Albuquerque Business First
By Candace Beeke, Publisher
PUBLISHED: May 20, 2017

I was part of the Economic Forum audience that heard Gov. Susana Martinez speak Wednesday, and there’s much that frustrates me right now in our state and economy.

Construction isn’t one of those things, so let’s talk about that.

As Bradbury Stamm CEO Cynthia Schultz told our readers earlier this year, New Mexico is seeing perhaps the largest amount of major construction in its history. That’s something to celebrate, and below are three New Mexicans who are part of that growth.

To help you follow the growth, Albuquerque Business First launched a new tool to highlight major projects, Construction Watch. This interactive online map allows readers to scroll over the metro Albuquerque area and see what’s breaking ground. We update it every week, so come back often and watch New Mexico grow.

1. Larry Chavez, owner and founder, Dreamstyle Remodeling. I think Chavez shocked everyone when he came forward as the new $10 million donor taking the naming rights of the football and basketball facilities at the University of New Mexico, where basketball arena naming rights were previously held by WisePies. In exchange for the gift, UNM will rename the athletic facilities Dreamstyle Arena and Dreamstyle Stadium. It’s the largest gift to UNM Athletics in the school’s history. Of the $10 million total, $9 million will be given to athletics over the span of the agreement and $1 million will be split among UNM Children’s Hospital, The Anderson School of Management and Popejoy Hall. Chavez’s Albuquerque-based company focuses on specialty residential projects and grossed $51 million in 2016, moving it up one spot on ABF’s new 2017 List of general contractors.

2. Tom Novak, CEO, Klinger Constructors LLC. Novak’s company also moved up on this year’s List of general contractors, significantly so — from 10th to fourth. Spurred by massive new projects, including Hotel Chaco and Sunport Healthcare Center, Klinger reported $71.2 million in 2016 gross billings. Named an ABF Top CEO in 2009, Novak chairs the Sandoval Economic Alliance and serves on NDI’s corporate council.

3. Alexandra Pulliam, marketing director, Enterprise Builders Corp. Pulliam recently was named an ABF 40 Under Forty and, after reading her accomplishments, it’s no wonder why. Pulliam is the youngest shareholder at the company, has received Associated Builders & Contractors Member of the Year, serves on the board of Commercial Real Estate Women and has been a part of the committee for Presbyterian Foundation’s Laughter is the Best Medicine for three years. She also helps Enterprise hold steady as the seventh-largest general contractor in the state, under the direction of President David Doyle.

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