Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Thank you for investing in town's success
Victoria is home to many amazing people. Our hometown's residents are generous, caring people who give to a myriad of causes through volunteer work, donations and more.
But there are some people who are clear leaders in the community. These leaders devote themselves to the betterment of Victoria through positive action and personal investment. On Jan. 30, the Victoria Chamber of Commerce honored one of these leaders, Dennis Patillo, by recognizing him as the 2014 Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
Patillo is a Victoria businessman who owns The PumpHouse Riverside Restaurant and Bar and The Sendera and is the president of Stewart Title. When Patillo moved to Victoria a decade ago, he immediately looked for ways to become involved in the community, Randy Vivian, Victoria Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, said.
"Dennis has really thrown himself into the community," Vivian said. "He wants to be involved and help build a better community."
Patillo has become involved in many community organizations, including serving as the past chairman of the Victoria Economic Development Corp. He has been a phenomenal leader who was one of the key players in convincing Caterpillar as well as some of the other businesses associated with the company to build in Victoria. He has also worked with the Victoria Regional Airport to help secure a new airline and has helped with the expansion plans at the Port of Victoria. In addition to his work in Victoria, Patillo is also a board member of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, a position that is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Texas Senate.
We are glad to know Victoria is home to someone who is so committed to improving and supporting our community. Patillo's efforts to promote success in Victoria are appreciated, and we hope he will continue to call Victoria home for many years to come. We applaud and wholeheartedly agree with the Chamber's decision to name him the 2014 Outstanding Citizen of the Year.
Thank you, Dennis Patillo, for everything you have done for Victoria and the Crossroads. Your work is seen and appreciated.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.