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Second Annual Up-and-Comers Awards Coming Up

August 28, 2001

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico is about new energy – and the young professionals making a difference will again be honored in this year’s Up-and-Comers Awards. Sponsored by The Anderson Schools of Management Foundation, the Up-and-Comers Awards have been designed to recognize 40 individuals from across the State who are demonstrating excellence in their professional lives and community service.

“We see what a difference younger professionals are making in the landscape of the State,” said Michelle Coons, President of Wells Fargo-Santa Fe and Chair of The Anderson Schools Foundation Board. “New ideas, new business and industry are coming to New Mexico because there are exceptional people here, and we wanted to create an awards program and event that would recognize them.”

Individuals may be nominated who are 40 years old and under and who are making a mark in New Mexico through their work and service to the community. Categories for recognition will include: Agriculture; Architecture and Planning; Communications; Economic Development; Education; Engineering; Entrepreneurship; Finance; Fine Arts; Government; International Business; Law; Manufacturing; Medicine; Non-profit Management; Retail; Science and Technology; Small Business; Sports and Entertainment; and Travel and Tourism.

The deadline for receiving nominations is Friday, September 14. To nominate an outstanding young leader, simply send their name, title, affiliation and address to The Anderson Schools of Management Development Office at UNM, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1221. Nominations are also accepted by telephone at 505-277-6264 and by email at

Nominees will receive application packets that will be due by Friday, September 21. A selection committee of former recipients and Anderson Schools Board members will determine this year’s honorees.

The selected individuals will be honored at a luncheon on Tuesday, November 13 at the Crowne Plaza Pyramid Hotel in Albuquerque. The featured speaker for the luncheon will be Steve Wells, the President and CEO of Los Alamos National Bank, the first bank in the nation to be recognized with a Baldridge Quality Award and the first New Mexico business to receive the national-level recognition.

The Up-and-Comers Awards program is being sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, Arthur Andersen, Charter Cos., KUNM, CenturyPlus and Quality New Mexico.


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.