SANTA TERESA –International trade has never been more important to New Mexico and nobody knows this better than Jerry Pacheco, president of the Border Industrial Association.
“This is an exciting place,” said Pacheco sitting in a conference room in his office building surrounded by four industrial parks near the bustling Santa Teresa border crossing.
Pacheco has played a key role in expanding cross-border trade in New Mexico for more than 25 years. He’ll share his insights Friday at the UNM Continuing Education Auditorium. His talk, “New Mexico’s Booming Trade with Mexico – A view from the Border,”is part of the Albuquerque International Association’s lecture series.
Pacheco, a native New Mexican, started working on border affairs after graduating from UNM. He was a “kid out of college” when he joined Gov. Bruce King’s international team in 1991 and started as a “gofer.”