2015 Hall of Fame

Don Beasley (’72)

Don Beasley earned his Bachelor of Accountancy from New Mexico State University in 1972 and has worked in the accounting field for 40 years.

He founded Beasley, Mitchell & Co., in November 1987 with a three person staff. Through the years it has grown to a staff of 62. Beasley, Mitchell & Co. is a strong supporter of our alumni and students and currently employs 41 Aggies.

Don is a proud Aggie and was selected for the 1998 Distinguished Alumnus Award for the College of Business. He spends a large amount of time assisting clients in maximizing their profits and also in the transition of their business. Don is very active in local civic and charitable work.

He was one of the founding Board Members of Mesilla Valley Hospice and also served as past President of numerous boards and organizations including the New Mexico State University Foundation Board, the NMSU Alumni Association, the Las Cruces Public School Foundation board, and the Las Cruces Economic Forum.

Don currently serves on the Board of Directors for Amador Bancshares (Citizens Bank of Las Cruces), and is a member of the American Society of Certified Public Accountants, New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Doña Ana Certified Public Accountants.

He has served on various Accounting and community boards and has lectured for various accounting organizations.

Don and his wife Patsy of 41 years have two sons: Brad Beasley who currently lives in Las Cruces with his wife Kathy and is a partner with Beasley, Mitchell & Co., LLP. Brad and Kathy have two sons, Beaux and Lucas.

Don and Patsy’s other son, J. David Beasley, and his wife, Kim, recently moved back to Las Cruces and David joined Beasley, Mitchell & Co., LLP, as a Tax Specialist and Business Consultant. David and Kim have one son named Zachary.

Traders Award

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James W. Nordyke

Jim W. Nordyke is a beloved emeritus faculty member of the College of Business at New Mexico State University.

Jim received a bachelor’s degree with a major in economics in 1952 from Stanford University in California. After graduating, he served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He then went on to receive a master’s degree in economics in 1957 and a Ph.D. in economics in 1959 from Princeton University in New Jersey.

He joined the faculty of the Department of Economics when it was originally created in 1964 and served as Department Head from 1974 until 1988.

Jim co-authored Comparative Economic Systems, a textbook with several successive editions in the 1970’s. He has also written numerous book reviews in Choice: The American Association of Libraries as well as articles and book reviews in various journals and other publications.

Jim loves teaching eager minds, and in 1973 he was awarded the NMSU Westhafer Award for Teaching. He also received the Crouch Service Award for his service to NMSU in 1992.

At NMSU, Jim taught courses in elementary macroeconomics, international economics, the history of economic ideas, and comparative economics systems. He taught a short course on international economics in Taiwan, China, in the summer of 1986.

After a long and storied career, he retired from NMSU in 1992. He currently resides in Las Cruces, NM, and enjoys spending time with his companion, Ms. Ingeborg Volpi, traveling, gardening and managing his financial portfolio.

Corporate Traders Award

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Citizens Bank of Las Cruces

Citizens Bank of Las Cruces has been serving the Las Cruces community since 1970.

It opened its doors in the historic Amador Hotel and adopted the “El Cortijo” as its symbol representing a marketplace.

It depicts the sun radiating to neighboring communities surrounding the central area of trade.

Our founders chose the symbol because they viewed the responsibility of the bank as being the heart of the community, providing needed financial services to communities it served.

Today, the Bank remains a strong locally-owned company, known as the “premier, independently-owned community bank.”

Over the years, the Bank has expanded to six full service branches — five in Las Cruces and one in Truth or Consequences.

With a strong local Board of Directors and a team of 106 employees, the Bank has been able to remain successful by focusing on their professionalism, high customer service standards and the goal of preserving mutually beneficial customer relationships.

Today, the Bank stands by its mission statement of providing the best financial services the first time every time.