RON GERDES

Albuquerque Journal - - BUSINESS OUTLOOK -

New Mex­ico op­er­a­tions shared ser­vices man­ager Freeport-McMoRan Ba­yard As a leader, who are you in­spired by?

I am in­spired by in­di­vid­u­als who don’t nec­es­sar­ily have the of­fi­cial ti­tle but are nonethe­less viewed as a leader by their peers.

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

If I have to pick one, it’s ed­u­ca­tion. Ed­u­ca­tion is the fun­da­men­tal cat­a­lyst for im­prov­ing our econ­omy and re­tain­ing the best and bright­est peo­ple in our state.

What do you con­sider to be the state’s top ac­com­plish­ment in the past 5 years? Why?

En­cour­ag­ing ex­pan­sion of the Santa Teresa busi­ness com­plex. This is a sus­tain­able ini­tia­tive that adds tremen­dous value to our econ­omy.

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