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									6 | LMT BUSINESS JOURNAL                                                                                                                                                                        MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2006     MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2006                                                                                                                                                                                              LMT BUSINESS JOURNAL | 11


 COBA has Laredo Business Week                                                                                                                  Bachelor will be Five Star                                                  YOUR JOB                                                     YOUR CASH                                                                       YOUR STUFF                                                                        YOUR FUTURE
                                                                                                                                                Banquet keynote speaker
             By MIKE HALL
         LAREDO MORNING TIMES

    The College of Business
                                                                                                                                                      SPECIAL TO THE TIMES              Batchelor was born and raised
                                                                                                                                                                                    in Kermit, Texas, and played foot-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Choices: Career and children
Administration had as its goal for
its first Laredo Business Week to                                                                                                            the
                                                                                                                                                The Master of Ceremonies for
                                                                                                                                                     Laredo      Chamber       of
                                                                                                                                                                                    ball, basketball and ran track. He
                                                                                                                                                                                    attended Sul Ross from ‘62                With family support, planning and education, women can have careers and children at the same time
bring students at Texas A&M                                                                                                                  Commerce 2006 Five Star Service        through graduation in ‘65 on a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         By MIKE HALL
International University in direct                                                                                                           Awards Banquet will be Richard         football scholarship. He was
contact with alumni and leaders
from the Laredo business commu-
                                                                                                                                             Noriega. Keynote speaker will be
                                                                                                                                             Ken Bachelor.
                                                                                                                                                                                    named the outstanding lineman in
                                                                                                                                                                                    the 1964 All Sports Bowl, and was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     LAREDO MORNING TIMES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mindy Casso has two jobs, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Women in the Labor Force in 2004
nity.                                                                                                                                           The event will be at the Laredo     named to the first team All-Lone       she loves both of them. She planned                                                                                                                  There were 64.7 million employed women in the U.S. in 2004. Seventy-four percent worked full
    Another goal was to bring execu-                                                                                                         Country Club on Thursday, April        Star Conference.                       for them and is now enjoying being                                                                                                             time, while the remaining 26 percent worked part time.
tives and alumni in more regular                                                                                                             6, at 6:30 p.m. There will be a            He started in the automobile       both a mother and a TV anchor for                                                                                                                    With a labor force participation rate of 59.2 percent, women represented 46 percent of the total
contact with the college’s business                                                                                                          cocktail hour beginning at 5:00        business at Sewell Village Cadillac    KGNS.                                                                                                                                          United States labor force.
programs.                                                                                                                                    PM for early guests.                   as a salesman in 1969. After 3            By the time she gets home before                                                                                                                 Labor force participation rates for women, by race, were: black, 61.5 percent; white, 58.9 percent;
    Last week, five people were                                                                                                                 The Five Star Service Award         years, he was promoted to Sales        midnight, she said she is tired.                                                                                                               Asian, 57.6 percent; and Hispanic, 56.1 percent.
Professor for a Day in international                                                                                                         honors those chamber members           Manager, and in 1979, he was              “It’s a long day, but nothing can                                                                                                                 The higher a person’s educational attainment, the more likely they will be a labor force participant.
business, finance and marketing                                                                                                              that dedicate themselves to the        awarded his own Cadillac fran-         convince me that I’m not doing the                                                                                                                   The largest percentage of employed women (38 percent) worked in management, professional,
classes, and Manual Sanchez, pres-                                                                                                           daily challenge of providing stel-     chise in San Antonio, Texas. He        right thing,” Casso said.                                                                                                                      and related occupations, while 35 percent worked in sales and office occupations.
ident and CEO of Laredo National                                                                                                             lar customer service; through          has been awarded Cadillac’s pres-                                                                                                                                                          Smaller percentages worked in service occupations, 20 percent; 6 percent worked in production,
Bank, was the keynote speaker for a                                                                                                          training, integrity, pride, leader-    tigious Master Dealer award 16             Working for the future                                                                                                                     transportation, and material moving occupations; and 1 percent worked natural resources, construc-
business hour on Thursday from 11                                                                                                            ship and understanding of what         consecutive years, and, is one of                                                                                                                                                     tion, and maintenance occupations.
to noon. Pizza and sandwiches were                                                               Photo by Mike Hall | Laredo Morning Times   Shop Laredo First means.               36 dealers (out of 1600) in the             After working various part-time                                                                                                                  Approximately 4 million women were self-employed in nonagricultural industries. These self-
served and door prizes were given        Manul Sanchez, president and CEO of Laredo National Bank, talks to the audience Thursday               There will be five awards given     Cadillac Dealers’ Hall of Fame.        and non-career-oriented jobs to fin-                                                                                                           employed women represented nearly 6 percent of all employed women.
away, including an Ipod.                 about BBVA during the COBA’s first Business Hour of Laredo Business Week at TAMIU.                  out, one in each of the following          Individual tickets are $45 and     ish college at Southwest Texas State                                                                                                                 Women are projected to comprise 47 percent of the total labor force in 2012 as they did in 2003.
