Copa Rayados Internacional, SeaWorld and San Antonio Sports join forces to offer largest competitive select youth soccer tournament in Alamo City

soccertournamentIn partnership with San Antonio Sports, the SeaWorld Copa Rayados Internacional will expand its tournament opportunities and activities for over 10,000 attendees to enjoy! The event, which takes place during Thanksgiving week November 26-30, 2014, will become part of the Bexar County Games presented by Ancira, with SeaWorld San Antonio hosting the opening ceremonies.

Registration is available online at http://www.coparayados.com.

SASF“The Bexar County Games are one more way youth can experience the transformational power of sport, which is our mission. The games are played at beautiful new facilities and help level the playing field with what other Texas communities offer,” said Russ Bookbinder, President and CEO of San Antonio Sports.  “We are excited to offer this international competition opportunity.”

The SeaWorld Copa Rayados Internacional has partnered with San Antonio Sports. The non-profit organization sports commission attracts premier events to the Alamo City and delivers youth sports and fitness programs that serve thousands of children annually. SeaWorld San Antonio, the largest marine life waterpark in the world, is the title sponsor and will provide added benefits and opportunities to all attending the tournament. The tournament will attract more than 250 teams from across Texas, the United States, and Mexico. It will be the largest competitive select youth soccer tournament in the city, offering competition levels from elite to division two.

 

Monterrey Rayados, the Mexican pro club and three-time North American champion, is hosting the elite tournament for a second year in San Antonio. CF Monterrey Rayados is a top ranked professional club, most recently ranked #42 in the world, and has the top youth academy in Mexico.

 

In 2013, champions crowned from Mexico included Monterrey Rayados, UNAM Pumas, and Santos Laguna; from the USA, the Houston Dynamo, San Antonio Texans, and North Texas’ Olympic Development Program; and internationally, Nigeria, represented by champions, Garden City Panthers.

 

As a part of the Bexar County Games, the SeaWorld Copa Rayados Internacional will provide more competitive opportunities for youth soccer in San Antonio. In addition to the elite competitive levels of play, the tournament will offer an Alamo division for under 14 designated for mid- to development-level competitive teams. This will provide an opportunity for 100 additional teams to participate in the tournament under the Bexar County Games banner. The 2014 Bexar County Games presented by Ancira consist of four youth sports competitions – basketball, baseball, soccer and lacrosse — that take place at Bexar County facilities, some of the best venues in Texas. The Bexar County Games are proudly supported by sponsors Ancira, HEB, Chipotle, Pizza Hut, Valero, Mission Foods, Nationwide and FOX29/ CW35.

 

“We have been looking for more opportunities to engage our fan base in the United States and growing this tournament in San Antonio is a priority,” said Nicolas Martellotto, director of CF Monterrey Rayados youth academy. “Monterrey Rayados has a great following in the United States and having this tournament and SeaWorld San Antonio as a partner creates a family and cross-cultural event for everyone to enjoy.”

 

“The interest for the tournament, going into the second year, has been exploding, attracting more international teams, Texans teams, and teams from across the USA and Mexico. Last year, we had close to 40 teams from Mexico compete, and we’ll increase that number by at least fifty percent!” states Scott Spencer, tournament director for CF Monterrey Rayados and the SeaWorld San Antonio Copa Rayados Internacional. “With the San Antonio Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and San Antonio Sports as strategic partners, it will be a great opportunity for sponsors and partners to engage the regional, national, and international soccer communities.”

 

See the best of the best youth teams in Texas, Mexico, and beyond in San Antonio this Thanksgiving! To register online visit http://www.coparayados.com.

Broadway Bank opens second new Austin banking center

BroadwayBank_Logo_tagphoto (35)Designed to offer the most innovative and convenient customer service, Broadway Bank ushers in a new era in banking with its 2,692-square foot Congress Avenue Banking Center in Austin. It includes three private offices, two semi-private offices, three workstations, a conference room and a bistro complete with iPads and charging stations. The Congress Avenue Banking Center officially opened its doors on May 19, 2014, at 506 Congress Avenue, Suite 101. It also features a walkup “Smart” ATM and a night depository. The Broadway Bank portfolio of banking services includes commercial real estate, business banking, private banking, wealth management and personal banking.

