Dr. Pedro Cardona is the new medical director at the True Health New Mexico physician-led health plan. Previously, he was in private practice for 21 years. Cardona graduated from medical school at the University of Puerto Rico and has an MBA with a concentration on health care from the University of Tennessee.
Gary Lang has joined Descartes Lab as head of engineering. He comes to Santa Fe from Amazon Business, where he was vice president of technology. Before that, Lang was senior vice president in charge of product development and cloud operations at the education technology company Blackboard Inc. in Washington, D.C. Lang is a native of San Francisco and received a bachelor’s degree in computer and information science at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Matthew Bouillon Mascareñas has been named director of the Securities Division at the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department. Bouillon previously served as an assistant attorney general with the Colorado Department of Law in Denver. Before that, he spent five years as a prosecutor in New Mexico specializing in financial crimes. A graduate of Boston College Law School, he received a master’s degree in human rights and humanitarian action from the Università degli Studi di Siena in Italy and a bachelor’s degree in romance languages from the University of Georgia.
Mark Roper has been promoted to division director for economic development at the New Mexico Economic Development Department. He joined the department in 2014 as a team leader for community, rural and business development. Previously, he was an account executive for Noalmark Broadcasting. A native of Raton, Roper served as executive director of the Raton Chamber and Economic Development Council from 1996 to 2004. He attended New Mexico State University.
Santa Fe author George R.R. Martin has been inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame. Martin grew up in Bayonne, N.J. He wrote the book “A Song of Ice and Fire,” which was adapted into the TV show “Game of Thrones.” He also collaborated with Meow Wolf and bought a former bowling alley that became Meow Wolf’s internationally known House of Eternal Return.
Patrick Mohn took over as executive chef in May at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa on the Santa Ana Pueblo. Mohn previously worked as regional chef for Heritage Hotels at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque and Hotel Chaco. Mohn previously worked at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya as a culinary intern shortly after his graduation from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in 2005. Mohn also executive sous chef at Hyatt Regency Tamaya from 2012 to 2016. Mohn is originally from Waldo Gulch, between Cerrillos and Madrid.
Seven local businesses were recipients of the 2019 Santa Fe Business Awards presented June 14 by the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce at the organization’s Red Carpet Business Awards Gala at Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder. Judging criteria included business growth, customer service, green and family-friendly business practices, accomplishments within the year, and having unique business practices. Century Bank Business Excellence Awards went to By Robin Creations (in the one-to-four employees category), Santa Fe Spirits (five-to-20 employees) and Chick-fil-A (21 or more employees). Positive Energy Solar was named the city of Santa Fe Small Business of the Year; Reflective Jewelry the Santa Fe Community College Green Business of the Year; Luxx Boutique Hotel the city of Santa Fe Family Friendly Business of the Year; and Octane Buick GMC the Santa Fe Woman-Owned Business of the Year.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has named Nate Caswell as the new project leader for the New Mexico Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office in Albuquerque. The office focuses on native fish species conservation and recovery. Caswell is a native of Hinckley, Ill., with a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife management from Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and a master’s degree in biology from Central Michigan University. He launched his career in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Great Lakes region.
Santa Fe-based Outside magazine’s Lawrence Burke received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Outdoor Retailer Inspiration Awards ceremony June 18 during the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Denver. Burke is chairman and editor in chief at Outside Integrated Media LLC, which publishes Outside magazine and other products. Burke acquired Outside magazine in 1978 from Jann Venner, who launched the magazine in 1977 and published the first 11 issues before selling to Burke.
Jerry Matthews has joined the integrated communications firm Sunny505 as senior account manager for the Albuquerque marketing, advertising and public relations company. Matthews previously was creative director at Atomic Creative, a division of the KRQE Media Group. Sunny505 has a Santa Fe office and local accounts include Santa Fe County, Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe Stucco and Jackalope. Matthew has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Texas Tech University and a post-graduate certificate in copywriting/advertising design from the Portfolio Center in Atlanta.