WBCA Names New President for 122nd Celebration

WBCA Names New President for 122nd Celebration


LAREDO, TX – Planning for the 122nd Washington’s Birthday Celebration is officially underway and under the guidance of the 2018 – 2019 Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) President Jay Puig. The WBCA Executive Committee and Board of Directors also welcomed new additions to their respective rosters.

“I am truly blessed to be given the opportunity to lead such a prestigious organization. I love volunteering and what the organization has done for the City of Laredo,” Puig said. “People really love the more than 28 events we put on for their enjoyment. WBCA is a true testament of city togetherness, volunteerism, and fun. I love my city and WBCA!”

Celebrating 11 years of service, Jay has been a volunteer with the WBCA since 2007 serving on and chairing several committees and events within the organization. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2009 and the Executive Committee in 2014.

Jay Puig is a 5th generation Laredoan, rancher, and the founder of Compass Real Estate Investments. Jay holds a Bachelor in Marketing from Texas A&M University and has over 20 years experience in real estate sales and marketing, development, and consulting.

Puig started his real estate career at Armadillo Homes where he rose to the position of Vice President. It was there where he learned the fundamentals of salesmanship, marketing, and land development. After a successful career at Armadillo, Jay partnered with Dominion Real Estate Group where his expertise in sales, land acquisitions, and development consulting earned him a reputation as top resource in the industry. Jay fulfilled a lifelong dream when he launched his own brokerage and development firm in 2004. Jay was contracted in 2009 by Westwind Homes to lead the sales staff and marketing campaign for the Laredo and Valley markets. Under his direction, Westwind experienced tremendous growth in sales revenue and increased profit margins. In 2010, his brokerage and development firm has a dramatic expansion. After successfully completing his contractual commitments, Jay returned to the helm of Compass Real Estate Investments exclusively.

Compass Real Estate Investments has consistently earned above average rates of return for their real estate owners and investors. Jay Puig’s success can be attributed to years of experience in all aspects of the industry, his extensive knowledge of the market, and his vast network of highly regarded professionals in related fields.

Jay has been married to Elva C. Puig for 20 years, and is a proud father of three children, Jordan, Riley, and Edward. He enjoys watching his children’s sporting events and loves to fish, hunt and ranch with his Dad in his spare time. His parents still reside in Laredo and are an important part of his life. When not spending time at the office or with his family, Jay volunteers his time to various organizations including Coastal Conservation Association, Border Olympics, and Texas Jr. High School Rodeo Association.

Gibson joins the Executive Committee as Treasurer

Selected as the WBCA Treasurer for the 122nd Celebration is Matthew Gibson.

His involvement with the WBCA began in 2008 as a volunteer for the IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars and Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade. Gibson is a graduate of Richard King High School in Corpus Christi and attended the University of Houston.

Elected to the WBCA Board of Directors in 2012, he has served as Chair for the IBC Youth Parade Under the Stars, Anheuser-Busch Washington’s Birthday Parade, WBCA Stars & Stripes Air Show Spectacular by Miller Lite, the WBCA Founding Fathers’ 5K Run, Ride, & Wellness Fair, and the Liberty Run sponsored by The Outlet Shoppes at Laredo. In addition, Gibson received the WBCA President’s Merit Award in 2012, the Matias De Llano Award in 2015, and the General’s Recognition Award in 2018.

Gibson is a successful local business owner, with over 27 years of graphic design and marketing experience. An avid fitness buff, Matt Gibson works out regularly at Orangetheory, Casa Yoga, and Origin Fitness.

He is married to his wife of 17 years, Gaby and they have two children, Paige and Isabella.

The newly elected Board of Directors and appointees for the 2018-2019 year were also announced at the recent meeting. The WBCA board is made up of leaders and professionals from the community. Elected board members serve three-year terms and volunteer countless hours of their own time to make all of the annual events a success.

The Executive Committee members for the 122th Celebration are:

Jay Puig, WBCA President

(Compass Real Estate Investments)


Randy Blair, WBCA President-Elect

(Blair & Blair, P.C.)


Bobby Peregoy, WBCA 1st Vice-President

(Webb County Appraisal District)


Natalie Hernandez, WBCA 2nd Vice-President

(Falcon Bank)


Matthew Gibson, WBCA Treasurer

(Community Leader and Entrepreneur)


Jeffrey G. Puig, WBCA Ex-Officio (Immediate Past President)

(Civil Engineering Consultants)


The 2018 – 2019 Board of Directors include:

Bryon “Andy” Alford – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

AnnaIsabel Alvarez –  WBC Museum

Amelia E. Bravo – BBVA Compass

Anita Cavazos Reuthinger – Community Leader

Jaime Fuentes – Arguindegui Oil Company

David Garza – Print Xpress

Olga Gentry – St. Augustine High School

Jesse Gonzalez – TAMIU

Emmanuel Guajardo – Cresta Advisors

Dr. J. Manuel Gonzalez, Jr. – Laredo Dental Care

Rochelle V. Gonzalez – Doctors Hospital

Chris Haynes – WH Mortgage Solutions & Haynes Properties

Anabella R. Herbig – State Farm Insurance

Avery G. Jackson -Texas Community Bank

Jerry Lara – Enterprise Holdings

Claudio Lerma – Clarian Investments Inc.

Monica Lopez – Texas Community Bank

Reagan M. Macdonald – Texas Community Bank

Edward F. Maddox – Benavides Maddox, P.C.

Michael A. Marasco – McDonald’s of Laredo

Rafael A. Martinez – Laredo Federal Credit Union

Sara A. Melendez – U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Fernando R. Montemayor Jr. – IBC Investment Services

Norma Moore – Laredo Community College

David Ramos – IBC Bank

Dr. Albert Salinas – Community Leader

Gloria “Terry” Salinas – Laredo Community College

Fred Santos, IV – Santos Consulting International

Cordelia L. Valdez – Webb County

Javier C. Villarreal – City of Laredo

Nydia Weathers – Gentle Family Dentistry

Lupita Zepeda – Community Leader

Lisa Zuñiga – Zuniga Enterprises

The 2018 – 2019 Presidential Appointees serving one-year terms are:

Cristina Cabrera – Community Leader

Jose Eduardo “Pepe” Garcia – Modern Construction Inc.

Pete Morales IV – Webb County District Attorney Office

Vanessa Palumbo – Community Leader


The 122th Washington’s Birthday Celebration dates are January 24 – February 25, 2019. The Washington’s Birthday Celebration, founded in 1898, is the largest Celebration of its kind in the United States.  Throughout the years, the Celebration has grown to be over a month long and consists of parades, dazzling pageants, fireworks, a carnival, an air show, a sizzling Jalapeño Festival and much more.  Combined, WBCA events attract nearly 500,000 residents and visitors, and yearly contributes an estimated $14 million to the local economy. The Washington’s Birthday Celebration was recently ranked as one of the Top 100 Events in North America.

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For additional information visit wbcalaredo.org, e-mail wbca@wbcalaredo.org, contact the WBCA office at (956) 722-0589, or visit 1819 E. Hillside Road in Laredo, TX.