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Press Release

Quality Speaker at this Year's Up and Comers Awards Luncheon

October 23, 2001

ALBUQUERQUE – Forty outstanding individuals from across the state will be honored at the second annual Up-and-Comers luncheon on Tuesday, November 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Pyramid – Albuquerque.

The keynote speaker at this year’s event will be Steve Wells, President of Los Alamos National Bank. Wells was selected to address this year’s class of winners for his commitment to quality – demonstrated by the fact that LANB was the first New Mexico corporation and first bank in the nation to be awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2000. Wells began his banking career 22 years ago and has been with Los Alamos National Bank since 1985. He received a BS in Business Administration from Eastern New Mexico University and is a graduate of the Western States School of Banking, where he is a faculty member teaching Technology Management.

KRQE’s Dick Knipfing will serve as the emcee for the Up-and-Comer Awards Luncheon, which will recognize 40 outstanding young New Mexicans from nine communities and in 16 industry sectors; for the complete listing of this year’s honorees, refer to the ASM press release "SECOND ANNUAL UP-AND-COMERS AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED", which can be found on the following web site: The program is being sponsored with generous underwriting gifts from Wells Fargo Bank, Andersen, and Charter Cos. Media sponsors for the program include KRQE and KUNM. Additional support has been provided by Quality New Mexico and CenturyPlus.

Tickets for the luncheon are $50 per person, or $400 for corporate tables of 8.
For reservations, please call 505-277-0880 or email

Steve Wells


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.