Thursday, March 31, 2016

NCAIED Awards Jaye Francis As Volunteer Of The Year

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development has recently recognized Anderson Center for Indigenous Development Coordinator Jaye Francis as its Volunteer of the Year.

Jaye was praised for the time, energy and resources that she has devoted to the advancement of the National Center and its mission of advancing the American Indian business sector and tribal economies.

Jaye was honored at the Center's 30th Annual National Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas.

Congratulations, Jaye!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

IBSG Students Headed To Clinton Global Initiative University

UNM students from International Business Students Global (IBSG) are heading to the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference to gain support for the World Folk Art Movement Project.

CGI U was founded in 2007 by President Clinton with the focus on engaging the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. Over 1,000 students will come together for CGI U 2016 at the University of California, Berkeley from April 1-3, 2016 to concentrate on making a difference in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

IBSG's commitment to action is to bring folk art to the Olympic Games to share the stage of excellence and global culture. IBSG’s objective is to promote the value art as a driver of cultural preservation and economic and social development. Holding a folk art market at the Olympic Games would provide opportunities for artists to share their stories and market their products. The folk art market would additionally showcase the direct parallels between art and athletics’ abilities to transcend national borders.
IBSG is looking for students with an interest in folk art, marketing, social impact, or international relations to get involved in this exciting project. For more information, contact Sabrina Pickle at

Thomas Gutierrez Featured On UNM Proud

Anderson School of Management's Thomas Gutierrez, Student Technical Support Center coordinator, was recently featured on UNM Proud, a website created to promote UNM’s students, staff, faculty and alumni in Albuquerque and across the United States. In the video below, Thomas discusses what drew him to the Anderson School as well as one of his favorite pastimes, bowling. 

The video can also be seen on Thomas' UNM Proud page.

Congratulations, Thomas!

Daniels Fund Initiative Workshop

The seventh annual University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Workshop will take place on April 28 and 29 at the La Posada Hotel and Spa in downtown Santa Fe. The event begins with the reception and dinner on April 28, and the workshop runs all day on Friday, April 29. The theme will be “Business as a Positive Force for Good.” There is no cost for attending for participation in this workshop, and meals are provided. The workshop program is significantly different from previous workshops and will focus more on challenges and resources in teaching and successfully integrating business ethics into programs.

For more information and to register, please contact Jennifer Sawayda.

Gouvea and Francis Book Forthcoming

UNM Anderson professor Raul Gouvea and Center for Indigenous Development coordinator Jaye Francis have collaborated on Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs of New Mexico:  Surpassing Barriers and Stereotypes, a book to be published by UNM Press. The book will showcase the experiences of Native women entrepreneurs in the state of New Mexico, consisting of first-person accounts detailing how their businesses began and what it took to make them thrive. A brief article on the book was published in the Albuquerque Business First and can be found HERE.

Congratulations to Raul and Jaye!

Manuel Montoya On New Mexico's Creative Economy

UNM Anderson Assistant Professor Manuel Montoya was recently featured on KUNM discussing creative economic growth in New Mexico. The program also featured Senator Tom Udall, Warren Montoya of Rezilience Indigenous Arts Experience, and other members of New Mexico's dynamic creative community. For more information and to listen to the program, please click HERE

Scholarships Available For Accounting Students

The Institute of Internal Auditors Albuquerque Chapter is offering scholarship awards. The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist students in realizing their educational and career objectives in fields related to the Internal Audit profession through formal education at an accredited college or university. For eligibility and application information, please click below the cut.

Anderson Hosts All Pueblo Council of Governors

Anderson School of Management recently hosted the meeting of the All Pueblo Council of Governors. After President Frank welcomed the group, Dean Craig White and EPEC director Audrey Arnold overviewed the programs available at Anderson including undergraduate and graduate degrees, the EMBA, and certificate and custom programs.

The governors and other attendees enjoyed the opportunity to hold the meeting at Anderson and expressed their support for UNM, interest in the EMBA and other programs, and desire to keep their activities in New Mexico rather than reaching out to out-of-state schools. More information about the Council can be found here: http://

UNM SBI Teams Win National Awards

Student team leaders Jarred Panger and Alex Mansfield
Congratulations to students from the Anderson School of Management for earning top prizes at the Small Business Institute’s Project of the Year competition in New Orleans. 

