The Sandoval Economic Alliance (SEA) recently announced the appointment of longtime economic development officer Fred Shepherd as its new president and CEO.
Shepherd's first day in the position was Dec. 16, succeeding SEA's previous CEO and president Steve Jenkins, who stepped down for personal reasons. Shepherd was appointed to the post after serving on the New Mexico Department of Economic Development community, business and rural development team.
Prior to that, Shepherd served as a liaison between SEA and the state, Albuquerque Business First reported. He also worked for eight years at the Mesilla Valley Economic Alliance in Las Cruces, the publication reported.
Sandoval Economic Alliance President and CEO Fred Shepherd | Photo courtesy of the Sandoval Economic Alliance
"I am honored to be chosen to lead the Sandoval Economic Alliance team," Shepherd said in a statement. "SEA has made excellent strides in their mission to grow Rio Rancho and Sandoval County, and I am fully prepared to help them realize their potential."
Alliance Board Chair Becky Teague released a statement that said the alliance was enthusiastic to bring Shepherd onto the team.
"His experience, skills and existing relationships in the region will significantly contribute to the success of the organization and community," Teague said. "We are eager to see where he takes the organization in collaboration with Rio Rancho and Sandoval County."
Shepherd also says that he wants to focus on the countywide action strategy. SEA focuses on economic growth, global competitiveness, talent development and brand recognition, Albuquerque Business First reported. It was also reported that Shepherd will focus on the company's project pipeline and elevating business retention and expansion.