Accenture leads search for KIPP – Knowledge is Power Program – summer internships in San Antonio

KIPP_logoThe San Antonio Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) is seeking volunteers, mentors, guest speakers, and summer internship opportunities for high-performing KIPP students. Accenture, a KIPP partner, supports the national network of more than 140 high-performing college preparatory public charter schools, as part of their Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative, which aims to equip 500,000 people worldwide by 2015 with the skills to get a job or build a business. As part of this commitment, Accenture has made an early commitment to provide a number of internship opportunities for KIPP students during the summer.

KIPP and Accenture created Future Focus, a college and career readiness program in nine cities across the US, now including San Antonio. Future Focus helps KIPP alumni identify careers of interest, build critical job skills and network with potential employers. The capstone of the program is summer internships for students with local organizations. Locally, the San Antonio Future Focus team is actively seeking internship hosts for outstanding students this summer.

San Antonio companies can find out more about KIPP and how to participate in this summer’s internship program by reaching out to Kacy Harris at kacy.l.harris@accenturefederal.com.

Generations FCU’s Haegelin receives highest award in credit union industry

generations fcu logoTim Haegelin, retired CEO of San Antonio-based Generations Federal Credit Union received the Herb Wegner Lifetime Achievement Award in front of an audience of nearly 1,000 credit union executives in Washington DC on Monday, February 24. Hosted by the National Credit Union Foundation and considered the most prestigious award within the credit union industry, Haegelin was singled out for his actions in co-founding Credit Unions For Kids (CUFK).

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Founded in 1986 in San Antonio by Haegelin, Charlie Amato, Chairman of SWBC and Jack Finger, former Children’s Miracle Network Director, and launched nationally in 1996, CUFK has raised more than $100 million for Children’s Hospitals across the United States. All money raised within a community stays within that community to support local children’s hospitals.

During his remarks, Haegelin acknowledged the credit union industry itself as the foundation for the successes of his 49-year career.

“I was blessed and lucky to have a Board that understood and embraced the credit union difference and then made sure I had the tools to succeed,” said Haegelin.

In addition to CUFK, Haegelin and Generations were recognized as the first credit union in the region to offer many product and technology initiatives to its members that at the time were considered groundbreaking, including checking accounts, debit cards, and electronic records.

The award also recognized GFCU’s services to the un-banked and under-served within the community, including its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) partnerships with the City of San Antonio and the MoneyExpress program, offered in partnership with Goodwill Industries of San Antonio that is designed to break the destructive and damaging cycle of payday lending.

He joined GFCU in 1980 as Associate Manager and retired as CEO in November 2012. Prior to joining GFCU, he served as the CEO of Central Texas Catholic Credit Union.

Haegelin wrapped up his remarks by urging the audience not to forget the goal and mission of credit unions, “as not-for-profit financial institutions we are here, not for ourselves and not for the almighty dollar, but to build stronger families, stronger small businesses and stronger communities as they strive for the American Dream.” Watch the Tribute Video for Tim Haegelin

Raba Kistner Environmental announces hire of Sally Victor, Historian

RK Environmental_cmykSteven E. Jones, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Environmental, has announced the hire of Sally Victor, Historian. Ms. Victor is an historic preservation specialist with more than 31 years of experience in conducting historical and archival research, including documentation supporting Sections 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Her experience also encompasses Planning and Permitting projects, including dozens of Transportation projects.

Sally VictorHer role as Project Professional for Raba Kistner includes preparation of reports from project data and field observation notes, conducting field activities, analysis of field data, and performing field surveys of historic resources. Ms. Victor also contributes to various NEPA documents, coordinates environmental resource studies, and works to resolve issues for a variety of projects, including transportation projects.

Ms. Victor has worked closely with State Historic Preservation Officers in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico. She has contributed substantially to multiple highway transportation, utility corridor, surface mining, airport renovation, rail traffic reports, high speed rail, and disaster recovery projects under Section 106 of the NHPA. With her extensive experience, she has become adept at developing ways to avoid and/or minimize impact to identified National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) or State Archeological Landmark (SAL) eligible sites.

