James Kim, co-owner of the new Fahrenheit 180 coffee and dessert shop at 2900 N. Mesa St., near UTEP in West El Paso, with baristas Songhee Yim, left, Ayeong Choi, and marketing specialist Daryen Antonetty, far right.(Photo: Courtesy James Kim)
James Kim decided to forgo a career on Wall Street and instead moved from New York City to El Paso to open the Fahrenheit 180 coffee and pastry shop in late January in the Miner Village shopping center at 2900 N. Mesa St., near the University of Texas at El Paso’s Don Haskins Center. The shop is owned by Kim and his friend from college, Andres Kim Lee, who owns three Fahrenheit 32 artisan ice cream shops in El Paso and one in San Antonio.
Kim, 24, who was born in South Korea and grew up in the New York City area, had planned to use his recent degree in applied mathematics and statistics from New York‘s Stony Brook University to get a job with a Wall Street firm. But he enjoyed his six years working in a coffee shop while in school and liked the idea of owning his own business, he said in an email. The coffee shop sells pastries, cakes and drinks, some with Asian flairs. The partners hired Bianca Lugo, former head pastry chef at the Double Eagle restaurant in Mesilla, N.M., to produce the coffee shop’s pastries.
Gina McNutt was the top-producing sales and listing agent in 2017 at the Coldwell Banker Legacy real estate branch in El Paso. That earned her the Coldwell Banker Presidential Award as the El Paso office’s top agent for the fifth consecutive year. McNutt sold 49 properties last year for $13.3 million, including 24 of her own listings. She’s been a real estate agent since 2001. McNutt and other agents were honored at a Feb. 20 breakfast at Coronado Country Club. The El Paso office’s other top sales agents for 2017: No. 2: Kate Helsten; No 3: Diana M. Perez; No. 4: Geraldine Kriegbaum; and No. 5: Rosy Saucedo. Coldwell Banker Legacy has 13 offices in West Texas and New Mexico.
El Paso film and video production company Tortilla Productions won an American Advertising Federation Addy Award on Feb. 24 at the federation’s Albuquerque chapter awards. The award was for a 30-second commercial, “Your Future,” for Doña Ana Community College. The film was directed by Tortilla Productions owner, filmmaker and photographer Steve Osborn. His company has been in business since 1995.
Pharmacist Megan Stowell has been promoted to pharmacy manager at McCrory’s Pharmacy at 6151 Dew Drive in West El Paso. She’s worked at McCrory’s for 20 years. The El Paso pharmacy was acquired in 2015 by Dougherty’s Pharmacy Inc., a Southwest region retail pharmacy chain based in Dallas.
Dr. Oscar Vega has become the full-time chief medical officer at Las Palmas Medical Center in West El Paso after being in that job part time since 2007. Vega, an El Paso native, has been in various roles since the 1990s at Las Palmas, which is owned by HCA Healthcare, a national hospital chain based in Nashville. He’s had a private anesthesiology and pain management practice in El Paso for 32 years. “His experience and expertise along with a new full-time schedule will have a stronger, positive influence on the care we provide to El Paso,” Don Karl, Las Palmas CEO, said in a statement.
Audi El Paso
Joe Negrete has been promoted to general manager of Audi El Paso, at 1444 Airway Blvd., which was recently acquired by Group 1 Automotive of Houston. He was general sales manager for three years when it was owned by Garcia Automotive Group. He’s worked for El Paso new car dealerships for almost seven years.
Julio Chiu and Crystal Long have been added to the Borderplex Alliance board’s executive committee. The alliance is a regional economic development organization based in El Paso. Chiu is founder and CEO of the Seisa Group of companies, including Seisa Medical, a Juárez medical-device manufacturer. Long is CEO of GECU, El Paso’s largest credit union, where she has worked for 38 years.
Teryl Beck has been hired to be senior vice president of residential mortgage financing at Western Heritage Bank, and the bank has added Dr. Hector Flores, of El Paso, to its board of directors. Flores is a cardiovascular surgeon with El Paso Southwestern Cardiovascular Surgery Associates. Beck was vice president of Citizens Bank of Las Cruces from 2000 to 2017. She’ll be responsible for merging the mortgage business from El Paso’s three Pioneer Bank branches into Western‘s operations. Western expects to complete acquisition of the Pioneer branches by the end of June. Western is a small Las Cruces-based bank chain that opened its first El Paso branch last year.
Customs brokers association
Nelson Calzadilla, president of NCH Customs Brokers Inc. in El Paso, is the new president of the West Texas New Mexico Customs Brokers Association board of directors. Other new board officers are: vice president Angie Quintanilla, general manager of BAB/R.L. Jones Customs Brokers of Texas in El Paso; treasurer Mari Monarrez, El Paso branch manager of DSV Global Transport and Logistics; secretary Joyce Wineman, brokerage supervisor at UPS Supply Chain Solutions Inc. in El Paso.