Stopping by the Los Alamos Daily Post for a visit recently, from left, Bruce Cunningham, Natalie Cunningham and Ed Lang. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Los Alamos resident Ed Lang is slowly recovering from the death of his beloved wife Emily Mares-Lang, hit by a vehicle in 2014 while walking in downtown Los Alamos.
“After Emily died I just couldn’t function … so it was time to sell my business,” Lang said during a recent visit to the Los Alamos Daily Post. He was joined by Bruce and Natalie Cunningham who bought his promotional products business in January.
Lang owned Mountain Images for some 20 years. He spoke about how he has been doing since losing his wife.
“I’m better than what I was last year but it’s still difficult,” he said. “When I had my business I enjoyed working with the people in the community and the Lab – they all supported me and for that I want to thank them.”
Lang explained that he had something in common with the Cunninghams prior to selling his business to them. He had worked for a man named Eliot Kohen who in the late 1970s founded Great Ideas, a promotional company based in Santa Fe. Lang worked for Kohen in Los Alamos for about three years before launching Mountain Images. In March 2012, the Cunninghams purchased Great Ideas from Kohen. When Lang decided to sell Mountain Images, the Cunninghams felt it was a strategic fit.
The Cunninghams have demonstrated a long and successful fundraising history with several nonprofits in the area and have developed strong ties and many business relationships in Los Alamos. They are gourmet chefs and recently held a special dinner at their home hosted by Golden Globe winning actress and local philanthropist Ali MacGraw. The event benefitted the Los Alamos Family Council.
“We really love working here and come up to the hill several times a month to meet with friends and clients,” Natalie said.
The couple’s list of clients includes the County and Los Alamos Fire Department, Los Alamos Medical Center, New Mexico Bank & Trust and many others.
“What differentiates us is I spent 25 years in printing and digital prepress,” Bruce said. “Because artwork is often a stumbling block … if you have anything remotely resembling what you what, we can turn it into a product. About 80 percent of our business is with nonprofits and state agencies.”
Bruce is a fourth generation photo engraver who grew up in the Washington, D.C. area. He met Natalie in 1984 in Alexandria, Va., and they have been married for 30 years. The couple moved to Florida and vacationed in Santa Fe through the years, bought some property there and eventually built a home on it. They moved permanently to Santa Fe in 2001.
To learn more about the Cunningham’s products and services, visit www.GreatIdeasSantaFe.com or call 505.983.1105.
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