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2018 Annual Kick-Off Party - Proudly Sponsored by Paycom

  • 19 Jan 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • El Paso Club (201 E. Main St.)


  • Special price for members
  • Student Members must be currently active EPSHRM Student Members. We offer 2 free registrations.

    First Come First Serve

    All Student Members are welcome. If you would like to become a member please submit application online for consideration.

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Join us as we kick off our 2018 year with a celebration of our 2017 accomplishments and what's to come for 2018.  We will be swearing in our new board and highlighting the fantastic work of 2017.  Beautiful  music, delicious food and great networking.

Keynote Speaker

Denise Montoya, Ph.D., SHRM SCP, SPHR


Dr. Denise Montoya serves as the Director of Human Resources and Payroll and contingent faculty for New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU). She is the President of P.S. People Strategy providing strategic planning, design and implementation of learning cultures, and human resources consulting services to a wide range of organizations. She is an accomplished faculty member and speaker instructing courses at NMHU, UNM Continuing Education, CNM, and ITT Technical Institute.

Dr. Montoya is a skilled leader in developing and implementing integrated strategic plans, cultivating the human performance programs necessary to achieve sustainable, scalable, successful results. She possesses almost three decades of human resource management and operational experience, focused on creating and sustaining an effective values-based culture, organizational planning and design, recruitment and selection, compensation and benefits, employee development and training, peak productivity, quality initiatives, labor relations and collective bargaining, health and wellness programs, information systems, and policies and procedures.

Dr. Montoya serves as the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) Membership Advisory Council Representative for the Southwest Central Region and the immediate past Director for the SHRM New Mexico Council (SHRM NM). She served in various roles on the boards for both SHRM NM and the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA) of New Mexico.

Dr. Montoya was recognized by Albuquerque Business First as a Women of Influence Honoree in 2015 and was awarded the HR Volunteer of the Year by the HRMA of New Mexico presented by SHRM NM in 2011.

Dr. Montoya achieved her Ph.D. in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences at the University of New Mexico. She is a published co-author for topics including a Model of Shared Leadership as well as Building Trust in Virtual Teams. She holds two globally recognized certifications, the SHRM-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and the Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR) and previously has held a Professional of Human Resources (PHR).


Patrick Candelaria

Patrick Candelaria’s 17-year successful ride through his comedy career has been filled with laughter all the way.   He has traveled over half a million miles around the world creating an adventure that includes a dozen overseas comedy tours for the United States military, over a hundred college, corporate and benefit performances, and countless comedy club appearances.

Audiences literally hold their sides and wipe away tears of laughter when Patrick gets on a roll.  His story-telling style mixed liberally with quick one-liners includes topics everyone can relate to.  George Lopez said Patrick is “Pound for pound, one of the funniest comics out there,”  and Tommy Chong called Patrick, “A very funny Mexican”.  When you see his act, you’ll see why.


Julio Ortiz

Julio A. Ortiz is a lifelong Borderland artist. A lifelong performer and graduate of the theater, Julio performed at Viva El Paso, Shakespeare on the rocks and various other productions, until giving up the stage for his first passion, music. Having studied at the Conservatory of recording Arts and Sciences in Tempe Arizona, Julio embarked on a journey which took him across the U.S. and eventually to New York's Electric Ladyland Studio, where he recorded and produced his original work. Julio Ortiz returned to his native town of El Paso, Texas to bring back the talents honed out on the road and share them with the great people of the Borderland region. Julio is a regular performer around the Southwest most frequently in El Paso Texas lending his talents to all sorts of Ceremonies and celebrations. To learn more please visit www.ortizjulio.com or contact 915-276-0351.


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