Local business leaders honored at Borderfest Walk of Fame

HARLINGEN — Four prominent city leaders, two each from Harlingen and San Benito, were honored last week during the Borderfest Walk of Fame celebrations.

The event is held annually in conjunction with the city of Hidalgo’s Borderfest festivities. During the 2016 RGV Walk of Fame recognition banquet, more than 25 business and civic leaders were inducted and presented with a commemorative gift as a special memento.

Among those honored are San Benito Commissioner Esteban Rodriguez, Texas Regional Bank Chairman Robert Farris, the late Justice of the Peace Guadalupe Ayala of San Benito and financial adviser Ed Sokolosky.

Ayala died last month after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was a Marine, former San Benito police dispatcher and officer before he was elected justice of the peace.

Sokolosky has more than 40 years of investment and business experience. He is a past-president of Rotary Club and a 30 year Rotarian. He is also a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Rodriguez was elected to the San Benito City in 2015.

Farris is known throughout the Valley as a businessman, banker and philanthropist. He is the president of Valley Transit, the bus company founded by his grandfather in 1941.

Each year, nominations are received from cities and chambers of commerce across the Valley. Inductees are chosen by the RGV Walk of Fame Commission and will have their name added on a wall inside State Farm Arena.