NMBC Puts New Mexico ‘Back on the Map,’ at the 2016 Conference of State Manufacturers Associations (COSMA): As the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) State Affiliate Group (SAG), NMBC represented New Mexico last week at the annual COSMA in Biloxi, Mississippi. It’s been nine years since NM was at COSMA, meeting with other SAGs, industry experts and top NAM officials and NMBC is proud to put our state ‘back on the map,’ advocating for this very important aspect of our economy!

New Mexico can’t go much lower in many of our national ratings and the outflow of great people is evident that many are looking for something better. No doubt about it, there has to be something better for our educational system and our economy.

But what about making it better here? What about getting out of the cesspool of opinions about New Mexico and looking for solutions?

We want to hear from you on ideas that go beyond the ‘box’ of our borders – that span the horizons to better our lives in New Mexico. Here are a couple of ideas that are hugely outside the norm and, quite frankly, outside the comfort zone of many:

The Farmington Job Interview BASH (Business and Social Hour) held on July 26th was a great success, informative and a lot of fun too! The event provided some of New Mexico’s statewide and congressional candidates the opportunity to let voters know where they stand on the issues.

The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) thanks our event partner, Audra Winters, Executive Director of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce, our host, T. Greg Merrion, Merrion Oil and Gas, and Eddy Aragon, The Rock of Talk who interviewed candidates.

REMINDER: The Farmington Candidate Job Interviews are tonight! The BASH (Business and Social Hour), is from 5:00 pm– 7:00 pm tonight at Merrion Oil and Gas.

We see acts of extreme bravery each and every day from men and women who put their lives on the line to protect and serve us. President Ronald Reagan once said, “Those who say that we're in a time when there are no heroes, they just don't know where to look.”

NMBC couldn’t agree more. There ARE many Heroes protecting our way of life and we wanted to say, “Thank You,” to our men and women in blue with this video by Paul Harvey titled ‘Policeman’.

Why Does the NMBC Care About Business? The work and success of the NMBC equates to a brighter future for all New Mexicans and local businesses. It gives all New Mexicans the opportunity for a better economy through private sector job growth. NMBC is proud to profile some hard working people and great businesses that provide the jobs, products and services that improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans.

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Eddy Aragon is the CEO of Rock of Talk LLC, a media company comprised of two radio channels on Fox News ABQ.FM- 95.9 FM and AM 1600. It also has over 100 radio stations located at www.abq.fm and on the apps for Android and Apple mobile phones. The stations are locally owned and operated and have great advertising platforms to promote businesses and initiatives.

Eddy is an 11th Generation New Mexican, a graduate of the University of New Mexico with Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Economics. He has worked in Washington D.C. for Jeff Bingaman and on several campaigns including those for Tom Udall and former Speaker of the House Raymond Sanchez.

As NMBC seeks to promote New Mexico business growth, we invite you to consider advertising on these platforms. Here’s what you will receive as part of a special offer if you become a monthly subscriber by July 31st, 2016:

The reasons New Mexico has some of the highest unemployment, poverty and crime rates in the nation are complex. One thing stands out, however, and it points to the value of quality leadership.

It's not uncommon in New Mexico to hear of federal investigations and court actions to include oversight of an appointed 'Special Master' or 'Monitor' due to problems with how things have (or have not) been done. Regardless of the complexity of the issues, it's evident that leadership at many levels has an important role in where we are today and the ability of our state to improve as we go forward.

So the question is: "Can leaders improve, learn from others and be motivated to do better?" Fortunately, the answer is 'yes,' and the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) is coming up on August 11th and 12th to provide that opportunity. With five in-state locations to choose from, New Mexicans don't have to travel far to benefit from outstanding faculty of world-class teachers and speakers either. New Life New Mexico, at 2701 American Road SE, Rio Rancho, NM, 87124 is hosting the GLS for the second year in a row.

Register for the GLS in New Mexico today!

Join NMBC, The Rock of Talk and the Farmington Chamber of Commerce on July 26, for a Candidate Job Interview BASH (Business and Social Hour): The Farmington BASH will be held Tuesday, July 26, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Merrion Oil and Gas, 620 Reilly Ave, Farmington, NM 87401.

Candidate Job Interviews - Top Salary Offered (for NM Supreme Court Judge) is $124,000 a Year + Great Benefit Package! The candidates for New Mexico Supreme Court, incumbent Judge Judith Nakamura and her challenger, Judge Michael E. Vigil, have confirmed their job interviews. The New Mexico Supreme Court is the State's highest court and final court of review (court of last resort). In addition to reviewing decisions of lower courts, the Supreme Court, as the head of the Judicial Branch of Government, has general administrative and supervisory authority over all State courts and attorney regulation. The Court has authority to discipline attorneys and judges for professional misconduct and unethical behavior.

