Riverside High officials say “You’re in good hands,” as they honor Class of 1983 Ed Mena as their 2019 Distinguished Alumni.
Mena is a corporate executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years’ experience working in high-profile senior leadership roles. Ed currently runs two high-performing Allstate Agencies, operates a boutique co-working space, and is actively engaged in his local community.
Ed is a devoted single father to his three boys Cameron (26), Andrew (17), and Kevin (13), and is both an advocate and financial contributor to causes close to his heart.
Born in El Paso, Mena graduated Riverside High and then went on to receive a BA in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He remains active in both communities, and recently contributed $1,000 to Riverside’s Marquee Fund, as well as donations towards the purchase of tee-shirts for incoming freshman and athletic achievement banners for the gymnasium.
At the University of Texas Ed recently formed a permanent endowment, the L. Ed Mena and Sons Chancellor’s Excellence Endowment, which includes ongoing donations for five years followed by investment at the discretion of the chancellor.
Mena’s executive career began at US-based multinational insurance company AIG in 1996; where he quickly rose through the ranks to serve as the Chief Executive for Latin America and the Caribbean, where he held P&L responsibility for the $1.6 billion dollar business. He was responsible for 3,200 employees across 12 countries and managed the Miami office. Prior to this, Mena served as the CEO for the company’s operations in Panama, Chile, and Mexico.
He currently runs two Allstate Agencies servicing over 4,200 customers with plans for future expansion across Texas.
The Allstate-Ed Mena Agency Inc. was named an Allstate Premier Service Agency, a designation awarded to the top 15% of agents in the nation. Ed also won the Honor Ring Award several times, and earned the Allstate Good Hands In The Community award 4 consecutive years for his work with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is a cause close to Mena’s heart, and he’s been an advocate and volunteer for the organization since 2013. His work with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children expands beyond fundraising; he donates ample time advocating on behalf of the organization and speaking with parents of missing children.
In addition to his charitable endeavors, Mena has earned a variety of accolades for his professional work. In 2017 he was named Minority Businessperson of the Year by the West Austin Chamber of Commerce, and in the same year he was recognized by the Latino Leaders Magazine as one of the Top Insurance Agents for Latinos in the country.
In July 2018, Mena was nominated and subsequently selected for the University of Texas Chancellor’s Council Executive Committee. This prestigious group engages in dialogue with the University’s Chancellor and executive leadership team regarding special initiatives and issues of importance to higher education in Texas, overseeing a 20-billion-dollar budget.