I grew up in Kentucky. My father was a machinist for IBM and a Baptist minister. My mother worked for the local school district and the University of Kentucky.
I met my wife of 39 years, Maggie, at Parkland Junior College in Champaign, Illinois. We have three beautiful daughters, three grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. We are also blessed to have a wonderful daughter-in-law and son-in-law.
In high school, I played several sports and was a member of our two-time state championship gymnastics team. Also, during high school I worked harvesting tobacco and, in the summer, I worked for my grandfather in his construction company.
Before I went into the air force and, later, to college, I had a variety of jobs including truck driver, crane operator, factory punch operator, etc.
In 1975, I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served a four-year term as a Disbursement Accounting Specialist, E4. As an Accounting Specialist, I also learned financial responsibility and accountability.
After my military service, I earned an engineering degree at the University of Illinois. I graduated in 1981 and began my 12 year career with IBM, where I started as a procurement manufacturing engineer. Later, my work at IBM brought me to Las Cruces. Maggie and I fell in love with New Mexico and Las Cruces. Though my career took me away for some years, we always longed to be in New Mexico. When we retired, we came home.
Although I was an elected official earlier in my life, I decided to obtain certification here in New Mexico by enrolling in the NMSU Edge Certified Public Official program (18 classes; three hours each).
Since returning to Las Cruces, I also have volunteered for a wide variety of nonprofits and organizations
NMSU Extesion Course
My grandfather, Eldin Hisle, and his brothers
My father, mother, grandmother, sisters, and me
Four Generations - my mother, me and my wife, our three daughters, and three grandchildren.
Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce
Armijo house opening
Christmas Santa Clause
Golf Tournament Planning Committee
Other Volunteer Services As Needed
KTAL Radio, LP 101.1
Talk show host
Downtown Las Cruces Community Partnership
Executive Board Member, Secretary
Federation of Democratic Women of Dona Ana County
Social Media Advisor
Sponsor of student design projects in the NMSU College of Engineering
S.C.O.R.E. - Service Corps Of Retired Executives
Taught classes and provided services to startups and nonprofits
Doña Ana Community College
Taught three classes at Workforce Center
EMC Corporation - 12 years -
Partner Manager - responsible for recruiting businesses and managing them. Example: Dell Computers. I developed and rolled out their International Technical Sales Program.
Area Director - Responsible for 30 employees doing over $130 Million in Sales, providing complex solutions to fortune 1000 Companies.
IBM Corporation - 3rd Level Support Engineer and International Education for AIX and Internet.
ACIS (Higher Education Rep)- New Mexico. Sold and implemented complex solutions to all Universities in New Mexico for 3 years. Lived in Las Cruces, NM.