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Welcome Julia Monge, Membership Development Manager

Julia Monge has joined the New Mexico Technology Council as the organization’s new Membership Development Manager. She brings years of experience in tech nonprofit leadership to the Council. Previously, Monge worked as a Program Manager at DiverseIT where they focused on bridging the technology divide by making tech more accessible to the community. 

Monge, who began her new position earlier this month will be responsible for retaining existing and creating new partnerships with members of the NMTC, while working closely with the Executive Director, Mia Petersen, to shape the future of the organization and impact economic development in New Mexico’s technology sector. 

“I can speak for the NMTC staff and Board of Directors in saying that we are thrilled to have Julia join the team. Julia’s passion for community engagement and problem solving combined with her professional experience make her the perfect candidate for this role. We believe her addition to the team will increase NMTC’s success and provide value to our members.” Petersen said. 

In addition to her experience in nonprofit leadership, Monge has completed two Cultivating Coders certifications and is currently pursuing degrees in International Studies and Computer Science from the University of New Mexico. Monge is passionate about community building, digital literacy, data privacy, and tech accessibility.  

2022-08-02T23:07:14+00:00August 2nd, 2022|

Member Monday | Teeniors®

Interview with Trish Lopez, Founder & CEO

Mission

Teeniors® are tech-savvy teens who help seniors (or any-aged person) learn technology through one-on-one coaching. Whether it’s a smartphone, computer, or software, our goal is to empower older adults – to connect with their loved ones, engage with their communities, and the world – through technology, while providing paid, meaningful jobs for teens and young adults in New Mexico.

What does your company do?

Teeniors’ coaches provide clients a unique learning experience through personalized, intergenerational tutoring. Older adults walk away feeling more competent and confident in their ability to navigate a rapidly changing world, and our coaches report greater self-confidence, patience, communication skills and problem-solving abilities.

What makes your company or organization unique?

As we approach our 7-year anniversary, I’ve become more certain than ever that the main service Teeniors provides is not tech support, it is human connection. The extent to which we recognize and stay true to this fact is what will ensure our continued success. Personal empowerment – not financial profit – is our ulimtate goal, which we measure through feedback reviews from our coaches, evaluations from our clients, and conversations with our partners.

As our world becomes increasingly more digitized, we’ve all become familiar with the countless websites, call centers, and electronics stores that offer “tech support.” Teeniors is different. Our goal is not to “fix” our clients’ problems as fast as we can; it’s to empower people through a genuine understanding of the technology in their hands. Our clients hold their devices; we merely point and direct. They receive kind, patient, friendly tutoring at a reasonable price, and we never turn away anyone who can’t afford to pay. Everyone who calls our office speaks with a live person who lives in New Mexico. When a client books a session, they receive a confirmation informing them of what to expect, how to prepare, and a follow up afterward to ask how we did.

Our teeniors arrive energetic and eager to work, in part because they know that while they may be marginalized and underestimated elsewhere, with our clients they become the most valued people in the room. They’re respected for their knowledge, appreciated for their help, and compensated fairly for their time, as confirmed by over six years of annual questionnaires and satisfaction surveys. Their feedback matters. I ask the tough questions, like “Hypothetically if you were to quit tomorrow, what would be your reason?” I’ve learned a ton of good by asking for feedback, and we ask the same of our clients. I’m aware of no other peer organization that dedicates its resources and attention in this fashion, and it’s a big part of what makes Teeniors unique.

Is your business growing and do you plan to hire in the next 6 months?

Yes. We’re at the beginning states of creating pilot programs in Deming, Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Taos.

How long has your company been in New Mexico?

Teeniors was created in Albuquerque in 2015; we currently have 15 team members in ABQ; four in Deming; and one in Las Vegas, NM.

What’s one goal you have for the next 12 months?

To maintain a team that is happy in their work, clients who are grateful for our service, and to become more organized as I continue lead us.

Describe where you see technology in the year 2030.

From a global perspective, I’m not sure. From a personal perspective, I’d like to see it become more accessible to everyone across the spectrums of age, income, race, culture, and language.

Why do you choose to do business in New Mexico?

I was born and raised in Belen, and my family and I live in Albuquerque. While I lived and worked outside of the state for several years, I am a daughter of New Mexico and hope to continue creating and supporting the good things we’re all doing here.

