September 1991 - Motorola Senior Executive Vice-President Chris Galvin challenged New Mexico government, business, and education leaders to make New Mexico 'The Quality State'.
Speaking at a business forum in Las Cruces, Galvin said New Mexico could take the first step toward this goal by having representatives from the public and private sectors attend a quality seminar at Motorola University in Schaumburg, Illinois to determine whether similar principles could be applied in New Mexico.
Motorola earned the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1988.
In 1994 Quality New Mexico (QNM) established the New Mexico Quality Awards program. In 2012 the program changed its name to the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards. Governor Susana Martinez provided a logical time for QNM to make the change with Executive Order 2012-003 Whereas, the State of New Mexico desires to be known as a 'State of Excellence'; with its businesses and organizations achieving role model and best in class performance status.