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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.

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Banner adds Nardoci as senior VP

Jeffrey C. Nardoci has joined Banner Health and its top leadership team as Senior Vice President/Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer. Nardoci will become a member of Banner’s senior management team, chaired by Banner President/CEO Peter S. Fine. Nardoci’s position is new to Banner Health.

Banner Health has rapidly evolved from a health system defined primarily by hospital care into a fully integrated system capable of highly coordinated care and wellness management in both hospital and community settings. Along with the addition of more hospitals, this evolution has included significant expansion of services to consumers. This included growth of Banner Health Network, which serves more than 300,000 beneficiaries in numerous private and government insurance plans, and Banner Health Centers and Clinics, where Banner Medical Group doctors saw more than two million patient visits in 2013.

“Banner has emerged as a leading health system in the nation, and I’m really honored to be joining the Banner team,” said Nardoci. “While it may seem like a daunting challenge to have an influence on potentially hundreds of millions of touch and decision points with consumers and their families, it’s the kind of challenge our team is up for. We view this as an exciting opportunity for the company.”

Most recently, Nardoci served from 2009 to present as Corporate Officer, Vice President Worldwide Marketing & General Manager Surgical Specialties at Solta Medical, Inc., a publicly traded company. Solta, a global leader in the aesthetics market, provides innovative anti-aging solutions for patients that enhance and expand the practice of aesthetics for physicians in more than 100 countries.

From 2002 to 2008, Nardoci held a variety of vice president positions with a strong strategy and marketing focus at Bausch & Lomb, a global eye health company. Prior to that, Nardoci served in executive leadership positions with Meridian Euro RSCG from 1997 to 2002, Bausch & Lomb from 1993 to 1997, Nabisco Food Groups from 1986 to 1993 and Xerox Corporation from 1983 to 1986.

“Jeff has a strong, impressive track record in helping major organizations develop and implement strategies and tactics that focus on consumer choice and behavior,” said Banner Health President/CEO Peter S. Fine. “As the health care industry transforms to deliver better care and enhanced service for a lower cost, consumer choice will make the difference between organizations that are highly successful, and those that aren’t.”

Nardoci began his career at Banner on Monday, April 14. His leadership role will include four consumer-oriented departments at Banner, including Branding, Public Relations, Service Excellence and Strategy and Planning. Each of these departments is overseen by a vice president who will report to Nardoci.

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Az Business honors healthcare leaders

Each year, Az Business magazine hosts the Healthcare Leadership Awards to honor the women, men and institutions that bring excellence and innovation to Arizona’s healthcare system. Here are the winners and finalists who were chosen by a panel of industry experts and were recognized at the 2014 Healthcare Leadership Awards on Thursday, April 10 at the Ritz Carlton in Phoenix. See photos from the event here or on our Facebook page.

BIOSCIENCE COMPANY
Winner: Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
TGen has made great strides in the field if genomics medicine. TGen researchers work to help physicians prescribe drugs that are designed more intelligently, work more effectively and have fewer toxic side effects. They have received numerous grants to support research into brain cancer and brain injuries, advanced cancers, Parkinson’s, rare childhood disorders, and more.

Finalists:
Barrow at PCH
Sonora Quest

COMMUNITY OUTREACH/EDUCATION
Winner: Barbara Kavanagh, Arizona Myeloma Network
Kavanagh’s mission is to change the lack of information and support resources for myeloma cancer by forming the Arizona Myeloma Network and the Living with Myeloma Conference, which has grown to 300 people. She also introduced the Pat and Bill Hite Cancer Caregivers Education and Support Program for caregivers to receive support and answers.

Finalists:
Catherine Ivy, Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation
Kathleen Goeppinger, Ph.D., Midwestern University

HEALTHCARE EXECUTIVE
Winner: Robert L. Meyer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Meyer is credited for the rapid and significant turnaround of Phoenix Children’s Hospital from the edge of financial failure to a successful $588 million expansion that made the hospital into one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the country. PCH is ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals.

Finalists:
Tim Bricker, Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert
Mary Lee DeCoster, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Tony Marinello, CEO of Mountain Vista, IASIS Healthcare
Ed Myers, St. Luke’s Medical Center, IASIS Healthcare

HEALTHCARE ADVOCATE
Winner: Dr. John Chen, Maricopa Integrated Health System
Serving the community’s most vulnerable residents, Chen has helped thousands of patients within the Maricopa Integrated Health System. He sees patients who are in urgent need of treatment because of their lack of dental insurance or location in third world countries. He promotes dental care and hygiene to help prevent serious diseases.

Finalists:
Dr. Randal Christensen, Crews ‘n’ Healthcare
Gerri Hether, Orchard Medical Consulting

INSURANCE PROVIDER
Winner: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Marking its 75th anniversary in Arizona, BCBSAZ is committed to improving the quality of life for all Arizonans. The company focuses on providing the best value in health insurance as well as outside programs targeted to children and their families to help reduce childhood obesity.

Finalists:
Health Net of Arizona
UnitedHealthcare of Arizona

LEGAL ADVOCATE
Winner: Kristen Rosati, Polsinelli
As an attorney dedicated to the healthcare industry, especially to healthcare privacy, health information exchange and clinical research, Rosati has written 12 books, 30 articles and made 200 presentations on healthcare topics. She also helped establish two nonprofits in Arizona that support health information exchange and health information technology.

Finalists:
Richard Mallery, Snell and Wilmer
Martin L. Shultz, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

MEDICAL CENTER OR HOSPITAL
Winner: Scottsdale Healthcare
As a nonprofit, Scottsdale Healthcare not only employs 6,500 staff members, but also is comprised of 1,400 volunteers who donate more than 155,000 hours of service each year. They are the largest employer in the City of Scottsdale and is known for its innovative medical technology, research and patient care.

Finalists:
Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
St. Joseph’s Medical Center
St. Luke’s Medical Center

MEDICAL COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Winner: Ventana
Ventana is driving personalized healthcare through the development of “companion diagnostics” to identify patients most likely to respond favorably to specific therapies. Ventana has worked is currently engaged in more that 150 collaborative projects to develop and commercialize companion diagnostics globally.

Finalists:
Medtronic
W.L. Gore and Associates

MEDICAL RESEARCH COMPANY
Winner: Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
BAI has undergone a major prevention trial to evaluate a treatment in cognitively healthy older adults at the highest known genetic risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease at older ages. The study is part of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative API, an international collaboration led by BAI to accelerate the evaluation of promising but unproven prevention therapies.

Finalists:
Banner MD Anderson
University of Arizona Cancer Center

PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Winner: Jimmy Chow, IASIS Healthcare
Chow improved the field of orthopedics by helping to design and teach a hybrid technique of a minimally invasive total hip replacement where the surgeon builds a new hip from inside the body. This surgery results in no post-operative limitations and many patients are discharged within 24 hours. Chow is one of 10 surgeons in the world to perform his surgery.

