While "doing more" is the credo and guiding principle of International Bank of Commerce (IBC), it is also the personal foundation of IBC -Imelda Navarro as the President of Retail Banking oversees the sales and operations of the Company's 180 branches in Texas and Oklahoma.
Navarro's success is the result of extraordinary dedication to the organization, as she has committed her entire forty year career to service within the IBC family. Navarro's leadership experience grew from unheralded yet inspirational origins. She was only 16 when she began working at IBC as a file clerk in conjunction with a vocational program offered through Laredo's J.W. Nixon High School. After completing the program, she continued working for IBC on a part-time basis while earning her Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Accounting at Laredo State University.
Over the next two decades, with a solid work ethic and commitment to advancement, Navarro earned respect in the male dominated banking business and firmly established herself as an "up and comer" in the financial industry. After graduating from college, Navarro continued to gain knowledge of IBC's accounting and operations divisions and learned all the facets of personal and commercial banking. When IBC began to grow dramatically during the 1980's and 1990's, she saw her responsibilities evolve to include financial accounting, human resources and bank operations.
In 2017, Navarro, a 43-year veteran of IBC Bank-Laredo, was promoted as the first woman president in the bank's history. In addition to her duties as president, Navarro continues serving as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for IBC Bank, directing the administrative functions of the bank.
Navarro has served extensively her community, the state of Texas and International non-profit and professional organizations. She currently serves as a member of the Mercy Ministries Development Council. She has been a past member of Laredo's Third Party Funding Committee. She has also been on the board of the Laredo Center for the Arts and has served as its chairperson. She has served as President of TAMIU Alumni, Laredo Business Professional Women's Association, Financial Women International, and the Domestic Violence Coalition. Additionally, Navarro is a former director of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce and has served on the Board of the Laredo Commission for Women and on the Advisory Board for Mercy Regional Medical Center.
In April 2005, Hispanic Business Magazine named Imelda Navarro as one of its outstanding women leaders and later that same year, it recognized her as one of the 100 most influential Hispanic women in the country. In 2009, she was named one of the Top 25 Hispanic women in the United States. Since then she has received several recognitions: Junior Achievement of Laredo, Mustang Legend from J.W. Nixon High School, Tejano Achiever by the LULAC Council and in 2015 Dama De Oro by Las Damas de la Cultura de Oro.
Governor Greg Abbott recently appointed Imelda Navarro to the Governor's Commission for Women. The commission serves as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, along with private organizations addressing women's needs. Navarro will serve through the end of 2020.
For over forty years, IBC Laredo's Executive Vice President, Edward Farias, has offered commercial customers his approach to "doing more"; providing straight answers on loan inquiries and informed insight on the local economy. With experience earned through working with his customers during good and tough economic times, he has always maintained the goal of delivering to the bank's customers the best service, products and advice possible. He believes the backbone of any community is the business sector and a lender's obligation is to support the businesses to grow, prosper and provide jobs.
A Laredo native, Farias was educated in local schools and graduated from Texas A & I at Laredo, the precursor to today's TAMIU. He also has attended and graduated from several banking schools, including the Southwest Graduate School of Banking. He served on the Board of Doctor's Hospital of Laredo for a three year term, as a Board Member for STARS Scholarship Fund from 2005 to 2015, and currently serves as a member of the finance committee of a local organization.
Since joining IBC Bank in 1989, Rosie Ramirez's role and her department have increased dramatically. In her 30 years in Human Resources she's seen the bank go from 500 employees, including one payroll clerk, to more than 3,000 employees and an entire department dedicated to human resources, including payroll, benefit administration, employment relations, Human Resource Compliance and training.
Now an Executive Vice President, Ramirez manages all human resources and training throughout the bank's two-state footprint. The biggest change she has seen during her career in Human Resources is its progression from "afterthought" to "strategic imperative."
Ramirez lives the bank's "We Do More" philosophy by serving on the board of the United Way of Laredo. She is also a past president of Financial Women International and a member of the Laredo Business and Professional Women's Association and Leadership Texas.
