State Farm agent Jairo Gutierrez comes out to greet Eloy Montoya of Santa Fe on Friday when he came in to pay his bill. Montoya has been coming to this office since 1995 when it first opened with Robert Maldonado, but he has been with State Farm since 1984.

Chamber of commerce mixers are usually chatty social events with maybe an announcement or two.

That was not Jairo Gutierrez‘s idea when he asked to host the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours in July.

State Farm agent Gutierrez got on the horn and invited business owners (El Paisano Super Market and next-door neighbor Fusion Tacos among them) and new City Councilor Lee Garcia. Hispanic Chamber President David Fresquez invited Mayor Alan Webber. Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce CEO Bridget Dixson also went.


State Farm agent Jairo Gutierrez speaks to a customer from his office Friday.


State Farm agent Jairo Gutierrez meets with his staff, Bertha Salazar, far left, Karina Beltran Jaquez and Yvette Perez, at his office Friday.

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