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2011 ANDERSON SCHOOL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 8, 2011, 6PM

January 28, 2011

(Albuquerque, NM) The UNM Anderson School of Management Foundation Board celebrates its best and brightest alumni, faculty, and community leaders at the annual Hall of Fame event on Tuesday, March 8 at the Embassy Suites Hotel.


We recognize that New Mexico’s outstanding business talent propels our state forward to a bright, productive future. This year’s theme, Anderson: New Mexico’s Economic Engine ~ Engineering the Future Together, reflects the importance of quality education and progressive programs, as well as strategic partnerships that produce economic growth for our region.


The outstanding honorees for the evening are:


  • Douglas Collister, High Desert Investment Corporation
  • Kathleen Davis, Presbyterian Healthcare Systems
  • Tim Turner, WaveFront Sciences, Inc.
  • Matthew Bruff, ALTELA Inc.
  • Leslie Hoffman, ACCION, New Mexico | Arizona | Colorado
  • Leslie Oakes, Ph.D., Anderson School of Management
  • Stacy Sacco, WESST

Hall of Fame candidates are selected for their professional success, contribution to community involvement, and an ongoing commitment to continuing education. The event will include cocktails, and dinner, an induction ceremony and a keynote address by nationally known speaker, John W. Wright, a performance coach for corporate leaders and professional athletes, and CEO of Wright Financial Group.


Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from the event sponsorship level of $10,000 to table sponsors at a cost of $1000. Individual tickets are $100. For information, contact Natalie Mead in the Anderson School Development Office at 505-277-6413 or nmead60@unm.edu.


Meet the Hall of Fame Inductees


CollisterDouglas Collister has served as President and Board Member of High Desert Investment Corporation (HDIC), since 1991. Accomplishments include developing the 1,000 acre award winning High Desert Community in Albuquerque, as well as Mariposa, a 6,500 acre, sustainable and award winning community master planned and annexed into the City of Rio Rancho. HDIC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Albuquerque Academy, with a mission to plan, develop and sell land owned by the school, with all proceeds benefiting the school and its educational mission. From 1963 – 1993 Mr. Collister was part of Kistler-Collister and Company, a family owned retail story and shopping center. He served as president from 1975 – 1993 and developed Fashion Square Shopping Center in 1984. He received his BBA from the University of New Mexico in 1963.


DavisKathleen D. Davis is the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for the Presbyterian Healthcare System (PHS) and is responsible for leading the quality, patient safety, clinical informatics and process excellence transformation for the organization. Ms. Davis is responsible for the strategic planning for Quality, Community Health and recently oversight for Innovation; she also provides leadership for PHS’ Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Journey. Davis also serves as the Chief Nurse for the system that includes 7 hospitals, numerous ambulatory clinics, homecare and hospice. Ms. Davis joined PHS in 2003 as Vice President and CNO for the Central Delivery System and was named to her current position in 2009. Davis was selected for the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ), Nurse Executive Fellows Program and was a Fellow from 2000-2003. Kathleen Davis received her MBA from the Anderson School in 1992 and says her career has progressed steadily since acquiring her degree. Kathleen serves on the board and is actively involved in the New Mexico Center for Nursing Excellence and serves on the Leadership Council for the Albuquerque Coalition for Healthcare Quality, a RWJ funded project. She has also been involved in board and committee roles with the March of Dimes, the Albuquerque Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, and the United Blood Services Leadership Council and presently serves on the Presbyterian Health Services Foundation Board of Directors.


TurnerTim Turner is the co-founder of WaveFront Sciences, a leader in the development of medical equipment in a highly regulated environment. WaveFront Sciences started as a technology spinoff from Sandia National Labs in 1996, with the idea of solving commercial optical problems using wavefront sensing technology developed at the lab. It is now an operating group closely held by Abbott Laboratories with 45 employees, the company has generated over $40 million dollars in revenue. Mr. Turner received his Executive MBA from the Anderson School in 1991 and a BA in Electrical Engineering from UNM in 1982. His community involvement and contributions are many. As an adoptive parent and advocate of adoption he has served on the board of the nonprofit Adoption Assistance Agency, he serves on the Elder board at New Covenant Church, and is an active member of the NM Angels, supporting the development and financing of New Mexico start-up companies.


