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Reg Rider, Brigadier General

Reg Rider, Brigadier General

Chair United States Air Force (Retired)

Regner (Reg) Rider was born and raised in Oklahoma and Kansas. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Masters in Mechanical Engineering in 1973 and was commissioned in the United States Air Force through AFROTC. He served in numerous locations both in the U.S. and abroad as a B-52 crewmember, staff officer and commander. In the fall of 2000, he retired from the military with 27 years of service as a Brigadier General. He worked in the Washington D.C. area the next nine years, moving back to Albuquerque in 2006.

He currently volunteers with numerous organizations to include: Rotary Club of Albuquerque President, Military Officers Association of America Board member and Ski Club President, Haverland Carter Lifestyle Group Board member, and Popejoy Performing Arts Center Board member.

Reg and Bev have a daughter, Cindy, an International Development professional and professional editor, her husband Brian and granddaughters Corinne and Maia, in Seattle.

Shelly L. Fritz, DDS, FACD

Shelly L. Fritz, DDS, FACD

Past Chair

Shelly Fritz was a hygienist for sixteen years before entering the University of Colorado School of Dentistry. She spent her last year in dental school focusing on geriatric and special needs populations. In 1994 she opened her dental practice in Albuquerque, NM with the goal of meeting the general dental needs of institutionalized, geriatric, disabled, and homebound patients in the Albuquerque area. She is currently Section Chair of the Fellow- American College of Dentistry. Shelly participates in the Guatemala Faith in Practice working in remote areas in the country removing teeth in the Mayan population for a week every year in conjunction with a medical team.

She is married to Ian Fritz, PhD., a retired physicist who worked at Sandia National Laboratories for 29 years. She has two children: Brynt is a retired Army Colonel and is the father of two children. Alicia is a retired mechanical engineer and the mother of five children and three step children. Shelly enjoys oil painting, playing bridge and growing orchids.

Ron Solimon

Ronald ("Ron") J. Solimon

Secretary/Treasurer Retired

Ron is the former Director of the Center for Lifelong Education ("CLE") at the institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He retired from this position on June 12, 2015. Ron is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna - one of the 19 Pueblo Indian tribes of New Mexico. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University, College of Business, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico, School of Law.

Ron serves on several boards, including the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, the Native American Professional Parent Resources, and MoGro. He recently retired from service on the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Board of Trustees and Laguna Development Corporation Board of Directors, which is a for-profit corporation owned and operated by the Pueblo of Laguna. Ron also served on the U.S. Travel Association Board of Directors and the Tourism Association of New Mexico (now known as the New Mexico Hospitality Association) Board of Directors. Following his service on their board, they elected Ron to the 2013 Tourism Hall of Fame.

Before joining the President's Cabinet at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Ron served as the Executive Director of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and President & CEO of Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc., a for-profit corporation and Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation. He has received many awards and accolades for his services in several industry sectors in which he has worked. Ron and his wife Elaine live in Albuquerque. They have two adult children, two grandsons, and two granddaughters.

W. Marion Jordan, M.D.

W. Marion Jordan, M.D.

Investment Advisor & Physician/Radiologist

W. Marion Jordan, M.D. received his Bachelor's from the University of Georgia, graduated with his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed his internship at Denver General Hospital. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Radiology Residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Jordan was an Instructor of Radiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Jordan served in the U.S. Air Force at Schilling AFB in Kansas working at a family practice clinic and was a radiologist.

Among the associations Dr. Jordan belongs to include the American Medical Association, New Mexico Medical Society, and American College of Radiology. He is married to Donna and enjoys spending time with his family, including many grandchildren who live in Albuquerque.

Edward Licon, MBA.

Edward A. Licon, MBA

Vice President, Bank Manager - Bank of The West

Edward A. Licon is a Vice President, Bank Manager with Bank of The West, bringing with him 18 years of experience in the business banking industry and Enterprise Consulting specializing in all facets of the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Licon's breadth of experience ranges from asset allocation strategies; spend analysis, financial analysis, cost analysis, forecasting models and business strategy related areas such as corporate strategy, market strategy, and enterprise change development.

Edward's resume includes working with several Fortune 500 companies in the development of regional marketing strategies and the creation of financial products which address the specific needs of the targeted base. His previous developmental experience includes tenures as an Officer with Wells Fargo Bank, Citi-Group, Fidelity, State Farm Insurance Companies and Ford Motor Credit Company.

During his development with these organizations he completed numerous senior level training programs in Finance, Accounting, Business Change Management, Cross Functional Teams, Organizational Development and Human Resources. Additional education includes undergraduate and graduate studies in accounting / finance and economics. He holds an MBA, B.S. in Accounting and Finance with a minor in Economics, The University of Texas.

Walt Arnold, CCIM, SIOR

Walt Arnold, CCIM, SIOR

Managing Director - SVN / Walt Arnold Commercial Brokerage, Inc.

Walt Arnold, CCIM, SIOR, serves as Managing Director for SVN/Walt Arnold Commercial Brokerage, Inc. in Albuquerque, NM. He specializes in sales and leasing of office and industrial buildings and has a 27 year career in real estate. Prior to affiliating with SVN, Walt founded Walt Arnold Commercial Brokerage, Inc. in 1990 and served as president.

As an active commercial real estate community member, he is a member and past president of the New Mexico CCIM Charter, a member of the SIOR, and member and past president of the Commercial Association of Realtors of New Mexico (CARNM). Walt also had an eight year career in the National Football League playing for the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

In 1998 Walt was named "Realtor of the Year" by CARNM. Additionally, he was named to the University of New Mexico Football 100-Year All Time Team and was inducted in the University of New Mexico's Hall of Honor and the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. Arnold earned a bachelor's degree in University Studies from the University of New Mexico.

Marie Trigg, RN, BSN, MBA

Marie Trigg, RN, BSN, MBA


Marie established a long, successful history in healthcare, both clinical and administration. Starting as an RN, she earned her Bachelors in Nursing, and a Masters in Business with emphasis on healthcare. She received her BSN from West Texas State University, now known as Texas A&M, and her MBA from Wayland Baptist University.

She has held many administrative positions in acute care as well as in long term care. Marie also founded and operated her own home health agency, which served several counties in West Texas. In addition, she spent several years working with the American Red Cross as a teacher in the clinical area, in course development, and working with students teaching them English as a second language.

Marie was born and raised in New Mexico and has also lived in several other states. Along with being an active volunteer with Global Ties, Marie also serves as a board member for Albuquerque Sister Cities, and is part of the Development Committee for St. Martin's Hope Works.