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Sanjay Engineer

Sanjay Engineer has been promoted by FBT Architects to vice president. Engineer has 26 years’ experience in the industry and joined the firm in 1992. His new expanded role includes organizational responsibilities and business development with a focus on expanding into new markets. He will contintue to lead teams and multi-disciplinary architectural projects throughout the southwestern United States.

Souder, Miller & Associates has promoted two staff members to executive positions. They are Douglas W. Mize, who will replace Peter Fant as president, and Angela Valdez, who will replace Mize as business line manager for the civil engineering department.

Steve Ayer has been promoted by TriCore Reference Laboratories as chief information officer as well as chief executive officer of The Rhodes Group, TriCore’s subsidiary. Ayer previously was TriCore’s interim chief information officer.


Dave Vedera has joined WESST as vice president of client services. Vedera has 14 years’ experience in leading, developing and managing high performance teams and previously owned his own business for the past seven years. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Mexico.

Bill Kostel has joined Rural Sourcing as director for the company’s software development center in Albuquerque. Kostel previously was the vice president of planning at Air Transport Business Development and a mentor liaison at ABQid where he coordinated mentor activities at the venture-backed business accelerator. He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University, and a master’s degree in finance from Texas Christian University.


The School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico has received an ASPIRE-to-Excellence Award for Social Accountability from the Association for Medical Education in Europe, the world’s largest medical education organization. The UNM School of Medicine was one of 10 medical schools from around the world to be chosen for the award, and of those, one of only three distinguished as exemplars. The award announcement was made in Academic Medicine, the journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Lovelace Westside Hospital has been recognized by Ardent Health Services, the parent company of Lovelace Health System, with the Ardent Quality Award. The annual award recognizes exceptional performance in key quality measures and commitment to continuous improvement. Lovelace Westside Hospital was the only hospital in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho to earn an “A” grade from Leapfrog Hospital Safety in 2017.


The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce has elected new executive committee officers and board of director members to both three-year and one-year terms.

Pat Vincent-Collawn

New executive committee officers are Pat Vincent-Collawn – PNM, chair of the board; Mike Canfield – Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, chair-elect; Fred Winter – KPMG, treasurer; Sherman McCorkle – Sandia Science and Technology Park Development Corp., Bold Issues Group (BIG) chair; Del Esparza – Esparza Advertising, public safety BIG chair; Cindy McGill – McGill Consulting, education BIG chair; Norm Becker – NM Mutual Group, Downtown transformation BIG chair; Cheryl Willman – UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center, connections advocacy network chair; Tom Antram – French Family of Companies, sector advocacy team chair; Kyle Beasley – Bank of Albuquerque, leadership Albuquerque chair; Paul DiPaola – U.S. Bank, at-large and public safety BIG vice chair; Peter Lorenz – UniRac, at-large and education BIG vice chair; Brendan Dowling – DaVita Medical Group, at-large and downtown transformation BIG vice chair; and Paul Roth, M.D. – UNM Health Sciences Center, at-large and homeless center initiative chair.

Board members elected to three-year terms are Bruce Stidworthy, Bohannan Huston, Inc.; Mike Stanford, Payday; Nimish Bhatt, Thornburg Investment Management; Dale Dekker, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini; Paul Silverman, Geltmore Inc.; Fred Winter, KPMG; Becky Prescott, General Mills; Sherman McCorkle, Sandia Science and Technology Park Development Corp.; Laurie Donovan, Wells Fargo; Kyle Beasley, Bank of Albuquerque; Mike Tussey, Little Caesars Pizza/Sizzling Platter; Del Archuleta, Molzen Corbin; Amy Dimas, Montebello on Academy; Grant Adams, Komatsu; Erika Edgerly, Intel Corp.; and Robert Chavez, Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union.

Board members elected to one-year terms are Chris Grimley, Lowe’s; Michelle Donaldson, KOB-TV; Travis Chaney, United Supermarkets; Larry North, CenturyLink; Thomas Briones, Briones Business Law; Chris Dunkeson, Comcast; Del Esparza, Esparza Advertising; Leslie Apodaca, Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb PA; Scott Hindman, Excellent Schools N.M.; Leean Kravitz, Fidelity Investments; Paul Roth, M.D., UNM Health Sciences Center; and Brendan Dowling, DaVita Medical Group.

Gordon Moore, president of Lectrosonics, has been elected 2018 chairman of the board of directors for the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Kurt Shipley, president of Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico, has been named the corporate chair for the American Lung Association in New Mexico’s Lung Force Walk. The walk, now in its fifth year, will be on Nov. 10 at the Hoffmantown Church in Albuquerque. Participants will have the option of walking a one-mile or 5K route. Registration is free, with a $100 fundraising incentive for a T-shirt. Almost 90 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to local programs, education, advocacy and life-saving research in New Mexico.

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