8 Questions – November 2011

Emilio Esparza, Gallup Chamber of Commerce Membership Director

Gallup Journey Emilio EsparzaQ. Emilio, what got you interested in working with the Gallup-McKinley County Chamber of Commerce?
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After graduating from UNM, I wanted to come back to Gallup and contribute to my community and show other young people that coming back is okay and that you can be successful.

Q. What do you enjoy most about your job so far?
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I love being able to meet somebody new every day. I like the fact that I have so many roles as far as my job goes.  It’s really forcing me to learn many things, but it’s making me a more well-rounded business person.

Q. What is the biggest challenge of your job?
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The biggest challenge would be the learning curve.  I’m so new and still getting to know how everything works.  I’m also learning to manage my time between taking care of members, both new, old and prospects, and handling marketing, advertising and special events.

Q. What is your top priority as Membership Director with the Chamber?
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My top priority would be serving the needs of the members of the Chamber of Commerce and making the point to personally trying to get to know all of them.

Q. What do you see for the Chamber in the next three years?
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In the next three years, I see the Chamber having many groups that will be set up by the businesses categories – almost like a support team for each other.   Let’s say for instance a group of restaurant owners would convene and talk about things like what’s working and what isn’t and help each other. I also see an entrepreneurs group forming for people who want to start businesses or have started a business and they are new to the business world.

Q. What do you enjoy doing in your off time?
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In my free time, I like to hang out with my family and friends. I really enjoy being outdoors, so I try and get up to the Zuni Mountains as much as I can.

Q. Who is your favorite musician?
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My favorite artist is Stevie Ray Vaughan. He is brilliant and a genius on the guitar. After listening to the song “Little Wing” I was inspired to learn the guitar and I now consider myself to be somewhat of a singer/songwriter.

Q. If you could trade places with one famous person, who would it be and why?
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Barack Obama.  I would like to see what it’s like to be the President for a day and all the different struggles and successes that you have each day.   I think it would be really interesting.

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