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McAllen’s International Bridge Boards Appoint New Superintendent of Bridges

McALLEN — The McAllen-Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridge Boards have appointed Juan Olaguibel as its Superintendent of Bridges. The former director of operations for the McAllen Bridge System has10 years of experience in bridge management, serving most recently as the Interim Director for the bridge system after the previous director’s departure. Olaguibel, a native of Mexico City, Mexico, also has a broad range of expertise in finance earned over 12 years in the banking industry, serving as bank manager for Wells Fargo before joining the City of McAllen. “The McAllen-Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridge Boards were impressed with Juan’s vision for the operations of these two international crossings and their role in growing both the economy and security of the two nations that they join,” said McAllen Mayor Jim Darling, chair of the international bridge boards. “Aside from his operational knowledge of running an efficient, safe and profitable bridge system, Juan’s diplomacy in dealing with multiple levels of government in both the United States and Mexico is key to helping the McAllen-Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges be key players in the continued growth with Mexico, our country’s largest trade partner. Couple that with the daily crossers of maquila and other workers, students, families and shoppers, having a modern bridge system managed by a leader who wants to create a smooth bridge crossing experience, I expect that Juan’s leadership will take the bridges to a new level.” As the director of operations for the McAllen Bridge System, Olaguibel implemented a new policy and procedure that maximized cash controls for City of McAllen auditors that were more efficient and effective, as well as analyzed operations and evaluated performances of the departments’ operations and staff to reduce costs, improve the programs and implement new policies, which resulted in reduced expenses and better management of working hours and overtime. Olaguibel successfully facilitated a lucrative real estate contract with the federal government for the City of McAllen, City of Hidalgo and the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge Board, which will generate over $31 million in revenue to the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge. Over the past 10 years, he has been working with both Customs & Border Protection and the General Services Administration to upgrade the facility. He is currently working to expand the northbound pedestrian lanes at the same bridge to double the pedestrian inspection booths from five to 10, a project that is already in the planning stages. Aside from working ...

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