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Michael Gossie

About Michael Gossie

Michael Gossie is a competitive marathon runner, Ironman triathlete and 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 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.

MJ Named ‘Best Places to Work in Insurance’

Michael Bill, CEO of MJ Insurance.

MJ Insurance, a leading property-casualty and employee benefits agency, was recently named one of the ‘Best Places to Work in Insurance’ by Business Insurance and Best Companies Group. The annual program was created six years ago to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in insurance. To be considered for the award companies had to… Read More →

SaltRock Now Open at Sedona’s Amara

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September 22, 2014 by in Eat | Experience AZ Magazine | Featured | Play | Stay

A new restaurant, SaltRock, has opened as the signature dining destination at Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa in Sedona, lead by Executive Chef Massimo De Francesca. SaltRock offers Southwest-inspired cuisine marrying the fresh, light and seasonal approach to California cooking with culinary traditions and ingredients of the Southwest and Verde Valley. SaltRock serves breakfast, lunch… Read More →

CEO Series: Candace Hunter Wiest

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Earlier this year, Candace Hunter Wiest, president and CEO of West Valley National Bank, launched AZ Dental Bank, a specialty group that she unveiled at the Western Regional Dental Convention in Phoenix. Az Business sat down with Wiest to talk about trends in her industry. What qualities do you think an effective CEO needs to… Read More →

The Herb Box’s Recipe For Success

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They weren’t even friends when they launched a 20-year partnership. “We didn’t know each other until we started the business,” said Susan Smederovac-Wilcox, who created The Herb Box with Becky J. Windels in 1995. “We heard about each other and met for breakfast. I said, ‘If you can cook it, I can sell it.’ We… Read More →

Az Business honors Most Admired Companies

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BestCompaniesAZ and Az Business magazine honored 40 companies at the 2014 Arizona’s Most Admired Companies award reception on September 11, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort. Arizona’s Most Admired Companies are selected based on how a company has performed in the following areas: workplace culture, leadership excellence, corporate and social responsibility, customer opinion and innovation.… Read More →

AZ Big Media honors Most Influential Women

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They are the best business minds in Arizona. They are innovators, trailblazers and leaders of men. They are Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2014, as selected by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts. The Most Influential Women were honored Thursday at a reception… Read More →

Creation Of Glendale CVB Has Been A Game Changer

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August 24, 2014 by in AZ Business Magazine

The last time Glendale hosted the Super Bowl, the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau didn’t even exist. “The 2008 Super Bowl was the first time the City of Glendale took on such a mega event,” said Lorraine Pino, manager of the Glendale CVB. “The Super Bowl was the perfect opportunity to not only showcase the… Read More →

Ben & Jack’s: A Cut Above The Rest

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August 23, 2014 by in AZ Business Magazine

As a native New Yorker, dining at Ben & Jack’s made me miss home. Ben & Jack’s is a New York steakhouse that has been transported to Scottsdale. They aren’t trying to do the L.A. thing and masquerading the beef with sauces and garnish. The chefs at Ben & Jack’s get out of the way… Read More →

Medicaid Expansion Helps Hospitals’ Financial Health

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Now that the debate over Medicaid expansion and restoration is over and the issue has moved from the political arena to the medical arena, hospitals are already starting to see an impact. “Our self-pay has been declining since Medicaid expansion took effect,” said David Covert, chief operating officer, Western Division, IASIS Healthcare, and CEO for… Read More →

U-Lace helps kick-start your personal style

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Just in time for back to school, U-Lace give kids and adults a way to add a splash of color to their wardrobes. U-Laces are shoe laces that allow anyone to lace up their kicks (sneakers or shoes for the uninitiated) in a variety of patterns and colors. U-Lace offers elasticized shoelaces that can transform… Read More →

Registration opens for Sedona Marathon

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Register now for the 10th Annual Sedona Marathon, taking place on January 31, 2015. Sign-up with your family and friends before September 30, 2013 to save on registration with Early Bird pricing! The boutique destination race event is expected to host more than 2,600 runners/walkers who will participate in one of these breathtaking panoramic races:… Read More →

Goodnow Named To Lawyers of Color’s 2014 ‘Hot List’

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Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional law firm, announced James Goodnow, a director in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been named to the Lawyers of Color’s Second Annual “Hot List”, which recognizes early-to mid-career minority attorneys working as in-house counsel, government attorneys, and law firm associates and partners. “Fennemore Craig congratulates James Goodnow on… Read More →

Expert offers advice on estate planning

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Hope Leibsohn is an estate and tax planning attorney with Sherman & Howard. She has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of estate planning involving wills, trusts, charitable techniques, estate freezes, and other sophisticated wealth transfer strategies. Az Business got Leibsohn’s views on estate planning. Az Business: Who should have an estate… Read More →

Some of the best staycations for the holiday weekend

Perched on the third-floor pool deck at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix, LUSTRE is an oasis in the heart of Downtown Phoenix with sweeping views of the city skyline, fresh cocktails and seasonal menu items perfect for enjoying poolside.

You don’t need to go away for the holiday weekend when we have the world’s most fantastic pools, luxurious spas, romantic retreats, spectacular golf courses and best restaurants right in our backyard. You can forget about the flight delays and rental cars because many of Arizona’s award-winning hotels and resorts offer summer deals that are… Read More →

Az Business Magazine July/August 2014

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THEY ARE WOMEN, HEAR THEM ROAR By most accounts, Arizona is a great state for women in business. While Arizona is ranked 15th among U.S. states and territories by population, it ranks 6th in terms of growth and economic clout among women-owned businesses, according to an American Express OPEN report. Arizona has about 137,600 women-owned… Read More →