Anderson students earned two third place honors after competing against more than 75 SBI teams from across the nation in three different project categories at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  The awards included a student team guided by Dr. Dimitri Kapelianis and student team leader, Alex Mansfield, who took third place honors in the Graduate/Specialized category for their project developing a strategic marketing plan for Explora! Science Center and Children’s Museum in Albuquerque.  This is the third year in a row that Dr. Kapelianis’ student teams have won national awards. 

“I have found my experience collaborating with the UNM SBI to be deeply rewarding,” said Dr. Kapelianis.  “Everyone benefits.  My students acquire practical skills by working with local businesses and non-profits on important strategic challenges. Our local client organizations benefit when Anderson MBA students bring a fresh perspective and keen insight to their business plans. And the experience keeps my teaching grounded in the practical realities of marketing strategy.”
The second UNM award was a third place finish in the Graduate/Comprehensive category. The student team project for American Realty was guided by Adjunct Professor Holly Hitzemann and led by student team leader Jarred Panger.  Professor Hitzemann says the SBI program provides students real-world training for their future careers through this unique experiential learning opportunity. 

UNM SBI director Stacy Sacco says working with the SBI is a unique opportunity for local businesses. “Participating firms receive in-depth business consulting for nearly four months and a professional, scalable business plan to guide their future,” says Sacco. 

Since the founding of UNM SBI in 1978, it has assisted more than 700 businesses, including start-ups, expanding businesses, nonprofit organizations and family enterprises.  Every semester, 15-20 student teams comprised of 3-5 students are guided by a UNM Anderson faculty member to work with local client businesses and assist them with strategic planning, financial analyses and marketing research studies.  To find out more about UNM SBI go to:

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Hall of Fame 2016

L: Hall of Fame Honorees Ian and Sonnet McKinnon, Deena Crawley, Janet McHard, Bridgit Lujan, Robert Sachs, Lee Trussell, Valerie Almanzar, John Benavidez, Dean Craig White. R: Dennis Snyder and John Garcia raise funds.

The 27th Annual UNM Anderson Hall of Fame Awards Banquet & Fundraiser was an outstanding event, recognizing its notable honorees and raising much appreciated scholarship funds. Initial tallies indicate the event will net around $150,000 to support scholarships and increase the endowment that produces ongoing scholarship funds.

The outstanding Hall of Fame Honorees for the evening were:
Janet M. McHard, McHard Accounting Consulting LLC
Robert B. Sachs, TEAM Technologies Inc.
Lee Trussell, Advanced Manufacturing Analysis & Research Corp.

Young Alumni Honorees were:
Valerie Almanzar, Keller Williams Realty
Deena Crawley, Dion's
Bridgit Luján, Dulce Flamenco Internacional Inc.

Sonnet and Ian McKinnon received the Distinguished Service Award. The McKinnons are the lead donors for the new Anderson building, which, once completed, will be known as the McKinnon Center for Management.

The Faculty Community Leadership Award honored Marketing Professor John Benavidez, who in addition to being a long-time faculty member is also an Anderson graduate.

Congratulations to all, and special thanks to Felicia Rodriquez for planning a wonderful event for all the attendees.

Boerigter Business Breakfast Lecture with Steven Kotler

Please join us with bestselling author, journalist, and entrepreneur, Steven Kotler.

His presentation called Climbing Mount Bold is based on his New York Times bestselling book Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World. The publication discusses the exponential advancement of technology that enables upstart entrepreneurs to go from "I've got an idea" to "I run a billion-dollar company" faster than ever before. Kotler will explain how a shift in mindset can increase performance and ignite passion and he'll explore the mental tactics utilized by high performing organizations like Google and the Navy Seals. Bold was named one of the top 25 books read by corporate America in 2015 and President Bill Clinton called it "a visionary roadmap for people who believe they can change the world..."

The event takes place on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM at the Albuquerque Country Club, 601 Laguna Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104.

The Boerigter Business Breakfast Program is a business lecture series sponsored by the Anderson School through the generosity of Sibilla and George Boerigter and SoundOff Signal. The series hosts business leaders from across the country to speak on topics of current interest. The series is offered at no cost to the business community.