What’s your favorite thing about being a member of NMTC?

I love all the people I’ve met through NMTC, especially the amazing women who work in our state’s technology sector that I might not have met otherwise.

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2022-07-11T17:50:09+00:00July 11th, 2022|

Member Monday | Advanced Technology Initiatives

Interview with Adam Gibson, Owner

Mission

ATI’s focus as technology evangelists demands we remain actively at the forefront of emerging technology trends. We hold memberships in multiple professional organizations and look to be influencers in the adoption and utilization of technology. However, we also pride ourselves on remaining grounded, so we are not proponents of deploying technology without it providing long term value.

ATI goal is to deliver a superior client focused experience on all our projects and the businesses built from the reputations of the staff and leadership. Relationships are built on trust, support, and assurance, so we focus on the long term without sacrificing the immediate.

ATI is a services-based company, we take a pro-active approach to identifying and managing problems. However, when a problem is identified, it is our goal to deliver a successful outcome for our clients. We focus on what the issue is, how does it affect our client or project, and then we transition to finding a solution to meet the expectations.

While no entity can promise perfection in their actions, our goal is honesty, transparency, and being an active partner to our projects and clients. Our goal is to provide technology design, consulting, and installation, of the most up to date technology systems available, that exceed our clients’ expectations in: schedule, budget and system functionality.

What does your company do/what industry do you represent?

We provide technology design and consulting for various clients such as Government, State, K-12 etc….

What makes your company or organization unique?

We are a woman/minority owned organization who believes in diversity and equal opportunities for all.

Is your business growing and do you plan to hire in the next 6 months?

Yes, we are expanding our operations and plan to hire more help within the next six months.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business?

The COVID-19 pandemic did cause minor obstacles for ATI as far as customer concerns with their own business and future spending, however ATI has been able to adjust and adapt to customer concerns by offering the same affordable and quality work we have always offered.

Share a goal you set for 2022.

One goal for 2022 is to expand our operation and relationships with customers from all over the great state of New Mexico.

Describe where you see technology in the year 2030.

We see technology by 2030 being at the very top of the list when it comes to matters of great importance in people’s homes and places of work all over the world.

Where do you stand – red, green, or Christmas?

Red without question.

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2022-06-27T21:56:53+00:00June 27th, 2022|

Member Monday | Market Ascent

Interview with Erika Hecht, Founder & Principal Consultant

Company

Market Ascent

Mission

Our mission is to grow technology companies and learning organizations by improving their marketing, increasing their sales and making a greater impact. Our slogan is to: accelerate your marketing and business performance without wasted sales cycles.

What does your company do/what industry do you represent?

We serve as your marketing consultant on-demand to help you gain clarity on how to acquire, upsell and retain customers and grow revenue.

We help our clients:
• Position and package their offering to better prospects.
• Attract, engage with and win more customers.
• Create breakthrough brand experiences that increase new and repeat sales.

What makes your company or organization unique?

Our proprietary process puts a science behind accelerating desired outcomes whether you are in the build, grow or lead phase of progressing your business. We often serve as a fractional Chief Marketing Officer for larger clients and focus on a specific marketing challenge for smaller clients. We’ll focus our efforts to address your most pressing problems first, then our integrated approach will amplify returns across your business.

Prominent organizations we have worked with include IBM, Microsoft, Apple, SPSS, Adobe, Accenture, Deloitte, Gartner, Forbes, Camo Analytics, NewSpace New Mexico, the New Mexico Space Valley Coalition, Be Greater Than Average, the American Marketing Association and The Great Courses.

Is your business growing and do you plan to hire in the next 6 months?

Yes, we are looking to bring on independent consultants and marketing partners to augment our team.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business?

During the pandemic we learned that building relationships online is more important than ever to win and retain business. We combined the founder’s deep expertise in online learning and thought-leadership marketing to build trust with decision-makers more effectively online.

Share a goal you set for 2022.

To launch Girls Into Tech with our client Be Greater Than Average as a co-founding program partner. The program was announced at the recent NM Tech Council Women in Technology Awards Ceremony. We are passionate about giving back to the state of New Mexico in tech and education and this program supports both of these interests.

