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The Society for Marketing Professional Services

(SMPS) January luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesday at FBT Architects, 6501 Americas Pkwy. NE, #300. The program will be a members-only webinar and lunch. The webinar will discuss What Clients Want: Elements of a Winning Presentation, by Dena Wyatt . Admission is $10 for members: reservations are required. For reservations, visit smpsnewmexico.org. For membership information, email admin@smpsnewmexico.org or visit www.smpsnewmexico.org.

The New Mexico chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (NMPRSA) luncheon will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday at the Albuquerque Country Club, 601 Laguna SW. The featured speaker will be former anchor and longtime newsman Dick Knipfing . The cost is $30 for members is $30; $15 for students; and $35 for others. For reservations, visit www.nmprsa.org/events. For additional information, email Steve Carr at scarr1727@gmail.com.

The Albuquerque Quality Network (AQN) presents A New Year’s Resolution for New Mexico: Education’s Role in Economic Development and Civic Renewal, a breakfast presentation by Katharine W. Winograd, Ph.D., president of Central New Mexico Community College, and Peter Winograd, Ph.D., director of UNM Center for Education Policy Research, from 6:45-9 a.m. at the Albuquerque Marriott, 2101 Louisiana NE. The cost is $35: reservations are required by Tuesday. For reservations or additional information, visit www.aqnetwork.org.

Beverly Bailey, CFP, founder of Women’s Financial Resources, will be presenting the four-part class, Women’s Financial Resources, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 24 and 31, and Feb. 7 and 14 at Atria Vista del Rio, 1620 Indian School NE. Topics include money management, investing and financial planning. Admission is $99.95 for all four classes: registration is limited. For reservations, call Bailey at 505-892-5218 or email bev@womensfinancialresources.com.

Promotions

Modrall Sperling has promoted two lawyers to shareholders. They are Deana M. Bennett and Tiffany Roach Martin .

Bennett’s practice focuses on natural resource development on public and tribal lands.

Roach Martin’s practice focuses on active and diverse civil litigation focusing on commercial litigation, products liability, personal injury, wrongful death, insurance, health care and employment.

The Garrity Group has promoted two staff members. They are:

Amanda Molina, vice president. Molina joined the firm in 2008 and previously was the director of public relations.

Kendall Gier, account executive. Gier joined the firm in August of 2014 and previously was an assistant account executive.

Welcome

Trace Sanchez has joined Century Bank as a mortgage professional and loan originator at the branch located at 8220 San Pedro NE in Albuquerque. Sanchez has 17 years’ experience in the mortgage industry. He is a member of the Greater Albuquerque Association of Realtors, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and many other nonprofit charities.

Consensus Planning has hired two members to its planning and landscape team. They are Sal Perdomo and Scott Culler .

Perdomo has a bachelor’s degree in urban studies and a bachelor’s degree in business administration/finance from Trinity University.

Culler joined the firm as a landscape designer. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Bob Jones University and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of New Mexico.

First American Title has hired two new staff members. They are Gloria Brown, escrow officer, and Ray Griego, senior title officer.

Brown has 38 years’ experience in escrow, specializing in residential resale closings.

Griego has 30 years’ experience in the title industry.

Brenna Anderson has joined Heading Home as communications director. Anderson previously worked for both the private and public sectors, and formerly was Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry’s communications director; a public information administrator with Bernalillo County; a marketing specialist for ABQ Ride; with KOB-TV; and, at the beginning of her career, a journalist at KKOB-AM.

Renee Ennis has joined Presbyterian Healthcare Services as vice president of revenue management. Ennis previously worked at TriCore Reference Laboratories as chief financial officer (CFO) from 2004 through 2014. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in health care management from the University of Phoenix.

Laura Niel, CPA, has joined the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) as chief financial officer (CFO). Niel has 25 years’ experience in finance management with nonprofit and for-profit organizations, and most recently was the vice president of finance and administration for the National Tank Truck Carriers Inc. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from George Mason University, and is a Certified Association Executive and a Certified Public Accountant.

Lisa Fallert has joined the Presbyterian Health Plan as chief operating officer (COO). Fallert has 25 years’ experience in administrative and clinical operations leadership, and previously was the senior vice president, care coordination and integration at John Muir Health in Walnut Creek, Calif. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Drake University and the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

Montgomery & Andrews has hired Jack Campbell and Larry Wells as shareholders.

Campbell has extensive experience focusing on real estate, business and commercial matters, including estate planning and tax matters.

