DURANGO Denise Storm, broker associate with Remax Pinnacle in Durango, was recently named president of the Durango Area Association of Realtors.

Storm previously served as vice president and chairwoman of the association's Community Service and Young Professionals committees, and as a member of the Education Committee. Elected by her peers, she attributes her success to a love of the real estate profession.

"I just do what I love," Storm said in a statement provided by the association. "I cherish the learning opportunities for growth that come from giving of my time, energy and also listening to the ideas of others."

Storm's vision for her term is "Empowering the Future," which she characterizes as "doing our best and being our best everyday" to achieve the association's "unfound" potential.

Remax Pinnacle is located at 111 W. College Dr. in Durango. For more information, Storm can be reached at 970-759-9819. Her website is at www.denisestorm.com.

Business development center honored

FARMINGTON The San Juan College Small Business Development Center was recently honored with the 2012 Best Practices Award in Economic Development during the 17th annual New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Conference in Taos.

The local organization was recognized as an advocate and champion of small business in the region.

"The Farmington SBDC is known throughout their territory as the face and voice of small business," Michael Rivera, state director of the New Mexico SBDC Network, said in a prepared statement. "The Farmington SBDC's level of service is remarkable."

During 2011, the SBDC projected its impact on job creation and retention increased by 103 percent when compared to the preceding three-year period. Capital formation (loans, personal cash injection, equity, etc.) increased by 26 percent during the worst economic downturn in recent times. And counseling sessions in the past three years are up by 77 percent over the previous three-year period.

The organization also led the Small Business Administration e200 Emerging Leader Training, a 13-week executive level management course for small business owners that graduated 11 participants in 2011 and nine in 2012. The SBDC partnered with 21 economic development organizations to offer the program.

The Farmington SBDC was also recognized by the SBA with the 2012 Service Excellence and Innovation Award.

"We are honored to be recognized with this award" Director Carmen Martinez said. "The SBDC has a great team in place to support small business owners in San Juan County."

Tractor Supply Co. store opens

FARMINGTON Tractor Supply Co. opened at 141 S. Browning Parkway on Nov. 3.

The Farmington location is Tractor Supply Co.'s 11th store in New Mexico and employs 13. The facility has 19,100 square feet, including sales floor and support service space.

"Farmington is a great location for Tractor Supply Co. because the people in the area live the "out here' lifestyle," Store Manager Daniel Gann said in a prepared statement. "There are numerous horse owners in the community and it's strong in agriculture. I invite everyone to come try us out."

Gann joined Tractor Supply in 2004 as a team member at the Sherman, Texas, location. He later worked at the stores in Abilene, Texas, and Atlanta, Texas, and helped open the Gallup location. Prior to joining Tractor Supply, he worked for an insurance company for three years.

The Whitesboro, Texas, native grew up bailing hay and raising cattle, horses and miniature donkeys on his family's farm.

Regular operating hours for the store are 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Tractor Supply Co., listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,135 stores in 45 states. Tractor Supply Co. stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers.

Bloomfield Civitan club elects first leaders

BLOOMFIELD The newly formed Gateway City Civitan club has elected its first class of leaders.

The new officers are Liza Gomez Akley, president; Cheryl Buser, secretary; and Kristan Veldarde, treasurer. They began their terms Nov. 1.

The club plans to do a variety of community service projects in Bloomfield and the surrounding community including city beautification projects, youth-oriented projects and a holiday food drive, among others.

Civitan International is an organization of community service clubs with roughly 55,000 members across four continents.

Roche named to CPA board

FARMINGTON Shauna L. Roche of Farmington has been named to the board of the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Roche is managing partner at Chandler & Co., LLP in Farmington. The firm is at 2900 N. Hutton Rd.

She earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of Kansas. She has more than 15 years of public accounting experience primarily in taxation, accounting and auditing. Her industry specialties include oil and gas, financial institutions, retail and wholesale operations, construction and manufacturing.

Roche holds current CPA licenses in New Mexico and Oregon.

Roche is an active NMSCPA member, serving on the awards committee and as a member of the board of directors for the San Juan Basin chapter. She volunteers in the community through board membership with San Juan United Way and San Juan Country Club.

Established in 1930, the New Mexico Society of CPAs is a not-for-profit membership association that promotes and advocates for the accounting profession.

Devon donates $10k to fight child hunger

FARMINGTON Devon Energy recently presented a $10,000 donation to ECHO Food Bank to help fund the 2012-13 Backpack Program, a food bank service that provides meals for children at risk of being without food during the weekend.

Each week during the school year, volunteers assemble and deliver backpacks to elementary schools in San Juan County for distribution to qualified students.

During the 2011-12 school year, the ECHO Backpack Program provided about 45,000 meals to 3,896 children in 17 area elementary schools.

"The Devon donation means that 900-1,000 children will not have to go hungry," ECHO Food Bank Director Vicki Metheny said in prepared statement.