Orlando I. Vicuna is currently working in the family businesses alongside his father Juan Vicuna and brother Adrian Vicuna. Orlando is the sales and marketing representative for both The Spot Skating Rink and The Pro Shop Custom Signs & Wraps. The Vicuna family moved to Del Rio in 2006 after purchasing the local skating rink, which has since expanded to include their signage shop known as The Pro Shop.
Prior to moving to Del Rio, Orlando was born and raised in Southern California where he graduated high school in 2007 from Canyon Springs High in Moreno Valley, California. After graduation he relocated back with his parents in Del Rio to help run the family business. He has since attended Southwest Texas Junior College and will be transferring to Sul Ross Rio Grande College to complete his degree in English.
From 2012-2015, Orlando has work for The Del Rio News Herald as a local reporter, where he has covered everything from local social events to school functions and hospital board meetings.
He is happily married to the former Patricia Lee Gonzalez and they have two daughters together, Abigale Mae Vicuna and Sadie Sai Vicuna. They are currently expecting their third daughter.
First took office in January 2007 after 29 years of service with Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid and prior work as a grant writer, administrative assistant and abstractor. The County Clerk also is an ex officio member of the County Commissioner’s Court, serves as the official clerk for the Court and is required to attend all sessions and record all proceedings of the Court. The County Clerk is responsible for administering all county and state elections, including early voting and primaries.
Friday June 23rd, 2017, the DRHCC said so long to Judith Montalvo who had served as Administrative Assistant for nearly three years. Ms. Montalvo decided to move, after her daughter’s graduation from DRHS, to be closer to where her daughter will pursue higher studies in the Fall. We wish them both the best and hope they will stay in touch.
Following Judith’s departure, we are happy to welcome Ms. Edith Gonzalez, a Del Rio High School senior student, to fill the Administrative Assistant’s position. Edith comes to us highly recommended by her director. Edith, the daughter of Juan Jose Gonzalez and Monica Gonzalez, is well versed in office procedures, technology, and fluent in both English and Spanish. We invite you to visit or contact her for Weekly Blast ads, flyers for promotions and any other assistance that you may need.
Mr. Gregorio Arrambide has been working with Gateway Apartments since 2013 as Property Manager. Mr. Arrambide has also been volunteering with the DRHA Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for approximately 3 years as Site Coordinator and advanced Tax Preparer. Mr. Arrambide works diligently with the DRHA VITA Program and believes that Financial education is important. Not only by providing a free service which normally would cost a tax payer $150-$300 but also to save their refunds to earn interest in saving accounts or to start a IRA through the IRS program of myRA. Educating people through VITA plays an intricate roll in providing options to families who are low to moderate income base. Mr. Arrambide quotes “The best thing about helping others is that it costs nothing.”
Mrs. Margie Montez, Del Rio’s International Bridge Superintendent, is the driving force behind the City of Del Rio’s International Bridge, our “Golden Goose” with a Yearly Revenue of $7.5 Million a year . Margie was born and raised in Del Rio, Texas. Her parents are Jose and Susana Rubio. Margie and her husband Joe have 4 children (Selena, Jose-Rene, Ricardo, and Joel). Margie graduated from Del Rio High School, and in 1985 started working for the City of Del Rio. Her first job was at the Utility Billing Department. She started as a billing clerk and climbed the career ladder to become the Utilities’ Billing Department Supervisor. She states that those 22 years of customer service experience served her well and prepared her for her next position with the City of Del Rio. In 2004 she was transferred to the International Bridge where she served as Interim Bridge Superintendent; in 2005, she was selected as the International Bridge Superintendent. As the Bridge Superintendent, she feels that it is extremely important to provide the best customer service possible to her customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A smooth running operation of the toll booth plaza is essential to United States and International travelers crossing the border into Mexico, as well as providing safety and security to her employees and customers alike.
As the Superintendent of this important operation, she manages an Operating Budget of $938,004 dollars. She faces many daily challenges; however, the most recent one has been overseeing the relocation of the toll booth plaza, which is long overdue. This project has been in the planning process for years. When the Del Rio Port of Entry (POE) was relocated, the city realized that there was a need for the toll plaza to be adjacent to the POE for safety and security reasons. This project is now becoming a reality. The new toll booth plaza, a new bridge operations office building, along with the latest technology on line services for pre-paid customers’ accounts should be ready this summer. The new state of the art and latest technology system is also long overdue. It will provide better service, accountability and accuracy for pre-paid customers and management. This new system is expected to go live by June 2017. Margie’s goal is to insure a smooth transition to the new system and Toll Booth Plaza. On the team is her able assistant, Mr. Joe Rivera, Assistant Bridge Superintendent and a staff of 14 employees who maintain and provide services 24 hours, 7 days a week.
The Del Rio Chamber and Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are anxiously awaiting the ribbon cutting upon the completion of this important project.
xochitl Arteaga - director of women's issues
DRHCC is proud to introduce our new Director of Women’s Issues, Xochitl Arteaga. Mrs. Arteaga joined us from Housing Authority of the City of Del Rio, she currently serves as the Resident Service Aide and has been with the agency for 2yrs. Arteaga has a Bachelors Degree on International Business and has 12 yrs experience in the Automotive Business, she also served 2yrs as an English teacher in Cd. Acuña. She is the Co-President of the Tri-National Health Council (Del Rio-Cd. Acuña-Guatemala) whose vision is to maintain epidemiological surveillance and carry out actions aimed at the physical, mental and social well-being of this border population. Some projects are to organize events during the year to prevent, inform and educate about health demands for the community. “Working with the community has given me the satisfaction of incorporating service in my life and making a difference in my community. I am honored to serve as a DWI for the DRHCC, it has been a great experience so far and I’d like to thank everyone for the opportunity to let me serve you. I will do my best to perform and represent DHCC as best as possible”.
Hello, my name is Adrian Encinas and I am honored to be your Director of International Trade.
My professional background include a Master in Public Relations from the Universidad De Alcala De Henares and a Bachelor degree in International Business and Marketing from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. My studies provide a solid foundation for this position.
I plan to use the skills and knowledge I’ve acquired for the betterment of our business community in Del Rio. Currently, I am the Branch Supervisor for the Walmart and Plaza del Sol Mall IBC branches. I am very excited and enthused to serve as your Director in this position.
My name is Juan Gallegos and I was born and raised in Del Rio, TX. I am a proud husband to Dariela Gallegos and a proud father of three sons.
After having graduated from Del Rio High School in 1998, I earned my Associates in Management from Southwest Texas Junior College in 2006, followed by a Bachelor’s of Science in Management from Park University in 2013.
Professionally, I have worked in the financial industry with both Border Federal Credit Union and The Bank and Trust. I have also worked with the City of Del Rio as Assistant Tax Assessor/Collector from 2008 through 2013 and as Utility Billing Supervisor from 2013 through 2014.
In January 2015, I began a new venture at Sul Ross Rio Grande Junior College as a Business Advisor for the Small Business Development Center. Currently at this position, I help in assisting prospective entrepreneurs who are in the planning phases of starting their own businesses. I am here to help from square one, including but not limited to research, business plans, all the way to a client’s grand opening!
As Director of Economic Development & Small Business for the Del Rio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, I bring with me an array of experience from financial, to management, to business experience. I have had the opportunity to meet with a large portion of the Del Rio business population, have reached out to many people at our events, and continue to grow my clientele list. As a member of DRHCC, I am excited to make a difference in the city of Del Rio and help it continue to grow