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Member Monday | Versatile MED Analytics



NMTC Member Spotlight | June 29, 2020
An interview with Angelica Bruhnke, MS, CEOAnnual Women in Technology Awards - New Mexico Technology Council

Company: Versatile MED Analytics (aka VMA)

Stats: Est. in 2017 in NM | core team of 7 | VMA has worked or currently works with clients from NM and other states, including FL, TX, IL, OK, and CA.

Actively looking for a seasoned Sr. Healthcare Analyst to join the VMA team – know anybody??

Mission: Our Vision is a world where data works for you, rather than slowing you down.

Our Mission is to change how the world sees and interacts with data to create a better health system and a better society.



What industry does your company represent?  The ever-evolving world of Healthcare and Data Analytics, where we support health insurers/health plans, hospitals, physician groups, associations and state agencies who are responsible for managing program costs and improving outcomes or performance. We specialize in data dashboards, data-driven KPIs, on-demand analyst support resources, and healthcare analytics training.

What makes your company unique? Even though we are selling analytics services, our team is very approachable! We bring pragmatic perspectives to situations and develop innovative solutions to make data more useful and even – dare we say – fun to interact with. We meet our clients “where they are at” in terms of their data analytics journey.

Having a company founded and led by women is unusual in our sector. To learn more about our 2 co-founders’ unique story, you can read about why and watch a short 10 minute video about how VMA was founded: https://www.versatilemed.com/news/why

A key motto for us is “we build bridges” – between the health and tech worlds, and even between entities that haven’t always been on the friendliest of terms. In that theme, we truly enjoy being an active voice in our local community, and we bring that perspective to national conversations in data and healthcare. To us, building bridges also means being collaborative and sharing our knowledge. Our industry is one that tends towards competition over collaboration. We even work with other health technology and analytics vendors – people commonly ask us, “but aren’t they your competition?” We sincerely want to move our industry forward – especially one where the pie is this large – and we know that the only way to do that is to be more open-minded and embracing of a larger ecosystem where everyone brings their own core capabilities and niche expertise to the table. Everything that we do and say demonstrates that.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. After seeing everything that happened so quickly in the first six months of 2020 alone, we could get REALLY far by 2030! Focusing just on healthcare, here are the key trends we are watching with bated breath:

Artificial intelligence (AI) will be automating many more processes and fundamentally changing how people and humans work together. Already AI is bringing improvements to patient diagnosis, analysis of populations, prediction of health risks like pandemics etc. Some worry about loss of jobs, however we see the opportunity to upskill human roles and delegate the repetitious manual labor to machines that can be faster, more accurate, and not suffer from monotony boredom!

– Widespread use of virtual care – this will become the new normal. This broad category includes care delivered live by voice and video, plus digital health tools such as remote monitoring and chat bots. Fundamentally, we see a shift towards “virtual-first” as the door for initial triage and then the opportunity to see humans as needed.

Data, data, data – you knew we would say that, right? Incredibly powerful computers will capture more data, crunch data better and faster. Tools like the ones we are developing will surface insights faster and more accurately.

Increased robotics and improved health technology – e.g. disinfecting with ultraviolet light, performing or assisting with surgery, and other tasks that require precision, are difficult for a human to do, or are highly repetitious.

3D printing for all kinds of health care use cases – even reproducing human organs, medical tools etc. You may have heard that during this pandemic, shortages of equipment were alleviated by 3D printing personal protective equipment (PPE), supplies, and other resources. Check out https://www.nmcovid19.org/, an emergency supply collaborative we have been supporting through our volunteer work with NM Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Through a partnership with CNM, they have 3-D printed things like face shields bands, disposable shields, and other PPE.

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way you do business?  For VMA, the impact of this pandemic has been neutral, if not slightly positive, from a business perspective. Since we provide data insights to hospitals, physician groups and health insurers, we had to pivot quickly to provide answers to questions about the impact of COVID-19. Clients began immediately redirecting our work to support their efforts in COVID-19 analysis, planning, and preparedness. From developing and analyzing new telehealth programs, to identification of at-risk patients, to “what-if” cost and demand modeling to assess potential impact, we have been keeping very busy.

