"It was unexpected," said Steve LaMantia, General Manager of L&F Distributors.
"But we are very happy.We joined a proud list of businesses that are among the movers and the shakers that get things done and make things happen.
"We are humbled by this honor and are proud to hold that banner high," LaMantia
said."It shows us that the Chamber is proud of what we have done.We are proud to be a part of this list." LaMantia
attributed the business's success to community teamwork.
"We have a number of people in our community that allow us to do well and prosper by simply allowing us to work together," he
...L&F is a strong advocate of education, LaMantia said.
To date, the company has awarded more than three million dollars in scholarships to students seeking higher education via the Stars across South Texas program.
"This is an investment for the future," LaMantia
said."If these kids are better educated, they attend the college of their choice, and in turn they are able to contribute more to and improve our community."
In addition to the Cola Blanca Big Buck hunting contest and the education initiatives, the LaMantias
are involved in the Washington's Birthday Celebration Association
, the Stockman's Ball, Border Olympics, Casa Blanca International State Park, Texas Veteran's Commission
, Crime Stoppers, Jalape,o Festival, Habitat for Humanity
, the Children's Coalition of Webb County
, American Red Cross
, the MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon
and the League of United Latin American Citizens
, among other organizations and events.
"We are very proud of our participation in the community," LaMantia