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Albuquerque accounting firm establishes endowment at NMSU

For more than a decade, Albuquerque-based accounting firm REDW LLC has been an integral partner with New Mexico State University in both the development and employment of accounting graduates from NMSU’s College of Business.


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NMSU Alumni at REDW: Dean Willingham ’90, Principal; Rebecca Sanchez ’12, Senior Audit Associate; Tiantian Trimble ’18, Intern, Audit & Assurance; Brandon Remley ’02, Tax Manager; Dennis Davis ’96, Principal; Daniela Moya ’13, ’14, Senior Audit Associate; Rebecca Stamp ’16, Audit Associate; Yvette Nunez ’12, Senior Audit Associate

REDW recently enhanced that partnership through the creation of the REDW Endowed Scholarship in the Department of Accounting in the College of Business during NMSU’s Giving Tuesday event last November. Using Giving Tuesday Challenge funds from generous donors, the NMSU Foundation was able to match the firm’s gift dollar for dollar, doubling the original investment.

“I am delighted that we were able to join with the NMSU Foundation in establishing the REDW Endowed Scholarship,” said Steve Cogan, REDW’s managing principal. “Our donation is a symbol of the value we place in an institution that has given us so much. Many of our team members have come from the College of Business at New Mexico State University. The programs NMSU has developed deliver rigorous training that helps build the degree of excellence we rely on to serve our clients.”

Kevin Melendrez, associate professor and Lionel Haight Endowed Chair of Accounting, said that REDW is one of a handful of core firms who play an active role in the development of NMSU’s accounting students. And, the role is not limited to financial support.

“Our relationship with REDW truly is a partnership,” Melendrez said. “Representatives visit campus four to six times each academic year – presenting at Beta Alpha Psi, our professional society; in our professional development seminars; and at our recruiting fairs.”

Melendrez, whose endowed chair was funded in 2013 by gifts from a number of accounting firms, including REDW, says the partnership works because REDW recognizes the achievements of NMSU students and understands the importance of industry support to grow and nurture a student population that can meet the firm’s (and the industry’s) employment needs.

“It is especially gratifying for me as an NMSU alumus to see that my firm has established this accounting scholarship,” said Dean Willingham, a principal and commercial practice leader at REDW. “We look to NMSU for future team members, and the scholarship awards will be a step toward supporting their learning and high achievements.”

Andrea Tawney, president of the NMSU Foundation, said New Mexico State University is both honored and proud to have industry partners who take a vested interest in the education and outcomes of our students.

“We greatly appreciate our long-time collaboration with the REDW team, including former managing principal Ron Rivera, who has always championed a strong partnership with the NMSU accounting department,” Tawney said. “Partnerships not only provide support and career paths for our students but also contribute to the growth and economy of the state and region as a whole.”

Cogan added, “As graduates of the College [of Business] make their way into the world, we hope that they find their passion serving our communities, our state and our region, and that they keep an appreciation for the way that their college years fundamentally shaped their futures. REDW’s continuing relationship with NMSU is due, in part, to our belief in its quality programs and also in our joint goal of developing the next generation of leaders for New Mexico and the Southwest.”