In terms of staying safe while we work, VMA already had a digital and remote-enabled work environment. Transitioning to fully remote was not hard for us – we have continued uninterrupted and full steam ahead. It also helps that we have a physician on our team to provide us with guidance on safety and prevention if we need it!

Like many businesses, we have experienced an acceleration of innovation due to compressed timelines and market pressures. As our mission statement indicates, we like to lean into the future. So we have been happy to help our clients move faster into more digital and modern processes, both on the business and care delivery sides.

Where does your team stand: Red, Green or Christmas? The majority of our team votes Green. And make it HOT!

Explore: Web | LinkedIn | Twitter

Get in touch: info@versatilemed.com 




For more information about membership with the NMTC, contact Mary Tieman or visit our website

Thank you to our Community Partners!





2020-06-29T17:14:21+00:00June 29th, 2020|

Member Monday | Rural Sourcing



NMTC Member Spotlight | June 22, 2020

An interview with Mia Petersen, Senior Human Resources Manager

Rural Sourcing - America's leader in onshore software development

Company: Rural Sourcing

Stats: Est. in 2007 | 532 employees across six states

Mission: Our Story Starts & Stays in the U.S. Founded with the goal of connecting companies with talented, qualified IT professionals living in cities across the United States, our team members are the foundation of our company. With an average of 10 years of development experience, each team member brings something unique to the job. Our colleagues are able to live in high quality of life, low cost of living areas while working on a variety of interesting, collaborative,and challenging projects.

Over the last decade, we’ve bridged the gap between businesses and professionals living and working in communities across the country and advanced our mission in bringing thousands of jobs back to the U.S. ​We’re committed to our clients and each other, believing in the vision of bringing jobs back to the U.S. 



What industry does your company represent?  Information Technology and Software Design.

What makes your company unique? Our culture makes us unique and defines us as an employer of choice. By offering amenities such as snacks, flexible work schedules, internal training, and an internal team dedicated to planning out internal events and employee recognition each location RSI fosters a culture of inclusivity, diversity, and continuous improvement. Our offices are buzzing with team collaborations, ping-pong matches, lively discussions, and client meetings.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. Over the next decade, I believe that we will see technology become an integral part of daily life. I envision that we will interact with tech at almost every point in our day as we transition from home to work or school and how we entertain ourselves in our free time. I personally am looking forward to greater accessibility to tech in the home with smart electronics and automated personal devices, such as wearable technology. It is likely that technology industries will encompass a much larger segment of the national economy in another decade, and with that my hope is that we in New Mexico will have growth in sustainable tech-based jobs. Lastly, I am very excited about the possibility of commercial space travel, marking a significant milestone in human development.

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way you do business?  Like many employers, the largest change we have had as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is transitioning to a fully remote workforce. We are thankful that we were able to be proactive in making this transition and that this change has not impacted the delivery of service to our clients.

Where does your team stand: Red, Green or Christmas? Tough question! Personally, I am a fan of Green, however, when we have meals catered in the office I am always sure to get a little bit of each chile option for our employees to enjoy.

Explore: Web | FacebookLinkedIn | Twitter

Contact: inquiries@ruralsourcing.com




For more information about membership with the NMTC, contact Mary Tieman or visit our website




2020-06-22T18:47:19+00:00June 22nd, 2020|

Member Monday | Sabio Systems



NMTC Member Spotlight | June 15, 2020
An interview with Leah Pelletier, CSP, Division Manager
Strategy & Business Development
Sabio Systems | Staffing and Recruitment Solutions in Albuquerque
Company: Sabio Systems

Stats: Est. in NM in 2006 | 8 employees 

Mission: To make New Mexico the most desirable place to live and work, one employer and one employee at a time. 



What industry does your company represent?  Staffing and Recruiting for Technology, Accounting and Office Administration. 

What makes your company unique? We have fostered long-standing relationships with local and national companies who trust our team to connect them with top talent. 

