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Arturo “Art” Ortega, CEO & Chairman of the Board, is pleased to announce that Mario Alberto Reyna has joined Freedom Bank as its newest Board Member. Mr. Reyna states, "I am privileged by the opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Mario Alberto Reyna, and I am a Vice President of Melden & Hunt, Inc. one of the oldest and largest Civil Engineering firms located in the Rio Grande Valley. I received my education from Mission High School and obtained my Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas San Antonio in 2009. I have been working in the engineering field for over eleven years and have led engineering projects for state government agencies, local municipalities, utility districts and a great number of private sector developers. I enjoy the challenge of being involved in complex projects plus surrounding myself with professional talent who will make a project successful. As a member of the company’s executive management team, I oversee the day to day operations of the business and drive the firm to continue growing. I am excited to join the Freedom Bank team and look forward to the bright future ahead." Mr. Art Ortega adds, "To have the opportunity to add a quality individual and outstanding citizen was just too good to pass up. In the eleven years that Mr. Reyna has been working at his craft, he has distinguished himself as a leader and is thought of very highly by many local developers and business leaders as well as municipalities. He has earned the respect of those in the industry through his hard work and dedication to his profession. Freedom Bank is proud to associate itself with Mario. We look forward to his insight and contributions to the growth of the bank. Welcome Mario!"
From Left to Right: Anthony Ortega, Board Member; Jose Alberto Vela, Board Member; Arturo “Art” Ortega, Chairman/CEO; Ramon Montalvo III, Board Member.
Born in McAllen, Texas, and raised in Weslaco, Texas, Mr. Anthony Ortega is a graduate of Weslaco High School, Texas Christian University, and St. Mary's University School of Law. Following his graduation from law school in May of 2016, Mr. Ortega became a licensed attorney in November of 2016. Mr. Ortega has been an Assistant District Attorney with the Hidalgo County District Attorney's Office since May of 2017. In 2018 Mr. Ortega became a shareholder and board member to Freedom Bank. Mr. Ortega is also a board member of the Hidalgo County Young Lawyer's Association.
Mr. Jose Vela was born and raised in Mission, Texas. A registered pharmacist, Mr. Vela obtained a his Doctorate of Pharmacy from Texas Southern University in Houston. He has established multiple businesses throughout the Rio Grande Valley with the objective of providing health services to underserved areas. He proudly forms part of several associations, including the RGV Pharmacy Association, Texas Pharmacy Association, and Texas Pharmacy Business Council. Mr. Vela was appointed to Mission's City Council in 2019.
An RGV native, Mr. Art Ortega attended elementary school in La Villa, TX and obtained a high school degree from Edcouch Elsa High School. He would go on to obtain a degree in Finance from Pan American University, now UTRGV. With over 35 years of experience in the financial industry, Mr. Ortega has served as a financial advisor for three Fortune 500 companies. As an active member of the community, he currently serves as a Board Member for the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Make-A-Wish RGV, and the First Baptist Church Finance Committee.
Mr. Ramon Montalvo graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas-Austin with a major in Insurance. As a Certified Insurance Counselor (C.I.C.) with over 35 years of experience, Mr. Montalvo is Owner and President of Montalvo Insurance Agency, Inc. He is a member of the Independent Agents of Texas/America, the Independent Agents of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors. Active in his community, Mr. Montalvo currently serves as School Board Member for South Texas ISD, Commissioner for Hidalgo County Emergency Services District #1, and serves on the Advisory Board for Weslaco Airport.
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Freer, TX 78357
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