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Ron Burch was in the government contracting business for most of his working life. He and his wife, Gloria, along with their son David, moved to Alamogordo in 1956. Their daughter Laura was born here during the Burch family’s first stay in Alamogordo. During that interview, I found Laura to be as engaging, direct and lively as when she lived in Alamogordo. The first time she lived here was from birth to five years of age. You move around sometimes in the government contracting business, but Laura’s first move was rather short. Her first business was a lemonade stand. She reasoned that if she sold popcorn at the same time, she might sell more lemonade. David rounded up customers and her mother popped the corn. As lemonade stands usually do, Laura’s gave way to other enterprises. She started selling rocks door to door. Her father reasoned with her that she had to create a value in flip flop the rocks to be fair to her customers. So she painted the rocks and sold them. They left again after Laura’s fourth grade year and returned when she was in the seventh grade. Their house on Juniper had room to room intercoms. Laura would turn the intercom on in her brother’s room and eavesdrop on him and his buddies. The project took almost three years. Soon after moving in, they left the area again. While in Tularosa, Laura still attended school in Alamogordo because she was on the debate team. Jackie White was the speech teacher and sponsored the debate team. The team went to state competitions during Laura’s sophomore year. During that time, the family returned to Alamogordo. It was 1990 and Ron Burch had started his own company called Pyramid Services Inc. I asked Laura to define the government services Pyramid provided. “We bid and receive contracts for multifunctional services,” she said. “We are the government’s department of public works at various facilities. We maintain and repair roads, water systems, etc. We provide a broad range of services.” Ron once told David and Laura, “One of you needs to get in this business with me.” So Laura moved her own family back to Alamogordo and started with Pyramid in 1993. She commuted to Las Cruces and completed her degree at New Mexico State University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1995. Pyramid had a contract at White Sands Missile Range at that time and Laura operated that contract while she attended school in Las Cruces. From 1993 to 2000, Laura worked in all levels and positions at Pyramid. Her father retired in 2000, and Laura and David bought the company. Early contracts were in Artesia and WSMR. They were soon awarded a large contract at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., and it was a big step for the company. Employment statistics show the rapid rise of Pyramid: 1990 three employees; 1993 100 employees; 2000 300 employees; and 2011 750 employees. All of these were not in Alamogordo, or later North Carolina. Laura was looking for a presence on the East Coast to help grow the business. While that process was going on, her brother was looking for Alamogordo flip flop classmates online and received an email from Wilson. Now, Pyramid has a new role under the name ENACT. They consult and advise companies bidding for government contracts.”Alamogordo is still home for me,” Laura said. “My parents are (there). There were so many people (in Alamogordo) who had a positive influence on me. I still chec flip flop k the Alamogordo Daily News online each day. James and I have goo flip flop d memories of Alamogordo. I miss people and I miss New Mexico sunsets.”