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Alvarezes Donates $ 20 Million to Advance College of Business Research and Programs | UTSA today | UTSA

“We are very proud to support UTSA and its exceptional students, many of whom, like me, are first generation Mexican Americans,” said lvarez, co-chair of the UTSA Campaign Leadership Council. “My previous support for UTSA dates back to 2006. Due to UTSA’s handling of my previous donations and its success in attracting and attracting high caliber students, I was compelled to make this donation to College of Business and supporting the largest business school in San Antonio where I started my own business.

“This gift is a transformative moment for UTSA and the College of Business and will further our mission to become a great public research university,” said the president. Taylor Eighty. “The Alvarez’s long-standing philanthropic support for UTSA and educational institutions nationwide is a testament to their commitment to nurturing generations of future business leaders. “

Alvarez’s success story began in June 1981 in Austin when he sold the very first cases of Corona beer in the United States. Alvarez moved with his family in 1986 from Mexico to San Antonio and founded The Gambrinus Company, which became the American importer of the Grupo Modelo beer brands. Over the next 20 years, Gambrinus was responsible for the sales and marketing of what would become the most successful brand in contemporary beer marketing history: Corona Extra.

Alvarez acquired the Spoetzl Brewery from Shiner in 1989. By this time, the historic Texas brewery had been in decline for several years and was facing severe financial difficulties. Having seen Austin build consumer support for Shiner and recognize the brewery’s heritage, which dates back to 1909, he was convinced of the brand’s potential. Having invested in the brewery’s facilities and in the sales and marketing efforts of its beers, Shiner is today one of the leading independent craft breweries in the United States with Shiner Bock as the flagship brand. Gambrinus also owns and operates the Trumer Brewery in Berkeley, Calif., Brewer of Trumer Pils, the world’s most award-winning pilsner and a leading brand in the San Francisco Bay Area.

A leading community leader, Alvarez sits on the boards of directors of Cullen / Frost Bankers Inc., United Way of San Antonio and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio. He is also a member of the Haven for Hope Leadership Advisory Board.

Nationally, he serves on the boards of directors of National Public Radio and the World Affairs Council of America, both in Washington, DC. He is an administrator of Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina; a former administrator of School Year Abroad in North Andover, Massachusetts; and member of the Chancellor’s Council of the University of Texas.

Recognized as a legendary Texas businessman, Alvarez was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2011, he was awarded the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which celebrates inspiring immigrants to the United States whose philanthropy works for the betterment of their communities.

Tribute to Carlos and Malú Alvarez

“The Alvarez’s generous donation will have a profound impact on the university, our students and our community as it is truly an investment in future entrepreneurs and business leaders in San Antonio and Texas,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, rector and senior vice-president for academic affairs at UTSA. “This type of investment is especially important for Hispanic service institutions such as UTSA, where more than half of our students pursuing business degrees are Latin American. We are extremely grateful to the Alvarezs for supporting our work to further diversify the leadership of our workforce and ensure it is representative of our communities. “

Nationally ranked and recognized, the College of Business has more than 7,900 students, seven academic departments and two research centers. To date, the college has produced nearly 40,000 graduates.

Home to the country’s No.1 cybersecurity program, the college offers innovative programming at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels in areas such as business analytics, data analytics, finance, and development. real estate, as well as traditional business disciplines.

The College of Business was named one of the top five undergraduate business programs in Texas by Bloomberg Business Week and the nation’s # 10 business school for Hispanics by Hispanic business. Accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the college is one of the top 40 business schools in the country.

“This is an important step that will improve the quality and reputation of the college by creating opportunities for faculty to conduct impactful research and supporting the educational activities of our students,” said Pamela C. Smith, acting dean of Carlos Alvarez College of Business. “Our mission is to transform business students into global business leaders by focusing on educational programs that provide applied business and technical skills in high demand areas. “