Ms. Victor received her B.A. in American Studies – History and Anthropology – and her MS in Community & Regional Planning, both from The University of Texas at Austin.

About Raba Kistner
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.

Raba Kistner, Inc. appoints new Vice President – Joe A. Irizarry, Corporate Development

raba kistner logoSan Antonio. Raba Kistner’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the promotion of Joe Irizarry to the position of Vice President, Corporate Development. Joe has been with Raba Kistner in Corporate Development for more than nine years, serving as an Associate for the last five years.

Joe IJoe is responsible for managing the Corporate Development Department: leading the firm’s business development efforts; establishing and managing client relationships; developing and facilitating training and coaching; coordinating annual planning and facilitating departmental growth planning.

Previous to working with Raba Kistner, Joe spent most of career in sales, sales management and internal consulting with Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI) and its successor, Allied Waste. As a divisional sales manager, he oversaw the management, hiring and training of five sales managers and over 30 sales representatives selling multiple services in Central and South Texas with over $125M in annual revenue.

Joe is very involved in professional organizations, including serving on the Board of the Associated General Contractors (AGC); as Past President of the Council of Education Facilities Planners International (CEFPI)/ South Texas Chapter; Second Vice President of CEFPI/ Southern Region; and the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)/Program Committee.

About Raba Kistner
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 provides program management, building enclosures rehabilitation, environmental engineering and consulting, infrastructure engineering, geotechnical engineering and testing, construction materials engineering and testing, and pavement consulting.

Sam’s Club opens two clubs on same day in San Antonio

Sams ClubSam’s Club will open its two newest club locations in San Antonio at 2530 Marshall Road and 3239 Goliad Road following 8 a.m. Grand Opening ceremonies at each location Thursday, Feb. 27, adding jobs and a quality shopping experience to the region. The membership warehouse club will give residents and small business owners the opportunity to access incredible savings on quality products, including products made in Texas.

The new Sam’s Club locations will be the sixth and seventh in San Antonio, having served San Antonio since first opening at 3150 SW Military Drive in 1985. Thursday will be the first time Sam’s Club has opened two new warehouse clubs in the same city on the same day.

Grand Opening ceremony features local officials, special events
Local dignitaries will speak at Thursday’s Grand Opening ceremony at the Marshall Road club. Additionally, members of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce will be participating in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Goliad Road club. Students from Highland High School will present the colors and provide a drum line while the Lighthouse for the Blind Choir will sing the national anthem. The Highland High School Dance Team will also attend Thursday’s event.

Sam’s Club will showcase a variety of special events inside the clubs during the Grand Opening celebrations. At the new Marshall Road Sam’s Club, San Antonio legend George “Iceman” Gervin will meet members. Zilks, an Austin-based all natural food company, as well as San Antonio Packing Company will be on site with a variety of tasty treats. The Goliad Road Sam’s Club will host Bulletproof Energy Drinks and EcoVet Furniture, handmade furniture by America’s Heroes. Actor Jonathan Joss will also be available to meet and speak with members.

Local favorites NFL player Charles Haley and NBA player Robert Horry will provide special appearances at both club locations to celebrate the Grand Opening. In addition, immunizations will be offered Opening Day and free health screenings will also be given to assess cholesterol, blood pressure, vision, hearing and a variety of other wellness areas.

Quality products help small businesses and busy families
Sam’s Club is bringing a unique, shopper-friendly experience to San Antonio. Busy families can rely on fresh produce, quality meats and home meal solutions, while office supplies, vending machine snacks and paper goods prepare small business members for success. Additional benefits for small business owners include early shopping hours, personal shopping through Click ‘n’ Pull, truck-load savings, and access to quality items most often used by foodservice businesses, restaurant owners and caterers.

Each measuring approximately 136,000 square feet, the clubs will feature a variety of amenities, including a fresh bakery, a tire and battery center, a café and a fuel station.

