Renato Ramirez will be our guest speaker. Ramirez is the current Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of IBC-Zapata. He was also on the board of directors of Tejano Monument, Inc. which undertook the twelve year effort to raise the money and get approval to place the monument in Austin.
The even will be held in Goliad’s First United Methodist Church Community Life Building, 134 W. Pearl, on Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m.
As past President and current Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of one of the most successful banks in Texas, IBC-Zapata, Ramirez has been a partner and supporter of commercial growth in his service to IBC customers since opening the bank in Zapata in 1983. His leadership in a variety of civic organizations and projects has also established Ramirez as an important participant in the progress of an eight county area including Zapata, Starr, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Bee, Duval, and Webb.
Renato has been involved in banking since the mid 1960’s. His thorough knowledge of all areas of banking is enhanced by many years of teaching finance and bank management at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Laredo State University and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge where he also served as associate dean of LSU’s Escuela Bancaria Superior de Centro-America. During those years, he was also a consultant to the Tennessee Valley Authority on the impact of banking practices on regional economic development.
His personal impact on regional development beyond his banking leadership includes a very generous philanthropic heart. He has constructed a golf course for the community, made significant donations to an orphanage in Ciudad Mier, Mexico, Mary Help of Christian School in Laredo, Harmony Academy of Science in Laredo and to Sacred Heart Orphanage in Laredo. He also established scholarship programs at Laredo Community College and at Texas A & M International University, contributed to the National Hispanic Institute, and made significant donations to the Zapata Boys and Girls Club.
Ramirez has been recognized for his leadership while serving on the board of directors of the Tejano Monument Inc., which undertook a 12 year effort to place a monument on the Texas Capitol Grounds that honors the contribution of Hispanics to Texas History and Texas Culture. His awards include the Mexican American Legislative Caucus Latino Leader of the Year award, the Lulac Sports Hall of Fame, the Future of Texas Award, the Humanitarian of the Year Award and Texas Heritage Award by the Texas Civil Rights Project, President of the Republic of the Rio Grande and the Heritage Award from the Webb County Heritage Foundation, Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureate, Hero of the Year from New Generation Rotary Club, San Antonio Movers and Shakers Award, LULAC Tejano Achievers Award, Outdoorsman of the Year Award, Falcon Lake Hall of Fame Award, Martin High School Tiger Legends and Laredo Community College has awarded him a Meritorious Service Award. He has served on various state boards.