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Brian Gaddy

Brian Gaddy has joined Aon Risk Solutions as an account executive in the property and casualty division. Gaddy previously owned a law firm. He also previously was a claims attorney and coverage counsel, as well as a corporate risk manager.


Three Sandia National Laboratories staff members have received Women Worth Watching Awards from the Profiles in Diversity Journal. Chemical engineers Carol Adkins and Justine Johannes received Women Worth Watching in STEM Awards and were recently profiled in the special STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) edition of the journal.

Esther Hernandez

Diversity officer Esther Hernandez was also honored with a Women Worth Watching Award and is profiled in the journal’s current edition.

VARA Wines of Albuquerque has received several medals during the 37th annual San Francisco International Wine Competition. VARA Wines received three Silver Medals for their Tinto Especial – Garnacha Lot #014, USA; 2015 Garnacha Rosado – Rioja D.O. CA., Spain; and their Silverhead Brut Cava – D.O. Spain.


Bryan “Chip” Chippeaux

Bryan “Chip” Chippeaux, CPA, of Century Bank in Santa Fe, has been elected chairman of the Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico.

Other officers elected are Teresa Moling – First New Mexico Bank in Deming, chair-elect; Ed Robertson – MyBank in Belen, vice chairman; Brent Mills – First American Bank in Artesia, secretary/treasurer; Ruth Christopher – Citizens Bank in Clovis, immediate past chair; Kent Carruthers – Citizens Bank in Clovis, ICBA federal delegate; and Jerry Walker – ICBA/NM in Farmington, president and CEO.

New directors elected to two-year terms are Cody Burson, Valley Bank of Commerce in Roswell; Mike Hoyl, Western Commerce Bank in Lovington; Clemente Sanchez, Bank of New Mexico in Grants; and Doug Stone, J.P. Stone Community Bank in Portales.

Directors completing their two-year terms include Frank Chaires, Western Bank in Lordsburg; Greg Marrs, First American Bank in Artesia; Gordon Morris, American Heritage Bank in Clovis; David Prather, FNB New Mexico in Clayton; Alan Shettlesworth, Main Bank in Albuquerque; and Dickie Wall, Lea County State Bank in Hobbs.

Martin Hickey, M.D., the chief executive officer (CEO) of New Mexico Health Connections, has joined the board of directors for beWellnm, New Mexico’s health insurance exchange. Hickey has over 40 years’ experience in the health care and management fields. This is the second time he has joined the beWellnm board of directors, having successfully served a previous term.

EDI Integrative Consulting LLC has announced that it’s changing its business name to Verdacity, LLC. The new company name embraces the firm’s roots in sustainable planning and design consultation.

The company has also relocated its headquarters to the Banque Lofts Building in Downtown Albuquerque. The move reflects the rapid growth of the firm in 2017, from four full-time employees to eight, and their interest in the development of Albuquerque’s innovation economy.

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