Author Archives: AZ Business Leaders

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.

Stephanie Nowack retires as CEO of Tempe Tourism Office


The Tempe Tourism Office announced today that Stephanie Nowack, President/CEO, will retire after more than 18 years at the organization. Nowack is expected to remain in her current position through the end of 2017. Nowack joined the Tempe Tourism Office, then known as the Tempe Convention & Visitors Bureau, in 1999. Her prior experience in… Read More →

Barrow Neurological Foundation appoints 3 to board

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Barrow Neurological Foundation has announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees: Karen King-Brooks, Robert Lavinia and James Swanson. The Barrow Neurological Foundation is the catalyst of its donors’ passion for transformation by providing the resources necessary for patient care, education and research at Barrow Neurological Institute, a world-renowned neuroscience center.… Read More →

Steptoe’s Pat Derdenger earns State Bar’s Tax Attorney Award

Steptoe Phoenix partner Pat Derdenger has received the State Bar of Arizona’s top tax attorney award. Mr. Derdenger was presented with the 2017 Henry Tom Outstanding Tax Attorney Award on June 15 during the state bar’s annual convention in Tucson.  The award, established in 2011 by the State Bar of Arizona Tax Law Section, recognizes… Read More →

Caliber announces Jade Leung as chief financial officer

Caliber – The Wealth Development Company today announced Jade Leung as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), reporting to Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Chris Loeffler. A seasoned executive with diverse finance and operational experience within domestic and international growth companies, Mr. Leung, who previously served as Caliber’s Vice President of Finance, assumes his new role on… Read More →

Is Ashley Gleckler the most powerful attorney in Arizona?

Polsinelli Associate Ashley Gleckler qualified for the United States Powerlifting Association’s (USPA) National competition and the International Powerlifting League’s World’s competition at the recent USPA Imperial Valley Open in California.  The 5’5” Gleckler successfully squatted 319.7 pounds (1.96 times bodyweight) and deadlifted 380.1 pounds (2.33 times bodyweight), for a total of 832.2 pounds, including her… Read More →

Robin Arredondo-Savage earns Spirit of Tempe Award


Robin Arredondo-Savage, Vice Mayor for the City of Tempe and a local small business owner, will be honored by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce by receiving the Chamber’s annual Spirit of Tempe Award. The award recognizes a lifetime achievement of service, dedication and contribution to the community and honors hard work and strong commitment to… Read More →

Greater Phoenix Chamber names 2017 board chairman

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce announced new leaders of its board of directors during its Annual Luncheon on June 7 at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. Michael McCann, Arizona market executive at JPMorgan Chase, will serve as 2017-2018 board chairman, succeeding Daniel Froetscher of APS, who will serve as immediate past chair. Phyllis Senseman, vice president of… Read More →

Tempe Chamber of Commerce adds new board members


The Tempe Chamber of Commerce has confirmed three new members to its Board of Directors. Their terms will begin July 1. The new members of the board are: Tina Lee, OneAZ Credit Union Lee is a seasoned financial services professional and a former small business owner. She has been with OneAZ Credit Union for more… Read More →

Chambers USA honors 4 from Ballard Spahr Phoenix office

Ballard Spahr announced that 92 of the firm’s attorneys, including four in the Phoenix office, have been recognized for excellence in this year’s Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business rankings, along with 25 practices—the highest number of ranked practices ever for the firm. Ballard Spahr is ranked in the highest band nationwide for Financial… Read More →

National Bank of Arizona appoints new EVP

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National Bank of Arizona, a division of Zions Bancorporation, has appointed Marcos Garay as EVP, Director of Strategic Business Development, reporting directly to Mark Young, NB|AZ CEO. In this role, Garay will provide leadership and support for the development of new business from multiple and diverse communities. His focus will be Latino markets and developing… Read More →

Fennemore Craig earns top recognition from Chambers USA

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Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West business law firm, announced 14 of its attorneys and six practice areas in Arizona were recognized by Chambers USA 2017, a prominent and prestigious annual ranking of law firms and attorneys. “We are honored to be recognized again by Chambers USA,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig.… Read More →

Nicole Stanton appointed to Tyrann Mathieu Foundation board

The law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Phoenix office managing partner Nicole Stanton has been appointed to the Executive Board of Tyrann Mathieu Foundation, which was formed in 2016 by Arizona Cardinals and NFL star Tyrann Mathieu and is focused on making an impact in the lives of financially disadvantaged children… Read More →

Arizona Association for Economic Development elects 7 to board

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The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) has elected two new members and re-elected five members to its board of directors.  The new board members representing rural Arizona are:  Bobby Davis, AZED Pro, economic development specialist for the town of Payson, and Casey Rooney, economic development director for the city of Cottonwood. Victor Gonzales, CEcD,… Read More →

Arizona Theatre Company names David Ivers as artistic director

After a nationwide search, the Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) board of directors has named David Ivers, most recently the artistic director at Utah Shakespeare Festival, as ATC’s new Artistic Director. Ivers will begin his new role on July 1.          Arizona Theatre Company’s current artistic director, David Ira Goldstein, will remain with… Read More →

Andrea S. Tazioli elected to board of Make-A-Wish Arizona

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Phoenix partner Andrea Tazioli has been named to the Make-A-Wish Arizona board of directors. In her role, which will begin in June 2017, Tazioli will be responsible for working toward the chapter’s vision of granting the wish of every eligible child in Arizona.  “Quarles & Brady has a long… Read More →