. Costigan has been with Raba Kistner Consultants, Inc., since 2006 serving as President and COO of that company until tapped for his current role with Raba Kistner Facilities.

Dr. Costigan has over 40 years of managerial and technical leadership on projects involving multi-disciplines for public and private sector clients nationwide, encompassing facility and infrastructure planning, design, repair and restoration.

While in the United States Air Force, Lt. Colonel Costigan had extensive experience in complex facility program and project management providing leadership to over 400 engineering, technical, and construction-trade personnel in operating, repairing, and maintaining the physical plant of a major air force base.

Dr. Costigan received a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, a Master’s Degree from the University of Missouri, and his bachelor’s degree from the Virginia Military Institute – all in civil engineering.  Dr. Costigan is a registered professional engineer in Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi, and Arizona and holds certifications as a Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute, as a Certified Facility Manager (CFM) from the International Facility Management Association, and as a LEED Green Associate from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Founded in 1968, Raba Kistner, Inc. is an Engineering News-Record “Top 500 Firm,” operating in ten different markets in Texas, Utah, New York and México. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, Raba Kistner Facilities, a wholly-owned division of Raba Kistner, Inc., provides program management services, facilities planning, building envelope consulting and engineering, facility condition assessments and building commissioning.

Help Elf Louise bring toys to children this Christmas!

Elf Louise packages ready for Santa SPMThe Elf Louise Christmas Project (ELCP) needs a home for the 2014 Holidays. ELCP needs an “angel” to loan the use of a building or provide underwriting for a short-term lease on space from November 1, 2013 until January 15, 2014. Please help us spread the word. This is what the Elf needs to set up the Workshop:

  • Approximately 50,000 sq. ft. of donated space, preferably in one building, but it could be in smaller contiguous spaces, such as in a strip mall
  • ELCP provides insurance and can provide a rider for the property
  • ELCP has been able to help with the cost of utilities (if needed) in the recent past
  • Warehouse space with some air conditioning is ideal – need to be able to run a forklift
  • A loading dock or the capacity to bring in overseas shipping crates needed
  • High ceilings are a great benefit
  • A central location preferred, not far from down town, due to the price of gas (Santa teams provide their own gas)

Time is of the essence because the informational materials for volunteers and media need to include the location and physical address for the Project. The volunteers will leave the location in better condition than they found it! Read more about Elf Louise at www.elflouise.org.

Santas wait for Elf Louise packagesFor the 45th year, Elf Louise will provide presents for San Antonio children who otherwise might have been forgotten at Christmas. In 2012, approximately 19,000 children in 5,460 families experienced the joy of an Elf Louise Christmas. You can help make this project a reality this holiday season.

Please contact ELCP Director Bill Harrison at (210) 843-9237 or Elf Louise Locker at (210) 829-1467, or email the project at elf.louise@stic.net

SWBC Insurance Partners Earns Recognition from Safeco Insurance


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SWBC Insurance Partners is excited to announce that it has earned two top honors from Safeco Insurance®  – the prestigious Chairman’s Award and membership in the Premier Partner program.

The Chairman’s Award, which celebrates an agency’s success with Safeco, is given to about 50 elite agencies in the United States each year. The Premier Partner distinction recognizes excellent performance as well, providing agencies with access to special programs designed to help grow their business while maintaining high standards of service for customers.

“SWBC Insurance Partners has been nothing but spectacular for Safeco and has consistently been ranked as one of our top performers in the nation,” said John Balentine, Safeco Territory Manager. “Their ability to attract top talent, generate new business, and maintain strong retention levels while driving commendable profits is unparalleled by any agency I’ve ever worked with. Without question, SWBC Insurance Partners is one of the best agencies in the business today.”

“Our employees here at SWBC are fully committed to our customers,” said Frank Castellano, Vice President of SWBC Insurance Partners. “We strive to ensure their complete satisfaction, and we make earning and maintaining their trust a priority. Receiving these recognitions is truly an honor, and we will continue to strive toward providing the best customer service possible.”