    Participating in the Professor for                                                                                                       categories: health and medical         premium tables of eight will be        University, she achieved her goal of                                                                                                           They will also account for 55 percent of the increase in total labor force growth from 2002-2012.
a Day program were Charles F.            director of Mercy Health Plans, went         people are not able to see physical                    services; sospitality services; com-   $500.                                  working as a public information                                                                                                                       A nontraditional occupation for women is one in which women comprise 25 percent or less of
Rollins of Fitzley Inc, who went to      to the human resources develop-              buildings or equipment.                                munity services; retail and busi-          For tickets or information, con-   officer for 13 years before getting                                                                                                            total employment. Nontraditional occupations span all major occupational groups and provide many
Tagi Sagafi-nejad’s international        ment class taught by Jacqueline                  “BBVA is a very large company,”                    ness services, and Best of Laredo      tact Rebecca at the Laredo             into television. She worked as a PIO                                                                                                           employment options for women.
business class; Carlos A. Guzman,        Mayfield, and Jon Landeros, Human            he said. We have 35 million clients                    “Chamber Choice”                       Chamber of Commerce at (956)           for United ISD for four years, for                                                                                                                    First, growth in the economy is projected to expand employment in many of these occupations
first vice president of Laredo           resources associate and career path          and 94,000 employees.”                                    All businesses will be fit into     722-9895 or visit www.lare-            Henry Cuellar for six years when                                                                                                               and secondly, there will be strong demand for workers in these fields due to projected retirements or
National Bank spoke to Antonio           coordinator for HEB with Frank                   Last year BBVA had a $4.5 bil-                     one of the above categories.           dochamber.com.                         he was working in Texas govern-                                                                                                                transfers of current workers to other occupations.
Rodriguez’s financial institutions       Collins with an Internship Hour on           lion net profit, and has high bond                                                                                                   ment, and for three years with                                                                                                                         Nontraditional jobs are attractive to women because they generally offer higher entry-level
and marketing class; and Alejandro       Thursday evening.                            ratings, AA from S&P, and Aa2 from                                                                                                   Doctors Hospital.                                                                                                                              wages and a career ladder with pay between $20 and $30 per hour.
Kladis Jr., an account executive for         In his business hour address,            Moodys. It is third in world in terms                                                                                                     In that time, she married Peter,                                                                                                                 Women continue to make inroads into nontraditional occupations. As more women enter jobs
Longhorn District Sales with FedEx       Sanchez said the coming of BBVA              of size of total assets.                                                                                                             her husband, and waited eight                                                                     Photo by MIke Hall | Laredo Morning Times    that were once dominated by men, many jobs that were nontraditional for women in the 1980's were
Services went to Jyotsna Mukherji’s      coming to Laredo has the same                    (Mike Hall may be contacted at                                                                                                   years to have her first child, Peter       Mindy Casso is with her husband, Peter, and Mike, who is 6 months old, in the kitchen of            no longer nontraditional for women in 2002.
principles of marketing class.           effect of Toyota setting up shop in          728-2529 or by e-mail at                                                                                                             Jr. ,who is now going on three years.      their house in Laredo. By working toward common goals, the family allows Mindy to have              SOURCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
    Also Ernesto Segura, executive       San Antonio, only that in Laredo             mhall@lmtonline.com.)                                                                                                                She recently gave birth to Mike,           both a family and a career.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           who is now 6 months old.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Casso said she works hard at          tion), it was like having two jobs.          pets, travel and gardening.                            and take care of ourselves until she                     Local alternatives exist for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           both jobs, and with planning and           One at work, and one with my fam-                “We complement each other, he                      got home,” Casso recalls.                             women who want to have both fam-
  Allegiant Air’s got your low-cost ticket to Sin City                                                                                                                                                                     personal sacrifices on the part of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           her husband and herself, Casso said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ily. I start my day at 6 a.m. as a stay-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      home mom,” she said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “A woman can have a career or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “My family has very strong work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ethics. Growing up in a family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ily and career regardless of their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                situation.
