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Senior Vice President, IBC Bank
As an International Bank of Commerce (IBC Bank) senior vice president, Eddie Aldrete monitors local, state and federal policies that directly impact the bank and the financial services industry. Eddie has more than 30 years of experience in strategic communications, media relations and political, governmental and public affairs, and he leads advocacy efforts corporate-wide.
Eddie works as a proponent for economic growth and infrastructure development in the communities IBC serves. In August 2010, Campaigns & Elections Magazine named him one of the Top 100 most influential figures in Texas politics and government.
Eddie is the 2011 chairman of the board of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and helped launch educational initiatives designed to keep students in school and to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). He serves on the United Ways of Texas board of directors, on the Immigration & Accreditation Committees of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and on the boards of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Texas Employers for Immigration Reform and the Texas Border Coalition.
He has been named Corporate Executive of the Year by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber in 2009 and has received a long list of other awards. Aldrete has been married to Cristina Lopez Aldrete since 1993, and they have three children, Cristian (13), Diego (11) and Andrea (7).
Email Eddie at EAldrete@ibc.com
In 1989, Eddie stood in the Rose Garden at the White House and, in front of the entire White House press corps, gave President George H. W. Bush the bird. As director of public affairs for the National Turkey Federation, it was his job to hand deliver the live Thanksgiving turkey to the president, who, in keeping with tradition, issued the bird an official pardon.