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Helm and Levine elected leaders of Dallas Fed's El Paso Branch board

For immediate release: February 17, 2004

The board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas' El Paso Branch has elected Ron C. Helm chairman for 2004 and Cecilia O. Levine chairman pro tem.

Helm, a Midland, Texas, native, was appointed to the El Paso Branch board in 2001 by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and served as chairman pro tem in 2003.

He owns and operates Helm Land and Cattle Co. and is a partner in Alamo Cattle Co. with operations in Jeff Davis and Culberson counties. He has been in the ranching industry since 1977.

Additionally, Helm is a director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He serves on the Wildlife Committee and Resource and Environment Committee. He is also a member of the National Cattleman's Beef Association and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Trans-Pecos Task Force.

Helm holds a degree in agricultural economics from Texas Tech University. He resides on the E.V. Ranch in Jeff Davis County.

Levine was appointed to the El Paso Branch board in 2002 by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. She is president of MFI International LLC., a maquiladora with operations in El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. An active member of various civic organizations, Levine is president and founder of USA/Mexico Strategic Alliance and chairman of the board for the El Paso World Trade Center.

She is an active member of numerous civic and professional organizations, including the Regional Maquiladora Association, Mexican Maquiladora Association, Dallas/Fort Worth Minority Business Council, Amigos Unidos and the PAISANO Committee, an advisory board for the immigration commissioner of Mexico.

Levine is also a founding member of the Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as well as a participant in the U.S.—Mexico Partnership for Prosperity, a public—private alliance that aims to spur private-sector economic growth throughout Mexico.

Levine studied geology at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a native of Chihuahua, Mexico, and currently resides in El Paso.

The El Paso Branch board of directors consists of seven members, four appointed by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas board of directors and three by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.


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