N.M. Champs Earn Honor
The founder of an Albuquerque-based software company is among four New Mexicans to be honored at the White House today for their efforts to create and support jobs in the Southwest.
The four were named White House Champions of Change, an Obama administration initiative designed to recognize Americans who do “extraordinary things in their communities to innovate, educate and build a better America.”
Mark McCausland, a Carlsbad native, founded 20-year-old Ultramain Systems to create software and services for aviation maintenance and logistics operations. Ultramain has increased employment 50 percent in the past two years and employs 90 people. “And I’m still hiring,” McCausland said Thursday.
Also being honored are:
♦ Carl Colonius of Taos County for his work with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, an organization that provides professional and personal development for 16- to 25-year-olds.
♦ Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima for his work with the U.S.-Mexico Border Mayors’ Alliance to promote cross-border trade and economic development in the Southwest.
♦ John Muñoz, who grew Nashville-headquartered Sitel’s call center over three years until it became one of the largest employers in Las Cruces. Muñoz is also Las Cruces Hispano Chamber of Commerce board president.
McCausland said the White House became aware of Ultramain Systems when it was named the Small Business Administration’s 2007 New Mexico Small Business Exporter of the Year.