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Press Release


October 25, 2000

ALBUQUERQUE – The Anderson Schools of Management at the University of New Mexico is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2000 Up-and-Comers awards, to be held on Tuesday, November 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel and Convention Center in Albuquerque.

The featured speaker for this event will be Mr. John Richardson, Minister and Deputy Head of Delegation for the European Union. His topic will be the “European Dilemma: Encouraging Innovation on a Continent with 2000 Years of Tradition,” and his comments will engage the New Mexico audience in how our own traditions can interplay with the demands of the global economy.

The Up & Comers Awards are honoring outstanding people in business throughout the state of New Mexico who are demonstrating excellence in their profession and community service activities. Over 130 talented people were nominated for the awards, with 36 honorees chosen for the recognition. This initial class of Up-and-Comers has an average age of 37, represents seven New Mexico communities and a wide range of professions. The honorees are:

Jeffrey Armijo, President of Paradise Travel, Inc. in Socorro.
Mr. Armijo is active in the Socorro Lions Club and sponsored the Commission on the Status of Women Conference in Socorro in 1998.

MaryAnn R. Baker-Randall, Attorney with Baker, Randall & Associates, PC in Albuquerque.
Ms. Baker-Randall is on the Board of the New Mexico Women’s Bar Association and volunteers with the Adaptive Ski Program at Sandia Peak.

Curt J. “C.J.” Chavez, President of G-Katmar Inc. in Albuquerque.
Mr. Chavez also teaches martial arts, volunteering his skills to work with underprivileged youth as needed.

Joan Coff, MD, Chiropractic Doctor at Blue Dolphin Chiropractic/ Albuquerque Chiropractic.
Dr. Coff is involved with the Professional Women’s Golf Club, a businesswomen’s professional group that supports women’s activities.

Perry L. Denker, Vice President of Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc. Mr. Denker has helped to bring 2,100 new jobs and $330 million capital investment to the Albuquerque area.

Gary A. Escudero, MD, Director of Clinical and Medical Affairs at the Gallup Indian Medical Center.
Dr. Escudero has served in this position for 14 years and mentors young medical students.

James E. Fuller, State Outreach Director/Executive Director of the Pete Domenici/Bush-Cheney 2000 Inc.
Mr. Fuller works with many civic and community organizations and helped pass the New Mexico Mental Health Parity Act though the state legislature.

Tom Garrity, President of The Garrity Group Public Relations in Albuquerque. Mr. Garrity serves on the Executive Committee of the United Way of Central New Mexico and is President of the Public Relations Society of America, New Mexico Chapter.

Charlene S. Golden, Academic Administrator at the College of Education, UNM in Albuquerque.
Ms. Golden is a Victim’s Advocate for the Domestic Violence Program with the Albuquerque Police Department and serves on the Board of the Equal Employment and Opportunity Council.

Daniel G. Gutierrez, Director of Economic Development for Bernalillo County. Mr. Gutierrez has been active in politics and government in the Albuquerque area for many years and in many capacities.

Robert Gerard Heiser, Principal/Vice President of DCSW, Inc. in Albuquerque. Mr. Heiser is the Vice Chair of the Environmental Planning Commission for the City of Albuquerque.

Christopher W. Hickman, Director of Technology and Innovation at PNM in Albuquerque.
Mr. Hickman recently won the Walter Fee Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and is active in a wide variety of community activities.

John H. Hooker, Architect with Hooker & Hooker Architects in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque.
Mr. Hooker is also the Mayor of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque and is designing the new Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum.

Erik Lohmeier, Vice President – Group Account Director for Rick Johnson & Company Advertising in Albuquerque.
Mr. Lohmeier serves on the Board of the New Mexico Zoological Society and is a member of the Active 20/30 club.

Joseph M. Lujan, Vice President for Personal Lines at Manuel Lujan Insurance, Inc. in Albuquerque.
Mr. Lujan is on the Board of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and is active in coaching youth sports.

Beverlee J. McClure, President of Clovis Community College.
Ms. McClure has promoted economic development in Clovis, helping to attract 500 new jobs and $20 million to her community.

Steve McKee, President of McKee Wallwork Henderson Advertising in Albuquerque.
Mr. McKee serves on the Board of the Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation and teaches marriage preparation classes through Calvary of Albuquerque.

