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Albuquerque Economic Development Inc. (AED) presents its Quarterly Investors’ Luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. on Thursday in Ballrooms B and C at the Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 2nd NW. The keynote speakers for the event are Mitch Coven, founder and CEO of Vitality Works; and David Hamlin, owner and creative director of Submaterial. In addition, AED President Gary Tonjes will provide an update on AED’s current recruitment and existing business development activities. Tickets are $45 for AED members and $75 for others. To register or for additional information, call 505-246-6209 or email


By the Numbers Bookkeeping and Accounting Services (BNBK) has opened at 2006 Southern SE, Suite 104B, in Rio Rancho. The company started in Gallup in 2013 and has expanded into the Rio Rancho market. It offers a wide variety of services ranging from basic bookkeeping, payroll processing, accounting, and personal and business tax preparation. Initial consultations are free. For additional information or appointments, call 505-903-7502 or visit


William Brown

William Brown has joined Southwest Capital Bank as a credit risk officer for the bank’s main location in Albuquerque. Brown previously worked as a commercial loan officer at Los Alamos National Bank. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Brigham Young University – Idaho.


Family Friendly New Mexico, a nonprofit program that recognizes New Mexico businesses with family-friendly policies, has announced its list of companies that earned recognition for having policies that help workers balance work and family. The distinction means the recognized employers have four or more policies in the areas of paid leave, health support, work schedules and economic support.

The organizations recognized as gold- and silver-level awardees are: Albuquerque Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, gold award; Boys and Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico, gold award; Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico, gold award; Dion’s, gold award; Isleta Resort & Casino, gold award; LoPour & Associates DDS Smiles By Design Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, gold award; Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown Hotel, gold award; UNM Medical Group, gold award; University of New Mexico, gold award; Visit Albuquerque, gold award; Solace Crisis Treatment Center, gold award; and Microtek, silver award.

Any New Mexico business is eligible to apply for the New Mexico Family Friendly Business award. For a full list of family friendly policies and to learn more about the New Mexico Family Friendly initiative and see if your company qualifies, visit

Ireena Erteza

The University of New Mexico School of Engineering has named Sandia National Laboratories engineers Ireena Erteza and Kenneth Armijo as 2017 Distinguished Alumni. Erteza was honored for electrical and computer engineering. Armijo was honored for mechanical engineering. They were honored at an awards dinner held last Saturday.

The Distinguished Alumni Award, the School of Engineering’s highest honor, goes to graduates whose outstanding professional work represents UNM and the School of Engineering in a positive, exemplary manner and who have made important contributions to their fields of expertise.

New Mexico True Television, the weekly travel show created to take viewers to every corner of New Mexico, has been awarded a Regional Emmy Award in the category of “magazine program – program/special.” New Mexico True Television was produced by CliffDweller Digital and cooperation with the New Mexico Tourism Department. The show currently airs regionally on both commercial and PBS stations, as well as public access in Albuquerque.

The “true-crew” team includes producer/director Melinda Frame; Michael Newman, host and editor; Daniel Schueler, editor; and James Blackburn, videographer and editor.

Hope Michelsen

Sandia National Laboratories researchers Hope Michelsen and Jeff Tsao have been named Fellows of the Optical Society.

Michelsen was elected for pioneering contributions to the fundamental understanding of laser-radiation interactions with soot particles through laser-induced incandescence, absorption and scattering, and using laser-induced incandescence to assess environmental impacts of cabonaceous particles.

Tsao was elected for seminal, sustained contributions over 20 years to solid-state lighting and its materials and optoelectronic device foundations.

Jeff Tsao

Founded in 1916, the Optical Society is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, and home to science, engineering and business leaders from all over the world. Fellow membership in the society is limited to no more than 10 percent of the membership and reserved for members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics and photonics.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa on Santa Ana Pueblo has been named to the Best of the West list by Meetings Today, a premier meeting planner resource and publication. The award recognizes the best hotels and resorts for meetings in North America voted by region. Winners were determined by a reader poll based on a variety of criteria including quality of meeting space, guest rooms, guest services and amenities, food and beverage service, efficiency and helpfulness of the staff, availability of technical equipment, recreational facilities and activities, and overall value and experience.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa was the only property in New Mexico recognized in the awards.

Brenda Kingery

Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Trustee Brenda Kingery (Chickasaw) has been named the 2017 Dynamic Woman of the Year by the Chickasaw Nation. According to Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby, “The award honors a woman who has championed the rights and issues important to all women and who, though her lifestyle, exemplifies the character, strength, and values of the Chickasaw Nation and its people. It is my honor to recognize Brenda Kingery.”


Debora Garrison, the principal at Madison Middle School in Albuquerque, has been elected to the board of directors of the Children’s Grief Center of New Mexico. Garrison has worked with children for over 30 years both professionally and in the community.

Lucy H. Sinkular, an associate attorney at Atkinson & Kelsey PA, has been elected to the board of the Family Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar, effective January of 2018. Sinkular’s practice focuses primarily in the area of family law with a specialization in military divorce.etc.