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State Fair Commission Members

The New Mexico State Fair Commission is currently comprised of the following members:

Eric Serna – Chairman

Mr. Serna is an attorney specializing in insurance and corporate law, who also served as the Chairman for the New Mexico Corporation Commission for 14 years. He also served as New Mexico Superintendent of Insurance for 5 years, as well as the Secretary/Treasurer of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Following this, Mr. Serna was a presidential appointee to the United States Department of Agriculture, whose jurisdiction reached the entire southwest United States.

Benny Roybal – Secretary-Treasurer

Mr. Roybal is from Española, where he currently lives, ranches and farms. He served on the New Mexico State Fair Commission as a member and Vice Chairman from 2006 to 2011, and also served as Chairman of the Associated Contractors of New Mexico, the National Roadside Association and State Employee Credit Union where he also served as a board member.

Dr. Carol Cloer

Dr. Cloer has an extensive background in education, becoming a teacher soon after acquiring a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1969. Since then, Dr. Cloer has served in many political capacities including as a State Delegate to the National Presidential Conventions, County Democratic Vice Chairwoman, State Democratic Party Treasurer, New Mexico State Police Commissioner, and member of both the Youth Advisory Council and Economic Advisory Council. Dr. Cloer served on the New Mexico State Fair Commission as Chairwoman in 2003.

Larry Chavez Sr.

Mr. Chavez is owner and CEO of Dreamstyle Remodeling, and has substantial entrepreneurial and business knowledge. He is a current mentor for the Stanford Graduate School of Business Latino Entrepreneurial Program, and is a current member of Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Steering Committee. Mr. Chavez has served on the New Mexico Board of Educational Finance, the City of Albuquerque’s Environmental Planning Commission, and Animal Humane New Mexico’s Board.

Walter Adams

Walter Adams is a native of Las Vegas, NM. He worked for the New Mexico Department of Transportation (DOT) for over forty years, beginning in 1977 as a Highway Maintainer 1 in a survey crew. He left District 4 in 2003 as an Area Maintenance Supervisor. In 2004 he began work out of the General Office in Santa Fe as a Quality Coordinator. Most recently, Walter served as Employee Support Coordinator. This position provided him with the opportunity to visit communities throughout the state boosting agency communication, promoting and recognizing best practices within the DOT, and ensuring that employees had access to resources that address their concerns and inquiries.

Walter’s career in public service began as a substitute teacher and coach for local district and intramural sports. He brings to the Commission more than 15 years of experience serving on public boards. Walter was elected to the West Las Vegas Schools Board in 1993 where he served three consecutive, four-year terms. He was later appointed to a six-year term on the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents.

Over the course of his career, Walter has played active roles in major infrastructure projects ranging from facility upgrades to the construction of new, public facilities. Among his most notable accomplishments is raising two children Walter Jr. and Leann with his wife, Romie, of 40 years. They also enjoy the pleasure of spoiling four grandchildren – Abby, Santino, Keanna and Gia.

Tony Casados

Tony Casados is a life-long rancher from Tierra Amarilla. The Casados Family has been in the ranching business for six generations, establishing Casados Brothers, LLC in the Chama Valley in 1951. In addition to his long career as a rancher, Mr. Casados has also served on the boards of the Rio Grande Livestock Association, Rio Arriba Electric Coop, and on the Arson Task Force under Governor Toney Anaya.
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