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Member Profile – BioFlyte

We interviewed BioFlye’s President & CEO, Todd Sickles to learn more about the company, its mission, and why they choose to do business in New Mexico.

Read on to learn more about this leading-edge company:  

Share your company’s mission statement and/or slogan:  

BioFlyte’s mission is to provide leading-edge biosecurity solutions to protect people, organizations, and economies. 

In three sentences describe what your organization does, including the services/products you provide: 

BioFlyte is an innovative biothreat security company specializing in providing cutting-edge fieldable aerosol mass spectrometers. Our primary mission is to safeguard critical infrastructure and ensure the safety of individuals by effectively detecting, identifying, and alerting officials for biohazards like Anthrax and chemical threats like aerosolized Fentanyl. BioFlyte also offers state-of-the-art mail screening systems that shield businesses from these potential biological and chemical threats.  

What is your organization’s superpower? 

BioFlyte’s superpower is a dedicated team that appreciates the power of leveraging disruptive biothreat detection capabilities to protect our customers’ critical missions 

Why do you choose to do business in New Mexico? 

We have a strong history in New Mexico, with a core resource team established locally and we are very interested in an expanding network with the local government labs and affiliated partner organizations.  

Why did you join NMTC and/or what do you hope to gain by being part of the membership: 

First, to expand our roots in New Mexico, become even more engaged in the state’s greater technology community, and gain broader access to technical talent.  

Please share one goal you have for your company within the next 12 months:  

To win and implement at least one (1) critical infrastructure protection program at a major US airport, paving the way for significant market penetration. 

Please join us in welcoming BioFlyte to the New Mexico Tech Council membership. If you are interested in learning more about BioFlyte and related career opportunities, we have listed their contact info below: 

BioFlyte LinkedIn
BioFlyte Website
2023-11-15T04:25:44+00:00November 15th, 2023|

Membership Monday: Wink

What is Wink’s mission? 

Wink’s mission is to revolutionize digital security through the power of biometric authentication for identity and payments. We provide innovative SaaS solutions to organizations, leveraging multifactor facial and voice recognition authentication to eliminate traditional password vulnerabilities, thereby ensuring a seamless and highly secure user experience. Our unwavering commitment to enhancing digital security, staying at the forefront of biometric technology, and delivering customized solutions empowers businesses to safeguard sensitive data and cultivate trust with users in an interconnected world.  

When was Wink established, and when did you join our New Mexico technology community?  

Wink was established in 2021. We currently have approximately 12 employees globally, with additional partner teammates working with us on our development efforts. We are just now joining the great state of New Mexico and looking forward to growing here. Hiring in New Mexico strategically positions Wink to tap into a growing talent pool, benefit from cost-effective operations, leverage proximity to research institutions, foster innovation through regional diversity, and engage with the local community- Ultimately, contributing to the company’s technological advancement and overall success. We are just joining NMTC now and we are looking forward to finding many favorite things about this new collaboration. 

What does Wink do? 

Wink’s SaaS platform is a game-changer in digital security, harnessing biometric authentication to eliminate the vulnerabilities of traditional passwords. This innovative solution offers users a frictionless login and payment experience, enhancing security by utilizing unique biometric traits such as voice prints and facial recognition. By replacing passwords and tokenizing payment details, Wink not only streamlines user access but also significantly reduces the risk of data breaches and fraud. The platform’s adaptability to various industries, compliance with regulations, and commitment to continuous innovation make it a versatile and robust choice for organizations seeking advanced digital security solutions.  

What makes Wink unique? 

