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Monday, February 24, 2014

 Renato Ramirez Honored as Mr. South Texas 

Zapata, Texas - February 24, 2014 - Zapata CEO Renato Ramirez was recognized by the Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association as Mr. South Texas 2014 on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the 63rd Mr. South Texas Luncheon. The Mr. South Texas title is named to a deserving individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the growth and development of Laredo and the South Texas region.

“I am honored and appreciative of being named Mr. South Texas 2014,” IBC Bank-Zapata CEO Renato Ramirez said. “I am humbled to join the ranks of so many icons in South Texas and am thankful I have had the opportunity to serve many and make numerous lifelong friendships through my career and service to my community.”

Ramirez, who joined IBC Bank-Zapata in 1984 at its founding, recently celebrated his 30th anniversary with IBC Bank. Prior to joining IBC Bank-Zapata, Ramirez managed foreign loans and taught Finance for many years at The University of Tennessee, Louisiana State University, and Laredo State University. He also served as associate dean of Escuela Bancaria Superior de Centro-America.

Ramirez’s impact on regional development includes generous philanthropic work extending from Zapata to Laredo and across the border into Mexico. He has assisted in constructing a golf course for the Zapata community and made significant donations to an orphanage in Ciudad Mier in Mexico, Mary Help of Christians School in Laredo, Harmony Academy of Science in Laredo, and Sacred Heart Orphanage in Laredo. He also established scholarship programs at Laredo Community College and funded a $1 million dollar scholarship endowment at Texas A & M International University. He has contributed to the National Hispanic Institute, and made significant donations to the Zapata Boys and Girls Club.

Ramirez led the IBC Bank fundraising efforts for the Tejano Monument, a monument on the south lawn of the Texas capitol honoring the contribution of Texas’ early Spanish American settlers and their descendants. Together, Ramirez and his fundraising committee, consisting of Texas business, community and educational leaders, was instrumental in the monument’s conception, capitalization and completion, raising $1.3 million from private donors.

Together with his Mr. South Texas designation, Ramirez will become a member of Los Caballeros de la Republica del Rio Grande. This select group of national and international distinguished men and women are honored for their dedication and countless hours of service and support to the Washington’s Birthday Celebration each year by an official induction ceremony and presentation of the Caballero Medallion.

The Mr. South Texas Luncheon is one of more than 27 events during the Washington’s Birthday Celebration and is one of the most celebrated and illustrious WBCA events, attended each year by dignitaries and honored guests from the United States and Mexico. Throughout the years, the celebration has grown to be over a month long and consists of parades, dazzling pageants, fireworks, a carnival, an air show, a sizzling jalapeno festival and more. Combined, WBCA events attract nearly 500,000 residents and visitors, and contribute an estimated $14 million every year to the local economy.

IBC Bank–Zapata is a member of International Bancshares Corporation (NASDAQ: IBOC), an $11.6 billion multi-bank financial holding company headquartered in Laredo, Texas, with 216 facilities and more than 320 ATMs serving 88 communities in Texas and Oklahoma. IBC Bank–Zapata has been serving the Brush Country area since 1984 and has a retail branch network of 12 locations. The bank was the first recipient of the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award by the Bee County Chamber of Commerce in 2009 and was awarded Group of the Year by the Starr County Fair in 2010. More information is available at www.ibc.com. Visit us on our YouTube channel, IBCBankWeDoMore. MEMBER FDIC / INTERNATIONAL BANCSHARES CORPORATION.