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Press Release

Monday, December 10, 2012

 ‘Macdonellville’ Citizens Celebrate Re-Opening of IBC Bank 

IBC Bank management and city officials join
Minitropolis® program students for ribbon-cutting

Macdonellville IBC Bank Reopening

From left: Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar, Laredo Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Miguel Conchas, Councilwoman Cindy Liendo Espinoza, IBC Free Bee, IBC Bank Chairman & CEO Dennis Nixon, LISD Board Member Jesus Martinez, Principal Cynthia Conchas and LISD Superintendent Dr. Marcus Nelson joined Macdonellville residents at the celebration of the re-opening of the IBC Bank branch at Macdonell Elementary on Dec. 4.

(Dec. 10, 2012) Laredo, Texas – The citizens of Macdonellville, a Minitropolis® program at Christopher M. Macdonell Elementary, celebrated the induction of their new IBC Bank student “employees” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at their own IBC Bank branch on Dec. 4. The Minitropolis program, which is celebrating its fourth year at Macdonell Elementary, mirrors a fully functioning, real-life community to create an academic learning experience for elementary school students. The fourth grade students, who recently received training at IBC Bank’s main branch and met IBC Bank Chairman and CEO Dennis Nixon, were joined by IBC Bank management, city officials and fellow Macdonellville citizens to commemorate the occasion.

“The Minitropolis program is a great example of IBC Bank’s commitment to provide financial literacy to our youth in a very practical way,” Nixon said. “Giving our children a head start on how to wisely handle their finances is IBC Bank’s way of helping them become successful adults. The program also introduces the students to our industry, which we hope will spark an interest among them.”

Nixon, along with Council Member Cindy Liendo Espinosa, Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar, Laredo Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Miguel Conchas and LISD Superintendent Dr. A. Marcus Nelson spoke on the importance of financial education and commended the students and faculty at Macdonell Elementary for their hard work and dedication to the Minitropolis program. Macdonellville first opened its doors in 2009 and, through the years, has grown to now feature a municipal government, county sheriff, an IBC bank, post office, recycling center, farmer’s market, Future Teachers and Junior Nurses organizations, and Walmart and HEB stores. Macdonellville “residents” learn many life lessons such as the responsibilities involved in having a job, writing checks, depositing money, and even recycling.

The Minitropolis program was first established by IBC Bank in the Rio Grande Valley. The success of the project has prompted IBC to expand the concept to other markets in cities across Texas and Oklahoma.

IBC Bank–Laredo is a member of International Bancshares Corporation (NASDAQ: IBOC), a $12.1 billion multi-bank financial holding company headquartered in Laredo, Texas, with 215 facilities and more than 335 ATMs serving 88 communities in Texas and Oklahoma. In 2012, the Laredo Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Committee inducted IBC Bank–Laredo into the Five Star Customer Service Hall of Fame in recognition of its enthusiasm and continued commitment to excellence in providing extraordinary customer service. International Bancshares Corporation was named one of the nation’s 100 most trustworthy companies by Forbes in 2012. More information is available at www.ibc.com. Visit us on our YouTube Channel, IBCBankWeDoMore.