Before the Summit, you can take advantage of a limited-access event featuring a VIP guest primed to offer leadership, management, and career advice.  With purchase of a Mentor Hour ticket, you'll receive guidance from two powerhouse individuals. Light breakfast included.


Session 1

Session 2





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WestStar Bank Holding Company, Inc Chairman; 

WestStar Bank Chairman & CEO

Mr. Francis is a member of the Board of Directors of the Paso del Norte Community Foundation; the Hospitals of Providence and has served the Governing Board in multiple capacities since 1996, including Chairman at the Transmountain, Memorial and Sierra Campuses; as well as the Borderplex Alliance, the El Paso Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Texas Business Leadership Council and the Pioneer Association of El Paso County.

Mr. Francis served on the Board of Regents for Texas Tech University System and was Chairman, on the Executive Committee for the Texas Hospital Trustees, the boards of Western Refining, Inc., and the Medical Center of Americas Foundation. He has also served as president of Area 5 (Rocky Mountain States) Boy Scouts of America, the Young Presidents Organization, the Yucca Council Boy Scouts of America, the Sunturians, and Crime Stoppers of El Paso. Additionally, Mr. Francis has been active with the Business Advisory Council at the El Paso Community College, the Rotary Club of El Paso, the Better Business Bureau, and the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce.


In 1996, Mr. Francis was honored as a “Silver Beaver” by the Boy Scouts of America and, in 2001, received the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. In 2005, he was named “Outstanding Ex” by Coronado High School and “Distinguished Alumni” by the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University in 2008. In 2007, Rick and his wife, Ginger, were named El Paso’s “Philanthropists of the Year” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2009, he was named “El Pasoan of the Year” by El Paso Inc. and in 2010 was inducted into the El Paso Business Hall of Fame.


He is a graduate of Texas Tech University (BBA Finance), the Texas Tech School of Banking, and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking conducted at Southern Methodist University. Mr. Francis has been a Director of WestStar Bank since 1996.


The Hospitals of Providence East Campus CEO & 

The Hospitals of Providence Market COO

Mrs. Vargas-Mahar serves as Chief Executive Officer for The Hospitals of Providence East Campus and the Market Chief Operating Officer for The Hospitals of Providence Network. In this role, she provides strategic and operational leadership for the Sierra Campus and its numerous outpatient locations.

Vargas-Mahar has over 15 years of experience in the field of healthcare administration.   She most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for the Memorial Campus and Providence Children’s Hospital.  From 2008 to October 2011, Vargas-Mahar served as the Chief Operating Officer for the East Campus, The Hospitals of Providence’s newest acute care hospital.

Vargas-Mahar is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, California) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  She earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University.

Nov 14, 2019, 11:30 AM – 7:00 PM
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel El Paso Downt,
600 N El Paso St, El Paso, TX 79901, USA
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