 

photo (34)The new Congress Avenue Banking Center is an encore opening for Broadway Bank, following the 2013 addition of the Midtown Regional Headquarters in Austin. Together, these two additions, along with the banking centers in the surrounding communities of Bee Cave, San Marcos, Wimberley, Dripping Springs, Kyle and Buda, underscore the Broadway Bank commitment to the capital city.

 

Harvey Hartenstine, the Austin regional president is a 22-year Broadway Bank veteran with more than 34 years of experience in the financial industry. He is elated about the new banking center in Austin and especially at how in-step it is with the rhythm of Austin. “At our Congress Avenue Banking Center, we can fulfill our customers’ needs with the most sophisticated technology, while also offering the personalized attention that sets Broadway Bank apart,” said Hartenstine.

 

photo (36)While the Congress Avenue location may be new, the downtown banking team has decades of experience serving the unique financial needs of the professionals who live and work in the heart of Austin. Cliff Bandy, senior vice president, private and business banker will be the Congress Avenue Banking Center go-to expert, bringing custom, innovative financial solutions to commercial banking, private banking and wealth management customers all across Austin. He has 33 years of diversified banking experience.

 

The official ribbon-cutting and grand opening is scheduled for fall 2014. The Congress Avenue Banking Center hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.

 

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 39 locations in San Antonio, Austin and the surrounding areas. Visit the Broadway Bank website at broadwaybank.com for more information.

Wellness@Broadway Bank wins Gold two years in a row

Broadway Bank logoBroadway Bank achieved gold-level recognition through the City of San Antonio Healthy Workplace Recognition Program 2014 awarded by the San Antonio Business Group on Health and the Mayor’s Fitness Council. The Broadway Bank Wellness Advisory Council members will be among other representatives in the city recognized on May 19. Wellness@Broadway, the bank’s signature program aimed at engaging employees and challenging them to eat right and stay fit has gleaned results. In 2013, participants collectively lost 407 pounds and walked more than 277,090,361 steps in monthly challenges to average of 6,000 to 10,000 steps a day.

cookingThe Wellness Advisory Council at Broadway Bank is planning to implement more initiatives directly targeted at creating a healthier workplace and workforce. Carlos Torres, executive vice president and human resources director, is excited about the recognition.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Mayor’s Fitness Council for our wellness program, especially since employee wellness is a top priority at Broadway Bank,” said Torres.

“With this recognition, we are reenergized to continue making improvements and offering new initiatives which keep our employees engaged and enthusiastic about pursuing a healthy lifestyle,” added Torres.

DSCN4055The walking and weight loss challenges are among several initiatives that have become popular ways of promoting fitness at Broadway Bank. Some of the other successful programs include a financial wellness program, a yearly bank 5K walk for employees and their families, Diabetes@Work Program, a healthy rodeo breakfast, a wellness room and healthy cooking demonstrations.

The Wellness@Broadway Bank initiative also gained the bank recognition as a local Fit-Friendly Company from the American Heart Association in 2013 and accolades from several other organizations. Along with the goal of a healthier Broadway Bank, employees also branch out in the community supporting causes that inspire exercise, fitness and good health like Siclovia, the city-wide bike event, San Antonio Sports Foundation Corporate Cup, the Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Association and Walk MS to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research. Broadway Bank also routinely hosts health screenings at the Cheever Administration Building conference center.

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.

May Word from the Chairman

Turner_Annie-Chairmans-photo-PROne of the North SA Chamber’s strategic goals for 2014 is to meet the needs of the business community with a readied workforce. Thus, we are focused on engaging millennial workers by building a bridge between education and the workforce.

So many business owners and organizations are looking for qualified people. Thousands of baby boomers are retiring from the workforce each day, and we’re facing an enormous leadership gap. The North SA Chamber can help veterans, millennial workers and just about every professional in any interest area to access resources to sharpen their professional skills and build relationships through our various instructional and networking events and volunteer opportunities.

Announcing College Student Memberships
Through the generosity of a grant by State Farm, the North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce announces the addition of college student membership to its community offerings, and the first ten student members will be selected through the UTSA College of Business.

