Winners for 2021 NM Ethics in Business Awards Announced

Congratulations to everyone who won!
March 18, 2021

The annual New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards program honors for-profit companies, non-profit organizations, and individuals in New Mexico that demonstrate a strong commitment to the highest level of ethical business practices in daily operations, management, and personal philosophies, and in their response to crises and challenges. Nominations were reviewed and vetted by the New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards Screening Committee. The finalists went through an additional vetting process that included participation of CNM business students. 

 The 2021 winners are: 

  1. PNM Award for Individual Excellence in Ethical Business Practice, in Honor of John Ackerman – Charles Ashley III. Mr. Ashley is president and founder of Cultivating Coders, a New Mexico-based company that provides technical training and curriculum in web and mobile app development to underserved K-12 schools in tribal, rural and underserved urban areas that lack resources in coding and computer science education. 

  2. Hopkins Award for Excellence in Ethical Practice by a Non-Profit Organization – Centro Savila.Centro Savila was founded by Dr. Bill Wagner, a clinical social worker, psychotherapist and medical anthropologist with extensive experience in public health advocacy, clinical service provision and research. For more than 25 years, he has worked as a clinician and researcher with immigrants and refugees that have survived political, domestic and community violence. 

  3. Emerging Leader in Ethical Excellence – Kira Luna. Ms. Luna is driven to create a more diverse, inclusive and equitable non-profit sector. After participating in the New Mexico Women of Color Leadership Initiative at the Santa Fe Community College Foundation, Ms. Luna stepped into her current role as Director of Engagement to guide program development and implementation at NMCAN, an organization that partners with young people to build community, promote equity and lead change. 

  4. Rust Award for Excellence in Ethical Business Practice by a Medium-Sized For-Profit Business – Sacred Wind Communications. Sacred Wind, based in Yatahey, N.M. near Gallup, focuses on bridging the digital divide for rural tribal communities in northwest New Mexico. Sacred Wind provides telephone service and some of the highest internet speeds found on tribal lands in New Mexico. The services are provided by using fiber, copper, and one of the most robust fixed wireless networks in the country. 

Winners will be celebrated at an awards ceremony on June 10. For more information about the awards, visit