Finalists:
Karen Corallo Chaney, Magellan Health Services
David Notrica, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

RESEARCHER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Venkatesh G. Ramaiah, Arizona Heart Hospital
Ramaiah, the medical director and director of vascular and endovascular research, successfully created the “un balloon,” which is used to remodel thoracic endografts without the wind sock effect. This products was able to be marketed and sold.

Finalists:
David Jacofsky, CORE Institute
Glen Weiss, CTCA

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
Linda Hunt, Dignity Health
Hunt, who has served as the leader of Dignity Health in Arizona since 2012, has taken a leadership role to advance healthcare and the biosciences for the people of Arizona. She has worked diligently with legislators, business leaders, educators, scientists and community organizations in order to identify, formulate, and support policies that will give Arizonans better healthcare and raise the bar of knowledge.


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First Job: Robb Corwin of Pride Group

Robb Corwin is CEO of Pride Group, a Tempe-based company that helps many of the Valley’s biggest events run safely and efficiently.

Az Business: What was your first job?
Robb Corwin: At 14, I was a sales-service-everything guy at our neighborhood sporting good store in Minneapolis.

AB: What did you earn at that first job?
RC: $5 per hour, but that was after I learned how to sharpen hockey skates, sew lettering on a letterman’s jacket, put masks on helmets and everything there was to know about running shoes.

AB: What did you learn from your first job?
RC: Attention to detail and relationship building. The owners were detail focused guys that made sure that every shelf was faced, every dressing room was spotless and the product displays were meticulously organized. Since they were just a mom and pop store and didn’t have a big advertising budget, they taught us to build relationships with the customers and make them feel at home through incredible service and they will come back.

AB: What was your first job in your current industry?
RC: I valet and parked cars at bars, resorts and special events. And in very short order thought to myself, “there is a much better way to do this.”

AB: What inspired you to start the Pride Group?
RC: The overwhelming calling from prospective clients to fill a void of service, quality, integrity and pride. Our culture and ethos dictates that we will exceed the expectation, take pride in our work and be complete in our service. We actually interviewed our clients — before they were our clients — to get candid feedback of the what they felt their current vendors were lacking, what they wanted and what they expected from their partners-vendors.

AB: What has been your biggest challenge?
RC: To consistently exceed the expectation. With each opportunity a client presents us with, we strive to go above and beyond. Each time you achieve that, the bar gets set higher for the net opportunity. We found that overcoming this challange actually starts before the opportunity presents itself, with our culture, training, empowerment and dedication. We have a incredible group of professionals that have come together and share an ethos to always improve and never get complacent. We hire associates with the will to be the best at whatever they do, because you can’t train it.

AB: What is your favorite aspect of running the Pride Group?
RC: The opportunity to mentor and help others grow, achieve, prosper, develop, mature and be great human beings. Our focus is on our associates, their quality of life, their life balance and getting them to be well grounded. That means emotionally, spiritually, physically, mentally and family. When you take care of your people, that naturally take care of our clients.

AB: If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what would you like to be doing?
RC: Finding other ways to help others. Whether it be through mentoring or consulting those who believe, desire and are committed to a dream or cause.

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AZ Hoteliers earn national awards

Arizona took center stage and took home two national awards at the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AH&LA) annual Stars of the Industry awards ceremony held this week in Washington, DC.

The “Outstanding Manager of the Year, Large Property” was awarded to Thomas Williams, Director of Guest Services at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Williams has been providing a welcoming experience for guests entering his property for the past 21 years. As the Director of Guest Services, he has put in place many new procedures to improve and enhance the arrival and departure experience, transportation, guest safety and much more. But he also cares about the internal guest and is truly devoted to the resort’s employees. He and his family cater an annual holiday feast and invite employees and even hotel guests who have no family in town.

Winning the Special Events, One-time Only, Medium Property, was the W Scottsdale for their CHILL event. CHILL at the W Scottsdale transforms the WET pool deck from November to January with Scottsdale’s first and only hybrid and eco-friendly outdoor ice skating rink. This event also includes live music performances, DJs, drink specials and special resort packages.

“I’m so proud to represent an industry in our state with so much talent and passion for excellence,” said AzLTA President & CEO, Debbie Johnson. “It’s wonderful that the hard work and dedication of these lodging professionals and properties is being recognized on a national level and I truly commend them for their accomplishments.”

Winners from the Arizona Stars of the Industry Awards luncheon hosted in December by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association were then submitted to the AH&LA for national judging.

The Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (AzLTA) is the leading public policy advocate for Arizona’s Lodging and Tourism Industries. Representing almost 40,000 rooms statewide and nearly 500 members, including hotels, resorts, attractions, destination marketing organizations, B&B’s and related Industry partners, AzLTA’s mission is to unify, protect, educate and promote the interests of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Industries.

baseball

Spring training attendance grows

Major League Baseball says spring training games drew a record average of 8,078 fans, up 7.3 percent from last year’s 7,527.

The previous mark of 7,793 had been set in 2008.

Overall attendance for 447 dates was 3,610,738, baseball’s fifth-highest total, the commissioner’s office said Tuesday.

The Chicago Cubs drew 213,815 fans and an average of 14,254 for the first season of Cubs Park in Mesa.

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TGen recognized as ‘2014 Economic Driver’

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has selected the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) for one of its 2014 Impact Awards.

TGen was selected among small to medium business in the category of 2014 Economic Driver.

“These companies represent the spirit of the entrepreneur — a spirit that truly makes an impact on our community and our Chamber,” Todd Sanders, GPCC President and CEO, said in a press release. “It’s a privilege to honor those who continue to innovate, take risks, boost our economy and create jobs. Their ability, tenacity and sense of community are an inspiration to all.”

The IMPACT Awards honor the accomplishments of small and large businesses and the impact they have on the Valley’s business community and economy.

“TGen is honored to be recognized by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. Through our research into the human genome, we strive to not only make an impact on the Arizona economy, but also endeavor — though precision medicine — to help develop new tools, capabilities and therapies that benefit our patients, and benefit Arizona patients first,” said Tess Burleson, TGen’s Chief Operating Officer.

This year, GPCC recognizes two recipients in each of four categories: Community Champion, Economic Driver, Entrepreneurial Excellence, and Response to Adversity.

Small to Medium Business Category:

2014 Community Champion: Native American Connections

2014 Economic Driver: Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)

2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence: Risas Dental and Braces

2014 Response to Adversity: NJOY, Inc.



Large Business Category:

2014 Community Champion: Phoenix Children’s Hospital

2014 Economic Driver: Sundt Construction, Inc.

2014 Entrepreneurial Excellence: The CORE Institute

2014 Response to Adversity: Phoenix Zoo

The 2014 IMPACT Businesses of the Year will be selected from these honorees and announced at the 27th annual IMPACT Awards luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 15, at the Arizona Biltmore. For more information, visit www.phoenixchamber.com/impact.