For more information on how SWBC Insurance Partners can help generate income while increasing the loyalty of your financial institution customers call (866)316-1162 or visit

www.swbc.com.

About SWBC

Headquartered in San Antonio, SWBC is a diversified financial services company providing a wide range of insurance, mortgage, and investment services to financial institutions, businesses, and individuals. With offices across the country, SWBC is committed to providing quality products, outstanding service, and customized solutions in all 50 states. For more information, please visit SWBC’s website at www.swbc.com.

About Safeco Insurance

In business since 1923 and based in Seattle, Wash., Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners, and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company. Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2012 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 81st on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2012 revenue.

 

 

Habitat Home Center Begins #DontTrashIt Campaign

habitat_logo_4[1]Habitat Home Center plans to reduce San Antonio’s waste with #DontTrashIt campaign. The campaign will kick off with a sweepstakes that starts on July 25 and ends August 8, 2013. Zo Onyeise, Habitat Home Center Marketing Associate, explains, “The #DontTrashIt online sweepstakes is a contest where participants will be invited to purchase items from any San Antonio area Home Center to use in a D.I.Y project. At least 80% of the project must be made with Habitat Home Center materials. Once the project is finished, participants will enter the contest by taking a picture of the project and posting the picture on the Habitat Home Center twitter page @311HomeCenter with hash tags: #DontTrashIt #HabitatHomeCenter.”

The #DontTrashIt contest winners must bring their Habitat Home Center receipt to claim their prize. The first place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Habitat Home Center. The second place winner will receive a $75 gift certificate to the Habitat Home Center, and the third place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Habitat Home Center. For more information on how to enter and learn more about contest rules and restrictions, check out https://twitter.com/311HomeCenter .

An asset to the community for over 15 years, Habitat Home Centers seek to further help the San Antonio community reduce its waste by providing an alternative to the landfill. Instead of throwing away large home improvement items such as:

  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Electronics
  • Flooring
  • Storage Units
  • Hardware

San Antonio Residents can help reduce landfill waste by donating these items to any San Antonio area Habitat Home Center. Every donation to the Habitat Home Center qualifies for a tax deduction*.
*as determined by IRS guidelines

Habitat Home Centers are located at:

  • 311 Probandt St. (Downtown) (210) 223-3647
  • 5482 Walzem Rd. (Marbach area) (210) 599-7109
  • 8125 Meadow Leaf (Meadow Leaf area) (210) 674-7500

Don Griffith, Executive Vice President of Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio, states “Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio seeks to improve the community. Whether it is by building more homes or by reducing our city’s waste, we are always looking for ways to better our tomorrow.”

Habitat Home Centers are wholly owned by Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio and serve as a home improvement thrift store. By taking in material donations and reselling those donations to the public at a highly discounted price, Home Centers raise money to further benefit Habitat for Humanity’s efforts. Habitat Home Centers are also environmentally friendly stores. These stores seek to rescue over 170 million tons* of material from going into the landfill this year. The Home Center’s slogan “Give Us a Call, Don’t Trash It All” seeks to make San Antonians aware of the fact that they can take advantage of the tax deduction associated with donating their items to the Home Center before throwing them away.
*amount based on EPA estimate.

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CPS Energy, solar companies seek local suppliers

cps energy logoEngineering. Security. Landscaping. Steel manufacturing. SCADA systems. Cloud storage. Recycling. Site surveying. Solid Waste Removal. Office Supplies. Industrial Packaging. Cleaning. Soil testing. Custom plastics. Air quality monitoring.

What do all those businesses have in common?

They’re a small sample of the wide array of local companies CPS Energy’s solar partners are seeking to hire as they build new company headquarters, solar component manufacturing and solar farms.

On Tues., July 23, OCI Solar Power and its partners are hosting a supplier fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pearl Brewery Studio in the Pearl.

“San Antonio businesses and residents have graciously welcomed us to the area,” said OCI Solar Power President Tony Dorazio. “We want to show our gratitude by doing whatever we can to help sustain local businesses and contribute to the local economy.”

