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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.

Natalie Virden joins Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan’s Phoenix office garloon

Natalie B. Virden has joined Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan’s Phoenix Office as an Associate in the labor and employment group. Natalie B. Virden practices in the area of labor and employment law, with experience in wage and hour law, collective and class action lawsuits, and labor arbitration. Ms. Virden gained experience during her time as… Read More →

Sun Corridor Network named executive director

Michael C. Sherman, executive director at Sun Corridor Network

The Sun Corridor Network Board of Directors recently announced the appointment of Michael C. Sherman as executive director. Sherman will lead the business and administrative operations for the research and education network. He will also work closely with public and private sector stakeholders to expand gigabit speed connectivity to K-12 public schools, community colleges, libraries,… Read More →

Carrington College named executive campus director

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Carrington College announced that Michael Como has been appointed executive campus director at Carrington’s Mesa campus, which is located at 1001 W. Southern Ave. In his role, Como will oversee optimal student experience, manage operational excellence and lead all site operations. Currently, the campus offers either certificate and/or associate degree programs in criminal justice, dental assisting, dental hygiene,… Read More →

Landings Credit Union adds new board member


Landings Credit Union has a new face on their Board of Directors, Barbara Lloyd. Barbara, who graduated from Arizona State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish, is Senior Vice President of the Investment Services Group at NAI Horizon in Phoenix. Barbara is an active member of CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member)… Read More →

Dr. Harvey Meislin receives Lifetime Achievement Award Karen Roach

Harvey W. Meislin, MD, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, has been awarded the 2016 Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine (AACEM) Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the AACEM annual retreat dinner Feb. 22 in Tempe. “Dr. Meislin has dedicated a lifetime to promoting the… Read More →

Craig Friedrichs joins Quarles & Brady Leo Wolfert

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Craig L. Friedrichs has joined the firm’s Phoenix office in its Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Creditor’s Rights Group. Craig focuses his practice on bankruptcy matters and has significant courtroom experience. He began his bankruptcy career working for a Chapter 13 trustee, developing his knowledge of the appellate process, adversary proceedings, and motion practice.… Read More →

Jonathan Macknin joins The CORE Institute in Arizona

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The CORE Institute, announced the addition of Jonathan Macknin, MD, a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery practicing at The CORE Institute’s West Phoenix Clinic. “I’m thrilled to establish a practice in the Southwest Valley with The CORE Institute, which shares my passion for research and providing its patients the highest… Read More →

Lee & Associates promotes Pete Batschelet to principal

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Lee & Associates has promoted Pete Batschelet to Principal. Pete began his career in commercial brokerage in 2006. In 2013, he joined Lee & Associates as an Associate and quickly reached Principal status in less than 2 years. “Pete’s enthusiasm and drive have helped him to be very successful in a short period of time. We… Read More →

Junior Achievement names Katherine Cecala president

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Junior Achievement of Arizona (JA), a nearly 60-year-old Arizona nonprofit, announced it has selected esteemed business and nonprofit executive Katherine Cecala as its new president. Cecala joins the organization at a time when it is poised to elevate its programs and breadth of student service to a greater level. “There are more one million students… Read More →

Washington Federal names Rhett Bailey to new post

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Washington Federal has announced Rhett Bailey has been hired as a wholesale account executive.  In his new role, Bailey will be responsible for business development, customer service and custom-construction loan seminars. Bailey brings nearly a decade of experience to this new position, most recently as the assistant branch manager of Washington Federal’s Camelback office. Bailey… Read More →

Gerrit van Huisstede will retire from Wells Fargo tupungato

Wells Fargo announced Regional Banking Executive Gerrit van Huisstede will retire in January 2016. Van Huisstede caps a 25 year career with Wells Fargo and is the senior executive in charge of Wells Fargo Regional Banking in Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Washington and Alaska. “Gerrit has consistently lived our vision of satisfying customers’ financial needs and… Read More →

Susan Freeman joins Maricopa County Bar Hall of Fame


Susan Freeman, a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP, is among 10 attorneys inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame today during the association’s annual meeting. Freeman, whose practice focuses on business bankruptcy and civil appeals, has represented clients across Arizona and the United States, including before the U.S. Supreme Court. She said… Read More →

Az Business Leaders 2016 Digital Magazine


The faces of leadership It’s amazing how the definition of leadership can change for us between morning and evening and can take on different meanings in the hours in between. On a recent Friday morning, I attended a leadership forum where the definition was based on the skill set it would take to transform the… Read More →

Nicole Stanton earns GLSEN Phoenix Ally Award

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The law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Phoenix office managing partner Nicole Stanton will be honored with the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Phoenix Ally Award, which is given annually to local leaders who advocate for safe and respectful schools and create positive change for all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Stanton… Read More →

John Randolph joins Arizona Charter Academy board

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The Arizona Charter Academy has elected John Randolph to its board of directors. Mr. Randolph is a Member of the law firm of Sherman & Howard LLC. “John was instrumental in securing financing for a large expansion project for our school and has proven himself to be a valuable colleague,” says Melissa Holdaway, CEO of… Read More →