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Term used to describe an industry insider, someone who is familiar with other individuals and groups and is able to exert influence or make decisions. AZ Business Leaders is a major annual business-to-business publication that combines the who’s who of Arizona business community with their valuable leadership advice and knowledge.

Fennemore Craig attorney earns Top Tax Attorney award

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A director at the Fennemore Craig Phoenix office received the 2016 Henry Tom Outstanding Tax Attorney award. Patrick Irvine, a director in the firm’s Phoenix office, was presented the award at the State Bar of Arizona’s annual convention on June 17, 2016. “Each attorney at Fennemore Craig is encouraged to develop the depth of expertise necessary to provide the highest level… Read More →

Michael Gillette joins Polsinelli

Tyler Smith

National law firm Polsinelli added shareholder Michael Gillette to its national Corporate and Transactional Practice. Gillette’s practice focuses on the representation of emerging and established companies in connection with a range of general corporate and transactional specific matters, including corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions, convertible debt and preferred equity issuances, joint ventures, intellectual property transfers and… Read More →

State Bar honors Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorney

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The State Bar of Arizona recognized Brian J. Pollock of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP as a recipient of its Member of the Year Award for his contributions to the legal profession. Pollock has served on multiple committees of the Arizona State Bar responsible for rules and jury instructions impacting civil litigation. He is one of three individuals receiving… Read More →

Fired Pie adds new CFO, new board member

Fired Pie

Recently, Fired Pie hired Abby Anderson as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO), who joins the firm after holding financial positions at various food companies. Prior to joining Fired Pie, Anderson held financial management positions for a number of fast-growing companies which included Athletes Performance, Inc. (EXOS), NJOY, Inc. and Oreganos Pizza Bistro, Inc. She also held several accounting… Read More →

Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority board names leaders

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Veteran sports executive Jeff Overton has been elected chairman of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (AZSTA) board of directors, and Maria Baier will serve as vice chair and Doug Yonko as secretary. Overton is president and general manager of Camelback Spring Training LLC, a joint venture of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox, and is… Read More →

Steptoe & Johnson adds Sophia Alonso to Phoenix office

Sophia Alonso

Steptoe & Johnson LLP hired Sophia Alonso as an associate in the firm’s Phoenix office, who will advise clients on labor and employment issues and has first-chair litigation experience in both U.S. district court and National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proceedings. She will practice in Steptoe’s ERISA, Labor & Employment Group. Prior to joining Steptoe, Alonso was a field… Read More →

Fennemore Craig attorney elected to nonprofit board

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National law firm Fennemore Craig’s Phoenix attorney, Kristen Lee, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the Help in Healing Home Foundation. “We encourage all of our people to be actively involved in the communities we serve,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We congratulate Kristen on her recent appointment to the board… Read More →

AAED elects 6 members to its board of directors

AAED

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) has elected six new members to its board of directors. The new board members representing metro Phoenix are:  Mitchel Allen, vice president, business development, Greater Phoenix Economic Council;  Deirdre Gilmore, owner and president of TankGirl Marketing; Rob Millar, economic development manager for the City of Scottsdale; and Lori… Read More →

Former FBI agent joins cybersecurity firm

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A Scottsdale-based cybersecurity firm added a former FBI special agent to lead the firm’s forensic and investigative cybersecurity efforts. WGM added Robert Meshinsky who will serve as the Practice Leader of Forensic Services and Cyber Security Investigations.  Meshinsky and his team will provide technical help and advice to clients – whether they’re handling a cyber-breach or facing a… Read More →

Arizona Science Center board adds Fennemore Craig lawyer

A “Jurassic Park” egg incubator simulator is topped with a roaring dinosaur at the Arizona Science Center in the POPnology exhibit in Phoenix. (Photo by Kaitlyn Thompson/Cronkite News)

Steve Good, a Fennemore Criag managing partner, has been elected to the Arizona Science Center’s Board of Trustees. Good focuses his practice on the formation and structuring of business entities and the negotiation of complex commercial transactions, with an emphasis on advising clients regarding the associated income, estate and gift tax implications. He has been recognized… Read More →

Jon Howard appointed to Valley Leadership board

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Quarles & Brady LLP attorney Jon Howard has been appointed to the board of directors of Valley Leadership, the Valley’s premier leadership organization. A member of Valley Leadership Class 36, Howard practices in the firm’s Business Law Practice Group and focuses in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities, and general corporate law. Valley Leadership’s roots date back to the… Read More →

AARP adds Alex Juarez as communications director

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AARP Arizona hired Alex A. Juarez as its Communications Director. Juarez will be responsible for developing and implementing AARP communications activities and assist in implementing initiatives and campaigns in the state. He will be working to maintain relationships with media outlets in the state and promote AARP’s activities and advocacy efforts through media and public relations… Read More →

Quarles & Brady’s Susan Brichler Trujillo earns post

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Quarles & Brady LLP partner Susan Brichler Trujillo, office chair of the Health Law Practice Group, has been elected president on the board of local nonprofit. Community Legal Services is an Arizona nonprofit that provides legal assistance, advice, and representation to individuals below the federal poverty level. A longtime member of the board of directors, Trujillo most recently served as the organization’s… Read More →

Arizona Polymer Flooring announces new CFO

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Flooring and concrete coating systems manufacturer, Arizona Polymer Flooring (APF) appointed Shannon Warner as the firm’s chief financial officer. Warner’s experience in corporate financial planning makes her perfectly poised to help steer Arizona Polymer Flooring as it prepares for broader national growth. As CFO, her primary focus will be to manage the company’s financial activities including budgeting, forecasting, operational results… Read More →

Tempe Chamber announces new board of directors

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The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has confirmed five new members to its Board of Directors. Beginning their terms on July 1 will be: Tracy Bullock, Bullock Training & Development Tracy Bullock is the President of Bullock Training & Development, Inc., an authorized Sandler Training® center. She delivered strategic business development with Procter & Gamble for… Read More →