October 28, 2015, by Steven Romero, Development Officer, via email
Ermelinda Quintela, Assistant Vice President of Auxiliary Services at NMSU and graduate of the College of Business, spoke with Student Ambassadors on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.
Ermelinda began her academic career at the NMSU-Carlsbad campus, earning an Associate’s Degree before transferring to the Las Cruces main campus. She earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a major in Finance as well as a Bachelors of Accountancy in 1988. She received her CPA status in 1991 and earned a Masters of Accountancy in 1994.
She has worked in multiple roles in different industries including El Paso Electric, Arthur Andersen, and State National Bank (now BBVA Compass Bank).
In 1992 she began working with NMSU’s Office of Grants and Contracts in their accounting office. She has served in multiple roles at NMSU: Director of Gift and Foundation Accounting, Senior Administrative Director of the Physical Science Laboratory, Executive Director of the Alumni Association, Associate Athletic Director Business and Finance, and her current position of Assistant Vice President of Auxiliary Services.
Without mentors, Ermelinda doesn’t feel she would have had such a successful career and track record of professionalism. She advised the Ambassadors to not only find mentors to encourage them and keep them on track with their goals, but also to be willing to serve as a mentor since it can be an extremely rewarding experience for both individuals.
She encouraged them to expand their network so they can use it to their benefit when in the job market.
Ermelinda stressed the importance of proper communication, as well as listening, and being confident in your abilities. She also advised the Ambassadors to never compromise their work ethic or integrity because in the end it won’t be worth it.