Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

PNM Boss Receives Applause.(Business)

Byline: Michelle Pentz Journal Staff Writer

Ben Montoya, with a catch in his throat, thanked the 500 Albuquerque businesspeople who gave him a standing ovation Monday as he was honored for community service.

"Thank you for these seven years," said Montoya, the retiring Public Service Company of New Mexico president and CEO.

The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce's honored him at its annual Year-End Review lunch.

The Hyatt Regency Downtown hosted the event, attended by many businesspeople and politicians, such as congresswoman Heather Wilson, R-N.M., and Albuquerque Mayor Jim Baca.

Secretary of the Army Louis Caldera introduced Montoya, thanking him for his many years of service as an admiral in the U. …

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