The Team

Mark Lautman CecD, Founder & Principal Investigator

Mark Lautman began his 35-year career in economic development managing the economic development program serving Cibola County, NM. From there, he designed and managed the execution of economy building projects for three major master-planned communities in the United States, AMREP Corporation’s Rio Rancho project, STRED’s project in Santa Teresa, and Forest City Enterprises Mesa Del Sol development in Albuquerque New Mexico. Together his programs procured over 80 project transactions resulting in 15,000 new jobs. Mark is a founding member of the CELab, co-founder of InvestUS in Albuquerque, founder and Principal of Lautman Economic Architecture, and author of “When the Boomers Bail”, a book on how economic and demographic forces are changing the job creation game.
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Grant Taylor, Executive Director

Grant Taylor grew up in Artesia, N.M., where his large family has worked in farming and energy since the early 1920s. As he completed his graduate studies at New Mexico State University, Grant resolved to spend his career in New Mexico and to focus on improving the state, even if one community at a time. During that time, he has focused efforts to improve the state through public policy, economic development and “chamber work” in Santa Fe, Hobbs and Albuquerque. Grant’s work has been recognized and adopted by his peers both nationally and internationally, and he brings to the CELab a passion for advancing the professions of economic development and organization management.

 Grant has received several noteworthy professional honors, including: the 2016 Ethical Young Leadership Award, as part of the New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards; 2014 Top CEOs honoree and 2013 40 Under Forty honoree by statewide business-news outlet Albuquerque Business First; 2015 Bigger & Better Business honoree by Pi Nu Sigma, a graduate chapter of Phi Beta Sigma in Las Cruces, N.M.; and 2011 Outstanding Young Man, as part of the Hobbs Jaycees’ annual Community Awards.

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Paul Hamrick, Program Director

Paul has a background in business and strategic planning. During his work as coordinator for the Small Business Institute at UNM, he developed plans for several existing businesses ranging from sales strategy to financial management. Paul served as Senior Coordinator of Solowork projects for the New Mexico Small Business Development Center, where he co-developed a training course for aspiring solo-entrepreneurs. He was staff to the NM Jobs Council, an interim committee of NM Legislature, where he facilitated a series of planning discussions that yielded the first ever statewide job creation assessment to cover all 33 counties in New Mexico. In his role as Program Director for the CELab, he advances the programs of the CELab to become more potent, user-friendly and sustainable, and helps to deliver these programs to communities in need. 

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John Sharp PhD, Principal Investigator

John Sharp is the founder and principal consultant of Sharp Informatics.  Utilizing Natural Language Modeling (NLM), Sharp Informatics’ proprietary algorithm, Subject Matter Experts answer simple questions about their area of expertise.  NLM then processes the answers and either creates or validates the information system design.  

John has co-chaired two international conferences on natural language modeling and he has presented numerous papers and seminars at professional conferences.  He is also the author of an international standard on data modeling.  At CELab, John is developing system architecture for the economic development planning and management algorithm, establishing the fact types that enable a consistent and rational process for an economic development effort.  

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Charles Lehman, Principal Investigator

Charles Lehman is director of an Albuquerque economic consulting company specializing in workforce, economic development and education issues.   He has over 40 years experience in the governmental, nonprofit and private sectors serving as a administrator, board member, and technical expert for state and national organizations and projects.

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Shelly Fausett, Principal Investigator

Shelly is the Director of SoloWorks Cibola, the first SoloWorks Center piloted by CELab in 2016. Shelly has a diverse background across marketing, PR, career development, curriculum and training development, fundraising and various other fields. Her contribution to CELab is as a Principal Investigator for SoloWorks program development and execution.

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David Naquin, Principal Investigator

David Naquin has an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and 35 years of business management experience that includes senior management, marketing, specialty manufacturing, and economic development. He has run a $30 million company, worked with governments at the community, county and state level to develop economic development plans and worked through solutions to the needs of those agencies. He is a strategic thinker with the ability to drill down to the fundamentals of the planning process and make sure that the high levels of thought have been transferred to the action steps and can be accomplished. Mr. Naquin began working with the CELab in 2015 as a contributing member of a planning team. He joined the think tank as a Principal Investigator in 2017.

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Scott Miller, Associate

Scott Miller established Circles USA in 1992 to inspire and equip communities to resolve poverty. He is also the lead developer of Circles® model, a community-building approach that builds relationships across income lines to support families moving out of poverty and into economic stability.
Scott began his focus on poverty in the late 70’s as a volunteer serving people who were homeless in Rochester, NY. Since then, he has initiated projects throughout North America that directly help families out of poverty while educating the community about what changes must be made to eventually eradicate conditions that cause poverty. 

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