March 20, 2013 by Justin Bannister, NMSU News Center
Business leader and entrepreneur Bradley B. Gordon will be inducted into New Mexico State University’s College of Business Hall of Fame April 12 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. Additionally, petroleum executive Peyton Yates will receive the 2013 Traders Award and Laguna Development Corporation will receive the Corporate Traders Award during the hall of fame ceremony.
Gordon has more than 25 years of experience starting and acquiring new companies, primarily in the biotech field, where he held executive positions in both venture capital and corporate management. His primary focus has been applying major advances in medical science to the development of breakthrough biomedical products. These include startup ventures that helped pioneer the fields of human gene therapy, small molecule regulation of disease genes, and novel stem cell therapies. Gordon earned a bachelor’s degree in business from NMSU and an MBA with extended studies in finance from the University of Southern California. In 2010, Gordon received an honorary doctorate from NMSU.
Yates has worked as a key executive in his family’s businesses for the past 40 years and currently serves as president of Santo Petroleum in Artesia, N.M. He is past president of the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico, past director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas-El Paso Branch and a past member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He is a former Executive Committee member and vice president of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. He served as an “executive in residence” in NMSU’s College of Business. Yates earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2010, he received an honorary doctorate from NMSU.
Laguna Development Corporation is owned by the Pueblo of Laguna and pursues opportunities that improve and strengthen the Laguna community and its economy. According to the company, it maintains a high performance culture that provides unparalleled entertainment, extraordinary customer service and quality products. With more than 1,100 employees, LDC operates casinos, travel centers, convenience stores and a grocery store. Since its inception 13 years ago, the company has grown to become the second largest tribal gaming enterprise in New Mexico. Laguna Development Corporation is also planning future growth and development to ensure the long-term economic stability of the Laguna people. The current chief executive officer of LDC is Jerry Smith, a graduate of NMSU’s College of Business.
The NMSU College of Business Hall of Fame was established in 1997 to honor outstanding business college alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers. The Traders Award, named for the statue in the College of Business plaza, recognizes friends of the college who are not NMSU alumni. The Corporate Traders Award honors companies who are strong supporters of the college and its students.