Board of Directors of Southwest Community Investment Corporation. WBC is affiliated to the Southwest Community Investment Corporation.
Junta Directiva de Southwest Community Investment Corporation. WBC esta afiliada a Southwest Community Investment Corporation.
Pedro Salazar (President/CEO)
Executive Director of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation. He is an advocate for small business and a proponent of an entrepreneurial communities approach to economic development. Salazar is a former banker with Lone Star National Bank and with First Franklin, a division of Merrill Lynch Bank & Trust. Prior to his career in banking, Salazar spent 13 years in economic and small business development with the University of Texas Pan American promoting small business, agripreneurship, financial literacy, home ownership and government procurement for small business. Salazar is a graduate of the Institute for Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin where he studied comparative economics and development. He also holds a Global MBA from the Garvin School of Business at Thunderbird in Glendale Arizona, and has participated in numerous entrepreneurial development trainings with the Kaufman Center for Entrepreneurship and the Association of Small Business Development Centers.
Owner of OMA Industries LLC, lovingly named after her children, opened its doors on January 1st, 2007. Today, OMA Industries LLC is a 100% sales export corporation. The company is a North American specialty provider for M.R.O. parts, with a great variety of solutions on replacement parts for machinery, systems and equipment. She was the recipient of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award in 2012. Her company, OMA Industries provides products, including bearings, electrical/mechanical, power transmission, fluid power, motion control and materials handling components to a broad spectrum of industrial markets domestically and abroad. The company has reached half a million dollars in yearly sales by exporting to many countries such as Mexico, Brazil, and Luxemburg.
Eduardo E. Caso (Board Member)
Senior Vice President and Manager for International Banking at Wells Fargo Bank, Rio Grande Valley. Caso has worked as a counselor in international trade with the Federal Business Development Bank of Canada; as the deputy commissioner general at the World Fair-EXPO ’86, and trade commissioner with the Consulate General of Mexico. He is an international relations specialist from the National University of Mexico and holds a master’s in government and business administration from the University of Texas at Brownsville.
Edinburg City Manager. Under his leadership, the City of Edinburg has experienced tremendous growth, bringing in big name retailers such as JCPenney, Wal-Mart, and Academy and over 107 projects that have invested over $440 million and created over 7500 jobs. He was recently appointed to the Workforce Solutions board that delivers publicly-funded employment and training services through a network of partners located throughout the region. Garza received a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Brownsville. He is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute from the University of Oklahoma.