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Southern New Mexicans honored as state’s 40 Under Forty

Three southern New Mexicans with connections to New Mexico State University received Albuquerque Business First’s 40 Under Forty recognition last week, including Christopher Dulany, James Tawney and Terra Winter.


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Three southern New Mexicans earn recognition as Albuquerque Business First's 40 Under Forty at an awards dinner last week, including (left) James Tawney, Terra Winter and Christopher Dulany.

The 40 Under Forty awards honor young professionals who show great success in their industries as well as in their communities throughout New Mexico. Nominees receive the award based on their professional achievements, leadership skills and contributions to the local community.

Christopher Dulany, an NMSU alumnus who earned both a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2005 and a master of business administration in 2012, stays connected with the NMSU community as a member of the NMSU Foundation Board and former NMSU student regent. His recognition as 40 Under Forty highlights his role as a financial advisor for Edward Jones, managing roughly $100 million in assets for more than 400 households across the United States. With this success, Dulany has helped grow employment in southern New Mexico, becoming a limited partner with the company. Dulany serves on the Rotary Club of Las Cruces as a member and previously served as the president. Along with volunteering his time, Dulany has been instrumental in raising significant scholarship and athletics support for NMSU, including his own investment to create an endowed scholarship for NMSU students.

James Tawney is an NMSU athletics supporter, and he and his wife Andrea Tawney, president of NMSU Foundation – also a 40 Under Forty recipient in 2016 – contribute to several nonprofits, including scholarships at their alma mater Northern Arizona University, Doña Ana Community College and Aggie Cupboard food pantry. He earned his 40 Under Forty recognition as a plaintiffs’ lawyer of Flores, Tawney & Acosta P.C. The firm, which was founded by James Tawney and his two partners in 2016, represents individuals making claims of wrongful death, personal injury, employment discrimination and wrongful termination. Since then, the team has brought on more than 400 clients with claims totaling roughly $10 million. In his spare time, he volunteers by providing pro bono legal aid in southern New Mexico and is on the board of New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association.

Terra Winter, an NMSU alumna who earned all three degrees as an Aggie, including a bachelor’s degree in communication studies in 2001, a master’s degree in public health in 2005 and a doctorate in philosophy in 2017, now serves as the executive director for the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico. Winter previously served as the associate vice president for development at NMSU, and while balancing that role, created a new doctorate degree at NMSU focused on the fundraising industry and philanthropy. As a fourth-generation New Mexican with family roots in agriculture, her current role with the community foundation focuses on serving the state her family has deep pride for by supporting the arts, feeding the hungry, expanding literacy, providing scholarships and improving health among other important causes in partnership with local nonprofits.

The Albuquerque Business First recognized all 40 awardees at a dinner event on Fri., May 4. Southern New Mexico was well-represented by the three recipients who impact their communities as well as NMSU.