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BFCU's Martinez Honored with Women of Distinction Award
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 6:55 AM

BFCU's Martinez Honored

The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) honored 12 outstanding Latina business and community leaders at the fourth annual Women of Distinction Awards luncheon May 8, 2015, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas.

Maria J. Martinez, president and CEO of Border Federal Credit Union in Del Rio, Texas, was one of the 12 Latinas honored from across the state. The Honorable Gisela D. Triana, from the 200th District Court in Travis County, presented Martinez's award.

These women were recognized for their professional accomplishments, community contributions, and leadership.

“TAMACC recognizes that Texas has one of the largest numbers of Hispanic women-owned businesses in the United States at approximately 140,000 and is continuing to grow,” said TAMACC Board Chair Roland Barrera. “It is important to recognize the Latinas who are making great contributions in their professions and communities.”

Maria J. Martinez is the president and CEO of Border Federal Credit Union (BFCU), headquartered in Del Rio, serving 13 Texas counties with over $130 million in assets, 24,500 members, and 114 employees. Maria has a BBA degree with a major in accounting and has been in the credit union industry for more than 26 years.

Under Martinez’s leadership, BFCU obtained the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) designation, expanded its field of membership from 3 to 13 Texas counties, and implemented various programs that serve the underserved, the unbanked and the youth in her community.

Martinez is currently the chairman and one of the founders of the Network of Latino Credit Unions and Professionals (NLCUP) Association. She’s also the chairman of the Workforce Solutions Middle Rio Grande Workforce Development Board and serves as the treasurer of the United Medical Centers board of directors. In addition, Martinez serves and holds officer positions in other volunteer boards at the local, state, and national level. She has made presentations at local, state, national, and international seminars, workshops, and conferences on various financial topics, credit union issues, and on her life/career experiences.

Martinez was born in Reynosa, Mexico, immigrated to the USA when she was 13, and grew up in San Antonio.  

As her most significant accomplishment, Martinez said, “I value the opportunity I was given through the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 when my family and I were able to legalize our immigrant status in this country. This important government intervention granted me the freedom to apply the education I had acquired and to further my knowledge and experience in the USA. This has ultimately benefited entire communities and others that I have touched through implemented programs for the underserved and the youth, and through my speaking engagements and mentorship ability."

Martinez continued, "My experience and involvement in the financial industry have allowed me to reach out to the financially underserved and most especially to the Hispanic market. I’m a strong believer that by becoming financially educated we make effective contributions to real economic growth and can help reduce poverty levels. Financial education is easy to teach, it is non-risky, and it has enormous rewards; it’s a great investment!”

Martinez expressed her gratitude toward TAMACC’s awards selection committee for choosing her for this prestigious recognition and congratulates the other award recipients. She is very thankful to her family, all her staff and those serving in volunteer capacity at Border Federal Credit Union, credit union peers, and her entire community for the support she’s received throughout her career that has allowed her to lead and serve.