Describe where you see technology in the year 2030.

Emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, space technology, blockchain, cyber security, edtech, biotech and green tech will have changed the world as we know it today. Market Ascent specializes in working with companies that are leading the way towards shaping a more equitable, prosperous and sustainable future.

Where do you stand – red, green, or Christmas?

Green

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2022-06-27T13:34:41+00:00June 27th, 2022|

NMTC Selected by ASU as a Key Partner in a $10 Million NSF ALRISE Alliance Grant

New Mexico Technology Council selected by ASU as a Key Partner in a $10 Million NSF ALRISE Alliance Grant Aimed at Accelerating Latinx Representation in STEM

Grant is Intended to Develop a National Network of Organizations Focused on Mobilizing Large-Scale Change for Underrepresented Communities in STEM

Albuquerque, NM, April 18, 2022 — The New Mexico Technology Council today announced it has been selected by Arizona State University (ASU) to receive a portion of a $10 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Accelerate Latinx Representation in STEM Education (ALRISE) Alliance grant. ASU selected multiple technology trade associations across the country, including The New Mexico Technology Council, as grant recipients to help mobilize their in-industry membership to offer experiential work-based opportunities in STEM to Latinx students.

I am pleased that the New Mexico Technology Council was selected to become a partner in the regional ALRISE Alliance,” said Mary Tieman, Community Relations, and Membership Development Director of the New Mexico Technology Council “It provides us with the opportunity to significantly impact the number of Hispanics participating in STEM education and the workforce in our state.”

ASU’s ALRISE Alliance is funded by NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES), a comprehensive national initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in discoveries and innovations by focusing on diversity, inclusion and broadening participation in STEM at scale. The grant represents a nationwide effort addressing the overarching broadening participation challenge to accelerate Latinx representation in STEM education with institutional intentionality and capacity building for experiential learning.

ASU’s vision for the Alliance is to drastically improve Latinx student retention and completion in STEM at two- and four-year Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and emerging HSIs (eHSIs). The Alliance aims to complete this goal by taking the following actions to deliberately change long-standing systems:

  • Enabling campus environments to be intentional and culturally responsive to Latinx STEM students, not to the exclusion of others
  • Placing the necessity to change on institutions and educators to harness Latinx students’ assets, strengths and resilience, and create an environment that fosters reproducible success
  • Mending the leaky pipeline where Latinx STEM retention and completion rates are significantly lower than enrollment
  • Minimizing the current underrepresentation of Latinx in STEM job clusters
  • Increasing the number of studies who are currently limited in STEM research on innovative pipelines for underrepresented students

“Our goal in bringing industry and educational leaders into the Alliance is to form a densely connected network of peers, a shared community and intentional coordination of the disparate efforts across individuals and organizations to drastically improve diversity and opportunity in STEM education and careers,” said Caroline VanIngen-Dunn, director, Center for Broadening Participation in STEM, ASU and Principal Investigator of the ALRISE Alliance “The New Mexico Technology Council will play a critical role in connecting Latinx students with industry partners to facilitate more opportunities for work-based experiences in STEM fields while also enabling organizations to diversify their employment base.”

The quality of the future U.S. labor market depends on both education and job skills, and, if the United States wants to remain competitive, our ability to produce high levels of educated and skilled workers is critical to the overall performance of its participation in a global economy. The increasingly globalized economy also means that the U.S. is facing more competition as other nations increase their skills in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Increasing the representation of Latinx in STEM fields is therefore absolutely vital to the economic and scientific advancement in the United States, as Latinx accounted for more than 50% of our country’s population growth during the last decade. Yet only 8% of Latinx nationwide graduate with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field.

To learn more about the ALRISE Alliance grant #2120021 and the National Science Foundation, please visit the NSF website at www.nsf.gov/.

2022-04-20T20:08:30+00:00April 20th, 2022|

Member Monday | Graybird Innovations

Interview with Bob Foster, Managing Member

Company

Graybird Innovations, LLC

Mission

We consistently deliver meaningful results by offering pragmatic solutions to familiar obstacles.

What does your company do/what industry do you represent?

