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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.

Chris Zaharis named GPEC board chairman

Downtown Phoenix
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The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Board of Directors met Thursday, September 22 for its Annual Meeting, approving the new slate of officers and nine new board members. The newly elected Board Chairman is Chris Zaharis, Executive Vice President of Empire Southwest, who serves on the GPEC Board on behalf of Maricopa County Other officers include Tammy… Read More →

Phoenix Art Museum names adjunct curator of American art

Phoenix Art Museum
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Phoenix Art Museum appointed Dr. Betsy Fahlman, PhD, to the role of adjunct curator of American art. Dr. Fahlman will officially begin her role overseeing the care and scholarship of the Museum’s historical American art collection in the fall of 2016 and will divide her time between Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute… Read More →

Robert Livingston leads Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino as regional president

Resort entertainment
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Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino has announced that Robert Livingston, the property’s general manager is adding an additional title to his name. Livingston will now also serve as regional president, overseeing operations of both Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa and Harrah’s Resort Southern California, just outside of San Diego. Livingston has been with the Caesars family for… Read More →

Richard Heath named executive director of NAU campus in Prescott Valley

Tyler Smith
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Northern Arizona University hired Richard L. Heath as the new executive director of the NAU campus in Prescott Valley. He will start work on October 24, 2016. Heath brings strong relationships in this region through his current role as the executive director of the Greater Prescott Regional Economic Partnership. “Richard will bring his passion for NAU and… Read More →

Arizona Oncology adds gynecologic oncologists

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Arizona Oncology, one of the largest medical groups in Arizona devoted exclusively to cancer care and a practice in The US Oncology Network, welcomes four additional gynecologic oncologists to the practice. This exciting expansion will enhance its gynecologic oncology program, offering the largest, most comprehensive state-of-the-art gynecologic oncology program in the region. The four new… Read More →

True Food Kitchen hires former Starbucks executive as CEO

True Food Kitchen
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Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) has hired former Starbucks executive Christine Barone as chief executive officer of True Food Kitchen, one of Sam Fox’s restaurant concepts inspired by the principles of Dr. Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid. Christine will work closely with Sam in FRC’s home office in Phoenix to transition True Food Kitchen into a stand-alone company under Centerbridge Partners’… Read More →

Salad and Go parent company names new CEO

Salad and Go
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And Go Concepts and Salad and Go, the gourmet salad drive-thru with a mission to make drive-thru fast food better and healthier for all consumers, appointment Bobby Shaw as its CEO. Recently recognized by Fast Casual in its annual Top 100 report as a Top 25 Executive, Shaw will help And Go Concepts and its flagship Salad and Go… Read More →

Former GoDaddy executive launches consulting firm

Tyler Butler has launched a new consultancy called 11Eleven Consulting.

Tyler Butler, a former GoDaddy executive and passionate professional working toward helping companies operate with a conscience, has launched a new consultancy called 11Eleven Consulting.  Embracing the trend of more companies taking steps towards operating as responsible businesses, Butler saw an opportunity to effectively make these transitions. Connecting communities, companies and causes, 11Eleven Consulting incorporates… Read More →

Stephanie Quincy will chair Quarles & Brady Labor & Employment Group

Julia Koestner
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The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP named Phoenix partner Stephanie Quincy as the chair of the Phoenix office’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. The firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group is listed in “The Go-To Law Firms of the World’s Leading Companies” – a Fortune Magazine supplement – and is highly ranked, both on office and individual attorney levels, in Chambers USA.… Read More →

Meet Tempe Business Woman of the Year recipients at luncheon

Business Woman of the Year

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s most recent Business Woman of the Year Award recipient Denise Hart joins prior recipients Jodi Polanski and Margaret Hunnicutt at an educational and inspiring luncheon. These notable women will have a conversation about what it takes to succeed in life and business and answer questions about their achievements and experiences. The event takes place on Sept.… Read More →

Goldwater Institute will expand its leadership team

Tyler Smith

The Goldwater Institute is expanding its leadership team with Victor Riches assuming the new role of president & COO. Long-serving current President & CEO Darcy Olsen will remain in place as the Institute’s CEO. “The Goldwater Institute has grown from a small locally-focused organization into a 30-person organization with a coast-to-coast impact, thousands of supporters… Read More →

Quarles & Brady partner appointed to State Bar’s Executive Council


Quarles & Brady LLP Phoenix office Partner Cathleen T. Yu has been elected to the Executive Council of the State Bar of Arizona Business Law Section. In her role, Yu will work to promote the objectives of the State Bar of Arizona within the area of business law; simplify and improve the application of justice in the field;… Read More →

Rosie’s House CEO earns spot in arts program

Rosie's House

Becky Ballard, CEO at Rosie’s House, a music academy for children, has been selected as the only Arizona representative for the fourth and final class of National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program. The Chief Executive Program: Community and Culture brings together an international cohort of 50 CEOs who are working to lead change in their organizations, communities in the cultural… Read More →

Frutkin Law Firm announces Harvey Frutkin’s retirement

Julia Koestner

The Frutkin Law Firm has announced the retirement of Harvey Frutkin from the practice of law. Harvey worked with a focus on estate planning, taxation and corporate law for more than 40 years, primarily in Cleveland, Ohio. While a partner at Cavitch, Familo, Durkin & Frutkin, Harvey participated on the board of directors and as… Read More →

Desert Botanical Garden announces new trustees

Central AZ Must Do's - EAZ Fall-Winter 2012

Desert Botanical Garden appointed several local leaders to the Garden’s Board of Trustees, which include: John Burnside, an attorney with the Phoenix-based law firm Snell & Wilmer LLP, has been appointed to the Desert Botanical Garden Board of Trustees. He is rejoining the board of trustees following six years of service from 2009 to 2015. His… Read More →