ABEL CAR­DE­NAS

Albuquerque Journal - - BUSINESS OUTLOOK -

Chief of risk man­age­ment & re­tail op­er­a­tions La­guna De­vel­op­ment Corp. Al­bu­querque Who or what in­spires you as a leader and why?

I am in­spired by peo­ple who work hard and love the work they do ev­ery day. I love the pride they take in their work and in their ac­com­plish­ments.

What do you con­sider to be New Mex­ico’s strengths and how can our state build upon these as­sets?

We live in the Land of En­chant­ment and as a state, we have much to of­fer. Our di­ver­sity is like few other states. We should build on this di­ver­sity to im­prove our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and lower our crime rate to at­tract more peo­ple to the state.

What would it take to re­al­ize that vi­sion and how can you con­trib­ute?

We have to slow down the crime rate by im­prov­ing laws for repeat of­fend­ers. We need to im­prove our ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem by fol­low­ing the model of other states whose ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem works. We need to vote, hold our elected of­fi­cials ac­count­able and work with them to im­prove our laws.

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