Wink’s position as a unique and cutting-edge solution in the digital security landscape is driven by several key factors. It leads with pioneering biometric authentication, encompassing multifactor facial and voice recognition, ensuring top-tier security and user convenience. What sets Wink apart is its omnichannel and device-agnostic approach, simplifying implementation across diverse channels. This versatility allows Wink’s solution to seamlessly integrate with any camera-enabled device, enabling organizations to consistently and effortlessly deploy its advanced security features across their digital platforms. Coupled with Wink’s low-code approach and streamlined API and Plugin integration, the platform empowers organizations to enhance their digital defenses while providing a seamless and highly secure user experience. Wink’s unwavering commitment to continuous innovation and adaptability to various industries solidifies its position as a forward-thinking leader in digital security, enabling businesses to bolster their cybersecurity measures and instill trust among users in an increasingly interconnected digital landscape.  

What is one goal you have for your company within the next 12 months? 

Over the next 12 months, Wink aims to expand its market presence by forging strategic partnerships with key players in finance, e-commerce, cybersecurity and digital authentication industries. Additionally, the company is dedicated to further enhancing its biometric authentication technology, ensuring it remains at the forefront of digital security solutions.  

Describe where you see technology in the year 2030. 

In 2030, technology is poised to have transformed society on an unprecedented scale. The integration of advanced technologies will have ushered in an era of unparalleled connectivity, automation, and personalized experiences, fundamentally altering the way we work, communicate, and interact with our environment. Wink plays a pivotal role in this technology landscape by providing state-of-the-art biometric authentication solutions that underpin the security and trust required in an increasingly connected world. Wink’s innovative approach to digital security, including multifactor facial and voice recognition, ensures that individuals and organizations can engage in seamless and secure interactions across a multitude of digital channels. By safeguarding sensitive data and enabling frictionless user experiences, Wink contributes to the broader technological transformation by providing a critical foundation of trust and security necessary for the widespread adoption of advanced technologies and the realization of their full potential in 2030 and beyond. 

Learn more about Wink:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook

2023-09-27T14:49:31+00:00September 25th, 2023|

Member Monday | Fab Lab Hub LLC



NMTC Member Spotlight | February 22, 2021
An interview with Sarah Boisvert, Founder & CEO




Company: Fab Lab Hub, LLC

Stats: Est. in 2018 | 4 employees, including 3 U.S. Dept. of Labor registered apprenticeships for additive manufacturing technicians | 2-4 interns from Santa Fe Community College & Northern New Mexico College

Mission: To train the New Collar Workforce in 21st century technology skills that are now ubiquitous across industries by providing jobs that diversify New Mexico’s economy.




What does your company do/what industry do you represent? Design, prototyping, and advanced manufacturing including CAD design, 3D Printing for microfluidics, medical device, biotech, aerospace, microelectronics, jewelry, art, and consumer products industries. Our education division develops digital badge micro-certification workforce trainings for these technologies.

What makes your company or organization unique? We invest in creating workforce training programs whose digital badges are issued by the New Collar Network, a North American non-profit I helped found that is part of the MIT Fab Lab Network.

Is your business growing and do you plan to hire in the next 6 months? We expect to have two more registered apprentices start in May or June, and in addition, our digital badge program is expanding throughout North America.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business? We were able to successfully transition to building PPE due to my medical device background (owning the company that invented and manufactured the laser for LASIK, among other products). More importantly, we experimented with taking our instructor-led digital badge program online to great success last summer.

Share a goal you set for 2021: We have a collaboration with MatterHackers, a 3D Printer distributor, for bundling our digital badges with their machines, which will allow us to offer self-paced training online that I plan to have up and running in early 2021.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. Technology, like 3D Printing, robotics, AI, predictive analytics, and more are starting to enter non-technical industries like retail, healthcare, and agriculture. By 2030 these disruptive technologies will have altered work to the point that workers in every field will need digital New Collar skills. Somebody will have to fix the robots!

Where does your team stand: Red, Green or Christmas? All of the above!!

Keep up with Fab Lab Hub:




















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

Thank you to our Community Partners!





2021-03-08T21:22:03+00:00February 22nd, 2021|

Member Monday | Be Greater Than Average



NMTC Member Spotlight | February 1, 2021
An interview with Dr. Shelly Gruenig, Founder & CEO.
Be Greater Than Average




Company: Be Greater Than Average and our nonprofit partner, R4Creating.