The college student membership is $75 per student and is a two-year, non-renewing membership. Students must be 18 years or older, enrolled in a four-year university or college, and enrolled in their senior year of coursework. Through membership with the North SA Chamber, college students will be afforded the opportunity to: meet professional members, get involved in committees, learn about community initiatives, share information, gain personal visibility and develop personal, professional and leadership skills through their involvement. Additionally, student members will be promoted through the Chamber’s online membership directory under the categories of “Student” and “Job Seeker.”

Member Jake Jacobson, Sales Leader of the West Sales Territory for State Farm, came to the North SA Chamber seeking ways to increase the insurance company’s involvement. State Farm recognized that getting college students involved in real-world interaction with the business community is a practical way to support emerging leaders and help grow the local talent pool. Jacobson, who serves in an advisory capacity to UTSA’s College of Business, will work with the school’s Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Lisa Montoya, to review eligible students and name the grantees. The 10 student members will be identified and their memberships activated by August 1. State Farm will name five local agents who each will mentor two college students through their early months of membership with the North SA Chamber

It is my hope that your organization will consider doing the same. Businesses interested in sponsoring college student members, or students interested in joining individually may learn more by visiting www.northsachamber.com, clicking on the Join Now tab or calling (210) 344-4848.

Training Online Shop, Job Bank
The North SA Chamber strives to meet the needs of businesses for a readied workforce and ongoing professional development. We know you’re looking for quality continuing education for your team and qualified applicants.

The North SA Chamber is now offering a comprehensive Training Online Shop featuring thousands of courses covering a range of subjects from human resources and safety to business and sales. I invite you to explore the online training catalog. There are a number of low-cost training options to assist small businesses in accessing affordable, essential training. Many courses are available for less than $20!

Moreover, at no additional cost – member businesses may post job openings to the online Job Bank, and the online search tool is a free community resource to job seekers. Click here for member login access and instructions for posting jobs.

Small Business Leaders Awards
We recently completed the call for nominations for the Small Business Leaders Awards (SBLA) program, and will present awards on Tuesday, July 22, at the Omni San Antonio Hotel Colonnade. New this year – we’ll be recognizing a Veteran-Owned business leader and a Non-Profit organization, as well as present awards in the following categories: Small Business Leader of the Year, Small Business Advocate of the Year, Career Achievement, Community Service, Business Achievement, Business Innovation, Employee Relations and New Business.

Congratulations to the 2014 Small Business Leaders Awards Finalists!

John Aramendia
Aramendia Plumbing Heating & Air

Mike Behrend, Chris Behrend, Paul Evans
Green Vegetarian Cuisine

Lisa Fullerton
A Novel Idea, LLC dba Auntie Anne’s Hand-Rolled Pretzels and dba Cinnabon

Bryan Guinn
Prism Technologies Group

Doug and Lori Horn
Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, LLC

Gregory Hudson
Genesis Concepts & Consultants

Melissa Killen
Network Alliance, LLC

Yadira Medina-Torres
Stepping Stone Pediatric Feeding and Speech Therapy Clinic

Bede Ramcharan
Indatatech

Manuel Gerardo Rubio
Miracle Body & Paint

Michele Renee Pauli Torres
HFS Company

Helen Trowsdale
AA Care Services

Jennifer Sample
Providence Place

Gloria Canseco
San Antonio Christian Dental Clinic

Jose Sandoval
SandTech Solutions

ATHENA Leadership Awards® Program
The North SA Chamber is an ATHENA International Founding Lifetime Member and the exclusive, local host organization – in partnership with the National ATHENA Foundation, for the presentation of the prestigious ATHENA Leadership Awards® Program which honors rising stars, seasoned professionals and model organizations with the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, ATHENA Leadership Award and ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award, respectively.

Nominations are solicited and an ATHENA sculpture is awarded to local leaders and a business/organization who meet specific criteria at the annual Enterprising Women’s Conference – this year scheduled for Friday, September 26. By honoring exceptional leaders, the ATHENA Leadership Awards® Program seeks to inspire others to achieve excellence in their professional and personal lives.

Please help us to recognize local leaders by nominating a deserving individual or organization and encourage him/her to submit a completed application by Friday, June 6. Download nomination forms here.

