2006 Hall of Fame Inductees
John Cordova (’81, ’83)
A native of Denver, Colorado, John Cordova graduated from new Mexico State University (NMSU) with a BA in Business Management (1981) and an MBA (1983). Cordova earned a football scholarship to NMSU and played for the Aggies from 1976-1079. After his playing career he worked as NMSU’s assistant offensive line-strength coach during the 1980 and 1981 seasons.
Originally employed at Texas Instruments in its home computer division, Cordova began his sports business career as a member of the Executive Development Program at the Major League Baseball Commissioners Office (New York) in 1983-1984. In 1988, he was recruited by the current Major League Baseball Commissioner to joint he Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, ultimately earning the title of Vice President of Marketing.
For the past 12 years he has been an integral part of The Coca-Cola Company’s domestic pro sports marketing efforts.
John Cordova has been a key player in the reinvention of Coca-Cola’s strategic approach to sports business partnerships.
Jennifer Taylor (’82, ’97)
Jennifer Taylor holds a Bachelor of Accountancy (1982) and Master of Business Administration (1997) from New Mexico State University (NMSU).
Taylor is the Senior Vice President for Business, Finance and Human Resources at NMSU, where her areas of oversight responsibility include accounting and business operations functions, human resources administration, auxiliary services operations, and financial systems administration.
Taylor was recently appointed to the New Mexico Finance Authority by the Governor of the State of New Mexico. She has recently served as chair of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)’s Accounting Principles Council, and has been active in various national professional development programs.
Taylor is a certified public accountant (CPA) with over 20 years of professional experience, the majority in higher education administration.
Daniel Sosa Jr. (’47)
Judge Daniel Sosa, Jr. is a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Judge Sosa graduated from new Mexico State University (NMSU) in 1947 earning a degree in Business Administration. Judge Sosa is a highly decorated veteran of World War II.
After his graduation from NMSU, Judge Sosa taught elementary school at Mesilla Valley Elementary. After a year of teching he decided to attend the University of New Mexico School of Law. Judge Sosa served Doña Ana County as both an assistant district attorney and County Judge before running for the position of Supreme Court Justice. Once elected, Judge Sosa served a total of 16 years on the state’s highest court before retiring.
Judge Sosa is one of the ten original founders of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF). Judge Sosa is a distinguished lawyer, and is the first business school graduate of NMSU to serve as Chief Justice of the NM Supreme Court.
2006 Traders Award Recipients
New this year, the College of Business will be presenting Traders Award to three outstanding college supporters. The awards will be given to Frankie Clemons, former professor and assistant dean in the business college; Stan Hanssen, who received an honorary doctorate from NMSU in 1996; and Hank Willis, a 1947 NMSU alumnus.
Stan Hanssen (’96)
Hanssen began his career as the secretary of the Hanson Scale Company in 1947 and went on to become the president of the company in 1962.
He has served in different capacities including the chairman of Hanson Ltd. and the chairman of the Metro Corp.
His many honors included receiving the “E” for Export Award from President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, the Business Enterprise Award from the government of Ireland in 1979, and the Branding Iron Award from NMSU together with his wife Jeanne in 1994.
As assistant dean, Clemons taught courses, recruited students, supervised the college advising center and administered the cooperative education programs for the college. Her primary passion, however, was her work with students.
Clemons gave seminars in Las Cruces and throughout the state and was active in the community. She also received the Outstanding Contributor to the Life of NMSU Community Award.
Hank Willis (’47)
Willis received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from NMSU when it was known as New Mexico A & M.
A former Navy man, Willis has served as president of the Albuquerque Public Schools Board, is a founding member of the Board of the National Atomic Museum and continues to serve as a member of the Hearing Committee for the New Mexico Supreme Court Disciplinary Board.
Willis’ wife, Bernice Fite Willis who passed away in 2003, is honored through the Bernice Fite Willis Study Lounge in the NMSU Business Complex Building.