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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.

Ballard Spahr’s Travis Leach named to Tech Council board Buchachon Petthanya

Travis J. Leach, a business and finance partner who co-leads Ballard Spahr LLP’s Emerging Growth and Private Capital Group, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Arizona Technology Council. “Our group has substantial experience helping technology companies thrive, and we are focused on providing strategic counsel to a broad variety of clients in… Read More →

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie adds new CFO

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Kevin M. Posterro, MBA, joined Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, one of the leading commercial law firms in the Southwest, as its Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Posterro will be responsible for the firm’s financial management and reporting, and will serve as a key advisor in support of the firm’s strategic direction and business objectives.… Read More →

Fennemore Craig attorney appointed to State Bar committee


Fennemore Craig Phoenix office attorney, Emily Ward, has been appointed to the State Bar of Arizona’s Civil Practice and Procedure Committee. “Fennemore Craig and its attorneys have a long history of serving the profession,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We congratulate Emily on her appointment to the CP&P committee, and we are confident that she will be… Read More →

AWEE CEO Marie Sullivan earns distinction

Marie Sullivan leads Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE), which offers a diverse range of training and support services throughout Maricopa and Yavapai counties.

Arizona Women’s Education & Employment (AWEE) President and CEO Marie Sullivan was among the inaugural recipients of recognition by the Phoenix Mercury and BBVA Compass on Bright Futures Woman of Inspiration Night – Everyday Women. Sullivan, who was recognized at halftime of the Phoenix Mercury-Chicago Sky game at Talking Stick Resort Arena, has been at the… Read More →

New dean appointed for UA College of Pharmacy


Rick G. Schnellmann, PhD, a leading pharmacologist, researcher and drug discovery entrepreneur, has been appointed dean of the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. He will begin his new duties on Aug. 1, joining the UA from the Medical University of South Carolina where he served as Distinguished University Professor and chair of the College of… Read More →

MPI announces 2016-17 board

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Meeting Professionals International – Arizona Sunbelt Chapter (MPI AZ) recently installed its Board of Directors who will lead the association in 2016-17. The board includes: The Executive Team: President David G. Rosenbaum, CHME, Carefree Resort & Conference Center, Immediate Past President Penny Allphin, CHME, Hassayampa Inn/Aris Hospitality, President-Elect Lee Smith, Hotel Valley Ho, Vice President… Read More →

Michael J. Phalen joins Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Michael J. Phalen

Real estate and land use attorney Michael J. Phalen  joined Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP as a partner in the firm’s Business Transactions practice group. Phalen is a member of the firm’s Real Estate industry team, focusing primarily on land acquisition, entitlement and development. His practice covers a full range of issues from land use planning and zoning, real estate, government affairs, natural… Read More →

Giselle Alexander appointed to State Accountancy board


Tax attorney and CPA Giselle C. Alexander has been appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to a five-year term on the Arizona State Board of Accountancy. The seven-member board licenses and regulates Arizona’s 11,000 CPAs, overseeing their certification and registration, verifying education and experience credentials, monitoring the requirements for continuing education and investigating consumer complaints. Alexander… Read More →

Ducey appoints JHC lawyer to Veteran’s Commission


Jennings, Haug & Cunningham announced that Joseph Brophy has been appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to the Arizona Veterans’ Service Advisory Commission for a three-year term.   The Commission’s mission is to promote public awareness and enhance the well-being of past and present Arizona service members and their families. With over half a million veterans in… Read More →

Adopt Technologies appoints Rob Lloyd to board

Rob Lloyd

Adopt Technologies, a turnkey cloud-based IT solutions provider for small and medium-sized businesses, elected Rob Lloyd, chief information officer for the City of San Jose, Calif. to the company’s board of advisors. “We are honored to welcome Rob to our board of advisors,” said Ryan Treisman, chief technology officer of Adopt Technologies. “His impressive experience in… Read More →

Mountain Shadows names new general manager


The new Mountain Shadows resort, opening in early 2017, will have Andrew Chippindall as its vice president and general manager. Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Andrew has decades of experience in hospitality management. He has worked at luxurious hotels and resorts in London, Austria and Indonesia, and managed the media village for the 2000 Olympic Games in… Read More →

Jack Lunsford will be interim CEO for ASBA


The Board of Directors of the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) named Jack Lunsford to serve as Interim CEO. Lunsford is the former president and CEO and co-founder of WESTMARC. Besides managing The Lunsford Group consulting business, Lunsford has recently served as Special Assistant for Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and president and CEO of the… Read More →

What Arizona business is our most valuable brand?

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A recent report of the nation’s top 500 Most Valuable Brands found that retailer PetSmart is the state’s most valuable brand, followed by mining company Freeport-McMoRan. This year, PetSmart was ranked number one with a total brand value of $2.123 billion, a one percent increase from last year, according to Brand Finance US 500. Freeport-McMoRan… Read More →

Jennings, Haug & Cunningham attorneys earn honor

Julia Koestner

Eight Jennings, Haug & Cunningham attorneys were named 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers by Law & Politics Magazine. The attorneys recognized as top in their areas of practice include Mark Barker, Jack Cunningham, Karen Gaylord, Kim Lough, Chad Schexnayder, and John Sinodis. In addition, Joseph Brophy and Travis Pacheco were named 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Southwest… Read More →

Fennemore Craig announces Laura Wassmuth as group chair

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Fennemore Craig appointed Laura Wassmuth, a director in the firm’s Denver office, as the new Practice Group Chair of the firm’s Health Care Litigation & Regulation practice group. “Laura brings a great deal of experience and enthusiasm to the health care litigation & regulation practice group,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We congratulate Laura on… Read More →