The chamber, several hundred members strong, looked back at the past year and forward to the future with awards and a talk by author Rosario Marin, who served as Treasurer of the United States under President George W. Bush.

Marin was the first Mexican-born person to be named Treasurer of the United States - not to be confused with the Secretary of the Treasury, which is a cabinet-level position. The treasurer "advises the secretary on matters relating to coinage, currency and the production of other instruments by the United States," according to the government.

Awards went to Nathan Small, named Citizen of the Year; Women's Intercultural Center of Anthony, named Nonprofit of the Year; Sasha Olgas, named Volunteer of the Year; Rosa Linda Armendariz, named Educator of the Year; and the Las Cruces Bulletin, named Business of the Year.

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