Gabriel Merced Parra, Attorney with Sutin, Thayer & Browne in Albuquerque. Mr. Parra is active in the American Red Cross Speakers Bureau and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Central New Mexico.

Roxanna Meyers, President of Century Plus in Albuquerque.
Formerly President of Commercial Lending at Wells Fargo New Mexico, Ms. Meyers is also active locally in youth activities and the search for a cure for cancer.

Jackie Kerby Moore, Manager of Sandia Science & Technology Park in Albuquerque.
Ms. Moore is also active with United Way and Camp Fire Boys and Girls in the local area.

John Oliver, Chairman/Founder of Menla Corp. in Albuquerque.
Through Menla, Mr. Oliver works to create a worldwide community of and for people with special needs: the disabled, the chronically ill, their caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Jerry Pacheco, President/CEO of Global Perspectives Integrated, LLC in Santa Teresa.
Mr. Pacheco works with youth organizations throughout the state and is active in increasing New Mexico’s international presence.

Edward Pulsifer, Vice President of Convention Sales and Marketing for the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Mr. Pulsifer volunteers with the Albuquerque Women’s Resource Center and the New Day Shelters.

John R. Ransom, Real Estate Advisor with Grubb & Ellis/Lewinger Hamilton, Inc. in Albuquerque.
Mr. Ransom is also a Trustee of All Faiths Receiving Home.

Kevin L. Reid, President/Owner of Reid & Associates, Inc. in Rio Rancho.
Mr. Reid is active in Rotary International and was selected as Rotarian of the Year by the Rio Rancho Rotary Club.

Curt J. Richter, Jr., Owner/President of Imaging Concepts of New Mexico, Inc. in Albuquerque.
Mr. Richter sponsors a business forum at his facility every year.

Joan Rosley-Griffin, President of Griffin & Associates, Inc. in Albuquerque.
Ms. Rosley-Griffin is the President of the New Mexico Advertising Federation.

Lorin Saint Erramouspe, President/Dance Educator of Dance Alegre! in Albuquerque.
Ms. Erramouspe helped build the State Department of Education’s Arts Standards, Benchmarks and Performance Standards curriculum work, which has helped to improve the level of arts education statewide.

J. Brad Steward, Director of Finance for SVS, Inc. in Albuquerque.
Mr. Steward is very active in youth sports and helped pass the Technology Jobs Tax Credit in New Mexico.

Lynn Trojahn, Director of Advancement at the Bosque School in Albuquerque. Ms. Trojahn is President of the New Mexico Society of Fundraising Executives and is the Chair of the Kiwanis’ Children Priority One committee.

Jennifer M. Van Drunen, President of Interactive Solutions, Inc. in Albuquerque.
Ms. Van Drunen is active in fundraising for the National Association of Women Business Owners Camp $tart-Up, which helps teach young women their own potential in business.

Darin Keith Wade, Commercial Sales/Leasing Director at Richardson Ford Sales in Albuquerque.
Mr. Wade is also active in a number of musical activities as well as serving on the Ford Motor Credit/Ford Motor Company Internet Expert Panel.

Maureen M. Walter, Principal at BPLW Architects & Engineers, Inc. in Albuquerque.
Ms. Walter is currently active with creating new dorms on UNM’s main campus, renovating the Henry C. Trost’s YMCA building at New Mexico State University, and creating a downtown parking structure in Albuquerque.

Helen J. Wertheim, President/COO of Charter Insurance Services Inc. in Albuquerque.
Ms. Wertheim is Board President of the YWCA of the Middle Rio Grande and on the Board of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce.

Heather Wilson, Congresswoman in the US House of Representatives.
Ms. Wilson has represented New Mexico in Congress since 1998, serving on the Commerce Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Republican Policy Committee.

Lisa Kaplan Witt, President of Avista Video Histories in Albuquerque.
Through this company, Ms. Witt records the stories of senior citizens for posterity. She compliments this by volunteering with the Senior Foundation, a non-profit that helps seniors in need.

The program is being sponsored with generous underwriting gifts from Arthur Andersen and Wells Fargo Bank; The New Mexico Business Weekly is the event’s media sponsor. Tickets for the luncheon are $50 per person, or $400 for corporate tables of 8. For reservations, please call 505-277-0880 or email


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

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, email, or call (505) 277-6471.