Business leaders, NMSU alumni gather for regional networking event in Arizona

Nov. 13, 2008 by Justin Bannister NMSU News Center

Southwest business leaders with ties to New Mexico State University are invited to the NMSU College of Business Inaugural Business Networking Reception in Scottsdale, Ariz. The event begins at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Cattle Track Arts Compound, 6105 N. Cattle Track Road.

“It’s important for us, as a college, to stay in touch with our alumni,” said Sylvia Acosta, assistant dean of the College of Business. “This will be the perfect opportunity for NMSU alumni to reconnect with friends and make new ones.”

Acosta said the Phoenix area has one of the highest concentrations of NMSU alumni in the country. A large number of NMSU alumni currently employed at Vanguard, an investment firm in Scottsdale, are expected to attend.

Aside from conversation and networking opportunities, those who attend will receive updates on projects and news from NMSU and the College of Business. Special guests for the event include NMSU President Waded Cruzado, Business Dean Garrey Carruthers, and Nick Franklin, vice president for university advancement and executive director of the NMSU Foundation.

The host committee includes Christine Dupnik Aguilera ’86, president of SkyMall, Dino Camunez ’81, president and CEO of First Western Trust Bank, Ken Garrett ’80, partner of Grant Thornton and Deby Wiest ’80, president and CEO of Concrete Designs, Inc.

The NMSU Business Advisory Council sponsors this event. Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. by e-mail to or call (575) 646-7035.

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