Since 1980, National Jewish Health has presented the prestigious Spirit of Achievement Award to citizens in and around Albuquerque who have built a legacy of contributing their time, talents and resources in all areas of life – personal, business and civic.

Please join us as we recognize the 2017 awardees, Carole & Harold B. Albert and Pat Vincent-Collawn, for their accomplishments and tireless service to the Albuquerque community.

Carole and Harold B. Albert are local business owners and philanthropists. They will be recognized with the Spirit of Achievement Award for their long-standing support of the Albuquerque community.
Carole Albert founded Albuquerque’s high-end, ladies’ clothing store Shma-Tay’s. Shma being an acronym for the names of the Alberts’ three children: Shara, Havi, and Morris Albert. Through the 18 years of running her business, Carole was philanthropically active across Albuquerque. She contributed clothing and hosted fundraising style shows for organizations including March of Dimes, Casa Angelica, United Way, Fit for the Cure, Congregation B’nai Israel, Congregation Albert and the Jewish Community Center. She also helped establish B’nai Brith Youth Organization in Albuquerque and served as their counselor and adviser for many years. Carole retired after 18 years to spend more time with their three children and 10 grandchildren.
Harold B. Albert is a retired attorney, real estate broker and developer of shopping centers, office buildings, residential subdivisions and single family residences. He served as president of Majama, LLC and vice president of MJA, Inc. He sat on the boards of nearly a dozen organizations and has received numerous awards including:

Past Offices:

  • Jewish Community Council of Albuquerque president
  • Anti-Defamation League New Mexico state chairman
  • National Joint Distribution Committee board member
  • Israel Bonds New Mexico state chairman for 10 years
  • Council of Christians and Jews board member
  • Congregation B’nai Israel board member
  • B’nai Brith board member
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Albuquerque president
  • Shalom House, a Well Elderly Housing project, developer, director, incorporator and first president
  • Jewish Family Service director and incorporator
  • Ronald Gardenswartz Jewish Community Center, developer, director, incorporator and first president
Honors, Awards and Activities:
  • First recipient of the Harold B. Albert Jewish Community Service Award, awarded annually and perpetually named in his honor
  • Recipient of Histadrut AFL/CIO Perpetual Scholarship Award, together with New Mexico Governor, Bruce King
  • United Jewish Appeal Award of Merit
  • State of Israel Bond Dinner Honoree, together with his wife Carole
  • New Mexico-Israel State Dinner Honoree, together with Ed Romero, United States Ambassador to Spain
  • Recipient of the prestigious State of Israel Spirit of Jerusalem Medallion Awarded at the Prime Ministers Club event in Beverly Hills, Cali.
  • Led several trade missions from Albuquerque to Israel
  • Established Albuquerque and Rehovot, Israel as Sister Cities by leading a delegation including Mayor Martin Chavez
  • Numerous civic honors and awards including, Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions Club, American Civil Liberties Union and Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce

Pat Vincent-Collawn is a business leader, serving at the state and national level. We will honor her with the Spirit of Achievement Award for her commitment to the business community in Albuquerque and beyond.
Pat Vincent-Collawn is chairman, president and CEO of PNM Resources, the parent company for utilities PNM in New Mexico and TNMP in Texas. She joined PNM Resources in 2007, serving as utilities president with responsibility for overseeing the daily operation of PNM and TNMP. In 2008, she was named president and chief operating officer, and in March 2010 became president and CEO. The board elected her chairman in January 2012. While at PNM Resources, she has led the company from a partially deregulated entity to a pure-play electric utility.

Prior to PNM Resources, Vincent-Collawn was at Xcel Energy where she was president and CEO of Public Service Company of Colorado. Previous to that, as Xcel’s president of customer and field operations, she oversaw transmission and distribution operations as well as customer service across 10 states. She also held management positions with Arizona Public Service and outside the energy industry with Price Waterhouse and Quaker Oats.
Vincent-Collawan serves on the boards of the Edison Electric Institute as vice chair, EPRI as chair and CTS Corporation (NYSE:CTS), where she chairs the Compensation Committee. She was appointed chair of the New Mexico Partnership by Governor Susana Martinez in 2015 and is a member of the Economic Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She is past chair of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Central New Mexico and the Kirtland Partnership Committee. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism (magna cum laude) from Drake University and an MBA from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.