New Mexico executives share their New Year's resolutions (slideshow)
By a lot of measures, 2016 was a tough year.
Celebrity deaths aside, New Mexico didn't get through the year unscathed. The Land of Enchantment ended the year with the second-highest unemployment in the country at 6.7 percent for the third month in a row. And the state faces a $69 million budget shortfall for the current fiscal year and could face a deficit of more than half a billion dollars next year.
But it's not all doom and gloom. New Mexico has some big projects, like Facebook's multibillion-dollar data center in Los Lunas and the $35 million Innovate Albuquerque project near Downtown, taking shape in 2017.
We asked executives from Lavu, beWellNM, Rio Bravo Brewing Co. and more what their resolutions for 2017 are. View the accompanying slideshow to read them.
And slowly but surely, Albuquerque continued to recover from the Great Recession this year. According to Albuquerque Business First's latest Recovery Index, the city was more than 91 percent recovered.
Ohad Jehassi, President of Lavu: "To drop the 'Lavu 15.' All Lavu employees get free lunches from local restaurants, which is great but not for the waistline. Working in restaurant point-of-sale might be as dangerous as working in a restaurant kitchen!"
Thomas R. Briones, attorney, Briones Business Law Consulting: "Here are my work-related New Year’s resolutions: to hire at least two new employees in 2017, to increase revenue by 40 percent with the help of these new employees and to improve the quality of the work we produce. I was fortunate enough to graduate from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program this year that helps entrepreneurs learn how to improve their businesses, which has given me the confidence to move forward in growing my law firm."
Denise Baker, co-owner of Rio Bravo Brewing Co. and president of DRB Electric Inc." "[My] New Year's resolution is to live healthier and get rid of clutter before my husband nominates me for the television show "Hoarders."
Lisa McCulloch, owner/president, Betty’s Bath and Day Spa: "Personally, I aim to get back to hot yoga classes and more fully engage in Dzogchen meditation. I find these practices help me abide in my true nature from which the most authentic decision making occurs. Professionally, I want to heighten awareness for the personal retreat option that Betty's Bath and Day Spa now offers in out new South Suite. Making time to unwind, relax and retreat helps increase out personal and professional bottom line. We offer several different 'Suite Escapes,' for all different needs."
Mary Martinez, franchise owner/CEO of Home Instead Senior Care: "My resolution is to see 2017 as a blank slate. After a crazy 2016, I want to take a step back and look at each role on out team and make sure we are being efficient, effective and using all of our tools to their maximum benefit. We are so ready for a new year!"
Kristen Briggs, president of General Mailing and Shipping Systems Inc.: "1. Acquire 100 new customers — this is a goal I set every year. We need to be able to continue our growth and overtake our competition. This is very important to the ongoing future of General Mailing & Shipping Systems Inc. 2. Focus on recognitions of excellence by my employees. My employees are part of my customer portfolio. I enjoy and need to help my employees daily. They are the heart of my company and keep all of the blood flowing. Plus they are wonderful people with great families. 3. Two personal resolutions would be to continue and finish our family scrapbook and also to look for opportunities to serve others weekly. 4. My fitness resolution is to focus on holding my core throughout all workout exercises to increase stability and strength."
Patty Kahoe, president of Molina Healthcare of New Mexico Inc.: "In 2017, as New Mexico's highest rated Medicare SNP and Medicaid plan, we will continue to put providing quality care for out members first and strengthen our partnerships with local organizations so we can serve the state, as we have done for unwarily two decades here."
Linda Wedeen, interim CEO at beWellnm: "Continue to educate New Mexicans on the benefits of health insurance and get them signed up for affordable options through beWellnm."
Mark Cola, CEO of Sigma Labs: "I understand that, to succeed in 2017, our organization must maintain a culture of continuous transformation and my people and team must extend our leadership position in disruptive technologies."
Christopher Ortiz | Managing Editor | Albuquerque Business First
Dec 30, 2016, 2:18pm MST