NMTC Bylaws 


 

Section 1 

Name.  This organization is incorporated under the laws of the State of New Mexico and shall be known as the New Mexico Information Technology and Software Association (NMITSA), doing business as the New Mexico Technology Council, hereinafter referred to as “NMTC”. 

 

Section 2 

Principal Office:  The principal office of NMTC shall be located at 200 Broadway NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102, or such other location as determined by the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). 

 

Section 1 

Purposes:  NMTC is organized for the following purposes: 

  1. To serve as an advocate and representative for the interests of New Mexico’s technology sector. 
  1. To organize subcommittee activities relating to government relations, education and special projects. 
  1. To represent the legislative interests of the New Mexico technology business sector on issues before local, state and federal legislative bodies. 
  1. To serve as a liaison with other similar organizations on technology issues. 
  1. To promote expanded and advanced academic opportunities within technology fields. 
  1. To develop a comprehensive business community position on major technology-driven programs. 
  1. To sponsor special programs of interest to the technology community. 

Section 1 

Seal:   The corporate seal of NMTC shall have inscribed thereon the name of NMTC, the year of its organization and the words, “Corporate Seal, New Mexico.”  Said seal may be used by causing it or a facsimile thereof to be impressed or affixed or in any manner reproduced, such impression, affixation or reproduction to be attested by the signature of the Secretary or Treasurer of NMTC. 

Section 1 

Categories of Membership.  The corporation shall have multiple categories of membership  (collectively, “Members”).  No Member shall be entitled to vote on any matter concerning the corporation or its affairs unless the Board of Directors expressly provides such a right in the Articles of Incorporation or these Bylaws.  Further, the NMTC may add and delete additional special membership categories and sub-categories as it deems appropriate. 

 

Section 2 

Description of Membership Categories. Membership categories may be determined by number of employees to reflect the various kinds of professionals, organizations and businesses working in and with technology today. NMTC offers a Community Partner program for those organizations that wish to support at a higher level. Member categories and Community Partner levels are kept current on the NMTC website and may be revised as necessary by the Executive Committee.  

 

Section 3 

Membership.  Members of the NMTC shall be organizations and individuals who meet the membership criteria. Membership is conditional upon: 

(a) An agreement to be bound by the Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws and any regulations of NMTC as in effect from time to time; and  

(b) Members shall be considered in good standing upon receipt of annual dues. Payment of membership dues shall have been prescribed by the Board of Directors of NMTC. 

 

Section 4 

Resignation of Membership.  Any Member may resign his or her membership in NMTC upon prior written notice to the principal office of NMTC or to its Chair or Secretary.   

 

Section 5 

Termination and Recategorization of Membership.  Any Member of NMTC may be expelled from or re-categorized by NMTC by a vote of not less than a majority of the directors constituting a quorum then present and voting at a meeting of the Board of Directors.  A Member may be expelled only for cause after receiving reasonable written notice and an opportunity to be heard by the Board of Directors.  

 

Section 6 

Non-Transferability of Membership.   Membership in NMTC shall not be transferable or assignable, whether by sale, merger, consolidation, operation of law, or otherwise, unless a written request is submitted for review to the Executive Committee which will review and vote on permitting transfers on a case-by-case basis.  It is at the discretion of the Board of Directors to permit a transfer. 

 

Section 7 

Non-Liability of Members for Liabilities of NMTC.  No member of NMTC shall be individually liable to creditors of NMTC for any indebtedness or liabilities of NMTC, and any and all creditors of NMTC shall look only to the assets of NMTC for payment of any such indebtedness or liabilities. 

Section 1 

Membership Meetings.  The members may have such meetings as shall be established by the Board of Directors from time to time. 

 

Section 2 

Place of Membership Meetings.  All Membership meetings shall be held at such places, either within or without the state of New Mexico, as shall be designated from time to time by the Board of Directors. As the Chair may deem necessary, such Membership meetings may be conducted via web/teleconference. 

 

 

Section 3  

Annual Membership Meeting.  The Annual Membership Meeting shall be held by NMTC on such date and at such time as shall be designated from time to time by the Board of Directors in accordance with the New Mexico Nonprofit Corporation Act (“Act”), and the Members shall transact such business as shall be properly brought before the Annual Membership Meeting. 

 

Section 4 

Special Membership Meetings.  Special membership meetings for any purpose or purposes, may be called by the Board of Directors from time to time in accordance with the Act. 

 

Section 5 

Notice.  Except as otherwise provided by law, by the Articles of Incorporation or by these Bylaws, written notice stating the time and place and purpose of a Membership meeting shall be given not less than five (5) nor more than sixty (60) days before the date thereof, either personally, by mail, or electronically by or at the direction of the Chair, Secretary or other person designated by the Board of Directors, to each Member of record at his or her address as it appears on the records of NMTC.   

 

A written waiver of notice, signed by the Member entitled to such notice, whether before or after the time specified therein, shall be deemed and is a waiver of such notice.  Except as otherwise required by law, the Articles of Incorporation or these Bylaws, neither the business to be transacted at, nor the purpose of, any Membership meeting needs to be specified in any written waiver of notice. 

 

Attendance of a Member at a meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice unless the Member is attending the meeting for the expressed purpose of objecting to the transaction of any business at the meeting because the meeting is not lawfully called or convened.  Attendance of a Member indicates they have assented to the action taken. When a Membership meeting is adjourned to another time or place, notice thereof need not be given to Members.  

Section 1 

General Powers.  All corporate powers shall be exercised by or under the authority of, and the business and affairs of NMTC managed under the direction of, the Board of Directors. 

 

Section 2 

2.1 Directors.  There must be a minimum of six (6) directors in addition to the officers outlined in 2.2; with a maximum that is determined from time to time by the Board of Directors.  Each director may serve up to a maximum of two (2) consecutive three (3) year terms in capacity as a Director, including any time served as an Officer.  Any director may serve additional terms following a one-year break in service. 

 

2.2 Officers.  The officers of NMTC shall be the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Immediate Past Chair.  Officers will be elected annually and each individual may serve up to two (2) consecutive years in any role. Any exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Board of Directors. 

 

In order to be qualified for election, the Officers must be a current director on the Board of Directors. The director must be a member of NMTC in good standing and must remain so during the term of office. 

 

Section 3 

Members of Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors shall consist of: 

  1. The Officers of the Board of Directors, each of whom shall be a director and is a voting member of the Board of Directors.
  2. A minimum of ten (10) other directors who shall serve as voting members.
  3. The Executive Director & CEO who shall serve as a non-voting member.
  4. Additional non-voting members appointed by the Chair, with terms concurrent with that of the Chair. Such directors are eligible for reappointment without limitation.  Each such appointment must be ratified by the Board of Directors.

 

All members of the Board of Directors shall be members of NMTC in good standing and must remain so during their term of office. Officers and members of the Board of Directors need not be residents of New Mexico. 

 

If a board member changes employers during the course of their NMTC board term, said board member must automatically resign from the board. The Nominating Committee of the Board may re-propose them to the Board as a new Board member. 

 

Section 4 

Election of Directors and Officers.  The Board of Directors shall annually, prior to the Annual Membership Meeting, approve a slate of candidates presented by the Nominating Committee. Any other nominations for board members or officers may be made by any member of the Board of Directors to the Nominating Committee. New directors and all officers shall be elected by the members annually to fill vacated positions and each Director or Officer so elected shall hold office until the completion of the term. 

 

Section 5 

Resignation of Directors or Officers.  A director or officer may resign at any time by delivering written notice to the Chair of the Board of Directors or Executive Director & CEO.  Should the Chair resign, they shall deliver written notice to the Vice Chair or Executive Director & CEO. If a Board of Director changes employers at any point during their term, they must immediately resign their seat.  A resignation is effective when the notice is delivered unless the notice specifies a later effective date. 

 

Section 6 

Removal of Directors.  Any director of NMTC may be removed by the Board of Directors, whenever in its judgment the best interests of NMTC will be served thereby, by the affirmative vote of a majority of all the then members of the Board of Directors, excluding the director who is the subject of such vote. 

