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About AZ Business Leaders

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.

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 →

Long-time Cox leader Rizley announces retirement

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Cox Communications Senior Vice President and General Manager Steve Rizley will retire at the end of the year. During his 34-year career at Cox in Phoenix, Rizley motivated and galvanized those around him, and created unique relationships with his employees, customers and the Southwest community through his many years of service to area non-profits. Rizley… Read More →

Fennemore Craig Attorneys earn recognition

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Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional law firm, announced 59 lawyers in the firm’s Phoenix office were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC). Of the 59 attorneys recognized, five attorneys were also named The Best Lawyers in America 2015©… Read More →

Arizona Executives Don’t Vacation Without Smartphone

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BMO Harris Bank released a study today that found that most business owners and executives in Arizona do not truly “get away from it all” when it comes to vacationing. Seventy-three percent of the respondents admit to checking their work emails during their time off; albeit 11 percent lower than the national average. “Gadgets such… Read More →

The Phoenix Boys Choir names Executive Director

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The Phoenix Boys Choir announces the appointment of Kristen Bruskas as their new Executive Director beginning September 2, 2014. Bruskas was chosen as the ideal person to lead the Choir after an extensive search was conducted. “Kristen Bruskas is a wonderful addition to the Phoenix Boys Choir team. Her combination of experience, enthusiasm and love… Read More →

MJ Insurance Named One of the Largest Brokers in U.S.

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MJ Insurance, one of the nation’s leading property-casualty and employee benefits agencies, is one of the “100 Largest Broker of U.S. Business” according to Business Insurance magazine. MJ ranked No. 97 in the publication’s 2014 list. This is the second consecutive year that MJ Insurance has received the honor. Companies are ranked by 2013 brokerage… Read More →

Stanton named ‘Woman Worth Watching’

Nicole France-Stanton, office managing partner, Quarles & Brady.

The law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Phoenix Office Managing Partner Nicole Stanton has been selected by Profiles in Diversity Journal to be honored at its 13th Annual Women Worth Watching® Awards. Stanton will join trailblazing female leaders from across the country in this honor and will be featured in the… Read More →