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, 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.
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.
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.
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.