Business Digest: Governor’s awards nominees sought

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor

Nominations are being accepted until Sept. 17 for the Governor’s Distinguished Public Service Awards, according to a release from the awards group.
Each year the group selects 10 people from cities, small towns and remote villages whose work-related public service has been notable and whose activities outside of work have been remarkable, according to program chairman Dan Lopez, New Mexico Tech president.
Awards are given in four categories: federal government and national laboratories, state government and universities, local and Indian government, and business and civic.
Nomination forms are available by calling JoLou Ottino at 344-6177 or visiting

K-Bob’s names operating officer
Michael W. Myers has been named chief operating officer for K-Bob’s USA, franchisor of the K-Bob’s Steakhouse chain, according to a company news release.
Myers has held key executive positions at restaurant companies, including president and chief operating officer at MCap Restaurant Group, president and chief operating officer at Backyard Burgers, and regional vice president of the northern region for Whataburger.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado and master’s from the University of Phoenix.
K-Bob’s has headquarters in Santa Fe and 18 franchise locations in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado, including one in Clovis.

Bankers named to state board
Kent Carruthers, president of the Citizens Bank in Clovis, and Mac Langford, president of American Heritage Bank in Clovis, are newly elected members of the board of the Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico.
The Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico is the state’s largest banking membership organization, with headquarters in Farmington. Member banks are independently owned and operated at more than 230 locations across the state, and employ more than 2,000 New Mexicans.

Clovis MainStreet gets accreditation
Clovis MainStreet is one of nine New Mexico MainStreet Projects designated as Nationally Accredited for 2007 by the National Trust Main Street Center, according to a New Mexico MainStreet press release.
The other newly accredited New Mexico MainStreet communities are Artesia, Clayton, Hobbs, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Los Alamos, Raton and Silver City.
“It is wonderful to see such a large number of New Mexico’s MainStreet communities who are meeting standards of excellence set by the National Main Street Center,” said Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Fred Mondragon.

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