Find quality talent and highly sought-after positions with Sabio Systems service excellence and custom recruiting solutions. The best jobs are not always advertised to the public, making it difficult to uncover true opportunities on your own.  

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. We see a big shift in manufacturing going to 3D printing manufacturing, a lot more automation and robotic staff. 

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way you do business? We are working from home and have been providing resources for employers and employees on how to navigate working from home, recruiting and virtual interviewing, virtual on-boarding and providing support on policy creation due to the pandemic. We have also shifted to prioritize our clients’ needs for top tech talent as business switches to virtual platforms. 

Where does your team stand: Red, Green or Christmas? It depends what you are eating, we love them all; Christmas beef jerky, green chile stew, red in posole and the list goes on! 

Explore: Web | FacebookLinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram

Contact: info@sabiosystems.com



For more information about membership with the NMTC, contact Mary Tieman.






2020-06-15T17:18:15+00:00June 15th, 2020|

Member Monday | Metis Technology Solutions



NMTC Member Spotlight | June 8, 2020
An interview with Joy Colucci, CEO & Owner,
2018 NMTC Women in Technology Honoree
Metis Technlogoy Solutions

Company: Metis Technology Solutions, Inc.

Stats: Est. in 2011 | 110 employees in six states

Mission: ‘Crafting Technology Solutions’ – in addition to being a moon of Jupiter, Metis is the goddess of skill, craft and wisdom.



How long has your company been in New Mexico?  Metis moved our headquarters to New Mexico from California in 2014. Relocating to New Mexico was a great move for our company, giving us access to customers at Kirtland AFB as well as qualified back-office staff with Government contracting experience. We’re proud to have been named among the state’s fastest growing tech companies in the ‘Flying 40’ awards for the past three years. 

What industry does your company represent?  We are in the aerospace sector – currently providing aeronautics and space systems development expertise to NASA and the US Air Force. Metis supports several high-visibility programs, including NASA spaceflight missions for lunar exploration, small satellite swarm development and International Space Station (ISS) utilization. The company also has extensive experience in modeling and simulation for aeronautics research, as well as satellite ground system development and sustaining engineering.

What makes your company unique?  Although our core business is providing Government services, we also have an active internal research & development program that is funded by NASA and USAF Small Business Innovation Research grants and currently focused on developing software tools to improve cybersecurity. For a small business, we’ve also garnered many awards and recognition.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. Our company is currently working to support advancements in autonomous vehicle design and operations – so that is one area that we see rapidly evolving. Also, advancements in automated manufacturing: we expect that design, development and actual build through AI systems will become the norm in this timeframe.

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way you do business? As with most software and systems engineering firms, we have moved into 100% telework mode – so our use of collaboration technology has been essential to our ability to continue serving our Government customers.

Where does your team stand: Red, Green or Christmas? We like red, but love green! Mixing the two is a no-no, however.

Explore: Web | FacebookLinkedIn | Twitter 

Contact: Get in touch with Metis



For more information about membership with the NMTC, contact Mary Tieman.




2020-06-08T18:10:11+00:00June 8th, 2020|

Member Monday | Kosh Solutions




NMTC Member Spotlight | June 1, 2020

Kosh Solutions

Company: Kosh Solutions
Stats: Est. in 2005 in NM | 25 employees
Mission: To have the most highly regarded and professional IT staff in the industry, that love their job and their customers.  




What industry does your company represent?  Information Technology.

What makes your company unique?  One of the amazing benefits we strive to give every employee is a personalized work experience. We try to balance the needs of the individual with the needs of the company. For example, we have an employee who needs a little more distance from the office environment, so he comes into the office on an as need basis. We have another employee who is more excited by projects in various aspects of the company, so his schedule is tied to project progress rather than time in the office. And finally, we have some employees who enjoy leaving stress at the office with clear cut working hours and duties. We believe, by embracing this philosophy, we are getting the best results out of each person while increasing employee well-being. 

