Raba Kistner Infrastructure hires Fitzgeraldo Sanchez, PE as Project Manager II

RK Infrastructure_cmykRussel Lenz, PE, Senior Vice President and COO of Raba Kistner Infrastructure (RKI), has announced that Fitzgeraldo “Fitz” Sanchez, PE has been hired to serve as Project Manager II with responsibilities for managing the Owner Verification Services on up to one-half of the TxDOT  Energy Sector Road Repair Project. This is a construction project that will rebuild 30 separate segments of roadway in the Eagle Ford Shale region in South Texas.

PortraitMr. Sanchez is working under RKI’s contract with TxDOT with the responsibility to verify the quality of the construction on the project, including construction inspection and material testing operations, to ensure compliance with plans, drawings and specifications.

Before joining RKI, Mr. Sanchez worked for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as a permit engineer for Title V air quality operating permits.  He also served as the Webb County Engineer, where he completed the last phases of a $5 million water and wastewater program of projects for the water utilities department, and a $2 million engineering contract for the Border Colonia Access Program for paving projects.  Prior experience included working in three TxDOT districts in various capacities in design, construction and traffic operations.

Mr. Sanchez earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas A&I University – Kingsville (now Texas A&M University – Kingsville), as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey, Nuevo León.

About Raba Kistner Infrastructure, Inc.
Raba Kistner Infrastructure, Inc. (RKI), the leader in Quality Management Programs, is heavily impacting how tomorrow’s transportation needs will be addressed.  We specialize in providing unique approaches that successfully deliver roadway, rail and transit projects. RKI has industry-leading program managers, project delivery specialists, consultants and construction managers on staff.  We have created a comprehensive menu of solutions in the development, engineering, financing and management of transportation facilities and our services are tailored to help each client achieve their mobility goals. We have been and are currently involved in planning, design and construction projects worth more than $8 billion.

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Accion Texas Inc. celebrates five-month lending record

Accion logo colorAccion Texas Inc. – a nonprofit multi-state micro and small business lender with the nation’s largest microloan portfolio – has surpassed $2 million in loans for the fifth consecutive month.

This is the first time the organization has achieved these figures for five months in a year.

In August, the company disbursed 149 small business loans totaling $2.4 million – nearly $1 million over August 2013, when Accion Texas closed out the month with 117 loans totaling $1.5 million.

The latest figures come on the heels of $2.3 million in April, $2.4 million in May and $2.5 million for June and July, respectively.

In addition to the five-month milestone, Accion Texas Chief Lending Officer Dan Lawless said that two of Accion Texas’s markets achieved their highest monthly numbers ever last month.   Houston, where Accion has operated since 1998, disbursed nearly $450,000 in loans in August and Memphis, Tennessee, where Accion opened in 2012, loaned nearly $100,000.

“These phenomenal numbers reflect both the improving economy and also the fact that more banks and small business owners are becoming aware of Accion Texas and its services,” Lawless said. “Our mission is to provide entrepreneurs with the capital, education and technical assistance they need to start, sustain and grow their small businesses when they may not have access to traditional sources of capital and assistance.  Achieving this level of lending over the past five months confirms that there is a real need for what we offer, that the economy is turning around, and that we are making a positive difference in the many communities we serve.”

Accion Texas President and CEO Janie Barrera said that Accion Texas helps entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.

“We believe in our small businesses and entrepreneurs,” she said. “These are the people who are helping to fuel our economy and strengthen our communities. These impressive results demonstrate that we are reaching more entrepreneurs who, in turn, are realizing their dreams and serving as examples to other aspiring small business owners that they can also achieve success.”

About Accion Texas
Accion Texas Inc. is a nonprofit, multi-state microlending company and small business lender that helps new and existing entrepreneurs successfully grow their businesses. Through affordable lending and business development services, Accion Texas is committed to empowering diverse individuals and small businesses that have limited access to traditional sources of capital. Since its founding in San Antonio in 1994, Accion has made more than 14,000 loans totaling more than $167 million.  Accion now operates in eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. To learn more about Accion’s lending options, call 888-215-2373 or visit www.acciontexas.org.