EVO

EVO gives traditional Italian food a modern twist

Here’s the thing about me and Italian restaurants: I don’t usually patronize them.

It’s not because I don’t like Italian food. I live on Italian food. Leftover lasagna is a staple breakfast food for me after a morning workout. But I don’t eat at Italian restaurants because nothing usually compares with the deliciousness created by my grandparents, who were right off the boat from Poviglio, Italy and made meals into occasions instead of obligations.

I am happy to report that Grandma Gossie would have loved EVO Scottsdale.

As soon as you walk into EVO, you know it’s going to be a different kind of Italian dining experience. The restaurant has a sophisticated hipster vibe — exposed brick, clean lines, hanging candles from the ceiling, the perfect distance between the tables — and is separated from the ultra-cool bar area. Want to know how cool the bar is? EVO offers a half-dozen wines on tap. And EVO’s signature cocktails — my favorite is the BB&T, made with Smirnoff blueberry vodka, blueberries, basil, lime and tonic — are some of the Valley’s most amazing mixed drinks. It doesn’t get much cooler than that.

As for the menu, EVO features Italian comfort food dishes with a twist. Appetizers feature house-made mouth-watering meatballs, bruschetta with beef tenderloin and asparagus, and charcuterie — a collection of cured meats, artisan cheeses and fresh fruit. Main courses include pappardelle Bolognese, mushroom risotto, shrimp taliatelle, and scallops with polenta and sausage. And you cannot forget the pizza. Definitely don’t forget the pizza.

During our visit there, we started with the polpettina (meatballs) and charcuterie, along with the EVO and Caprese salads. All four were excellent choices to start the meal, but one stood out.

“Do you know what it’s like when you put a big wad of cotton candy into your mouth and it melts?” asked one of the diners at our table. “That’s what it’s like when you take a bite of the EVO salad (brussel sprouts, kale, bosc pear, chévre, pancetta, balsamic and pine nuts).”

That pretty much defines all of EVO’s dishes. The main courses were just as mouth-watering. We chose the pappardelle Bolognese, mushroom risotto, pepperoni pizza and bistecca, which is a New York strip with gorgonzola, black truffle, rosemary red Potatoes and brussels sprouts with a port reduction.

Again, all four were excellent, but EVO’s pizza is packed with flavor and boasts an incredible crust, and as someone who grew up eating nothing but homemade pasta, the pappardelle was exquisite in every way — from texture to thickness to taste.
Although we barely had room in our bellies, the chocolate torte and zeppolini are must-try items from the dessert menu.

Everything about EVO — the friendly and knowledgeable staff, the warm and welcoming atmosphere, the vibrant flavors that distinguish each dish — reminds me of the hours-long events at my grandparents’ home that became cherished memories instead of simply meals.

For an Italian, a restaurant cannot get better than that.

EVO Scottsdale
4175 N. Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale
(480) 265-9814
EVOscottsdale.com

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Robertson Joins MIHS Senior Leadership Team

Mike Robertson, a senior leader in health care marketing and communications, has been named Senior Vice President for Marketing and Public Affairs for the Maricopa Integrated Health System, Arizona’s only public hospital and health care system.

Effective Monday, Robertson will assume responsibilities for marketing, business development, communications and public relations for MIHS, which includes the Maricopa Medical Center, the Arizona Burn Center, the Arizona Children’s Center, two psychiatric hospitals, 11 family health care centers and Maricopa County’s only HIV/AIDS clinic.

Robertson, a highly regarded healthcare marketing professional and leader, is no stranger to MIHS’ unique public mission. Since 2008, he has served as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Marketing at Munroe Regional Medical Center, a 421-bed public healthcare system in Ocala, Florida, ranked a US Top 50 hospital. From 2001 to 2008, he was Munroe’s Director of Marketing and Public relations. There, he built from the ground up an award winning and goal-oriented marketing and PR program.

His 28-year career in marketing, public relations and business development includes working and consulting across a diversity of industries, including several prominent healthcare systems.

At MIHS, Robertson will oversee the organization’s marketing, public relations and business development efforts.

“Mike will play a key and strategic leadership role at MIHS and will help us share our story and vision,” said MIHS President and CEO Steve Purves.

Purves noted that MIHS is at a special point in its 140-year history and is poised to tell impressive stories about transformations it has created in training physicians and other healthcare professionals, advancing new medical treatments and techniques and promoting community health. This key period, Purves said, provides a significant opportunity, under Robertson’s guidance, to share MIHS’ story with the community.

“Mike will be a tremendous addition to MIHS’ senior leadership team and to Maricopa County’s healthcare community,” Purves said. “He brings a well-established reputation for developing effective and innovative marketing and communications strategies.”

Robertson earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon in 1987, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude, Marketing Student of the Year, and earned both the National American Marketing Association Award and Wall Street Journal’s Academic Achievement Award. He later returned to the same school, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 1995, graduating Cum Laude. He graduated with honors and Summa Cum Laude from Webster University in Ocala in April 2008 with a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration.

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Cramer-Krasselt Dominates 2014 ADDY Awards

The local advertising industry celebrated its version of the Oscars last weekend and Cramer-Krasselt dominated the competition with 18 awards, including two gold, five silver and 11 bronze honors for a wide range of clients.

Hosted by the Metro Phoenix Chapter of the American Advertising Federation, the annual ADDY Awards honor advertising excellence in print, radio, television, digital, out-of-home and other categories.

A record 500 entries were evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges representing the nation’s top advertising and integrated marketing agencies.

“Our work is based on the idea that the brand with the most friends wins,” said Ian Barry, C-K’s senior vice president and executive creative director. “We work tirelessly to uncover insights that not only help us create memorable work for a wide range of clients, but that also drive their businesses.”

Among C-K’s award-winning work was:

Arizona Science Center
(Out-Of-Home: Bronze Winner)
C-K extended its “Never Stop Wondering” campaign inside Arizona Science Center to ask questions about, well, everything.

Phoenix Coyotes
(Newspaper: Bronze Winner)
The “Hungrier than Ever” campaign conveyed new ownership’s commitment to the team and a renewed commitment to Phoenix Coyotes’ fans.

MGM Grand
(Consumer or Trade Publication: Silver Winner)
Print ads in high-profile publications such as Entertainment Weekly, Bon Appetit and Travel + Leisure underscored MGM Grand’s position as the ultimate entertainment authority in Las Vegas, with legendary events, along with world-class nightlife, dining and shows.

Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau
(Newspaper: Bronze and Silver Winner)
“Grabbing life by the moments” was the premise of a new campaign for Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The idea was to highlight the amazing moments visitors can experience in Monterey, layered with the destination’s carpe diem attitude toward life.

