Tuesday, March 6, 2018
  Alumni, Announcements

By Victoria Brito

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Harlingen native and UTRGV accounting lecturer Jimmie Limon to the Texas Product Development and Small Business Incubator Board.

Limon is one of five appointees this year.

“It is a great honor to be able to serve, first and foremost our community and secondly our governor,” said Limon, lecturer and assistant to the MBA director in the Robert C. Vackar College of Business & Entrepreneurship at UTRGV. “Several things have prepared me for this, such as my involvement in academia, my membership in different associations in the Rio Grande Valley, and being an entrepreneur in the areas of finance and development.”

Limon has more than a decade of experience in financial and business. He previously served as CEO of New Age Construction Concepts Inc. in Harlingen, and as a mortgage broker at Source One Lending Corp. He has been with UTRGV and legacy institution UTPA since 2014. He earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Accounting from UTPA in 2012 and 2014, respectively.  

The PDSBI provides financing to aid in the development, production and commercialization of new and improved products to foster and stimulate the development of small businesses in the state.      

Limon’s term is for five years ending in 2023. The board consists of nine members, all appointed by the governor.

Limon said he hopes his involvement will benefit the Rio Grande Valley community in a positive way.

“I hope to raise awareness of the business community in my area to the board, and also educate those business individuals or companies and organizations in the Valley of the existence of this program and how it could benefit our local community,” Limon said.

The board will hold regular meetings in Austin and at various places and times scheduled by the board in formal sessions.

The other four recent appointees are:

  • Jody Goehring, Austin.
  • Manny Salazar, Kingsville.
  • Melinda Moore, Lufkin.
  • Colette Walls, Sinton.


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.