Author Archives: AZ Business Leaders

AZ Business Magazine

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.

Sherman & Howard’s John Doran earns honor


The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers announced the election of Sherman & Howard’s John Alan Doran as a newly elected Fellow.  Election as a Fellow is the highest recognition by one’s colleagues of sustained outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. Mr. Doran has over 25 years of experience representing employers… Read More →

Tom Hatten elected as chairman of Make-A-Wish board


Make-A-Wish® Arizona, the state chapter of the international wish granting organization, recently elected Tom Hatten, president and CEO of Mountainside Fitness Centers and Fit Republic, as the new Chair of the Make-A-Wish Arizona Board of Directors. Hatten has been on the Make-A-Wish Arizona board for four years. During that time, he has been instrumental in… Read More →

Walt Danley ranked No. 1 AZ agent by Wall Street Journal


Walt Danley ranked as the No. 1 selling real estate agent in Arizona by sales volume, according to the REAL Trends “The Thousand: 2015 Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals.”  The list was published in The Wall Street Journal on June 26, 2015. Danley is ranked No. 61 in the U.S. for individual sales volume, having… Read More →

Flinn Foundation announces staff leadership appointments

University of Arizona Customized Executive Education - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

After more than five years in a key role at the Flinn Foundation, Executive Vice President Cathy McGonigle has announced her retirement. McGonigle’s departure June 26 will trigger three additional leadership changes at the Foundation. Two of the further staff moves will be internal. Brad Halvorsen has been named the Foundation’s new Executive Vice President.… Read More →

REDW adds Michael Tobiason as practice leader


REDW LLC, one of the Southwest’s certified public accounting and business consulting firms, has added Michael  Tobiason, CPA, CVA as a Practice Leader – Valuation Services in the Business Valuation, Forensic and Litigation Services (BVFLS) Department. He will work in REDW’s Phoenix office. Tobiason joins REDW after serving as a Shareholder and Director of the Consulting… Read More →

Joe Clees among ‘Most Powerful’ lawyers


Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Ogletree Deakins), one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, has announced that Joe Clees, a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been named to Human Resource Executive magazine’s 2015 list of “The Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys.” This is the seventh consecutive year… Read More →

Valley Leadership gets 1st tech-based board president  Maksym Yemelyanov

University of Advancing Technology’s (UAT) Provost Dr. David Bolman is the first tech-based Board President that Valley Leadership has elected, bringing to the table a combined perspective of education, technology and innovation. Historically, leaders in technology have not been hugely involved in community outreach, but Dr. Bolman, as well as UAT as a whole, has… Read More →

OneGuard’s Scott Smith named highest rated CEO in 2015


OneGuard Home Warranties CEO Scott Smith was awarded Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEO recognition for 2015. Glassdoor, a jobs and careers marketplace, recently released its annual report highlighting the Highest Rated CEOs, this year recognizing top leaders throughout North America and parts of Europe. Among CEOs recognized in the U.S. at small and mid-size companies, Smith… Read More →

Kenneth C. Sundlof, Jr. elected chair of Herberger


Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC, a leading Phoenix-based law firm, has announced that Kenneth C. Sundlof, Jr. has been elected as Chairman of the Board of the Herberger Theater Center. He will serve two-year term. Opened in 1989, the Herberger Theater Center supports and fosters the growth of the arts in Phoenix as a premier performance… Read More →

Origami Owl appoints Brett Blake as CEO

Facebook: Origami Owl

Origami Owl®, an international jewelry company known for its customizable jewelry and signature Living Lockets®, has announced the appointment of its new CEO, Brett Blake. The news comes on the heels of a series of positive changes the company has implemented over the last few months to support current U.S. sales and global expansion. Blake’s… Read More →

Jackson Lewis shareholder earns recognition


Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, announced that Phoenix Shareholder Richard S. Cohen has been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 in the Labor and Employment Litigation practice area under the Labor and Employment designation. Mr. Cohen is one of 23 attorneys from the firm recognized… Read More →

John R. Scherer joins board of WVNB


Candace Wiest, president and CEO of West Valley National Bank, and Steven Bales, chairman of West Valley National Bank, has announced that John R. Scherer has joined the Board of Directors of both the bank and its holding company WVBI. John is the owner of Scherer Strategic Solutions, is affiliated with Arizona Growth Advisors  and… Read More →

Amy Altshuler leads Lewis Roca Rothgerber group


Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP has announced that Amy E. Altshuler will lead the firm’s business transactions practice group, a strategic focus area for the firm that includes banking and regulatory compliance, commercial real estate, executive compensation and employee benefits, M&A, securities and regulatory compliance, tax and trusts & estates. Lewis Roca Rothgerber’s business transactions group… Read More →

Stinson Leonard Street adds Thomas Salerno


Stinson Leonard Street LLP has added Thomas J. Salerno to the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights practice group as a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office. Salerno has been involved in high-profile restructuring cases around the world. He served as lead counsel for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League in the landmark negotiation and sale… Read More →

5 Arts Circle names new executive director


5 Arts Circle, a 501(c)(3) social group that supports five preeminent visual and performing arts organizations in metro-Phoenix, announced that Jo Marie McDonald is the new executive director. The organization celebrated its 15th anniversary this 2014-2015 arts season, notably reaching a milestone of raising over $4 million since its inception. “Jo Marie brings a wealth… Read More →