The Laredo native earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Texas. She has two children, Nicholas Ramirez and Amanda Leigh Ramirez.
As a key resource to IBC Bank's international customers, Mr. Schwebel offers special expertise in international trade and finance, industrial/economic development and transportation.
Widely regarded as a leading expert on international trade and finance, Mr. Schwebel frequently represents IBC Bank and its customers with top government and business leaders in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. His knowledge and unique overview have led him to present expert testimony before Congress on issues regarding U.S.-Mexico trade including the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), transportation and logistics, international finance, and U.S. immigration reform. Mr. Schwebel's perspectives on various topics related to international trade, economics, and banking have been featured in some of the major business publications in the U.S. and Mexico.
Mr. Schwebel began to work at IBC Bank after distinguished service in the United States Army where he served as an Artillery Officer in Germany and the Republic of Korea. Additionally, he has held administrative positions in various fields including higher education, food services, media, and the securities industry. Mr. Schwebel became the Corporate International Division Head of the Bank in 1996 overseeing all of IBC Bank's international banking services. In addition, he directs the bank's investments/wealth management program known as IBC Investments Services and serves as a Board Member for IBC Insurance Agency.
A regular speaker-in both English and Spanish- Mr. Schwebel is a valuable resource to the bank and its customers on NAFTA and Mexico. His many affiliations and leadership positions include the 1993 National Chairman of the Border Trade Alliance (BTA); Bi-National Director of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce; Member of the Transportation, Logistics and Infrastructure Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Member of the Texas Secretary of State's Border Trade Advisory Council and Ex-Officio Member of the Texas Freight Mobility Committee. Currently, he serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the I-69 Alliance of Texas as well as the Ports Advisory Committee of Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. He is also the Immediate Past President of North America's Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO), which is a tri-national trade coalition (U.S., Canada, and Mexico) that advocates for competitiveness through logistics, transportation infrastructure, security, energy and a skilled workforce.
In addition to these achievements, he also serves as Chairman of the Regional Advisory Council of the University of Texas Health Science Center-Laredo Campus; Chairman of the "Laredo of Tomorrow" Coalition; Member of Board of Advisors of the Texas A&M International University A.R. Sanchez School of Business; and Member of the Webb County Area Health Education Council. Other past leadership positions include Past-President of the Laredo Development Foundation, the Laredo Country Club, and the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Furthermore, he has served as Board of Director for local and state non-profit organizations such as United Way of Laredo, Laredo Chamber of Commerce, International Good Neighbor Council, Doctors Hospital of Laredo, American Red Cross and many others. His extensive service and leadership in these areas of interest have earned him numerous awards and recognitions in both the U.S. and Mexico. Most notably, he has been recognized for his service to the communities of Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary International Foundation and the Gateway Rotary Club of Laredo in 2015 and the Club Rotario de Nuevo Laredo in 2009.
Most recently, Mr. Schwebel became involved with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as a member of the U.S.-Mexico Economic Council (USMXECO). This new organization serves as a platform for both the U. S. and Mexico private sectors to work together in the creation of innovative solutions for shared policy challenges, which leads to boosting growth and creating jobs across North America. It stems from the existing U.S.-Mexico CEO Dialogue, which was established in 2013 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Consejo Coordinador Empresarial (CCE) of Mexico as a bilateral private sector forum that fosters conversations on key economic and trade issues impacting the relationship of both countries.
In 2013, Mr. Schwebel was the recipient of the "Advancing International Trade Award" by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) due to his efforts in promoting international trade. In addition, Mr. Schwebel was bestowed the "Impact Award" by the Laredo Community College Economic Development Center in 2015 for his contribution to enhance the economic and social development of Laredo.
Mr. Schwebel earned his undergraduate degree at Texas A&I University of Laredo (now Texas A&M International University) where he has been recognized as a "Portrait of Latino Achievement" by the Smithsonian Institute. He has done graduate work in the fields of International Trade and Banking at Texas A&M International University, the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware.
