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 Economic Development News 
Wednesday, April 16 2014
Laredo Chamber to Recognize Hastings' Vision - South Texas Alliance for Regional Trade

Laredo, TX -- Susana Valencia, chairman of the Vision 2014 Conference Planning Committee for the Laredo Chamber of Commerce, announced today that the 2014 Visionary Award is to be presented posthumously to Daniel B. Hastings, Jr.  Members of his family will receive the award on Hastings’ behalf.  The Visionary recognition is presented to an individual who has impacted the region’s growth and development, both as a representative of his/her industry and in an altruistic way.  In making the announcement, Valencia stated, “One possibly can’t mention this city’s international trade industry without mentioning Hasting’s name in the same breath.  He truly was a visionary – but, more than that, he was a true ambassador for this community.”

Presentation of the award will take place during the luncheon of the Vision 2014 Economic Outlook Conference slated for May 14 of this year at the Laredo Country Club.  Valencia also noted in her announcement that Hastings’ nomination is timely since this year marks the 20TH anniversary of the initiation of NAFTA, a landmark treaty that launched Laredo’s journey as leading distribution and logistics center.  Already the conference planners are putting the final touches on the conference program, which will follow its annual half-day format and will address issues of extreme importance, such as the impact of Mexico’s reform on border industries and the continuing development of the Eagle Ford Shale.

Hastings’ Visionary recognition this year joins the likes of Visionary Award recipients Dennis Nixon, President and CEO of IBC Bank, Glenn Hart, Chairman and CEO of Laredo Energy, and Alejandro Junco De La Vega, President and CEO of Grupo Reforma. In setting up the criteria for the selection of award recipients, the Vision planners decided in 2010 that the Visionary Award deemed such importance that it would only be bestowed when and if it was determined that an individual merited such recognition – and not necessarily on an annual basis.  This makes it particularly noteworthy.
An Astute businessman
An astute businessman, Hastings expanded his family business, a customhouse brokerage firm, from a local entity into a firm with offices along the southern border’s main ports of entry.  Under his tutelage Daniel B. Hastings, Inc. became one of the best known customhouse operators on the U.S-Mexico border competing with national and international firms.

A native of Laredo, Texas, Dan Hastings attended local public schools completing his studies at Martin High School.  He later attended Southwest Texas State University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree.  Immediately after college he joined the family business and in 1978 obtained his U.S. Customs Broker license.  With a solid background already established, in 1990 Hastings took over the reins of Daniel B. Hastings, Inc., as president.

Expertise & Dedication
Given his expertise in the business and his dedication to community development, Hastings was regularly sought by local and regional organizations.  He unselfishly gave of his time and resources to serve as board member in many of these, including:  Conacex Noreste (an export group based in Monterrey, Mex.), the Border Trade Alliance, the Laredo Chamber of Commerce, the Laredo Development Foundation, Texas Mexican Railway Company, TAMIU’s College of Business Administration and the Graduate School of International Trade, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas San Antonio Branch, International Bank of Commerce and International Bancshares Corp., Southwest Texas State University’s McCoy College of Business Administration, U.S. Treasury Customs Oversight Advisory Committee, the Boys and Girls Club of Laredo, Doctors’ Hospital of Laredo, the State of Texas and State of Nuevo Leon’s Governors’ Commission (appointed by former governor Clements) and the State of Tamaulipas Advisory Board of International Commerce.  He served as president of the Laredo Customhouse Brokers Association for five terms from 1980 to 1986, and also as president of the Laredo Development Foundation from 1998 to 1999.

Recognitions & Awards
Along the way, Hastings received a slew of recognitions.  These included Laredo Chamber of Commerce 1989 Small Businessman of the Year, Chrysler’s 1998 PenataStar Award (the only U.S. Broker to date to receive this award), Laredo Community College 2001 Meritorious Award, Laredo Chamber of Commerce “Order of Los Dos Laredos” award, Texas State University’s 2010 Alumni Achievement Award, and the Border Champion Award presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2012, to name a few.

In addition, Hastings traveled extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Mexico as a guest speaker for conferences, seminars and workshops – particularly focusing on international trade and commerce.

A devout catholic, Hastings devoted much of his spare time in support of local parishes and organizations.  These included St.  John Neumann’s Catholic Church and Finance Committee, Divine Mercy’s Catholic Church Building Committee, Finance Committee, Leadership Committee and Men’s Club and Parish Council – and was an active Eucharistic Minister.

Receiving the Visionary Award on May 14 will be his wife, Gloria B. Montemayor Hastings, and his sons and daughter Daniel, III, David, and Nicole.

For information on the Vision 2014 Economic Outlook Conference and the Visionary Award luncheon contact the Laredo Chamber of Commerce at 956-722-9895 or visit

Founded in 1915, the Laredo Chamber of Commerce is Laredo’s and Webb County’s longest running business organization.  It represents 675 businesses of the local community.  The Laredo Chamber of Commerce is accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with four stars.  Only 226 chambers of 6,936 chambers in the United States are accredited.  These elite chambers represent the top 3% of all chambers in the U.S.

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