NMBC Hero Awards Banquet: 'Some give a lot - Some gave it all!'
The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC) annual Heroes Banquet will be held on November 17 at the Albuquerque Marriott from 6 - 9 pm.In addition to some great business and community leaders, this years event will honor the sacrifice of Officers Greg Benner (Rio Rancho), Daniel Webster Albuquerque), Jose Chavez (Hatch) and Clint Corvinus (Alamogordo) who were killed in the line of duty.
2015 recipients included:
NMBC 2015 Hero of the Year: Albuquerque Police Department Officer Lou Golson-
Officer Golson was shot 4 times after pulling over a suspected drunk driver in January of this year. Although wounded and on the ground, Golson returned fire and was able to give responding officers a clear description and direction of the shooter’s escape. After more than 31 years of police service and months of rehabilitation, Officer Golson is anxious to return to the DWI Unit.
Elected Official: Representative Yvette Herrell, House District 51-
Representative Herrell sets the standard for conducting public hearings that are open, accessible, effective, thorough and respectful to all. Serving with humility, acting on principle, and her tenacious work ethic to improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans, makes Representative Yvette Herrell a Hero. From job creation to public land management, Rep Herrell consistently demonstrates strong leadership, regardless of political pressure or credit.
Elected Official: Representative Dona Irwin, House District 32-
Representative Irwin is a dedicated servant to the people of her district and the state of New Mexico. Not one to get caught up in party politics, she is a person of strength who will do what she believes will make New Mexico a better place. She is open and accessible to those who want to discuss issues or legislation with her and extends them every courtesy. Rep Irwin understands the issues and consistently votes her values.
Business Leader: Marc Powell, Owner, Recarnation-
Marc Powell has revolutionized the transportation business with his pre-owned car company, Recarnation. He offers fair financing options, opportunities for customers to take financial literacy courses and can completely refurbish vehicles inside and out when that makes better financial sense for a customer over purchasing a newer vehicle. Recarnation and its make donations and provide many volunteer hours. Mr. Powell funds a CNM scholarship in automobile mechanics, providing training that leads to employment. Last year, Powell received the National Independent Auto Deals Award of National Quality Dealer of the Year Award, the first by any independent auto dealer in New Mexico.
Community Leader: A. Blair Dunn, Esq.-
Mr. Dunn, a partner with Western Agriculture Resource, Business and Law Advocates (WARBLA), is the kind of attorney willing to take on cases that fit the ‘David and Goliath’ scenario. Legal initiatives that require suing the federal government over land use and water rights are examples of the magnitude of projects he will undertake. His tenacious and honorable work, sometimes performed probono for nonprofit organizations or individuals, makes Blair Dunn an NMBC Community Hero.
Past NMBC Heroes and Special Guests
Hero of the Year
2014 Hero of the Year
Lt. Governor John Sanchez
2013 Hero of the Year
Senator John Arthur Smith
Secretary of State
Dianna J. Duran
Bernalillo County Sheriff
Albuquerque City Councilor
Bernalillo County Commissioner
John Arthur Smith
Col. Timothy Hale
T. Greg Merrion
Merrion Oil and Gas
Neil Ty and Jennifer Hise