History of Awards
Since 1994 the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards Program has recognized businesses and organizations on their "Path to Performance Excellence". The 'Path' is a formal improvement journey for any sector organization. The Program provides New Mexico with 3 levels of organizational assessment, written feedback with strengths and opportunities for continued improvement, and public recognition.
NMPEA Zia Award recognizes organizations that validate an effective systematic approach and demonstrate the highest level of organizational excellence, they are considered role model organizations - 13 NM organizations have received the NM Zia Award
NMPEA Roadrunner Level - recognizes organizations that demonstrate substantive progress in building sound and systematic processes and improving organizational outcomes - NMPEA Roadrunner Recognitions
NMPEA Piñon Level - recognizes organizations that demonstrate they are in the beginning stages of identifying and using systematic processes and collecting data that reflect early results in areas of greatest organizational importance - Piñon Recognitions
Malcolm Badlrige National Quality Award is considered the ultimate achievement for organizational performance excellence. Two New Mexico organizations have achieved this award: 2009 Dept of Veterans Affairs-Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Research Pharmacy Coordinating Center and in 2000 Los Alamos National Bank.