 

Section 7 

Vacancies.  Any voting member vacancy occurring on the Board of Directors, for any reason, may be left vacant or may be filled by appointment by the Chair, which appointment shall then be subject to approval by the Board of Directors. If at any time the Chair is unable to or refuses to act, the Vice Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair.  If for any reason the Vice Chair is unable to do so, the Board of Directors can select a replacement by simple majority vote.  That appointment would fulfill the remaining term of the vacated position, or until the next Annual Membership Meeting, whichever comes first. 

 

Section 8 

CompensationThe Board of Directors, except for the Executive Director & CEO, shall not be entitled to receive any compensation for serving in such capacity, but such persons may, at the discretion of the Board of Directors, be reimbursed for reasonable expenses, if any, in attending meetings of the Board of Directors or of any committee established by the Board of Directors.  Nothing herein contained shall preclude any director from serving NMTC in any other capacity and receiving compensation therefore. 

 

Section 9 

Duties of Officers.   

  1. Chair.  The Chair shall be the lead director of the Board of Directors. The Chair shall perform all duties that pertain to the office of Chair and that may be assigned by the Board of Directors. In furtherance, but not in limitation of his or her office, the Chair’s primary duties shall be to: 

 

  • Call and preside over all Board of Director meetings and all meetings of the members. 
  • Provide leadership for the strategic planning process. 
  • See that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried into effect. 
  • Superintend all other Officers of NMTC and see that their duties are properly performed. 
  • Submit a report of the operations of NMTC for the preceding fiscal year to the members annually and, from time to time, report to the Board of Directors on all matters within the Chair’s knowledge. 
  • Formally evaluate the performance of the Executive Director & CEO, and informally evaluate the effectiveness of the Board members. 
  • Execute the new, modified, or renewal employment contract for the Executive Director & CEO. 

 

  1. Vice Chair.  The Vice Chair shall support the incumbent of the office of Chair in any and all duties of that office. The Vice Chair is in line to become the Chair of NMTC, provided he or she is elected through standard member election procedures.  In furtherance, but not in limitation of his or her office, the Vice Chair’s primary duties shall be to: 

 

  • Assist the Chair with general duties of that office. 
  • Perform all duties assigned by the Board of Directors 
  • Prepare to fill the office of Chair during the term following his or her term as Vice Chair 
  • Carry out the duties of the Chair if the Chair is unable or unwilling to fulfill his/her obligations. 

 

  1. Treasurer.  The Treasurer shall be Financial Officer of NMTC, shall fulfill the duties of Treasurer under New Mexico law, and shall perform all duties that pertain to the office of Treasurer that may be assigned by the Chair and Board of Directors.  In furtherance, but not in limitation of his or her office, the Treasurer’s primary duties shall be to: 

 

  • Ensure that appropriate financial policies and procedures are in place 
  • Oversee the Bookkeeper.  In the event the Bookkeeper cannot complete his/her tasks, the Treasurer will assume those duties. 
     
  • Manage the funds of NMTC in such financial institutions as may be designated by the Board of Directors. 
  • Presents monthly financials, prepared by the Bookkeeper, reports to the Board of Directors.  
  • Prepares, in conjunction with the Bookkeeper, the annual statement of assets and liabilities as of the close of each fiscal year and of the results of the operations and of changes in surplus in each fiscal year of NMTC, within sixty (60) days after the end of such fiscal year. 
  • Prepare, prior to the annual meeting of the Board of Directors, an annual budget for NMTC in conjunction with the Bookkeeper, and present to the Board of Directors,  
  • The Treasurer will Chair the Finance Committee. 

 

  1.  Secretary.  The Secretary shall keep accurate records of the acts and proceedings of all meetings of the Members and the Board of Directors.  In furtherance, but not in limitation of his or her office, the Secretary’s primary duties shall be to: 

 

  • Ensure that full minutes of all meetings of the members and Board of Directors are recorded and kept in a book designated for that purpose. 
  • Provide any required notice of all meetings of the Board of Directors. 
  • Maintain custody of the corporate seal for NMTC and affix the same to all papers and documents whenever the seal shall be required to be so affixed. 

