A devoted and long-time Chamber volunteer who announced his plans to retire earlier this year, made the leap at the close of last month and was recently featured in the Albuquerque Journal's Up Front column.
Stuart Purviance was lauded as a a true public servant in the article and the Chamber couldn't agree more.
"Stu is a dear friend and was a faithful volunteer for many, many years working with us on our annual Armed Forces Banquet," said Terri Cole, Chamber President and CEO. "He helped to guide the banquet committee through decades of events and navigated it through military protocol, procedures and nuance. His contributions were so valuable. I just hope he doesn't think that we're letting him off the committee because he's retired." At the Chamber's most recent banquet, Purviance was presented with the Steve Schiff Kirtland Air Force Base Advocacy Award.
Purviance retired on June 30 from his 19-year post as executive director of the Kirtland Partnership Committee, a nonprofit that works to preserve and expand Kirtland Air Force Base.
"Stuart’s incredible focus, commitment and just plain hard work helped to build KPC into a diverse and effective advocate for Kirtland, which is such an important part of our community and the state as a whole,” said Sherman McCorkle, a founding member of KPC in the Journal article. “His extensive military experience has been invaluable in establishing and maintaining strong relationships with Air Force leadership. Stuart has been my close friend and trusted colleague for many years, and I cannot thank him enough for all he has done.”
Congratulations to Stu on his years of service to our community.
To read the full ABQ Journal story click here.