Our Team

Ronald “RC” Casias
Ronald “RC” Casias President

Ron “RC” Casias has volunteered most of his life, on air personality for Kanw 89.1 FM, AM 1600, KLYT FM, EAGLE 98.1 & 98.7 FM. Emcee/DJ for various fundraising events car shows, dances helping New Mexicans with cancer, funerals, housing and injuries and more. Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Zapata Club, NM Law Enforcement Agencies, Military, Veterans, VFW, American Legions, DAV functions, MS, Breast Cancer, Tixs for Kids, Special Spaces and more.

Most recent philanthropic/humanitarian mission; helping Neighbors help Neighbors (SPDNA) and People helping more People with the 2nd Annual Peoples Festival coming to Downtown ABQ. Visit the Peoples Festival website for more details.

RC, a fun experienced professional mobile DJ/MC for all occasions, over 40 years entertaining & helping NM Families and the great Southwest with his many voices and smooth style. Creating lifetime friends & family memories for years. (Coming Back Soon…)

If you want to get a direct response, please email: RC@SilverPlatinumDowntown.org

People sometimes do not remember what you said or did for them, however they will always remember how you made them feel.

Shaun Stanton
Shaun Stanton Vice President

I lived in Albuquerque for going on twenty years at various times since 1983 up to now. I graduated from Highland High School and the University of New Mexico with a degree in Electrical Engineering. I became an Air Force pilot and left the state while on active duty for almost ten years. I moved back in 2012 to start a drone business doing flying camera shots for the movie and TV productions out here. I currently serve as an Air Force reservist doing planning for the joint staff out in Virginia. I am also an Airline Pilot working for a freight carrier. When not on military duty or flying, I reside currently at the Imperial building.

Since moving back, I have lived in the downtown core or its immediate surrounding neighborhoods, of Barales and the EDO. I lived in the immediate downtown core since 2014 at 6th and Silver. As of October of last year I move into the Imperial.

My goals with the SPNA will be to continue the current efforts to bolster the downtown core. Keeping remaining businesses and trying to create an environment for new businesses. The main priority will be to work with everyone in the community, both business owners and the residents in the area to enhance the safety of the downtown area. Community engagement is how we do this by having a big voice to hold city hall accountable. We need to let them know that we as community pay attention to what is going on and that we expect results to things in their control. We will build up the association by adding more residents and business owners to have a common voice with the more pressing matters in the city. RC has been doing a good job and my goal will be to keep the momentum going.


Shaun Stanton

Rob & Kelly Ortman (Silver Street Market)
Rob & Kelly Ortman (Silver Street Market) Member At-Large

Rob Ortman and his wife Kelly are the owners of Silver Street Market. He was born and raised in Albuquerque. Before graduating from Valley High School, he completed his Eagle Scout project for Central United Methodist Church.

Rob has two certificates from TVI (now called CNM) in business and a 4-year Diesel Mechanics program.

After spending 10 years in the restaurant business, he has spent the last 28 years in the grocery business.

After spending 10 years in the restaurant business, he has spent the last 28 years in the grocery business.

He is looking forward to serving the people of Albuquerque any way he can.

Leon Garcia
Leon Garcia Chair/Spokesperson

He was born and raised in Albuquerque New Mexico, Leon Garcia is an advocate for his city. A culturally diverse individual who loves his community and gives glory to the Living God for all that He has blessed Albuquerque with. Yes, he is a servant of the Most High God who has given those who are call the ability to make a change in the world. He is enrolled into schools legal program with Blackstone College online to become a paralegal as he aspires to a political office to pursue a major role in the government to be a voice for the people. He loves this city and the people thereof. He has a passion to advocate for the hard-working individuals who day in and day out give their all for their survival. His passion extends to the future generations of this beautiful city.

Since moving back, I have lived in the downtown core or its immediate surrounding neighborhoods, of Barales and the EDO. I lived in the immediate downtown core since 2014 at 6th and Silver. As of October of last year I move into the Imperial.

We must be in one accord to bless the future generations with a city with clean streets, clean living environments, and potentially clean energy. Of course the whole is a platform for change but we must first start at home.

He is honored to be working with Ron Casias RC and honored to be a voice for the voiceless.

Charles M Aragon
Charles M Aragon Member At-Large

My vision for a vibrant downtown dates back when I was growing up. Raised in a strong political family involved with the influence of “For the People”. I love Downtown ABQ and Barelas. My grandparents live on 9th and Iron. My mother and I own a house on Lomas and 8th St. in the heart of downtown ABQ.

I specialize in entertainment productions, hospitality and tourism. In 2007 I was recognized as Downtown Albuquerque’s Hospitality Ambassador. Economic growth and development in downtown Albuquerque is imperative considering the challenges facing these neighborhoods.

My vision of Downtown Albuquerque’s future is a flourishing one. Where families, tourists, residents and businesses feel safe and look forward to attending family events, community and nightlife entertainment.


Charles M. Aragon

Jerry Watkins
Jerry Watkins Sergeant at Arms

Jerry Watkins born & raised in Albuquerque.

Jerry is one of the founding members of Silver Platinum Downtown Neighborhood Association (SPDNA).

Jerry has been instrumental with the growth and community projects of SPDNA.

He also is passionate and works very hard to ensure the safety & revitalization of Downtown Albuquerque.

Fredrick “Fred” Williams
Fredrick “Fred” Williams Board Member/Founding Father

A Native New Mexican born in Santa Fe. He started working at a very young age selling newspapers for The New Mexican. Very active in his community, with Boy Scouts in the drum & bugle corp. Maintenance Engineer for Albuquerque Job Corp. for 15 years, Service Tech. for Sears for 10 years.

Fred has lived in downtown Albuquerque for 10 years. Fred wanted to make a difference in his neighborhood and helped revive the Downtown area & bring the heartbeat of Albuquerque back.

Fred co founded the Silver Platinum Downtown Neighborhood Association (SPDNA) and was unanimously voted as the 1st Secretary of SPDNA.

Fred is retired now & enjoys his time walking his dog downtown Albuquerque & in the Bosque.

Fred’s never ending love for his Family, community, friends and Downtown Albuquerque will benefit New Mexico for decades & generations.

Fred enjoys people watching and says downtown is a circus and zoo all rolled into one, a great place to live and visit.

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