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Rio Rancho Chamber names new CEO

Jerry Schalow has been named president and chief executive officer of the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce, the chamber board of directors announced Wednesday.

Jerry Schalow, new president/CEO of the Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce

Jerry Schalow, new president/CEO of the Rio Rancho Chamber of Commerce

Schalow comes to Rio Rancho with more than two decades of experience in collaborating with businesses and consumers throughout New Mexico and the Southwest, most recently as president of First Santa Fe Insurance Services, an affiliate of First National Bank of Santa Fe.

He worked closely with Isleta Pueblo to develop Native American Insurance Group, which is now one of the largest insurance agencies of its kind focusing on the needs of tribal entities.

Erin Hagenow, who has served as the chamber’s interim executive director since June, will continue to work with RRRCC through Sept. 30 to coordinate the transition to Schalow.

Longtime RRRCC President and CEO Debbi Moore stepped down in April to take a similar position with the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce.

Prior to FSFIS, Jerry was vice president for HSBC Bank in New Mexico, Arizona, California and Texas. He worked with many industries, but has particular expertise with financial services, non-profits, real estate development, retailing, and service-based companies.

Schalow is a graduate of Texas Tech University and has served on numerous boards and commissions. He most recently served as a board member for the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, New Mexico Connections Academy Charter School and St. Felix Pantry in Rio Rancho.

“I am excited about working with Rio Rancho, its surrounding communities, Sandoval County and Albuquerque’s West Side to continue building upon the foundation already in place at the chamber,” Schalow said. “Our efforts will focus on collaborating with businesses and area leaders on economic growth and on building partnerships that support those efforts.”