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VBEC spotlight business: First Victoria National Bank

July 21, 2012 at 2:21 a.m.

Volunteers from First Victoria National Bank are Tony Ramos, Margaret Carver, Gail Hoad, Kim Moore, Lisa Hernandez and Don Sucher.

The Victoria Business and Education Coalition is recognizing businesses that have shown a commitment to volunteering in Victoria schools.

The First Victoria National Bank has been around since 1867 and employs 510 people. First Victoria volunteers countless hours per week giving time and resources to schools. The bank hosts events, serves as mentors, speaks to students, donates supplies and sponsors youth leagues and organizations.

Tony Ramos, assistant vice president, sales and service coach with First Victoria National Bank, explains why the organization wants to give back.

Why do you feel it is important to be involved in our educational system?

It's important to create a safe place to learn for the communities we serve because they are a part of our past, present and future.

How could a partnership between the businesses and educational community help Victoria?

Private industry provides wonderful examples of transparent business practices, immediate accountability, clear communication and servant leadership. VISD leadership manages employee, parent and student relationships that are vital to our community, and we're eager to help.

How has being an active volunteer in the educational community helped your business or yourself, if any?

It's helped us empathize with the challenges in education and provides a place to practice leading the young adults who will soon join our workforce.

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