Burton E. Grossman
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Burton Edward Grossman (February 15, 1918 - November 12, 1999) was an American-Mexican international businessman, health and education promoter, who served as chairman and CEO of Grupo Continental, a holding company established in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, in 1964, that owns and operates 46 corporations dealing with soft drinks, sugar refining, mineral water, cooling systems, plastics, and mainly bottling factories for The Coca-Cola Company in Mexico.
Grossman was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. He encouraged the collective benefit, and was one of the main promoters in education in the south of Mexican state Tamaulipas with donations who became a Multipurpose Building on his honor name and San Antonio, Texas. He was also chairman of InterContinental Bank Shares Corporation, and he was member and/or advisor to multiple Boards of Trustees in San Antonio, the Southern United States and in Mexico.
Known for his great generosity of time and money to the arts, education and medical research, Grossman is credited for making the largest financial gift in the history of UIW, helping build the International Conference Center and the proposed science and energy center while establishing scholarships for business majors and students in financial need. Grossman received the Ohtli Award from the Mexican government in 1998. Grossman died in November 1999.