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Haute Honors 2015 - Winners and Finalists


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On December 10, 2015, a sold-out crowd learned who the 2015 Haute Honors Finalists and Winners were at the Haute Honors Awards Breakfast and Shop Local Event at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Haute Honors 2015 - Winners and Finalists

  1. 1. 2015
  2. 2. For information on how to apply, visit
  3. 3. For information on how to apply, visit
  4. 4. Applications due December 15th! Go to for details
  5. 5. Get your tickets now at
  6. 6. Humanitarian a person having concern for or helping to improve the welfare and happiness of people The humanitarian lays stress almost solely upon breadth of knowledge and sympathy. ~Irving Babbitt
  7. 7. 2015 Humanitarian Robin Brule’ Vice President of Community Relations & Executive On Loan to Mayor Berry, Nusenda Credit Union thought leader, advocate, volunteer
  8. 8. Rising Star a person that is growing quickly in importance in a particular field Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. ~David Frost
  9. 9. Finalist: Akamee Baca Malta CEO, As Girls Grow
  10. 10. Finalist: Leota Harriman Editor, President & Co-Owner, The Independent and Independent News LLC
  11. 11. Rising Star 2015 Winner: Erin Muffoletto Baca President & CEO, Muffoletto Government Relations
  12. 12. Teen Rising Star a young person that is growing quickly in importance in a particular field “There’s no committee that says, ‘This is the type of person who can change the world – and you can’t.’ Realizing that anyone can do it is the first step. The next step is figuring out how you’re going to do it.” ~ Adora Svitak
  13. 13. Teen Rising Star 2015 Winner: Rhythm Badal Idea Visionary and Co-Founder, Drive Control
  14. 14. Innovator a person who opens up a new area for others, creates or introduces new methods, ideas, or products or is the first to introduce into reality something better than before "Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” ~ Theodore Levitt
  15. 15. Finalist: Marie Longserre President & CEO, Santa Fe Business Incubator
  16. 16. Finalist: Tara Gohr President & CEO, The Grant Plant
  17. 17. Innovator 2015 Winner Jamai Wallis Blivin Founder & CEO, Innovate+Educate
  18. 18. Entrepreneur a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk “The relentless, seek-and-solve breed is our salvation. They are the ones forever craning their necks, addicted to ‘looking around corners’ and ‘changing the world.’ They—not lenders—are the real money multipliers…” Forbes
  19. 19. Finalist: Heather Badal Owner, LOE Apps Owner, Flawless Medical Spa Director of GPO, United Shockwave Therapies
  20. 20. Finalist: Nicole Larsen Director & Co-Owner, Inspire Rock Academy
  21. 21. Entrepreneur 2015 Winner: Kathleen Edwards  CEO and Executive Audio Wrangler, Hear Kitty Studios
  22. 22. Leader A person with social influence who can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task. A great leader inspires confidence in other people and moves them to action. “The leader must aim high, see big, judge widely, thus setting himself apart form the ordinary people who debate in narrow confines.” ~ Charles de Gaulle
  23. 23. Finalist: Linley Daly President & CEO, DalyConsulting, LLC
  24. 24. Finalist: Abigail Lanin Eaves Executive Director, Certified Nurse Midwife, Dar a Luz Birth & Health Center
  25. 25. Leader 2015 Winner: Jennifer Riordan Vice President of Community Relations, Wells Fargo
  26. 26. Trail Blazers A person who blazes a trail for others to follow through unsettled country or wilderness; pathfinder; a pioneer in any field of endeavor “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.” ~ Malala Yousafzai
  27. 27. Ann Rhoades President, People Ink
  28. 28. Anne Haines CEO, Accion
  29. 29. Joan Griffin CEO, Griffin & Associates
  30. 30. Champion for Women A person who fights or argues for a cause on behalf of someone else; one that does battle for another's rights or honor “While there will always be people who say this is a gender equality issue and come out either for or against this dynamic as a result, I think they are missing the real issue.  This is about innovation, competitiveness, and entrepreneurship.” ~ Brad Feld
  31. 31. Lawrence Chavez CEO, Lotus Leaf Coatings
  32. 32. Lonnie Talbert COO, Southwest Capital Bank
  33. 33. Matthew Ayoub Founder, Media Trove LLC & Alpha Arietis LLC
  34. 34. TJ Cook CEO, CauseLabs