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SBDC Director Ted Lopez Has Died

on June 15, 2016 - 7:04pm

Ted Lopez

UNM-Los Alamos News:

Ted Lopez, director of the Small Business Development Center at UNM-Los Alamos, passed away today, June 15, 2016.

In his role at UNM-LA, Ted helped many clients launch or develop their small businesses. He was an integral part of the UNM-LA family and the Los Alamos economic development community.

Dr. Cindy Rooney, CEO of UNM-Los Alamos, released the following statement: “We were saddened to receive the news that Ted Lopez passed away this morning. He was a beloved member of our UNM-LA family, a wonderful asset to our community, and an exceptionally kind and honorable man. Ted was passionate about economic development for the region and provided valuable assistance to numerous business owners in northern New Mexico.” 

Colleagues have noted that they will remember Lopez's kindness, his humility, and his expertise in small business development. In an email, Kathy Keith, director of Los Alamos Community Relations and Partnerships Office, noted that he was “a great addition to the economic development community where he is also well known and respected.” 

Lopez was a U.S. Navy Veteran and earned his MBA from UNM Anderson School of Management. Prior to joining UNM-LA in 2013, he had more than 27 years of experience working with Mountain Bell/US West Communications/Qwest Communications and serving the business technology needs of small business clients in northern New Mexico.

Lopez consulted with New Mexico business clients in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, operations, business development, program management, sales, customer service, and technology utilization to start and grow their small businesses. He developed a vast network of business relationships and resources with both small business clients and corporate decision-makers in northern New Mexico.

Dr. Rooney concluded her statement with, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ted’s family and friends. He will be greatly missed.”