Wells is a commercial attorney focusing on real estate and related transactions.

Applause

Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) has recognized two employees as Volunteers of the Year . They are Catherine Madden, Health Care Corp. Volunteer of the Year, and Tracey Larranaga, BCBSNM Volunteer of the Year. Each year, these awards are given to employee volunteers who capture the “spirit of giving back to the community.”

Madden, a service delivery and operations supervisor, volunteers with the company’s Blue Bear Club, a group of employees who bring the company’s mascot to life for community events.

Larranaga, an assistant marketing service representative, has logged over 137 volunteer-hours this year. She volunteered for the Souper Bowl, Heart Walk, Operation Back to School, Adopt-a-Senior and the 20145 KaBOOM playground build.

Bernalillo-based business owners Carole Levitt and Mark Rosch, owners/principals of Internet For Lawyers, have been named Fellows of the College of Law Practice Management (COLPM), an international honor society that recognizes “distinguished law practice management professionals.”

Etc.

The Sierra County Board of Realtors has elected new officers for 2015 . They are C. Earl Greer, qualifying broker at Plaza Realty – president; Cindy Torres, qualifying broker at Plaza Realty – vice president; Susan Hahn, qualifying broker at Rio Mesa Realty – secretary; and Sarah Stagner, Stagner and Associates Realty – immediate past president.

Albuquerque Economic Development Inc. (AED) has elected new board of director officers and directors for 2015.

New officers elected to one-year terms are Ray Smith, president of Klinger Constructors LLC – chair; Gary Gordon, Albuquerque Academy – chair-elect; Liz Shipley, Intel – treasurer; and Joe Farr, Rosemont Realty – secretary.

Directors elected to three-year terms are Paul Cassidy, RBC Capital; Jim Chynoweth, CBRE; Michelle Coons, Bank of the Rio Grande; Pat Dee, US Bank; Dale Dekker, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini; Drew Dolan, Titan Development; Steve Downie, Raytheon Ktech; Del Esparza, Esparza Advertising; Justin Horwitz, Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb; Steve Maestas, NAI Maestas & Ward; Roberta Cooper Ramo, Modrall Law Firm; Mick Rich, Mick Rich Contractors; and Todd Sandman, Presbyterian Healthcare Services.

Directors elected to one-year terms are Ian Anderson, Albuquerque Business First; Dale Armstrong, TLC Plumbing; Manny Barrera, Mesa del Sol; Mike Canfield, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center; Chris Dunkeson, Comcast; Joe Fortuin, Sennheiser New Mexico; Chris Gibbon, New Mexico Bank & Trust; Joanie Griffin, Griffin & Associates; Bill Mascolo, Lovelace Health System; Roxanna Meyers, Century Sign Builders; Marc Powell, reCARnation; Ryan Shell, New Mexico Gas Co.; and Bruce Stidworthy, Bohannan Huston.

New Patents

(Awarded Jan. 8)

Mirus Bio, Madison, Wis., has been assigned a patent ( 8,921,448 ) developed by Shannon E. Bruse, Tajique, N.M., Laura K. Juckem, Madison, Wis., and Karen M. Neder, Madison, Wis., for “transfection compositions using amphipathic compounds.” (Filed July 16, 2010)

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, M.D. and STC.UNM, Albuquerque, N.M., have been assigned a patent ( 8,921,569 ) developed by four co-inventors for “rationally improved isoniazid and ethionamide derivatives and activity through selective isotopic substitution.” The co-inventors are Graham Timmins, Albuquerque, N.M., Sharon Master, Albuquerque, N.M., Vojo P. Deretic, Placitas, N.M., and William Bishai, Towson, Md. (Filed Feb. 6, 2013)

International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent ( 8,931,109 ) developed by four co-inventors for “context-based security screening for accessing data.” The co-inventors are Samuel S. Adams, Rutherfordton, N.C., Robert R. Friedlander, Southbury, Conn., James R. Kraemer, Santa Fe, N.M., and Jeb R. Linton, Manassas, Va. (Filed Nov. 19, 2012)

International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent ( 8,930,325 ) developed by four co-inventors for “generating and utilizing a data fingerprint to enable analysis of previously available data.” The co-inventors are Kristen E. Cochrane, Chicago, Ill., Ivan M. Milman, Austin, Texas, Martin Oberhofer, Bondorf, Germany, and Donald A. Padilla, Albuquerque, N.M. (Filed Feb. 15, 2012)

