Eddie Aldrete Speaks with RBLP Students about Serving the Community
By: Trevor Bell
As a leader, there is a certain responsibility and obligation to serve the community. Eddie Aldrete, 1981 Texas Tech alumnus and current senior vice president of International Bank of Commerce (IBC Bank) in San Antonio, conveyed this message when he spoke with students in the Rawls Business Leadership Program on Oct. 13.
During his presentation, Aldrete detailed his past experiences - which includes over 30 years of work with political and governmental issues, media relations, economic growth and infrastructure development, and extensive community service - and how those experiences taught him the valuable tools needed to become an effective leader. Aldrete also encouraged students to network and make connections with everyone they come across, and to take the risk of seizing opportunities as they arise.
"The more people you meet, the more exposure you get. If you're an open-minded person, you get to learn from different things and people," he said. "You never know what someone's going to say or some connection you might be able to make with someone, which might help you down the road."
Aldrete then proposed an equation for the students: "need + opportunity + action = leadership." He stressed that, as leaders, students will have to look for and understand the needs of the organization, realize the opportunity, and ultimately act upon that opportunity. Students in attendance found the equation applicable to their current lives, and they also found value in hearing from someone as accomplished as Aldrete.
"I believe Mr. Aldrete's equation had every aspect of leadership. You need all three of those things to become a leader," Juan Duran, a freshman in the Account 150-hour Program, said. "It doesn't matter how busy one is, you always have time to impact others."
"It was just interesting to see how providing time to your community has so many benefits. One thing that stuck with me was that he constantly strived to do more," Bindu Upadhyaya, a graduate student double majoring in Finance and Accounting, said. "He inspired me to do more, even though I am busy with school and work."
This supports the efforts outlined in the Rawls College of Business Strategic Plan. Learn more about the LEADER 2020 Strategic Plan and follow our progress on Twitter at #RawlsLeads.
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