Business people, Sept. 4, 2018

September 4, 2018 GMT

Karen Easton has joined Century Bank as vice president and branch manager in Los Alamos. Easton, who graduated from Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, has more than 25 years of banking experience in management, private banking and wealth management. Her temporary office is in Century Bank’s Española branch at 322 N. Riverside Drive.

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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has appointed Bixente Pery general manager of Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe.

Pery joined the company in 2007 as director of food and beverage at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica. He moved in 2011 to the same position at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. In 2015, he became hotel manager of Four Seasons Hotel Houston, where he oversaw daily operations while playing a part in a major renovation.


A native of France, Pery pursued culinary training as a teenager and has cooked aboard a French aircraft carrier and for hotels in Central and South America.

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The Rotary International District 5520 Sonny Brown Award recently was presented to Mark Brandt of Capitol Ford Lincoln. This award was established in 2005 to honor past Rotary district governor Sonny Brown. The award recognizes businesses in District 5520 that exemplify high ethical standards.

Capitol Ford Lincoln has been the major auto sponsor for the Rotary Club of Santa Fe’s Pancakes on the Plaza event since 2010. The dealership also sponsors the Rotary Club of Santa Fe’s annual golf tournament and provides a new Ford Mustang as the hole-in-one prize.

The Brandt family, with the dealership, gives $50,000 to $60,000 annually to local schools and nonprofits.

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First National 1870 has hired Tara Block-Archuleta and Randy Lucero to create a new business banking group in Santa Fe.

The group focuses on building relationships with small and medium-sized businesses in Santa Fe and Los Alamos.

Block-Archuleta brings more than 20 years of experience in Santa Fe banking and also is a licensed real estate professional. She is a board member of the St. Michael’s High School Foundation and a director of the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce.

Lucero has more than 15 years of experience in financial services. His previous responsibilities include business and commercial banking, as well as personal banking and branch management. He has been an adviser on the Small Business Advisory Council of the Santa Fe Business Incubator since 2014.


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Holland & Hart announced that two of its Santa Fe lawyers were included in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Bradford C. Berge specializes in natural resources law, personal injury defense and product liability defense. Michael H. Feldewert specializes in natural resources law and oil and gas law.

Also, the firm announced that Jules Angelley is now of counsel in the commercial litigation practice group of the firm’s Santa Fe office.

Before joining Holland & Hart, Angelley represented some of the largest companies in the world in contract disputes, fraud, business tort claims, class action claims and claims brought under securities statutes. She worked in commercial litigation trials, appeals and arbitration for global firms in New York and Dallas.

Angelley earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and her bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Austin. She is admitted to practice in California, New York, Texas and in several U.S. Courts of Appeal and U.S. District Courts. Her admission by motion in New Mexico is pending.

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Wells Fargo Business Banking has named Ryan McGrath the new manager for the New Mexico and Texas/Mexico border markets.

McGrath, based in El Paso, will lead more than 80 team members in the region. He succeeds Bruce Beebe, who announced his retirement in March.

Previously, McGrath had roles in business banking in Texas, New Mexico and Utah. He earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and in banking and finance from Mississippi State University. He is a board member for The Borderplex Alliance and the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. McGrath has also served on Wells Fargo’s Business Banking Diversity & Inclusion Council since 2016.

The New Mexican