A number of health and wellness services are also available. The Sam’s Club Pharmacy, open to both members and the public, features many $4 and $10 generic prescriptions, as well as savings on branded prescriptions. The Optical Center offers $40 off each additional pair of regularly priced prescription eyeglasses with the purchase of a complete pair of eyeglasses at regular price. Lastly, at the Hearing Aid Center, Sam’s Club offers premium technology in hearing aids and personal listening devices with free hearing tests and services administered by a licensed hearing aid fitter and dispenser.

New clubs brings 350 new jobs to community, local giving
To staff the new San Antonio Sam’s Club locations, Sam’s Club has hired 350 new associates. Sam’s Club currently employs more than 11,000 people in Texas, including more than 1,000 in San Antonio.

“I began my career with Sam’s Club as a part time cashier 25 years ago and I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to work in numerous roles,” said Eloisa Herrera, club manager of the Goliad Road Sam’s Club. “It brings me joy to grow our Sam’s Club family.”

Sam’s Club also has a commitment to give back to the communities it serves. Several local non-profit organizations will benefit from special grants from Sam’s Club Giving as part of the Grand Opening celebration, including Lighthouse for the Blind, Highland Park Elementary, San Antonio Junior Achievement and Brooks Academy.

Sam’s Club will also present a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program to the San Antonio Food Bank in celebration of the Grand Openings.

“The support we receive will help us to collect and distribute food to 58,000 people each week throughout 16 counties here in Southwest Texas,” said Eric Cooper, President and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank. “As the need has grown through the years, we have been able to gain more donations through our retail route program with all grocery retailers. Walmart and Sam’s Clubs are a big part of that.”

Membership Information
Whether buying for a household or a business, a Sam’s Club membership offers exclusive savings on merchandise and outstanding member benefits. With access to Cash Rewards, additional Instant Savings and early shopping hours, Sam’s Plus memberships offer even more with premium service options. See the club for details. Sam’s Savings and Sam’s Business memberships are $45 annually, and Sam’s Plus memberships are $100. Special savings for college students and military families are also available. For more information, visit SamsClub.com/membership.

About Sam’s Club
Sam’s Club®, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), is the nation’s eighth largest retailer and a leading membership warehouse club offering superior products and services in more than 630 clubs across the U.S., as well as in Brazil, China and Mexico. To learn more about Savings Made Simple®, visit the Sam’s Club Newsroom, shop at SamsClub.com, and interact with Sam’s Club on Twitter and Facebook.

SSFCU names San Antonio employees of the year

Security Services Federal Credit UnionSecurity Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) honored Kelly Pils as manager of the year and Maria Schofell as employee of the year for the Central Region at the credit union’s annual celebration at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in San Antonio.

KellyPils2014Pils is the manager of the Support Desk for Network Services at the credit union’s corporate headquarters where she has distinguished herself by implementing many new requirements and raising the standards of the Help Desk Operations team, leading to faster member service, more efficient operations and consistent and customer-focused resolution. Pils is an active volunteer in the community and dedicates much of her volunteer efforts to the Magdalena House of San Antonio.

MariaSchofell2014Schofell is a senior accounting tech at the credit union’s accounting department. Innovative with a great deal of initiative, Schofell has been instrumental in efforts that have created a more efficient payment process. She is actively involved in SSFCU’s volunteer corps, working at a variety of community events throughout San Antonio.

Security Service Federal Credit Union is among the top 10 credit unions in the country with more than $7.7 billion in assets and more than 2,000 employees in 70 locations throughout Texas, Colorado and Utah.

Broadway Bank Promotes Carlos Torres to Human Resources Director

Broadway Bank logoCarlos Torres was named executive vice president and human resources director at Broadway Bank where he has served as senior vice president and human resources manager since 2008. Torres has worked in the human resources arena for 23 years in various capacities, including talent acquisition, employee relations, compensation and benefits design, strategic management, and employee and leadership development.

