Jesse M. Ozuna has been hired as vice president of public affairs within the public finance and economic development (PFED) division at Harlingen-based Texas Regional Bank. He will help manage the bank’s public policy strategy, as well as help identify and develop public fund opportunities in the bank’s various markets.
Ozuna’s career has led him to hold various positions both in the public and private sector where he has learned to navigate all levels of government, whether it be city hall or the state capitol. “His experience complements the public finance and economic development division well and I know that he will be an asset to all the communities that Texas Regional Bank serves,” says Michael Scaief, CEO and chairman of the board.
Ozuna most recently served as project manager for B2Z Engineering in Mission where he was responsible for all aspects of construction and project management for public and private clients, which included construction engineering and inspection for major roadway and drainage projects, project management of vertical construction projects and program management for various projects. Prior to that, he served as government affairs officer for DHR Health in Edinburg where he advised the board of directors and executive team on local, state and federal issues. In addition, Ozuna previously served as assistant director of government affairs for the City of Houston, mayor’s office and chief of staff to the county commissioner in Hidalgo County’s Precinct 4.
Texas Regional Bank’s PFED team is responsible for the success of business development within the public sector. It serves as a resource and relationship manager for local, state and federal leadership and continually invests in developing relationships to grow the public funds segment of the bank. As the bank grows, so do its responsibilities to communities. The PFED team works closely with each community Texas Regional Bank serves to understand their needs at the state and/or federal level. The PFED team helps advocate for not only these communities but issues that affect community banking throughout Texas.
Established in 1987, Texas Regional Bank operates branches in South and Central Texas, as well as Houston.