Allan Saenz, owner of Los Alamos Network, and assistant Eric Burnside spoke June 28 at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting about the 25e anniversary of Los Alamos Network, LosAlamos.com and upcoming plans for SALA Los Alamos Events Center, which will occupy the former Reel Deal theater space. Photo by Mayor O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com
BY LINDA HULL
Rotary Club of Los Alamos
Allan Saenz, a local businessman and entrepreneur, spoke at the June 28 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos in Cottonwood on the Greens, sharing news of his company’s Los Alamos Network 25th anniversary celebrations.
The company started as Los Alamos Community Network, an internet provider dating back to the 2000s.
Through a PowerPoint presentation, Saenz described the evolution of his company and the core values he stands for: “fast and friendly customer service, no data caps, symmetric speeds, data privacy”, and a Absolutely better internet.
He and his assistant Eric Burnside took turns explaining the company’s high-speed fiber optic and wireless connections to the Internet, then expanded their conversation to Saenz’s most recent efforts: the LosAlamos.com website and the SALA Los Alamos event center.
The website is designed as an aggregate of local news and events, which Saenz described as “putting a face on many special events” and being a digital avenue for artists to show their work in this format by line. In addition to the art gallery, special events, weather and news from Los Alamos Reporterthe Santa Fe New Mexican and other sources, there are also “coming soon” tabs for restaurants, accommodations, jobs, and outdoor places to visit and discover. Advertising is also available.
The SALA Los Alamos Event Center is the result of Saenz’s purchase of a Rotary Club auction item donated by Rotarian Jim O’Donnell during the February 2022 Crab Fest fundraiser: exclusive use of cinema Reel Deal for an evening. Saenz was the highest bidder, only planning to hold a company 25th anniversary celebration there for its employees. Soon after, community support and connections led him to purchase the cinema. Saenz plans to reopen the theater as a gathering place for the community to watch movies and sporting events, host parties, and hold discussions about technology. He has already spoken with the Los Alamos Historical Society, UNM-Los Alamos and the YMCA about possible collaborations.
Saenz, a native of Costa Rica, is the creator of LosAlamos.com and the owner of Los Alamos Network, which provides Internet service to Los Alamos, White Rock and Sierra Los Piños in the Jemez Mountains.
A football player and fan, Saenz coaches U10 football (usually 3rd and 4th graders) with the Los Alamos Youth Soccer League. He also teaches cross-training to 1st and 2nd year students. Saenz and his wife Christa are the proud parents of three children.
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos, through its Club Foundation, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and one of more than 34,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary, which today has 1.5 million members, was founded in 1905; the local club was established in 1966. Rotary’s areas of interest include promoting peace; fight against diseases, especially poliomyelitis; providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene; supporting education; save and improve the lives of mothers and children; growing economies; and environmental protection.
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets in person from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays in the Community Hall, Cottonwood on the Greens at the Los Alamos County Golf Course. A Zoom option is available by contacting Rotary Club Vice President Linda Hull at 505.662.7950. Hull is happy to provide information about the Club and its humanitarian service.