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This year’s Leadership New Mexico marks an anniversary: 20 years of educating

Participants in the Leadership New Mexico Core Program get a briefing on the Union Pacific operations at Santa Teresa. (Andres Leighton/for the Albuquerque Journal)

Participants in the Leadership New Mexico Core Program get a briefing on the Union Pacific operations at Santa Teresa. (Andres Leighton/for the Albuquerque Journal)

New Mexicans about the state’s differing realities across geography, cultures and economies.

“We live in such a large state, but I think Leadership New Mexico has made it shrink for people,” said Patty Komko, the program’s president. “It’s not so far to drive from Farmington to Carlsbad to do business. You break that mental barrier of distance. That is one of the things we have been able to do.”

Rex Corbin of the 58th Operations Group at Kirtland Air Force Base, left, Ireke Cooper, president of Cooper Fire Protection Services, center, and Jay Laughlin, head of operations and chief nuclear officer at URENCO USA, attend a Leadership New Mexico tour of the War Eagles Museum in Santa Teresa in January.

Rex Corbin of the 58th Operations Group at Kirtland Air Force Base, left, Ireke Cooper, president of Cooper Fire Protection Services, center, and Jay Laughlin, head of operations and chief nuclear officer at URENCO USA, attend a Leadership New Mexico tour of the War Eagles Museum in Santa Teresa in January.

The program’s more than 800 graduates from 54 communities have come from the private and public sectors. They have gone back to their hometowns with a fresh appreciation for New Mexico’s potential and they have gone on to do business with each other, and share leadership roles in boardrooms and government, Komko said.

“It doesn’t matter whether you are from Silver City or Carlsbad or Clovis or Cimarron,” she said. “We all want the same thing. We all want a good education system; we all want jobs; we want our children to stay in the communities they grew up in. If you can break down those false barriers and let people get to know each other as people, then you will really, truly have progress.”

This year’s core class takes 39 participants to six New Mexico communities, from Santa Fe and Los Alamos to Las Cruces, Hobbs, Farmington and Taos, to tackle themes including health care, economic development, education, environment, government, crime and justice.

Leadership New Mexico has become a cornerstone for leadership trainings in the public and private sectors. Companies and institutions such as U.S. Bank and University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque sponsor participants from their organizations nearly every year.

“It is a tremendous opportunity to share and network with movers and shakers from around the state,” said Paul DiPaola, president of U.S. Bank in Albuquerque and chairman of the Leadership New Mexico board. “It has created quite a connection and quite an alumni of people who, after having been through the class, encourage others to participate.”

“Knowledge is power in a sense,” he said. “So it doesn’t matter if you are talking about economic development or water issues, if they have attended (the program), then they have been educated on some of the challenges and they are better prepared to play a role in the solutions. They can pitch in and move the state forward.”

At a recent two-day session in Las Cruces, Leadership New Mexico participants got a closer look at the U.S.-Mexico border to learn about international commerce and immigration issues. They visited the Santa Teresa port of entry and also got a rare tour of the sprawling new Union Pacific intermodal hub nearby.

After a detailed presentation on how Union Pacific moves its 4,000-7,000-foot trains in and out of the facility for refueling, cargo changes and staff shifts, Jay Laughlin, chief nuclear officer at Eunice-based URENCO USA, said he was surprised by what he saw.

“There are a lot of things going on here,” he said. “There are pretty exciting opportunities tied to the border.”

“I had never been to the UP yard or that whole Santa Teresa area,” said Krishna Reddy, vice president of special projects at the Albuquerque office of Jaynes Corp., a construction firm. “I was just struck by the enormous potential in that little area for cross-border commerce and trade. And I was also struck by how much (more) is happening just east of us in Texas. What is it New Mexico can do?”

Reddy says he has high hopes that his Leadership New Mexico experience won’t be “a yearlong networking session before we go back to our daily lives.”

“There is a great bunch of people in my class – the 20th class – I hope we all stay in touch,” he said. “I hope we pick certain issues facing our state and in smaller groups, or as a group in general, we find ways to stay engaged with each other and come up with solutions to some of these issues.”


Leadership NM 2015-16 Board of Directors

Mr. Russell Allen – Core 2008

Vice President of Operations

Allen Theatres Inc.

Las Cruces

Mr. George Anderson – Connect 2012

Project Executive

HB Construction of Albuquerque Inc.

Albuquerque

Past Chairman of the Board

Mr. John Brown – Core 2010

President & Chief Executive Officer

Silent Falcon UAS Technologies

Albuquerque

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Paul DiPaola – Core 2000

President

U.S. Bank

Albuquerque

Core Curriculum Committee Chair

Ms. DeAnn Eaton – Core 2014

Chief Executive Officer

Haverland Carter Lifestyle Group

Albuquerque

Mr. Kendal Giles – Core 2015

Principal and Vice President

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

Albuquerque

Mr. Steve Griego – Core 2010

President & Chief Executive Officer

DMC Logistics

Albuquerque

Chairman of the Board-Elect

Fundraising Committee Chair

Mr. Jim Haynes – Core 2007

Partner

Pulakos CPAs

Albuquerque

Ms. Trudy Healy – Core 2006

Co-Owner

The Rancho Milagro Collection and

Urraca Valley Cattle Co.

Taos

Ms. Shelly Herbst – Core 2013

President & Chief Executive Officer

Marron & Associates

Albuquerque

Ms. Debra Hicks – Core 2009

President & Chief Executive Officer

Pettigrew & Associates

Hobbs

Ms. Marianne Hill – Core 2012

Deputy General Counsel

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque

Mr. Shad James – Core 2013

President & Chief Operating Officer

Jaynes Corp.

Albuquerque

Ms. Patty Komko

President

Leadership New Mexico

Albuquerque

Mr. Joe Lujan – Core 2004

President of Commercial Lines

HUB International Insurance Services Inc.

Albuquerque

Mr. Chris McCall – LGLP 2015

Chief of Police

City of Hobbs

Hobbs

Alumni Committee Chairman

Mr. Paul Mondragon – Core 2009

Senior Vice President and Relationship Manager

BBVA Compass

Albuquerque

Mr. Brent Moore – Core 2011

Attorney & Shareholder

Montgomery & Andrews, P.A.

Santa Fe

Connect Curriculum Committee Chair

Ms. Amanda Pierce – Connect 2013

Vice President/Branch Manager

Los Alamos National Bank

Santa Fe

Ms. Betty Read Young – Core 2008

Chief Financial Officer

Read & Stevens Inc.

Roswell

Dr. John Russell – Core 2013

Chairman of Surgery

UNM Health Sciences Center

Albuquerque

Ms. Liz Shipley – Core 2009

New Mexico Public Affairs Manager

Intel Corp.

Rio Rancho

Secretary

Mr. Doug Smith – Core 2004

Executive Vice President

Presbyterian Medical Services

Santa Fe

Mr. Jerry Smith – Core 2013

President & Chief Executive Officer Laguna Development Corp.

Albuquerque

Mr. Mike Stanford – Core 1999

President

Payday HCM

Albuquerque

Treasurer

Mr. Jimmy Trujillo – Core 2004

Principal

REDW LLC

Albuquerque

Local Government Leadership Program Committee Chairman

Mayor Matt White – LGLP 2007 & Core 2009

Mayor

City of Eunice

Eunice

Mr. Russell Williams – Core 2014

Head of Technical Services

URENCO USA

Eunice

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