After 11 years of working with the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce, Paul Barabe has announced his retirement. We would like to thank Paul for all he has done both for this organization and the community which it serves.  Below is Paul’s letter to the community.

“It is with some reluctance as well as excitement that I have made the decision to resign as Vice President Member Services with the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce. I want to take this opportunity to thank those individuals who have supported me as well as supported the various programs that I have been involved.  I feel that the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce has allowed me to follow my personal mantra of “Vision to See – Faith to Believe – and Courage to Do”.

I need to recognize the chamber past President CEO Debbi Moore for giving me the opportunity to work with the chamber as well as the current President / CEO Jerry Schalow for both their support and direction. I would also like to thank the current and former chamber board member for their support.

As part of the Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce for the past eleven years, I have been afforded the opportunities to work with the area business communities in a very positive manner. I have also been able to interact with our civic, non-profit, economic development, tourism and faith based communities.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the companies and individuals who have supported the various chamber programs.  The past eleven years have been challenging and exciting with the community growth, changes in civic leadership, and introduction of new programs.

Personally, after growing up in the Albuquerque area, I have had the opportunity to travel a great deal thanks to my airline background. I have been fortunate to have served on a number of boards in Washington, D.C., Seattle, Alaska, New York and Canada. Locally, I have been able to be involved with a number of area community activities over the past eleven years.  I was able to serve as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the City of Rio Rancho.  My wife and I worked on the planning of the Presbyterian Rust Hospital as part of the Patient Advisory Council.  During my tenure with the chamber, I served as the St. Pius High School Alumni Chair.  St. Pius in return has recognized me as a Hall of Honor recipient as well as being awarded with the Vincioni award for volunteer service to the school.  The Sandoval County Chapter of the UNM Lobo Club has welcomed me as an executive board member. 

I plan on remaining as part of the Rio Rancho community.   I look forward to spending value time with my family and friends.”  

Paul Barabe