Story: In 2008, I worked with four students who were interested in becoming STEM entrepreneurs to use their Competitive Robotics experience to develop the company using a Peer Teaching model. COVID helped us increase the number of online programs that we are now teaching to kids all over the nation! Myself and a number of our alums and students run the organization on a part time basis with a special interest in innovative opportunities and partnering with local leaders.

Mission: Come for the learning, be amazed by the experience! Cultivate Curiosity at B>, where we offer the best in STEM learning.




What does your company do/what industry do you represent? We offer innovative STEM programs for students and educators with the goal of linking them to the STEM workforce pipeline. Our robotics program has achieved championship status for 13 years and is recognized by Google as a Global Community Outreach leader.

What makes your company or organization unique? We are run for kids, by kids and are leaders in Tech Ed, a rapidly growing industry. We specialize in emerging technologies such as 3D printing, robotics and drones. This is where kids find their people and discover their life’s passion.

Is your business growing and do you plan to hire in the next 6 months? We are excited about several partnerships set for 2021 that will add significant growth. Our “Give the Gift of Learning” program is designed for STEM employers to invest in their workforce families. In partnership with Electric Playhouse, we will be launching Battling Bots robotics leagues. These, and several other programs including our podcast, STEM Southwest, will aid in our growth and we will be hiring as well as helping others hire our amazing students to fill the STEM workforce pipeline.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business? It has allowed us to take our brand to the global marketplace as the area of Tech Ed grows exponentially!

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. If disruption is the ultimate innovator, COVID has been that across the board in every industry. We will continue to see growth in Tech Education that will impact the way that future generations learn and work. We will continue to see the impact of COVID by new technologies leading to global partnerships that were once unfathomable. Finally, we believe in the power of youth and that our young learners will become leaders of the future creating technology like no generation before them! 2030 predictive tech will be crazily accurate; IoT sensors with associated apps will be ubiquitous in everyday life/work; 10-12 foot TVs will be commonplace; a useful cooking robot will be available for home use.

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

Keep up with B>:


























2021-02-03T22:07:35+00:00February 3rd, 2021|

Member Monday | Ingenuity Software Labs




NMTC Member Spotlight | January 25, 2021
An interview with John Mierzwa, CEO & Cofounderingenuity-logo




Company: Ingenuity Software Labs

Stats: Est. in 2015 | Six employees

I started Ingenuity Software Labs in 2015 while running the Deep Dive Coding Bootcamps at CNM. We spun our company out as a private company in 2017, and we’re still partners with CNM with a mission of graduate success. We currently have six employees (three Deep Dive grads) as well as other contractors we work with.

Mission: To craft high-value custom software and sites that help companies better serve their customers and their bottom line.

Vision: A thriving software company that builds the best products anywhere, treats people well, stays curious, and has a positive impact on our world.




What does your company do/what industry do you represent? We build high-value custom software and websites for commercial, nonprofit and government clients in all types of industries around the country. We love to help people automate their workflows, build websites that drive higher revenue, and create apps that make the world a better place.

What makes your company or organization unique? We’re a software firm. And we’re also experienced business folks who are committed to deep learning about our clients’ business so we can build software and sites that match their needs.

Is your business growing and do you plan to hire in the next 6 months? Thankfully, we have been growing and do hope to hire again soon.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business? Other than having to vacate our office for the first few months of COVID, we’ve been used to remote work for years, so luckily that part wasn’t a huge challenge for our team and our customers.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. 2030 predictive tech will be crazily accurate; IoT sensors with associated apps will be ubiquitous in everyday life/work; 10-12 foot TVs will be commonplace; a useful cooking robot will be available for home use.

Share a goal that you’ve set for 2021: A business goal is to increase revenue by 30% this year, and a personal goal is to get back to Mexico for a vacation sometime soon.

