Mitch Roberts

Mitch Roberts

Chairman at Ebony Hills Improvement Company

Company:
Ebony Hills Improvement Company

General Information

Experience

Man of the Year  - Edinburg Politics

General Manager  - Roberts Chevrolet Company

Education

Edinburg High School

General Motors Technical Institute Automobile Dealers School

Affiliations

Five-Member Board of Directors  - Edinburg Economic Development Corporation

Recent News  

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 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, 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. The EEDC 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. Roberts 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). His 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. He 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.

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"I have been approached by several developers with the ability and the means to buy it outright," said Mitch Roberts, an Edinburg native who is president of the Ebony Hills Board of Directors, which represents nearly 400 shareholders.Other than routine grounds upkeep in the past few years, the city has shied away from pumping too many dollars into the course.But the clubhouse's sinking floors, broken windows and ancient plumbing can no longer be ignored."The city had an interest in pursuing talks but they had a lot of high priority projects," said Roberts, who also owns Roberts Chevrolet in Edinburg.While Roberts would not give a specific number on how much the shareholders want for the property, he did say it "isn't inexpensive."The Ebony Hills shareholders â€" all descendents or beneficiaries of the course's three original shareholders â€" have made it clear they want a return on the original investment regardless of who ends up buying it, he said."If it were up to me I'd like the city to pay fair market price and see it go to green space."Councilman Gene Espinoza says he has received a lot of feedback from community members expressing desire for the city to purchase the property.

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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 said.

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