Mr. Schwebel and his wife, Olinda, enjoy traveling and spending time with their grandchildren in Texas.
As Commercial and International Loan Officer at IBC- Laredo, Nativido Lozano III has been a fundamental part to the progress of the bank for over 20 years. His constant dedication to improve performance of the institution has resulted in growth of his loan portfolio and deposits. Despite his many responsibilities, Lozano constantly brings new ideas and suggestions that help increase the productivity and profitability of the bank. Therefore, he is part of the bank's Sales Council at corporate level. Attracting and developing new human talent for the company is one of the latest areas of focus.
Nativido Lozano began at IBC as a Commercial Credit Analyst in 1995, and has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and graduated with honors Summa Cum Laude from the University of Houston. In 2003 he graduated from the South Western Graduate School of Banking program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
As a person committed to his community, Lozano has participated in the Chamber of Commerce as Chairman of the Board. He also participated on the board of the National Bankers Association, Logistics & Manufacturing Association, Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos and was the president and Chairman of the Board of the Laredo Development Foundation. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Laredo Moto Carriers Association. Through his experience at the bank and the various business organizations, he has acquired valuable knowledge in real estate investments, international trade, industrial and economic development, transportation and distribution.
Eliza V. Gonzalez brings nearly four decades of banking experience to her role as Investment Relations Officer at IBC Bank. In addition to investment relations, Gonzalez is head of various corporate divisions including wire transfer, accounts payable, trust and employee benefits.
Since starting her IBC career in 1980 as a secretary in the accounting department, Gonzalez has served in a number of positions in various departments, giving her a deep and far-reaching understanding of banking from both legal and customer perspectives.
Gonzalez is a past president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Laredo and currently serves on the board as a lifetime director. She has also served as past president of both the Laredo and Texas chapters of Financial Women International and the Laredo Business and Professional Women's Association. She has been on the boards of both the Girl Scouts South Texas Council and the Webb County Chapter of the American Red Cross. She is also an alumni of the 1996 Leadership Texas class.
Gonzalez and her husband, Javier, have been married since 1984. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Judith Wawroski serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of Corporate Financial Accounting at IBC Bank and the Treasurer and Chief Accounting Officer for International Bancshares Corporation, providing accounting support to all banks and non-bank subsidaries of the Corporation.
She joined IBC Bank in 1992 on a part-time basis while attending The University of Texas at Austin where she obtained a bachelors degree in accounting. After graduating she came onboard as a full-time staff accountant in 1996 at IBC Bank-Laredo and worked her way up through the ranks. She later earned a Masters of Professional Accountancy from Texas A&M International University.
Wawroski brings over 25 years of banking experience to her roles where she oversees all functions completed by the financial accounting department, including the management of all financial regulatory filings for the bank and holding company. She also functions as the primary coordinator and manager of the financial internal and external audits of the bank and holding company.
Her high degree of knowledge of banking policies, procedures and processes allows her to effectively manage any necessary changes to policies and procedures to ensure compliance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Priniciples (GAAP), as well as regulations promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Internal Revenue Service, Texas Department of Banking and Oklahoma Department of Banking.
Wawroski demonstrates great leadership inside the bank as well as in the community, where she serves as the president of the board of Casa de Misericordia in Laredo and treasurer of the Laredo Little Theatre. Casa de Misericordia (CASA) offers battered women the chance to reclaim their lives through comprehensive, holistic services and consistent long-term support, providing secure, temporary residential services to victims of domestic violence. As president of the board, Wawroski ensures that CASA provides the best service possible to its clients while remaining compliant with all federal and state laws and in compliance with the use of funds the organization obtains through grants or funding. She has also held leadership positions in various other organizations, including Leadership Laredo, the Laredo Center for the Arts, the Laredo Women's Commission, and the March of Dimes.
In her personal time, Wawroski enjoys spending time with her husband, John Addison, and their daughter, Jacqueline Frances.