Mark Lautman CecD, Founder & Principal Investigator
During his 35 year career as an economic architect, Mark Lautman designed and managed the execution of economy building projects for three major master planned community projects 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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Paul Hamrick, Executive 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. In his role as Executive Director for the CELab, he coordinates project work between partners, manages organizational and project budgets and strategic plan, oversees fundraising and assists in the development and management of emerging programs, process tools, models and other innovations.
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.
He 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.
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.
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.
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 in 2017.
Karen Baehr, Principal Investigator
Karen Baehr has a B.B.A. in Business Information Systems from Baylor University. She worked in corporate information technology for 17 years before becoming an elementary school teacher for gifted students. Karen’s interest in economic development arose after seeing the overlap between K-12 education and local and state economies. Her investigation work involves education and workforce preparedness with a focus on the impact of integrating physics instruction into middle school science and technology support in the education setting.
Scott Miller, Associate
Dale Hendrickson, Associate
Dale is the President of Correcaminos Professional Services LLC and currently works as Director of IT for Libraries at Yale University. He is an advanced developer, systems engineer, and analyst. His role at CELab is in systems and web-based product development and information director.