MICHAEL CROSSEY

Albuquerque Journal - - BUSINESS OUTLOOK -

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer & chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer TriCore Ref­er­ence Lab­o­ra­to­ries Al­bu­querque

What do you con­sider to be the weak­nesses fac­ing New Mex­ico and how can we over­come these chal­lenges?

We must es­tab­lish our pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem as the best in the na­tion. As a con­stant re­cruiter, it has im­pressed me how im­por­tant the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able for chil­dren is a ma­jor driver to a young work­force. Mak­ing the tran­si­tion in ed­u­ca­tion will re­quire lead­er­ship from all sec­tors and a fund­ing com­mit­ment.

De­scribe your vi­sion for New Mex­ico in one sen­tence.

My vi­sion for New Mex­ico is a place with such a vi­brant cul­ture, strong econ­omy and beau­ti­ful en­vi­ron­ment that all our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren choose to live close by (though not too close).

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

As New Mex­i­cans, we must first be­lieve in our­selves. We need to grow our own lead­ers, which will re­quire strate­gic vi­sion and a will­ing­ness to di­ver­sify our econ­omy. At all of our work­sites, I am com­mit­ted to hir­ing the best and bright­est lo­cal tal­ent and in­vest­ing in their per­sonal and pro­fes­sional growth.

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