2007 Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit:
“Portraits of Alumni Achievement”
Mario A. Peña ‘78
“Think big; don’t settle for less than what you really want.
Everything is possible once you set your mind to it.”
Mario A. Peña ‘78, BA
FedEX National LTL
Mario Peña was an only child who learned the meaning of unconditional love from his parents who were totally devoted to each other and were willing to make sacrifices for him. He credits them for giving him strong moral standards and values that have helped him succeed him as a family man as well as professionally. His father’s “consejos” are still alive in his mind and heart.
Over the years, Mario has given back to his community in many ways. Two organizations he has dedicated himself to are the United Way and TAMIU. He was a staunch advocate of Laredo State University’s proposed inclusion into the Texas A&M University System. He testified before the Board of Regents and later served as a founding member of the board of directors for the TAMIU Alumni Association.
His career beginnings were in sales and marketing, but he has since moved into the shipping industry.
Peña credits his teachers with teaching him the importance of good communication. This has served him well in his career. However, he also thanks his parents who taught him the value of honesty and integrity.
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