Seven days after graduating from high school in Alice, Texas, Mr. Jesse S. Treviño was inducted into the Army Air Force and trained as a ball turret gunner in a B-24 serving three years and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. He earned a BBA in international trade from the University of Texas in Austin in 1950 and taught sixth grade in Alice for one year. Mr. Treviño later worked for the U.S. Labor Department as a compliance officer and as a special agent for an insurance company. He then opened his own agency as the Jesse Treviño Independent Insurance Agency. He became active in the state association and was the first Mexican American to serve three years as a board member of the state association of Independent Agents. He is now retired and sold his agency to his son-in-law, who operates in the Rio Grande Valley and San Antonio.
Mr. Treviño was elected to serve on the McAllen ISD school board, serving 11 years, twice as president. He was selected by Senator Lloyd Bentsen to develop the Council for South Texas Economic Progress, Inc. (COSTEP), a student loan project that was developed and has enabled thousands of students to borrow money at a low interest rate, and pay back upon graduation. He is presently serving as board chairman of COSTEP.
He feels very fortunate and honored to have been selected by the McAllen Chamber of Commerce as Man of the Year and by the UTPA International Women’s Board, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as Man of the Year. He also served as the first layman of the grievance committee of the District for the Texas State Bar Association. He also served on the board of the Driscoll Children’s Hospital, as well as ex-officio of the IMAS board.
Mr. Treviño’s commitment to education and empowering children has been a driving force in his life. He was one of the first members of the IDRA board and served as chairman for many years.
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