2010 Hall of Fame

Arturo D. Jurado

Arturo Jurado’s road from farm laborer to international agribusiness entrepreneur has been both rewarding and difficult. Arturo’s father, Pedro, came to Fort Hancock, TX with his mother in 1920 from Mexico. His father met and married Rosa Diaz of Chamberino, NM. Rosa’s family had lived and farmed in the Mesilla Valley for several generations.

The Jurado family worked in the farming industry of Southern New Mexico. They rented land for many years until they were provided the opportunity to purchase their own land. That purchase was the beginning of Jurado, Inc., an international agribusiness with three plants located in the United States and Mexico. Jurado Inc. grew beyond processing and fermenting of cayenne pepper to include a transportation company and a rental and land development company. The Jurados continue to expand their agricultural enterprise by adhering to their father’s philosophy of working hard and working together.

Mr. Jurado is married to Maria Elena Valenzuela, an NMSU graduate and they have two children, also graduates of New Mexico State University, Rosario Garcia and Xavier Jurado. Arturo Jurado’s brother, Pete, is also a partner in Jurado, Inc. and a graduate of New Mexico State University. His sister, Guadalupe is a small business owner and artist. Together with his parents, wife, family, religious faith and hard work, Mr. Jurado was able to build a strong farming enterprise.

Bill Myers

Bill Myers is president and chief operating officer of Starz Entertainment, LLC and Starz Media, LLC. At Starz Entertainment, Myers is responsible for all day-to-day operations including sales, marketing, programming, engineering and IT. At Starz Media he oversees all live action television programming development, production and sales as well as IT and marketing.

Myers was promoted from executive vice president and chief financial officer for Starz Entertainment to president and chief operating officer of the company in August 2006. He assumed the additional title at Starz Media in July 2008. Both entities are part of Starz, LLC. Myers reports directly to Starz, LLC President and CEO Chris Albrecht.

Myers came to Starz Entertainment in May 2002 bringing more than 20 years of financial management experience ranging from global finance and capital management to accounting. Prior to joining Starz Entertainment he was executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of On Command Corporation, a majority owned subsidiary of Liberty Satellite and Technology, Inc. His background and previous experience also include executive management positions with several cable, satellite and technology companies including Tele-Communications, Inc.; TCI Satellite Entertainment, Inc.; and PrimeStar, Inc.

Myers holds a BA in Accounting from New Mexico State University and began his career at KPMG Peat Marwick.

Traders Award

Dr. John P. Loveland (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

John P. Loveland

John Loveland is a professor emeritus at NMSU’s College of Business.

He served the university for 36 years as a professor of management, department head of management (1983-1994) and director of key college programs in the College of Business.

Loveland received his bachelor’s of business administration in 1960 and MBA in 1965 from Texas A&M University. He completed his Ph.D. at Arizona State University in 1970 with a focus on management and quantitative methods and marketing.

Corporate Traders Award

New Mexico Mutual

New Mexico Mutual is the largest writer of workers’ compensation insurance in the state of New Mexico, providing quality, cost-effective workers’ compensation insurance to New Mexicans for 20 years.

Created for New Mexico businesses, New Mexico Mutual has been recognized as a corporate leader in the state.

It was selected by New Mexico Business Weekly as a 2009 Corporate Hero for charitable giving and as one of the Best Places to Work in New Mexico. It was also honored as a 2008 winner of the New Mexico Ethics in Business Award. It is the preferred workers’ compensation insurance carrier of the Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico.

New Mexico Mutual employs more than 100 individuals that provide workers’ compensation insurance to more than 8000 businesses across New Mexico.