LC Bulletin: NMSU business alumna supports study abroad

November 30, 2012. Retrieved online December 3, 2012 from Dana Beasley, Las Cruces Bulletin

Hardin moves Munchkin into global markets

Just because you’re a college graduate doesn’t mean you’re done experiencing growth.

For Margaret Hardin, a 1994 New Mexico State University College of Business graduate, it took several years and multiple career moves to work her way up toward becoming president and chief operating officer of Munchkin, Inc.

The growth of this private business, which specializes in the creation of innovative baby and toddler products, was organic in its maturation; while their young clientele were learning to walk and expanding their horizons using Munchkin Inc. products, the company itself was following in their consumers’ tiny footsteps and also learning to function in a larger, worldlier environment.

“Munchkin has been very fortunate to grow consistently since I joined the company, and that growth always presents new opportunities and challenges as the company has to constantly adapt and evolve to support more revenue and more people,” Hardin said.

While the company was undergoing this growth, Hardin was busy expanding her responsibilities from finance to operations in her earlier years at the business.

Soon, the critical milestone of $100 million in revenue would be met, springing into action the corporate objective for Munchkin Inc. to grow internationally.

“My career has taken many unexpected turns since graduating from New Mexico State University, not the least of which is the globalization of companies in many industries and at many sizes,” Hardin said. “In choosing how I wanted to support New Mexico State, I wanted to provide a student with the opportunity to view the globalization of trade first hand.”

Viewing the growth of international trade through her work history, Hardin decided to put forth support for international business travel and study abroad experiences for NMSU students through the creation of the Stephen Hardin Endowed International Travel Scholarship, named in honor of her late father.

“I am so pleased that Margaret Hardin has elected to fund a scholarship in her father’s name, as a tribute to him and a thank you to New Mexico State University for offering her an outstanding education. We are proud of Margaret, her accomplishments, and her leadership in her company and industry,” said Garrey Carruthers, dean of NMSU’s College of Business and vice president for economic development.

The scholarship will be funded through an initial $3,000 gift. Four additional payments of $3,000 will be made by Sept. 1 for the next four years, to reach $15,000.

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