           By SCOTT SHAFFER              joined Flores to welcome Allegiant               Regular one-way fares on the                                                                                                     she can have the best of both worlds.          One of Casso’s decisions was to          education for a career, but it takes                   where both parents were working,                         “We have the Child Care
         LAREDO MORNING TIMES            to Laredo.                                   route will range from $89 to $199                                                                                                         “When I was first approached          hire a daily housekeeper to com-             the support from the spouse. You                       they made ends meet, but they                         Services program that helps people
                                            “What an exciting day for                 following the introductory fare                                                                                                      for this job, Peter Jr. was about to       plete the basic cleaning operations          can’t be successful if you don’t have                  worked hard,” she said.                               that are working or going to school
    Allegiant Air will begin flying      Laredo,” Flores said. “Today we are          period.                                                                                                                              turn 1 year old. My job took nine to       around the house so she could have           somebody who is willing to see the                         “I never, ever thought of myself                  at least 25 hours a week,” said
Laredoans to Las Vegas on June 8.        talking about fun, fun, fun. What a              Allegiant advertises itself as a                                                                                                 10 hours a day. My husband took            more quality time with her family.           dream,” Casso said.                                    as the type of person who was going                   Larry Sanchez, spokesman for the
The company’s first direct, nonstop      great time to be talking about fun           low-cost passenger airline focused                                                                                                   care of the boy. By the time I got         Peter is self-employed as a manager              The time together is less now,                     to stay home. I didn’t grow up in a                   Texas Workforce Center and the
flight from Laredo International         with most of us planning vacations           on leisure travel.                                                                                                                   home, I spent an hour to an hour           for commercial family-owned prop-            but the quality time of the couple                     family where the mother stayed                        South Texas Workforce Develop-
Airport will depart at 8:40 p.m. CST     soon.”                                           The company, founded in 1997,                                                                                                    and half with the newborn before           erties, and can have variable hours.         has increased. The changes for                         home,” she said.                                      ment Board. “What this program
and arrive at Las Vegas’ McCarran           Allegiant’s first return flight to        operates nonstop air service to Las                                                                                                  he went to bed. That was it. It was            “I needed help around the                them have worked since they have                                                                             does is offer subsidized child care
International Airport at 9:25 p.m.       Laredo will depart Las Vegas on              Vegas      and     Orlando,     Fla.,                                                                                                very pull and tug for me. I love my        house,” she said.                            shared goals.                                           Women workers important                              services if people meet the income
PST.                                     June 11 at 3:20 p.m. PST and arrive          from multiple cities nationwide.                                                                                                     job and always wanted to be in pub-                                                         “Now we are ready for this chap-                                                                         guidelines.”
    Allegiant is offering limited        in Laredo at 8 p.m. CST. The flights             (Scott Shaffer can be reached at                                                                                                 lic relations the rest of my life, but I    Compromise, love, sacrifice                 ter in our lives,” Peter said. “Another                   It is a fact that women have                          For additional information about
introductory one-way fares as            between Laredo and Las Vegas will            728-2547 or by e-mail at sshaf-                                                                                                      couldn’t balance the family with it,”                                                   thing that helps is that I really love                 become an important part of the                       this, contact Bertha Millan at 722-
low as $69 one-way when booked           operate only on Thursdays and                fer@lmtonline.com.)                                                                                                                  she said.                                      Peter continues to be a big part         her with all my heart. That’s key.”                    work force today, while dealing                       3973, ext. 244.
on www.allegiantair.com, said            Sundays.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of the career Casso has in televi-                                                                  with issues away from the work-                          “We also have another program
Tyri Squyres, director of corpo-                                                                                                                                                                                                   Good alternative                   sion. “He has the flexibility of being              Parental role models                            place —their families.                                called W.I.A. This program offers
rate      communications          for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 here in the evenings when I’m at                                                                       According      to    the    U.S.                   short-term vocational training, one
Allegiant Air.                                                                                                                                                                                                                The new anchor position offered         work,” she said.                                Casso, a Laredo native, had both                    Department of Labor’s Bureau of                       year certifications, associate degree
    Squyres made the announce-                                                                                                                                                                                             a good alternative.                            “It’s possible for anybody to have       parents working full time. She and                     Labor Statistics, there were 64.7                     programs, bachelors degree pro-
ment during a recent luncheon at                                                                                                                                                                                              “This job was different in that I       a career and a family. It’s a compro-        her siblings saw on a daily basis the                  million employed women in the                         gram, English as a Second
La Posada Hotel hosted by the city                                                                                                                                                                                         was going to work 40 to 45 hours a         mise and sacrifice on both parents,          role of the mother played with the                     U.S. in 2004. Seventy-four percent                    Language courses, GED courses
and Mayor Betty Flores to                                                                                                                                                                                                  week, but I wouldn’t go in to work         and it’s very important to balance           economics of the family. This is                       worked full time, while the remain-                   and commercial driver’s license,”
announce the new air service.                                                                                                                                                                                              until 1:30 p.m., and get done by 11        the relationship. Running the house          something she wants to teach her                       ing 26 percent worked part time.                      Sanchez said.
    “We know people want to get to                                                                                                                                                                                         p.m. All of a sudden my mornings           is like running a corporation,” said         children, she said.                                       Women are projected to com-                           For more information about this
their vacation and not be waiting in                                                                                                                                                                                       were freed up, and I could spend the       Peter. “It’s a 24-hour-a-day respon-            “My mom worked at UISD as the                       prise 47 percent of the total labor                   service, contact Ludi Solis at 722-
airports to make connections,”                                                                                                                                                                                             time with Peter and Peter Jr. Plus, I      sibility.”                                   director of special education when                     force in 2012 as they did in 2003.                    3973, ext. 243.
Squyres said.                                                                                                                                                                                                              wanted to have a second baby,”                 Another aspect Peter suggested           were growing up, and her hours                         They will also account for 55 per-                       (Mike Hall may be contacted at
    Councilmen Johnny Rendon,                                                                                                                                                                                              Casso explained.                           is finding common interests                  from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. We                  cent of the increase in total labor                   728-2529 or by e-mail at
Alfredo Agredano and Juan Chavez                                                                                                                                                                                              “When I took the job (at the sta-       between the couple, as they do with          would come home, feed ourselves                        force growth from 2002-2012.                          mhall@lmtonline.com.)

								
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