4/18 Business digest

Western Bank CEO to get honorary degree
New Mexico businessman Don Kidd of Carlsbad will receive an honorary doctorate on May 13 at New Mexico State University’s spring commencement at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

Kidd is being honored for his advocacy for higher education, service to NMSU as a suporter and former regent, service in the New Mexico Legislature and years of mentoring students and colleagues.

Kidd is president and chief executive officer of Western Bank in Clovis and Western Commerce Bank in Carlsbad, as well as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Western Bank in Alamogordo.

Veterans in business invited to meeting
Business owners who are military veterans are invited to attend the meeting of the New Mexico Service Disabled Veterans Business Advocate at 8:30 a.m. Friday at Clovis Community College in room 460.

The group works with the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services, the U.S. Small Business Administraton (New Mexico District Office) and New Mexico Small Business Development Center to inform veterans who are business owners of programs designed to assist them, according to a news release from the NMSDVBA. The chapter also counsels veterans on marketing to federal and state governments.

The organization is working to organize a veterans small business Chamber of Commerce, the news release said.

For information, visit the group’s Web site at www.nmsdvba.org or call 292-3648.

Xcel Energy names service manager
Xcel Energy’s Mike McLeod of Roswell has been promoted to community service manager for much of the utility’s southeastern New Mexico service territory and Farwell, the company announced.

The 45-year-old McLeod succeeds Roy Cahill, who retired last year.

McLeod manages Xcel Energy’s business interests and working relationships within Clovis, Portales, Tucumcari, Texico, Dexter, Hagerman and Roswell.

McLeod remains based in Roswell.

Public hearing for afalfa commission
The public is invited to comment about formation of a New Mexico Alfalfa Commission at a hearing at 7 p.m. April 25 at Curry County Fairgrounds, 600 South Norris Street.

For information, contact David Lucero, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, at 646-4929.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ News Editor Jean Verlich. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail: