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ABQ Connect Now

meets from 5-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse, 6855 4th NW. ABQ Connect Now is a free business and referral exchange for business decision-makers and community leaders. Sponsored by Jeff Candelaria, business development officer at Bank of the West. Advance registration is required. To register or for additional information, contact Jeff Candelaria by calling 505-604-9081 or email

Albuquerque Economic Development Inc. (AED) presents the free event, Connect to Success: Programs That Impact Your Bottom Line, from 7:30 a.m.-noon Thursday at the CNM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock NE. Are you a manufacturer or service provider with more than half of your sales or services to customers outside of New Mexico? Are you interested in getting federal, state and local government contracts? Do you still pay gross receipts tax on utilities and consumables? Would you like the national labs to assist you with technical challenges? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you can’t afford to miss this free, half-day event! Come learn about these topics and other programs that impact your bottom line. You’ll also have the chance to hear directly from companies that have participated in the programs. Seating is limited to the first 100 people. Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. For additional information or advance registration, visit

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is sponsoring a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar On Public Records And Open Meeting Laws, from 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Friday at the Albuquerque Journal, 7777 Jefferson St. NE. 8 a.m.: Registration

The seminar agenda includes:

  • Recent Developments under the Open Meetings Act, by Greg Williams and Daniel Yohalem, from 8:30-9:45 a.m.

– What constitutes a meeting?

– When is a subcommittee subject to OMA?

I. Gila River and Interstate Stream Commission.

II. State Investment Council and litigation subcommittee.

III. Slapp lawsuit.

– New Mexico federal court decisions on speaking at public forums.

  • Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) secret superintendent report and related personnel issues, by Kent Walz and Chuck Peifer, from 10-11:15 a.m.

– An overview of facts including personnel exception in APS and other cases and a journalist’s perspective.

  • Current issues under the Inspection of Public Records Ac t, by Charles “Kip” Purcell, from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

– HSD audit; IPRA and OMA remedies.

– Cost of electronic records.

– Relationship of NMSA 14.3 to IPRA.

– Can a regulation or NMAC trump IPRA? DOH issue with names of medical marijuana producers.

  • Sunshine on My Shoulders: The Perspective of a Government Attorney, by Geno Zamora, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

– Preventive medicine

Setting the environment

– Open meetings

I. How much detail in agenda notices?

II. Items not on the agenda and executive sessions?

III. Communication with staff.

– IPRA as a vocation, not a chore.

I. Working with requestors

II. Seeking resolutions

III. Issues and problems records custodians face

  • Legislative update and how to craft an IPRA request by Susan Boe and Kip Purcell, from 2:30-3 p.m.

– Changes in IPRA and OMA during 2015 session.

– IPRA requests used by attorneys as discovery.

– IPRA fishing expeditions.

  • Open Government, Ethics and Professionalism, by Geno Zamora and Greg Williams, from 3:15-4:15 p.m.

– Working for the government in the real world: balancing politics with professionalism.

– Navigating ethical issues for attorneys advising public bodies.

The registration fee for FOG members is $210 through April 15 and $215 after that date. The registration fee for others is $249 through April 15 and $255 after that date. For registration and additional information, visit or call 505-764-3750 or toll free at 888-843-9121.

District 23 Toastmasters is sponsoring the Toastmaster Spring Conference, on Friday-Sunday at the MCM Elegante Hotel, 2020 Menaul NE. Listen to fun and informative presentations by some of the world’s greatest speakers for a fraction of the price you would normally pay. And, you don’t have to be a Toastmaster to attend. The three-day event features keynote presentations by Barbara Khozam and Tim Swearingen .

Khozam will present Zapping Negativity and Igniting Your Results, and How Companies Deliver Bad Customer Service (and Ways to Turn It Around!) .

Swearingen will present Slackers & Dinosaurs – how different generations can co-exist in the workplace, and It’s YOUR Ship, how to lead in a way that inspires everyone to get on board .

For additional information, call 505-280-0082, email or visit

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Chapter 80, meets at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Palo Duro Senior Center, 5221 Palo Duro NE. All current federal employees or retired federal employees are invited. The meeting includes a potluck. For additional information, call 505-349-4129.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is sponsoring a free On-The-Spot Document Shredding Event from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Better Business Bureau, 7007 Jefferson NE. The event will take place in the BBB’s parking lot and will also feature tips and resources for protecting your identity. Bring up to two bags of documents to be shredded. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders.

The inaugural Face the Future Conference will be held May 4-6 at the Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 2nd NW. The three-day event is designed for business leaders, CEOs, executives and entrepreneurs and will cover topics including robotics, education, technology, healthcare, media, privacy, finance, the workplace, big data, cybersecurity, branding and travel. Keynote speakers include David Houle, co-producer of the event; and Gerd Leonhard, host of Switzerland’s “The Future Show.” For conference information and registration, visit


Geoffrey N. Hayes, Dipl. O.M., has opened Endpoint Wellness at 2730 San Pedro NE, Suite B2, in Albuquerque. Hayes offers patients acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture, pain management, sports medicine, Chinese herbal formulas, Tui Na, cupping, and lifestyle medicine. Endpoint Wellness also features the Botanica Skin and Brow Studio, founded by Kristin Near, offering customers an overall wellness and beauty experience including facials and peels, rejuvenation treatments, brow shaping and hair removal and brow tinting. It has a part-time massage therapist on staff.

