Gerardo (Gerald) Schwebel
Executive Vice President, Corporate International Division
IBC Bank-Laredo, Texas
A key resource to IBC international customers, Mr. Schwebel offers special expertise in international trade finance, industrial/economic development and transportation.
Widely regarded as one of America’s leading experts on international trade and finance, Mr. Schwebel represents IBC and its customers in consultation with top government and business leaders in the United States, Mexico and Canada. His knowledge and unique overview have resulted in his being called upon on numerous occasions to testify before Congress on issues of U.S.-Mexico trade, including the North American Free Trade Agreement-NAFTA, U.S.-Mexico Transportation and Logistics issues, issues related to international finance and most recently on U.S. Immigration Reform issues. Mr. Schwebel’s opinions and perspectives have also been featured in major business journals and magazines in the U.S. and Mexico on various topics related to international trade, economics and banking.
Following service in the United States Army as an Artillery Officer where he attained the rank of Captain, Mr. Schwebel held administrative positions in fields such as higher education, food service, media and the securities industry. For three decades, he has served leading financial institutions in Texas, culminating in his arrival in 1988 as International Bank of Commerce’s First Vice President, Business and Industrial Development. He was promoted to Executive Vice President of IBC’s International Division and joined the Corporate Management Team of IBC in 1996 as International Division Head. In addition to his corporate responsibility of directing the Bank’s international programs, he oversees the Bank’s alternative investments/wealth management program known as IBC Investment Services. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of IBC Insurance Agency.
A regular speaker—in both English and Spanish—and resource on NAFTA and Mexico, Mr.Schwebel’s many affiliations and officer roles include 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; Member of the Texas Secretary of State’s Border Trade Advisory Council, Chairman of the Regional Council Advisory Committee of the University of Texas Health Science Center-Laredo Campus. Currently, he serves as President of the North America’s Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO), a tri-national trade coalition that advocates for competitiveness through logistics, infrastructure, security and a skilled workforce. In addition to these, he has been President of the Laredo Development Foundation, the Laredo Country Club, and the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, he has served in numerous 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.
In 2013, Mr. Schwebel was the recipient of the “Advancing International Trade” Award by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE) for his efforts in promoting international trade.
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, College Station and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware.
Mr. Schwebel and wife, Olinda, enjoy traveling and spending time with their grandchildren in Texas.