Mick Rich Contractors | Solving Complexity With Creativity
An Albuquerque, New Mexico general contractor, Mick Rich Construction specializes in medium scale commercial building projects in all phases of construction: new construction, building renovations, special unique construction, tilt-up construction, and design-build. To serve our clients' needs, we also have a service department for repairs and alterations.
We do not often hear “great” as a description of politicians in today’s world. But we do in New Mexico. I will limit my topic to the past 30 years, since I’ve lived here.
What are the qualities of great public servants?
(1) They lead from the front.
(2) They communicate the reasons for their direction.
(3) They succeed.
It appears this year’s presidential election will focus on government spending. Two of New Mexico’s politicians have been leaders on that subject.
For enjoyment, I read online The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Fox News. (What political ideology matches that media mish-mash?) All four of those publications refer to New Mexico as a “state in play,” a “tossup state,” a “political battleground.” Why?
Northern New Mexico is liberal and democratic, Southern New Mexico is conservative and Republican, and Albuquerque – well, Albuquerque just can’t quite make up its mind.
In the last dozen blogs, I’ve written about what New Mexico has. This is about what New Mexico does not have. What’s missing? Rush hour traffic.
I grew up in California, specifically the East Bay of San Francisco, and that is where I learned to drive. I saw rush hour traffic go from rough to impossible, and normal traffic go from okay to awful.
Like most of the West, New Mexico has vast public lands available to its residents and guests. What makes New Mexico unique is that our public lands are almost walking distance from our largest cities. Las Cruces has the Organ Mountains, Santa Fe has the Sangre de Cristo, Alamagordo has Riodoso, and Albuquerque has the Sandias. Whereas most cities are situated near modes of transportation, New Mexico’s cities are situated near mountains that provide nourishing waters.
Every region of the country has its own unique food. When in Boston, be sure to order New England Clam Chowder. When in San Francisco, be sure to eat local sourdough bread, and in New Orleans, be sure to enjoy French beignets doughnuts with chicory coffee.
And in New Mexico? Easy: New Mexico or Hatch green chile. They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Two of my daughters attended college out of state. They always asked for the original New Mexico green chile to be served.
New Mexico has some of the most dramatic scenery in the world.
Santa Fe is America’s second-largest art market (behind only New York), so it is fitting that the city hosts Indian Market and Spanish Market. In July, Spanish Market highlights the art and culture of New Mexico’s Hispanic population. In August, Indian Market’s art and exhibits display the vibrancy of New Mexico’s Native American cultures. People attend from throughout New Mexico, America, and around the world. For many years, Oprah Winfrey purchased the Indian Market artwork that won “best of show.”
When I first moved here in 1980, I quickly learned that the Navajos and the Chimayo artisans were renowned for their weavings. Navajos, Zunis and Hopis had a great reputation for jewelry. Santa Fe was known for its art galleries. Today, 30 years later, there is even more creative excellence in New Mexico.
As an adolescent, I was fortunate to have two mentors. I talked about Alan Bradford in my last blog. Ray Bunten was my second mentor. Both Alan and Ray were my Boy Scout leaders.
Alan Bradford was my mentor from when I was in high school into my fifties. I was fortunate: Alan was a visionary and believed that there wasn’t a project he could not build as long as it was not too large. Alan employed me during the summer I went to Oregon State University. The first summer out of high school I worked on his two largest projects: a $500,000 waste treatment plant and a $500,000 water treatment plant near Lake Tahoe. These were fun for an 18 year old.