Jessica Claire
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor (555) 432-1000,
Professional Summary

Performance-driven Vice President of Business Development with 31 years of extensive experience in the recruitment of numerous businesses and retention of existing companies. Passionate and dedicated to bringing significant investments and create thousands of jobs in the McAllen MSA region. Results-oriented individual well-versed in interfacing and consulting business processes to drive results based on sound overall business judgment. Have been instrumental in maintaining effective relationships with key strategic partners in many business sectors throughout the U.S., Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, and Korea.

  • Relationship building and retention
  • Targeted marketing
  • Performance Metrics Analysis
  • Presentations
  • Business Development
  • Planning and Coordination
Work History
01/1998 to Current Vice President of Business Recruitment Pepsico | Brainerd, MN,
  • Identified and recruited more than 30 projects to McAllen and surrounding region to support McAllen Economic Development Corporation’s initiatives effectively.
  • Identify, develop and maintain effective relationships with key strategic partners in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Korea.
  • Collaborated with city colleagues, other levels of government, businesses, developers, community based organizations and other labor entities in the U.S. and Mexico to enhance McAllen and Reynosa industrial and economic development.
  • Research and plan site locations as well as expansion and retention activities for prospective and existing business.
  • Enhance the growth of existing business by facilitating site visits to assert specific needs.
  • Assist local business and industry in proactively identifying and resolving unforeseen obstacles.
  • Respond to the issues of the local business and industry in an efficient and effective manner.
  • Develop, maintain and make available current information concerning the capacities, amenities, locations, and costs of development of business in McAllen and Reynosa.
  • Develop and maintain current information concerning the availability of various business financing resources including job-training services available to local business.
  • Support special initiatives of the McAllen Foreign Trade Zone.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding the proprietary information and interests of all existing and prospective business in contact with the McAllen Economic Development Corporation.
  • Conducted site assessments to verify plan accuracy and feasibility of proposed developments.
  • Outlined data about population, land usage and zoning data with charts, graphs and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Assessed proposals and applications and determined eligibility for city financial programs, alignment with program guidelines and project feasibility.
  • Prepared reports using statistics, charts and graphs to illustrate planning studies in areas such as population, land use or zoning.
01/1990 to 01/1998 Office Manager/Administrative Assistant McAllen Economic Development Corporation | City, STATE,
  • Recruit, manage and train office staff as needed.
  • Coached new employees on administrative procedures, company policies and performance standards.
  • Monitored supervisor's work calendar and scheduled appointments, meetings and travel.
  • Drafted correspondence, articles, and special reports and approved correspondence prepared by office staff.
  • Managed the preparation of all board meetings, including board materials, agendas and meeting arrangements.
  • Managed multiple mass mail-outs on a quarterly basis.
  • Organized statewide conferences, trade shows, meetings and seminars.
  • Maintained the daily functionality of office equipment and furniture.
  • Negotiated and purchased all office equipment and furniture as necessary.
  • Maintained confidentiality regarding the proprietary information and interests of all existing and prospective business in contact with the McAllen Economic Development Corporation.
01/1986 to 01/1990 Administrative Assistant & Human Resource Specialist McAllen National Bank | City, STATE,
  • Organized weekly staff meetings and logged minutes for corporate records.
  • Handled client correspondence and tracked records to foster office efficiency.
  • Supported efficient meetings by organizing spaces and materials, documenting discussions and distributing meeting notes.
01/1980 to 01/1986 New Accounts Representative & Bank Teller Texas State Bank | City, STATE,
  • Assisted customers with setting up or closing accounts, completing loan applications and signing up for new services.
  • Answered customer inquiries regarding account balances, transaction history, services charges and interest rates.
  • Built and strengthened customer relationships by leveraging excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Expected in 06/1988 BBA | Business Administration in Communications & Marketing University of Texas/Pan American, Edinburg, TX, GPA:
Expected in No Degree | Business Retention & Expansion Georgia Institution of Technology, , GPA:
Expected in No Degree | Basic Economic Development Course Texas Engineering Extension & Texas A&M, , GPA:
Expected in No Degree | Business Retention And Expansion Training Texas Department of Economic Development, , GPA:
Lower Rio Grande Valley Workforce Solutions-Board Member/Chairwoman of the Workforce Development Committee and served on the Executive Committee. RGV Focus-Member A community partnership that exists to make sure all children in the RGV get the education they need and deserve to achieve meaningful careers and lives. STC Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence-Board Member Set policy and procedure consistent with agency requirements. South Texas Manufacturer’s Association (Board Member) Promotes economic development by fostering good will, understanding and cooperation within all segments of the south Texas manufacturing community. Customer Care Taskforce Committee- Founder -Group meetings with Site Directors, HR Managers & Recruiters to find solutions to recruitment challenges, training opportunities, economic and business trends. Conduct a biannual wage & benefit survey. El Milagro Clinic-Board Member-Provides comprehensive primary, disease prevention and behavioral health care services to RGV residents who are medically indigent. Society for Human Resource Management-Vice President of Membership SHRM is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition-Board Member-To promote research and open dialogue with the Texas Legislature to provide a better quality of life for the citizens of the Texas-Mexico border from Brownsville to El Paso. South Texas Border Coalition-Member- Coalition composed of five cities McAllen, Mission, Pharr, Edinburg, and Weslaco collaboration between cities to promote the region to bring new investment, recruit industry and create new jobs for its citizens.
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School Attended

  • University of Texas/Pan American
  • Georgia Institution of Technology
  • Texas Engineering Extension & Texas A&M
  • Texas Department of Economic Development

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  • Vice President of Business Recruitment
  • Office Manager/Administrative Assistant
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