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

Get in touch with Ingenuity Software Labs:















2021-02-01T20:06:45+00:00January 25th, 2021|

Member Monday | Global Supply Chain Associates




NMTC Member Spotlight | January 11, 2021
An interview with Oscar  Quiñonez, Founder & CEO

Global Supply Chain Consultants




Company: Global Supply Chain Associates

Stats: Est. in 2019 | Three employees

Mission: GSC is committed to providing guidance to companies seeking to optimize supply chains, control costs, and operational leadership allowing them to focus on what matters.




What does your company do/what industry do you represent? GSC is a consulting company that helps companies with operational challenges. GSC specializes in IT infrastructure cost optimization, helping companies control costs with servers, data center, Cloud, hosting, IT services, and software agreements. GSC can also help bring direct product costs in line by negotiating more favorable costs/contracts on direct material costs for companies.

What makes your company or organization unique? GSC was founded by a native New Mexican with experience working with some of the largest tech companies in the world. GSC wants to bring those methodologies to help give smaller companies the knowledge to bring their costs in line.

Is your business growing and do you plan to hire in the next 6 months? We are still in our bootstrap phase so we are planning on growing and hiring based on contracts.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business? We have seen challenges with companies that seek our types of services but are reluctant to given the current economic environment.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. There will be much more enterprises with a hybrid cloud approach. Companies will find that they will need some services that are managed directly and others that can be in the cloud.

Share a goal that you’ve set for 2021: GSC is setting goals to make a positive impact within the tech community in NM.

Where does your team stand: Red, Green or Christmas? We love the sweetness of the Red but Green is definitely our favorite.

Keep up with Global Supply Chain Associates:

Website | LinkedIn | Twitter


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







2021-01-12T21:00:44+00:00January 12th, 2021|

Member Monday | Steady Networks


NMTC Member Spotlight | November 30, 2020

Steady Networks

Company: Steady Networks 

Stats: Est. in 2012 | 16 employees

Mission: To provide predictable IT results for small and medium businesses.

What industry does your company represent? Managed IT Services.

What makes your company or organization unique? Our teamwork and unique proactive approach to managing IT.

Is your business growing and do you plan to hire in the next 6 months? Growing! We plan 1-2 hires in the next 6 months.

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business? Bigger emphasis on secure remote access to business infrastructure.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. Remote and cloud will take an even bigger role.

Where does your team stand: Red, Green or Christmas? Not Christmas, but red for eggs on tortilla chips (migas) and green for eggs on toast.

Keep up with Steady Networks:

Web | LinkedIn | Facebook


2020-12-01T21:16:32+00:00December 1st, 2020|

Member Monday | Verus Research



NMTC Member Spotlight | November 16, 2020
An interview with Hank Andrews, Managing Director & Chief Financial Officer




Company: Verus Research 

Stats: Est. in 2014 | 99 employees, 91 based in NM

Mission: Create and maintain a collaborative environment at the forefront of the latest scientific research and technological developments; Provide our customers with innovative engineering solutions for current and future challenges with an emphasis on quality, timeliness and cost-effectiveness; Value high-performance employees and foster an environment that both inspires and empowers all to achieve their maximum potential.




What industry does your company represent? Aerospace & Defense.

What makes your company or organization unique? We promote a culture that creates opportunities for the individual, benefits for the community, and strength and stability for the enterprise. We seek to maximize the mutual joy in developing technical solutions that meet tomorrow’s needs.

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

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business? Far higher percentage of distributed working, but we always set ourselves up to provide schedule and venue flexibility for our team (just didn’t know it would be for a pandemic).

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. Sky’s the limit.

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

Keep up with Verus Research:

Website | LinkedIn


Check out Albuquerque Business First’s coverage of Verus Research’s recently awarded multi-million dollar government contract:

ABQ engineering firm wins one of its largest government contract awards yet

Verus Research, an Albuquerque engineering firm, has won a multi-million dollar government contract award.

