Interstate Capital CEO Cliff Eisenberg explains the El Paso-area company’s proposed sale to a Dallas bank. Wochit
Andrew Forrest has been hired as general manager of business operations for El Paso’s new United Soccer League team. Forrest, 34, previously was assistant general manager for the San Antonio Scorpions of the USL, and most recently was general manager for Learfield Sports’ University of Tennessee at Chattanooga operations. Learfield manages sports multimedia rights and marketing for almost 130 universities, including New Mexico State in Las Cruces. He has a master’s degree in kinesiology/sports leadership, from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
Sarah Nollner, new manager of business operations for USL El Paso.
The yet-unnamed El Paso minor-league soccer team is to begin playing next year in Downtown El Paso’s baseball stadium. The team is owned by MountainStar Sports Group, which also owns the El Paso Chihuahuas minor league baseball team.
Ryan Schmitz, new sales and service representative for USL El Paso.
MountainStar also recently hired Sarah Nollner to be the soccer team’s manager of business operations, reporting to the new GM. She previously worked for Soccer United Marketing, owned by Major League Soccer owners, in New York City, where she was the marketing and media consultant for the Mexican national soccer team. She has a master’s of business administration degree in sports from San Diego State University. The El Paso team also has hired Ryan Schmitz as sales and service representative. Schmitz previously was communications coordinator for the Reno, Nev., USL team and its minor league baseball team. He most recently was a salesman for Xfinity and Assurance Wireless in Boulder, Colo.
UTEP President Diana Natalicio on April 26 accepts Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Quality Excellence Award from Daniel Pleshko, left, vice president of quality and mission success for Lockheed Martin, and Charles Akers, director of mission assurance for the company.
UTEP award winner
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics has given its Quality Excellence Award to the University of Texas at El Paso — the first university to get the award. UTEP President Diana Natalicio accepted the award April 26. The award recognizes organizations that drive continuous improvement and demonstrate values that foster innovation, customer relationships and professional development while relentlessly pursuing quality improvements. In the last decade, Lockheed Martin has given UTEP more than $5 million for research and quality improvements in labs and facilities. The company currently is in the midst of a five-year effort to improve the College of Engineering’s infrastructure. More than 130 full-time employees at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in Fort Worth are UTEP graduates.
Denis O’Hearn, new dean of UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts.
UTEP Liberal Arts dean
Denis O’Hearn is the new dean of UTEP’s largest college — the College of Liberal Arts. He’ll take on the position July 1. He comes from Texas A&M University in College Station, where he headed the Department of Sociology since 2016. He’s a native of Carlsbad, N.M. He has a doctorate in sociology and master’s degrees in economics and Russian and Eastern European studies from the University of Michigan. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. O’Hearn also is a prolific and award-winning author who has written books on subjects ranging from Irish economic history to the Zapatista rebels in Mexico.
Hotel Paso del Norte
The owners of the Hotel Paso del Norte, now undergoing a $70 million-dollar renovation, have hired Greenwood Hospitality Group, a Denver area-based hotel management company, to manage the historic Downtown El Paso hotel when it reopens later this year. The hotel, at 101 S. El Paso St., is franchised under Marriott’s Autograph Collection, which is made up of landmark hotels worldwide. The former Camino Real Hotel is being redeveloped by the Meyers Group, a Miami real estate development company with El Paso family ties, and Richard Aguilar’s Two Sabes. Aguilar’s EPT Land Communities is developing the Montecillo Smart Growth community in West El Paso.
The owners of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, and the soon-to-open Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Downtown El Paso have hired Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a hotel management company based in Milwaukee, to manage the two hotels, both located near Southwest University Park. Marcus Hotels took over operation of the DoubleTree April 4. The Marriott hotel, still under construction, is expected to open in June. El Paso lawyer Jim Scherr and Elma Carreto own the hotels.
Margie Venegas, new vice president of business development at Western Heritage Bank.
Western Heritage Bank
Margie Venegas is the new vice president of business development for Western Heritage Bank. She will oversee ongoing business in the El Paso market for the Las Cruces-based bank, which operates a West El Paso branch and expects to complete the purchase of Pioneer Bank’s three El Paso branches by June. It also operates branches in Las Cruces and Deming. Venegas managed BBVA Compass Bank’s Tower Branch, at 6044 Gateway East Blvd. in East Central El Paso, for 19 years.
Socorro Rodriguez, senior vice president and treasurer at WestStar Bank.
Socorro Rodriguez has been promoted to senior vice president and treasurer at WestStar Bank, an El Paso bank chain. In her new job, she will be responsible for interest rate risk management and reporting, investment securities transactions and other duties. She has 22 years in the banking industry, and has worked for WestStar since 2002.
Mary Kipp, El Paso Electric CEO, and Cris Eugster, chief operating officer of San Antonio’s CPS Energy. Eugster is chairman and Kipp is chairwoman-elect of the Smart Electric Power Alliance board of directors.
El Paso Electric
Mary Kipp, El Paso Electric CEO, has been elected chairwoman-elect of the Smart Electric Power Alliance board of directors. She will become chairwoman of the Washington, D.C.-based organization in 2019. Cris Eugster, chief operating officer of San Antonio’s CPS Energy, is this year’s board chairman. The alliance helps utilities, customers and others deploy and integrate solar, storage, demand-response and other distributed energy resources. The alliance board’s 19 members include executives from electric utilities, solar firms and other distributed-energy developers, as well as former policymakers.
HB Construction, an Albuquerque-based regional commercial construction company with an office in El Paso, on April 16 announced the acquisition of San Antonio-based Reid & Associates, a large commercial construction contractor with an office in Albuquerque. No purchase price was reported. The acquisition expands HB Construction’s geographic reach and adds new construction lines to its portfolio. El Paso Community College and the El Paso Independent School District are among HB’s clients. It expects sales to exceed $200 million this year, the company reported.