Border Trade Advisory Committee

Gerardo (Gerry) SchwebelGerardo (Gerry) Schwebel

Executive Vice President - Corporate International Division, International Bank of Commerce

Gerardo (Gerry) Schwebel frequently represents International Bank of Commerce (IBC) and its customers in consultation with top government and business leaders in the United States, Mexico and Canada. He has testified before congress on issues of U.S.-Mexico trade, including the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), U.S.-Mexico transportation and logistics issues, issues related to international finance and most recently on U.S. immigration reform issues.

Following service in the U.S. Army as an artillery officer where he attained the rank of captain, Schwebel held administrative positions in such fields as higher education, food service, media and the securities industry.

For three decades, he has served leading financial institutions in Texas, culminating in his arrival in 1988 as IBC’s first vice president, business and industrial development. He was promoted to executive vice president of IBC’s international division and joined the corporate management team in 1996 as international division head. In addition to his corporate responsibility of directing IBC’s international programs, he also oversees alternative investments/wealth management program known as IBC investment services. He is a member of the board of directors of IBC insurance agency. Schwebel is also the immediate past president of North America’s Strategy for Competitiveness (NASCO), a tri-national trade coalition (U.S., Canada and Mexico) that advocates for competitiveness through logistics, transportation infrastructure, security, energy and a skilled workforce.

Currently he serves on the executive committee and board of directors of the I-69 Alliance of Texas, chairman of the Regional Advisory Council of the University of Texas Health Science Center-Laredo campus, chairman of the Laredo of Tomorrow Coalition; member of board of advisors of the Texas A&M International University A.R. Sanchez School of Business, member of the Webb County Area Health Education Council.

Schwebel earned his undergraduate degree at Texas A&I University of Laredo (now Texas A&M International University) where he has been recognized as a Portrait of Latino Achievement by the Smithsonian Institute. He has done graduate work in the fields of international trade and banking at Texas A&M International University, the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, College Station and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware.