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CEO of Hunt Oil to Speak at School of Business

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS – MARCH 14, 2012 – The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College School of Business will honor three area business leaders at the Business Appreciation Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Friday, March 23 in the Student Union El Gran Salón.

Ray Hunt, CEO of the Hunt Oil Company Ray Hunt
Chairman, President and CEO
Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

Area business leaders Sergio Argüelles, Jo Rae Wagner and Rene Capistran will be honored at the event. The keynote speaker will be Ray Hunt, CEO of Hunt Oil Company.

Following the breakfast, Hunt will speak with business students from 10-11 a.m. in classroom 2.502 of the Education and Business Complex.

“Mr. Hunt will share his valuable insight with the group,” said Dr. Mark Kroll, Dean of the School of Business. “We hope our event will provide an opportunity for the region’s business community from both sides of the border to come together and network.”

The three honorees are being recognized for their significant accomplishments as business leaders in the region.

Sergio Argüelles Gutierrez, a native of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, attended Texas Southmost College as a young man. He founded his firm, FINSA, 35 years ago to provide Mexico’s emerging maquiladoras with the manufacturing facilities and services they needed to grow. Sergio and his son, Sergio Argüelles Jr., have led FINSA in the development of 14 Industrial Parks containing 60 million square feet of manufacturing space serving approximately 1,600 firms employing 200,000 people. The recent acquisition of Rancho Viejo Country Club increases FINSA’s presence in the U.S. Argüelles and his family have created FINSA Foundation which provides scholarships to children and young adults in various cities in Mexico.

Jo Rae Wagner is President of CTO, Inc. of Harlingen, a leading commercial plumbing contractor in the Rio Grande Valley that has been in business since 1973. Wagner was the first woman to sit on the National Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Board in its 120-year history. She was the second woman to serve as its president in 2007 and 2008. Wagner is also a founding member of Independent Plumbers Alliance that works in conjunction with Texas State Technical College to provide a quality education for plumbers to achieve their journeyman’s licenses. Wagner is also co-chair of the Harlingen Airport Board and chair of the Harlingen 100 Education committee. She and her son, Todd Aune, undertook the redevelopment of the former Reese Hotel in downtown Harlingen, where they recently opened Colletti’s Italian restaurant.

Rene Capistran is President, South Texas Region, of SpawGlass, a Texas-based general contractor, construction manager, design/builder and civil contractor with offices throughout the state. With 18 years of construction experience, Capistran has been with SpawGlass for over 11 years. In his tenure as head of the South Texas region, Capistran has increased regional revenues to over $24 million since 2008. His employee base has increased from 46 full-time employees to 110 in 2011. A native of the Rio Grande Valley, Capistran is an active participant in the community, serving on a number of foundation boards. He is current Board Vice President of Hooked for Life Kids Gone Fishing and serves as board President of the RGV Chapter of Associated General Contractors of America and of TechPrep of the RGV.

“Our honorees have been a positive force for change in developing the region’s economy and human capital,” said Kroll.

The School of Business, which has over 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the spring 2012 semester, is committed to providing graduates with the education and training needed to successfully lead the region’s businesses and launch new enterprises that will grow the economy.

For more information, contact Maribeth Deese at 956-882-5828 or maribeth.deese@utb.edu.

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