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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.

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

Brad and Heidi Jannenga are co-founders of WebPT, which earned the Spotlight Award for Leadership Excellence.
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 →

2016 Most Admired Company: The Phoenician

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by in AZ Business Magazine

The Phoenician Most Admired Company: 2016 Top Arizona executive: Mark Vinciguerra, managing director What it does: Upscale resort. Admirable quality: The Phoenician promotes the true essence and spirit of family year-round through a variety of activities. This starts by providing a healthy, comfortable workplace that encourages interaction between all associates and departments. In this collaborative… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Musical Instrument Museum

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Nonprofit

Musical Instrument Museum Most Admired Company: 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: April Salomon, executive director What it does: MIM showcases a collection of more than 15,000 musical instruments and associated objects. It is the largest museum of its type in the world. Admirable quality: MIM was planned and constructed using sustainable design practices and landscaping… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Suntec Concrete

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by in AZ Business Magazine

Suntec Concrete Most Admired Company: 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Derek Wright, president What it does: Commercial concrete construction company. Admirable quality: Suntec Concrete creates a culture and environment that allows each individual the potential to grow constantly in the company. Suntec has a leadership mentoring program to help individuals reach their goals and give… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Henry & Horne

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Henry & Horne Most Admired Company: 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Chuck Goodmiller, CPA, co-managing partner What it does: Provides expertise in accounting, estate estate and tax issues. Admirable quality: Henry & Horne’s leadership team has a strong focus on the growth of its firm and its continued success. Their vision has led to growth… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Nonprofit

Habitat for Humanity of Central Arizona Most Admired Company: 2016 Top Arizona executive: Jason Barlow, president and CEO What it does: Nonprofit homebuilder for low-income families. Admirable quality: Habitat has built more than 1,100 hundred homes in the Valley since 1985 for people who otherwise would not have qualified for a conventional home loan. Habitat’s… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Hyatt Regency Phoenix

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by in AZ Business Magazine

Hyatt Regency Phoenix Most Admired Company: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Thomas Delaney, general manager What it does: Hotel with 693 rooms and mountain or downtown views. Admirable quality: In 2016, Hyatt has jumped 31 places to land at No. 47 on the Fortune Best Companies to Work For list. Its culture reflects… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Keyser

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by in AZ Business Magazine

Keyser Most Admired Company: 2016 Top Arizona executive: Jonathan Keyser, founder and owner What it does: Real estate advisory firm helping tenants with lease renewals, relocations, build-to-suits, acquisitions and dispositions. Admirable quality: In line with Keyser’s core business methodology of success through selfless service is the formation of the Disruptive Institute at Keyser. The institute… Read More →