 

 

Section 10 

Duties of Directors.   

The number, titles and duties of directors not detailed in this Article VI shall be determined from time to time by the Board of Directors.  The minimum requirements for all directors are as follows: (See attachment) 

  • Active and paying member of NMTC. 
  • Actively participate on at least one of the standing committees. 
  • Attend Board of Director meetings during the year, unless extenuating circumstances are communicated in advance to the Chair. 
  • Pay Board member fees in accordance with Article X, Section 1 of this document. 

 

Section 11 

Duties of the Executive Director & CEO. 

The Executive Director & CEO reports to the Board of Directors and is given direction by the Executive Committee.  The full job description describes the duties in more detail.  The duties may be changed by the Executive Committee as needed and reflected in the Employee contract; may include but not limited to: 

 

  • Coordinates with the Board to ensure that all activities are in line with the NMTC vision and mission and run smoothly and effectively. 
  • Operational Management which includes implementing and ensuring quality processes associated with membership, events, partnerships, and strategic initiatives. 
  • Financial Management through carefully managing day-to-day finances to ensure adherence to the budget, financial targets, and NMTC financial policies and generate additional revenue. 
  • Communication and Brand management by working with the Board of Directors and Executive Committee to create a vision for adoption by NMTC. 
  • Supervisory Management through overseeing the Employer’s staff, advisors, consultants and contractors to ensure compliance and quality of deliverables. 
  • Financial Solvency of the Company is a key responsibility of the Employee through expansion of its programs and initiatives throughout New Mexico.  
  • And any other duties as assigned. 

Section 1 

Regular Meetings.  The Board of Directors shall hold regular meetings each year at such times and places as may be fixed from time to time by the Board of Directors.  The annual meeting of the Board of Directors shall occur in January of each year or on such date and at such time as shall be designated from time to time by the Executive Committee. 

 

Section 2 

Special Meetings.  Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by or at the request of the Chair or the Secretary or, upon written request of any three (3) directors directed to the Chair.   

 

Section 3 

Notice.  Regular meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held on such date and at such time and place as the directors may determine. The person or persons calling a special meeting of the Board of Directors shall, at least two (2) days before the meeting, give written notice thereof. 

 

Section 4 

Quorum and Voting.  At any meeting of the directors, a quorum of fifty-one percent (51%) of the voting directors then in office shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of any business.  Each director entitled to vote shall have one (1) vote.  Unless otherwise specified in these Bylaws, the majority vote of those directors actually present will prevail on all matters.  All duly elected voting Board members shall be empowered to vote on all Board business. 

 

Section 5  

Attendance and Failure to Object.  Any director may participate in a regular or special meeting by and through the use of any means of communication by which all directors may simultaneously hear each other during the meeting.  Attendance of a director at a meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice to such director of the meeting, except, as otherwise provided in these Bylaws.  A director who is present at a meeting of the Board of Directors at which action on any corporate matter is taken shall be deemed to have assented to the action taken unless: (I) he or she objects at the beginning of the meeting or promptly upon his or her arrival to holding it or transacting such specified business at the meeting; or (ii) he or she votes against, or affirmatively abstains from, the action taken. 

 

Section 6 

Special Voting Requirements.  A majority vote of all voting directors, then in office, shall be required to adopt, amend or repeal these Bylaws or to adopt a resolution dissolving the corporation. 

 

Section 7   

Action Without a Meeting.  Any action may be taken without a meeting if one or more written consents setting forth the action are signed either before or after such action by all of the voting directors in office and filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Directors. 

