Leadership spotlight: Don Garner

Don Garner
Executive vice president
Alliance Bank of Arizona

Garner is executive vice president and statewide real estate manager for Alliance Bank of Arizona’s commercial real estate group. Garner has more than 25 years of experience in commercial and residential lending in Arizona and has been with Alliance Bank since its inception in 2003. He  is an active member of both the Phoenix and Tucson communities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association and Special Olympics Arizona. Prior to relocating to Phoenix in 2005, Garner resided in Tucson for 15 years. He is the Past President of the Tucson Conquistadores and former Chairman of La Paloma Family Services in Tucson.  He is also a member of the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (NAIOP) and the Urban Land Institute.

Best advice received: “I’ve been lucky to have had some great mentors throughout my career who gave me a lot of great advice. But the one that comes to mind most is from my dad who said if your work is of great quality and quantity that deserves a promotion, you’ll never need to ask about it, it will come on its own.”

Surprising fact: “I used to race stock cars and I caddied on Tour.”


About Michael Gossie

Michael Gossie is an award-winning journalist who has earned more than 50 awards for writing, editing and design. He studied economics at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., and put his entrepreneurial spirit to work in 2007, using a 200-year-old family recipe to launch an Italian sauce company. He is a competitive marathon runner, Ironman triathlete and is most proud of being the founding president of the Steuben Arc Foundation in Upstate New York, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities, including his sister.