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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.

25 philanthropic companies in Arizona

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Giving back isn’t just the right thing to do for the communities a business serves, it also might be the best thing for its bottom line. According to the 2015 Giving in Numbers report, a study that examined the corporate philanthropic endeavors of 271 of the world’s largest companies from 2012-2014, the impact of societal… Read More →

Az Business’ Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona nominations open

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Each year, Az Business magazine publishes its list of the  “Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona.” The 2017 list will run in the March 2017 issue of Az Business magazine. The Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona are selected by Az Business magazine’s editorial team along with a panel of industry experts. Factors taken into account for selection… Read More →

How can you tell if your 401(k) plan is underperforming?

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A good 401(k) plan should be built around your goals, risk tolerances, anticipated age of retirement and expected rate of return. The problem is, many 401(k) plans are laden with high fees and underperforming investment choices, experts warn. “It is important to review your 401(k) plan at least every three months,” says Keith J. Kormos,… Read More →

200,000 expected as CitySkate returns to CityScape

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by in Experience AZ Magazine

For the seventh year in a row, close to 200,000 holiday revelers will descend upon CityScape Phoenix starting Nov. 25 to take part in the seven weeks of CitySkate, the Valley’s largest and most popular real outdoor ice rink, presented by APS. Central Avenue is transformed into an ice skater’s dream with a massive 36-foot… Read More →

25 hot spots to book a last-minute office holiday party

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by in Experience AZ Magazine

You’ve worked hard. You’ve had a better year than last year. You’re cautiously optimistic about what’s coming in 2017. It’s time to celebrate. Even if the office holiday party is something that slipped your mind because it wasn’t always in the budget the last few years, there are plenty of options still available to create… Read More →

Arizona-based Trinnovate Ventures 
invests in 4 start-ups

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Trinnovate Ventures, Inc., a new organization focused on accelerating healthcare innovation, has partnered with four companies and is seeking additional proposals for consideration. Trinnovate Ventures, which launched last year, aims to improve quality of life, increase efficiencies and enhance the overall healthcare experience for consumers and providers through strategic investments. The company provides business resources,… Read More →

Who is Arizona’s most effective corporate counsel?

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Legal

Effective corporate counsel has never been more important than it is in today’s new economy. Az Business magazine in partnering with the State Bar of Arizona, ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel to recognize the important and vital role that in-house counsel plays in the… Read More →

What to do if politics are taking over the office

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Politics

The popular saying “never talk about politics or religion” exists as a rule of etiquette because of the potential conflict those topics can create, says Shawn Oller, office managing shareholder for Littler in Phoenix. “Even in the best circumstances, political discussions bring forth very strong personal opinions from all sides,” Oller says. Political discussions in… Read More →

Most Admired Company Spotlight Award Winner: Nextiva

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

Nextiva Video by Merestone Most Admired Company: 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Tomas Gorny, CEO What it does: Provider of cloud-based unified communications, hosted PBX and online fax services. Admirable quality: Nextiva’s technology is vastly forward-thinking and the company prides itself on being the architects of the future. Nextiva recently broadened its scope again with the launch of Nextiva Analytics. This solution… Read More →

Most Admired Company Spotlight Award Winner: Lovitt & Touché

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Legal

Lovitt & Touché Video by Merestone Most Admired Company: 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Charles Touché, CEO What it does: Insurance agency offering personal lines, property and liability protection, employee benefits, claims administration, workers compensation and more. Admirable quality: Recognizing the changing healthcare landscape, Lovitt & Touché developed a proprietary private healthcare exchange, ClearPath Prime, to better serve small and… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company Spotlight Award Winner: GoDaddy

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

GoDaddy Video by Merestone Most Admired Company: 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Blake Irving, CEO What it does: Internet domain registrar and web hosting company. Admirable quality: Collaboration and innovation are key components to GoDaddy’s culture. Work spaces are designed to integrate innovation and creativity, enabling employees to easily join forces. GoDaddy’s… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company Spotlight Award Winner: WebPT

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Healthcare | Tech

WebPT Video by Merestone Most Admired Company: 2013, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Heidi Jannenga, president and co-founder What it does: Provides cloud-based electronic medical records and practice management software for physical therapists. Admirable quality: By creating an affordable, intuitive, and technologically sound cloud-based EMR for rehabilitation therapists, WebPT brought all the benefits of EMR… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company Spotlight Award Winner: USAA

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by in AZ Business Magazine

USAA (United Services Automobile Association) Video by Merestone Most Admired Company: 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Robert Schaffer, vice president of regional strategy and general manager What it does: Provides military members and their families with insurance, banking and investment services. Admirable quality: USAA recognizes and develops a local spirit of innovation through fun and… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: VIP Mortgage

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by in AZ Business Magazine

VIP Mortgage Most Admired Company: 2013, 2016 Top Arizona executive: James Barbour, founder and president What it does: Specializes in home loans, refinancing and reverse mortgages. Admirable quality: VIP was the first company to apply Theory of Constraints (TOC) principles and philosophy to the mortgage industry. Typically used in manufacturing and project management environments, VIP… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Ventana Medical Systems Inc.

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Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. Most Admired Company: 2013, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Ann Costello, president What it does: Innovator of tissue-based diagnostic solutions. Admirable quality: Ventana is helping unlocking the DNA of cancer. In 2016, the VENTANA PD-L1 test received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for use as a complementary diagnostic to provide PD-L1… Read More →