Briefcase: Applause for NM Businesses



On Friday, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce hosted its 2021 Hispanic Heritage Awards. The winners and categories were:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Edna Lopez, CEO / President of Compa Industries and Founder of Hispano Chamber Herencia; and Dan Lopez, former cabinet secretary in the Department of Finance and Administration and president emeritus of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Both are long-time members of the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce.
  • Businessman of the Year: Steve Schroeder, CEO of Real Time Solutions, a 21-year-old software company based in Albuquerque. Over the past year, Schroeder’s company has partnered with the Department of Health to develop the state’s vaccine registration system.
  • Small Business of the Year: Chisolm Trail RV. The 25-year-old company is owned by Rosella Erin Chisolm and provides professional recreational vehicle sales, service and financing services.
  • New Business of the Year: Modern Alchemist, a locally based compounding pharmacy.
  • Health and Wellness Company of the Year: F45 Training, a global fitness community.
  • Technology Company of the Year: Ardham Technologies, a 15-year-old company providing network management services.
  • Women-owned Businesses of the Year: Pregenzer, Baysinger, Wideman & Sale, a law firm that offers advice on matters relating to estate planning, business planning, disability planning, guardianship and fiduciary disputes.
  • Artistic and Cultural Organization of the Year: Dual Language of New Mexico, an educational consulting firm led by Executive Director David Rogers.
  • Nonprofit Organization of the Year: Adelante, which offers a wide variety of programs for the disabled, the elderly and the disadvantaged.
  • Indigenous Business of the Year: Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, a community land granting college that is advised by an 11-member board of regents appointed by the following tribal entities: Jicarilla Apache Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Navajo Nation, Eight Northern Pueblos, Southern Pueblos Council, Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Oklahoma Tribes, Northern Plains Tribes and the SIPI Student Senate.
  • Immigrant-Owned Business of the Year: SOMBRA USA, which manufactures over-the-counter health and beauty products.

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