The company, founded in 2014, received a $23.4 million award with the Army on Sept. 15, according to an Order for Supplies or Services obtained by Business First. Read more.





2020-11-19T18:41:05+00:00November 19th, 2020|

Member Monday | Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers


NMTC Member Spotlight | October 12, 2020

bandp-logo | Bridgers & Paxton




Company: Bridgers & Paxton Consulting Engineers

Stats: Est. in 1951 | 134 employees across NM, CO and AZ

Slogan: Provide engineering solutions to serve our clients and enhance our communities.




What industry does your company represent? We are part of the A/E/C Industry. Bridgers & Paxton is a full-service mechanical, electrical, plumbing, controls, technology and energy consulting engineering firm.
What makes your company or organization unique? As engineers, we thrive working collaboratively with owners and the design team to develop a customized engineering solution to address each project’s unique goals and challenges.

We strive to utilize systems that are cost-effective, sustainable and easily managed after construction. We enjoy the process of working together to find the best approach for each project.

 How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business? B&P is continuing to support our clients, owners and communities even as the COVID-19 pandemic forces us to work remotely. We are using electronic means to communicate between team members and have in place software and network support of this arrangement. Our staff has put extra effort into finding unique ways to continue the flow of information, and our email and voice systems remain a key way to conduct business.

We value our client’s missions, safety and health by following the State and CDC’s requirements/recommendations for any in-person interface. We understand the importance of our role and small piece that plays in the economy of each community.

The following are comments from our Technology Design Team:



Steve Otero – RCDD, DCIE, DCES, DCIS – Regional Technology Director 

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way you do business? Honestly, I tried working from home for the first 4 weeks, and then I had enough! I am one that needs separation of work and home. I am finding that about 60% of the business people that I communicate with enjoy and prefer working from home. It is a little challenging trying to get a point across or describe an engineering direction without the one on one “in- person” communication. We (B&P) have strived to make this transition to remote work as seamless as possible. With the assistance from our clients, I think we have achieved that.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030This could get fun!! Personal flying transportation…sign me up! Jet suits, jet packs, the police in Dubai are already planning on using “flying motorbikes” and are currently training on them! Self-sufficient homes, AI in the home. AI will augment, not replace humans. Once we see humans trust AI more, then we will see more flying cars, etc. Some doctors are looking at genetic modification to slow the aging process! In addition, I think one challenge for the future and this is a big one, is to make technology available to all!

New Mexico is the Chile Capital of America. Red, Green or Christmas? Definitely Red

Scott Rush – Lead technology Designer/Consultant

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way you do business? – Meetings have become easier to attend since everything is done remote, however there are more meetings now and less time to address actual work at times. This is a constant learning experience and I personally have found that I now work longer days since meetings take up more time of the day and there is still actual work that needs to be done. There is a fine balance between how many meetings one can realistically do and dedicate time to the actual work.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. – Two words, The Jetsons

New Mexico is the Chile Capital of America. Red, Green or Christmas? XMAS – ALWAYS!!!

Nicholas Nanos – Technology Designer, specializing in AV

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way you do business? For the better. Telecommuting has been cooling it’s heels for way too long.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. Low orbiting satellites have been discussed for a long time, and now we are seeing launch capabilities become more economic. This should usher in a new wave of high bandwidth on every inch of the planet. That being said, personal computing will no longer be on a desktop or laptop. It will travel with you wirelessly and be accessible from instant terminals that will integrate with shopping, access, travel, schooling, healthcare, and mass transit, and will probably sit on an virtual ID equivalent to biometric interaction. People will have the capability to choose from wearable tech to implanted. This will be your Smart ID, and will be your phone, PC, ID, streaming device, payment method, and healthcare provider. You will be able to say, “call mom,” and a driverless transport that you don’t even own will automatically know who you are and do so.

New Mexico is the Chile Capital of America. Red, Green or Christmas? Green is usually the default but I pick Red.