Business Community Open House

On Friday, March 4, the Anderson School of Management hosted a Business Community Open House to showcase programs for professionals and businesses in the Albuquerque community. This open house was the first of its kind, featuring resources for professionals, managers, entrepreneurs, and everyone in between.
The Open House highlighted Anderson’s programs for the business community including:

Small Business Institute
Consulting Services
Career Services Office
Internships & Recruitment
Career & Professional Development
Customized Training Programs
Executive Education
Anderson Alumni Association
Parker Center for Family Business
Anderson Foundation Board
Business Plan Competition
GMAT & GRE Test Prep
Boerigter Business Breakfast Program Speaker Series

“One of the most enjoyable aspects of my position as dean is the opportunity to work both with Anderson faculty and members of the local business community,” Dean Craig White said. “I look forward to growing these relationships and see the open house as just one way to achieve this goal.”

Monday, March 7, 2016

Design Underway For Anderson's McKinnon Center of Management

The local firm of FBT Architects teamed with Boora Architects out of Portland, Oregon has been selected to design UNM’s McKinnon Center for Management at the Anderson School. The new 65,000 square foot building will be the new home of the business school and house state-of–the-art educational spaces and facilities to support collaboration and connections with the business world and disciplines across campus.

After a competitive process attracting architectural teams from across the country, UNM selected the FBT/Boora team to design the signature building for the McKinnon Center at Anderson School. This new building, to be executed as LEED Silver is phase one in a two-phase project to replace the current aging 1960 era building. When all phases are completed, UNM Anderson will have flexible facilities designed to meet the School's projected instructional office space and enrollment needs for decades to come. The FBT/Boora team has begun design for the new facility and is working closely with Anderson School and university personnel throughout the process. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2017 with a target date for completion of Fall 2018/Spring 2019.

For more information, please click HERE.

Information about Graduate Programs

Anderson School of Management's Advisement Staff
Learn how an Anderson MBA, MACCT and MS-ISA can help advance your career, change your career or assume a leadership role!
Stop by Anderson School of Management's Advisement Center and talk to advisors who can steer you in the right direction.

UNM Student Entrepreneur Club

An enthusiastic group of students has re-launched the UNM Student Entrepreneur Club. Member benefits of participation include:

  • Networking with other students, local entrepreneurs and business investors
  • Connections to start-up advice, experts and mentors
  • Guest speakers
  • Ties to national network of student entrepreneur clubs
  • Leadership opportunities

Stacy Sacco is serving as Faculty Advisor, and Kenneth Street is the club's president.

Interested students may contact Kenneth at

Retail Management Students Help Revamp Whole Foods.

Whole Foods Store Leader Damien Garcia
This spring, Linda Shul's Retail Management class is taking part in the Academy/Wyoming Whole Foods renovation, including a tap room to be dubbed Sandia Saloon
Damien Garcia, Store Leader, has invited the class to be a part of developing the new concept.  So far, students in Retail Management have provided Albuquerque brewery research and unique menu items for consideration.  The students will also be helping with merchandising, inventory, layout and design, promotion, and more.

Jeff Bingaman To Speak At Commencement

Sen. Jeff Bingaman

Former New Mexico Attorney General and State Senator Jeff Bingaman is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at Anderson School of Management's Spring convocation.

The Spring convocation is Saturday, May 14 at 4:00 p.m. in the Johnson Athletic Center. The public is invited.

Jeff Bingaman was born on October 3, 1943 and grew up in the southwestern New Mexico community of Silver City.  His father was a chemistry professor and chair of the science department at Western New Mexico University.  His mother taught in the public schools.

After graduating from Western (now Silver) High School in 1961, Jeff attended Harvard University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government in 1965.  He then entered Stanford Law School where he met, and later married, fellow law student Anne Kovacovich.

Upon earning his law degree from Stanford in 1968, Jeff and Anne returned to New Mexico.  They have one son, John.

After law school Jeff spent one year as an assistant attorney general and eight years in private law practice in Santa Fe.  Jeff was elected Attorney General of New Mexico in 1978 and served four years in that position.  In 1982 he was elected to the United States Senate. 

He was re-elected to a fifth term in the Senate in 2006.  At the end of that term he chose not to seek re-election and completed his service in the Senate on January 3, 2013.

At the time of his retirement from the Senate he was Chairman of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.  He also served on the Finance Committee, the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and the Joint Economic Committee.

In April of 2013 he began a year as a Distinguished Fellow with the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford Law School.