Salt River Project (TV: Bronze and Silver Winner)
It feels good to save money and energy. This campaign brings that good feeling to life with light-hearted and exaggerated scenarios in TV, online, radio, and print. C-K also worked to secure specific media placements that align with “feel good” moments.

Valley Toyota Dealers (TV: Bronze, Silver and Gold Winner)
Eight years and still going strong, C-K’s “Pat” campaign for Valley Toyota Dealers took the quirky spokesperson’s antics to a new level, while driving robust vehicle sales.

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Hill Group named Coldwell’s top team

The Hill Group of Scottsdale, sales associates / representatives with Coldwell Banker North Scottsdale office, has been named the top producing team in home sales for 2013 in Arizona with a total sales volume of $36,115,530 for the year. The Hill Group was also named Top Overall Producers in 2013 in Arizona and received Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage “Hall of Fame” status, which is awarded to agents who sell an equivalent of $17.5 million in homes annually.

The Hill Group is comprised of seven agents, Doug and Kirsten Hill, Associate Brokers; Joshua Hill, Realtor and Listing Agent; Andrew Hill, Realtor and Buyer’s Agent; Steven James, Realtor and Buyer’s Agent; Steve Valkenaar, Realtor and Buyer’s Agent and Beth Eastman, Realtor and Transaction Manager.

The Hill Group provides over 40 years combined experience and expertise for their clients in the East Valley and Scottsdale area. Past awards and accolades include ranking among top 1% of all real estate agents in Maricopa County in 2013, top 250 agents by Wall Street Journal in 2010, 2011, #4 among all NRT sales agents nationwide in 2011, and ranked among Top 20 Residential Real Estate Teams by Phoenix Business Journal in 2010.

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TGen identifies key lung cancer enabler

Researchers at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have discovered a protein, Mcl-1, that helps enable one of the most common and deadly types of cancer to survive radiation and drug treatments.

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) makes up about 85 percent of the nearly 160,000 Americans expected to die this year from lung cancer, which by far kills more patients than any other type of cancer; accounting for more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. annually. The 5-year survival rate for advanced NSCLC is less than 10 percent.

In the absence of more effective targeted therapies, most lung cancer patients currently rely on platinum-derived chemotherapeutics, such as cisplatin, or radiation therapy.

Previous TGen studies have shown that excessive activation of a cellular signaling mechanism known as TWEAK-Fn14 is linked to the survival and spread of cancer cells.

In a new laboratory study published in the scientific journal Molecular Cancer Research, TGen investigators found that a protein called Mcl-1 helps enable TWEAK-Fn14, which in turn helps protect NSCLC tumors from being destroyed by radiation and drugs.

“Our study demonstrates that the expression of Mcl-1 is necessary to promote the TWEAK-mediated survival of NSCLC tumor cells,” said Dr. Timothy Whitsett, an Assistant Professor in TGen’s Cancer and Cell Biology Division, and the study’s lead author. “By deactivating Mcl-1, we believe we can give these lung cancer patients a better response to standard therapy.”

Employing a drug called EU-5148, laboratory researchers using lung cancer cell lines found they could block Mcl-1 function and halt the TWEAK-Fn14 cellular signaling mechanism.

“Inhibition of Mcl-1 function enhanced chemo- and radio-sensitivity in NSCLC cells. The depletion of Mcl-1 … was sufficient to abrogate the protective effects conferred on lung tumor cells by TWEAK-Fn14 signaling,” according to the study, Mcl-1 Mediates TWEAK/Fn14-induced Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Survival and Therapeutic Response, published online Jan. 27, and awaiting print publication on April 14.

“This work positions both the TWEAK-Fn14 cellular pathway and the Mcl-1 protein as potential therapeutic interventions,” said Dr. Nhan Tran, an Associate Professor in TGen’s Cancer and Cell Biology Division, and the study’s senior author. “Our evidence shows that, if we can bypass these mechanisms, it will be more difficult for these lung cancer cells to evade therapies.”

The study concludes that additional research of Mcl-1 and TWEAK-Fn14 mechanism is needed, eventually leading to clinical trials and more effective treatments that could reduce lung cancer mortality.

The drug, EU-5148, was provided by Eutropics Pharmaceuticals, based in Cambridge, Mass.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (Goodyear) also contributed to this study.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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A Woman of Power

Shirley Mays, dean of Arizona Summit Law School, has been named to the Lawyers Of Color’s Third Annual Power List, a comprehensive listing of the nation’s most influential minority attorneys. Since joining the school in August 2010, Mays’ priorities have been focused on the school’s mission of promoting diversity in the legal profession, serving underserved communities, developing innovative curriculum to meet student needs and preparing students for success in their legal career. Her accomplishments as dean earned her recognition from Lawyers Of Color, which is focused on promoting accomplishments of minority professionals.

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Midwestern University.

New Deans Named at Midwestern University

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Midwestern University, announced new faculty members for the University as a result of Midwestern’s continuing growth.

Thomas K. Graves, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACVIM, was named Associate Dean for Clinical Education, College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), and Mitchell Emerson, Ph.D., has assumed the role of Interim Dean, College of Pharmacy-Glendale (CPG).

Prior to joining Midwestern University, Dr. Graves was Director of the Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine and a Professor of Veterinary Clinical Medicine for the University of Illinois. He has earned multiple awards as an educator, including the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award and the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Graves earned his D.V.M. from Cornell University and his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry.

A 10-year Midwestern University veteran, Dr. Emerson served as the Associate Dean for the College of Pharmacy-Glendale for the past five years. He has experience as the Acting Chair of the Pharmacy Practice Department and has served many years as a tenured faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as performed extensive work with the accreditation and curriculum standards for the College. Dr. Emerson succeeds CPG Dean Dennis J. McCallian, Pharm.D., who retired after 12 years with Midwestern.

 

 

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Shapiro Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic Expands

Scottsdale-based plastic surgery practice Shapiro Plastic Surgery and Skin Klinic is expanding with the addition of top dermatologist and board-certified anti-aging physician Helen Ross, M.D., FAAD. The latest addition to the award-winning plastic surgery facility and skin care clinic will debut a new concierge dermatology program offering unique and state-of-the-art treatment modalities for both skin care and anti-aging.

“Dr. Helen Ross is a highly skilled medical professional who will accentuate our practice with an emphasis on medical dermatology and anti-aging,” said Dr. Daniel Shapiro. “With a growing patient base we continue to add new technology and new treatments, and by offering a new concierge level of dermatology we are able to provide the most advanced skin care and anti-aging treatments all within one practice,” he said.