Hayes has a degree from the Southwest Acupuncture College and is nationally board-certified as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.) by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is board-certified as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine by the New Mexico state board. For information or to schedule an appointment, call 505-433-2054 or visit


Cassandra Malone has been promoted by Keleher & McLeod PA to shareholder and director. Malone joined the firm as an attorney in 2008 and represents clients in civil and commercial litigation in the areas of water law, employment law, health law and insurance law. She also formerly worked as a classically trained musician. Malone has a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in music; and a law degree, cum laude, both from the University of New Mexico. She is a member of the State Bar of New Mexico and the Albuquerque Bar Association.


Andrew Rivera has joined Southwest Capital Bank as a full-time teller. Rivera has 13 years’ experience in the personal banking field, electronic services, merchant services, small business banking and as an online specialist and previously worked for Bank of America for seven years and Nusenda, (formerly the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union) for six years.

Patrick J. Wilkins, CPA, has joined United Way of Central New Mexico as the chief financial officer (CFO). Wilkins has 24 years’ experience in public and private accounting. He previously was a principal at CliftonLarsonAllen of New Mexico.

Elizabeth Piazza has joined Montgomery & Andrews P A concentrating her practice on general civil litigation matters. Piazza has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware; a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland; and a law degree from UNM.

New patents

(Awarded April 16)

The University of Florida Research Foundation, Gainesville, Fla., and STC.UNM, Albuquerque, N.M., have been assigned a patent ( 9,005,540 ) developed by five co-inventors for “conjugated polyelectrolyte capsules: light activated antimicrobials.” The co-inventors are Kirk S. Schanze, Gainesville, Fla., Motokatsu Ogawa, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Jonathan Robert Sommer, Gainsville, Fla., David G. Whitten, Albuquerque, and Thomas S. Corbitt, Albuquerque. (Filed Nov. 27, 2013)

Sandia Corp., Albuquerque, has been assigned a patent ( 9,009,640 ) developed by two co-inventors for an “automatic computation of transfer functions.” The co-inventors are Luke Dale Watson, Savannah, Mo., and Stanley Atcitty, Albuquerque. (Filed June 18, 2013)

Lumidigm, Albuquerque, has been assigned a patent ( 9,007,175 ) developed by three co-inventors for a “biometric imaging using an optical adaptive interface.” The co-inventors are Robert K. Rowe, Corrales, Stephen P. Corcoran, Corrales, and Paul Bulter, Tijeras. (Filed Oct. 29, 2013)

STC.UNM, Albuquerque has been assigned a patent ( 9,005,575 ) developed by two co-inventors for “Arg-Gly-Asp-conjugated alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone hybrid peptide for use in diagnosing and treating melanoma, including metastatic melanoma and methods related to same .” The co-inventors are Yubin Miao and Jianquan Yang, both of Albuquerque. (Filed May 28, 2010)

Snowboard Sport Solutions, Albuquerque, has been assigned a patent ( 9,004,503 ) developed by Kurt Bryce Sorenson, Albuquerque, for a “rotatable binding system for snowboards.” (Filed Nov. 16, 2012)

Sandia Corp., Albuquerque, has been assigned a patent ( 9,005,417 ) developed by four co-inventors for devices, systems and methods “for microscale isoelectric fractionation.” The co-inventors are Anup K. Singh, Danville, Calif., Gregory J. Sommer, Livermore, Calif., Ying-Chih Wang, Pleasanton, Calif., and Anson V. Hatch, Tracy, Calif. (Filed Oct. 1, 2008)

Federal contracts

(Announced April 16)

Honeywell International Inc., Albuquerque, won a $2,557,999 federal contract from the U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, for fire control equipment.

Chestnut Ridge Forestry, Mayhill, N.M., won a federal contract valued at up to $500,000 from the U.S. Forest Service, Warren, Pa., for stocking survey data at Allegheny National Forest.

G2I LLC, Albuquerque, won a $149,659.65 federal contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque, for the installation of water filtration systems.

McNally Industries LLC dba Sun Country Industries, Albuquerque, won a $108,330 federal contract from the Defense Logistics Agency, Richmond, Va., for compressor shrouds.

NativeVet Materiel LLC, Albuquerque, won a $31,103 federal contract from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, Billings, Mont., for hose reels.

FPA Manufacturing dba FPA, Las Cruces, won a $25,480.50 federal contract from the Defense Logistics Agency, Philadelphia, for scaffold plan stages.

Flow Science Inc., Santa Fe, won a $15,000 federal contract from the U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, for software maintenance.

Statewide Drilling Inc., Alamogordo, won a $9,625.89 federal contract from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, Albuquerque, for emergency repair on Well No. 3 at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility.

(Announced April 22)

Applied Research Associates Inc., Albuquerque, was awarded an $11,728,919 federal contract by the U.S. Air Force’s 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., for airfield operating surfaces and airfield damage repair technology development.

R&M Government Services Inc., Las Cruces, won a $118,022.80 federal contract from the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command, Newport, R.I., for pinnacle hardware kits.




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