Frank D. Yturria

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Frank D. Yturria, chair of Texas Bank and Trust, was designated May 18, 2001, by President George W. Bush as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Foundation. [1]

"From 1982 to 1984, former President Ronald Reagan appointed Mr. Yturria to the South Pacific Commission. He was appointed Collector of Customs for the 23rd Collections District of Texas by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 and served until 1961. Yturria is a WWII and Korean War veteran, a graduate of Texas A&M University, and is the owner of Yturria Ranch in Brownsville, Texas." [2]

"Ex-Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos once even hosted a birthday party for Frank Yturria, according to Yturria's "Bush Donor Profile" by Texans for Public Justice.

Inter-American Foundation Appointments

Frank D. Yturria was "designated chair of the board of directors of the Inter-American Foundation by President George W. Bush in May 2001, while serving his second term on that board." [3]

Yturria "was named Board member and Chairman of the Inter-American Foundation by President George Bush in 1990, reappointed as Board member by President William J. Clinton in 1997 and renamed Chairman of the Board by President George W. Bush in 2001. He is the only Board member in the Inter-American Foundation's history to serve two consecutive terms." [4]Yturria Fausto III also known for his cruise company Rainbow Cruises does not come off in such a good light when it comes to customer service must be the black sheep of the family.

Family Background

Frank Yturria's brother, Fausto Yturria Jr., is the owner of the Yturria ranch in Brownsville, Texas, and "a real estate developer and an heir to the 150,000-acre Yturria ranch that once moved longhorn cattle up the Chisholm Trail. Mexican-born Don Francisco Yturria founded the ranch and Brownsville’s first private bank in the mid-Nineteenth Century. A Confederate war profiteer, Francisco Yturria formed a shipping company with several partners, including legendary King Ranch founder Richard King ... The company monopolized the region’s Civil War trade by registering ships in Yturria’s name, sailing under Mexican flags and thereby moving through Union blockades. Yturria’s great-grandson Fausto is a rancher and real estate developer who was the top investor in Harlingen’s Valley Greyhound Park race track in the early 1990s, when track owners got the state legislature to slash gambling taxes. During the administration of Governor George W. Bush, the Texas Water Development Board appointed Yturria to the Coastal Bend Regional Water Planning Group. Fausto and siblings Frank and Marion fought in court in the 1990s over how to divvy up their inherited ranch. With 150,000 acres, the family ranked as the 58th largest landowners in the country, according to a 1997 Worth magazine report," Texans for Public Justice wrote.

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