Regional business leaders to be inducted into NMSU business hall of fame

Aug. 6, 2004 by Jeany Llorente NMSU News Center

New Mexico State University’s College of Business Administration and Economics Hall of Fame will induct two new members, Laura M. Conniff of Las Cruces and Adolpho R. Telles of El Paso, during a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, at the Las Cruces Hilton.

The social hour will begin at 6 p.m.

The business college initiated the Hall of Fame seven years ago to honor outstanding alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers and to develop a stronger relationship between the college and the business community.

“One of the pure pleasures of teaching in a university is to follow the success of our graduates and to recognize them for their contributions to business, our state and our nation,” said Garrey Carruthers, dean of the business college.

“Laura and Adolpho have had Hall of Fame careers, Laura in real estate and Adolpho in public accounting. And while recognizing them for their business acumen, we also applaud them for always giving back to NMSU and their communities. I am so pleased that we can say thank you to these two graduates on Aug. 18.”

Conniff, a 1974 graduate of NMSU, is a co-broker/co-owner of Mathers Realty Inc., co-owner of Leveldale Farms in Illinois, co-owner of Conniff F Cross Farm and a member of the NMSU Board of Regents. She previously worked as a credit analyst at First National Bank of Doña Ana County and as a financial analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas.

She was named one of the Outstanding Young Women in America in 1978 and the 1999 Distinguished Alumna for the College of Business Administration and Economics. Conniff has received many honors and awards for her service to the university including the NMSU Foundation’s Branding Iron Award and the James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service.

She is past president of the NMSU Foundation and the Mil Gracias Society, and has previously served on the board of directors of the NMSU President’s Associates, the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, the Memorial Medical Center Foundation and the Mesilla Valley Hospice. She currently serves on the Business Advisory Council.

“I’m honored for the recognition and to be in the company of the other inductees,” Conniff said.

Telles, a 1971 graduate of NMSU, is the owner of ART-MAS, LLC, an El Paso-based consulting company that provides services to Mexico’s national oil and gas exploration, development, refining and distribution companies.

He started his career with KPMG Peat Marwick in 1977 and retired in 2002 as a partner with the El Paso accounting office. From 1999-2002, Telles was the managing partner for KPMG Chile, where the practice grew in excess of 300 percent while he was on board.

As one of six children from his family to attend New Mexico State, Telles said his experience at the university was positive and he encourages other family members to attend NMSU.

“It’s a great school with a good environment and it’s clearly a great place to get a good education,” he said. “I’m truly honored and surprised.”

Telles has held board positions in various civic organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of El Paso, the United Way of El Paso, the Rotary Club of El Paso and the New Mexico State University Foundation. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas and New Mexico societies of CPAs, and the Financial Executives International group in the United States and Mexico.

He was named the 1995 Distinguished Alumnus for the business college, and in 2003 Telles and his siblings established the A.W. and J.A. Telles Endowed Scholarship in honor of their parents.

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