John & Susan Long (’76)
John and his wife Susan are both alumni of New Mexico State University’s College of Business. The Longs graduated in December 1976 and married in January 1977. John graduated with a BBA in Accounting and Susan with a BBA in Finance; both are CPAs. John’s first job was with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG) in El Paso for 3 1/2 years; Susan’s first job was with El Paso Federal Savings and Loan Association for 15 years.
John has been at JDW Insurance, a large independent insurance agency, as CFO and COO since 1986 and now owns part of the agency. John has been a member of the NMSU Foundation board for the past 10 years during which time he has been a member of the Investment Committee and served as Chair of the Board for 2 years. Currently he is Chair of the Entrepreneurial Committee for the NMSU Foundation and is also a member of the Business Advisory Council for the NMSU College of Business. He was awarded the Spirit of Service award in 2010 by the NMSU Foundation.
Susan’s career spanned 25 years in the savings and loan/banking industry and 3 years in a home health agency. She started her career as a bookkeeper and steadily moved up the ladder to serve as CFO for the organizations she worked for. She “self-retired” in 2005 to spend more time with her family, travel and play golf.
Now she uses her skills in her volunteer roles at NMSU and within the El Paso community. She is currently a member of the NMSU President’s Associates and is a past member of the NMSU Business Advisory Council. She has assisted the college with judging students’ presentations in the BUSA365 class.
As part of John and Susan’s commitment to the university’s comprehensive campaign, they have made gifts to the Dean’s Excellence Fund in the College of Business and to the Lionel Haight Chair. For their unrestricted gift, the Dean’s Suite in the College of Business was named for John and Susan Long in October 2009.
Margaret Hardin (’94)
Margaret was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of Munchkin, Inc. in July 2007. Prior to her current role, she served as Chief Financial Officer of Munchkin, Inc. from 2000 to 2007. Munchkin is one of the leading juvenile products manufacturers in the US, and has offices in 5 countries. Munchkin, Inc is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011 and was recently awarded the 2010 Partner of Excellence from Target Retail Stores. During her tenure, Margaret has overseen acquisitions/divestitures, equity transactions, global expansion, new product launches and employee growth. Prior to joining Munchkin in April 2000, Margaret served in various finance roles at Procter & Gamble, a recognized leader in the development and marketing of consumer products. She worked on restructuring initiatives and new product launches from 1996 to 2000.
She served on the board and audit committee of Iomega (NYSE listed) from 2004 to 2008 which was subsequently purchased by EMC.
Margaret earned her MBA in finance and accounting from University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business. She received the Dean’s Award of Distinction and was on the Dean’s Honor List.
She graduated with High Honors and Distinction in University Honors from New Mexico State University where she earned a Bachelor of Business degree in Economics and Business Computer Systems.
Margaret is also a certified managerial accountant (CMA). She received the Robert Beyer award on the CMA exam in 1999.
Margaret was a nominee for the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2007 Women Making a Difference Award.
She joined the Young President’s Organization (YPO), Los Angeles chapter in 2008. A global organization with more than 17,000 members, YPO is focused on creating better leaders for tomorrow. Margaret now serves on the board of her chapter and participates in conferences around the world.
Leisure time is spent traveling throughout the world to explore different cultures and history. In addition, Margaret is an avid runner with over 11 marathons completed including New York and Napa Valley – two extremes in size and course.
Herbert “Herb” Wright Wimberly, Jr.
Herbert Wimberly is honored today for his tremendously successful career as both a professional golfer and a championship-caliber coach, and for his more than 47 years of dedication to New Mexico State University, mentoring students and helping shape the next generation of leaders.
Wimberly, a Professional Golf Association Class A professional golfer, started golfing at the age of 12. He later attended the University of New Mexico where he was the medalist in the first Tucker Collegiate in 1955. Two years later he won medals at the Skyline Conference Championship, leading the UNM Lobos to the team title.
He graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and history, and began his career as the assistant coach and assistant golf professional at UNM.
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In September 1962, Wimberly was hired by NMSU as the head golf coach and golf professional, where he remained for a 31-year career. During his tenure at NMSU, Coach Wimberly’s golf teams consistently maintained a high level of athletic and academic achievement. His teams won six Missouri Valley Conference championships, one Big West title and played host to the 1968 NCAA Golf tournament and the 1990 NCAA West Regional Golf Championship.
He coached the two All-American Golf Teams that played in the first International Collegiate Golf Matches in Chiba City, Japan. He was the recipient of Coach of the Year six times by the Missouri Valley Conference and once by the Big West Conference. Eighteen of his players were awarded All-American honors with two of the golfers, Larry Beem (1964) and Ben Kern (1968), named as first team All-Americans. Many of his golfers have gone on to play on tour.
In 1988, Wimberly, along with his brother Guy, brought the PGA Golf Management program at NMSU, one of only three institutions selected at that time to host the new PGA-certified major.
Wimberly was inducted in to the UNM Hall of Fame in 1957 and the NMSU Hall of Fame in 1985, and also the Golf Coaches Association of America Hall of Fame. The Herb Wimberly Intercollegiate Tournament is named for him. He served as the PGA’s Southwest Section president from 1968 to 1971 and as the PGA’s Sun Country Section president from 1974 to 1975. He was a member of the NCAA Golf Committee from 1971 to 1977 and chairman from 1975 to 1977. Wimberly was president of the Golf Coaches Association from 1972 to 1973. In 1997, he received the Rolex-Golf Coach’s Association Honors’ Award and received a lifetime achievement award from the PGA Sun Country Section in 2003.
Since his retirement, he has stayed in the game by assisting with the NMSU PGA Golf Management™ program and Development Program and continues to represent NMSU when attending PGA golf shows. Additionally, Coach Wimberly cofounded Performance Golf Schools (PGS) with partner, Dr. Charlie Blanchard. PGS offers personalized, professional, affordable golf instruction for golfers of all ages and abilities.
Herb Wimberly is married to Carleene Wimberly. They are the proud parents of nine children, 20 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.