The NAIOP Rio Rancho round table to get “a bit of spice”
Although I came into this role with the understanding of being a change agent for the organization, I don’t want to change what works – and the Rio Rancho Roundtable works. –Rhiannon Samuel, NAIOP Executive Director
Rhiannon Samuel has circled the block more than once in her life so far, and her vision extends to the next corner.
“When I was little, I actually wanted to work in some religious capacity, to show people that in the religions of the world, they are much more similar than different,” she said.
How did that happen ?
“My life took a turn when I interned with Mayor (RJ) Berry in Albuquerque and got into politics, which I never intended to do. I was its director of communications for about four years,” she said. “Then after that, I transitioned into founding a nonprofit with Dale Armstrong, Viante New Mexico.”
The purpose of this entity, she explained, was “to make New Mexico a more desirable place by removing the state from the wrong side of the national rolls.”
In her role as Executive Director at Viante, she was recognized in 2019 as one of Albuquerque Business First’s “40 Under 40 honorees.”
A graduate of St. Pius X High School, she later graduated from the University of New Mexico.
Last year, she became executive director of NAIOP New Mexico and participated in recent Rio Rancho roundtables.
“I’m so excited to help facilitate this great event that’s been going on for so long, to find new avenues of growth and to add a new flavor to it all,” she said, noting that the city of Vision and Albuquerque are the only places in the state where NAIOP has meetings.
“We believe that what Jeanie (Springer Knight, developer) did in Rio Rancho to expand NAIOP’s footprint could be done in other cities, and it’s more of a five-year plan,” she said. declared. “In fact, that’s one of the things I talked about in my hiring, interview process: if we have a charter to be a statewide organization, what does it look like our presence… in Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Farmington? So let’s start with the fruits within reach and then get more presence on the outside…. This (Rio Rancho roundtable) is a great introduction to what could be adopted elsewhere.
Inspired by the March 4 networking event in Rio Rancho, Samuel said, Albuquerque may host a networking event in November.
“Today was a test. It’s something we’re looking to embrace there,” she said.
“Jeanie Springer has done an amazing job of making this event one that all Rio Rancho residents and people who do business here want to go to, because that’s where you can find the most meaningful connections within of the real estate development industry,” said Samuel. “So far there have been a lot of channels or discussions with very impactful speakers, but Jeanie and I are working together to think about how we can diversify people’s engagement at these events.”
In other words, going forward, roundtable participants should be prepared to provide feedback and feedback, not just sit back and listen.
At that March meeting, Samuel continued, “We have our Rapid Network for Business, where we help facilitate over 240 connections for people they may not have had before.
“I think it could be suitable for any group – but that’s the beauty of the Rio Rancho roundtable with NAIOP, it’s a committee effort – all ideas are good ideas,” a- she declared. “I certainly think the RR Roundtable is that pipeline for people to introduce themselves to the organization and maybe drop by our monthly luncheons in Albuquerque…they can see the value that NAIOP presents statewide.”
Samuel had a “Developing Ideas” NAIOP networking event scheduled for Tin Can Alley in the city of Duke for NAIOP members on March 24.
“A really big piece of the Rio Rancho roundtable with NAIOP is the connections people make, discovering how they all interconnect and how they can grow each of their company’s interests,” she said.
There is no charge to attend monthly meetings, but Samuel said that may change as the group grows.
“While I came into this role with the understanding of being a change agent for the organization, I don’t want to change what works — and the Rio Rancho Roundtable works,” Samuel said. “Once in a while we can add a little spice to it.”
For more information about the state’s NAIOP chapter, visit naiopnm.org.