Deborah Burns, MBA Chief Executive Officer and Director
Deborah Burns, CEO and Director, investUS. 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 for Mutual of New York from 1981-1988 and TIAA-CREF from 1988-1998. In these roles she honed her ability to determine key factors for business sustainability, profitability and growth in a wide variety of industries. During her investment career, she analyzed more than 3,000 businesses and invested more than $3 billion. During the 1990s, Ms. Burns developed expertise in structured finance and emerging market finance including project finance, asset-backed securitization, and infrastructure construction lending. Throughout her 17 year investment career in New York, Ms. Burns managed a portfolio of fixed-rate privately-placed debt, met with management of these companies on a regular basis, tracked financial performance, and monitored compliance.
Ms. Burns returned to extraordinary New Mexico, her birthplace, as a senior member of the initial team that developed an innovative lending platform at Thornburg Mortgage Inc. (TMA). Ms. Burns was responsible for all financing arrangements for TMA, issued over $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities, and managed TMA’s relationships with the rating agencies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, securities underwriters, warehouse lenders and securities investors. The Thornburg Mortgage origination and servicing platform had the lowest delinquency and default rates in the US.
Ms. Burns’ most recent corporate position was Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Kirtland Federal Credit Union. From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Burns provided management consulting services through her firm, Crystal River Advisors LLC.
An Albuquerque, New Mexico, native, Ms. Burns graduated from Albuquerque Academy. She earned a BA in Economics from Princeton University. As an undergraduate, Ms. Burns was a research analyst for Burton G. Malkiel, head of the Economics Department at Princeton and author of the New York Times best-selling book, “A Random Walk Down Wall Street.” Ms. Burns has also earned an Executive MBA in Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Previously, Ms. Burns hosted her own radio show, “Business Dimensions – Expert Insights for Your Business,” on Sundays at 5 PM on 770 KKOB AM radio.
Mark Lautman, CecD, President and Director
Mark Lautman, President and Director, investUS. 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.
Mr. Lautman is former Chairman of the New Mexico Economic Development Commission, 2000-2010. 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, Fidelity Investments and several others businesses. Mr. Lautman’s previous New Mexico economic development assignments include Santa Teresa, Rio Rancho and Grants.
Mr. Lautman’s recent consulting projects include Spaceport America, Artesia Chamber of Commerce, San Juan County, Cibola County, Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation, Oklahoma City, and Vermillion, SD. Mr. Lautman currently leads the New Mexico Legislature’s Interim Jobs Council and is consulting with Sandoval County in the development of a comprehensive economic/workforce development program. In addition, Mr. Lautman’s consulting business, Lautman Economic Architecture, LLC, works with community leaders to transform community economies and elevate the professional practice of economic and workforce development.
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.
Robert N. Singer, Esq. Secretary and General Counsel
Robert N. Singer, Secretary and General Counsel, investUS. Mr. Singer is an attorney licensed in the state of New Mexico, and is President of New Mexico Law Group, P.C., based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His areas of practice include national and international business, finance and economic development, technology transfer and entertainment law. Mr. Singer also represents major banks, credit unions and other financial institutions in various commercial, transactional and regulatory matters
Mr. Singer has gained significant experience in international trade and commerce and has worked on major economic development projects throughout the United States, Mexico and greater Latin America, Europe and Asia. He founded and served as President of International Arts and Technologies, Ltd., which represented domestic and offshore companies seeking international business and investment partners in a variety of industries. Also in that time, Mr. Singer served on the US District Export Council; was a Presidential Appointee to the US Department of Commerce Small Business Advisory Council; and chaired a major White House conference on international trade issues.
Mr. Singer has been involved in numerous multimillion dollar projects around the country including for the Choctaw tribe in Mississippi, the Viejas tribe in California, the Navajo nation, the Laguna Pueblo and the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico. These ventures include theme parks and attractions, casinos and resort hotels, renewable energy installations and banking endeavors.
Mr. Singer was also among the founders of the World Law Institute with honorary chairmen that included former President Jimmy Carter and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. The mission of WLI is to train lawyers from former Soviet countries in the rule of law. Mr. Singer has served as trustee of the University of Albuquerque, and on the board of the Catholic University of America School of Law in Washington, D. C., where he received his law degree. In law school, he was employed by the Senior New Mexico Senator in the United States Senate in Washington, DC.