Sony Rego

Honorary Gala Chair

Sony is a native of a small rural town in Jalisco and spent her formative years in Mexico City. She
is the daughter of ranch foreman turned forklift driver and of a strong-willed homemaker and
mother of five children. The first of her extended family to complete higher education including a
Masters and an internship at the United Nations. She started her work life in fashion from a stall in
the flea market, to assisting the creator of Diesel Jeans to the sole female buyer of the largest
women’s apparel retailer. Her organizational skills brought her to run several departments in
transnational companies like Radio Shack and IBM where she met her husband. Her strong
business sense inevitably drove her to create a food distribution business along with her husband
that serviced Military Bases and 7-11 convenience chain stores in Mexico City.

Convincing her to move with him back to the U.S. they sold their business and set out to give
entrepreneurship a second try. Their very own Republic of the Rio Grande Grill and Cantina and a
co-ownership of the Santa Fe Steakhouse and the University Drafthouse are considered the best
in their own categories and are a testament to the success experience, hard work and passion can

Sony, Albert and their only son Rafael believe that much is expected from those who have been
blessed as they have. It is no wonder that Sony and her husband Albert are always seen
supporting most charitable events in the area including the ones they helped create. The Santa Fe
Wine Classic is the premier wine and food celebration of the Rio Grande Valley, and the hottest

ticket in town. This high-class event is like no other, benefitting students with scholarships for
higher education. The University Drafthouse Beer Fest is also another fun-filled event that benefits
the Cultural and Arts Foundation of Edinburg.

Sony and her husband serve on various boards in the area and are definitely doing what is
expected as pillars of the community. Sony has been recognized by the Chamber of Commerce as
Volunteer of the Year in 2014 but if you ask her loved ones it’s an award she should get every

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