Press Release

Anderson Schools Announce 2006 Hall of Fame

March 15, 2006

The Anderson Schools of Management at the University of New Mexico will honor seven outstanding Anderson alumni and one outstanding Anderson faculty member at the 17th Annual Hall of Fame dinner on May 4, 2006. Selected for their professional success, contribution to the community, and ongoing commitment to education, Hall of Fame, Young Alumni, and Anderson faculty honorees join a distinguished roster of leaders in New Mexico and around the country.

Victor Chavez, Manager, Office of Advocacy and Small Business Development, Sandia National Laboratories; James Ellis, Senior Executive Director of Global Initiatives, University of Southern California; Donald Power, President and CEO, Jaynes Corporation General Contractors; and Ron Rivera, Managing Principal of REDW - The Rogoff Firm, have been selected as this year’s inductees into the schools’ Hall of Fame. Chad Cooper, Financial Planner, Prudential Financial; Jason Deshayes, Tax Senior, Pulakos & Alongi, Ltd.; and Alice Hopkins-Loy, Founder and Executive Director, Social Venture Partners New Mexico, will be recognized as recipients of the third annual Young Alumni Awards. Jackie Hood, PhD, Chair of the Anderson Department of Organizational Studies, has been named recipient of the Faculty Community Leadership Award.

“I am overwhelmed by the accomplishments of this year’s group of nominees,” says Danny Sachs, President and General Manager of Team Specialty Products and Chairperson for this year’s event. “This year’s selection process was especially challenging given the high quality of our nominees’ business contributions and their commitment to giving back to the community through high-impact volunteer activities. I am happy for everyone nominated and especially proud of those selected.”

About the Honorees: Hall of Fame
At Sandia National Laboratories’ Office of Advocacy and Small Business Development, Victor Chavez serves as manager of the Small Business Initiative, New Ventures, Entrepreneurial, Regional Economic Development and Small Business Advocacy programs. He founded the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program, which has helped over 800 businesses throughout the state, and is responsible for the development and implementation of the Native American Initiative, which brings together the Navajo Nation, the US Department of Energy, and Sandia National Laboratories. Chavez is a three-time graduate of the University of New Mexico, and received his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Anderson Schools in 1999.

James Ellis is the Senior Executive Director of Global Initiatives at the University of Southern California (USC) and is the former Vice Dean of USC’s Marshall School of Business. Outside of academia, Ellis has served as CEO or President of three companies, the Chairman of the Board for three others, and a member of the board of directors for nine organizations, ranging in size from $5 million to $200 million in sales volume. Ellis received his Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the Anderson Schools in 1968.

Donald Power was named President and CEO of Jaynes Corporation in 2003 after 37 years with the company, starting when he was an undergraduate in college working as a formsetter and laborer. Over the years, he has seen the company grow into a nationally recognized general contractor. Power is Chairman-elect of Albuquerque Economic Development and a board member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties. He received his MBA from the Anderson Schools in 2003.

Ron Rivera is the current Managing Principal of REDW – The Rogoff Firm and has been a member of the public accounting profession for 22 years. An active member of the New Mexico business community, Rivera has been honored as the Small Business Association Accounting Advocate of the Year and has been active with the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce as Chairman of the Board and Committee Chair for the Small Business and Scholarship Committees. Rivera received his BBA from the Anderson Schools in 1983.

About the Honorees: Young Alumni
Chad Cooper has been with Prudential Financial since 2003 and currently manages his own practice as a financial planner with the company. A New Orleans’ native, Cooper presents free seminars entitled “A Wealth Building Education for African Americans” as a response to the impact that Hurricane Katrina had on so many in his home town. Cooper received his MBA from the Anderson Schools in 2001.

Jason Deshayes, CPA, a Tax Senior with Pulakos & Alongi, Ltd., is the director of the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants and the former alumni liaison for the UNM chapter of Beta Alpha Psi. In 2004, he was awarded the Outstanding New Member of the New Mexico Society of CPAs. Deshays received both his BBA (2003) and his Master of Accounting (2004) from the Anderson Schools.

Alice Hopkins-Loy is the founder and Executive Director of Social Venture Partners of New Mexico, a partnership of 25 civic and business leaders that has contributed over $150,000 to non-profit organizations working to end generational poverty. Hopkins-Loy currently teaches Social Entrepreneurship at the Anderson Schools, and in 2001 founded the UNM chapter of Women Excelling in Business. Hopkins-Loy received her MBA from the Anderson Schools in 2002.

About the Honoree: Faculty Community Leadership Award
Jackie Hood, PhD, serves as Chair of the Department of Organizational Studies at the Anderson Schools of Management. For the past 18 years, Hood has provided outstanding service and leadership at the Anderson Schools and is known to businesses around the state for her work in organizational design and development.

The Hall of Fame honorees and Young Alumni Award winners will be recognized at the Hall of Fame dinner at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Albuquerque. The event is Thursday, May 4 with no-host cocktails at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. The sponsors for this year’s event are: Citadel Broadcasting Company, Jaynes Corporation, PNM, Wells Fargo Bank, Grant Thornton, Sandia Investment Group, Wachovia Securities, and Intel Corporation.

Corporate table sponsorships are available at $700 for a table of ten. The cost for individual tickets is $75. To make reservations or to inquire about table sponsorships, call the Anderson Schools Development Office at (505) 277-6413 or email by Friday April, 28.


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.