In order to facilitate NMTC’s governance and to assist the Board of Directors in discharging its duties and responsibilities, there shall be the following committees: 

 

Section 1  

Standing Committees:  There shall be four (4) standing committees: 

 

  1. Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall consist of the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and Past Chair. The Executive Director & CEO attends as a non-voting member.  During the intervals between meetings of the Board of Directors, subject to such limitations as may be prescribed by resolution of the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee shall have and may exercise all of the authority of the Board of Directors, including the power to authorize the seal of NMTC to be affixed to all papers that may require it, but shall not have the authority to amend the Articles of Incorporation, to adopt a plan to merger or consolidation, to approve the sale, lease, exchange or other disposition of all or substantially all of the property and assets of NMTC, to approve the voluntary dissolution of NMTC or to amend these Bylaws of NMTC.  The Executive Committee may also formulate and recommend to the Board of Directors approval of general policies regarding the management of the business and affairs of NMTC.

 

  1. Finance Committee. The Finance Committee shall consist of the Treasurer, who will lead the Committee, and three (3) other directors. This committee shall be responsible for preparing the annual budget of NMTC for approval by the Board of Directors.  The Committee shall have oversight responsibility over matters of finance and finance review, including the analysis of expenditures against the budget and the recommendations of revisions to the budget.  The Committee shall report monthly to the Board of Directors on the financial status of NMTC.   

 

  1. Personnel Committee. The Personnel Committee shall consist of the Chair, who will lead the Committee, and two (2) other directors. This committee shall provide the Board of Directors with recommendations regarding all major human resource decisions, the hiring, firing and compensation structures for the Executive Director & CEO and any other support roles. The Personnel Committee shall be responsible for developing the performance objectives, conducting the review of the incumbents against contract objectives. 

 

  1. Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall consist of a minimum of three (3) directors. This committee shall present a slate of candidates for the Board of Directors and Annual Membership Meeting for approval. 

 

Section 2  

Select Committees: The Board Chair may appoint select ad hoc committees as necessary.  These committees aid and assist the Board of Directors in executing the mission of NMTC.  They are composed of directors and volunteer members who possess interest and skill sets in the area of committee focus.  Select Committees must include at minimum two directors who serve for periods as determined by the Board of Directors or the Officer who appointed them. 

 

All Select Committees shall submit reports to the Board of Directors. No Select Committee shall take any action to commit NMTC as to policy, except as such power may be delegated to it by the Board of Directors. The Committee members attending a duly called meeting of any select Committee shall constitute a quorum. 

 

  1. 1. Membership Committee. The leader of the Membership Committee shall be appointed annually by the Chair of the Board of Directors.  The Membership Committee is responsible for ongoing efforts to ensure that the membership of NMTC can be maintained and expanded.  This committee shall organize and carry out an active Member recruiting and retention program.   

 

  1. Fund Development Committee. The leader of the Fund Development Committee shall be appointed annually by the Chair of the Board of Directors.  This Committee shall assist the Executive Director & CEO in identifying alternative sources of funding meeting the fund development objectives for NMTC.

 

  1. Policy Committee. The leader of the Policy Committee shall be appointed annually by the Chair of the Board of Directors.  This Committee shall drive all NMTC efforts related to policy, regulations and legislation that impact the technology business environment in New Mexico. 

 

  1. Program Committee. The leader of the Program Committee shall be appointed annually by the Chair of the Board of Directors.  This Committee develops, schedules, and supports NMTC events and activities. 

 

  1. Marketing & Communications Committee. The leader of the Marketing & Communications Committee shall be appointed annually by the Chair of the Board of Directors.  This Committee is responsible for the development and maintenance of NMTC’s communication plan and its Marketing strategy and plan; ensures that the appropriate publicity is achieved for the organization; and develops the necessary collateral to achieve this.

 

 

  1. 6.  Technology Committee.  The leader of the Technology Committee will assist staff in utilizing most current tools and technologies to represent best practices, for operational and event purposes.

 

Section 3 

Task Forces.  On occasion the Board of Directors may appoint a team to address specific, time bound projects.  These teams may be established by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. The leader of the team must be a director. No task force shall take or make public any formal action, resolution, or in any way commit NMTC to a question of policy without first receiving approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee.  Task Forces shall be discharged by the Chair of the Board of Directors when their work has been completed and their reports accepted, or when, in the opinion of the Chair of the Board of Directors, it is deemed appropriate to discontinue the committee.   