Ambassador of the Quarter – Esperanza Fernandez, BBM Staffing

Fernandez_EsperanzaEsperanza Fernandez
BBM Staffing

About the Company: Esperanza Fernandez is a Business Development Manager with BBM Staffing. She consults with businesses that need help finding reliable and experienced employees. With locations in the United States and Mexico, BBM Staffing agencies have over 11 years of experience successfully providing the highest quality of permanent and temporary placements.

About their Service: The North SA Chamber is happy to recognize Esperanza as our first Ambassador of the Quarter for 2014. “Esperanza has had the highest attendance at our ambassador meetings and events and always arrives with a fresh and personable attitude,” says Susan Deitiker, Ambassador staff liaison.

“Last year my Ambassador team came in second place for being the most involved within the North Chamber Ambassadors. This year I have been given the opportunity to be a team leader and I am excited to motivate my team and recruit more new members and Ambassadors,” says Esperanza.

Personally Speaking: Esperanza has been part of the North Chamber since August 2013, when she began working for BBM Staffing and she immediately became involved with the Ambassador committee. “The North SA Chamber has played a vital role in supporting my professional growth within the San Antonio business community. I believe that it is important to show my support to other members seeking to build a strong network and grow their business through the North SA Chamber.”

 

 

Broadway Bank Human Resource Director receives Multicultural Leadership Award

Broadway Bank logoCarlos Torres, executive vice president and human resources director at Broadway Bank received the 2014 Multicultural Leadership Award during the Texas Diversity & Leadership Conference awards luncheon on Wednesday, April 30, at the Westin Riverwalk. The National Diversity Council seeks to uphold and promote the principles of diversity and leadership and to recognize those individuals who personify those principles.

“Broadway Bank has offered me a great opportunity as human resources director to amplify the message of how diversity and inclusion are the bedrock of a successful organization,” said Torres. “I am grateful to live in a dynamic community that celebrates each one of us for the individuality that we share, giving us a unique role in making San Antonio the great city that it is,” he added.

Carlos_BroadwayBankTorres was promoted to human resources director following five years as senior vice president and human resources manager at Broadway Bank. 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.

At Broadway Bank, Torres has focused on programs to educate and develop leaders. He spearheaded the development of the “Managing Employee Performance within the Broadway Culture” class and is leading the bank’s succession planning initiative. He also is credited with crafting the nicotine-free hiring policy, a critical part of maintaining a healthy work environment. 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.

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.

 

Fit Family Challenge gets families moving together this summer

SASFExhibiting a commitment to promote San Antonio as a healthy and active community, Councilman Rey Saldaña joined San Antonio Sports officials to kick off the 2014 Fit Family Challenge, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, at City Hall on Tuesday, May 13.

Organized by San Antonio Sports, the fifth annual Fit Family Challenge anticipates registration of a record number of San Antonio families to participate in fitness activities between May and August.

A grant from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation supports the free family fitness program aimed at motivating families to break away from a sedentary lifestyle, get out of the house and come together for fun, fitness-focused events.

“Programs like the San Antonio Sports Fit Family Challenge are helping families get healthy together,” said Councilman Rey Saldaña.  “It’s free.  It’s fun.   And it’s accessible to everyone.”

fitfamilychallengeThe San Antonio Sports Fit Family Challenge, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, is comprised of four three-week sessions that run from May 17-August 9. It promotes a healthy lifestyle by encouraging people to make small changes, such as integrating a walk into everyday routines and choosing fruit over candy for snacks. There are 101 free events located throughout the city that include organized walks, 5K run/walks, Zumba and fitness classes for children.  There is something for every fitness level.

Participants are asked to 1) exercise as a family, at least 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week, 2) make healthy food choices and 3) keep a fitness journal through a tracking log or online tracking at fitfamilychallenge.com.   If they attend at least three weekly events during any of the four sessions, they are eligible for a prize drawing of $1000 at that session’s big event.

The program is open to all families in Bexar County. However, it focuses its message in the ten zip codes in San Antonio that have the highest rates of diabetes and obesity. Within those zip codes are seven school districts that include: San Antonio Independent School District, South

San Antonio ISD, Edgewood ISD, Harlandale ISD, Southside ISD, Northside ISD and Southwest ISD.  In an effort to eliminate barriers to participation, the weekly events take place at schools in the target neighborhoods.