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. Obviously, the odds of being correct on this question are about like getting masks shipped next day – darn near impossible! But in the name of fun, here we go. Flying cars? We already have them, but I don’t think we will be seeing them fluttering about down Main Street. More electric cars with no human behind the wheel is what I see. If the previous decade was about getting humanity on the internet, the coming decade will be about how to get us off our screens by developing more integrated AI functionality. AI bots controlling various aspects of our lives will become ubiquitous. Technology will be the tool with which society functions while being socially distant. Ways of performing work remotely will become table stakes for most industries. Japan has human operated waiter robots taking orders and delivering food. So, servers will not even need to go into the restaurant! A dystopian-esque isolationism enabled by technology may destroy a critical piece of our species – social connections. Is this Judgment day? Nah. As usual some areas of technology will fizzle (remember 3D TVs? Me neither), new ones will change everything we know, and I will be wrong about all this. 

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way you do business? Since the beginning of the pandemic, Kosh has acted with caution. Even before guidance came from the State, we started moving our employees to work from home. We currently operate with one or two employees in offices and have severely limited site visits. We have worked with our hardest-hit clients to lower or defer their payments. Kosh’s position is one of solidarity with our fellow local businesses. We believe this is a time for compassion for all stakeholders. 

Where does your team stand: Red, Green or Christmas? After some heated debates, red won out by two votes. 

Explore: Web | FacebookLinkedIn | Twitter | Instagram

Contact: info@koshsolutions.com 505-796-5988




2020-06-05T16:06:41+00:00June 5th, 2020|

Member Monday | Sacred Wind Communications



NMTC Member Spotlight | May 11, 2020
An interview with Catherine Nicolaou, External Affairs Manager

Sacred Wind Communications

Company: Sacred Wind Communications

Stats: Est. in 2006 | NM owned and operated | 47 employees

Mission: Connecting communities for life.

Sacred Wind will provide customers on and off the Navajo reservation with the highest quality telecommunications services, taking advantage of the most appropriate technologies, and we will be diligent in pursuing the most affordable alternatives for our customers. 




What industry does your company represent?  Telecommunications.

What makes your company unique?  Sacred Wind Communications is the only privately owned rural telecommunications provider dedicated to serving the needs of rural and tribal communities in Northwest New Mexico. 

Sacred Wind was voted the most inspiring small business in America in 2009. 

SWC is certified employee owned. 

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. In the year 2030 people will be more connected and more dependent on technology. 

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way you do business? Required 70% of our employees to work from home while the remainder work from offices or in the field to serve customers, install infrastructure or staff our Network Operations Center (NOC). 

Provided all field workers with disposable masks, gloves and protective clothing. 

Sanitized our offices and customer service center and limit the number of customers at any one time. 

Increased broadband capacity, at no additional charge, to 25 Mbps for current customers who subscribe to less than 25 Mbps to improve online education and/or remote work.  

Reduced the price of 25 Mbps broadband service by over 50% for households with students to assist the most low-income families. 

Complied with the FCC’s Keep American Connected Pledge by not disconnecting customers for nonpayment, nor assessing late fees for at least the next two months.  

Hired two additional employees to help with service orders and installations as a result of increased demand for broadband and voice service particularly for E-911.  

Purchased a 100 Gigabits (Gbps) circuit for greater capacity needs occasioned by increased demand for service.  

Installed a temporary Tower on Wheels (TOW) in north Tohajiilee to reach homes waiting for service pending rights-of-way approvals for a permanent tower.  

Installed free WiFi hotspots at six locations in our service territory to accommodate students and teachers who may not have broadband service at their homes.  

Partnered with the Tohajiilee BIE school and the Farmington Municipal School to provide free broadband to families that have none.   

Working with Grants/Cibola County Schools, San Juan College in Farmington, Six Directions Indigenous School in Gallup, and the NMPED Indian Education office for similar partnerships. 

Where does your team stand: Red, Green or Christmas? Christmas!

Explore: Web | FacebookLinkedIn 

Contact: Send Sacred Wind an Email | (505) 905-6000





For more information about membership with the NMTC, contact Mary Tieman.





