Board of Directors
Randal L. RabonChairman
Mr. Rabon has served as a director since 2007. He is currently Chairman of Alamogordo Financial Corp. Mr. Rabon is a private owner and investor in construction and land development limited liability companies and partnerships, including Mesa Verde Enterprises, the largest civil contractor in Otero County, New Mexico. Mr. Rabon has served as a director of many civic and business organizations, including as president of the Board of the Otero County Electric Cooperative, overseeing approximately $100 million in assets and $20 million in annual revenues. In addition, his director experience spans other organizations including the Otero County Building Contractors Association and Otero County Fair Board. Mr. Rabon is an honorary Commander for the 311th Fighter Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base. A lifelong resident and active member of the community, he and his family also operate a cattle ranch in their hometown of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Mr. Rabon’s deep economic roots in the community and experience dealing with regulatory matters associated with the government contract projects of his construction and development firms is highly beneficial in bringing perspective to our corporate governance matters.
William F. BurtVice Chairman
Mr. Burt has served as director since 2007. He is currently Vice Chairman of Alamogordo Financial Corp. and is Chairman of the Bank 34 Compliance Committee. Mr. Burt has served in several different capacities in the broadcast industry since receiving his degree in mass communications from New Mexico State University in 1974. He has been the owner and general manager of Burt Broadcasting, Inc. since 1988. Mr. Burt is a current State Senator representing District #33. He has spent many years actively supporting the U.S. Air Force and Army. Mr. Burt was a charter member of the Governor Appointed New Mexico Military Base Planning Commission. He also serves as a Holloman Wingman, a member of the Air Force Air Combat Command Commanders Group and a member of the State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. In the New Mexico State Senate, Mr. Burt serves on the Senate Finance Committee, as well as the Revenue Stabilization and Tax Committee and Science and Technology Committee. Mr. Burt has been awarded the New Mexico Broadcaster of the Year Award, Owner of the Radio Station of the Year Award and was named Alamogordo Citizen of the Year. He has also served as Chairman of the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce, the Committee of 50 (military support committee), Flickinger Center for Performing Arts and the New Mexico Broadcasters Association. Mr. Burt’s media background, senatorial experience and experience in our local markets provides the franchise with substantial insights and discipline for enhancing our public perception and corporate citizenship initiatives.
James D. HarrisDirector
Mr. Harris has served as a director since 2008. Previously, he served as a director of Pioneer Bank in New Mexico for seven years. Mr. Harris was the owner of Charles, Garland & Harris Agency, Alamogordo, New Mexico, until the sale of the firm and his retirement in 2008. He serves as a director of Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo and is a current member of the Committee of 50 (military support committee), the primary charter of which is to collaborate with Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range to ensure the communities surrounding these esteemed military installations are recognized and supported by Alamogordo and surrounding communities in the Tularosa Basin area of southern New Mexico. Mr. Harris is a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and remains involved in economic, civic and cultural matters in Otero County, New Mexico. He also served as President of the New Mexico Amigos, a statewide organization of business and professional people and the Official Goodwill Ambassadors of the State of New Mexico. Mr. Harris’ experience in risk management provides valuable insights into the types and levels of insurance we should maintain for the complexity of our operating environment.
Ms. Gutierrez has been employed by Bank 34 since 2007. She was named Chief Executive Officer in January 2015, having previously served since July 2011 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Gutierrez has also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Credit Officer, as well as the Las Cruces Division President. Ms. Gutierrez was appointed as a director in July 2011. Prior to joining Bank 34, Ms. Gutierrez held the position of Senior Vice President and Senior Lending Officer at Western Bank in Alamogordo, New Mexico, and at First National Bank in Alamogordo, New Mexico. From 2001 to 2007 she was Senior Vice President and Market President at First Federal Bank in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Ms. Gutierrez has been employed in the banking industry since 1972. Ms. Gutierrez’s direct experience in managing operations and employees provides the Board of Directors with insight into operations, and her position on the Board of Directors provides a clear and direct channel of communication from senior management to the full board and alignment on corporate strategy.
Don P. Van WinkleDirector
Mr. Van Winkle joined the Board of Directors in June 2013. He advises mid-market companies on corporate development processes and initiatives, bank-relations, chief financial officer and board issues. Previous experience includes: Vistage Chair for Vistage International from 2011 through 2014 (a CEO peer advisory organization); Managing Director for SDR Ventures, a Denver-based investment banking company and mezzanine debt fund; three years as both President and Corporate Banking Manager for two Denver-based middle-market banking groups; seven years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Van Winkle’s Farmers Market, Inc. (a 500 employee IGA retail grocery store group based in New Mexico), which he successfully sold in 2002; and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Fresh Produce Sportswear, Inc., a sportswear design and distribution firm based in Boulder, Colorado where he additionally served on the Board of Directors for 10 years. Mr. Van Winkle’s experience is instrumental in high level evaluation of our credit management processes and practices and his experience as a chief financial officer and chief executive officer qualifies him to serve as our audit compliance financial expert.
Elaine E. Ralls, Ph.D.Director
Ms. Ralls has served as a director since August 2014 upon the completion of Alamogordo Financial Corp.’s acquisition of Bank 1440. Ms. Ralls has owned and operated several businesses in Arizona, each of which was successfully acquired or merged with larger entities. Currently, Ms. Ralls is the President of AIR Marketing, an advertising agency based in Phoenix, Arizona that she formed in 1998 and which she owns with her son. AIR recently received the Ethics Award from the Better Business Bureau and is ranked by the Phoenix Business Journal in the Top Places to Work, Top Advertising Agencies, and Top Women Owned Businesses. She is actively involved on the Board of Directors for the Better Business Bureau and the Arizona Foundation for Women, as well as the Lennox Tech Enterprise Center (an organization for CEOs) and the Women President’s Organization. Ms. Ralls served as a director of Bank 1440 beginning in 2007. Ms. Ralls’ experience in company mergers and associated integration of companies and cultures provides us with a strong resource for guidance pertaining to our business expansion via strategic alliances and acquisitions.
Mr. Cook has served as a director since March 2015. Prior to his appointment to the Board of Directors, Mr. Cook served as a financial consultant to Bank 34 from January 2014 to March 2015. From 1989 until his retirement in December 2013 he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director at First National Bank in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Mr. Cook also served as Executive Vice President and Vice President at First National Bank from 1987 to 1989. He held the position of Executive Vice President and managed commercial lending, corporate strategy and administration at United Bank of Lea County, Hobbs, New Mexico, from 1982 through 1987. He served as an executive branch manager overseeing consumer finance and administration from 1971 through 1982 in Hobbs, New Mexico and Farmington, New Mexico. Mr. Cook is a director emeritus of the New Mexico State University at Alamogordo Foundation; director and past chairman of the Economic Development Council of Otero County; and a member of the Committee of 50 (military support committee). His director experience spanned other organizations including: Federal Reserve Bank, El Paso, Texas; Federal Reserve Bank, Dallas, Texas; and the New Mexico Bankers Association. Mr. Cook’s banking background and leadership experience brings valuable insight in the areas of leadership, bank operations and corporate governance.