May 20, 2019

New Mexico Chamber of Commerce Executive Association

By Jo Mixon, President & CEO Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

Group photo taken at the Freeport-McMoRan Copper Mine in Silver City, NM

I spent all last week in Silver City, New Mexico at the Summer Conference of the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce Executives Association to which I serve as 2018 President. Attended by Chamber leaders from all over the state of New Mexico, the agenda included leadership training with Cathi Hight, a special session with New Mexico State Secretary of Public Education, Christopher Ruszkowski, discussion about New Mexico State Liquor Licensing with State Representative Rebecca Dow, Community-Business Partnerships for Workforce Development by Curtis Clough and a tour of the Freeport-McMoRan Copper Mine. On Thursday night we were hosted to a dinner at the Buckhorn Saloon & Opera House in Pinos Alto by Western New Mexico University President Dr. Joseph Shepard. We learned how to host customer service training in our own areas by Glen Shepard Seminars and on Weds. we were treated to an old fashioned root beer float break! I find in any and all professions, it is good to be continually learning and training. It is also good to spend time with others in your field of expertise as a means of networking and mentoring.

The purpose of the New Mexico Chamber of Commerce Association is to improve members of the organizations management techniques, to promote professionalism of the executives (utilizing scholarships for continuing education), to promote fellowship among the New Mexico chambers, facilitating and encouraging the exchange of information relating to organization management methods, data collected with activities and projects and to inform, stimulate. and encourage our members to study and take positions on problems affecting the State of New Mexico, both as an organization and as individual chambers.

As a small rural chamber, this organization has provided a lifeline for us to be involved with the other chambers of New Mexico and it benefits us in legislative issues. Just as our chamber is an organization to promote the community and unity of the businesses in Angel Fire, the state chamber NMCEA association gives us an even greater voice. Our memberships represent over 10,000 businesses in New Mexico. Together as one voice, we are a strong voice for commerce.

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