Deborah Burns, MBA Chief Executive Officer and Director
Ms. Burns’ financial career spans more than 30 years and includes roles as an institutional investment officer in New York City, financial officer at a New Mexico start-up company that became the largest publicly-traded company in the state, and Chief Lending Officer for a community bank.
Ms. Burns began her career as an investment officer and analyzed more than 3,000 businesses and invested more than $3 billion throughout her seventeen-year career in New York. She returned to her New Mexico roots as a senior member of the initial team that developed an innovative lending platform at Thornburg Mortgage Inc. (TMA). In that capacity, Ms. Burns was responsible for all financing arrangements and issued over $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities.
Ms. Burns earned a BA in Economics from Princeton University and an Executive MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Mark Lautman, CecD President and Director
Mr. Lautman has over 30 years of experience as a professional economic developer. He has designed and managed four economic development programs that procured more than 80 corporate locations, accounting for more than 15,000 new jobs, 6 million ft.² of industrial space, and $11 billion in new investment.
Most recently, Mr. Lautman was Vice President of Economic Development of Mesa del Sol where his business unit was responsible for recruiting Albuquerque Studios, Schott Solar, and Fidelity Investments. Mr. Lautman is the author of “When the Boomers Bail: a Community Economic Survival Guide.” He is a founding director of the Community Economics Lab, a private not-for-profit think tank that innovates new approaches for economic development in labor and capital constrained economies.
Mr. Lautman is a 1971 graduate of the University of New Mexico in Economics, Architecture and Geography, and a former Peace Corps volunteer.
Kevin Montoya Director
Kevin Montoya was raised in the Pueblo of Santa Ana, a Native American tribe with over 500 years of history in the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico.
Mr. Montoya is currently a Director for two tribally owned businesses: Santa Ana Golf Club Incorporated and Southern Sandoval Investments. At Southern Sandoval Investments, Mr. Montoya holds the position of Vice Chairman of the Board. He attributes his success to his knowledge of stock and option investments, utilities and construction management as well as his digital media design and marketing experience.
Santa Ana Golf Corporation manages both Twin Warriors and Santa Ana Golf Club courses, among the most successful in the state in rounds played and profitability. The Twin Warriors course is a partner with Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa. Southern Sandoval Investments is the business development and the commercial real estate arm of the tribe and is responsible for the development of 1,800 acres of land that the Pueblo has allocated for the economic betterment of the tribe and its people. Its corporate revenues last year topped $31 million.
Luis Ortiz, Attorney Director
Luis Ortiz is a patent attorney and has more than twenty years experience representing clients in intellectual property matters including: litigation, patent and trademark prosecution, licensing, and patent/trademark portfolio development strategies.
Mr. Ortiz co-founded Ortiz & Lopez, PLLC in 2001 and is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and in Texas. His firm specializes in intellectual property protection, IP litigation and licensing. His clients include fortune 100 companies, educational technology transfer organizations and startup companies. Mr. Ortiz and his firm have obtained almost 700 issued US Patents for their clients.
Mr. Ortiz earned a law degree from the University of New Mexico, a BS in Engineering from New Mexico State University, and an MBA in Business from the University of Phoenix.
Alison K. Schuler Director
Alison K. Schuler is founder and senior partner at Schuler.Daly in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Schuler actively practices securities law, public company registration and reporting, corporate governance, entity formation and operation, mergers and acquisitions, venture investments and financing, as well as international transactions.
Ms. Schuler has served on the faculty of the University of New Mexico Law School as an Adjunct Professor in corporate and securities law. She has also served in many international, national and local nonprofit organizations, almost always in a senior executive function. Previously, Ms. Schuler was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. She is listed in numerous Who’s Who publications, the Best Lawyers in America, and Chambers USA.
Ms. Schuler is an AB cum laude graduate of the Harvard Law School and Radcliffe College/Harvard University with an emphasis on international law and relations.
Noreen Scott, CecD Director
Noreen Scott serves as managing member of the New Mexico Economic Catalyst Foundation since 2003. She served on the Community Board of Presbyterian Hospital and served as a Regent on the Board of Regents for Western New Mexico University.
Prior to her retirement from the Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation, the RREDC partnered in the location of 28 companies that created more than 15,000 economic base jobs. She is a member of numerous professional organizations including the International Economic Development Council. Ms. Scott is a founding member of the New Mexico Economic Development Institute at Western New Mexico University and currently serves on the faculty, and is Treasurer of the Academy for Economic Development.
Ms. Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Mundelein College, Loyola University in Chicago, a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Western New Mexico University, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.
Paul Silverman Director
Paul Silverman lives and breathes real estate. He has been involved in real estate development throughout the Southwest for forty years, and in Asia since 2002. Previously, Mr. Silverman spent four years in China developing retail opportunities.
Mr. Silverman has developed residential and commercial real estate projects worth $410 million, earning multiple awards in the process. Under Mr. Silverman’s leadership, Geltmore, LLC is New Mexico’s recognized leader in commercial real estate development services. He is also co-founder of several companies, including TeleServices Development International, LLC, Planning Technologies, LLC, and Store-It! PTE. LTD, Singapore.
Mr. Silverman graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration and has received professional certifications from the University of Houston in real estate.
Dora Wang, M.D. Director
Dr. Wang has lived in New Mexico since 1998. Born in Brazil and raised in California, Dr. Wang’s family resides in San Marino, California, a city that has prospered from foreign investment. She would like to see New Mexico prosper similarly, and to welcome new immigrants to the Land of Enchantment.
Dr. Wang strives to bring excellence and integrity to whatever she endeavors. She was Partner in a real estate development firm, Infill Solutions, which revitalized the west end of downtown Albuquerque and renovated the historic Southern Union Gas Company Building. She has co-financed multiple real estate developments.
A graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Wang has served on the University of New Mexico School of Medicine faculty since 1998. She is the author of two books, including a memoir from Penguin Books, and a history of the UNM School of Medicine. She is the devoted mother of a daughter who attends Bosque School.
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