Young Alumni
Young alumni recipients are under the age of 40, have already distinguished themselves early in their careers, and show promise of continued growth in the years ahead.


BruffMatthew Bruff is the Chief Development Officer and General Legal Counsel for the leading Albuquerque-based clean tech start-up, Altela, Inc. The company he co-founded has developed a fundamentally new water desalination product that inexpensively removes the dissolved salts and other contaminants from industrial waste waters and undrinkable brackish waters found throughout the world. Altela has established itself as a leader in produced water and frac water treatment and is helping the oil and gas industry move towards increased environmental sustainability. Matthew’s contributions to the community include supporting and providing pro-bono legal services to several children-based support organizations such as the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center, New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches and Colorado Uplift. He is a member of several organizations including the Natural Resources, Energy, and Water Sections of the CO Bar Association, the New Mexico Bar Association, and the 10th Mountain Division Descendants Association. He received his MBA from the Anderson School in 1994 as well as his BBA in 1993. Matthew received his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 2000.


HoffmanLeslie Hoffman is the Vice President of Lending and Client Service at ACCION New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado, where she manages program expansion and performance across a three state territory and is responsible for the growth and management of a $6 million micro and small business loan fund. She started at ACCION in the role of communications manager to help increase its visibility and brand awareness across New Mexico and in the industry nationally. Leslie received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of New Mexico and her Executive MBA from the Anderson School of Management. She worked as a journalist and spent time in the Peace Corps before joining ACCION in 2005. She is a a member of the APS Education Foundation Board, a board member for the Hank Trewhitt Alumni Award, an annual scholarship awarded to a Daily Lobo reporter for outstanding student journalism work, and is a guest lecturer for the CNM entrepreneurship program and marketing and microfinance undergraduate business courses at Anderson. She was named by the New Mexico Business Weekly as a Woman of Influence in 2010 and was among the state’s top Forty under 40 business professionals in 2008.


Faculty Community Leadership Award
This award is open to all full-time faculty members who have demonstrated leadership in enhancing the Anderson School’s visibility and relations with the business community by creating connections, providing leadership, and being actively involved.


OakesDr. Leslie Oakes is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the Anderson School. She promoted and helped develop Anderson’s first full semester course in nonprofit accounting and was central in developing a certificate program through the Management Development Center to provide nonprofit management training. Leslie has been involved in promoting financial management for New Mexico nonprofits for nearly 15 years. As part of her continuing support for the United Way, she has taught nonprofit management in Albuquerque, Taos, Roswell, and Gallup for the New Mexico Community Loan Fund, and has provided training for individual nonprofits across the state. She serves on several nonprofit finance committees and is currently the head of the Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless’ finance committee and a member of their board. She has been published in the finest Accounting and Management journals in the United States, Canada, and Australia.


Distinguished Service Award
This award honors a non-Anderson graduate who has displayed exceptional interest, dedication, and/or service to the Anderson School.


SaccoStacy Sacco, the Rio Rancho Regional Manager at WESST, is well-known in the Albuquerque area for his contributions to the University of New Mexico and the business community. He is active as a business leader, guest columnist, speaker, and educator. Stacy returned to Albuquerque in 1998 after spending twenty years in Southern California where he held senior marketing management positions at several Fortune 500 corporations. He has been part of the professional faculty at the Anderson School for 12 years and is active with many Anderson clubs and events. Recognizing the need to bring business people together he hosts the annual NM MARCOM Mixer that attracts 350+ members of the key marketing associations statewide, and he publishes a marketing-related job bank and several lists including the New Mexico Directory of Professional Associations. Stacy is an active member of several professional associations including having served as the president of both the Orange County and the New Mexico Chapters of the American Marketing Association. Mr. Sacco earned his MBA from Pepperdine University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Arizona, and toured two years with the international, educational program Up With People. Stacy was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people statewide the past three years as a New Mexico Business Weekly Power Broker.


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The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit www.mgt.unm.edu, email info@mgt.unm.edu, or call (505) 277-6471.

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