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February 9, 2007

Honorees Include Bob Gerding, Pamela Sedmak, James Turner
Young Alumni, Distinguished Faculty Also Selected

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) The Foundation Board of UNM’s Anderson School of Management Foundation has announced the 2007 inductees into the Anderson Hall of Fame. 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.

Robert “Bob” Gerding, Owner, Bob Gerding’s Outdoor Adventures; Pamela Sedmak, CFO, CareSource in Dayton, Ohio; and James Turner, PhD, retired President Emeritus of Clovis Community College, have been selected as this year’s inductees into the School’s Hall of Fame. Luke Davis, Captain, Kirtland Air Force Base; Theresa Harnisch, Senior Director of Corporate Strategy, First Book; and Glen Millican, Head Golf Coach, UNM’s Men’s Golf Team, will be recognized as recipients of the fourth annual Young Alumni Awards. Professor Raul De Gouvea, has been named recipient of the Anderson Faculty Community Leadership Award.

About the Honorees: Hall of Fame
Bob Gerding is the owner of Bob Gerding’s Outdoor Adventures which is a business for booking hunting and fishing trips. In 1999, he started New Mexico’s first hunting and fishing consumer show, which has grown to bring more than 100 guides, lodges, and outfitters from all over the world to New Mexico. Gerding graduated from Anderson with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in general business in 1961.

Pamela Sedmak currently serves as Chief Financial Officer for CareSource, a privately-held $1 billion high growth managed care insurance company serving the public health segments including Medicaid and Medicare recipients. During her tenure, she has helped position CareSource to grow over $2 billion in just 18 months. Sedmak graduated from Anderson with a BBA in 1984 and then attended Case Western Reserve University where she earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2006.

James Turner, PhD, served as President and President Emeritus of Clovis Community College. He is currently a long-term member of the Clovis Cultural Affairs Committee and has been a Rotarian for many years. When he retired after 30 years with the college, the Clovis Rotary Club established a scholarship of $30,000 in his name. Turner graduated from Anderson in 1956 with a BA BBA in Finance. He also graduated from the UNM Naval Reserve Officers Training as a Commissioned Ensign in 1956 and served in the US Navy immediately after graduation. Turner earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration from Walden University in 1980.

About the Honorees: Young Alumni
Luke Davis graduated from Anderson in 2001 with a BBA in International Management. He was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program immediately upon graduation. Davis was hand-picked to perform day-to-day management of a $29 billion portfolio while stationed in the Middle East. He graduated in 2006 from the Harvard Business School Management Mentor Program in addition to completing several Air Force certifications in Program Management, International Affairs, and Space Systems. While he was stationed in the Middle East, he spent his spare time advancing human rights, specifically those of women pursuing careers in commerce. Davis is assigned to the Air Force Research Laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base where he serves as the youngest member of his unit's executive management team. He is currently the Albuquerque Regional Committee Chair for the 2007 X-Prize Cup, is a member of the Business 2.0 Influentials Panel , and is pursuing a second Master's in Space Systems Management from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.

Theresa Harnisch is the Senior Director of Corporate Strategy for First Book in Washington, D.C. She graduated in 2003 from Anderson with an MBA after attending Columbia University for her post graduate studies in fine arts and receiving a BA in art history from Fordham University. Harnisch helped establish the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, serving as deputy director. Subsequently, Gov. Bill Richardson appointed her as the State of New Mexico's director of Museum Services, a post she held until moving to Washington. In her current position, Harnisch develops national strategies for a non-profit that provides millions of new books to low-income children across the country.

Glen Millican is UNM’s Head Men’s Golf Coach. He has received several coaching awards and has led the team to more than 18 tournaments since becoming coach in 2001. He also hosts the Lobo Junior Golf Camp and is a regular participant in Camp Enchantment. Millican graduated from Anderson in 2001 with an MBA. He also received his BBA from Anderson in 1998.

About the Honoree: Faculty Community Leadership Award
Professor Raul De Gouvea is the Chair of the Finance, International and Technology Department at Anderson. He has hosted more than 200 executive MBA students from Sao Paulo, Brazil to study US companies, received the “Professor of the Year” Award from Anderson in 1990 and 1991, was listed as one of the UNM faculty identified as excellent teachers in 1995, named in “Who’s Who in Business Higher Education,” in 2003, and has authored more than 45 published articles and been interviewed by CNN in regard to the Brazilian Economic Crisis in 1998. De Gouvea is the co-creator and co-organizer of the SUFRAMA Alternative Energy Conference in Manaus, Brazil in 2006. He is also the co-creator of the Indigenous Business and Entrepreneurship Center and the co-organizer of the International
Indigenous Business and Entrepreneurship Conference.

The 2007 honorees will be recognized at the 18th Annual Anderson Hall of Fame dinner, which will be held March 20th at the UNM Student Union Building.


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