International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent ( 8,930,326 ) developed by four co-inventors for “generating and utilizing a data fingerprint to enable analysis of previously available data.” The co-inventors are Kristen E. Cochrane, Chicago, Ill., Ivan M. Milman, Austin, Texas, Martin Oberhofer, Bondorf, Germany, and Donald A. Padilla, Albuquerque, N.M. (Filed Feb. 27, 2012)

International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent ( 8,930,223 ) developed by Robert R. Friedlander, Southbury, Conn., Richard Hennessy, Austin, Texas, and James R. Kraemer, Santa Fe, N.M., for patient cohort matching. (Filed March 30, 2012)

International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent ( 8,930,743 ) developed by four co-inventors for “preventing cascade failures in computer systems.” The co-inventors are Robert R. Friedlander, Southbury, Conn., James R. Kraemer, Santa Fe, N.M., Justyna M. Nowak, Chesterbrook, Pa., and Elizabeth V. Woodward, Cedar Park, Texas. (Filed May 21, 2012)

Sandia, Albuquerque, N.M., has been assigned a patent ( 8,930,034 ) developed by two co-inventors for a “unified power flow controller.” The co-inventors are David G. Wilson, Tijeras, N.M., and Rush D. Robinett III, Tijeras, N.M. (Filed June 13, 2011)

Los Alamos National Security, Los Alamos, N.M., has been assigned a patent ( 8,929,554 ) developed by three co-inventors for techniques and tools “for implementing protocols for secure multi-party communication after quantum key distribution.” The co-inventors are Richard John Hughes, Los Alamos, N.M., Jane Elizabeth Nordholt, Los Alamos, N.M., and Charles Glen Peterson, Los Alamos, N.M. (Filed June 6, 2013)

Sandia, Albuquerque, N.M., has been assigned a patent ( 8,928,546 ) developed by two co-inventors for an “ultra-wideband, omni-directional, low-distortion coaxial antenna.” The co-inventors are Travis Wayne Eubank s, Albuquerque, N.M., and Christopher Lawrence Gibson, Albuquerque, N.M. (Filed May 4, 2012)

Amtech Systems, Albuquerque, N.M., has been assigned a patent ( 8,928,462 ) developed by three co-inventors for a method “for interleaving time slots in multi-antenna system for communication with RFID tags.” The co-inventors are Kelly Gravelle, Poway, Calif., Michael Melvill, Albuquerque, N.M., and Karl Kelsey, Albuquerque, N.M. (Filed May 4, 2012)

Sandia, Albuquerque, N.M., has been assigned a patent ( 8,926,870 ) developed by two co-inventors for methods “for synthesizing mixed-layered bismuth oxy-iodine materials.” The co-inventors are James L. Krumhansl, Albuquerque, N.M., and Tina M. Nenoff, Sandia Park, N.M. (Filed Jan. 29, 2013)

Suncore Photovoltaics, Albuquerque, N.M., has been assigned an ornamental design patent ( D720,607 ) developed by Mikhail Kats, Rockaway, N.J., for an ornamental design for a “horizontal frame member for supporting a concentrating photovoltaic system module.” (Filed Jan. 31, 2013)

Los Alamos National Security, Los Alamos, N.M., has been assigned a patent ( 8,929,554 ) developed by three co-inventors for techniques and tools “for implementing protocols for secure multi-party communication after quantum key distribution.” The co-inventors are Richard John Hughes, Los Alamos, N.M., Jane Elizabeth Nordholt, Los Alamos, N.M., and Charles Glen Peterson, Los Alamos, N.M. (Filed June 6, 2013)

STC.UNM, Albuquerque, N.M., has been assigned a patent ( 8,929,408 ) developed by three co-inventors for systems and methods “for multi comb generation with mode locked laser cavity.” The co-inventors are Jean-Claude Diels, Albuquerque, N.M., Ladan Arissian, Albuquerque, N.M., and Koji Masuda, Albuquerque, N.M. (Filed Jan. 22, 2013)

Traction Jack, Albuquerque, N.M., has been assigned a patent ( 8,925,830 ) developed by two co-inventors for a “vehicle traction jack.” The co-inventors are Jeffrey Brown Jr., El Paso, Texas, and Carlos Amaro, El Paso, Texas. Filed Feb. 22, 2011)

Federal contracts (Announced Jan. 8)

R&M Government Services Inc., Las Cruces, N.M., won a $142,500 federal contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Bronx Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y, for the installation of monochloramine generators.

(Announced Jan. 12)

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M., won a $159,999.57 federal contract from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque, N.M., for genetics studies.

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