  • Project Management
  • Training
  • Operations Management
  • Management Consulting
  • Career Coaching/Mentorship
  • Business Process Improvement

We consider ourselves generalists, but hospitality sales and telecommunications are the bulk of our experience.

What makes your company or organization unique?

We have applied unique innovations with entrepreneurial gusto and passionate persistence within large corporate bureaucracies. In other words, we excel at adapting real-world techniques to drive success in business environments that don’t always embrace an agile mindset.

Is your business growing and do you plan to hire in the next 6 months?

We are growing our customer base, but we do not expect to be hiring this year. We do anticipate partnering with others on a contract basis, as needed, to meet our client’s needs. Our values dictate we seek out other small, local businesses when possible.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business?

It hasn’t changed the way we do business, but it did substantially delay our launch.

Share a goal you set for 2022.

We are focused on expanding our menu of services, specifically with an emphasis on leadership seminars and other corporate training initiatives.

Describe where you see technology in the year 2030.

We expect an ever-increasing pace of change. AI, “big data”, 3D printing, and ubiquitous broadband will enable more real-time business interactions, many of them in a virtual environment. It will be more important than ever to consider the human element of business, even as the human is diminished or eliminated in many “back end” processes.

Where do you stand – red, green, or Christmas?

Christmas

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Thank you to our Community Partners!

2022-03-23T17:41:45+00:00March 23rd, 2022|

Member Monday | City of Albuquerque Department of Technology and Innovation

Interview with Brian Osterloh, Director of Technology and Innovation

Company

City of Albuquerque Department of Technology and Innovation (DTI)

Stats

The City of Albuquerque was officially founded in 1706. DTI has grown to meet the City’s needs for decades! We employ about 150 people ranging from 311 Community Contact Center Agents to Data Architects to Systems Administrators.

Mission

Our role is to blend data, technology, and creative problem solving with people to bring value to our vibrant community. We do not serve technology, we serve the people who use the technology.

What does your company do/what industry do you represent?

DTI engages with customers in various capacities. We interface internally with 6000+ City employees working across 25+ City departments and divisions and externally with community members.


The City’s leadership champions innovation in all solutions, allowing DTI to be the first point of contact for the technological needs and support at City Hall.


We support the community by improving services available to residents and businesses, like making it easy to interact with your government, gaining access to WiFi, and implementing public safety technology throughout the city.

What makes your company or organization unique?

The same things that make NMTC unique! The City of Albuquerque serves as a representation of the residents here and we recognize Albuquerque’s unique position as a large and diverse metropolitan area in a rural state. We are seizing the opportunity to create a sense of place by supporting the growing technology hub of organizations, companies, schools, and, of course, the people!

Is your business growing and do you plan to hire in the next 6 months?

DTI is hiring! The City of Albuquerque has an excellent benefits package, a pension-based retirement plan, and opportunities for career advancement. DTI specifically looks to empower employees to succeed in their roles.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business?

We are finding solutions to support customers in new ways, like setting up thousands of employees to work from home, facilitating public participation in virtual City Council meetings, expanding free WiFi across the city, and getting events, exhibitions, performances, and information online.

Share a goal you set for 2021.

As employees and residents, we are vested and have a passion to see our efforts help the Albuquerque community thrive and grow! We plan to continue navigating the ongoing challenges of the pandemic and taking steps to ensure that Albuquerque is positioned to excel in the future.

Describe where you see technology in the year 2030.

We see Albuquerque as a national hub for Smart Communities and are continually expanding the relationships and foundation to allow companies choosing to develop Smart Communities projects to thrive here.

Where do you stand – red, green, or Christmas?

We love potlucks, so bring your best red OR green recipe to share!

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2021-09-13T13:30:14+00:00September 13th, 2021|

Member Monday | RESPEC

Interview with Dan Donoghue, Business Lead

Company

RESPEC

Stats

RESPEC was founded in 1969 and is an employee-owned company that has over 400 employees and annual revenues above $75 million. RESPEC has been in New Mexico since 1988.

Mission

As an Integrated Solutions Partner, RESPEC is a globally eminent technology team that transforms businesses and industries for greater success. Designing solutions that simplify complex problems, our project results demonstrate the power of trusted partnerships that collectively deliver more. We provide what our clients need to create value.

What does your company do/what industry do you represent?

