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    ABQ FINANCIAL has opened at 7007 Wyoming NE, Suite F2. The company is owned and operated by Dan Rivera, CEO; Delwin Hale, CFO; Eric Chavez, COO; and Michael Rodriguez, CPO. For information, call 563-4700, (877) 564-4700 or visit the Web site www.abqfinancial.com.
    BANK OF ALBUQUERQUE has opened a full-service branch at 401 Coors NW. Bank hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Bank of Albuquerque now has 20 locations in the Albuquerque metro area.
    NM LEISURE has opened Coleman Spas at 6301 Menaul NE. Store hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. on Sundays. 724-9797.
    HIGH DESERT MORTGAGE has opened in Rio Rancho. Owners Sandra Kaszuba and Karen Hilton have 25 years' combined mortgage industry experience. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays. 891-0497.
    STEVE SHELDON has been promoted by First Community Mortgage to vice president/community programs. Sheldon joined the bank in 1999. He has 13 years of mortgage experience.
    MILLER STRATVERT PA has elected three staff members to shareholders and directors of the firm. They are M. Dylan O'Reilly, Nell Graham Sale and Leonard D. Sanchez.
    SUZANNE M. BARKER, a shareholder at the law firm of Modrall Sperling, has been promoted to head of the firm's transactions department. Barker has 25 years' experience in transactions law. She has a law degree from UNM, a master's in economics from Stanford University and a bachelor's in economics and mathematics from the University of Colorado.
    JACOB R. ROSS has joined Modrall Sperling as an associate in the transactions department. Ross has a law degree from Brigham Young University and a bachelor's in economics from Cornell University. His practice will focus on business, real estate, land use planning and natural resources law.
    THE ALBUQUERQUE OFFICE of Grant Thornton LLP has hired two in associates. They are Rosanna Cardona, associate in the assurance division, and Jason Lofrese, associate in the tax division. Cardona has a bachelor's degree in accountancy from NMSU and Lofrese has a bachelor's degree in accounting from UNM.
    BOB WILCOX, P.G., has joined Kleinfelder Inc. as a senior project manager. Wilcox has 16 years' experience in environmental restoration. He has a master's degree in geological sciences from Sul Ross State University in Texas.
    NOLA FINDLAY has joined First Community Mortgage as a mortgage loan officer at the Journal Center office. Findlay has 15 years' experience in the mortgage loan industry and worked for Washington Mutual. She has a bachelor's degree from the Oregon College of Education and is a licensed real estate broker.
    LESLIE HOFFMAN has joined ACCION New Mexico as commun-ications manager. Hoffman was a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in Albuquerque. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from UNM.
    KARA HAYES has joined the National Atomic Museum as facility rental coordinator. Hayes has a bachelor's degree from NMSU.
    JIM MAEZ has joined Prudential Financial's Greater Southwest Agency office as a financial services associate.
    DOC THOMPSON has joined General Media's radio station KAGM 106.3 Talk-FM as program director. Thompson was the AM producer at a radio station in Cleveland. He has 25 years' experience in radio broadcasting.
    CARL E. LLOYD has joined Eberline Services as controller. Lloyd has 10 years' experience in government contractor cost accounting and contract management. He has a bachelor's degree in accounting from UNM.
    JESSICA QUIÑONEZ has joined the University of Phoenix New Mexico as enrollment manager for the Albuquerque campus. Quiñonez was a marketing manager for a furniture store. She has a master's degree from the University of Phoenix and a bachelor's in English from UNM.
    SOUDER, MILLER & ASSOCIATES has moved to 3451 Candelaria NE, Site D.
    All numbers remain the same.
    THE PNM SMALL BUSINESS WORKSHOP SERIES presents a free seminar, Targeted Direct Mail, by Mike Naples, direct marketing specialist with the U.S. Postal Service, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Alvarado Conference Center at PNM, downtown at the corner of Fifth and Silver. Naples will discuss why direct mail works and what kind of direct-mail campaigns are most effective. He will also discuss market segmentation and the importance of tailoring messages to an audience. Free parking is available for participants at Third Street and Coal Avenue. For information, call 241-0837 or visit www.pnm.com and click on "small business workshop-March 29.
    THE FREE INFOBYTE WORKSHOP SERIES sponsored by UNM Continuing Education presents Taking Online Classes with UNM Continuing Education Online Coordinator Nanette Bowring from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday at UNM Continuing Education, 1634 University NE. Bowring will demonstrate how to log on, navigate the site and begin a course. For information or reservations, call 277-6036 or visit www.dce.unm.edu.
