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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.

Nautilus Insurance Group announces changes to management

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Scottsdale-based Nautilus Insurance Group, comprised of Nautilus Insurance Company (“Nautilus”) and Great Divide Insurance Company (“Great Divide”), member companies of W. R. Berkley Corporation, has announced two changes to the management team of the organization. Michael J. Kilgas, who has served as Senior Vice President of Claims, will move to a new role as Senior… Read More →

Quarles & Brady Executive Committee adds Brad Vynalek

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The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Phoenix partner Brad Vynalek has been appointed to the firm’s Executive Committee.   Executive Committee members are responsible for the management and administration of the firm. Vynalek will serve a four-year term.   “We are happy to welcome Brad to the firm’s leadership team,” said Quarles & Brady Chair Kimberly Leach… Read More →

Sandi Perez of Delta Dental of Arizona earns honor

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Sandi Perez, Delta Dental of Arizona Vice President of Communications & Community Benefit, has been selected as a 2015 Kids at Heart Award honoree by the Children’s Museum of Phoenix Board of Directors and gala committee. She will be honored at the upcoming Children’s Museum of Phoenix Havana Nights gala on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Each year the… Read More →

AVANA Capital taps Matt Hunt as chief credit officer

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AVANA Capital has added a key new member to its team. Matthew Hunt, a known leader in SBA lending and a demonstrated risk manager, will join the AVANA Capital team this month. Hunt is coming to AVANA from Zions Bank in Utah, one of the top SBA 504 lenders in the country. He will help… Read More →

Stephanie J. Quincy joins Quarles & Brady

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The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Stephanie J. Quincy has joined the firm’s Phoenix office as a partner in its Labor & Employment Practice Group. Quincy consults and educates companies of all sizes on employment issues ranging from benefits, discipline, hiring, investigation of complaints, and termination, as well as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Family Medical… Read More →

Cynthia Walter promoted to president at Bagnall

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Cynthia Walter has been promoted to president at Bagnall.     She joined Bagnall in May 2006 as vice president account management and chief operating officer.  After eight years with the company, Cynthia is ready to take the helm.  She currently manages the overall day to day operations of the company in addition to servicing a book of business. She… Read More →

Sam Fox is UA Eller’s Executive of the Year

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Sam Fox, CEO and Founder of Fox Restaurant Concepts, will be recognized as the 2015 University of Arizona Executive of the Year on Friday, April 17. The luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Westin La Paloma Resort, 3800 East Sunrise, in Tucson. “Sam studied real estate finance at the University… Read More →

Greater Phoenix Leadership president retires

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Greater Phoenix Leadership President and CEO Tom Franz, age 56, today announced plans to retire from the position he has held since 2008. He announced his plans to give the organization ample time to find its next leader, who will be the third president in GPL’s 40-year history. “All of us at GPL are incredibly grateful to… Read More →

William S. Sowders joins Gust Rosenfeld

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Gust Rosenfeld, PLC announced that William S. Sowders joined the firm on March 2, 2015.  Sowders’ practice is concentrated on litigation, specifically in the areas of products liability, medical malpractice and healthcare, transportation, and accident and personal injury. “Bill is a highly respected lawyer who brings a wealth of experience in litigation, in particular in… Read More →

Gordon & Rees names Leon Silver co-managing partner

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One of the fastest-growing law firms in the country, Gordon & Rees continues its expansion in the Phoenix market. To lead that expansion, the firm announced that Leon Silver has been named co-managing partner of its Phoenix office. “We are looking forward to benefiting from Mr. Silver’s great enthusiasm and deep roots in the region… Read More →

Polsinelli promotes Phillip Guttilla

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Phillip Guttilla has been elevated to vice chair of the Corporate and Transactional Practice Group of the national law firm Polsinelli.  The firm has 19 offices and more than 740 attorneys.  Guttilla works with clients on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and capital formation, hedge fund and private equity fund formation, and advises companies on… Read More →

Snell & Wilmer’s Matthew Feeney takes over as chairman

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Snell & Wilmer announced that Matthew P. Feeney, a partner in the Phoenix office, has assumed the firm’s chairmanship. As announced in a press release on October 21, 2014, Feeney takes over for John J. Bouma, who steps down from the position after leading the firm for more than 30 years. Bouma remains active in… Read More →

Generation Next: CEOs

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Josh Becker, 27 CEO Impele Consulting Group, impele.com Becker leads Phoenix-based Impele, the market leader in custom-tailored consulting solutions for clients looking to expand or enter their businesses into sub-Saharan Africa. Becker, who lived in Africa for 19 years, has led the company to grow into locations in the U.S. and South Africa, and has established local experts in countries across Africa.     Ryan Hibbert,… Read More →

Booker T. Evans, Jr. joins Ballard Spahr

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Booker T. Evans, Jr., a prominent white collar criminal defense attorney and commercial litigator with more than 25 years of experience defending multimillion-dollar cases for businesses and individuals, has joined Ballard Spahr as a partner in Phoenix, firm Chair Mark Stewart announced today. Mr. Evans was Chief Deputy District Attorney in Las Vegas and an… Read More →

Greenberg Traurig appoints 2 new shareholders

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The Phoenix office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP has promoted Nathan T. Mitchler and Dana L. Hooper to shareholder. Firm wide, Greenberg Traurig elevated 32 attorneys to shareholder in its 2015 class. In addition, the firm also announced record financial performance for 2014. “Nathan and Dana are superior lawyers who are deeply dedicated… Read More →