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Chamber recognizes award winners at banquet


Long-time Las Cruces business owner and community activist Wanda Bowman was named Las Cruces 2022 citizen of the year at the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce annual awards banquet, held Sept. 29 at Las Cruces International Airport (LCIA).

Here are the 2022 award winners and nominees:

  • Citizen of the year: Wanda Bowman (winner), Ammu Devasthali, Karl Ngoye;
  • Nonprofit of the year: Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico (winner) Downtown Las Cruces Partnership, USO;
  • Emerging business of the year: Acosta Medical Clinic (winner), Lucky Dog Billiards, Mesilla Valley Pharmacy;
  • Small business of the year: Getz Funeral Home (winner), Hub International Insurance, Mary Iadicicco Allstate Agency;
  • Large business of the year: Electronic Caregiver (winner), French Brothers, Mountain View Regional Medical Center.

Also recognized were Carolyn Zamora, who received the chamber President’s Award; Joe Bullington, who received the chamber Chairman’s Award, and Cindi Armijo was also honored for 10 years of service with the chamber. Moore also announced that Taylor Isaacs will join the chamber staff Oct. 17 as director of development. She said NMSU senior Madison Honeycutt also work part-time for the chamber.

The event was held in a LCIA hangar, with the dark desert sky as a backdrop to the awards.

“This airport is going places,” said Chamber CEO and President Debbi Moore.

“There is nothing more important for a community than creating and maintaining jobs,” said 2021 Chamber Board of Directors President Jed Fanning. He and Moore were joined during the awards presentation by current Board President Craig Buchanan.

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