Quality New Mexico’s (QNM) Board of Directors announce new leadership. Jeff Weinrach, Ph.D. will serve as CEO and Nancee Marquez Whittington will serve as President. This team will lead the organization’s future growth to drive performance excellence in New Mexico.
Dr. Weinrach has over 20 years of professional experience in implementing quality programs. He previously served as QNM’s Director of the New Mexico Quality Awards, Board Chair of Albuquerque Quality Network, and most recently as Vice President of Enterprise Performance Excellence at Kirtland Federal Credit Union.
Ms. Whittington is a high energy leader with a wealth of experience in economic development. She worked for Georgia Economic Development as the International Trade Promotions Specialist, and for the past several years served as Director of Investor Relations for Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc. She established a strong and successful record in strategic planning, community engagement, and relationship building.
QNM Board Chair, Alan Varela, stated “These two individuals have phenomenal skills that will immediately bring outstanding value to New Mexico organizations that participate in QNM’s management improvement programs. Jeff and Nancee have strong ties to the business community and care about New Mexico’s success.” Lee Butler, Board Chair Elect, said “We are excited about the future of the organization and we are building on the strong legacy created by the former CEO/President, Julia Gabaldon, who now serves as a Director Emeritus for the organization.”
QNM is committed to helping organizations improve overall performance using the Baldrige Excellence Framework™ and the Criteria for Performance Excellence®.
The non-profit, 501(C)3 provides services of training, assessments, coaching, facilitations, a best practice Learning Summit, and the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards providing public recognition to those who have achieved various levels of performance excellence. For information about Quality New Mexico visit www.qualitynewmexico.org or contact Quality New Mexico at 505-944-2001.
Quality New Mexico’s President/CEO Julia Gabaldon announces her retirement in May. “Julia established QNM in 1993” said Board Chair Anne Kain. “She quickly caught the vision to ‘make New Mexico the quality state’ and has been a driving force for New Mexico’s economic competitiveness through organizations raising their performance to achieve role-model status.” She was appointed by her then employer, Sandia National Laboratories, to create and lead New Mexico’s quality initiative. Through her determination, leadership, and encouragement 800 organizations have achieved various levels of recognition. Fourteen (14) have achieved the highest level of performance excellence, as determined by QNM’s Performance Excellence Awards (NMPEA) program. Three (3) organizations continued on to achieve the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award.
“Quality New Mexico has grown to be one of the best, most successful state quality programs in the country” says Megan Baldrige, daughter of the late Malcolm ‘Mac’ Baldrige. “Julia’s work ethic is above-and-beyond high standards and her abilities inspired action among organizations and people all over New Mexico. She is one-of-a-kind and has been the perfect person for the challenging job of running QNM. My family have all enjoyed working with Julia. She has helped us see the vision of ideas my father articulated many years ago.”
Ms. Kain said “Julia’s dedication to quality and excellence is unparalleled. She also promoted excellence to every corner of the state on ‘Performance Excellence USA’ that airs on 94.5FM and AM770 News Radio KKOB every Sunday. The Board of Directors and staff are excited for Julia’s new adventures but will truly miss her presence and dedication to the mission of driving performance excellence in New Mexico.”
Quality New Mexico will begin its search for a new President/CEO.
The non-profit, 501(C)3 provides services of training, assessments, coaching, facilitations, a best practice Learning Summit, and the NMPEA providing public recognition to those who have achieved various levels of performance excellence. For information about Quality New Mexico visit www.qualitynewmexico.org or contact Quality New Mexico at 505-944-2001.