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NMSU College of Business to honor alumni, national labs at Hall of Fame

The College of Business at New Mexico State University will celebrate the contributions of its alumni and industry partners during its annual Hall of Fame ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.


E. Larry “Sesju” Lujan, class of 1977, will be inducted into the College of Business Hall of Fame, joining 46 previous inductees with distinguished careers who have graduated from the college. The ceremony also will honor Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory with the Corporate Traders’ Award.

The College of Business established the Hall of Fame ceremony more than two decades ago to honor and celebrate outstanding alumni and supporters who have had an impact on the college and NMSU. Through the ceremony, the college also seeks to create visibility for its alumni and develop a strong relationship with the business community.

“Each year, we honor outstanding alumni and industry partners who have supported our college and positively impacted our students with their time, mentorship and generosity,” College of Business Dean James Hoffman said. “I want to congratulate this year’s honorees and thank them for their invaluable support.”

Tickets for the Hall of Fame are $100 per person and must be purchased by Friday, April 19. For more information, contact Anthony Casaus at 575-646-5817 or acasaus@nmsu.edu.

Lujan, this year’s Hall of Fame inductee, received a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and marketing from NMSU in 1977. Lujan’s career in consulting and finance spans more than 40 years, and the vast majority of his professional experience has been in the insurance and risk management field.

From 2013 to 2015, he served as the chairman of HUB International New Mexico. Before that, he worked in a variety of capacities for the Manuel Lujan Agencies from 1976 to 2013, having served as the agency’s president and CEO for 17 years.

Lujan currently oversees Ignite Consulting Services, LLC, which he formed in 2015 to foster and promote New Mexico’s unique culture to generate economic growth. He also is a general partner at Verge Fund, an Albuquerque-based venture capital fund, and serves as an advisory board member for the two companies in Verge’s portfolio, Nuvita and Boomtime.

He also is an owner and board member for the Albuquerque-based Defined Fitness as well as an owner and a managing partner of the Canyon Club at Four Hills, also in Albuquerque.

Outside of work, Lujan serves on various governing boards throughout the state, including the Spanish Colonial Arts Society; Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce; Notah Begay III Foundation; US Bank Advisory Board; New Mexico School for the Arts; and the NMSU Foundation. Recently, he became an honorary base commander at Kirtland Air Force Base, and he is a member of the International Trustees for the Museo Del Prado in Madrid, Spain.

As a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security, Los Alamos National Laboratory strives to make the world safer through research and advances in innovative science and technology. Operated by Triad, a public-service oriented, national-security science organization, LANL has a workforce of about 11,700 employees, and 27 percent of its regular and term employees have at least one degree from a New Mexico college or university.

“Los Alamos National Laboratory is committed to partnerships that create an educational environment that will help develop a regional workforce for the future,” Hoffman said. “A celebrated example of such a collaboration is the current partnership between our MBA program and LANL’s Finance and Accounting Division.”

Now in its 13th year, the partnership has resulted in more than 100 NMSU graduates continuing their careers at LANL, Hoffman said.

For more than 60 years, Sandia National Laboratories has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation’s most challenging security issues. A federally funded research and development center, Sandia has about 10,000 employees who work at its headquarters in Albuquerque and its second principal laboratory in Livermore, California, or at various sites throughout the U.S. or abroad.

Sandia maintains a strong foundation in science, technology, and engineering and boasts a research staff that works at the forefront of innovation, collaborative research with universities and companies, and discretionary research projects with significant potential impact.