Board Members

Meet the NMGCB Board of Directors

Sam Bregman-Racing Commission Chairman

Sam Bregman-Racing Commission Chairman

Commissioner Bregman has been a lawyer in New Mexico for 30 years. He is a constitutional rights lawyer and trial attorney. Commissioner Bregman has also been a prosecutor, a former Albuquerque City Councilor and was Owner of the New Mexico Thunderbirds NBA minor league basketball franchise. Besides practicing law, Commissioner Bregman is a rancher, who focuses on raising Angus cattle and riding his three Quarter horses: Whiskey, Romeo and Fuego.

Commissioner Bregman was seven years old when his Grandfather first took him to Pimlico Race Course, and he has been an avid fan of horse racing ever since. He is married to Jackie Bregman, and they have three adult children Alex, Jessica, and A.J.

Eric Locher-Attorney Commissioner

Eric Locher-Attorney Commissioner

Commissioner Locher was appointed to the Attorney Seat in June of 2021 by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.  He is a 2003 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law. Commissioner Locher started with NMGCB in June of 2018 as a Staff Attorney and the bulk of his legal career has been spent in public service.  He was previously employed by the Legal Department of the City of Albuquerque and the New Mexico Public Defender Department.  Commissioner Locher holds a Master’s Degree from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Iowa.  He is an avid audiophile of many genres of music, a motorcyclist and loves to travel.

Indy White-Public Member Commissioner

Indy White-Public Member Commissioner

Darren “Indy” White, Esq. -. Indy currently serves as the Director of PurLife, the second largest medical cannabis organization in New Mexico. Indy has extensive experience designing, building, and operating successful medical cannabis dispensaries. His vast and distinctive level of expertise in the business is well-recognized, and he has consulted on successful applications for highly competitive medical cannabis licenses in New Mexico, New York, Louisiana, Rhode Island, and New Jersey. Owing to Indy’s talent, PūrLife earned a reputation in New Mexico for producing some of the highest quality medical cannabis.

Indy studied at the University of New Mexico in 2005, earning a Bachelor’s degree in both Communications and Public Relations. In 2014, he graduated from Saint Louis University School of Law School, where he helped organize and coordinate the Veteran’s Advocacy Project (VAP), which provided free legal assistance for homeless veterans living in downtown St. Louis. For his leadership at VAP, he received the David Grant Student Clinic Award, which is given to one graduating student each year for their commitment to public service. Darren now lives in Albuquerque and is licensed to practice law in New Mexico. In 2007, Indy enlisted in the New Mexico Air National Guard, completed his six-year enlistment commitment, and was honorably discharged in 2013.

 

Van Billops- CPA Commissioner

Van Billops- CPA Commissioner

Commissioner Billops was appointed to the CPA Board Seat June 2021

VAN J. BILLOPS, CPA/PFS, CEP brings a valuable combination of tax and investment expertise. Since 2009, he has worked in public accounting, providing corporate and individual tax, audit, as well as estate/wealth transfer planning, retirement planning, and wealth/investment management services to individuals. Prior to this, Van worked for various investment firms as a Mutual Fund Accountant and SEC Financial Reporting Manager.

When not training for a triathlon (multiple Ironman finisher), Van serves on various non-profit boards focusing on feeding the state’s hungry and helping those in need.