With a reputation for providing excellent care to patients, Dr. Ross offers a unique approach to her practice by drawing from an holistic paradigm with an emphasis on medical dermatology, nutrition and science-based medicine; with service on the Melanoma Committee within the American Academy of Dermatology from 2004-2008. She is certain to make a strong impact on any patient, following up on her dermatological care with lifestyle modifications, supplements and counseling. Her personal philosophy is a commitment to your holistic and preventive skincare needs, helping you to bring out the best in yourself.

After her 12 year military service in the U.S. Air Force, Dr. Helen Ross received her training at Barnes-Jewish Hospital while at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and is also board-certified in anti-aging medicine by the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine. She has a track record of being highly committed to the treatment of her patients, having served as an itinerant dermatologist throughout the five New York City boroughs working with adults and kids with disabilities as well as private practice clientele. Dr. Ross has worked in several different community health settings and is very well qualified to engage with a variety of clientele and fulfil their specific treatment needs. She can offer many services and treatments to bring your inner and outer beauty into harmony.

Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, headed by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daniel Shapiro, FACS, is an organization renowned in Scottsdale and Paradise Valley for providing excellence in cosmetic surgery and aesthetics for 22 years. The addition of Dr. Helen Ross provides our clients the opportunity to receive the best care in medical dermatology, supplemented by our signature Skin KlinicTM. The Skin KlinicTM is staffed by the finest aestheticians the Valley has to offer providing the most relevant aesthetic surgical techniques and non -invasive aesthetic expertise. Dr. Ross is currently available for appointments and ready to meet and exceed all of your skincare and anti-aging needs.

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Jaburg Wilk Expands Insurance, Commercial Litigation Practices

Adam M. Weiler and Aaron K. Haar have joined the Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk as attorneys to expand the Insurance and Commercial Litigation practice groups.

Adam M. Weiler has worked in general insurance defense litigation for most of his career. He handles a variety of tort defense litigation with an extensive background including representation of insurance companies in first party matters as well as representation of insureds in third party tort lawsuits. He worked as in-house counsel at a major insurance company for several years handling tort and personal injury litigation, probate matters, wrongful death and subrogation matters. Prior to starting in private practice, he worked as a law clerk at the Maricopa County Attorney’s office in the homicide, vehicular crimes and preliminary hearings bureaus.

Before attending law school, Aaron K. Haar worked in the commercial real estate industry, spending two years in finance and two more in asset management. He attended law school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law, where he served as symposium editor on law review and as president of the Federalist Society. In law school, he externed for the Honorable Gregg W. Zive on the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada and for the Goldwater Institute in Phoenix. Mr. Haar was recognized with a Dean’s Award for outstanding contribution to the law school.

“Adam and Aaron are great additions to our firm,” said Gary Jaburg, Managing Partner of Jaburg Wilk, “They will be a valuable resource for all Jaburg Wilk clients.”

Jaburg Wilk is an AV rated Phoenix law firm, the highest level of professionalism according to the Martindale-Hubbell.

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Honoring excellence in corporate counsel

Effective corporate counsel has never been more important than it is in today’s new economy.
Az Business magazine is recognizing the important and vital role that in-house counsel plays in the success of a business with the Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards (ACC Awards). The 30 finalists and winners were honored Thursday, January 16 during a ceremony and dinner at the Ritz Carlton Phoenix. Here are the finalists, in alphabetical order:

Melissa M. Buhrig
Vice president, assistant general counsel and assistant secretary
Western Refining
Since 2005, Buhrig has served as a founding member of the Western Refining legal department. Her responsibilities include corporate governance, compliance, and securities matters for the company. Prior to joining Western Refining, Buhrig was a shareholder in Barfield Law, a Miami, Florida-based boutique firm representing commercial insurers and business leaders in corporate and litigation matters. Before that, she was a founding member of the satellite litigation department in the Naples, Florida office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Cirsi, a national law firm.

Carolann Bullock
Human resources legal attorney
Intel Corporation
Bullock joined Intel in Chandlers as an HR legal attorney in 2010 following an extremely successful career in private practice. Bullock joined Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite in 1995 and was elected a shareholder in the firm just four years later. When she departed for Intel and the new challenge of an in-house legal role, she was chair of the firm’s well-respected Labor & Employment Practice Group. While in private practice, Bullock’s practice was devoted to counseling and defending employers faced with claims of sexual harassment, disability, gender, age, race, wrongful discharge and employment-related tort and contract claims.

Lawrence Cuculic
Vice president and general counsel
Best Western International, Inc.
Cuculic manages the legal department for Best Western, the largest hotel chain in the world, in a manner that is efficient, effective, and respectful. Cuculic is also actively involved in managing strategic direction, providing guidance on corporate legal issues, board and board committee matters and managing relationships with external counsel. Since his arrival at Best Western, Cuculic has been thrust into various complex litigation, including IP and antitrust class action matters. Through his guidance, Cuculic spearheaded legal victories for Best Western that resulted in a complete mitigation of damages.

Bob Desmond
Chief intellectual property counsel
Honeywell International, Inc. – Aerospace
Desmond is the chief IP counsel for Honeywell Aerospace, a $12 billion business unit of Honeywell International Inc. which has more than 7,000 employees in Arizona. Honeywell Aerospace’s Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer, summarized Desmond’s contributions to Honeywell Aerospace as follows: “Bob has developed a world-class intellectual property process within Honeywell Aerospace. He has not only refined and improved our intellectual property portfolio, but also created a sustainable process for refreshing its contents and ensuring the true business value of the IP is being properly realized. He has set the standard for Honeywell and the broader aerospace industry.”

Ruth Franklin
Corporate contracts counsel
ON Semiconductor
Franklin leads an international team of six member,s including both lawyers and contract professionals who are charged with negotiating semiconductor manufacturing sales agreements with customers throughout the world. These negotiations can span many months and typically involve describing every aspect of the manufacturing and supply processes within ON Semiconductor. Franklin is fond of saying that this is a job she is passionate about because it uses all the various areas of expertise that she has built up over her career: detailed lawyering, strategic planning and tactical negotiations.

GoDaddy in-house legal department
GoDaddy
GoDaddy’s legal team is led by General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Nima Kelly. GoDaddy’s 13-lawyer legal team counsels this rapidly-growing Internet company as it accomplishes its mission of empowering its customers to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. GoDaddy currently serves more than 12 million paying customers worldwide with 4,300 employees working in 21 states and eight countries. Under Ms. Kelly’s leadership, GoDaddy’s legal department has been re-engineered to efficiently deliver high-quality legal advice at the pace needed to keep up with its business partners. Divided into Intellectual Property, M&A/International, Litigation/Employment, Agreements and Internet Policy functions, its lawyers work as a cohesive team and are encouraged to “roll up their sleeves,” become intimately involved with their clients’ day-to-day activities and help them accomplish their business goals. Issues range from the serious (patent litigation and international expansion) to the sublime (the Super Bowl ads and talent agreements with Kid Rock, Snoop Dogg and Ke$ha for the annual blowout Holiday Parties). The team also works to develop effective and responsible Internet policy for GoDaddy and the global online community.

