McAllen Mayor’s Prayer Committee Names Michael J. Blum As the 2017 Community Service Award Recipient
CONTACT: Carla M. Rodriguez, Board Member
McAllen Mayor’s Prayer Committee
April 17, 2017
McAllen Mayor’s Prayer Committee Names Michael J. Blum
As the 2017 Community Service Award Recipient
McAllen – The McAllen Mayor’s Prayer Committee has named Michael J. Blum as the 2017 Community Service Award recipient.
The award, in its eighth year, honors a McAllen citizen who has gone beyond their career path in providing a public service through outreach, volunteerism, or an extraordinary commitment to their faith.
“Mike has provided over 40 years of service to the people of McAllen and the entire Rio Grande Valley. As a former McAllen City Planner and Assistant City Manager, he’s a visionary that always finds new ways to give back,” stated Board Member Rose Sewell.
Blum is Partner and Managing Broker of NAI Rio Grande Valley and member of NAI Global, the largest network of commercial real estate brokerage companies in the world.
He has been involved in charitable services and giving back to the community in his four decades of planning, real estate and development consulting work spanning the Rio Grande Valley.
Throughout his storied career, Blum has given his time, talent and voice to help the community.
He serves on numerous boards and is actively involved in his synagogue as a board member for Temple Emanuel. He’s held various leadership positions on a wide variety of community boards including the Easterseals Rio Grande Valley Board, the International Museum of Art & Science, Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board, McAllen Public Utility Board, and the McAllen ISD Community Capital Advisory Committee.
In 2013, Blum was named Humanitarian of the Year by Easterseals Rio Grande Valley. He served as Easterseals President twice and in this leadership role, steered the organization back to a strengthened financial position.
Blum was also a cadet at Texas A&M, served in the US Army from 1969-1971 and has strived for an honorable life of duty and service.
He credits his parents, who were both givers, for instilling this foundation in him at an early age. “My parents taught me that you are either a giver or a taker in this life. I choose to give because the end result is always a beautiful thing to see.”
Past Community Service awardees have included Sherri Sarver, former Mayor Othal Brand, Sister Marian Strohmeyer, Former Mayor Jack Whetsel, (Ret.) Col. Frank Plummer, Nedra S. Kinerk, Sister Norma Pimentel and Bill Stocker.
The McAllen Mayor’s Prayer Committee welcomes the community in honoring Blum for his contributions on Tuesday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the McAllen Convention Center, where it will host the 45th Annual Mayor’s Prayer luncheon. Keynote Speaker David A.R. White will follow.
David A.R. White has starred in over 25 movies and produced 40 films, including the blockbuster series God’s Not Dead. These films became one of the most successful independent faith-based movies of all time. His studio, Pure Flix Entertainment, is currently responsible for the now playing The Case for Christ, and is the most successful Christian film production company in the industry. White’s book, Between Heaven and Hollywood: Chasing Your God-Given Dream, was published in 2016 and chronicles White’s inspirational journey from his home in Kansas to the bright lights of Los Angeles.