FM Employee Recognition Awards


All Star

September 2020 Awardee

Ruben Sanchez



Ruben Sanchez (Grounds and Landscaping) has consistently been available for irrigation breaks and malfunctions after hours. He always volunteers for this work and his knowledge of the UNM irrigation system is extensive. He has mentored our newer irrigators, and guides and assists as needed. He has always supported Grounds needs with new building construction and its impacts. He ensures quality and goes out of his way to keep tabs on these projects when we are unable. He creates work orders when none were given for additional work needed. His relationship with UNM, its employees, and contractors is a valuable one. He is fully deserving of an FM All Star. - Nominated by Rich Schorr


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.

Description and Criteria


Supervisor Spotlight

3rd Quarter 2020 Awardee




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.

Description and Criteria


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