Engineering smarter ways for major industry sectors. RESPEC is a global leader in diverse technologies and draws from a wide array of expertise and services to deliver world-class solutions for information technology, mining, energy, water, natural resources, urban development, infrastructure, and enterprise services.

What makes your company or organization unique?

At RESPEC, our company culture is defined by our common core values. These core values didn’t happen by accident or develop overnight; they were cultivated by the collective efforts of talented and dedicated people working toward shared goals. We describe our core values as a PACT that exists between our co-workers, families, client partners, and communities. Our PACT represents mutual Passion, Accountability, Caring, and Teamwork, which manifests in every interaction we undertake. With genuine dedication, we strive to be the best at everything we do while remaining true to our values. Our PACT represents the cornerstones of RESPEC and lends itself to a culture of shared successes, collaboration, and enjoyment.

Is your business growing and do you plan to hire in the next 6 months?

Yes, we are growing and have multiple openings now and plan to hire in the future. 

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business?

To deal with COVID-19’s challenges, RESPEC took steps to focus on the health and financial welfare of our families and clients. We created a COVID-19 page on our employee portal, communicated health guidelines and changing directives, provided flexibility regarding remote working, and requested that employees provide daily screening information. With each new action, RESPEC’s employee-owners rose to the occasion.
At times, that work was in the office. Other times it was at home in front of our families. Often, our work was at clients’ sites after coordinating travel in challenging environments. But every time, we truly came together as a company. We focused on what needed doing. We put our energy into what was in everyone’s best interest, and our work paid off.

Share a goal you set for 2021.

To continue to grow in New Mexico and nationwide.

Describe where you see technology in the year 2030.

Technology in the year 2030 will be completely integrated into our lives. We will understand and feel more comfortable with technology and the concepts that once seemed out of reach.
The challenge I see with technology is it’s very hard to predict a technology demand when the market changes so rapidly. So we are seeing more companies move to the cloud, requesting enhanced data reporting, machine learning (gets better with more data) and an enhanced technology stack to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
Not to future trip too far, but when I think of innovative technology I envision a life where I can have access to everything in a safe and secure manner, in all areas of my life. So you really can work anywhere, anytime!

Where do you stand – red, green, or Christmas?

Christmas, to be fair.

For more information about membership with the NMTC, contact Mary Tieman.
Thank you to our Community Partners!

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2021-08-30T15:02:54+00:00August 30th, 2021|

Member Monday | Santa Fe Alliance for Science

Interview with Diane Smogor, Executive Director

Company

The Santa Fe Alliance for Science (SFAFS)

Stats

Our organization was co-founded in 2005 by Robert (“Bob”) Eisenstein, a nuclear and particle physicist, and Susan McIntosh, M.A, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Science Initiative, Founding Co-Director of the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, and a classroom teacher with the Santa Fe Public Schools. Their shared vision was to improve STEM education in Santa Fe and boost the perception of science and mathematics within the community. The Alliance has one employee (a half-time Executive Director) and approximately 75 volunteer scientists and STEM experts who dedicate thousands of hours each year to deliver all of our programs at no charge to the schools they work with. 

Mission

We inspire the inner scientist in Santa Fe youth by creating STEM learning opportunities through our network of volunteer scientists, engineers, and STEM professionals.

What does your company do/what industry do you represent?

For nearly 15 years, the Santa Fe Alliance for Science has brought scientists and STEM experts to schools to enhance STEM learning and discovery opportunities for Santa Fe students. Our volunteers partner with Santa Fe Public School teachers to engage students in real-world, interactive STEM activities. We work with students in grades K-12 but currently focus our programming in high-need elementary schools (K-8) where our volunteers can build student interest and confidence in STEM.

What makes your company or organization unique?

• Our ability to provide a direct connection between scientists/STEM experts and students to facilitate interest and success in STEM. As one teacher said, “Kids want to hear from real scientists.”
• Our unique cohort of volunteers who have extensive STEM subject matter expertise and diverse experiences.
• Our longstanding relationship with the Santa Fe Public School district and classroom teachers.
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Is your business growing and do you plan to hire in the next 6 months?

We are always looking for new volunteers who have diverse STEM experiences and backgrounds as our programs grow and evolve. We also need volunteers who have specific talents and skills, such as photography, videography, social media, and website management to join our team. 

