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

Leadership Lab Chair: Lisa Pinto, SWBC

Pinto_LisaAbout the Company: SWBC is a diversified financial services company providing a wide range of insurance, investments, mortgages, employee benefits, and more to individuals, businesses, and financial institutions. I am the Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations. I am responsible for the company’s public relations efforts and working with the media throughout the country. I also lead our business-to-business marketing efforts.

About the Program: Leadership Lab is an award-winning program that fosters and enhances leadership by focusing on a foundation of relationship building and professional development utilizing new and innovative practices. More than just a nine-month experience—the relationships nurtured and the personal development gained from the program inspire greatness in personal and organizational leadership.

Personally Speaking: Lisa is a 2008 graduate of the North San Antonio Chamber Leadership Lab. Lisa says, “This program is a wonderful personal and professional development course that helps all of the area’s rising stars! It helped me tremendously as I became a manager with SWBC.” Lisa also serves on the Chamber’s Gala creative committee.

SWBC wins Bronze – 2013 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Learning, Talent Management, and Sales and Marketing Awards

180x150-SWBCSWBC, a leader in innovative training, recently won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Bronze award for excellence in the Compliance Training category for their Security Awareness Training.

“It is an honor to be recognized, especially for this particular category,” said Mandy Smith, Director of Training and Employee Development for SWBC. “Our clients include individuals, businesses, and financial institutions. It is critical that SWBC employees understand the responsibility we have.”

All SWBC employees are required to complete the Security Awareness Training annually. In addition, new employees are required to complete it within 30 days of being hired. The interactive, online training is divided into five sections: data privacy and protection, physical security, computer security, corporate email, and social engineering.

“We are extremely proud to honor our 2013 award-winning organizations for their remarkable achievements,” said Mike Cooke, Chief Executive Officer of Brandon Hall Group, Inc. “This elite group of organizations excelled in developing measurable, sustainable programs that produced outstanding business results.”

The entries were evaluated by a panel of veteran, independent senior industry experts and Brandon Hall Group Sr. Analysts and Executive Leadership based upon the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation, and overall measurable benefits.

SWBC, along with the other winners, are listed at http://go.brandonhall.com/Excellence_Awards_Home.

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, visit SWBC’s website at www.swbc.com.

Capital Group associates help millions prepare for retirement … and invest in their own future

Capital Group_vertical_Color_Large_600Capital Group, one of the world’s largest investment firms with more than $1 trillion in assets under management, helps millions of people around the world invest through pensions and retirement plan accounts.

So, how do associates, whose job is helping others invest, plan for retirement? Capital associates likely have more in their nest egg than the general population. According to Aon Hewitt, the average Capital associate’s retirement account held nearly $300,000 at the end of 2012—compared to a national average of $81,000.*

“Something about working in the industry makes us keenly aware of the need to prepare for retirement,” shares Erika Ivanyi, Co-General Manager of Capital’s San Antonio office. “We’re also fortunate to have a very generous company-sponsored retirement plan.”

The firm contributes 15% of total annual compensation (up to regulatory limits) into each associate’s retirement plan.

How well do associates at this investment management firm invest? The median rate of return for Capital associates in 2012 was 15.7%—compared to the industry average of 11.9%*.

For Capital associates, retirement is all in a day’s work.

*Aon Hewitt 2013 ICB Summary

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.

Capital Group Companies retiree, John McLaughlin, honored by local school

CGC logoNearly two decades ago, John McLaughlin and several Capital Group colleagues founded an Adopt-A-School program with SulRossMiddle School that continues to this day. Now, a newly renovated library, expanded to serve the growing student population, was renamed to honor John for his support while he was General Manager of Capital Group’s San Antonio office and, in his retirement.

Students and faculty, plus former and current Capital Group associates, gathered to celebrate both the opening of the newly renovated library and the longtime partnership between Capital Group and its adopted school.

Capital Group associates volunteer in many aspects of Sul Ross Middle School by:

  • sending 1,000 “survival” packs to students during testing week
  • mentoring students
  • facilitating intramural sports programs
  • holding food and supply drives to benefit the Sul Ross community
  • sponsoring events that expose students to the arts
  • awarding scholarships

The library dedication made clear that the partnership between the Capital Group and Sul Ross will continue to make a difference in the lives of the students, faculty and Capital Group associates for many years to come.