2020-05-14T17:37:10+00:00May 14th, 2020|

Member Monday | Keystone International, Inc.




NMTC Member Spotlight | May 4, 2020
An interview with Michelle Detry, President

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Company: Keystone International, Inc. 

Stats: Est. in 1991 | started by former Congresswoman Heather Wilson | 6 administrative employees, roughly 45 part-time employees and subcontractors.

When Congresswoman Wilson decided to focus on politics, Gary Van Valin purchased the company from her in 1996 and made it an employee-owned company. Gary is retired from Keystone and serves as Chairman of the Board for Keystone’s owners. We currently have 15 owners.

Most of our part-time employees and subcontractors are retired from a career with a national laboratory, the military, higher education or industry. They work on a project or part-time basis providing specialized expertise to help our clients solve problems and create new solutions.

Mission: Keystone’s mission is to create innovative solutions by providing affordable, customized and unsurpassed services for government and industry.

Keystone separates itself from others by its approach to solving technical and organizational challenges…

  • We LISTEN, observe, inquire, and confirm before we create a solution.
  • We CREATE the right outcomes to make your challenges assets.
  • We DELIVER effective service solutions tailored to your evolving needs.




What industry does your company represent? Keystone is an organizational development and technical support services consulting company.

All industries, we work with government (DOE, DoD, Sandia National Laboratories, the state of New Mexico) nonprofits, universities, and all business sizes.

What makes your company unique? Keystone is a consulting company that got its start providing technical support services to the DOE, and eventually diversified into also providing organizational development services. It’s almost like two businesses in one! We are also unique in our customer service approach that not only benefits our clients, but our consultants as well. All of our work is customized to the needs of the organization. We don’t use any cookie-cutter, off-the-shelf solutions. We take the time to get to know the unique needs of each client and then we bring the right resources to the need.
Describe where you see technology in year 2030. This is a very big question in the midst of COVID 19. Remote work is highlighted now more than ever. Much of our technical work is government organizations in classified environments so the future of this work depends on advances in computer security. Without significant advances in security, this work will still have to primarily be done onsite. Our organizational development work often involves groups and team which is also best facilitated in person. Because of COVID 19, we have switched to Skype work but Skype capacity is limited for group discussions and online interaction. Zoom is easier to use for group work; however, most organizations don’t allow Zoom or prefer not to use it because of privacy and security concerns. COVID19 will drive new technologies for remote work but it’s hard to know what those will look like.

How is your company adapting to the Coronavirus crisis? We have always been a very people focused business. We make decisions based on what is good for our people with “our people” being our employees, our subcontractors, our customers/clients and all of the people around us. We are a generous company giving of our time and resources, and we are focused just as much or more on being kind and helpful than we are on making money. COVID 19 has brought out even more the generosity, kindness, caring and helpfulness as individuals and as an organization.

Most of us are working from home but that doesn’t make us less connected to each other. We check in every day to see how we are all doing. We call or email our customers and our team members several times a week just to check on them. We send each other leads on toilet paper and supplies and we share uplifting articles and stories.

COVID19 has brought out the best of us even more.

Where does your team stand: Red, Green or Christmas? Christmas!

Explore: Web  | FacebookLinkedIn | Twitter

Contact: Send Keystone an Email | (505) 797-8881






2020-05-04T22:56:53+00:00May 4th, 2020|

Member Monday | The Rhodes Group



NMTC Member Spotlight | April 27, 2020
An interview with James Brown, CEO


Company: The Rhodes Group

Stats: Est. in 2000 | purchased by TriCore Reference Laboratories in 2015 | 80 employees

Mission: Rhodes Group enables the comprehensive, cost-effective approach to lab evolution resulting in better patient care outcomes, more efficient operations and greater revenue.

Rhodes vision and values

Rhodes Group Vision – become the pre-eminent healthcare lab technology provider in the nation by maximizing efficiency, accuracy and revenue capture for our laboratory and health system customers.

