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Pres­i­dent, Qual­ity Builders Per­alta

Who or what in­spires you as a leader and

why? My father in­spired me as a leader. He served 30 years in the United States Marine Corps. I saw him as an ex­ten­sion of my­self. He was a strong leader and made sure I learned a strong work ethic. He taught me to al­ways treat oth­ers with re­spect, the way you want to be treated.

What do you con­sider to be New Mex­ico’s strengths and how can our state build upon these as­sets? Our state’s strengths re­volve around tech­nol­ogy, which is con­stantly chang­ing. This can be built upon with bet­ter job train­ing and in­cen­tives to en­cour­age both large and small busi­nesses to hire in-state tal­ent. It is im­per­a­tive to con­duct im­proved train­ing that will ed­u­cate peo­ple to be­come pro­fi­cient in their pro­fes­sion and al­low room for ad­vance­ment. What steps do we need to im­prove the fu­ture of our state? We need to in­vest suf­fi­cient funds in ed­u­ca­tion for our chil­dren, pro­mote af­ford­able col­lege and trade schools and of­fer pro­grams that keep grad­u­ates in-state af­ter col­lege. By iden­ti­fy­ing the ma­jor is­sues, we can re­cruit strong com­pa­nies to re­lo­cate their busi­ness to New Mex­ico for eco­nomic growth.

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