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.

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: JR Allison, JR Allison, Ltd.
Incoming Chair: Pierce Runnels, Geobrugg North America, LLC
Past Chair: Gary Saiz, First Financial Credit Union
Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair: Jimmie Blotter, New Mexico Gas Company
Partner Recruitment & Retention Chair: Melissa Gomez, JB Henderson Construction
Product Development Committee Chair: Michelle Franks, Studio Southwest Architects
Board Development Committee Chair: OPEN
Retention & Expansion Committee Chair: OPEN


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 
Erika Edgerly, Intel Corporation
Darlene Fernandez, SRMC
Michelle Franks, Studio Southwest Architects
Matt Geisel, City of Rio Rancho
Melissa Gomez, JB Henderson Construction
Gary Housley, Chalmers Ford
Erin Johnson-Kruft, CNM
Pierce Runnels, Geobrugg North America, LLC
Gary Saiz, First Financial Credit Union
Joe Sierra, Century Bank
Mike Skolnick, Excalibur Realty & Investments
Ed Smith, Edit House Productions
Matt Spangler, Spangler, Pacheco & Werbelow

Alliance Partners


Affordable Solar
Bank of Albuquerque
Business Environments
Century Bank
Consensus Planning, Inc.
FatPipe Rio Rancho
First Financial Credit Union
Geobrugg North America, LLC
West Wood Realty, Ltd
Edit House Productions

Goodmans Interior Structures
J.B. Henderson Construction
JR Allison, Ltd
Latitudes Neighborhood Market
Mark Goodwin & Associates
NM Bank & Trust
New Mexico Highlands University
NM Solar Group
Nusenda Credit Union
Old Republic Title

Perfection Honda
SDV Construction
Springer 5 Investments
State Farm: Joanna Boothe
Studio Southwest Architects, Inc.
US Bank
Washington Federal Bank
X-Ray Associates of New Mexico, P.C.

Business Service Partners:

Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance
Manufacturing Extension Partnership
New Mexico Partnership
Rio Rancho Regional Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Development Center

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.