    THE NEW MEXICO CHAPTER of the Public Relations Society of America's March luncheon will be at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Albuquerque Hilton, 1901 University NE. The speaker will be Breda Bova, associate dean for undergraduate studies and community outreach at the UNM College of Education, discussing "Managing Multiple Generations." Admission is $17 for members and $25 for others. The reservation deadline is today. For reservations or information, call Leslie Venzuela at 243-7255 or e-mail lvenzuela@cabq.gov.
    THE LEADERSHIP ALBUQUERQUE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION'S March luncheon will be Thursday at the Albuquerque Petroleum Club, 500 Marquette NW. The presentation will be "Albuquerque City Services, Part 1" by Mayor Martin Chávez and city department heads. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for others. Reservations are required by Tuesday.. For information or reservations, call 764-3755 or visit the www.abqchamber.com and go to the "events" section.
    THE NEW MEXICO ASSOCIATION OF MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS is sponsoring a luncheon lecture, "The Business 'Whys' of Web Design and Web-Based Marketing," by Virginia Rae Stubella, of ABA Creative Web Services, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy NE. Stubella has worked for ABA Creative Web Services since 1997 and is also a professor of e-business at the University of Phoenix. The fee is $20 for members and $25 for others and includes lunch. The reservation deadline is today. For reservations or information, call 294-1976 or e-mail jblume@desertskycommunications.com.
    WORDHARVEST WRITERS' WORKSHOPS is sponsoring two April writing workshops in Santa Fe.
    "It's No Mystery: How To Write Your Novel" by Paula Paul from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
    Revitalize Your Writing and Double Your Sales! by Shirley Raye Redmond from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 9.
    The workshop fee is $125 for either workshop and includes lunch and snacks. All workshops are held at a writer's home in Santa Fe. Directions are given at registration. For registration or information, call (505) 471-1565, e-mail wordharvest@yahoo.com or visit www.sfworkshops.com.
    BUSINESS WORKSHOP, Your Mission— Your Story— Your Success, with presenters Carolyn Gregory of Heart Dance Promotions and Leila Johnson of Data-ScribeT from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday at La Siringitu Cafe, 1501 Mountain NW. Participants will learn to define their personal vision, write a mission statement for their business and create a news release that reflects their purpose in the marketplace. Admission is $45 and includes vegetarian finger foods and tea. Reservations are required by Wednesday. For information or reservations, call Carolyn at 890-8081 or Leila at 896-9379.
    GEORGE CHAVEZ, a New Mexico state range management specialist, has been recognized for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Range Management" by the Society for Range Management. Chavez has been a member of the society for 28 years.
    ALBUQUERQUE PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER Kim Jew has won the Judges' Choice Award for best senior girl portfolio at the national Senior Portrait Artists Portfolio Competition. Jew's nine-photograph set was of 2004 Cibola High School graduate Stacy Brendon.
    ROBYN HENDRIXSON and Don Bosssard, owners of Mechanical Concepts Ltd. Co., have received the 2004 Individual Member of the Year Award from the New Mexico Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors.
    MICHAEL S. RICH, owner of Michael S. Rich Contractors, has been elected 2005 chairman of the board for the New Mexico Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.
    RONALD McDONALD HOUSE has elected new officers and board members.
    New officers are Laurie Monfiletto, Honeywell, chair; Sam Giammo, UNM Health Sciences Center, chair-elect; Eric Herrera, REDW The Rogoff Firm, treasurer; and Kim Plymale, Conquistadores Inc., secretary.
    New board members include Martin Mares, Julia Grimes, Deanna Brown and Nancy Caldwell.
    THE NEW MEXICO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT LOAN FUND has elected six new members to its board of directors. They are James Byrd, Bank of America; John C. Lewis, Southwest Marketing; Pat Navarrette, Bank of Albuquerque; Alberto Peralta, IronStone Bank; Carlos Perea, Entrada Ventures; and Joseph Varo Jr., DSRM National Bank.
    EL RANCHO DE LAS GOLONDRINAS in La Cienega has elected new directors officers, board members and trustees.
    Board officers are Mel Montaño, chairman; John Midyette, vice chair; Ray Padilla, treasurer; and Michael Coughlin, secretary.
    Board directors include Jackie Baca, Sandy Besser, Adrian Bustamante, Fred Cisneros, Peter Gonzalez, Nasario Garcia, Bob Himmerich y Valencia, Diana Moya Lujan, Teresa Pierce, Arlene Cisneros Sena and Tom Simons.
    Trustees of the Charitable Trust are Rex Arrowsmith, Dave Carmichael, Al Lucero, George Paloheimo and Don Van Soelen.
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