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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.

Arizona Chapter of HSMAI announces 2017 board


The Arizona Chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International — HSMAI — announced it’s 2017 Board of Directors to lead the association. Board of Directors for 2017 are President Erik Dorr, Intelity; Immediate Past President Kelly Murphy, CMP, CHME, Phoenix Convention Center & Venues; President-Elect Rochelle Barton, Topgolf Gilbert; Vice-President Jim Kenney, Infor;… Read More →

Arizona Science Center elects 3 new board members

Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center elected three new members to its Board of Trustees: Carlos Contreras, Rowan Smith and Shayna Fernandez Watts. The new trustees are an integral part of a 54-member board that is considered to be strong for both its depth and diversity of talent and resources. “Arizona Science Center is poised to experience significant… Read More →

Colleen’s Dream helps TGen cancer research

Nicole Cundiff, CEO and co-founder of Colleen’s Dream Foundation.

Colleen’s Dream Foundation, a Scottsdale-based nonprofit, today announced a $30,000 grant to the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to research new ways of treating ovarian cancer. The grant will help fund research that builds on TGen’s discovery that mutations in a gene known as SMARCA4 drive a specific type of extremely aggressive ovarian cancer —… Read More →

Withey Morris promotes Adam Baugh to owner

Adam Baugh

Withey Morris, an Arizona land use law firm, promoted Adam Baugh from partner to owner. Baugh joined Withey Morris in 2007 as an associate attorney. His specialties include working with cities and neighborhoods on behalf of development clients to obtain zoning and land use entitlements, business approvals and liquor licenses. Baugh also has unique experience working… Read More →

Abrazo names new market CEO


Michele Finney is leaving the Abrazo Community Health Network as its CEO, and will now be CEO for a Tenet Healthcare three-hospital system in California, according to an announcement. Frank Molinaro will take over Tenet Healthcare’s Abrazo Community Health Network as CEO. Molinaro will continue to serve as the CEO of Abrazo Arrowhead Campus/Abrazo Arizona… Read More →

Washington Federal adds Saharah Forsythe as personal banker

Enterprise Bank

The Scottsdale branch of Washington Federal announced that Saharah Forsythe has been hired as a personal banker. In her new role, Forsythe will be responsible for providing quality service to clients, making recommendations to satisfy financial needs of accounts and services and providing support to her branch colleagues.  Prior to her position with Washington Federal,… Read More →

Social Venture Partners Arizona names new board

Andrea Aker, president of Aker Ink.

Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ) named its new board at the start of this year. The select group of Valley business owners and leaders will implement the organization’s new strategic plan with a mission to build stronger philanthropists who work to strengthen Valley nonprofits, in turn deeply impacting our community. Board terms are for two… Read More →

ATHENA Leadership Awards will honor Barbara Barrett


ATHENA Valley of the Sun, a nonprofit based in Mesa, is honoring outstanding woman business leaders and young women in our community at the “ATHENA Leadership Awards – Honoring ATHENA Inspired Leaders” on April 4 from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Marriott Tempe at the Buttes. The organization has announced a call to… Read More →

Commercial construction firm names Steve Whitworth president

Steve Whitworth

Kitchell Contractors has named Steve Whitworth as its new president, who was most recently the contractor’s vice president of its Texas region. Whitworth will now oversee 400 employee owners in locations spanning Arizona, California, Texas and Washington. He will manage markets in healthcare, retail, Native American, hospitality, education and custom homes. “Over the past decade… Read More →

Ogletree Deakins elects board member, shareholder

Ogletree Deakins shareholder and board member

The Phoenix office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart elected a new shareholder and member to its board of directors. Joe Clees joins the firm’s board of directors. Clees joined the law firm in 2005 as founding and managing shareholder of its Phoenix office. Rayna Jones is the newest shareholder at the labor and… Read More →

East Valley Partnership adds new board chair, vice-chair

Transportation corridor in the east valley, the Superstition Freeway, U.S. Route 60 viewed from above looking west from Mesa towards Tempe and Phoenix. (Copyright: hideftrphoto / 123RF Stock Photo)

The East Valley Partnership (EVP), a business advocacy group dedicated to improving business and quality of life in the East Valley region of greater Phoenix, has welcomed new board leadership since the untimely passing of Board Chair, Rick Jones this past December. During the February board of directors meeting, the board approved interim Chair, Rhonda… Read More →

AzLTA will honor 2017 Industry Champions


The Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (AzLTA) announced five exemplary industry champions will be recognized at the 2017 Arizona Tourism Unity Dinner to be held at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa on February 23rd.  Each honoree has demonstrated extraordinary efforts to enhance the Arizona business climate, ensure a level and legal operating environment, and… Read More →

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie trademark work honored


Three Intellectual Property attorneys from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, Emily Bayton, Jennifer Van Kirk and Flavia Campbell, are included in the 2017 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.  The WTR 1000 directory focuses exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners, identifying the trademark industry’s leading practitioners in 72 jurisdictions… Read More →

Fennemore Craig expands environmental practice


Fennemore Craig,a leading Mountain West business law firm, announced Lauren Ferrigni has joined the Phoenix office and will practice in the firm’s natural resources, energy and environmental practice. “The firm continuously seeks to add exceptional lawyers, and we are pleased to welcome Lauren to our team,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We… Read More →

Gila River Gaming Enterprises names new CEO


Gila River Gaming Enterprises, Inc., operator of three leading casino properties in Arizona, announced yesterday that Kenneth Manuel has been selected as the Enterprises’ new Chief Executive Officer. Manuel is the first member of the Gila River Indian Community to hold this position permanently. The announcement comes after an intensive search and selection process by… Read More →