FM Employee Recognition Awards


All Star

November 2020 Awardee

Arturo Carrillo



Arturo Carrillo has worked in Custodial Services for four years now. Arturo comes to work each day with a smile on his face and the best attitude that becomes contagious to the people around him, which is amazing considering he starts his day at 4:00 am! Even now with the requirement to wear masks, you can still tell that Arturo is smiling under his mask because his smile touches his eyes. Arturo's sunny disposition spills over at PAIS, the building he services. Arturo works with his customer to ensure their needs are being met. Arturo goes above and beyond making sure his customer is happy. Arturo is an asset to our team and we are very fortunate to be able to work with him. - Nominated by Lisa Reeder


The All Star is given by managers and  supervisors to staff who have successfully done their job every day, have contributed to the success of a project, went out of their way to assist another employee, etc.


Peer Recognition

September 2020 Awardee

John Sannar



John Sannar (Main Custodial) is always willing to lend a helping hand, even when it is not his department. John will stop what he is doing to help others and goes beyond his duties to make sure things get done right the first time. John is also part of the COVID cleaning team. – Nominated by Emmet Martinez (Lock Shop)


 This recognition is given by staff to their peers for activities that may warrant something more than a verbal “thank you.” Examples may be providing extra help on a project, notable acts of kindness, being an extraordinary team player, etc.

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Supervisor Spotlight

3rd Quarter 2020 Awardee

Greg Brachle


Greg is always looking to make UNM Grounds and Landscaping the best it can be. He supports Grounds employees with training sessions, team building and mentorship. Mr. Brachle helped me immensely over the last year to acclimate to my new position with Grounds. Greg routinely takes the time to help his crew members grow in their positions and personally. Mr. Brachle brings a can-do, positive attitude to the office daily, helping to create a great work environment. Greg does many of the little things that go unnoticed daily. He helps orchestrate and execute the maintenance of equipment, the cleaning of homeless camps, and any other issues that may arise daily. Greg is always willing to lend a helping hand. He never seeks the spotlight but, certainly deserves the spotlight for all of his hard work and dedication.     - Nominated by Scott Lewis


This award is given to supervisors who display excellent leadership skills in a situation, went above and beyond on a project, and/or have shown themselves to be an asset to the FM department and/or UNM through a particular act.

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Outstanding Manager

2019 Awardee

David Simpson



 Simpson received nominations from both current and past FM staff, each commending his positive attitude and responsiveness to the needs of customers and his team. One nominator noted, “Dave exhibited excellent customer service during the entire time I served with him at FM (4 years). His responsiveness was exceptional, and his care and concern for his employees was notable. He would ask questions and bring me in the loop when issues would arise. Overall, I would say that he is one of the top managers at FM.” Another added, “He is willing to go to bat for his guys. He is big on recognizing his staff…and lets them know how things are going.” In presenting the award, FM Director Al Sena said to Simpson, “You have displayed, through difficult circumstances, a level of work that we aspire to and you’ve helped keep the University and the department successful.” Those recognized for this award demonstrate the qualities of outstanding leadership, customer service, promoting a positive work environment and making a significant contribution to the success of their work groups. 

Nominations for the 2020 Outstanding Manager will open in February 2021.

This award is given to an FM Manager who provides excellent customer service, is an asset to their unit, has made significant contributions to the success of their work  group, and/or has promoted a positive work environment for their staff.

Description and Criteria 


Employee Recognition Committee:

Monica Candelaria

Maria Pacheco

David Penasa

Dave Thomas

Edwin Trujillo