About SEA

Sandoval Economic Alliance (SEA) is a private, not-for-profit economic development corporation established to strengthen and diversify the economic base of Sandoval County, including the municipalities of Bernalillo, Corrales, Cuba, Jemez Springs, and Rio Rancho, along with the nine Native American pueblos, three Navajo Chapters, and part of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation.

SEA provides a broad range of free and confidential services to businesses and industries considering new locations for expansion, relocation, or consolidation. Services include identifying sites, facilities, incentive programs, and workforce research while cultivating local and state support. SEA also assists existing businesses through retention and expansion programs, as well as, economic gardening to foster positive growth in the business community.


To Promote and Facilitate the Attraction, Expansion, and Development of the Economic-Base Economy for Sandoval County including the municipalities of Bernalillo, Corrales, Cuba, Jemez Springs and Rio Rancho.


Stewardship and Service: SEA effectively and efficiently uses its resources for the greatest positive economic impact in service to all residents of Sandoval County.
Accountability: SEA is accountable to all Partners and citizens of Sandoval County to foster economic-base growth and prosperity.
Results through Exceptional Performance: SEA creates substantive economic results through the highest level of organizational effectiveness and is never satisfied with past results.
Collaboration: SEA values and employs collaboration internally and externally to achieve its mission.
Innovation and Creativity: SEA constantly seeks new ways of accomplishing its mission and goals that will result in substantive positive impacts.
Agility and Adaptation: SEA recognizes that the economic environment is constantly evolving, and the organization must be prepared to quickly seize opportunities possibly using different approaches.
Tenacity: SEA consistently exerts maximum efforts that are legal, moral and ethical to accomplish its mission and never surrenders

SEA Staff

Fred Shepherd

CEO and

Deborah L. Breitfeld, CEcD

Business Development

Lisa Brenner

Research & Product Development Manager

Helen VanNess


Board of Directors


Chair: Pierce Runnels, Geobrugg North America, LLC
Incoming Chair:  Melissa Gomez, JB Henderson Construction 
Past Chair:  JR Allison, JR Allison, Ltd. 
Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair: Jimmie Blotter, New Mexico Gas Company
Secretary: Erin Johnson-Kruft, CNM


JR Allison, JR Allison, Ltd
Michael Baker, Rio Rancho Public Schools
Jimmie Blotter, New Mexico Gas Company
Dr. Laura Burton, UNM Health Sciences Rio Rancho
Mario Cervantes, PNM

Dora Dominguez, Sandoval County 
Frank Gallegos, Intel
Steve Garcia, Brycon Corporation
Matt Geisel, City of Rio Rancho
Melissa Gomez, JB Henderson Construction
Gary Housley, Chalmers Ford
Erin Johnson-Kruft, CNM
Adam Leyba, Klinger Constructors
Pierce Runnels, Geobrugg North America, LLC
Gary Saiz, First Financial Credit Union
Ed Smith, Edit House Productions
Mike Teske, US Bank
David Torres, Oso Negro Capital

Alliance Partners

AerSale Landing Gear Solutions
American West Water Advisors
Bank of Albuquerque
Bohanan Huston
Brycon Construction
Builders Source Appliance Gallery
Capital CDC
Deluxe Design


Affordable Solar
Aflac, Kevin Lorenzen
Akins Manufacturing
Atmosphere Commercial Interiors
Century Bank
Consensus Planning, Inc.
Del Norte Credit Union
Edit House Productions
First Financial Credit Union

Geobrugg North America, LLC
Goodmans Interior Structures
JR Allison, Ltd
Latitudes Neighborhood Market
New Mexico Highlands University
Old Republic Title
Oso Negro Capital
Perfection Honda

SDV Construction
Side Capital
Springer 5 Investments
State Farm: Joanna Boothe
Studio Southwest Architects, Inc.
Unite Private Networks
US Bank
WaFd Bank
West Wood Realty, Ltd
X-Ray Associates of New Mexico, P.C.

Business Service Partners:

Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance
NM APEX Accelerators
NM Bioscience Authority

NM Economic Development Department
New Mexico Partnership
Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Development Center
STEM Boomerang
The BioScience Center & FatPipe NM
U.S. Dept. of Commerce/Int’l Trade Administration

Confidentiality Commitment

Sandoval Economic Alliance (SEA) will protect the privacy and confidentiality of non-public personal or business-related information which you may provide during the course of using SEA services. It is understood that SEA may disclose your information to its employees who require such information for the purpose of providing these services. Non-public personal or business-related information which you provide will not be disclosed to a third party without your permission. At no time will confidential information be placed on cloud-based servers.