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The BRAVO AWARD is presented to individuals  who have shown exemplary dedication to the community by their work for the betterment of El Paso.

Thursday October 15, 2015

BRAVO Award  Luncheon



Emily Loya

General Manager, Channel 13 KCOS-TV

with the 2015 BRAVO Award for bringing new energy to and saving El Paso's PBS TV station.



Rosa Guerrero

The Mother, the Face, the Symbol of Ballet Forklorico
with the 2015 Lifetime Achievement BRAVO Award for her longtime service as El Paso's cultural icon, advocate for the arts and education, and humanitarian.



 Reception 11:00 a.m.              Lunch 11:30 a.m.


Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel

2027 Airport Boulevard

El Paso, TX

$65.00 per person

$600.00 per table of 10

Please indicate if you are vegetarian


Reservations by check to


     10525 Texwood

     El Paso, TX 79925

Inquiries:  915-591-3562

     or         915-549-9230


RSVP by October 8, 2015


2014 BRAVO AWARD Recipient

Joyce Wilson

First City Manager of El Paso

In recognition of her dedication to and outstanding role in the benchmark passage of El Paso’s Quality of Life Bonds and her exemplary performance as El Paso’s first City Manager.

Joyce Wilson fights to win. Her goals are high and her track record is sterling. She’s a seasoned veteran of municipality management. She took on the job of El Paso’s first City Manager after 20 years of city management in Arlington and Richmond Virginia and Yuma, Arizona.  Her efforts have been lauded by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau, Texas City Management Association (TCMA), International City Management Association (ICMA), and the Association of Public Administration.  Joyce Wilson is educated.  She has an undergraduate degree in Business and Economics from Virginia Commonwealth University and a MPA from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.   She’s an alumni of the Kellogg Foundation’s National Fellowship’s Program and a Fellow with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).  And because she brought that all with her as El Paso’s First City Manager we have gained a successful baseball park, a winning baseball team and passage of the El Paso Quality of Life Bonds – among other things.  Since resigning her job as City Manager, Joyce has taken on the position of interim  Chief Executive Officer of Work Force Solutions Upper Rio Grande which passes more than 197,000 job seekers a year through its seven employment centers.  She’s smart. She’s ambitious. Joyce Wilson aims high and she goes in to WIN.

2014 Lifetime Achievement BRAVO Award

Robert L Bowling, III

Co-founder of Tropicana Development, Inc.

in recognition of a lifetime of philanthropic and humanitarian acts that have affected improvements in the quality of life of both his community and his industry. 

Graduate of UTEP with a BBA, Co-founder of Tropicana Development, Inc., past president of the El Paso Association of Builders, recipient of the Builder of the Year Award  -Bob Bowling has been long recognized and often honored as an outstanding pioneer and leader of today’s El Paso building industry.  He is, indeed, an icon.  Then there is the philanthropist, the humanitarian Bob Bowling (although you’ll never hear any of this from him). The man who ‘partners’ with Father Richard Thomas and pays for houses to be built for the poor in Juarez; the Bob Bowling who set up a trust fund for the daughter of a soldier from El Paso who was killed in Iraq.  Bob Bowling, the builder, is equally revered -by those who know, for his philanthropy and humanitarianism including direct contributions of money and labor to people in dire conditions, generous support of UTEP and UTEP sports, benevolent trusts and many other kinds of donations to people in need. The things most important in life to Bobby Bowling are God, his family, and friends (who, it seems, constitute nearly everyone in El Paso!!!). He is extremely proud of his three sons, Robert L. Bowling IV, Randall Bowling, and Gregory Bowling and his daughter, Kelly, who lives in California.  Bobby and Paulette Bowling are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary in September of this year (2014).   Paulette says Bobby loves spending time with their grandkids –all 14 of them, and he likes to attend all their events.  Bob Bowling, your basic, regular, average, all-American, industry icon, philanthropist, humanitarian guy.

Previous BRAVO AWARD Recipients

Judge Sam Callan

Mayor Suzanne Azar

Representative Jack C. Vowell

Senator Peggy Rosson

Representative Nancy McDonald

David G. Marcus

Myrna J. Deckert

General Dennis D. Cavin

Adair & Dee Margo

Cecilia Ochoa Levine

Judy and J Kirk Robison

Colonel Heidi V. Brown

Sheriff Leo Samaniego

Judge Max Higgs

Mayor John Cook

Kathleen Staudt, PhD

Nancy Hanson

Rosemary Castillo

Zuill Bailey

Ann Crawford McClure

Joyce Wilson


Previous Life Achievement BRAVO Award Recipients

Coach Don Haskins

Anita Blair  

Janice Woods Windle

Hon Eliot Shapleigh

Tanny Berg

Major General Dana J.H. Pittard

Robert L Bowling, III  


Last Updated 10/02/15

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