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The New Mexico chapter of the Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP) presents Prepared Communities Win! by Mark Sweeney of McCallum Sweeney Consulting, from 11:20 a.m.–1:15 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Albuquerque Marriott, 2101 Louisiana NE. One of the best site selectors in the United States will speak on New Mexico’s strengths and weaknesses, including New Mexico’s 2017 top real estate deals. Tickets are $35 for NAIOP members and $45 others. To register or for additional information, visit or call 505-345-6976.

Amy Holloway

Sandoval Economic Alliance (SEA) presents their SEA Quarterly Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center Circle NE in Rio Rancho. Amy Holloway, president and CEO of Avalanche Consulting, will talk about the preliminary findings from Avalanche’s Target Industry and Laborshed Study, and what communities need to do to compete and be successful in economic development. Participants should bring their business cards as there will be a drawing. The luncheon fee is free for SEA partners and $125 for others. Seating is limited; advance registration is required by Wednesday. To register, SEA alliance partners can call 505-891-4305 or email Non-alliance partners must register online at



REDW LLC has hired two new employees for its Albuquerque office. They are:

Hae-Sun Chung

Hae-Sun Chung, CPA, accounting specialist supervisor in the audit & assurance department. Chung has nine years’ experience in accounting, auditing and consulting, working primarily for tribal governments and the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians. She is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Chung has a master’s degree in accounting from the University of New Mexico.

Mahvand Biazar

Mahvand Biazar, MACCT, supervisor for the Management Advisory and Accounting Services team. Biazar has nine years’ experience in the accounting field. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in accounting, both from UNM.

Geraldene Blackgoat has joined Greer Stafford/SJCF Architecture Inc. as an intern architect. Blackgoat has three years’ experience in the architecture field. She has a master’s degree, with distinction, in architecture from UNM. Blackgoat is a board member of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (AICAE); a LEED Green Associate; and an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Ruan Bacigalupa

Ruan Bacigalupa, PS, has joined Parametrix as surveying supervisor in the firm’s Albuquerque office. Bacigalupa has 36 years’ experience in the surveying field, specializing in the research, boundary analysis, and document preparation of right-of-way mapping and assessments. He previously worked for WSP, formerly known as Parsons Brinkerhoff, where he served as a professional surveyor in charge of right-of-way mapping, boundary surveys, subdivision platting, property ownership mapping, easement surveys and GIS database generation.

Gabe Gallegos has joined Griffin & Associates as a communications specialist. Gallegos will be primarily responsible for achieving high-impact results and engagement on social media platforms for clients. Gallegos has two years’ experience in the communications field and previously worked in the media outreach unit for the U.S. State Department; worked in both finance and communications roles for New Mexico political campaigns; and most recently served as a public affairs intern in the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile.


The New Mexico Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (NMPRSA) recently awarded its annual Cumbre Awards to communications professionals in New Mexico. This year, NMPRSA received 51 submissions of which 27 received award honors.

The Cumbre Awards are given in two categories: tactics, for single public relations and communications tools; and campaigns, for comprehensive approaches that incorporate multiple communications tactics. Campaign entries are judged against a standard on a 100-point scale, while tactic entries are judged against an 80-point scale, resulting in awards of Bronze, Silver and Gold. The highest-scoring honoree for both tactics and campaigns is awarded Best of Show recognition. The 2017 awards were independently judged by the Central Iowa Chapter of PRSA.

Best of Show – Campaign – InPress LLC, Village of Jemez Springs Light Among the Ruins.

Best of Show – Tactic – The Waite Co., Taos Tourism Instagram Influencer Trip, Winter 2016-2017.

Campaign Award Winners

Bronze: The Garrity Group, 2016 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Bronze: Lou Hammond Group, TOURISM Santa Fe 2017 Kids free spring break promotion.

Silver: The Waite Co., beWellnm open enrollment 2016-2017 outreach and education.

Silver: The Waite Co., New Mexico HOPE Initiative launch campaign

Silver: Sandia National Laboratories, Sandia National Laboratories contract transition.

Silver: CWA Strategic Communications, Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control general obligation bond campaign.

Silver: The Waite Co., New Mexico Oil & Gas Association women’s events.

Gold: InPress LLC, Village of Jemez Springs Light Among the Ruins.

Gold: CWA Strategic Communications, General Bond C for Higher Education.

Gold: PK Public Relations, Fly Santa Fe takes flight.

Gold: Siarza Social Digital, Orangetheory Fitness | Introduction to the New Mexico market.

Gold: Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos County Sign Code public affairs campaign.

Tactic Award Winners

Bronze: Griffin & Associates, Albuquerque Rapid Transit Mixonium.

Bronze: James Korenchen Public Relations, Hotel Andaluz new business presentation.

Bronze: Griffin & Associates, Equality New Mexico.

Bronze: Griffin & Associates, Albuquerque Rapid Transit media relations.

Silver: The Waite Co., beWellnm Open Enrollment 2015-2016, direct mail program.

Silver: Siarza Social Digital, Nusenda Credit Union — 2016 social media.

Silver: James Korenchen Public Relations, TripAdvisor media relations

Silver: CWA Strategic Communications, Mid-Rio Grande Stormwater Quality Team education kiosk.

Silver: The Waite Co., Taos Tourism media relations.

Silver: James Korenchen Public Relations, Hotel Andaluz craft cocktail social media contest.

Silver: The Waite Co., CSI Aviation King Air cover story.

Silver: The Garrity Group, 2016 Garrity perception survey

Silver: James Korenchen Public Relations, UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center media relations.

Gold: The Waite Co., Taos Tourism Instagram influencer trip, Winter 2016-2017

Gold: Sandia National Laboratories, Sandia’s grid modernization program newsletter.