From El Paso Inc: Who Will Be El Pasoan Of The Year?

By on December 9, 2014

This week, El Paso Inc. is proud to announce the nominations for 2014’s El Pasoan of the Year. They are coaches and CEOs, performers and presidents, community activists and artists, songwriters, financial advisors and developers. They work in Downtown offices and immigrant shelters, in ballparks and basketball courts and in the historic Mission Valley.

Each year since 1996, El Paso Inc. has asked its readers and past honorees to nominate people who have gone above and beyond their job descriptions to make a difference in this community. And each year, we name an individual or a group as our El Pasoan of the Year. This year’s choice will be revealed in our Dec. 28 issue.


Keitha Adams

Keitha Adams, a self-described Kansas girl who’s made El Paso her home, is in the process of carving out a legacy as the head coach of UTEP’s women’s basketball team.

  • Richard Aguilar

    As a pioneer of smart growth in El Paso, Richard Aguilar is changing the way the city is developed.  When Aguilar’s EPT Land Communities broke ground on the massive Montecillo urban village in 2011, it was the first large-scale attempt at the smart-growth style development City Hall had been urging.

  • Ballpark Backers

    After all the controversy about moving city government and razing City Hall, the new Triple-A ballpark and the El Paso Chihuahuas’ successful first season seem to have made a difference in El Paso that goes beyond Downtown.

  • Sharon Butterworth

    Sharon Butterworth is one of those people you don’t hear much about, but she’s famous in El Paso as an advocate for mental health. For decades, she has served on community and state boards and worked to improve the state of mental health care.

  • Richard Castro

    Richard Castro won’t rest on his laurels. For decades, he has worked to expand opportunities for El Pasoans, particularly Hispanic youth, and his philanthropic efforts have only grown year after year.

  • Richard Dayoub

    To many in the business and civic communities, Richard Dayoub, president and CEO of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, has turned that organization into more than a chamber of commerce.

  • Gaspar Enríquez

    Gaspar Enríquez is unpretentious. The Chicano artist speaks gently, with few words, so it is easy to miss just how big of an impact he has had in El Paso.

  • Ruben Garcia

    Some people spend the better part of a lifetime making money and give it away to help people in need. El Paso’s Ruben Garcia has spent more than 35 years quietly giving himself away to help people in need, most of them undocumented immigrants from Mexico.

  • UTEP Centennial Team

    You only get to celebrate a centennial once, so you want to get it right. And by all accounts, the University of Texas at El Paso’s epic Centennial Celebration and Centennial Campaign, the largest fundraiser in its history, have been great successes.


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