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AED Ambassadors are goodwill representatives of AED, aligned with AED’s mission.  They champion our cause of growing the economy of our four-county region.  Ambassadors are educated in economic development initiatives of the region through workshops and forums.   Through these programs, Ambassadors are able to speak firsthand of the work of AED and can promote the greater Albuquerque area through an economic lens.

What is the role of an Ambassador?

Ambassadors assist the organization in:

  • As hosts in welcome tours, receptions, and events
  • As advocates during press conferences
  • As participants and guest speakers at Ambassador Training Programs

Who can be an AED Ambassador?

A company must be an AED investor in good standing to have representation on the Ambassador Committee.  Participants who attend a minimum of four designated events totaling 10 points will become certified Ambassadors.  These events include:

  • Quarterly Investors Luncheons – 2 points
  • Ambassador Trainings – 3 points
  • AED Webinar Programs – 2 points
  • AED Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner – 2 points

Additional certification points are awarded to Ambassadors who refer new AED investors.

Certified Ambassadors will be formally recognized at an end of the year AED Event.

Ambassadors with five or more years of continuous service achieve Emeritus status and no longer must meet minimum attendance at AED events.  Emeritus Ambassadors will be recognized at the Annual Meeting and gala.

John Algermissen             NAI Maestas & Ward

Joan Archibeque               First National 1870

Lydia Ashanin     True Health New Mexico

Beth Barela         Manpower of New Mexico

David Black         Isleta Resort & Casino

Jessica Bohan McElroy    New York Life Insurance Co. – Jessica Bohan McElroy

Michelle Breitner             Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Jason Buchta      Infinity Insurance Partners

Nadine Buerger US Eagle Federal Credit Union

Morgan Cannaday-Henson           The Cannaday Team at Ida Kelly Realtors

Rathi Casey         UKUU Creative

Karen Cribari      Tomasita’s Restaurant

Kathi Cunningham            Rio Grande Food Project

John DuBois        Rio Grande Credit Union

Natalie Durham Hub International

Judy Esparsen    Courtyard by Marriott, Journal Center

Shane Francis     AdWallet

Angela Garcia     Camnet, Inc.

Erin Gomez         Rio Grande Credit Union

Mike Gorman     Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union

Lori Gunnare       National Roofing

Melina Hamm    Hub International

Selena Hardy MA             Central New Mexico Community College

DJ Heckes            EXHIB-IT!

Joani Jones         Crowne Plaza Albuquerque

Liz Lopez              Liz Lopez Photography

Chris McCormack             Hyatt Place – Albuquerque Airport

Drake Miller        New Mexico Pinon Coffee Company

Lisa Ortega         Old Republic Title Company

Stephanie Peterson         EXHIB-IT!

Steven Purwin    REDW LLC

Susan Richards   Clear Channel Outdoor

Katy Richardson Richardson & Richardson Inc

Betsy Rightley    KPMG LLP

Charlene Rimbert             Unite Private Networks

Madison Rumbaugh        New Mexico Pinon Coffee Company

Jeffrey Slopek     Klinger Constructors, LLC

Jonathan Small  City of Albuquerque, Aviation Department

Rosanne Tena    Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Dezaree Vega Garcia       Sunny 505

Lisa Williams       Robert Half

Christi Zimmerman          Associated Builders & Contractors NM Chapter

Melanie Burns    Achievement Gallery

Marius Stein       Clifton Larson Allen

Anthony Will      Holiday Inn and Suites

“Having been an informal ambassador for AED for many years, I am delighted to formally become an AED ambassador this year. Our community has so many strengths and opportunities before us, and it is up to us to raise our voices, tell our beautiful story, and realize our vision for Albuquerque and central New Mexico. Working together, we can elevate the narrative, grow our economy, and build a thriving community that capitalizes on all of our resources. “

Lydia Ashanin

Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, True Health New Mexico