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Lonnie C. Talbert is a magna cum laude graduate of Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. 

Lonnie C. Talbert

Lonnie’s career has taken him all over the country, but when he came to New Mexico, Lonnie knew he wanted to make the Land of Enchantment his permanent home. Lonnie is married to Robin Brulè and together they have three children: Michael Brulè, Emma Talbert, and Annagrace Talbert.  Lonnie was first elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016 to serve as Bernalillo County Commissioner for District 4, which encompasses the northern portion of Bernalillo County. As of 2017, he has served on numerous County committees, including Community Schools, the Rio Metro Transit Board, and Albuquerque Economic Development. Lonnie is also a past Chairman of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Government Commission. As a Commissioner, Lonnie has spent much of his time focusing on constituent services, job creation, economic development, government transparency, and budget and finance issues.

In addition to his work as a County Commissioner, Lonnie is an operations executive with 20 years of experience in service-based industries where he has held numerous senior leadership positions including President, Executive Vice President, and Senior Vice President. Currently, Lonnie holds the position of Chief Operating Officer for Southwest Capital Bank, a $350 million local commercial bank, where he oversees all day-to-day operations. Lonnie is a seasoned leader whose proven abilities to manage over 1,200 employees, lead diverse teams, oversee remote facilities and staff, administer budgets exceeding $100 million, and spearhead process and continuous improvement projects has yielded cost savings over $7 million. Lonnie is also skilled in maintaining full P&L responsibility, overseeing lean and six sigma projects, establishing total quality management systems, and conducting meeting cost and schedule goals for projects as large as $2 million. Lonnie is recognized for his demonstrated abilities in directing both Fortune 500 companies and privately held smaller organizations, working cross-functionally, leading technology projects, mentoring and training team members, and leading large operations units delivering high-quality customer care with quick to market product introduction and cost control.

 Lonnie is deeply committed to supporting community and philanthropic groups and has served many non-profit organizations in leadership roles. Lonnie’s past community service includes work as Chairman of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the March of Dimes, and Chair of the United Way of Central New Mexico’s 2009 campaign. Lonnie has also served on the board of several organizations including Junior Achievement, Amy Biehl High School, and the Association of Commerce and Industry. In 2007, Lonnie received the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Hope Award, which honors corporate leaders who are committed to philanthropy and service in their communities. Lonnie is also member of the New Mexico Amigos, the Official Goodwill Ambassadors for the State of New Mexico. 

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