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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.

Local restaurant manager receives national award

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Katrina Noble, General Manager of the Olive Garden in Yuma, has attained parent company Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status. She joins a group of top-performing General Managers recognized for their commitment to delivering guest experiences at the highest level, while making a difference in the lives of guests, employees and in their community. This is… Read More →

Phoenix Art Museum hires new education director

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Phoenix Art Museum has announced that Kaela Hoskings will be joining the institution as its new Gerry Grout Education Director and will assume her new responsibilities at the Museum on August 17, 2015. Hoskings is currently the director of education at Artpace in San Antonio, Texas, one of the premier artist residency and exhibition programs in… Read More →

Daniel Wani will manage US Bank’s wealth planning

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U.S. Bank Wealth Management, ranked among the top 25 U.S. wealth managers, has announced that Daniel G. Wani has been named managing director of trust and wealth planning for The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank. His office is based in Scottsdale and he serves the Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego and La Jolla, California,… Read More →

Fennemore Craig attorney elected vice chair for ballet

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Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced that James Lee, chair of the firm’s Estate Planning and Probate practice, has been elected Vice Chair of Ballet Arizona. “The firm’s culture is centered around our colleagues’ commitment to serving the community,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We congratulate Jim on his… Read More →

Sprouts appoints new CMO, EVP of store operations

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Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country, has announced that Shawn Gensch has joined the company as chief marketing officer, and Dan Sanders has joined the company as executive vice president of store operations. Gensch’s appointment was effective on Monday, June 29 and Sanders’ on Monday, July 6. “Shawn and Dan… Read More →

Tom Morgan named Bar’s Business Law Section Chair

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Sherman & Howard attorney Tom Morgan has been elected to a one-year term as Chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona, effective immediately. Morgan served as co-vice chairman of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona from 2014-2015. He also served as the former chairman of the… Read More →

Joe Clees among ‘Most Powerful’ lawyers

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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 →

Richard Amoroso will lead insurance association

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Richard Amoroso, an insurance recovery litigation attorney of the national law firm Polsinelli, has been elected to serve as President of the Arizona Captive Insurance Association (AzCIA.) The AzCIA serves as a resource to businesses, management firms and professionals active in the captive insurance industry. Its mission is to support and market the position of… Read More →

Sherman & Howard’s John Doran earns honor

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 →

Valley Leadership gets 1st tech-based board president

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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

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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 →