The recommendations will not sit on a shelf. New Mexico First will organize an implementation team to advance the town hall’s priorities. Implementation efforts often run for 12-18 months. The process will be co-chaired by Bill Garcia and Tom Taylor. They will lead the effort to advance the recommendations with federal, tribal, state, local and private sector leaders.
Bill Garcia brings decades of policy experience to this role, having served as Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Economic Development under Governor Bruce King. Since then, Garcia has occupied many roles in telecom, economic development and micro-chip manufacturing. He has been active in community development throughout his business career, having chaired the Central New Mexico United Way campaign, New Mexico First, ABQ Economic Forum, and the Catholic Foundation of New Mexico. Garcia is currently Board President of New Mexico Highlands University Foundation. He attended NMHU and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University.
Tom Taylor has long served in elected office: 16 years as a New Mexico Representative, 12 years as Farmington Mayor, and four years as a Farmington City Councilor. As a lifelong resident of Farmington, business owner and member of numerous civic boards, he has always been a regional thinker recognizing that communities and economies reach far beyond traditional governmental boundaries. Taylor is self-employed as an investor and currently serves on the board of directors of Four Corners Economic Development. In college, he studied Architecture with minors in Math, Civil Engineering, and Photography.