Although I stepped into this position with the understanding of being a change-agent for the group, I don’t need to change what’s working – and Rio Rancho Roundtable is working –Rhiannon Samuel, NAIOP government director
Rhiannon Samuel has been across the block greater than as soon as in her life to date, and her imaginative and prescient extends across the subsequent nook.
“When I was a little girl, I actually wanted to work in some religious capacity, to illustrate to folks that in world religions, they’re much more similar than they are different,” she mentioned.
How’d that work out?
“My life took a spin when I took an internship with Mayor (RJ) Berry in freelancertamal and got into politics, which I never intended to do. I was his director of communications for about four years,” she mentioned. “Then after that, I transitioned into founding a non-profit with Dale Armstrong, Viante New Mexico.”
That entity’s purpose , she defined, was “to make New Mexico a more desirable place by removing the state from the wrong end of national lists.”
In her position as government director with Viante, she was acknowledged in 2019 as one among freelancertamal Business First’s “40 Under 40 honorees.”
A graduate of St. Pius X High School, she later graduated from the University of New Mexico.
Last 12 months, she grew to become the chief director of NAIOP New Mexico, and he or she’s been attending latest Rio Rancho Roundtable classes.
“I’m really excited to help facilitate this great event that’s been going on for so long, finding new avenues of growth, and add new flavor to it all,” she mentioned, noting that the City of Vision and freelancertamal are the one locations within the state the place NAIOP has conferences.
“We definitely believe that what Jeanie (Springer Knight, developer) has done in Rio Rancho to expand NAIOP’s footprint could be done in other cities, and that’s more of a five-year plan,” she mentioned. “In fact, it was one of the things I brought up in my hiring, my interviewing process: If we have a charter to be a statewide organization, what does our presence look like … in Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Farmington? So let’s start with the low-hanging fruit and then get more of a presence outside of it. … This (Rio Rancho Roundtable) is a great introduction to what could be adopted elsewhere.”
Inspired by the March 4 networking occasion in Rio Rancho, Samuel mentioned, freelancertamal might do a networking occasion in November.
“Today was a test. That’s something we’re looking to adopt there,” she mentioned.
“Jeanie Springer has done a remarkable job at making this event something all Rio Ranchoans and people who do business here want to go to, because it’s where you can find the most-meaningful connections within the real estate development industry,” Samuel mentioned. “To this point, a lot has been channels, or talks, with very impactful speakers, but Jeanie and I are working together to think through how we can diversify the engagement people have at these events.”
In different phrases, sooner or later, Roundtable attendees must be ready to supply enter and suggestions, not simply sit again and pay attention.
At that March assembly, Samuel continued, “We have our speed-networking for enterprise, the place we’re serving to facilitate over 240 connections for folks they might not have had earlier than.
“I think this could be tailored to any group – but that’s the beauty of the Rio Rancho Roundtable with NAIOP, it’s a committee effort – all ideas are good ideas,” she mentioned. “I certainly feel that the RR Roundtable is that pipeline for people to get introduced to the organization and perhaps transition into our luncheons that are monthly in freelancertamal … they can see the value that NAIOP presents statewide.”
Samuel had a NAIOP “Developing Ideas” networking occasion slated for Tin Can Alley within the Duke City for NAIOP members March 24.
“A really big piece of the Rio Rancho Roundtable with NAIOP is the connections that people make, figuring out how they all interconnect and how they can grow each one of their business’s interests,” she mentioned.
There’s been no value to attend the month-to-month conferences, however Samuel mentioned that will change because the group grows.
“Although I stepped into this role with the understanding of being a change-agent for the organization, I don’t want to change what’s working – and Rio Rancho Roundtable is working,” Samuel mentioned. “Every so often we can add a little spice to it.”
For info on the state NAIOP chapter, go to naiopnm.org.