Brothers Use CNM Education to Grow Family Business

May 16, 2017 -- As Mike and Vivian Herrmann’s family business grew, so did three of their sons who all attended CNM’s School of Applied Technologies at varying times. Using the knowledge they gained at the college, each eventually became an integral part of the family’s design, prototyping and injection molding company, Vamco.
Brothers Use CNM Education to Grow Family Business

May 16, 2017

“It turned out that they developed skills they were interested in at CNM and then brought them to the family business,” said Mike, who attended CNM (then named Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute).

One of the couple’s daughters also attended CNM to become a nurse.

Mike and Vivian started the business in 1988 in a cramped 1,300-square-foot shop in a garage at their house. The company slowly grew, first moving to a 3,000-square-foot shop and eventually to a 16,000-square-foot building at 2646 Baylor Dr. SE in Albuquerque, where it is currently located.

Their kids grew up and attended college while their mom and dad expanded the business. Greg, the youngest son, attended CNM to study Rapid Prototyping and Innovative Design, and took advantage of CNM’s FUSE Makerspace. He successfully completed the Rapid Prototyping and Innovative Design program and earned his certificate.

“I grew up in a shop so I already knew a lot about machines that do prototyping, but the FUSE Makerspace introduced me to even more,” Greg said. “I could have learned a lot of this on the job, but I knew that my dad did not have the time to train me in-depth. If it were not for the Rapid Prototyping and Innovative Design program at CNM, I would not have the knowledge and skills that I need to design and produce parts as quickly.”

Middle son, Otto, also attended CNM, studying Machine Tool Technology. He first earned a certificate, then completed his associate degree in Machine Tool Technology. While at CNM, he won the SkillsUSA state competition in the machine tool competition. He now heads up Vamco’s machining/tooling division, using current machining and tooling techniques he acquired at CNM. Like his older brother, Otto also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The oldest son, Fred, participated in part of CNM Ingenuity’s IGNITE Community Accelerator to gain more knowledge on growing the family business. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Vamco provides tooling, injection molding, machining, prototyping, and production to meet the manufacturing requirements of its customers. The company is capable of large volume production and small-scale custom projects. To learn more about Vamco, visit the company’s website at