OCI Solar Power signed a 25-year agreement with CPS Energy to provide 400 MW of clean energy to San Antonio along with $1 billion in construction investment, 800 permanent professional and technical jobs, and a projected annual economic impact of $700 million. The San Antonio project places Texas in the top five U.S. solar energy-producing states.

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At Tuesday’s supplier fair, Nexolon and OCI Solar Power will be joined by KACO and Ercam Trackers, also part of the solar team, as well as the City of San Antonio and CPS Energy.

“If you can think of the service, chances are, one of these companies will need it,” said Tracy Burns, project coordinator for supplier diversity at CPS Energy.

She said many companies contacted CPS Energy soon after the solar deal was announced, looking to be part of it.

“Now is their chance,” she said, “they can register with CPS Energy and all the other companies who need to partner with local businesses.”

The event includes breakout sessions from each company, but is a come-and-go event, said Sara Krueger of OCI Solar Power.

“It’s free and you don’t have to register,” she said. “Just come on down.”

Read CPS Energy blog

Raba Kistner Environmental announces the hire of Henry Stultz, Geologist

RK Environmental_cmykRaba Kistner Environmental, Inc. announced today that Henry E. Stultz, III has joined the firm as Geologist. In this position, Stultz supports Raba Kistner’s geoscience and environmental operations, including project management responsibilities, acquisition of field data, analyzing and developing solutions for geological and environmental monitoring problems, and preparing technical reports.

PortraitsStultz received his Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from California State University in San Bernardino in 2004.

Founded in 1968, Raba Kistner, Inc., parent company to Raba Kistner Environmental, Inc. is an Engineering News-Record “Top 500 Firm,” operating in eleven different markets in Texas, Utah, and México. Raba Kistner Environmental is recognized as one of the Southwest’s leading firms offering environmental consulting services. Our technical team consists of archeologists, biologists, engineers, environmental specialists, geologists, GIS analysts, and planners.

Project Control promotes Jack White to Vice President

Project Control subsidiaray of RKF logoProject Control has promoted Jack White, LEED AP, to Vice President of the project management consulting firm. Jack will serve as a Project Management Team Leader and assume increased corporate and leadership duties. He will continue to serve our clients’ interests.

Jack WhiteJack came to Project Control in 1998 with over 18 years of experience in project management in both the public and private sectors to the firm. During his tenure, he has managed major projects for Project Control in San Antonio, Texas, including a multi-phase home office building expansion and renovation for a major insurance client, as well as work with Morningside Ministries and Surlean Foods. Jack is currently managing several projects at Trinity University in San Antonio.

“Jack has earned this new leadership position through his hard work and dedication to his clients,” said Bob Crittenden, CEO of Project Control. “Clients appreciate his attention to detail and management expertise.”

Prior to joining Project Control, Jack worked in general construction, including employment with SpawGlass Contractors, Inc., and PECO Construction Co. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Texas Burn Survivor Society.

Project Control provides owner representation and expert, objective consulting in the project management of commercial construction and real estate development projects from conception to completion. Project Control’s managers represent the owner’s best interest on all issues and alleviate the demands of day-to-day management responsibilities and technical issues associated with major construction projects. Project Control is a subsidiary of Raba Kistner Facilities, Inc. See us online at www.projectcontrol.com

City of San Antonio, businesses invite local suppliers to participate in July 23 Supplier Fair

OCI Solar Power, Nexolon America, ERCAM Trackers, KACO new energy and the City of San Antonio invite local suppliers to participate in our Supplier Fair. Suppliers are invited to come speak to us in detail with respect to their capabilities. Please send a representative from your organization to participate at the fair. Each participant will host one informative breakout session for attendees. This event is free of charge.

Breakout Sessions
9:00 a.m.  OCI Solar Power
10:00 a.m.  KACO new energy
11:00 a.m.  Nexolon America
12:00 p.m.  ERCAM Trackers
1:00 p.m.  City of San Antonio

Please contact Sara Krueger at 210-453-3182 or skrueger@ocisolarpower.comfor additional information.

COSA supplier fair