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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.

Squire Patton Boggs adds Raphael Avraham

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Squire Patton Boggs has welcomed Raphael Avraham to its Phoenix office. Avraham previously worked for Snell & Wilmer handling corporate matters. Avraham’s practice at Squire Patton Boggs will be focused on representing both public and private companies in corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, securities matters and managing corporate governance and compliance issues. Avraham received… Read More →

Engle appointed to Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission

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Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP announced that Matthew Engle has been appointed to the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission. The commission champions the development, promotion and sustainability of Phoenix’s vibrant cultural community. Engle works in Lewis Roca Rothgerber’s business transactions practice group, where he counsels businesses and individuals on a broad array of corporate transactions, including… Read More →

Funkhouser Appointed to GPEC Ambassador Committee

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The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that David E. Funkhouser III, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been appointed to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Ambassador Steering Committee, which is focused on ensuring GPEC’s Ambassador Program aligns with the organization’s key objectives and mission.  Members of the Steering… Read More →

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino hires VIP casino marketing manager

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Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino has announced that Timothy Sutherland has been appointed VIP casino marketing manager. Sutherland is responsible for all aspects of marketing the development, implementation, management and coordination of VIP level player programs. Prior to his position at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, he was the marketing manager at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. “We… Read More →

Knight Transportation names Jackson as new CEO

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Knight Transportation, Inc., one of North America’s largest and most diversified truckload transportation companies, announced the following changes to its management team and board of directors effective January 1, 2015: David A. Jackson will become Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors, while retaining the title of President. Mr. Jackson has… Read More →

UA Eller College receives large gifts from Valley philanthropists

Biltmore residents Karl and Stevie Eller with University of Arizona Eller College of Management Dean Len Jessup. The Ellers' gift of $1.5 million will name the Professional Development Center, a two-story addition to the business school that will house undergraduate career coaches, recruiter meeting space, and student collaboration space.

The University of Arizona Eller College of Management announced on Oct. 9 three new gift commitments totaling $6 million from Shamrock Foods and Karl and Stevie Eller of Phoenix and the Diamond family of Tucson. More than 240 people attended the celebration of Arizona NOW: The Campaign for the University of Arizona, hosted by Eller… Read More →

BMO Harris Bank Names New Arizona President

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BMO Harris Bank today announced the appointment of Steven Zandpour as Regional President for Arizona.  Zandpour will be responsible for overseeing a network of 50 BMO Harris locations, and driving growth to deliver the breadth of BMO Harris’ retail banking, small business banking and premier services across the state. Alex Dousmanis-Curtis, Head of U.S. Retail… Read More →

Sprouts COO Named Retailer of the Year

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Since joining Sprouts Farmers Market as Chief Operating Officer, Jim Nielsen has been a driving force at the company, leading all merchandising initiatives for the healthy grocery store chain along with operations now spanning ten states and close to 200 stores. As the company more than doubled in size between 2011 and 2013, Nielsen was… Read More →

JDA Software Names Baljit Dail CEO

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JDA Software Group, Inc., the world’s leading supply chain and retail solutions provider, today announced that Baljit (Bal) Dail, a senior technology executive and JDA’s Chairman of the Board, has been named JDA chief executive officer after assuming the CEO position on an interim basis in May 2014. “The potential for JDA now, and into… Read More →

Jewish Community Foundation announces new board

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The Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix elected nine new board members, including for the first-time, two members from its B’nai Tzedek Youth Philanthropy Board. New board members, elected for a three year term are: community volunteer Francine Coles; Bradley Dimond, CPA and partner with Henry & Horne, L.L.P.; Lory Fischler, senior associate with Leadership… Read More →

Quarles & Brady Adds 4 New Phoenix Partners

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The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that four of its Phoenix associate attorneys have been admitted as partners as a result of excellent performance and the promise of generating strong future value for the firm and its clients. The new partners are: Michael Catlett, who practices in the Litigation & Dispute… Read More →

Talking Stick adds new director of slots

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Talking Stick Resort and Casino Arizona, enterprises of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), announced the addition of Trenni Martinez as the new director of slots. Martinez, a native of Kansas, brings with him more than two decades of casino gaming experience. “The position requires someone who is well-versed in operations management and has… Read More →

G&K’s Antonuccio Elected to Phoenix Day’s Board

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The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that associate Laura E. Antonuccio has been elected to serve on the board of directors for Phoenix Day. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in November 2015, Phoenix Day is the oldest, continuously operating early childhood education and youth development center in Arizona. It provides affordable education and childcare… Read More →

Boys & Girls Clubs Foundation Hires New Executive Director

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Foundation has announced the hiring of Kathy Kramer as their new Executive Director. Kramer brings more than 30 years of experience as a development officer with a focus on fundraising in health and human service settings including management, board relationships and strategic planning. Having grown up in… Read More →

REDW promotes 2 more in Phoenix office

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REDWLLC, one of the largest and most respected certified public accounting and business consulting firms in the Southwest, announced that Jose Escalante and Myrond Muskett were each promoted to Senior Accountant in the Firm’s Audit & Consulting Department. “REDW prides itself on recognizing and retaining our talented staff at all levels, which is why we’re… Read More →