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Michael Gossie

About Michael Gossie

Michael Gossie is an award-winning journalist who has earned more than 50 awards for writing, editing and design. He studied economics at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., and put his entrepreneurial spirit to work in 2007, using a 200-year-old family recipe to launch an Italian sauce company. He is a competitive marathon runner, Ironman triathlete and is most proud of being the founding president of the Steuben Arc Foundation in Upstate New York, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities, including his sister.

FEI Arizona Chapter honors CFO of the Year winners

CFO of the Year

Nearly 500 people packed the Camelback Inn Thursday as the Arizona Chapter of Financial Executives International (FEI) presented the 2015 CFO of the Year Awards. 2015 CFO Of The Year Awards The CFO of the Year Awards are given to professionals for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards and highlights the important roles that financial… Read More →

Ducey makes major impact during 1st year in office


Resting on a table in the center of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s meeting room at the state capitol is an Arizona State University football helmet signed by Jake Plummer and Pat Tillman. “I am a proud Sun Devil,” Ducey gushes. But the state’s “first fan” can also boast about another first: Ducey is the first… Read More →

Nominations open for Healthcare Leadership Awards


Az Business magazine is dedicated to bringing the stories of healthcare leaders, innovators, researchers and advocates to its readers. Each April, Az Business shines a special spotlight on the medical industry through its annual Healthcare Leadership Awards. Arizona’s healthcare industry is a tremendous economic engine for the state and is making Arizona a better place… Read More →

Michael Phelps Swim School coming to Arizona

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps Swim School, LLC announced today a strategic affiliation with Pitchfork Aquatics, Inc.  As the first licensee of Michael Phelps Swimming methodology in Arizona, Pitchfork Aquatics brings the industry leading swim instruction methodology to Arizona State University.  “Pitchfork Aquatics is a non-profit entity that will provide the opportunity for anyone in the Phoenix community… Read More →

AzMPI partners with schools to stress education

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Today’s students need to hit the ground running. “One of the fascinating things I share with my classes every semester is how important the bachelor’s degree is to employment,” said Gary Vallen, a professor in the School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University. “Studies performed by the industry demonstrate the same fact;… Read More →

Able Engineering, Able Aerospace hit new heights

Lee Benson

Neither the recession nor sequestration has slowed one Arizona aerospace company. “For the last 12 years, we are growing at better than a 20 percent compounded annual growth rate,” said Lee Benson, CEO of Able Engineering and Able Aerospace. “This year, we could grow as much as 35 percent.” Since buying the business that would… Read More →

Chef Bernie Kantak blends perfection at Citizen Public House

Citizen Public House
by in Eat | Experience AZ Magazine | Featured

If dining was baseball, Chef Bernie Kantak has pitched a perfect game with Citizen Public House. For years, Kantak’s devotees have praised former Cowboy Ciao mastermind’s culinary genius. But with Citizen Public House, which is located in a relaxed and stylish renovated building in Old Town Scottsdale’s Fifth Avenue Shops, Kantak has exceeded the expectations… Read More →

Meet Arizona’s Most Admired Companies of 2015


Each year, Az Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ chooses 40 companies as winners of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies Awards. When developing the Most Admired Companies program, the primary goal of Az Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ was to recognize those companies that excel in workplace culture, leadership, social responsibility, customer opinion and innovation. Here are Arizona’s Most Admired Companies of 2015: Alliance Residential Company Most… Read More →

Molly Stockley: Most Influential Women in Arizona


Molly Stockley, VP of hospital growth, CTCA Stockley, a former sportscaster with more than 23 years in the media industry, oversees all marketing and branding efforts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, focusing on Arizona as well as 12 other states. Greatest accomplishment: “My position at CTCA, where I combine my expertise and passion. After cancer took… Read More →

Wendi A. Sorensen: Most Influential Women in Arizona


Wendi A. Sorensen, shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo Sorensen is a certified specialist in personal injury and wrongful death and has been selected as one of the 2015 “Top 25 Women Attorneys in Arizona” by Southwest Super Lawyers. Greatest accomplishment: “Approaching this very competitive and often cutthroat practice with a sense of humor.” Childhood aspiration: “When I was… Read More →

Sherri Slayton: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Sherri Slayton, executive vice president , Alliance Bank of Arizona Slayton has more than 30 years of commercial lending and retail banking experience.  She is a member of Flagstaff 40 and a Regional Council member for First Things First in the Coconino Region. Greatest accomplishment: “Helping other women succeed in their careers while balancing their family… Read More →

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema: Most Influential Women


Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ, 9th District Greatest accomplishment: “We took immediate action when we learned about the tragedies at the Phoenix VA. Since last summer, we’ve held three veterans resource clinics, established a mental health working group, and passed laws to increase accountability and improve the quality of VA healthcare.” Childhood aspiration: “In first grade, I told… Read More →

Adelaida V. Severson: Most Influential Women


Adelaida V. Severson, president and CEO, Bushtex Severson founded Bushtex with her husband in 1994 as a satellite communications firm specializing in remote broadcast transmissions worldwide. Greatest accomplishment: “Cracking through the federal government nutshell in a male-dominated industry.” Childhood aspiration: “I wanted to be a foreign correspondent – which I started in broadcast journalism as a… Read More →

Cynthia Walter: Most Influential Women


Cynthia Walter, president, BAGNALL Walter is the president of BAGNALL, an employee benefits and HR consulting firm, and one of the only female company presidents in the industry. Greatest accomplishment: “I’ve been a member of Vistage, an executive leadership program, since 2010. This involves a full day each month of strategic planning with other VP’s, CEO’s,… Read More →

Cathy Valenzuela: Most Influential Women


Cathy Valenzuela, president, Arizona Business Bank Greatest accomplishment: “The many ways I have been able to help my customers, co-workers and family achieve their goals and aspirations. And I sincerely believe my greatest achievements are yet to come.” Childhood aspiration: “I loved to draw, paint and create other artwork and was sure I was destined to… Read More →