 

Section 4 

Peer and Interest Groups.  On occasion the Board of Directors, Program Committee, or Executive Director & CEO may establish a peer or interest group associated with NMTC programs and interest areas.  These groups may be led by a Board Member or other NMTC Member. No peer or interest group shall take or make public any formal action, resolution, or in any way commit NMTC to a question of policy without first receiving approval of the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee.   

 

Fees and Dues 

Section 1 

Fees.  The Board of Directors shall have the power to prescribe fees for Members, as a condition to becoming or remaining a Member, as it may deem appropriate to provide for the operation of NMTC.  All members of the Board of Directors agree to pay an annual membership or raise $2,500 in new memberships or sponsorships.  

 

Section 2 

Dues.  The Board of Directors shall have the power to prescribe dues for Members, as the Board of Directors may from time to time deem appropriate for the operation of NMTC. 

Section 1 

To the full extent permitted by the New Mexico Nonprofit Corporation Act, as it exists on the date hereof or may hereafter be amended, no director or officer of NMTC shall be liable to NMTC for monetary damages. 

 

Section 2 

To the full extent permitted and in the manner prescribed by the New Mexico Nonprofit Corporation Act and any other applicable law, NMTC shall indemnify a director or officer of NMTC who is or was a party to any proceeding by reason of the fact that he or she is or was such a director or officer or is or was serving at the request of NMTC as a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or other enterprise.  The Board of Directors is hereby empowered, by majority vote of a quorum of disinterested directors, to contract in advance to indemnify any director or officer. 

 

Section 3 

The Board of Directors is hereby empowered, by majority vote of a quorum of disinterested directors, to cause NMTC to indemnify or contract in advance to indemnify any person not specified in subsection (b) of this Article X who was or is a party to any proceeding, by reason of the fact that he or she is or was an employee or agent of NMTC, or is or was serving at the request of NMTC as director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or other enterprise, to the same extent as if such person were specified as one to whom indemnification is granted in this Section 3 of Article X. 

 

Section 4 

NMTC may purchase and maintain insurance to indemnify it against the whole or any portion of the liability assumed by it in accordance with this Article X and may also procure insurance, in such amounts as the Board of Directors may determine, on behalf of any person who is or was a director, officer, employee or agent of another corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, employee benefit plan or other enterprise, against any liability asserted or incurred by such person in any such capacity or arising from his status as such, whether or not NMTC would have power to indemnify him or her against such liability under the provisions of this Article X. 

 

 

Section 5 

In the event there has been a change in the composition of a majority of the Board of Directors after the date of the alleged act or omission with respect to which indemnification and advancement of expenses with respect to any claim for indemnification made pursuant to subsection (b) of this Article X shall be made by special legal counsel agreed upon by the Board of Directors and the proposed indemnity.  If the Board of Directors and the proposed indemnities are unable to agree upon such special legal counsel, the Board of Directors and the proposed indemnities each shall select a nominee, and the nominees shall select such special legal counsel. 

 

Section 6 

The provisions of this Article X shall be applicable to all actions, claims, suits or proceedings commenced after the adoption hereof, whether arising from any action taken or failure to act before or after such adoption.  No amendment modification or repeal of this Article X shall diminish the rights provided hereby or diminish the right to indemnification with respect to any claim, issue or matter in any then pending or subsequent proceeding that is based in any material respect on any alleged action or failure to act prior to such amendment, modification or repeal. 

 

Section 7 

Reference in this Article X to directors, officers, employees or agents shall include former directors, officers, employees and agents and their respective heirs, executors and administrators. 

Section 1 

Fiscal Year.  The fiscal year of NMTC shall be January 1 to December 31. 

 

Section 2 

Distribution of Assets Upon Dissolution.  In the event of the dissolution of NMTC, any assets remaining after all debts and other liabilities of NMTC have been paid or otherwise provided for shall be contributed by NMTC as determined by the Board of Directors, but subject to the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code for Section 501(c)(6), to such other active nonprofit organizations which have as a purpose the support, encouragement and development of technology enterprises in the State.