2012 Awardees


Bicycle Technologies International (BTI)
Santa Fe, NM — Preston Martin and Andrew Wright founded BTI in 1993 in Ashland Oregon and moved to Santa Fe in 1996 for a more central location for shipping product from coast to coast. They began as a company that supplied suspension systems to mountain bikes and are now a full service distributor of bike parts and components. They have grown to be one of the largest distributors in North America, with over 20,000 unique bicycle parts, accessories and clothing representing 300 major brands. The company has been rapidly growing and believes that being headquartered in Santa Fe is important because having access to outdoor recreation helps them attract a strong and engaged workforce. BTI received business assistance through capital outlay from the New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) and a New Mexico Smart Money loan guarantee through the New Mexico Finance Authority as they have grown their business in Santa Fe. In addition, they received assistance from Santa Fe County. http://www.bti-usa.com


Black Mesa Winery
Velarde, NM – Lynda and Jerry Burd’s interest in the wine industry began while they were living in the Central Valley of California and took them to Willamette Valley in Oregon where Jerry began learning the art of winemaking. They bought Black Mesa winery in 2000 and were interested in not only producing their own wine but also wanted to contribute to New Mexico’s winemaking economy. Black Mesa winery has been internationally recognized for their wine and recently won a Double Gold medal at the Indy International Wine Competition for their Antelope ’09 Red wine, which is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. In addition, they were also awarded Best of Class for their Bordeaux blend. In addition to creating successful wines under their own label, they have greatly contributed to the local winemaking economy by sharing their knowledge and expertise with other local winemakers as well as creating good jobs in the region. They have been growing rapidly and now serve as the main winemaker for many of the wineries and vineyards in Northern New Mexico.  http://www.blackmesawinery.com


Performance Maintenance Inc (PMI)
Española, NM – Eric Quintana grew up in the Española Valley but left New Mexico to pursue career opportunities. After identifying residential and commercial cleaning as a large business opportunity in the region, Eric and his wife founded PMI in 1994. PMI began as residential and commercial cleaning company and has diversified to include local institutions, as well as state and federal government contracting components. In addition, the company has designed and is marketing a green solutions cleaning system that uses only environmentally certified products, reduces the amount of packaging sent to landfills, utilizes recycled paper products, uses equipment with less environmental impact and employs high performance entry way systems that prevents contaminates from entering a building. This holistic approach to building maintenance is unique and offers a value to customers who want to comply with eco-friendly standards and federal buildings that must comply with a federal mandate to reduce their carbon footprint. Throughout the growth and development of the company, PMI has received assistance from the Greater Espanola Valley Community Development Corporation, the New Mexico Small Business Development Center and received a small business loan from the New Mexico Small Business Administration.


Positive Energy
Santa Fe, NM – Allan Sindelar began installing solar electric systems before the solar industry took shape. Prior to founding Positive Energy, he worked with Windy Dankoff, one of the solar industry’s guru’s, supplying photovoltaic systems to people living ‘off the grid’.  Soon, Positive Energy identified the broader opportunity for people connected to the grid to take advantage of solar, which led to the company’s creation in 1997. Regina Wheeler, the current CEO, joined the company in 2011 to help accelerate the company’s growth. Positive Energy was one of the first graduates of the Santa Fe Business Incubator and has expanded to over 50 employees with offices in Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Taos and Albuquerque. Positive Energy provides comprehensive, high quality solar solutions for homes and businesses. Positive Energy makes solar accessible to all by providing financing and expert management of the installation process. Their commitment to solar energy is based on its contribution to a sustainable energy infrastructure in a values-based society and they are a leader on the path toward New Mexico’s sustainable future. They work with several organizations to provide business and educational resources including working closely with New Mexico Workforce solutions for training programs. http://www.positiveenergysolar.com


Santa Fe Brewing Company
Santa Fe, NM – The brewery was founded in 1988 when founder Mike Levis began brewing the Pale Ale that remains the Santa Fe Brewing flagship today. Brian Lock and three other partners bought the brewery in 1996 and Brian took over as sole owner in 2004. The company has experienced rapid growth, focusing on organic growth with a commitment to brewing high quality beer and, as a result, have developed a loyal customer base. Their plan is to grow the number of products and amount of sales in the states they are already distributing into and gradually add new states and distributors. They are continually adding new craft beers to their roster. They’ve received assistance from the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions and the Santa Fe Community College. They also received a small business loan from the New Mexico Small Business Administration and a USDA grant to install solar power. http://www.santafebrewing.com


Taos, NM – When CEO Mark Danemann set out to create a software company in 1989, he wanted to build a company that had a different culture than just about any company out there. As a result, among other things, he created an employee stock option plan and other incentives for his employees so that he could attract and retain stellar talent. The goal was that their job at Siriusware would be their last job, and they would walk away with more than just their paycheck. In doing so, he’s built a company that provides clients with software and hardware for point of sale services in ticketing and admission systems that currently boasts 13 employees that have been with the company for 10 or more years. With over 250 clients, the company has largely grown through word of mouth referrals because of the company’s customizable products and excellent customer service. Their major industries include ski areas, museums and non-profits, amusement parks, waterparks and attractions. As the company grows, they plan to continue expanding their market share and diversify appropriately. In 2012, Inc. magazine named Siriusware as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the country. http://www.siriusware.com


Star Cryoelectronics
Santa Fe, NM – Robin Cantor founded Star Cryoelectronics in 1999 and the company designs and manufactures high tech sensors and control electronics. The company’s products have applications in biomedical imaging, basic laboratory research, geophysics (mining and mineral exploration) and non-destructive testing of materials for quality assurance. The specialty technology designed and manufactured by Star Cryo is a superconducting sensor, the most sensitive detector of magnetic fields available on the market. Star Cryo has invested $3 million in building clean room facilities in Santa Fe in order to develop and manufacture their product locally and the company has recently purchased an additional 2,000 square foot facility adjacent to their existing facility as a result of their rapid growth. Star Cryo has received business assistance from the New Mexico Finance Authority, the New Mexico Small Business Administration, job training through the New Mexico Job Training Incentive Program and SBIR grants. http://www.starcryo.com


Vapour Organic Beauty
Taos, NM – Vapour Organic Beauty was founded in 2009 by Krysia Boinis, Kristine Keheley and Eric Sakas and they believe that being located in Taos is an important part of the company’s brand and ethos. The company manufactures and distributes a full line of high performance organic cosmetics that embraces the beauty, artistry, and values unique to Northern New Mexico. The founders demonstrate respect for the environment and actively pursue a green and sustainable mission in all aspects of their business through the impact it has on the water table, the use of wind power in their manufacturing process and the certified organic ingredients used in their products. Vapour has been lauded as one of the best organic cosmetics on the market and has won numerous industry and press awards. Several potential retail partners in luxury retail, high-end hotel and spa industry in Europe and Japan have approached the company about distribution. Vapour has received business assistance from the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program, Wesst Corp and by the Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS) Venture Acceleration Fund. http://www.vapourbeauty.com