Higher Standard Qualifying Brokers Association

The Supervisory Qualifying Broker holds the highest level of real estate licensure in the State of New Mexico. With the highest degree of responsibility for each “Super QB” for their brokerage. It is the responsibility of each Supervisory Qualifying Broker to advance positive industry change. We are interested in results. Starting with us. The belief that we shall hold ourselves to a Higher Standard.

The Higher Standard encompasses the four tenets of:





Who we are

In the Real Estate world, we are a select number of Qualifying Brokers (QBs, aka the ‘bosses’) real estate brokerages in New Mexico; with a vested interest in our communities and our industry and how those work together. Though no-one is perfect, we hold ourselves to a Higher Standard in our practice, knowledge, and behavior. We are passionate and proud about our ability to give our clients and customers the very best of the real estate world; all while advancing our industry.

The Higher Standard

First Knowing, Collective Voice, Best Practices & Connection. We daily work to deliver an excellent experience to the real estate public. We utilize education, best practices, connecting with our fellow ‘bosses’ as well as our communities, all while understanding the latest information that makes a difference to our clients & customers. Collectively, we bring concerns and solutions to the table. The end result of working with a Higher Standard Qualifying Broker is the delivery of a stellar real estate experience.

Our Story

In 2016, an idea was formed based on the desire for real estate supervisory, qualifying brokers, to step forward and daily work to develop ourselves and our industry to an even Higher Standard. Our common denominator is this passion.

Meet the Board of Directors

Susan Blackwell, lic#19305

2023 President

Owner and Qualifying Broker –  Welcome Home Realty, LLC

Gail Gallegos Rodriguez, lic#18266

President Elect

Owner and Qualifying Broker –  G Realty Co.

Vicki Criel, lic#17833

Director – Business Development

Owner and Qualifying Broker –  Criel and Associates, LLC

Kim Kissane, MLS#253772


Owner and Loan Advisor- Premier Choice Mortgage

Lynette Manzanares, MLS#16908

2022 HSQBA Past President

Owner and Qualifying Broker – Mercury Properties