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Enloe named 2010 Corporate Hero

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Award recognizes philanthropic individuals and organizations

By Carol A. Clark

New Mexico Business Weekly selected CEO Bill Enloe of Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) to receive this year’s Corporate Heroes Award. The award highlights Enloe’s philanthropy and commitment to making New Mexico a better place to live and work.

“I have always believed that LANB is a reflection of the communities we serve,” Enloe said. “A healthy and successful community is the only long-term assurance that our organization will remain viable. I have always worked to identify areas where I can help improve the social, education and health of individuals in these communities. Being a part of successful projects or programs are some of the most rewarding moments in my life.”

This is the third year New Mexico Business Weekly has presented the Corporate Heroes Award to individuals and organizations that work to improve the quality of life around the state. This year’s judges, all Corporate Heroes alumni, looked at the commitment to giving and volunteering exhibited by each nominee and the impact those efforts have had on the community.

Danette Clark has worked at LANB for 20 years, 19 of which have been in assisting Enloe. “It is never boring working for Bill, there’s always something new, always something interesting,” Clark said. “He makes sure we have opportunities to learn new things and he gives us new responsibilities and allows us to make decisions — it’s been a wonderful experience working for him.”

White Rock Senior Center Coordinator Annie Bard describes Enloe as an important advocate for the senior community in Los Alamos.

“Bill Enloe is responsible for so many of the activities and events that make this such a very special community,” Bard said. “Our seniors realize and

appreciate the involvement of Mr. Enloe and Los Alamos National Bank and enjoy many opportunities because of their generosity.”

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Director Irene Powell expressed appreciation for the support Enloe and LANB have shown to RSVP.

“Every year they put on a Christmas party for the seniors and the bank employees serve the food and give the seniors presents – it’s so wonderful,” Powell said. “The bank prints out our annual senior appreciation volunteer cards each year and they donate to our RSVP quilters for the Ronald McDonald House and the Youth and Family Shelter in Santa Fe.”

County Council Chair Mike Wismer expressed his congratulations to Enloe on receiving the community-oriented award.

“It comes as no surprise that Bill Enloe has won this prestigious award,” Wismer said. “Bill Enloe is a pillar of the community who has diligently worked to improve the community while building Los Alamos National Bank into a nationally recognized financial institution. We are fortunate to have a civic and financial leader of his caliber amongst us.”

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Gene Schmidt recalled that Enloe was one of the first people he met when he first moved to Los Alamos.

“I am delighted with the news that Bill is being recognized for his good work,” Schmidt said. “He brings such a positive demeanor to his endeavors and he and the bank have been so supportive of our public schools.”

Los Alamos County Administrator Tony Mortillaro commended Enloe on his award.

“Bill Enloe has been very demonstrative in his county involvement and  his giving and really sets the example to follow,” Mortillaro said. “The county has appreciated his involvement in social ad community service organizations, which have greatly benefited from his generosity.”

Enloe serves on the board of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC).

“I can’t think of a more deserving leader in the community and a more deserving organization than LANB,” said LACDC Executive Director Kevin Holsapple. “Bill and the bank have been stellar contributors consistently to this community for many years.”

Executive Director Donna Schroeder of the United Way of Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties said Enloe is a wonderful friend to United Way.

“He made sure we were able to move our offices into the bank building and he is an outstanding advisor to our organization,” Schroeder said.

Enloe will be honored at an awards reception June 17 in Albuquerque.

LANB is one of the largest independent banks in New Mexico with assets of approximately $1.5 billion. Established in 1963 by a group of local investors, LANB continues to be locally owned and operated by Trinity Capital Corporation (TCC). TCC provides banking, trust and investment services and title insurance services to Northern New Mexico and employs approximately 290 people in its offices in Los Alamos, White Rock and Santa Fe. For more information, visit www.lanb.com.