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10th Annual Parker Family-Owned Business Symposium on OCT 21 at Sandia Casino

October 7, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016 - 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Sandia Resort And Casino

Dr. Sherri Noxel(Albuquerque, NM) The Parker Center for Family Business at the UNM Anderson School of Management presents its 10th Annual Family-Owned Business Symposium on Friday, October 21, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Sandia Resort and Casino. The one-day program will feature a keynote speaker, a luncheon speaker, and afternoon panel presentations on family philanthropy, exit strategies in succession planning, and the new DOL Overtime Rule.

Keynote Speaker Dr. Sherri Noxel is the Director of the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University where she teaches Family Business Management. Dr. Noxel will discuss the opportunities and the problems characteristic of family businesses.

Steve MaestasLuncheon speaker Steve Maestas is the Board Chair for the Kansas City Federal Reserve. During his lunchtime talk he will discuss the impact of family owned business on the New Mexico economy. Steve founded the commercial real estate company Maestas & Ward in 1996. He is now CEO of Maestas Development Group, a company that develops properties throughout the Southwest.

As part of the luncheon presentation, Sparkle Maintenance, Inc. will receive the Family-Owned Business Recognition Award. Sparkle was founded in 1964 by Ben and Ellie Lucero. In 1991 they sold the company to their sons Carlo and Paul who grew the business to more than 400 employees in New Mexico, Texas, Nevada, and Colorado, but say the heart of the business remains family.

In the afternoon, three panel presentations featuring New Mexico business leaders and family business owners will look at key issues for family-owned businesses.

Family Philanthropy with Vickie R. Wilcox, Esq., Wilcox Law Firm, P.C., Randy Royster, President & CEO, Albuquerque Community Foundation, Kevin Yearout, CEO Yearout Mechanical, and moderated by Douglas Brown, Dean Emeritus Anderson School of Management.

Exit Strategies in Succession Planning with James R. Hamill, CPA, Ph.D., Tax Director at Reynolds, Hix & Co. and Visiting Professor, UNM Anderson, Gary Oppedahl, Director of Economic Development, City of Albuquerque, George Boerigter, Chairman & Founder SoundOff Signal, and moderated by James M. Parker, Esq., Modrall Sperling Law Firm.

Department of Labor Overtime Rule with Alice Kilborn, JD, Kilborn Consulting, LLC for DOL.

The cost to attend the symposium is $200.00. Registration can be done online at or by contacting Sonja Romero at (505) 842-9003 or The symposium qualifies for New Mexico Accounting Technical CPE credit.


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.