Parents are the key to having children adopt a healthy lifestyle says Russ Bookbinder, President and CEO of the nonprofit San Antonio Sports. “Our vision at San Antonio Sports is to have healthy kids.  When the whole family is involved, kids learn that taking care of their bodies is important. Through modeling to their children, parents have the power to influence behaviors that will reduce risks associated with diabetes, cancer, obesity, and a lifetime of low self-esteem.”

Mark Canales started his journey to health two years ago at the Fit Family Challenge D4 Heroes 5K.  Over the course of 13 months, he lost over 100 pounds, his fitness levels improved and energy levels soared.  He has kept the weight off and will be bringing 15 family and friends to his third D4 Heroes 5K.  “I remember my struggles, being uncomfortable in my own body.  Now I look forward to working out.  Diet, not dieting, is huge too.  My message to everyone is whatever you do, just start.  Change is gradual but it can happen and you’ll feel better.”

More than 1,000 people registered to run the D4 Heroes 5K – a free, chipped and timed race offered through the Fit Family Challenge on Saturday, May 17.  The remaining sessions’ big events are:

  • June 7 (with District 6)
  • June 28 (with District 8)
  • July 19 (District 3)
  • August 9.

Weekly schedule (May 19-Aug. 8):

Every Tuesday:
Linton Elementary (NISD) 6 p.m.
Dwight Middle School (SSAISD) 5:30 p.m.

Every Wednesday:
Emma Frey (EISD) 5 p.m.
Rayburn Elementary (HISD) 5 p.m.
Whittier Middle School (SAISD) 5:30 p.m.
Univision 41 Únase al Reto (Woodlawn Lake Park) 6 p.m.

Every Thursday:
9th Grade Academy (SISD) 5:30 p.m.
SW High School – 9th grade campus (SWISD) 5:30 p.m.

About Fit Family Challenge
Fit Family Challenge, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, is a 12-week summer program motivating San Antonio families to learn about and increase physical activity and healthy nutrition.  Fit Family Challenge is a program conducted by San Antonio Sports, with funding from the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation and participation from sponsors, area school districts and volunteers.

Five Highland High School students awarded Broadway Bank scholarships

BroadwayBank_Logo_tagHighlands High School Students with Jeanette Flores Westbrook Cheever BuildingHighlands High School Class of 2014 graduating seniors, Christian Garcia-Hernandez, Anthony Lopez, Jason Lopez, Artemio Ortiz and Eduardo Velazquez, took center stage as Broadway Bank awarded them each $2,000 scholarships in support of their next step in education. San Antonio Independent School District superintendent Sylvester Perez, Ed.D., and the executive director of the San Antonio Education Partnership (SAEP), Eyra Perez, joined with Jim Goudge, Broadway Bank, chief executive officer, and a large group of Broadway Bankers to recognize the students.

“It’s an honor to celebrate the success of these Broadway Bank scholarship recipients and to learn about their plans for the future,” said Sylvester Perez, Ed.D. “They have great aspirations, and this generous contribution toward their college education will bring them a step closer to achieving their goals.”

All five students are first generation college-goers and three of them boast a100 percent attendance rate. Broadway Bank awards these scholarships to students representing a different high school in Bexar County every year in collaboration with the SAEP.

Anthony Lopez plans to study electrical engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He said, “I want to create a company that brings jobs here to San Antonio, Texas, my hometown.”

Christian Garcia-Hernandez with Jeannette Westbrook FloresGarcia-Hernandez plans to attend Northeast Lakeview College then transfer to UTSA. He is both a first generation high school graduate and college student. He said, “I’m very determined to graduate from college.”

Jason Lopez was thrilled to receive the scholarship. He never missed a day of school and will study technology engineering at UTSA. He said, “The reason I want to study engineering is because I want to be able to make a big change in the world. I even want to make history.”

Ortiz said, “I want to become a cyber-security computer programmer. I know it will not be easy but I will strive to succeed and reach my future goals.” He has 100 percent attendance and also plans to study at UTSA.

Eduardo Velazquez has a 98 average and has 100 percent attendance. He will study music performance at UTSA. He said, “For my career, I wish to be a music educator or instructor able to make a positive difference in children’s lives through music.”

