Two New Mexico State University alumni to be inducted into Business Hall of Fame

April 9, 2002 by Jack King NMSU News Center

New Mexico State’s College of Business Administration and Economics will induct two distinguished alumni into its Business Hall of Fame Saturday, April 27.

The ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Las Cruces Hilton.

The honorees are John Papen III of Las Cruces and Andres Gutierrez of Fremont, Calif.

Papen is executive vice president of Wells Fargo Bank in Las Cruces. A lifelong Las Crucen, he graduated from New Mexico State in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also is a 1973 graduate of the Colorado School of Banking at the University of Colorado and a 1976 graduate of the National Commercial Lending School at the University of Oklahoma.

Papen was the 1997 Distinguished Alumnus of New Mexico State’s College of Business Administration and Economics. He is a member and past president of the NMSU President’s Associates and is a member emeritus and past president of the NMSU Aggie Scholarship Association. He is a director and past president of the Western States School of Banking and a member of the New Mexico Bankers Association. He also has been actively involved in many civic and professional organizations, including the New Mexico Amigos, the La Mesa Lions Club, the Sertoma Club and the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce.

Gutierrez is a native of Alamogordo, where he began his college education at New Mexico State’s Alamogordo campus. He earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1980 and a master’s degree in business administration in 1983 at New Mexico State in Las Cruces.

He began his career at the university’s Physical Science Laboratory, where he worked in mainframe computing. He later became the purchasing agent for the city of Alamogordo. In 1984 he joined Pacific Bell as a systems consultant and later joined Pacific Bell Internet, as vice president of product and systems development. In 1998 he joined the Scient Corp., a start-up company focusing on business system innovation, and in 1999 he founded NewCo Productions in Fremont. In March 2002, NewCo Productions formed Commendo Software Inc., a joint venture with the founder and former chief executive of WorldChain, an Internet-based materials management company. The company will have operations in Fremont and Shanghai, China. Gutierrez will be its president and chief operating officer, responsible for overseeing global operations, he said.

Gutierrez is actively involved in the Hispanic Network of Entrepreneurs, a non-profit organization founded last year to build a national network of Hispanic business executives and to accelerate opportunities for Hispanics to build, manage and invest in leading technology companies. He also has established a deferred gift annuity for New Mexico State, to provide campus wide support for student scholarships and technological improvements.

Information on ticket availability, as well as other information on the ceremony, can be obtained by calling Gayle Dollarhide, administrative assistant in the College of Business, at (505) 646-2821.

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