March 20, 2000 by Rachel Kendall NMSU News Center
New Mexico State University’s College of Business Administration and Economics will induct business leaders W. Everett Crawford of Las Cruces, Julie A. Dill of Houston and Ralph G. Torres of Denver into its Hall of Fame April 14.
Crawford is the executive vice president of First National Bank and president and managing officer of its Mesilla Branch. Prior to his affiliation with First National in 1996, he spent 20 years at Citizens Bank of Las Cruces, serving eight years as president and chief executive officer.
He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from NMSU in 1970 and he is a 1977 graduate of the School for Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin.
Crawford is a member of the Independent Bankers Association of America and the New Mexico Bankers Association. He has served on the Border Business Task Force, Joint Economic Development Initiatives and Southwest Regional Space Task Force.
He served NMSU on the President’s Associates, as foundation director and as chairman of the Mil Gracias Society. In 1988 he was recognized as an NMSU business college Centennial Outstanding Alumnus and in 1992 he was named Las Cruces Citizen of the Year.
Dill is the senior vice president of planning and finance and chief financial officer for Duke Energy International in Houston. She is responsible for all economic and strategic analysis, planning and all aspects of financial and management accounting and reporting for the international development and asset management unit of Duke Energy. Before joining Duke in 1998, she worked for 17 years in various areas of Shell Oil Company.
She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from NMSU in 1981.
Dill is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the NMSU Alumni Association. She has served on the advisory board to the United Way and was a Junior Achievement volunteer.
Torres is a lawyer in Denver with expertise in employment and labor discrimination and administrative law. Since 1986 he has represented both claimants and management in state and federal courts in Colorado and before state and federal regulatory agencies.
He has worked previously for the Denver district office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Adams County Legal Aid Society.
Torres received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from NMSU in 1967 and his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1970.
He is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations and the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association. He is a founding member of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association. He serves on the board of the Colorado Judicial Institute and the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education.
Crawford, Dill and Torres will be formally inducted into the NMSU Business Hall of Fame 2000 during ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 14, at the Las Cruces Hilton Ballroom. For reservations or ceremony information, call Beatriz Delgadillo at (505) 646-3587.
The NMSU Business Hall of Fame was established in 1997 to honor outstanding alumni of the college who have distinguished themselves in their careers. Significant career accomplishments as well as service to business, education and government all are important factors in the selection process.
Last year’s Hall of Fame members are Raymond L. Kysar of Farmington, Michael J. Maloof of Albuquerque and Paulina Utz Salopek of Las Cruces. Members inducted in 1998 were A.D. Bowen of Abilene, Texas, and Thomas Tarasoff of Phoenix. Charter members are Ben Haines of Las Cruces, J. Paul Boushelle of Albuquerque and Carl Everett, originally of Hobbs.