Author Archives: Michael Gossie

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.

Q&A: ABA’s Mark Minter wants more construction training

Mark Minter
by in AZRE Magazine | Construction

The last few years have been turbulent for the construction industry in Arizona. But helping to calm the seas has been Arizona Builders Alliance, which represents more than 270 member companies, including contractors and professional service firms, serving the needs of the commercial and industrial construction industry. And leading ABA through the industry’s roller-coaster ride… Read More →

Q&A: Helping Businesses Effectively Deal with Insurance Plans

Insurance plans

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) has been trying to help the business community become more effective in doing business with insurance plans. “One thing we’re seeing is that as we go through payment reform — from volume to value — there are some business challenges as systems try to integrate the new model… Read More →

108 Arizona companies make Inc. 5000 list

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A total of 108 Arizona companies earned spots on the Inc. 5000 list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. for 2016. Criteria for earning admission to the 2016 Inc. 5000’s list include required businesses to: • Be privately held, for profit, based in the U.S., and independent (not a subsidiary or division of… Read More →

WESTMARC’s Sintra Hoffman champions West Valley

Sintra Hoffman, WESTMARC's president and CEO, came to WESTMARC from ADOT, where she had been a policy advisor to the director and leadership team and an assistant director on public affairs and local government outreach. (Photo by Anita Richey, AZ Big Media)

When WESTMARC’s board of directors was looking for a new president and CEO to lead the economic development organization, Chairman Bill Sheldon said they were looking for a West Valley brand. In Sintra Hoffman, Sheldon said WESTMARC got a West Valley brand with statewide connections. Before taking the leadership role at WESTMARC earlier this year,… Read More →

Deanna Wise: Most Influential Women in Arizona

Deanna Wise

Deanna Wise, executive vice president and chief information officer, Dignity Health Wise has a deep understanding and vast experience in the implementation and support of industry-leading clinical IT systems. Advice: “It is important to create a brand strategy for yourself. My personal brand strategy includes the cornerstones of people, strategy, outcomes, and innovation. We are all in… Read More →

CEO Series: Shawn Linam and how she conquered STEM

Shawn Linam

When Shawn Linam was a little girl, she was told that she could not be good at both piano and math. “That was the message that was coming in to me,” Linam recalls. “But my father said, ‘No, you can do this,’ and insisted I could excel at math. When he put me in algebra,… Read More →

Alexi Venneri: Most Influential Women in Arizona

Alexi Venneri

Alexi Venneri, co-founder and CEO, Digital Air Strike Venneri previously worked for the Seattle Mariners and multiple technology companies before starting her award-winning social media and digital engagement company company that now employs 170 with most based in Scottsdale. Advice: “If you see an opportunity – take it. I started Digital Air Strike during a recession in… Read More →

Stingray Sushi mixes Japanese and Latin flair

Stingray Sushi
by in Eat | Experience AZ Magazine

Here’s the best thing about Stingray Sushi: It wins the triple crown for versatility. It’s the perfect place to take a client or customer for a business lunch or dinner. The atmosphere is ideal for happy hour or dinner with friends. It’s a great place to spend a romantic dinner with your significant other or… Read More →

Lisa Urias: Most Influential Women in Arizona

Lisa Urias

Lisa Urias, managing partner, CoNecs North America After more than 15 years in international marketing, Urias founded CoNecs North America, a merger of her advertising and PR firm, Urias Communications, and Molera Alvarez Government Affairs, to provide branding, digital, government affairs and PR services to clients throughout the U.S. Southwest and in Mexico. Advice: “Listen, be present… Read More →

Trish Stark: Most Influential Women in Arizona

Trish Stark

Trish Stark, Scottsdale president, First Western Trust Stark is president of First Western Trust, Scottsdale. Previously, she was  a  national sales executive at Bank of America. Stark serves as a Trustee of ASU and the Catholic Community Foundation. She is a Phoenix Children’s Hospital Emeritus Board member, having served as chairman of the board. Advice: “Never, ever… Read More →

Jody Sarchett: Most Influential Women in Arizona

Jody Sarchett

Jody Sarchett, senior vice president, Lovitt & Touche Sarchett assists companies with property/casualty insurance and employee benefits solutions. She has concentrations is manufacturing, large nonprofits, and construction. Advice: “You can’t rely on cold calling or impersonal tactics to build your business. You need to identify your passions, get involved in the community, give back, and focus on… Read More →

April Salomon: Most Influential Women in Arizona

April Salomon

April Salomon, executive director, Musical Instrument Museum Salomon played an integral role in the design, staffing, collection acquisition and launch of the $250 million museum, which has been ranked among the Top 20 museums in the United States and is rated the No. 1 attraction in Phoenix. Advice: “Sometimes the journey teaches you a lot about your… Read More →

Dr. Jasgit C. Sachdev: Most Influential Women in Arizona

Dr. Jasgit C. Sachdev

Dr. Jasgit C. Sachdev, MD, director, Breast and GYN Early Trials Program, HonorHealth Research Institute In addition to her role at HonorHealth, Dr. Sachdev is an associate professor in the Clinical Translational Research Division at the Translational Genomic Research Institute. She leads the new drug development program for women’s cancers at the HonorHealth Research Institute in Scottsdale… Read More →

Kim Sabow: Most Influential Women in Arizona

Kim Sabow

Kim Sabow, president and CEO, Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association Sabow joined AzLTA in 2015 and previously served as director of the Arizona-Mexico Commission. Advice: “Surround yourself with strong talent — hire people smarter than you. Listen. Communicate. Take risks and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Never stop learning. It’s OK not to have all… Read More →

Dr. Cecilia Rosales: Most Influential Women in Arizona

Dr. Cecilia Rosales

Dr. Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, assistant dean and associate professor, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health – Phoenix Rosales was appointed to the Academic Technical Council of the Binational Border Health Network, which is comprised of experts from 10 border states to improve response to the challenges posed by public health conditions… Read More →