Rhodes Group values are summarized as iCARE:

  • i – integrity
  • C – Compassion
  • A – Accountability
  • R – Respect
  • E – Excellence




What industry does your company represent? IT Services for Healthcare and Medical Lab organizations.

What makes your company unique? The Rhodes Group is unique in several ways. We serve a niche market, within medical laboratories and assisting healthcare systems with specimen collection and diagnostics. Our combination of clinical health and lab knowledge, combined with the ability to apply cutting edge technology, allows us to bring tremendous value to our clients and the patient communities they serve. We develop our own solution sets and have patent-pending technology. As a For-Profit IT organization in the state of New Mexico, we offer the opportunity for IT professionals to apply their knowledge, skills and expertise to serve not only New Mexicans but others throughout the United States.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. Technology in 2030 will be even more transparent and tactical for the typical end-user. In the healthcare environment, the combination of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, extensive cloud computing power and advances in medical science will make the detection of chronic disease markers, preventive monitoring and response to infection disease outbreaks much more effective. This ability to bring healthcare into wearables, implants, home and car will be a game changer.

How is your company adapting to the Coronavirus crisis? For the Rhodes Group, we have responded quickly to the increased demand for Rhodes Group expertise.  We have helped health and lab systems rapidly provision new testing instruments, scale to different testing locations and provide extensive data reporting to help decision makers.  These efforts have demonstrated the Rhodes Group commitment to serving our patient and provider communities during this critical time of need.  This focus is continuing as we work to develop new analytics and reporting.

Where does your team stand: Red, Green or Christmas? After astute observation of company lunches, I would say the Rhodes Group team leans to the green.

Explore: Web  | LinkedIn

Contact: sales@rhodesgroup.com | (888) 338-3427





For more information about membership with the NMTC, contact Mary Tieman or visit our website





2020-04-29T19:33:24+00:00April 29th, 2020|

Member Monday | Westwind



NMTC Member Spotlight | April 20, 2020
An interview with Steve Hull, President

Company: Westwind

Stats: Est. in 1992 in NM | 50 pack members

Mission: Mission Driven. Customer Centered. Solution Focused.

Westwind is a dedicated provider of cutting-edge technology solutions tailored for government and enterprise business markets. We have over 20 years of experience partnering with federal, state, and local agencies to meet their unique needs while ensuring a secure supply chain. We’re not your typical value-added reseller, we take a big-picture approach to provide the most appropriate IT and Emerging Technology solutions with exceptional client support.




What industry does your company represent? Westwind is a value-added reseller serving the New Mexico market offering general IT configurations, 3D print technology and specialized public safety solutions.

What makes your company unique? Our culture is defined by our big picture approach and out of the box thinking to solve problems and provide our customers with the best service we can.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. Developments in the way we manufacture, AI, and the internet of “everything” continue to push the boundaries on what we consider “Traditional IT.” It’s a running joke in our office that even today we could look at selling home appliances because they connect to the internet and can upgrade themselves. We wouldn’t presume to place any bets on specifics, but we know that the way we do business today is changing fast. Our leadership team is constantly evaluating innovative technologies, alternative methods, and new ideas to keep ahead of the curve.

How is your company adapting to the Coronavirus crisis? We have thankfully maintained the shift in working conditions without much difficulty or service delivery interruptions. However, the distancing is significant for a team that strives to stay close knit. 

It is important to make these transitions as stress-free as possible. Everyone was issued a laptop or other appropriate mobile device and access to a virtual private network. We also encouraged people to take their chairs, monitors, input devices, and other work staples to create a more comfortable work environment at home.

Less tangible but just as important, we saw how team members immediately began taking the initiative to work within their own spheres and reexamine supplier relationships to help inform how Westwind could be participate in battling the pandemic.

Where does your team stand: Red, Green or Christmas? Green wins the day at our office, but we have some very strong opinions on the matter.

Interact: Web FacebookLinkedIn

Contact: info@wwcpinc.com | (505) 345-4720






2020-04-20T21:17:20+00:00April 20th, 2020|