Larryl’s experience as a newspaper reporter (for publications such as the Los Angeles Times and the Sacramento Bee), independent filmmaker, photographer, and graphic designer led him to launch Albuquerque The Magazine in April 2004. A journalism graduate of New Mexico State University, Larryl is proudest of the fact that ATM is able to show readers every month the true greatness of Albuquerque—through the eyes of a staff who loves the city. Though he still has to blink back tears every time he watches Forrest Gump, Larryl also has a dark side: he’s banned from renting at Budget Rent-A-Car, and he’s a huge “Sopranos” fan. He also claims he’ll buy lunch for anyone who can beat him at the ’80s video arcade game, “Stargate.”
Associate publisher Gena Goodson passion for the magazine runs deep—she joined ATM just after the first issue hit newsstands. Since, Gena has overseen the rapid growth of the mag, which has boomed in page count, advertisers, and revenue. Gena has the most fantastic collection of whiskey we’ve ever seen and loves to show off her little pups, Gunner and Gracie.
Taylor is an Albuquerque native and says, “I’m in love with my city.” He has a Bachelor’s Degree from UNM with a double major in Media Arts and History. After college he married the love of his life, Rosemary, and they spent a year in Pagosa Springs, Colorado skiing Wolf Creek before Albuquerque pulled them back in. Taylor took a job implementing energy efficiency programs for local energy utilities… he was bored. After a ski accident broke his back, he found himself in a neck brace and recliner for four months. He considers himself very lucky. He did not suffer permanent damage and spent the time creating an online magazine, The Inside Mag. After getting out of the chair, he took a new job with the sports desk at The Albuquerque Journal. Eventually, he became a beat reporter for the business desk before moving to ATM. His favorite thing to do is play with his two beautiful little boys, Milo and Rhys and his pug, Puddles.
McKenna Grier attended West Texas A&M University after graduating from La Cueva High School and had the overwhelming need to come back to Albuquerque after her time in Texas. This Gemini finds herself shifting between listening to oldies in the morning and 80s anthems in the afternoon and everything in-between. Her one true love—besides her husband—is Disney. She’s lost track of how many times she’s been to her happy place but is always looking for new places to adventure to. Her solution to any mood is sunflower seeds, a coke, and cuddling with her Shih-Tzu, Indie.
Don has shot photos for the magazine since the very beginning, while he was still studying for his BFA in photography from UNM. Now, as a seasoned photographer and published author of a book about his journey through the Navajo Nation, One Nation One Year, Don has taken photos all over the country. When he’s not behind the lens, Don is ruling rodeos, riding horses throughout the Southwest—but admits he does have a tamer side that involves playing the piano, collecting Hot Wheels, and watching films. But don’t be fooled–Don is a proud owner of a backyard chicken coop and vegetable garden, and has quite the affinity for the BBC show “Top Gear” (mostly just The Stig).
Advertising manager Justin Bixler was born in Albuquerque but called Colorado and Northern California home before making his way back to the Duke City, where he was part of the first graduating class at Rio Rancho High School. Justin is a self-taught designer, who says his biggest (and best) critic is his wife, Victoria (although he says she finds it odd that he organizes his shirts and shoes by color in their closet). If you find Justin a little shy at first, it only takes a little prodding to get him to come out of his shell—he reports that his favorite food is whatever is in his mouth at the very moment you ask him. Justin loves photography, being outdoors, and spending time with his family, who has always encouraged him to chase his dreams.
Reece Martinez is an Albuquerque native who loves this city. Largely self-taught in the art of photography, Reece credits several influences for both a savvy business sense and an eye for aesthetic detail but gives most of the credit to a talented uncle. Reece attended school in the East Mountains and spent some time in art school and at UNM before striking out to pursue a different path in photography. Reece isn’t just known for being an amazing photographer for ATM, but also for being a premier architectural photographer and a rising star in E-Sports photography. Reece is one of those lucky people who’s job is also their passion and interest, so outside of work, Reece always has a camera in hand… but sometimes swaps it out for a video game controller. Pro tip: Do not challenge Reece to a Starfox 64 competition.
ATM’s Sales and Marketing Manager Emily Puckett describes her job as herding cats. Which is easy for the cat mom of two (Little and Dennis) to say as she wrangles all the pieces of the magazine to flow cohesively together. After graduating from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management with a Business Administration degree in 2016, she interned at Sandia National Laboratories. (We’ve asked for the details, but she’s sworn to secrecy.) The brunch queen enjoys sweet and savory dishes over a Bloody Mary then vintage shopping and sunset skating on her Razor scooter. Between cooking and finding the perfect beer or wine to pair with dinner, she and her husband, Christian can be found watching “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Phil traded in his surfboard for a pair of alpine skis when he moved from Orange County, Calif. to Albuquerque in 1988. He earned a BBA with an emphasis in marketing from UNM and spent 13 years in the beverage industry before entering the world of advertising. He and his wife, Tracy, have two dogs and a cat. Phil loves to cook, and is an avid music collector (he has more than 400 vinyl albums and some 9,000 songs on his iPod). He listens to everything from rock to jazz to punk to blues—and has an insane knowledge for trivia, particularly when it comes to music or sports. Really—just try him.
If ever there was an ATM cheerleader, senior advertising executive Megan Life is it, as our token former Lobo cheerleader. After moving to Albuquerque in 2002 from Silver City, NM, Megan attended UNM and graduated with a degree in mass communications with an emphasis on advertising. This mom of two little boys has fallen in love with the city’s weather, nightlife, and restaurant scene. A self-proclaimed reality TV junkie, Megan’s passions lie in shopping, reading, and spending time with her family, friends, and her two crazy little boys and husband. She also regularly channels her inner cheerleader as a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Denise is a relative newcomer to Albuquerque The Magazine, starting here in July 2015. This native of Albuquerque went to Eldorado High School and the University of New Mexico, where she earned a degree in Accounting. She used that degree for almost 25 years at Plateau Oil Company and then CVI Laser Corporation. When the time came to get another job, she decided to do something more fun than accounting—well THAT narrowed down the choices, haha!—and here she is at our reception desk! Denise, her husband Michael and daughter Adrienne love to travel. They have a long list of places they have been, but another of places they still want to go! While at home, they read, cook and travel a lot around the state, enjoying all the spectacular sights of New Mexico.