8 Questions for Tommy Haws
President of Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation
Q. Tommy, what got you interested in serving with Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation?
A. Actually, I was invited by Mayor Jackie McKinney when he was beginning to form the group, and I said yes because I think economic development is a key to being able to have any community stay sustainable.
Q. What do you enjoy most about this work?
A. I love the excitement of trying to lay the groundwork for good things to happen long term. It’s like planting a fruit tree and not knowing if you’re going to eat the fruit from it, but hopefully your children or grandchildren might.
Q. What is the biggest challenge of your job?
A. Trying to keep personality and personal conflicts from distracting us on the real big picture of economic development.
Q. What is your top priority for GGEDC?
A. Bringing in new base economic development jobs, good economic based jobs, so that all the other industry and services that we already provide here can be enhanced.
Q. What do you enjoy most about living in Gallup?
A. Since I grew up here and left and thought I was never coming back, I love coming back and knowing that there are good people. There’s just the best people I associate with here in Gallup, NM.
Q. What do you enjoy doing in your off time?
A. I just try to spend as much of my off time – I don’t have a lot of off time – with my family. I do a lot of things with my family around the house or together with my boys and daughter. They are starting to get old and leave the nest.
Q. What is your favorite book?
A. I won’t do the obvious like the Bible as my favorite book. The book that probably had the biggest influence on me personally was also a religious book called The Miracle of Forgiveness. It’s a book about how life is about change and how we can be forgiven and forgive other people and that’s what progress is based on.
Q. If you could trade places with one famous person, who would it be and why?
A. I would probably trade places with James Madison. I was a political science major and I loved the constitution and I loved how he was the back story on a lot of the things that developed in the original constitutional convention. He just had a brilliant political mind and could balance both things, so that’s who I would trade places with.