Christopher Kuipers – Technology Designer/Revit Certified Professional

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way you do business? We have an increased demand to communicate through web meetings and keeping the physical distance from our clients. It has increased the effectiveness to communicate, as some physical demonstrations are difficult to capture through the web.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. Better wireless coverages and less wireless issues with conflicts. The future is leaning to more wireless demand and capability. More users want to be untethered and free to move around. The wired infrastructure will still be there to support the wireless hardware as demand increases.

New Mexico is the Chile Capital of America. Red, Green or Christmas? Red

Johnathan Solomon – Technology CADD Designer

How has the COVID-19 Pandemic changed the way you do business? The pandemic has changed how we all interact face to face. Majority, if not all meetings, are now via zoom or a web based conference meeting. The majority of the office now work from home and few work in the office.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. By 2030, I see a possibility of flying cars. With what Space X and Elon Musk are doing, I see it as a possibility soon.

New Mexico is the Chile Capital of America. Red, Green or Christmas? I prefer Red on everything.

Keep up with B&P:


















2020-10-19T19:02:03+00:00October 19th, 2020|

Member Monday | HOLMANS USA


NMTC Member Spotlight | October 5, 2020
An interview with Phil Abeyta, Director of Sales, SLED & Commercial Division





Stats: Est. in 1955 | 40 employees

Slogan: Technology Excellence.




What industry does your company represent? Technology Solutions for SLED, Commercial and Federal.

What makes your company or organization unique? Founded in 1955, HOLMANS, a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB), is a technology Value-Added Reseller and is unique from competitors in the following ways:

  • Delivering Extraordinary Service. Whether working with our sales or technical teams on a solution, to working with our distribution team to ensure timely delivery and communication, HOLMANS ensures that our team is focused on our customers having an extraordinary experience.
  • Addressing Pain Points. HOLMANS sales and technical process is to understand our customers pain points and point to technology options that help alleviate those concerns.
  • Narrow Niche with Strategic Solutions. HOLMANS has over 2.1 million SKUs, however, HOLMANS focuses also on key strategic technology solutions that allow us to partner with key manufacturers that achieve high rankings in Gartner and Forrester.
  • Cause Marketing. Anthony D. Trujillo, CEO of HOLMANS USA, established Sophia’s Foundation for Autism https://sophiasfoundation.com/ in 2013 to increase public awareness of autism, recognize deserving teachers, and provide needed technology for autism specific classrooms in public schools. Sophia’s Foundation is inspired by Mr. Trujillo’s beautiful daughter Sophia who was diagnosed with autism at an early age. The foundation works hand-in-hand with classroom teachers who have developed special curriculum using this technology. Our Tradition: Sophia’s Foundation for Autism has a rich tradition of giving back to our communities with a primary focus of helping autism specific programs in our public-school systems. Our mission is to increase public interest & awareness of autism, recognize deserving teachers, & provide needed technology for autism specific classrooms.

Is your business growing? Yes, plan on hiring sales and technical staff for the SLED & Commercial division.

Describe where you see technology in year 2030. A 10-year forecast is a bit more challenging to make, as the recent pandemic demonstrated. Practically overnight, the entire concept of business continuity drastically changed. The tech industry continues to lead by having the ability to pivot quickly. End-user computing, applications and mobile technology strategies need to stay competitive. We will see trends shaping our future workplaces such as:

  • Hybrid Cloud strategies
  • Increased VDI and DaaS
  • Increased emphasis on security
  • VPN refinement
  • Expanded remote solutions
  • Increased Artificial Intelligence
  • Blockchain transparency
  • Sensors
  • 5G and satellite constellation networks

How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way you do business? Most of our staff is working remotely. Increased need for technology with our customers.

Where does your team stand: Red, Green or Christmas? Christmas. We love all chile in NM!

Keep up with HOLMANS USA: 

Facebook | LinkedIn





2020-10-07T19:44:44+00:00October 7th, 2020|