Volunteer Spotlight – Infrastructure Committee Chair: Jim Koenig, Jacobs

Koenig_Jim-150x150About the Company: Jacobs is a multidiscipline architecture/engineering firm with more than 60,000 employees worldwide. The firm’s 65-person San Antonio office provides professional services including Global Building (vertical building), Water Infrastructure Programs (public works projects, environmental services), Transportation Programs (highways, airports, railways), Site Civil (commercial, mixed-use, residential), Urban Design & Planning (master planning, landscape, urban planning), Construction Management and Inspection and Survey. Jim provides business development for the San Antonio office interacting with various public transportation agencies and organizations in the community.

About the Program: This committee reviews transportation and infrastructure planning, construction and maintenance issues, as well as the political and financial issues relating to these improvements. A guest speaker presents on a related topic followed by a report by each public agency present.

Personally Speaking: Jim has been an active North SA Chamber volunteer for over nine years, serving on the board for six years and currently serving as chairman of the Infrastructure Committee . Jim says, “The North SA Chamber is a great venue for business networking and establishing meaningful and long lasting personal business relationships.”

SWBC Real Estate purchases land in Flower Mound for multi-family development

180x150-SWBCSWBC Real Estate, LLC, announced that it recently purchased nearly 11 acres of land located within The River Walk at Central Park – a master-planned, mixed-use community in Flower Mound, Texas. The company plans to break ground on a 357-Unit Class A multi-family property in July of 2014.

Riverwalk Village will be comprised of 357 rental units, in 12 streetscape-style apartment buildings, constructed of stucco and brick veneer exteriors. The average unit size will be 857 square feet with one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units.  Stylish interior features include nine-foot ceilings, walk-in closets and storage, crown molding in formal living areas, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops. Tenants will enjoy a first-class clubhouse with a resort-style pool and spa, state-of-the-art fitness center, direct access or detached garages, a private entrance gate system, and waterfall and river walk views.

“Only one multi-family property has been built in the past 12 years in Flower Mound,” said Stuart Smith, SVP, SWBC Real Estate. “With its location in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and easy access to major thoroughfares, Riverwalk Village will attract tenants looking for first-class amenities in close proximity to numerous retailers, restaurants, and entertainment venues that are being built in The River Walk at Central Park community.”

SWBC Builders, LLC, an entity of SWBC Real Estate, will be the general contractor for the project. The proposed total construction time for Riverwalk Village from start to finish is 20 months. In addition to this project, SWBC Real Estate is currently developing two other multi-family projects – Overlook Ranch in Fort Worth and Twin Creeks at Alamo Ranch in San Antonio.

About SWBC Real Estate
SWBC Real Estate, LLC (www.swbcrealestate.com) is owned by SWBC Enterprises, Ltd. SWBC Real Estate is managed by an experienced team of real estate professionals located in Dallas, Texas, with a primary focus in multi-family development. SWBC Enterprises, Ltd. is owned by Charlie Amato and Gary Dudley, co-founders of SWBC. 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. SWBC was named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas” in 2012, 2013, and 2014. For more information, visit www.swbc.com

eEmployer Solutions, Inc. welcomes new Business Development Manager, Lisa Mochel

Lisa MochelMochel has joined eEmployer Solutions, Inc. (eESI) as Business Development Manager with a focus in maintaining and initiating client relationships to foster growth in identified markets while remaining active in the community. Mochel is a native San Antonian with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wayland Baptist University. She has been in the banking industry for the past 20 years, and for the last 8 years worked in treasury management sales. Mochel says she is “excited to utilize her years of experience in the San Antonio business community to generate genuine business relationships and growth for eESI.”


180x150-eESIeESI partners with businesses, managing human resource activities, employee benefit and benefit administration, risk management, payroll administration and technology advantages. To learn more, please visit: https://www.eesipeo.com/

Volunteer Spotlight – How 2 Series Chair: David Rodriguez, Generations Federal Credit Union

Rodriguez_David_articleDavid Rodriguez
Generations Federal Credit Union

About the Company: For nearly 75 years, Generations FCU has been an advocate of financial growth and development within the community, offering award-winning financial education classes, as well as products and services that truly make a difference.  Generations strives to be a trusted advisor, offering personal attention that provides members with the financial skills they need to be successful.  Their tailored approach to banking enables them to deliver personalized service for both businesses and consumers.

About the Program: The North SA Chamber is committed to small business development and has designed this series specifically to offer big ideas for small businesses. The How 2 Series offers information to help businesses improve every aspect of their business with practical operational knowledge – Check the North SA Chamber Calendar of Events to see the most recent topic for the series.

Personally Speaking:  As the Financial Education Manager for Generations, David oversees the ideation and development of small business workshops that cover critical topics such as human resources, marketing, lending, financials and logistics.  Recently appointed as the How-To-Series Committee Chair, David understands the impact the Chamber and the Series can have for small business owners, enabling them to thrive, succeed and shape our economy.

SSFCU promotes two to Assistant Vice President

Security Services Federal Credit UnionSecurity Service Federal Credit Union (SSFCU) is pleased to announce that John Daves, Jr., has been promoted to assistant vice president of facilities and development and Letha Harrelson to assistant vice president of business development.

JohnDaves2014_FinalDaves joined SSFCU as manager of support services and real estate development in 2002 and has been instrumental in managing all of the credit union’s real estate leasing activities, construction development projects, branch modifications and mailroom operations. In his new role, he will oversee the maintenance and management of all corporately owned and leased facilities, as well as assist with construction development activities enterprise-wide.

Letha HarrelsonWith more than 35 years experience in project management, sales, marketing and customer service, Harrelson has managed new business development and financial literacy outreach for the credit union over the last 14 years. Her efforts helped the credit union receive the Dora Maxwell Award for Outstanding Social Responsibility and Honorable Mention for the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award awarded by the Credit Union National Association – both multiple times. In 2012, she was named manager of the year for SSFCU’s Central Region.

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 $7.5 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.

Networking Breakfast Chair: Linda Howard, Edward Jones & Co.

Linda HowardAbout the Company: Linda Howard is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones & Co. She consults with Individuals and businesses, helping them develop targeted investments to reach their goals.

About the Program: The Networking Breakfast is the city’s original and largest networking event. Hosting nearly 100 attendees on the second Tuesday of every month, the breakfast promotes networking and member visibility by offering attendees the chance to introduce themselves and be a featured speaker at an upcoming breakfast.

Personally Speaking: Linda has been a member for about six months, but has already taken on a leadership role with the breakfast and serves on the Enterprising Women’s Conference committee. “I wanted to be more involved with in the business community around my area and the North Chamber gave me a way to do just that,” she says.