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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.

Industry Leaders of Arizona: Willmeng Construction

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by in AZ Business Magazine

Leadership: James Murphy, president and CEO Website: willmeng.com What it does: A shell and tenant improvement general contractor. How it leads: A recent survey showed that Willmeng’s emphasis on putting relationships first while being accountable for decisions were primary factors in clients’ decisions to continue to do business with Willmeng year after year. In the… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: VIP Mortgage Inc.

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by in AZ Business Magazine

Leadership: Jay Barbour, president; Amber Stamsta, controller Website: vipmtginc.com What it does: Mortgage company funding in excess of $1.5 billion annually. How it leads: SPEAR is VIP’s customer relationship manager platform – the first of its kind in the mortgage industry — and is putting VIP on another level in terms of customer care and… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: The Phoenix Symphony

Phoenix-Symphony
by in AZ Business Magazine

Leadership: Jim Ward, president and CEO; Kelly Dwyer, director of finance Website: phoenixsymphony.org What it does: Its mission is to provide the joy of music as a catalyst in helping Arizona to become the best place in America. How it leads: The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Community Outreach programs reach over 125,000 children and adults annually… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: The Leona Group

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by in AZ Business Magazine

Leadership: Dr. William Coats, CEO; Patrick Lawrence, CFO Website: leonagroup.com What it does: Provides all-inclusive management services to public tuition–free charter schools in predominantly urban communities. How it leads: TLG is one of the nation’s first education management companies and a pioneer in the charter school industry. TLG has been operating tuition–free nonprofit charter schools… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: TFO Phoenix

TFO-Phoenix
by in AZ Business Magazine

Leadership: Chris Erblich, chairman; Scott Horn, president Website: tfophoenix.com What it does: Delivers a holistic array of wealth management services to families, including investment advice, income tax services, estate planning and other family office services. How it leads: The leaders of TFO created the firm to be more than just a traditional investment advisor or tax… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: ServerLIFT

Serverlift
by in AZ Business Magazine

Leadership: Ray Zuckerman, CEO Website: serverlift.com What it does: Designs, manufactures and distributes purpose built lifting devices to manage rack mounted assets in data centers. How it leads: After analyzing the challenges in data centers of how to safely and efficiently handle heavy rack-mounted hardware, the engineering team of Raytech (the precursor of ServerLIFT) designed the optimal… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: Scottsdale Arts

Scottsdale Arts
by in AZ Business Magazine

Leadership: Neale Perl, president and CEO; Mallard Owen, chief of operations and finance Website: scottsdalearts.org What it does: Creates arts experiences and educational opportunities for the community. How it leads: Scottsdale Arts produces, presents & hosts over 1,800 events a year. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts… Read More →

Executive Profile: Randy McGrane finds success with disciplined process

Randy McGrane
by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

Randy McGrane doesn’t play favorites. “I’m doing everything from a $5,000 consulting engagement for a healthcare client in Reno and I’m building a $140 million hotel in Menlo Park, Calif.,” says the managing director and CEO of Ensemble Real Estate Solutions. In his current position, McGrane manages the day-to-day operations of Ensemble’s Phoenix headquarters office,… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: Primavera Online High School

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by in AZ Business Magazine

Leadership: Damian Creamer, founder and CEO;  Ross Musil, CFO Website: chooseprimavera.com What it does: Online, tuition-free, public school providing Arizona students an accredited, award-winning curriculum and personalized attention from highly qualified educators. How it leads: Over the past 15 years, Primavera has helped tens of thousands of Arizona students who have struggled to fit in, who have… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: Pima Medical Institute

Pima-Medical
by in AZ Business Magazine

Leadership: Fred Freedman, CEO; Rich Almeroth, controller Website: pmi.edu What it does: Helps students become career ready, focusing exclusively on health care professions, including medical, dental, veterinary and nursing fields. How it leads: For almost 45 years, PMI has been one of the leading providers of nursing and ancillary staff for Arizona hospitals and healthcare organizations. PMI… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: Phoenix International Raceway

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by in AZ Business Magazine

Leadership: Bryan Sperber, president; Marie Buck, senior director of business operations Website: phoenixraceway.com What it does: Premier motorsports venue in the Southwest, featuring two NASCAR race weekends each year, as well as IndyCar. How it leads: PIR has been an industry leader in its marketing efforts, particularly with Hispanic market outreach, having formed great working relationships with Hispanic media… Read More →

CEO Series: Launching Arizona’s aerospace industry

Kjell Stakkestad, KinetX
by in AZ Business Magazine

KinetX Aerospace faced a Herculean challenge when it was asked to develop a navigation system to guide the fastest spacecraft ever launched to the farthest destination ever explored. “We have done navigation to a number of planets, but it was a different kind of challenge going to Pluto,” says Kjell Stakkestad, president and CEO of… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: Phoenix Country Day School

Phoenix Country Day School
by in AZ Business Magazine

Leadership: Andrew Rodin, head of school; Kathy Peters, CFO Website: pcds.org What it does: The only independent, pre-k through 12th grade school located on a 40-acre campus in the heart of Phoenix. How it leads: PCDS stands among the top independent schools in the nation. The school is currently ahead of schedule in an ambitious capital campaign. The… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: MRA Associates

MRA Associates
by in AZ Business Magazine

Leadership: Mark Feldman, CEO and managing partner; Maureen Rzeppa, managing partner and chief administrative officer Website: mraassociates.com What it does: Boutique, registered investment advisor with large-firm experience. How it leads: Stewardship is a key value at MRA Associates. This applies to its stewardship of client wealth, as well as its stewardship of the local community. The firm’s… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: Microchip Technology

Microchip
by in AZ Business Magazine

Leadership: Steve Sanghi, CEO;  Eric Bjornholt, CFO Website: microchip.com What it does: Leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions for thousands of diverse applications worldwide. How it leads: Microchip is the semiconductor industry’s greatest Cinderella Story, having come a long way since it was a failing spinoff of General Instrument in 1989. Since then, the… Read More →