25 Feb 2021

LEDC Approves Officers to Board of Directors

The Laredo Economic Development Corporation recently approved the officers to the executive committee at our February board meeting.  Lupita R. Canales was previously approved as the organization’s Chairman of the Board during the January meeting.  Ms. Canales, replacing Tony Arce who diligently served as Chairman for the last four years, becomes the second woman to the lead the Board of Directors in the 54-year history of the LEDC. 

The Executive Committee for 2021

Chairman                    Lupita R. Canales                    Swisher Martin Realty

Vice-Chairman            Ermilo Richer                          TPW

Vice-Chairman            Ignacio Urrabazo                     Commerce Bank

Vice-Chairman            Edward C. Sherwood               Falcon Bank

Vice-Chairman            Elmo Lopez                              Gateway Community Health Center

Vice-Chairman            Guillermo Garcia                    CAT Logistics

Vice-Chairman            Chris Haynes                           Haynes Properties

Treasurer                    John Villarreal                        International Bank of Commerce

Secretary                     Orlando Navarro                     Compass Real Estate Investments

Attorney                      Steve Whitworth                     Whitworth Cigarroa PLLC

The Board of Directors of the LEDC consists of twenty-eight voting members, representative of Laredo’s various industries, private organizations, and public officials.   Sixteen members are elected to two-year terms, six are appointed by the City of Laredo, County of Webb, Airport Department, Laredo Chamber of Commerce, two are appointed by the Chairman, and also includes the past four chairmen.  The board also includes thirteen special advisor positions.  “We are very pleased with the diversity of leadership on our board for this year and look forward to continuing great things for 2021 and beyond,” stated Gene Lindgren, President and CEO.  Gene further stated “as we enter our 55th year, we are poised to bring several landed projects and support expansions of existing partners who will invest tens of millions of dollars and provide hundreds of living-wage jobs with competitive benefits to our vibrant community.”