“I am excited that Carlos has taken on this new leadership role with Broadway Bank. It is a great opportunity for him to lead us in the various strategic initiatives that strengthen our culture, recruit the best bankers and retain a workforce that is dedicated to the Broadway experience,” said Jim Goudge, Broadway Bank chairman and chief executive officer.

While at Broadway Bank, Torres has developed leadership competencies and programs to educate and develop leaders. He also has managed the bank’s recruitment program, creating a comprehensive compensation and job description review for the organization. He revised and implemented new human resources policies to support organizational strategies including the nicotine-free hiring policy. In addition, Torres spearheaded the development of the “Managing Employee Performance within the Broadway Culture” leadership class. His Wellness@Broadway Bank initiative gained the bank recognition as a local Fit-Friendly Company from the American Heart Association and from the Mayor’s Fitness Council as a healthy workplace, along with accolades from several other organizations.

“I am honored to assume the role of human resources director for Broadway Bank,” said Torres. “Our philosophy of employee first defines our commitment to a great place to work. I am humbled to be a part of such a great company which is committed to its employees, customers and the community,” he added.

A San Antonio native, Torres graduated from Central Catholic High School. He has a bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin. He is the 2014-2015 chairman of the American Diabetes Association Leadership Board, co-chairman for the 2014 KLRN Wine Festival and the 2013-2014 chairman of the “My Heart. My Life” committee for the American Heart Association, among others.

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 function 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 $2.9 billion in total assets, the highly rated Bank operates 38 locations in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding areas. Visit the Broadway Bank website at broadwaybank.com for more information.

BKD, LLP debuts on Training Magazine’s Top 125

BKD logo colorJon McDowell, managing partner of BKD, LLP’s San Antonio office, announced BKD’s debut on Training magazine’s annual Training Top 125, which ranks companies based on the excellence of their training and development programs.

BKD—the only CPA and advisory firm on this year’s list—was among thousands of applicants vying for a spot on the prestigious list. BKD ranked 89th and was one of 27 organizations to make an initial appearance on the 2014 list. Firm representatives accepted the Top 125 award at Training’s Golden Gala in San Diego, California, on February 3.

“BKD is honored to be among these top-tier training organizations,” McDowell said. “Our firm is committed to lifelong learning, and we strongly believe that investing in our professionals’ technical expertise and leadership development skills enhances their career opportunities and allows them to better serve our clients.”

Now in its 14th year, the Training Top 125 is based on myriad benchmarking statistics such as total training budget, percentage of payroll, number of training hours per employee program, hours of training per employee annually and detailed formal programs as well as goals, evaluation and workplace surveys. The ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, scope of development programs and how closely those efforts are linked to business goals and objectives.

“We’re learning a lot from our Training Top 125 peers and are looking forward to incorporating some of their best practices as focus on institutional excellence,” said Greg Cole, director of the firm’s Learning & Development Department. “When it comes to innovative training and development programs, these organizations have really raised the bar—and BKD is proud to be part of Training’s upper echelon.”

BKD University (BKDU) is the latest enhancement to the firm’s educational infrastructure. BKDU is an online, on-demand platform housed on the firm’s intranet that gives personnel access to a wide range of content that includes technical training as well as shorter, more digestible video clips on leadership, ethics, client service and technology. The firm also hosts Camp BKD—a week long orientation held three times a year for newly hired client service professionals—and relies on a robust coaching program to develop individual talent and prepare professionals for career advancement.

About BKD
BKD, LLP is the top-tier U.S. CPA and advisory firm that delivers its experience and service with a deep understanding of your business, your needs and what it takes to improve your business performance. BKD’s approximately 2,000 personnel, including approximately 250 partners, serve clients in all 50 states and internationally. To learn more, visit bkd.com.

Praxity, AISBL, a global alliance of independent firms, enhances BKD’s ability to serve the dynamic needs of multinational clients. Praxity™ provides the gateway to tax, assurance and consulting services delivered by alliance firms committed to the highest standards required in international business.

Unleash Your Productivity: Improve Productivity & Stay Connected

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