2007 Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit:
“Portraits of Alumni Achievement”
Gerald Schwebel ‘74
“To succeed, be patient. Be a sponge and soak up as much knowledge as possible.”
Gerald Schwebel ‘74, BA
Executive Vice President
International Bank of Commerce-Laredo
As a child, Gerald Schwebel made the decision to live with his grandmother, who was recruited to come to the United States due to a shortage of nurses in the 1940’s. Growing up on both sides of the border proved to be a powerful advantage for him as he learned two languages and two cultures. These experiences have proved to be extremely beneficial in his professional life. Discipline, coupled with hard work, has proven to be the basis of his success.
Schwebel’s inspiration for education came from his grandmother whose education in México proved to be her greatest asset in the United States. He earned his undergraduate degree at Texas A&I University of Laredo (now Texas A&M International University) and has completed graduate work in the fields of International Trade and Banking at TAMIU, the University of Texas, Texas A&M University and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware.
Schwebel is considered one of America’s leading experts on international trade and finance, and often represents IBC and its customers in consultation with top government and business leaders in the U.S., México and Canada. He directs the Bank’s international program, and has been called upon on numerous occasions to testify before Congress on issues of U.S./México trade, including the North American Free Trade Agreement—NAFTA.
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