Tropical Trails RV Resort Hosts Open House March 1st


Tropical Trails RV Resort, South Texas’ newest RV Resort, is hosting an open house on Friday, March 1st, from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m., as part of Welcome Home RGV’s Communities on Parade.  Stop by to see the new amenity building and visit with the General Manager and Owner about all that the resort has to offer!  “I have worked in the Rio Grande Valley for years and wanted to build a high-end resort where visitors can actively enjoy the area,” said Hill Dishman, Owner.


Tropical Trails RV Resort will open in June 2019.  The 240 large RV sites and 23 park model cottages at the resort will become your home away from home, with the most modern conveniences, well-manicured landscaping, and concierge service waiting to serve you!


Tropical Trails RV Resort offers 30/50 amp, full hookups, spacious concrete pads, back-ins and pull throughs, and high speed fiber optic internet.  Amenities include a secured, gated entrance, an amenity center, a resort-style swimming pool, an exercise room, pickle ball and shuffleboard, golf cart rental, bike racks, outdoor pavilions, dog parks, bathhouses and shuttle service.


Situated on 165 acres just east of Brownsville at the intersection of FM 511 and Dr. Hugh Emerson Drive, the resort is conveniently located just minutes from all of Brownsville and only 20 minutes from South Padre Island.  For more information, please see our website at


As a business owner, those are the three magic words you love to hear.  Luckily, I have heard them more often than not this season.  We move at a very fast pace at Welcome Home RGV, and I’m blessed with an amazing team of people who all work together for the good of the cause.  We have a lot going on with a very short window of time to get it all done, and it takes teamwork to pull it all off.  It’s hard to believe we now have 15 people on our team.  How in the world we did it with three is beyond me.


While I may or may not be the best manager around, I know I’m not the worst.   I admit, I’m stubborn.  I like things done a certain way.  And I have the habit of adding things to the already-busy schedule.  I’m not the best office  communicator, but we have a lot going on, and, once again, we’re moving very fast.  You blink, and you’re behind, so keeping  everyone up to date can be a challenge.


As much as I am a people person, I also value time alone.  I’ve learned that it’s OK to press the pause button every now and then, although I admit I rarely use it.  I also have to remind myself that while my hobbies and extra-curricular activities are work, work, and more work, sometimes a pause can bring clarity.


But I’m also persistent.  I’ve always got my eyes and ears open, looking for new opportunities.  I see and recognize good talent.  I’m a connector.  And the best thing I’ve connected is a wonderful team of folks who show up.  Each and every day, they show up and amaze me with their time and talents and how they spend both of them, effortlessly.  It makes everything we do look so easy to the outsider.  The work we do isn’t rocket science, but it is definitely difficult to replicate.  Why?  Because my people show up and get the job done without complaint.  Rather, they do it with a smile.


As we continue to move forward at lightning speed, I remind myself  that it’s OK to pass off to my team some of the things I’ve done myself in the past  so I, too, can put my time and talents to their best use.  I trust my team to make good decisions.  I value their perspective.  At times we agree to disagree, and that’s just fine.  But most importantly, I will always have their backs.  Why?  Because I trust that whatever decision they make at the time is the right one.


So to hear those three words…WE GOT THIS…means the world to me, whether I have an opportunity to go to a conference, go on a cruise or when I just need to stay home with a cold.  When I hear them, I know in my heart that they truly do have everything under control.  My team’s got this!


We’re just connecting the dots,



Kristi Collier is a McAllen native who loves to share her passion for the area with others.  Her company, Welcome Home RGV caters to the Winter & Converted Texan market through their events, activities, special interest publications and more.  For more information, call the Welcome Home RGV office at 956-687-5115, visit or visit on facebook at and

Part two of HCA Vice President Cheryl LaBerge’s mid-January email interview with Cadence Tenor Ross Lynde

Welcome Home Winter Texan Exclusive

Cheryl:  Where are you performing between now and February 9?

Ross:  We’ll be performing here at home in the month of January, focusing mostly on local outreach (school) shows and workshops but will have our first show in Texas on February 7th in Terrell.


Cheryl:  Any observations about other artists you admire or who have influenced you?

Ross:  The artist that comes to mind here is Bobby McFerrin.  A pioneer in a cappella music, he paved the way for so many artists to explore their own voices to discover there are truly no limits to the human voice.  We’ve had the great honor to perform with him a number of times, and the fact of his musical genius and multi-Grammy-Award-winning status never detracted from his warmth and humility.  He is indeed a very generous performer.


Cheryl:  What type of audiences do you most enjoy?

Ross:  There are so many different groups we’ve performed for (theatre crowds, choirs and church-folk, primary and high schools, senior residences, etc.) so it’s hard to say which is ‘the best.’  There’s something about the human voice that so easily engages the listener and makes a clear connection to the heart.  The best shows are ones that (where) that connection is made early on, so we can take the audience on a journey that is one part good music, one part good fun.


Cheryl:  Any feedback from audiences that you could share or quotes we might use for PR?

Ross:  Here are some quotes for you:  “This was a very talented group but also very entertaining; we enjoyed the performance a lot. My daughter is 12 yrs.; she said it was the best show we have ever attended and she has attended a lot of shows!”

“Cadence were super showmen and held audience’s attention through whole performance. Wonderful!!!!!”

“It was the first time we went to see an a cappella group and it was delightful.  Exceptional performers and unbelievably great music and vocals.”

“Drums, bass, guitar, trumpet, saxophone. and almost any other instrument imaginable was there to be heard, but nowhere to be seen.  Their delectable harmonies and diverse vocal abilities created in each song a world unto itself – a fusion of sound and imagination.”

“Against the ever-changing skyline of Canadian music, Cadence shines like a rainbow: in their arrangements – brilliant;  in their harmony – weightless and pure as colour;  and in their horizons – promising.”


Cheryl:  Thank you!  You guys were amazing when we saw you in Nashville.  We are very excited that you’ll be here soon!

Ross:  Us too!


Toronto-based Cadence, one of Canada’s top a-cappella groups, performs at Harlingen Municipal Auditorium Saturday, February 9, at 7:30 p.m., presented by the nonprofit Harlingen Concert Association (HCA).  Tickets for the Cadence concert are available online at or at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium Box Office, 1204 Fair Park Boulevard, 956-216-5990.  The Box Office is open Monday-Friday and an hour before the show. 

See videos of Cadence on their website at