As the NBIA Board of Directors welcomed new members in October, it also bid farewell to Marie Longserre, president and CEO of the Santa Fe Business Incubator in Santa Fe, N.M., whose second term has ended. NBIA extends our gratitude for her leadership and service to the organization and its members.
“Marie is an incredible asset to the incubation industry, and I enjoyed working with her on our board for six years,” says NBIA’s Acting CEO Tracy Kitts. “There’s a lot to admire about Marie, but the thing I appreciate most is her ability to hear, and value, everyone’s input while moving toward resolution on difficult topics.”
Longserre has served as president and CEO of the Santa Fe Business Incubator since it opened in 1997. A recognized leader in business incubation and entrepreneurial development, she has been an NBIA member for 15 years. First elected to the NBIA board in 2006, Longserre served as treasurer, vice chair and most recently as chair.
Longserre credits the benevolent and respectful environment incubator professionals create as a source of pride and personal growth. “Leaders in business incubation are open and generous,” she says. “They don’t see others as competition and are willing to share and help each other strengthen their programs. You work with fascinating people: entrepreneurs, board members, stakeholders, local and state officials. The job is challenging, and every day is different. It’s amazing how much I learn and grow because of this job.”
During her tenure, Longserre has shared her knowledge and experience with other incubation professionals on an array of topics including incubator development, fundraising, management and stakeholder/partner relations. She also contributes her expertise to the industry through NBIA books and newsletters.
Her expertise in working with a mixed clientele of both high-technology and service firms is invaluable, as is her oversight of special programs for affiliate clients and low-income individuals. Her experience working with state legislators and U.S. congressional delegations to support business incubation and entrepreneurship also has enriched the association.
Under her leadership, the Santa Fe Business Incubator has served more than 110 companies. Through the years, the program has expanded its facility threefold and increased its capacity to serve clients. SFBI has helped create more than 1,000 jobs, and annual client revenues exceed $14 million. Longserre also fostered legislation that created a statewide business incubator certification program in New Mexico.
Asked to comment on her term as chair, Longserre says, “The NBIA staff and board members are dedicated, dynamic professionals with a passion for this industry. It has been my pleasure and honor to work with them.”
Kitts expressed similar appreciation for Longserre’s dedication to NBIA. “Every organization should be so lucky as to have someone like Marie on their board. She’s a star,” he says.
To learn more about the new NBIA board members whose terms began in October, see the August/September 2012 issue of the NBIA Review.—Bridget Lair
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