Staff Contact

Gricel Chavez

Gricel Chavez

President / Main Branch

Assistant is Chris Perez
Office: 575-523-8561
Fax: 575-526-8390

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A graduate of Las Cruces High, Gricel also studied at NM State University and has a degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix. Gricel has worked in the building/real estate industry for nearly 15 years. She has volunteered in the community through March of Dimes, Las Cruces Association of Realtors, and the LC Home Builders Association. Gricel is married, has one child and another on the way. In March of 2017, she and her husband, Justin, purchased the company from its previous owner, Kevin Davis.

Justin Chavez

Justin Chavez

Vice President / Main Branch

Assistant is Chris Perez
Office: 575-523-8561
Fax: 575-526-8390

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A lifelong resident of Las Cruces, Justin was raised in the Mesilla Valley by entrepreneurs. His father is a pecan farmer, who at one time owned and operated a successful concrete company as well. Justin is a graduate of Mayfield High School and New Mexico State University where he studied Architectural Drafting. Upon completion of his degree, Justin went to work for Williams Design Group for 9 years. He later worked for ASA Architects prior to joining the SWAT team. Justin serves as a board member with the Las Cruces Home Builders Association.

Eddie Gamboa

Eddie Gamboa

Commercial Closing Officer / Main Branch

Assistant is Beth Lopez
Office : 575-523-8561
Fax: 575-526-8390

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Eddie is a lifelong resident of Las Cruces. He graduated from Las Cruces High School and attended New Mexico State University. He is a proud Vietnam Veteran having served in the U.S. Navy. After being discharged, he became active in the Sertoma Club of Las Cruces having served various positions from Director to President and also was active with Special Olympics. Eddie has 44 years of title experience beginning with the position of runner to title searcher to closing officer and finally Commercial Closing Officer. Eddie has and continues to close large scale commercial transactions.

Patricia Saenz

Patricia Saenz

Escrow Officer / Foothills Branch

Assistant is Denise Garcia
Office: 575-523-8561
Fax: 575-526-8390

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Born and raised in Las Cruces, Patricia is a proud graduate of Mayfield High School. She also attended New Mexico State University. Her community service is broad and includes Treasurer of the Southern New Mexico Mortgage Bankers Association as well as committee member with the Showcase of Homes for the Las Cruces Home Builders Association.

Benn Bonfantini

Benn Bonfantini

Escrow Officer / Main Branch

Assistant is Veronica Young
Office: 575-523-8561
Fax: 575-526-8390

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Born and raised in the ranching community of Central California, Benn is a graduate of Pagosa Spring, Colorado High School and attended college in Wyoming before transferring to NMSU where he pursued his degree in Agricultural Business. While at NMSU Benn met his wife Karen, a native of Las Cruces where they raised their two daughters Brianna and Bailey. Benn and Karen owned and operated a successful trucking business, hauling everything from livestock to flowers for 13 years. Before coming to work at SWAT, Benn worked for Alliance Imaging for 17 years where he started as a driver/patient coordinator, becoming an MRI technologist and eventually working his way to Manager of Operations, covering the entire Southwest and up to Montana. Benn and Karen are active supporters of Cowboys for Cancer Research where Benn is a board member.

Tara Munoz

Tara Munoz

Escrow Officer / Main Branch

Assistant is Sandi Morales
Office: 575-523-8561
Fax: 575-526-8390

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Tara is native of Hatch, New Mexico and is a graduate of Hatch Valley High School. She has lived in the area all her life. Tara attended New Mexico State University before pursuing a License in Massage Therapy. Tara’s prior work experience includes a background in finance with 16 years in the banking industry. She has been married for 17 years to Rey Munoz, Assistant Principal at Vista Middle School. They have 2 children, Alexis and Aaron, with whom they spend most of their time with – coaching and traveling with their sports teams. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Alphonzo Marquez

Alphonzo Marquez

Escrow Officer / Main Branch

Assistant is Sandi Morales
Office: 575-523-8561
Fax: 575-526-8390

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Alphonzo grew up in a Military family who moved to Las Cruces in March of 1992 when his dad retired from the Air Force.  Both of his parents are from the area and wanted to return home.  A graduate of Mayfield High School in1997, Alphonzo then attended college at New Mexico State University.  He has two children, Lucas who is 11 and Savannah who is 8. He credits the children for changing his life for the best and becoming the person he is today.  He is actively involved in his children’s sporting activities and enjoys coaching and traveling with them. Prior to joining the SWAT team, Alphonzo was a manager at Goodyear for 13 years.

John Phelan

John Phelan

Chief Title Examiner / Main Branch

Assistant is Sandi Morales
Office: 575-523-8561
Fax: 575-526-8390

OUR LOCATIONS

Southwestern Abstract & Title Co.

1125 South Main Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005

Southwestern Abstract & Title Co.

3880 Foothills Rd.
Las Cruces, NM 88011

MAIN BRANCH

1125 South Main Street
Las Cruces, NM 88005

FOOTHILLS BRANCH

3880 Foothills Rd.
Las Cruces, NM 88011

Get In Touch

Phone: 575-523-8561
Fax: 575-526-8390