Jill Harrison
In-house counsel
W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.
Harrison has served as one of the corporate counsel at Gore for nearly nine years. She leads the medical device manufacturer’s product liability litigation and counseling practice globally. For much of her tenure at Gore, Harrison also led strategic counseling and litigation in the area of non-competes and trade for Gore’s Medical Products Division and provided extensive employment law counseling and litigation management for sales associates in the division. Harrison also assumed a significant leadership role in developing and implementing an innovative integration program for new legal team members to effectively facilitate their participation in the company’s global legal team.

John T. Jozwick
Senior vice president and general counsel
Rider Levett Bucknall
Rider Levett Bucknall hired Jozwick by contract in 2002 for a temporary assignment analyzing claims made by subcontractors in a major wastewater treatment plant project. As word spread with clients about his expertise in analyzing construction disputes, forensic claims, and construction defects, Jozwick was offered a full-time role. Under his direction, the company’s claims department grew from one temporary contractor to five full-time employees. Jozwick also played a major role in developing advisory services into a significantly profitable service. Today, the advisory service line offers clients risk analysis, claims analysis, dispute resolution, expert witness and dispute avoidance services.

Alan Kelly, Scottsdale Lincoln Healthcare Network’s legal team
Senior vice president and general counsel
Scottsdale Lincoln Healthcare Network
Kelly has been an in-house lawyer at Scottsdale Lincoln Healthcare Network for the past nine years. By creating an efficient and modern legal department, Kelly has been able to provide advice to everyone from executives to operational employees. His continued innovation led him to improve the SLHN Risk Management Department so that it can effectively manage all of the complex risk that a $1 billion company is faced with. Kelly’s strong leadership is as highly valued as his skills as an innovator. Johnathan Wallach, one of Kelly’s employees, said, “Alan has been a true mentor who actively promotes initiative in all people who work for him.”

Margaret Koppen
Deputy general counsel
Standard Microsystems Corporation
Koppen is Standard Microsystems’ main transactional attorney. Kim Van Amburg, senior vice president and general counsel at Casino Del Sol Resort, said that during her 10 years at the company, Koppen has been able to hone a “specific expertise in negotiating terms of sale agreements with her employer’s customers,” some of which are the world’s largest semiconductor companies. Koppen has been instrumental in “increasing efficiency, production, and accountability without increasing the size of the legal department.” Her contributions to the company have helped double the company’s revenue. She teaches the University of Arizona College of Law’s first-ever contract drafting course, which she developed.

David Koval
Vice president and general counsel
Kitchell
Koval went to Kitchell in 2004 as an employee for one of the company’s subsidiaries, Kitchell Contractors. In this role, he brought credibility to the company through refining legal processes, streamlining and creating uniformity in subcontractor relationships and evaluating the company’s risk. His results earned the respect of everyone at Kitchell and he was eventually tapped by CEI Jim Swanson to oversee all legal activities for the 60-year-old company. Kitchell’s interests include real estate development, commercial construction, program and construction management and air conditioning wholesale supplies.

Erin Lewin
Senior vice president and general counsel
Avnet, Inc.
Lewin leads Avnet’s 98-member global legal department and provides advice and guidance to the company’s business leaders. “Erin has demonstrated her ability to effectively guide a global team that deals with a complex, multinational legal environment while serving as a leader who fosters collaboration and employee engagement for her team,” said Avnet CEO Rick Hamada. In 2013, Lewin’s team oversaw the legal aspects of 12 acquisitions with a combined deal value of $367 million and combined revenue value of $1.2 billion, as well as the divestiture of two subsidiaries.

Kelly LoCascio
Chief compliance office and executive vice president
Angel MedFlight
LoCascio has been with Angel MedFlight, a worldwide air ambulance company, since 2008. In 2008, LoCascio was named one of the top 50 pro bono attorneys in Arizona and stays involved in the community by volunteering for the American Cancer Society, FreshStart and HomeBase Youth Services. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the Executive Women’s Golf Association. In addition to practicing law and volunteering, LoCascio was crowned Ms. Arizona Woman in 2007. This competition is part of the Arizona United States Pageants. She also ecompetes in triathlons.

Michael Mason
Senior counsel, labor and employment
Pinnacle West Capital Corp.
Mason is a strategic partner helping his internal clients solve legal problems in a changing industry. Mason transitioned two years ago as a shareholder at a large national firm, Greenberg Traurig, to a role with Pinnacle West. Mason often works to build consensus with various teams to reduce the threat of litigation. He challenges external counsel to be creative but cognizant of the costs of litigation. Mason served as the young lawyer representative to the State Bar Board of Governors for several years and currently sits on the Executive Council for the Labor and Employment Section for the Arizona State Bar.

L. Richards McMillan
Senior vice president and general counsel
Freeport McMoRan
McMillan has been senior vice president and general counsel of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. since October 31, 2007. McMillan served as senior corporate and securities law attorney of FCX since 1995. The Tulane University Law School graduate joined FCX after a 30-year career with the law firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre, L.L.P., where he served as partner. McMillan served as head of Jones Walker’s corporate and securities section and also served as a member and chairman of the Jones Walker’s Executive Committee.

David Mulvihill
Vice president and general counsel
Make-A-Wish Foundation of America
Mulvihill is general counsel of the Make-A-Wish, a national nonprofit organization with 74 chapters that grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. A substantial portion of Mulvihill’s time is spent protecting the Make-A-Wish name and trademarks from infringement by sound-alike organizations and others. In connection with these efforts, he has worked closely with various state charity officials, as well as with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and the Federal Trade Commission. Prior to joining Make-A-Wish, Mulvihill was a partner in a firm in Pittsburgh, where his practice focused on commercial litigation.

Carmen L. Neuberger
Senior vice president and general counsel
Phoenix Children’s Hospital
A hospital that is a part of the ever evolving health care environment “requires a knowledgeable talented and dedicated general counsel,” said Debra Stevens, director of marketing and communications for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Neurberger not only possesses the knowledge and talent Stevens speaks of, but she essentially developed the hospital’s entire legal department. During this process, Neurberger was able to create a program which allows the hospital to manage and control its own risk. She is also credited with developing and implementing a code of ethics, and improving the relationship between the legal and human resources departments.

Daniel Oseran
Privacy counsel
eBay
Oseran has worked in the information technology and legal fields for more than a decade, ensuring legal compliance, designing network infrastrcuture and managing large project teams. He also enforced information technology laws on behalf of the 5th largest District Attorney’s office in the country, and prosecuted the first state level case of Internet anti-piracy in the United States. Oseran advises business units on developing privacy-protective products, campaigns, websites and other programs. He also manage internal tools to report compliance and communicate policies. Before moving to eBay, Oseran led Paypal’s innovation and continuous improvement of the IT control framework, including the integration of multiple compliance requirements.

