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Mitch Roberts, named last fall as Man of the Year by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, carries his family name as a badge of honor.
Born into a prominent local family, the longtime business leader and community advocate could have taken his University of Texas at Austin pedigree and set up shop in any number of major cities nationwide.
Instead, he came back from UT Austin to Edinburg as fast as he could, willing to live up to the high expectations and record of public service built over several generations of his family.
Last October, for their respective records of giving back to their community, Roberts and Elva Jackson Garza (see story on Jackson in the December 16, 2011 edition of www.EdinburgPolitics.com) were honored as Man of the Year and Woman of the Year by the local chamber of commerce, Celebrex For Sale.
See story on Roberts
later in this posting.
Mitch Roberts, serving as Edinburg Man of the Year, carries on family legacy of public service
By DAVID A. DÍAZ
, named last fall as Man of the Year by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce
, carries his
family name as a badge of honor.
Born into a prominent local family, the longtime business leader and community advocate could have taken his University of Texas
at Austin pedigree and set up shop in any number of major cities nationwide.
came back from UT Austin to Edinburg
as fast as he
could, willing to live up to the high expectations and record of public service built over several generations of his
family, Celebrex For Sale.
For their respective records of giving back to their community, Celebrex without a prescription, Roberts
and Elva Jackson Garza, (see December 16, 2011 posting of www.EdinburgPolitics.com) last October were honored as Man of the Year and Woman of the Year by the local chamber of commerce.
"To the selection committee that nominated me for Edinburg's Man of the Year, I would like to say, 'thank you.' I am very humbled, very proud, very honored," said Roberts, whose extensive record of public service includes serving on the five-member Board of Directors of the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation.
is the jobs-creation arm of the Edinburg City Council
"I have never done, served or volunteered for anything other than to help make Edinburg
and South Texas better places to live and work," he
continued, pledging his
commitment to be "part of the team."
Roberts was born in Edinburg in 1958, attended the local public school system until he graduated from Edinburg High School in 1976.
Soon after obtaining his UT degree, Roberts attended and graduated from the General Motors Technical Institute Automobile Dealers School in Warren Michigan, which prepared him to work in the family business, Roberts Chevrolet.
In the late 1980s, Roberts became involved with the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce, volunteering with the Beautification Committee, which worked on clean-up days in Edinburg and planting trees/flowers and shrubs in various areas of the city.
In 1997-1998, Mitch Roberts
followed in the influential footsteps of his
grandfather, father and uncle, assuming the mantle of leadership as well, serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce
been involved in various other civic and professional organizations over the last 30 years, a record which includes the following achievements:
• In the 1980s, he served as Chairman of the Rio Grande Valley Chevrolet Dealers Association;
• In the 1990s, he served on the founding board of directors and later served as Chairman of the Rio Grande Valley Automobile Dealers Association.
•In 1995, Roberts was elected to the Board of Directors of the Ebony Hills Improvement Company, (the private entity that owns Edinburg Municipal Golf Course, known to most area residents as the Ebony Hills Golf Course).
leadership role also includes his
service as Chairman of the Board for the Ebony Hills Improvement Company;
• In 1997, he was elected Chairman of the Board of the Museum of South Texas History.
• In 2005, Celebrex class, Roberts
was honored by Automotive News
, a national publication for automobile dealers.
was chosen as Innovator of the Year for his
landmark strategy of rewarding employees/team members with safety work bonuses for reducing workmen's compensation claims.
• Also in 2005, he
was bestowed the Outstanding Leadership Award by the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce
Leadership Committee for his
tireless efforts in promoting and volunteering for the chamber and throughout the community of South Texas.
• In 2010 Mitch Roberts
and family, specifically his
Aunt Marjorie and Uncle Harry Roberts, were honored by the Dustin Michael Sekula (P.F.C., U.S.M.C.) Memorial Library
and FRIENDS of the Library.
• In 2010, Mitch Roberts
helped raise needed financial support from his
own resources for constructing a new patio for the historic Southern Pacific Railroad Depot.
In appreciation for his
generosity, the chamber's leadership granted Roberts' wish to dedicate The Chairman's Patio in honor of all residents who have served as chairmen and chairwomen of the Edinburg Chamber of Commerce
The patio, which was completed in 2011, is used extensively for chamber gatherings.
• In 2000, Roberts
had the opportunity to purchase his
family members' interest in Roberts Chevrolet
, leading to the national designation as the Chevrolet Dealer in Edinburg
He led Roberts Chevrolet until 2007, when he sold the property to Hidalgo County, which needed room to expand its county courthouse operations.
In the same year, Roberts
sold the Chevrolet dealership to Bob and Janet Vackar with the Bert Ogden Family of Dealerships, Celebrex For Sale.
The Monitor - McAllen, Texas
Mitch Roberts, president of the Ebony Hills Improvement Co., said shareholders and their families are willing to talk and listen to city staff, but they want to see a monetary return on their investments.Roberts' ties to Ebony Hills date back to his youth, when he learned to play golf there, and today he has family and friends living near the course.
"There's a lot of mixed emotions out there on what to do," he
The Monitor - McAllen, Texas
EDINBURG â€" Mitch Roberts is proving money can be a convincing tool for employees in the workplace.Roberts, a third-generation owner of Roberts Chevrolet on North Closner Boulevard, started a safe work cash bonus program in summer 2001 for his 33 employees to encourage them to reduce workersâ€ compensation claims.
Because of this effort, the business was one of 10 dealerships nationwide to be recognized recently as an Innovative Dealer by the Michigan-based Automotive News
.Since at least 1998, the publication has honored franchised new-vehicle dealerships that have developed strategies to reduce their bottom lines.
"Employees are being more careful; they are wiping up spills, helping each other out," Roberts
Employees get up to $400 per quarter if they are involved in the dealershipâ€s savings account program.Workers not in the program get up to $150 per quarter.The amounts can be reduced if at least two workersâ€ compensation claims are filed in a quarter.
"If you get hurt, you are penalizing the group," Roberts
gives the bonuses out during quarterly breakfasts held at the dealership before the business day begins.He
also gives employees a status report on how the business is doing and what some of its goals are.
has had good news for employees when it comes to work-injury claims.Before August 2001, he
dealt with an average of one workersâ€ compensation claim per month.Since that time, he
has had only one claim.Roberts
is paying $50,000 a year in insurance premiums, with a $25,000 deductible.
"He led in the military and ...
"He led in the military and he was a leader in the community," said son Mitch Roberts, who was general manager of Roberts Chevrolet until it was sold to Bert Ogden Motors in 2007.
...Roberts is survived by his wife, Jo Lynge; three children, daughter Cindy and sons Mitch and Kip; and two grandchildren.
The family is set to hold services for Roberts
at 4 p.m. today at First Baptist Church, 201 Samano St., in Edinburg.
The Monitor - McAllen, Texas
Mitch Roberts, owner of Roberts Chevrolet on North Closner Boulevard and vice-chairman of the board at the Museum of South Texas History on the Square, said he would like to see the vacant theater used again instead of falling into disrepair.He said unused buildings cause property devaluations, promote illegal activities and prevent tax money from flowing into city coffers.Roberts
said cities such as Austin and San Antonio have seen revamped theaters work in boosting cultural offerings to residents and visitors by offering lots of parking.
said it would take "creative leadership in our government" to get the theater and downtown culturally productive again.He
suggested grants being offered to people interested in preserving local history.