Chamber legend David Allex dies at 82


HARLINGEN — Household and associates yesterday remembered David Allex as Mr. Harlingen, the beloved household man and Chamber of Commerce legend who helped remodel the town’s economic system, serving to revive the city within the 1960s earlier than turning Valley Worldwide Airport right into a regional powerhouse.

Allex, 82, died early yesterday morning at Valley Baptist Medical Heart about two weeks after struggling a stroke.

“There’s a motive they known as him Mr. Harlingen,” Mayor Chris Boswell mentioned. “He was one of many biggest cheerleaders and advocates the town ever had.”

Within the 1960s, Allex took over as president of the Harlingen Space Chamber of Commerce, spearheading a drive to promote three,000 properties left vacant after the Harlingen Air Base shut down.

“When the Air Base closed, he coordinated the enterprise leaders to get Harlingen again on its ft,” businessman Invoice Peacock recalled.

The “Go Harlingen” marketing campaign, which marketed the homes as inexpensive retirement properties, drew 6,000 new residents to city.

“It was an enormous initiative to revitalize the neighborhood after the town’s inhabitants decreased by 20 to 25 p.c,” Boswell mentioned.

In 1975, Allex helped carry Southwest Airways to Valley Worldwide Airport, making Harlingen the fourth spoke within the fledging airline’s hub whereas remodeling the airport.

“His management with the chamber for 30 years left a terrific mark on the town, together with bringing tasks like Southwest Airways,” Boswell mentioned. “He was a terrific buddy and we’re unhappy we don’t have him anymore.”

Mobility Authority chief

For about 10 years, Allex served as chairman of the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority, first appointed by Gov. Rick Perry and later by Gov. Greg Abbott, mentioned Pete Sepulveda, Cameron County’s administrator who previously served because the RMA’s government director.

“You’re speaking a couple of gentleman who was a terrific chief,” Sepulveda mentioned. “He was a person with a imaginative and prescient who was passionate, persistent and relentless in engaging in his imaginative and prescient. We had a long-term imaginative and prescient and we needed to get it achieved. The CCRMA is the RMA poster youngster for the state of Texas due to David Allex.”

Classes handed on

After Allex resigned from the chamber in 1996, Peacock turned to Allex’s classes to guide the chamber as its new president.

“I realized quite a bit about selling Harlingen from David Allex,” Peacock mentioned. “In these days, we did financial improvement and customer promotion and he did all of it. He liked Harlingen and he promoted it the easiest he may. He was synonymous with Harlingen. All over the place he went everybody knew David Allex.”

Lately, Mike Allex, Allex’s son, led the chamber as president and chief government officer.

“He taught me onerous work is essential — if one thing’s value it, it takes effort and time,” Mike Allex, an architect, mentioned. “He was the toughest employee that I’ve ever seen — chamber exec and salesman for Harlingen, Texas.”

When he helped the chamber land new tasks, his father let the board of administrators take the highlight.

“There was humility about him. He was the man at the back of the room. He didn’t need to be entrance and heart. He needed to provide credit score to the folks round him,” his son mentioned. “As a chamber exec, he let his board take credit score for something optimistic in financial improvement as a result of he was paid they usually have been volunteers doing it out of the goodness of their hearts.”

All through his life, Allex turned to God for steerage.

“He was a agency believer in Jesus Christ. He believed some issues are in his palms,” his son mentioned. “He taught us as children that we have been to reside like Jesus Christ. He taught us to take the phrase ‘hate’ out of our vocabulary. You by no means hate anyone.”

Throughout his life, Allex taught his kids by instance.

“He was an superior, large father and grandfather who liked God, his spouse and household above anything,” his son Scott Allex, a monetary advisor, mentioned. “Persistence was one in every of his favourite issues. ‘You’re an Allex — you are able to do it. You are able to do something. Don’t get down, stand up and struggle. Don’t surrender.’”