The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association (WBCA) gathered to commemorate Her Excellency Martha Bárcena as the 2020 Mr. South Texas Award Honoree for the 123rd Washington’s Birthday Celebration Saturday, February 22 at the Laredo Country Club at the Mr. South Texas Luncheon Hosted by Texas Community Bank (TCB).
On Friday, February 22, Ambassador Bárcena was awarded with the prestigious Caballero Medallion during Los Caballeros de la Republica del Rio Grande Cocktail Party held at Paseo Real. This select group of national and international distinguished men and women are honored for their dedication and countless hours of service and support to the Washington’s Birthday Celebration.
Texas Community Bank is pleased to sponsor the Mr. South Texas Luncheon and we congratulate Her Excellency Martha Barcena for her well-deserved recognition as the Mr. South Texas honoree for the 123rd Celebration,” said Douglas G. Macdonald, President & CEO of TCB.
The Mr. South Texas designation is presented to a deserving individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the growth and development of Laredo and the South Texas region.
The Mr. South Texas Selection Committee comprised of past presidents of the WBCA and former Mr. South Texas recipients, who reside in Laredo, meet several times during the year to discuss possible candidates. Committee members take great effort in creating an all-inclusive nominating pool of candidates from all walks of life who have made a significant impact on the area.
Ambassador Bárcena was appointed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and ratified by the Mexican Senate on December 2018, becoming the first female Ambassador to hold this position.
Ambassador Bárcena joined the Mexican Foreign Service in 1979. Prior to arriving in Washington, D.C., she was posted as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Rome-based Agencies. She has also served as Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, non-resident to Georgia and the Republics of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan; Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark, non-resident to the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland, and as Consul in Barcelona.
On the multilateral level, Ambassador Bárcena has represented Mexico as delegate at the UN, UNESCO and the OAS as well as head of delegation at the Forum on Migration and Development. She has also participated in multiple international conferences organized by the G-20 and the World Humanitarian Summit.
Ambassador Bárcena holds a degree in Communication Sciences from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, and a degree in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. She also earned a Master’s Degree in International Studies (Diplomatic School, Spain) and a Master’s Degree in Political Philosophy (Universidad Iberoamericana).
One of the most celebrated and illustrious WBCA events is the Mr. South Texas Luncheon hosted by Texas Community Bank, attended each year by dignitaries and honored guests from the United States and Mexico. Texas Community Bank generously sponsors the event.
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