About Us

We are a New Mexico based group of individual accredited angel investors focused on investing in early-stage companies across the country. Over $11.5 million invested since 1999.  Our mission is to provide opportunities where our members can obtain outstanding financial returns while accelerate companies to market leadership.

We are a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization.

We have quarterly dinner meetings in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Our current president is John J. Chavez, who also is the President of Tafoya and Brainerd Partners LLC (a nationwide business development consulting firm).


The President of the New Mexico Angels is a part-time, contract-based position. The current President is John Chavez.

The current President is an active angel investor that receives a small monthly stipend. He invests at the same terms and conditions as the NM Angels members that invest in our deals. Mr. Chavez has been an angel investor since 2003.

Among his portfolios companies that are New Mexico Angels funded include: Comet Solutions, Holochip, Protein Genomics, Vista Therapuetics, The Retail Planet.Com, The TeaSpot, New Mexico Mezzanine Capital Partners, Compressus, Lotus Leaf Coatings(co-founded), Matrix Bio, Preferred Produce, and New Mexico Start-Up Factory. Among his non-New Mexico portfolio companies include: Satirical Media LLC, Financial Management Systems Inc.. Phase One Ventures Partners LLC, Phase One Ventures Fund One LLP., ATOF Inc., Tafoya and Brianerd Partners LLC, Desert Sidecar II, LLC and Enchanted Capital Corporation.

Among his New Mexico Angels investment positive exits include Acoustic Cytrometry systems and two companies that exited but can not be disclosed. Among his non New Mexico angels investment positive exits include: Financial Management Systems.

Among his New Mexico Angel funded portfolio companies that have failed include: One Connect IP, CashStream, Gourmet Pet Supply and Knowledge Reef, 4Blox.

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