John M. Pons
Executive vice president and general counsel
Cole Real Estate Investments, Inc.
Pons has been instrumental in guiding the legal department at Cole in supporting the company’s overall mission in the acquisition, management and disposition of real property. The company has seen tremendous growth, listed on the NYSE and has lined itself up for a merger/acquisition that is poised to make it one of the 15 largest REITs in the United States. Pons’ demeanor and guidance has helped make Cole’s legal department high-functioning, highly collaborative and highly-engaged. Before attending law school, Pons was a captain in the United States Air Force where he served from 1988 until 1992.

Deanna Pickering
General counsel
Lumension Security, Inc.
As the sole in-house lawyer, Pickering manages legal issues across the globe and is often called upon to do the day-to-day legal work, such as customer contract review, that helps the organization save money on outside lawyers. But as the general counsel for a software company with operations in North America and Europe and a sales force throughout the world, Pickering has to help the organization move forward with strategic initiative and work with other executives to manage risk, solve legal issues, and support and direct outside lawyers in a competitive and rapidly changing business environment.

Daniel J. Quigley
General counsel
Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise
Quigley began his representation of the Tohono O’odham Nation with respect to its gaming operations in 1995. However, it was in 2003 that the Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise created its own in-house legal department and hired Quigley as its first general counsel. Quigley has faithfully represented the Nation’s gaming interests through a time when it has experienced exponential growth. Among his more noteworthy triumphs are the successful campaign for the 2002 Indian Gaming Initiative (passed by Arizona voters in 2002) and subsequent Gaming Compact negotiations with the State of Arizona.

Darrell Sherman
Vice president, general counsel, secretary
Taylor Morrison
Sherman joined Taylor Morrison as vice president and general counsel in June 2009 and helped the home builder launch a successful IPO in 2013. He is responsible for the company’s legal affairs including transactions, governance, litigation and regulatory matters. Prior to joining Taylor Morrison, Sherman was general counsel at Centex for four years in the Southwest and Mountain States Regions and associate general counsel at Del Webb/Pulte for five years. Prior to joining the homebuilding industry, he was a finance and real estate attorney at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer in its Phoenix office.

James Silhasek
Executive vice president and general counsel
Discount Tire
Silhasek manages the legal and real estate departments and is specifically involved in all real estate acquisitions, matters of taxation and complex business litigation. Silhasek began his association with Discount Tire in 1980, while in private practice, and joined the company in 1988. During his association with Discount Tire, it has grown to become the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer with more than 870 locations in 28 states. Silhasek received his Juris Doctor from Creighton University Law School and a Master’s of Law in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.

Sprouts Farmers Market, Inc.
Legal department
The natural and organic grocery chain hired its first in-house counsel, Brandon Lombardi, in January 2012 and he set about assembling an in-house legal department that could provide the needed legal services with the quality, acumen, and responsiveness that he and his fast-paced client demanded. Sprouts’ recent success, including the IPO which was shepherded from commencement to completion by Lombardi and his team, serves as a model for how to aggressively yet responsibly build a business. That success could not have been achieved without Sprouts’ legal department. That this 10-person team did not exist two years ago makes their accomplishments even more impressive.

Karen Stein, IO’s legal department
General counsel
IO
Stein oversees all legal and risk management functions of the company. She holds a Juris Doctor, with honors, from Emory University, an MBA from Loyola University with a concentration in finance, and a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Maryland, where she graduated magna cum laude. She has practiced law since 1994, focusing on business transactions, licensing, and intellectual property. Before joining IO, Stein practiced at the Troutman Sanders law firm in Atlanta and served as the Assistant general counsel for the PGA Tour for 10 years.

Matthew Stockslage
Vice president and associate general counsel
Dignity Health
Stockslage is the senior legal leader for Dignity Health’s Arizona and Nevada service areas, which includes six hospitals — including the world-renowned Barrow Neurological Institute — and more than 40 affiliated outpatient sites. As one of three regional legal leaders reporting to Dignity’s general counsel, Stockslage supervises a staff of 11 and is the lead attorney for joint venture transactions and relationships across the Dignity system. He has helped implement a restructuring of the Dignity legal department, its work flows, reporting relationships and client accountabilities to facilitate Dignity’s implementation of healthcare reforms and to accommodate its growth strategy to become a national healthcare provider.

Randall S. Theisen
Executive vice president, general counsel, assistant secretary
Western Alliance Bancorporation
Theisen has served as general counsel of Western Alliance Bancorporation and its three bank affiliates includes Alliance Bank of Arizona, BankWest of Nevada and Torrey Pines Bank since February 2006. Theisen joined WAL from Squire Sanders & Dempsey and has more than 20 years of legal experience representing financial institutions in banking, corporate and financial services law. He was named a “Leading Lawyer 2006” and “Best of the Bar 2005.” He serves on the Business Law Committee and Consumer Financial Services Committee for the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Arizona Bankers Association.

Michael Walker
Senior associate counsel, labor and employment/litigation
Insight Enterprises, Inc
Walker is the sole litigator and labor and employment lawyer for Insight in the United States and Canada. Insight is a Fortune 500 company that provides hardware, software and related services to business and government agencies. Walker is “stunningly successful” at preventing, resolving, and promptly defending claims that go through litigation in labor and employment, commercial matters and in actions brought by government agencies according to Mark Rogers, association general counsel for Insight. Walker has also been able to reduce spending on several categories of work. “Above all, (he) is a practical problem solver and has excellent business judgment,” Rogers said.

Stuart Zigun
Assistant general counsel
Emerson Network Power
Colleagues say Zigun in the kind of attorney every business wishes it had. Zigun has an exceptional depth of understanding of his clients’ business and products and is intimately familiar with the company’s strategy and direction. In more than 30 years as an in-house counsel, Zigun has never had an agreement he worked on be litigated. This is a testament to his ability to successfully resolve disputes. Zigun, who earned an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Cornell and his law degree from Boston University, has represented large public companies that include Raytheon, Motorola and Emerson.

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G&K Elects Clark to the Firm’s Board of Directors

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced that Shannon L. Clark has been elected to the firm’s Board of Directors. Mr. Clark joins current Board members Michael Kennedy, Dean Short, Kevin O’Malley and Tim Brown.

“As the youngest member of the Board, Shannon will represent an important constituency of our shareholders and play a key role in shaping the future of the firm,” said Managing Partner Dean Short.

As a shareholder with the firm, Mr. Clark focuses his practice in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. His diverse experience includes products liability, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, medical and professional malpractice, elder abuse, commercial trucking, police misconduct, construction site accidents and insurance bad faith. He is a fierce advocate for the rights of his clients and possesses a compassion and sensitivity to the human element of each of the personal injury cases he handles.