Highlands High School Students with checksBroadway Bank’s Jeannette Flores Westbrook, senior vice president, community reinvestment, said, “There is no better investment than to help students pursue their dreams for a brighter future.” She told the students, “This scholarship means more than just dollars, it’s about giving you confidence and inspiration to realize your full potential. We all believe in you and we wish you the best.”

This is the fifth year that Broadway Bank and the SAEP have partnered to award these scholarships.

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.

Generations FCU hosts ‘Master Your Elevator Pitch’ class

generations fcu logoGenerations Federal Credit Union will continue its Small Business Workshop series with Master Your Elevator Pitch which will provide expert advice to business owners on how to present themselves and their business in conversations.

The class will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29 at the Generations branch located at 1828 N. St. Mary’s and will cover such topics at how to engage your audience and keep them interested, how to build a two-way conversation while still focusing on your business and where to begin when crafting the perfect elevator pitch. The class will be presented by Robert Upton of Red Door Solutions. Upton has more than 20 years of experience in various entrepreneurial endeavors ranging from marketing and human resources to real estate development.

rodriguez_1“Business owners are very good at being business owners. But unfortunately, they don’t always have the advanced skills necessary to sell themselves, their products and their company in the short amount of time necessary to catch the attention of a potential customer,” said David Rodriguez, Financial Education Manager for Generations FCU. “In today’s business environment, owners need to be able to explain within 15 seconds in a compelling and interesting way why someone should do business with them.”

The Small Business Workshop series presents topics that are relevant to today’s small business owners and reinforce the skills they need to be successful. Upcoming classes in the series include Get Noticed, Mastering the Sale and Becoming Loan Ready. The series includes in-person classes as well as webinars.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. The cost of the class is $10, however participants who enter the promotional code GFCU6PITCH will be able to attend for free. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and individuals can register by visiting https://www.mygenfcu.org/financial-education or by calling 210-554-3574.

“Small business owners should never have to face the countless hurdles, stress and difficulties by themselves. Through the Small Business Workshops, our goal is to be their financial advocate and to offer step-by-step assistance. When they are on the right path for growth and success, our community grows and succeeds right along with them,” Rodriguez concluded.

AllianceBernstein to host Operations & IT Career Fair and Open House on June 4th

AB_Corp_3If you are interested in learning more about “Career Growth Opportunities in Ops & IT,” registration is currently underway for an AllianceBernstein Career Fair & Open House on Wednesday, June 4 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Hosted by AllianceBernstein, this free informational event will be held at its offices located in the Forum office complex on Interstate Highway 10 in San Antonio. Space is limited on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pre-register online at ABCareerFair.

This session will provide an overview of global asset management from an Ops & IT perspective, insights on pursuing a career path in Ops & IT, as well as specific career opportunities in application development, database engineering, network engineering, information risk management, and other areas. Attendees will leave this informative session with contacts for current and future career opportunities. This event is designed to help professionals meet senior leaders at AllianceBernstein, ask questions and network with Ops & IT experts. Attendees are welcome to submit resumes at the event.

AllianceBernstein_flyerAllianceBernstein has been a leading global investment firm for more than 45 years and in 1998 it opened offices in the San Antonio area and developed a call center and transaction processing hub for mutual funds.  Over the past 16 years, the office has steadily grown and expanded.

Today, with hundreds of professionals working in the San Antonio office, it is an integral part of AllianceBernstein’s ongoing success and ability to support its clients across the globe.

“Most recently, Information Technology has joined AB’s San Antonio office to provide software development, infrastructure services, information security and compliance,” explained Pete Callahan, SVP and Head of AllianceBernstein Investor Services and Retail Infrastructure Services. “Our Technology & Operations department is essential to the firm’s ability to offer innovative investment options. We welcome this opportunity to tell our colleagues about what it’s like to work for a global asset management company and support the San Antonio community with career opportunities for experienced professionals and the millennial workforce.”

AllianceBernstein is a leading global investment management firm that offers high-quality research and diversified investment services to institutional investors, individuals and private clients in major world markets. AllianceBernstein has a worldwide presence with offices in 44 cities in 20 countries and approximately 3,300 employees. For more information on AllianceBernstein, visit us at www.alliancebernstein.com Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. For more information on the June 4, 2014 Career Fair & Open House, please call 212-969-2196.