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Albuquerque Journal - - BUSINESS OUTLOOK -

Pres­i­dent & chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Hobbs Cham­ber of Com­merce Hobbs

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

Our strength is our peo­ple. We have a rich his­tory of di­ver­sity and although we don’t all agree on ev­ery­thing, when it comes to mov­ing for­ward, we come to­gether. We need to con­tinue the mo­men­tum.

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

Sadly, di­ver­sity can also be our weak­ness at times. We are all pas­sion­ate about our area and our role in what we be­lieve are our lead­er­ship needs. We can over­come this by ef­fec­tively work­ing to­gether to lead our own com­mu­ni­ties.

What steps do we need to take to im­prove the fu­ture of our state?

Sup­port­ing pro­grams such as Lead­er­ship New Mex­ico that ed­u­cate lead­ers around the state and give a point of con­tact in all of our com­mu­ni­ties to talk about is­sues and brag on our pos­i­tives can help us to im­prove our state’s fu­ture.

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