There is no charge for the Farmington BASH but an RSVP is needed – Reserve your seat HERE today!

New Mexicans Need JOBS - Legislators and Community Leaders Take a Tour of a $360 Million Project Offering Hundreds of High Paying Jobs: The Copper Flat Mine is a former open-pit copper mine that operated briefly in the early 1980’s. Now owned by NMCC, the mine is located 20 miles south of Truth or Consequences. NMBC recently organized a tour of the Copper Flat Mine for community leaders along with State Reps Yvette Herrell, Andy Nunez and Jim Townsend for a firsthand look at the operation that is awaiting state and federal permits to open. Also along was Mary Alice Murphy who profiled the tour in the Grant County Beat. Read More HERE.

NM Supreme Court Job Interview BASH (Business and Social Hour) in Farmington on 7-26: The candidates for New Mexico Supreme Court, incumbent Judge Judith Nakamura and her challenger, Judge Michael E. Vigil, have confirmed their job interviews in Farmington to be held on July 26. Join with Co-Sponsor, Farmington Chamber of Commerce, and other community leaders for this informative and fun event: RSVP HERE. The Farmington BASH, will be held on 7-26 at Merrion Oil and Gas, 610 Reilly Ave, Farmington, NM, 87401 from 5 – 7pm. Light refreshments will be provided.

BASH Sold Out – Is New Mexico a Lobster Pot?

The Candidate Job Interview BASH on Thursday is going to be huge - with nearly all seats sold out! If you don’t already have a ticket, check availability HERE for limited remaining available tickets.

The following Candidates will be interviewed at the June 30 BASH: Secretary of State: Nora Espinoza, (Maggie Toulouse Oliver unable to attend); NM Supreme Court: Judith K. Nakamura and Michael E. Vigil; NM Court of Appeals: Stephen G. French and Julie J. Vargas; Senate District 9: John Sapien and Diego Espinoza; and Bernalillo County Commission District 2: Patricia Paiz, (Steven Michael Quezada unable to attend).

Thanks to NMBC BASH Partners: GAAR/CARNM; Edit House Productions, LLC - Ad House Advertising. and The ROCK of TALK: 95.9 FM & 1600 AM; And to NMBC Event Sponsors: New Mexico Restaurant Association, Bail Bond Agents of New Mexico, Farm Credit of New Mexico, Houston Wholesale Cars, LLC, New Mexico American Fire and Sprinkler, Association, New Mexico Stockman Magazine, Narrow Gate Security Agency Magazine, and Monroe's Restaurant.

Is New Mexico a Lobster Pot? Commentary by NMBC President, Carla Sonntag

Recently at a lunch with a friend we’ll call Susan (not her real name), we were discussing New Mexico and how we could make a difference. We were brainstorming about what it would take to move this state out of its ‘third world status’ and into true competition with all other states in the union.

Of course to effect change, you’ve got to first recognize the problem. . .

Susan said she thought the biggest problem we have in New Mexico is that our people act like lobsters in a lobster pot. How so? I asked.

Well, she said, if you ever watch lobsters in a pot, you’ll notice a few things. First of all, a lobster that is trying to get to the top, will step on the other lobsters to get there. And the other lobsters, noticing that one of them is trying to improve his lot in life, will pull him/her back down. The other lobsters will never allow ‘one of their own’ to do better than they are doing.

Drunk Las Cruces Employee Awarded 90% Worker's Comp Benefits by a NM Judge: This is not science fiction, it really happened a few years ago in New Mexico. HERE is a brief on the case. The NM Court of Appeals Judge said contradictory employee injury laws were the problem. So, pro-business members of the legislature introduced bills to fix the drunk/drugged worker injury issue. Other members of the legislature, however, blocked these reforms. Eventually, revised worker's comp laws that help (but do not fix) worker compensation issues have been passed and signed into law. This example, however, highlights the importance of electing judges and legislators who will work to improve the business environment in NM.

$10 ABQ BASH Ticket Sales end TODAY! Get Tickets HERE.

All Rise – Order in the Court – Breaking News! NM Supreme Court Candidates to be interviewed at NMBC BASH (Business and Social Hour) on June 30! The candidates for New Mexico Supreme Court, incumbent Judge Judith Nakamura and her challenger, Judge Michael E. Vigil, have confirmed their job interviews. The New Mexico Supreme Court is the State's highest court and final court of review (court of last resort). In addition to reviewing decisions of lower courts, the Supreme Court, as the head of the Judicial Branch of Government, has general administrative and supervisory authority over all State courts and attorney regulation. The Court has authority to discipline attorneys and judges for professional misconduct and unethical behavior.

Join us in Albuquerque for the Candidate Job Interview BASH (Business and Social Hour): The ABQ BASH will be held Thursday, June 30, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Albuquerque Country Club, 601 Laguna Boulevard SW, Albuquerque, NM 87104.

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