Ken is a native of Bloomfield, New Mexico, where his great grandfather settled near the Salmon Ruins in the 1890’s. Ken still lives on the family farm founded by his grandfather in 1918. The farm is designated as a Heritage Farm by the New Mexico Farm Bureau.
Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Student Personnel Services. His corporate management experience was with Hyatt Hotels in the San Francisco Bay area and with Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. In education, Ken has held teaching, counseling and administrative positions at the intermediate, secondary, community college and college level. Ken held leadership positions in the School to Work initiative developing a series of programs to make learning relevant and to provide pathways to the workplace. Ken and his wife Helen owned and operated a multi-store tire and automotive service business for twelve years. Ken is currently Managing Member of Blanco Basin Land and Cattle Company, LLC where he oversees management and investments in farming, ranching, commercial and residential development, natural resource development and securities.
Ken serves on the Board of Trustees for San Juan College and the Four Corners Innovations, Inc. board. Ken states: “I realized with the downturn in our economy after 2008 that diversifying, maintaining and growing our existing economic base was the most critical need of our county. When the economic base deteriorates, so does the complex system of county support programs necessary for a healthy community. I realized it wasn’t fair to stand by and let someone else solve the problem. I had to play my part and encourage others to become involved. To succeed, this has to be a community focus and effort.”
Ken’s wife, Helen, retired from Farmington Schools after serving as a teacher and vice-principal at Hermosa Junior High School for 27 years. Ken has one son, Lance who lives in Rapid City, SD and is an orthopedic trauma account executive with Synthesis Corporation, a division of Johnson and Johnson.