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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.

Fennemore Craig Attorneys earn recognition

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Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional law firm, announced 59 lawyers in the firm’s Phoenix office were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC). Of the 59 attorneys recognized, five attorneys were also named The Best Lawyers in America 2015©… Read More →

Arizona Executives Don’t Vacation Without Smartphone

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BMO Harris Bank released a study today that found that most business owners and executives in Arizona do not truly “get away from it all” when it comes to vacationing. Seventy-three percent of the respondents admit to checking their work emails during their time off; albeit 11 percent lower than the national average. “Gadgets such… Read More →

The Phoenix Boys Choir names Executive Director

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The Phoenix Boys Choir announces the appointment of Kristen Bruskas as their new Executive Director beginning September 2, 2014. Bruskas was chosen as the ideal person to lead the Choir after an extensive search was conducted. “Kristen Bruskas is a wonderful addition to the Phoenix Boys Choir team. Her combination of experience, enthusiasm and love… Read More →

MJ Insurance Named One of the Largest Brokers in U.S.

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MJ Insurance, one of the nation’s leading property-casualty and employee benefits agencies, is one of the “100 Largest Broker of U.S. Business” according to Business Insurance magazine. MJ ranked No. 97 in the publication’s 2014 list. This is the second consecutive year that MJ Insurance has received the honor. Companies are ranked by 2013 brokerage… Read More →

Stanton named ‘Woman Worth Watching’

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The law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Phoenix Office Managing Partner Nicole Stanton has been selected by Profiles in Diversity Journal to be honored at its 13th Annual Women Worth Watching® Awards. Stanton will join trailblazing female leaders from across the country in this honor and will be featured in the… Read More →

Enterprise Bank adds 4 leaders to advisory board

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Enterprise Bank & Trust has added four respected business leaders to its Phoenix Advisory Board to help lead the bank as it continues to grow in the Southwest. Joining the 12-member board are Jeffrey S. Beyersdorfer of Western Refining, Inc., Jason Funk of Western Window Systems, Bill Lavidge of The Lavidge Company and Craig Rock… Read More →

Fennemore Craig shareholder elected to Childsplay Board

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Fennemore Craig announced Susan Wissink, a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been elected to serve as Vice President of Childsplay Board of Trustees. “We are proud of our attorneys’ willingness to serve in the community,” said Tim Berg, managing partner at Fennemore Craig. “We congratulate Susan on her dedication to supporting initiatives to… Read More →

Senators Urged to Preserve Future of Indian Gaming in Arizona

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Congress has the power to intervene in a growing national practice and problem of ‘off-reservation gaming,’ or ‘reservation-shopping.’ The topic was at the heart of an oversight hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today, titled, “Indian Gaming: The Next 25 Years,” and included discussion of H.R. 1410—the bi-partisan bill to solve the… Read More →

Arizona Oncology’s Janicek Earns Top 10 Doctor Award

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, gynecologic oncologist with Arizona Oncology, a practice in The U.S. Oncology Network, was recently named a recipient of the 2014 Vitals Top 10 Doctor Award. This honor recognizes physicians, by specialty, with the highest patient ratings in their communities. “Vitals established the Top 10 Doctor Award to help patients easily identify the highest-rated doctors… Read More →

Inilex Appoints Cichon as CTO; Promotes Ream

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Inilex, a leading provider of intelligent telemetry solutions for vehicles, is strengthening its leadership team with the addition of Robert Cichon as the company’s new chief technology officer (CTO), and the promotion of Kelly Ream to director of training. Cichon joins as a seasoned technology veteran with more than 20 years of experience developing, implementing… Read More →

Meritage Names Thrower South Region President

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Meritage Homes Corporation, a leading U.S. homebuilder, announced today that the company has created a new South Region to be based in Atlanta. Initially, the region will include Meritage’s recently acquired operations in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Atlanta and Greenville-Spartanburg markets to be added with the acquisition of Legendary Communities that was announced earlier this… Read More →

Federhar Appointed to Superior Court Advistory Committee

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Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional firm, announced Andrew Federhar, a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been appointed to the Business Court Advisory Committee for the Superior Court of Arizona. “The firm’s reputation has been built on our attorneys’ unparalleled commitment to legal excellence and continued willingness to serve the legal community,”… Read More →

Veteran Marketing Executive Joins CyberMark as CEO

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John Alpaugh, former chief marketing officer (CMO) of PetSmart, Inc., has joined CyberMark International as its new CEO. Alpaugh purchased CyberMark, one of the country’s leading Internet and digital marketing companies, from founder Kimberly Judd-Pennie, who will stay on in the role of chief customer officer, with responsibility for sales and customer relationships. In 1994,… Read More →

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Promotes Finance Director

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Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino has announced the promotion of Bambi Johnson to director of finance and administration. Johnson, previously the director of finance, brings nearly 13 years of accounting experience to her new position. As the director of finance and administration, she will be overseeing three more departments including main cage, security and Total Rewards along… Read More →

Spine Specialists Open New East Valley Office

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Sonoran Spine Center, Arizona’s leading spine and back specialists are moving to a new office in Tempe. Located at 1255 West Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 107, this marks the fifth location for Sonoran Spine Center in Metro Phoenix with a sixth office operating in Show Low, Ariz. Opened in 1999 by Dr. Dennis Crandall, Sonoran… Read More →