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business?

When schools closed, our volunteers began to convert all of our programs for remote learning. Based on requests from teachers, our volunteers created a digital library of STEM educational videos in English and Spanish and a learning guide, which can be accessed by any Santa Fe Public School student or teacher. Our volunteers also tutored and mentored students online, lead virtual classroom lessons, and met virtually with 450 students from 16 schools who participated in the SFPS virtual STEM fair. While our program delivery format has drastically changed due to the pandemic, we continue to provide a path for students to interact directly with “real scientists” to deepen STEM learning. 

Share a goal you set for 2021.

We’re expanding our Adopt-A-Scientist program, which matches an Alliance volunteer with a classroom teacher all year to provide teacher-driven STEM support and resources. This program enables our volunteers to build deeper connections with students and teachers so kids see how STEM relates to everything.

Describe where you see technology in the year 2030.

I think we’ll continue to see dramatic changes in how technology is used in our lives, in our schools and in our communities. Advances in technology will provide us with new opportunities to create healthier communities and live healthier lives, which is why cultivating a young person’s STEM capabilities will remain critical. 

Where do you stand – red, green, or Christmas?

My guess is Christmas but I know our volunteers would love to gather and test this out!

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For more information about membership with the NMTC, contact Mary Tieman.
Thank you to our Community Partners!

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2021-08-09T00:33:54+00:00August 9th, 2021|

Member Monday | UNM Rainforest Innovations

Interview with Lisa Kuuttila, President & Chief Economic Officer

Company

UNM Rainforest Innovations (formerly known as STC.UNM)

Stats

UNM Rainforest Innovations was first created in 1995 (under the name Science & Technology Corporation) by the University of New Mexico Board of Regents to commercialize university inventions. We currently have 16 staff members and 7 student interns. 

Mission

To foster a Rainforest in the Desert, UNM Rainforest Innovations nurtures innovation and catalyzes economic development.

Also, our vision is to play a vital role in New Mexico’s economic development and to be an innovator in technology commercialization worldwide. As a New Mexico University Research Park and Economic Development Act organization, UNM Rainforest Innovations does this by:

  • Protecting technologies developed at UNM and transferring these technologies to the marketplace, via starting new companies and transferring technologies to established companies;
  • Connecting the business community to UNM for access to expertise, facilities, and research activities; and
  • Facilitating UNM’s role as a contributor to New Mexico’s economic development.

What does your company do/what industry do you represent?

UNM Rainforest Innovations is the technology-transfer and economic development organization for the University of New Mexico (UNM). We work to protect and commercialize technologies developed at UNM by filing patents and copyrights and transferring them to the marketplace. We connect the business community (companies, entrepreneurs, and investors) to these UNM technologies for licensing opportunities and the creation of start-up companies.


In 2013, we also began implementing UNM’s economic development initiatives. With the guidance and input from the UNM Rainforest Forum and the UNM Economic Development Council, we support economic development through innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development.

What makes your company or organization unique?

Our organization is unique because we work across so many different parts of the university and business community. We also work to bring those people together in order to create opportunities from those partnerships.

Is your business growing and do you plan to hire in the next 6 months?

Certain areas of activity are growing within our organization, but at this time we are not growing in terms of staff members. business is growing but there are no plans to hire in the near future.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business?

Many of our events have moved online, with some resulting in better attendance rates than before. As we transition back to working in-person and holding events, we will likely continue to do some things online and introduce hybrid models to reach a larger audience. 

Share a goal you set for 2021.

To begin the Right to Start project, which is a state-wide initiative to foster and promote New Mexico’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, aided by Victor Hwang author of the “The Rainforest: The secret to building the next Silicon Valley.”

Describe where you see technology in the year 2030.

This is very difficult to predict. Perhaps one of the biggest transformations will be the use of AI in our daily work lives. 

Where do you stand – red, green, or Christmas?

We received mixed answers, but most of our team prefers green chile! Many of our staff also noted that it depended on the type of food it’s served with.

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For more information about membership with the NMTC, contact Mary Tieman.
Thank you to our Community Partners!

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2021-07-19T21:06:57+00:00July 19th, 2021|