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Ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent Rio Grande Inc. Al­bu­querque

How do you de­fine “lead­er­ship”?

Char­ac­ter­is­tics that de­fine great lead­er­ship must in­clude a gen­uine in­ter­est in peo­ple, care, con­sid­er­a­tion, and re­spect for oth­ers’ ideas and per­spec­tives. Lead­er­ship thrives with big doses of hu­mil­ity and pa­tience. Per­se­ver­ance and courage are im­por­tant, as is op­ti­mism, cre­ative think­ing, cu­rios­ity and vi­sion.

As a leader who are you in­spired by?

Herb Kelle­her, War­ren Buf­fett and Saul Bell.

What do you con­sider to be the top is­sue or con­cern fac­ing New Mex­ico to­day?

Ed­u­ca­tion. Build­ing skills and shar­ing knowl­edge helps to cre­ate a bet­ter and sus­tain­able fu­ture for all. An ed­u­cated per­son is more likely to op­er­ate as an in­de­pen­dent, con­tribut­ing mem­ber of so­ci­ety and make choices that con­trib­ute to their over­all health and well-be­ing.

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