HARLINGEN — After more than three decades with Texas State Technical College, executive vice president Javier De Leon will take on a new challenge in January as chief executive officer and president of the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce.

De Leon was hired to replace Chris Gonzalez, who resigned to take a position with the local staffing firm, SOG International.

De Leon, 58, worked at TSTC for 33 years, eventually rising to become executive vice president for governmental affairs, a position where he interacted with local, state and national officials.

“I think among our advantages is we’re in the middle, the middle of the Rio Grande Valley,” De Leon said Thursday. “We’re in an area where the position where we’re at is just fantastic. The

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