Business digest – April 3

Civic center manager promoted

Global Spectrum, the company that manages the Clovis Civic Center, has promoted Operations Manager Maria Rainsdon to the center's general manager position.

Rainsdon, who had also served the center as catering manager, will oversee day-to-day operations at the center — a 30,000 square-foot facility that hosts various events from banquets to concerts. She replaces Brock Neely, who received a promotion through Global Spectrum to a position in Pueblo, Colo.

Rainsdon is a 2009 graduate of Eastern New Mexico University.

Clovis bank president honored

Jim Sours, market president of US Bank in Clovis, was named "Ag Lender of the Year" by the Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico (ICBA/NM) at the 2012 Ag Lenders Conference, held last month in Ruidoso.

"Jim Sours has built a successful career as an ag lender in Eastern New Mexico which has made a positive difference in the community that he lives in," said Jerry Walker, President and CEO of ICBA/NM. "His almost 40 years of lending experience is surpassed only by his involvement in community groups and support for the agricultural industry, including junior livestock sales and rodeos."

Sours is a native New Mexican and graduate of New Mexico State University.

He serves on the Advisory Directory Committee for NMSU's Agricultural Science Center in Clovis and has served on the Clovis Community College Foundation Board as the financial officer. Sours is also a member of the City of Clovis Economic Development Tax Advisory Board, a member of the New Mexico Amigos, and was a founding member of the Eastern New Mexico Ag 50 Committee, the agricultural arm of the Clovis Chamber of Commerce.

Cattle association elects new officers

The New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association elected new officers and added new members to their Board of Directors at the 2011 Joint Stockmen's Convention held early in December in Albuquerque.

Eastern New Mexico residents selected to serve include Pat Boone of Elida, re-elected as southeast vice president; Lane Grau of Grady, vice president at large; and Justin Knight of Logan, re-elected as a board member.

The NMCGA has represented the beef industry in New Mexico since 1914 and has members in all 33 of the state's counties as well as some 14 other states.

Dance studio set to open

A Clovis dance studio is getting set to open, and has begun registration for classes.

Center Stage Dance Studio plans to feature classes for all ages in ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop, technique, competition drill and dance team, pom and military. Adult classes will include salsa, bachette, zumba, yoga, line dancing and other country dance styles.

For information, call 799-0500 or visit the dance studio 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. weekdays at 1305 E. First St.

Business Digest is compiled by CNJ Staff Writer Kevin Wilson. He can be contacted at 763-3431, ext. 313, or by email:

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