Mr. Clark has been with Gallagher & Kennedy’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death practice group since joining the firm in 2000. Since then, he has gained extensive experience through his involvement in many high-profile cases for clients Gallagher & Kennedy’s Personal Injury & Wrongful Death practice has represented. His experience has allowed him to establish his own track record of success in personal injury law along with expertise in appellate law.

Mr. Clark has earned recognition among his peers through the receipt of the Martindale-Hubbell® AV Peer Review Rating, the Best Lawyer Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs (2012-2014) ranking by Best Lawyers in America® and a Rising Star designation by Southwest Super Lawyers (2012-2013). He has also been recognized as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by The National Trial Lawyers (2012-2013), was selected by peers for membership in Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, and was a “Forty Under 40” honoree by the Phoenix Business Journal (2013).

A member of the State Bar of Arizona, the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, and the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, Mr. Clark is also a member of The American Association for Justice and the Arizona Trial Lawyers Association. He has served for more than eight years on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, serving as Board Chairman from 2010-2011. He has authored several works for the Arizona Tort Law Handbook, is a frequent speaker on personal injury and product liability subjects and has been an adjunct professor at Arizona Summit Law School (formerly Phoenix School of Law) from 2012 to the present.

Mr. Clark earned his J.D., with honors, in 1999 from Duke University and his B.A., with distinction, in 1996 from Cornell University.

Lovitt & Touché Launches Private Healthcare Exchange

Lovitt & Touché today announced the launch of ClearPath Prime, a newly designed private exchange that allows employers to manage the selection of employee healthcare benefits.

An industry leading technology platform, ClearPath Prime is designed for employers to customize a menu of benefit options, allowing employees the flexibility of determining the plan that best suits their needs. ClearPath Prime enables employees to understand the relationship between their individual healthcare needs and the coverage available. The system gives employees more control, choice and engagement in their personal and family health benefits and to make employer healthcare costs more predictable.

“ClearPath Prime is a revolutionary benefits program that opens opportunities for employers to redesign the delivery of healthcare and other benefits for their employees,” said Steve Touché, President of Lovitt & Touché. “This new approach puts employees at the controls of their healthcare and benefits to better customize what they need for their families.”

Lovitt & Touché benefits specialists are available to assist employers in determining if ClearPath Prime is the right fit for their company.

“Our aim is that ClearPath Prime will enable employees and their families to receive the care, service and support they need year-round instead of just during enrollment periods,” Touché added.

Healthcare Reform has changed the nature of employee benefits and it continues to evolve. Lovitt & Touché is hosting free informational seminars to help provide the latest information on Healthcare Reform and an in-depth discussion of ClearPath Prime on the following dates:

February 12, 2014: 9:45 – 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 – 3:30 p.m., 1050 W. Washington Street, Suite 233, Tempe, AZ 85281

February 13, 2014: 9:45 – 11:30 a.m., Radisson Suites Tucson, 6555 E. Speedway Blvd.. Tucson, AZ  85710

For more information on ClearPath Prime, email benefits@lovitt-touche.com.

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Industry Leaders of Arizona take spotlight

Az Business magazine is proud to present the Industry Leaders of Arizona (ILoA) Awards, which recognize  the contributions and impact of Arizona‐based companies in five key industries — commercial real estate, education, entertainment, manufacturing and technology. The 30 finalists for this year’s ILoA Awards are profiled on the following pages. Winners will be recognized at the awards dinner that will be held Thursday, February 6 at The Ritz Carlton, Phoenix.

Arizona Diamondbacks
Leadership: Derrick Hall, CEO; Tom Harris, CFO
Address: 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Website: dbacks.com
What they do: The Diamondbacks strive to provide industry-leading entertainment in a family-friendly environment while making a positive impact on its fans and civic partners.
How they lead: The team offers the lowest Fan Cost Index in Major League Baseball. In the community, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the D-backs’ organization have surpassed the $33 million mark in charitable giving since their inception in 1998. The unique corporate culture of the D-backs led Yahoo! to deem the club as “the best workplace in sports.”

Arizona Summit Law School
Leadership: Scott Thompson, president; Shirley Mays, dean
Address: One N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Website: azsummitlaw.edu
What they do: The American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school offers traditional and non-traditional law students the opportunity to succeed through its student-focused curriculum and highly engaged faculty.
How they lead: The practice-ready curriculum equips graduates with the practical skills and ethical instruction, leadership, management and interpersonal skills necessary for career success. The school accommodates students’ diverse needs with options including full-time and part-time day and evening classes; trimester schedule for graduation in two years; and individualized bar-pass instruction through learning diagnostics and mentoring; and experiential learning opportunities via externships, internships and clinics.

Caliente Construction Inc
Leadership: Lorraine Bergman, CEO
Address: 242 S. El Dorado Circle, Mesa
Website: calienteconstruction.com
What they do: Caliente, founded in Arizona in 1991, is a female-owned commercial general contractor that provides construction management services tailored to meet the distinctive needs of its diverse clientele.
How they lead: By embracing the latest technology, Caliente is known as the contractor who can meet the challenge of any type of construction project. This has strengthened its industry position and given Caliente a competitive edge. Caliente has also shown continued growth.  In 2006, revenues were $23,500,000 with 30 employees. Today, revenues exceed $57,000,000 and Caliente employs 81.

Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center
Leadership: Jim Burns, CEO
Address: 5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson
Website: casinodelsol.com
What they do: Casino Del Sol Resort encompasses a spa, conference center, five award-winning restaurants, Sewailo Golf Course, Anselmo Valencia Tori Ampitheater, a 5,000-seat open-air concert venue and the Del Sol Marketplace, which includes a gas sttation, car wash, convenience store and smoke shop.
How they lead: In less than two years since opening its $100 million expansion, Casino Del Sol has earned a AAA Four Diamond designation and is the state’s only casino resort to earn the coveted Forbes Four-Star Award for its hotel and spa.

Entrepix, Inc.
Leadership: Tim Tobin, CEO; David Husband, CFO
Address: 4717 E. Hilton Ave., #200, Phoenix
Website: entrepix.com
What they do: Entrepix re-manufactures semiconductor fabrication equipment and develops products and services to significantly extend the lifespan of semiconductor manufacturing technology.
How they lead: Entrepix’ is defining a new class of supplier to the semiconductor industry —  a “technology renewal partner” — and has become the third-party leader in this space.  It launched the first ever foundry process center supporting remanufactured equipment.  The company was spotlighted for this on the cover of the industry’s largest publication, Semiconductor International, whose cover is normally occupied by game-changing innovations from companies such as Intel and Applied Materials.

FlipChip International
Leadership: David Wilkie, CEO; Gordon Parnell, CFO
Address: 3701 E. University Dr., Phoenix
Website: flipchip.com
What they do: FlipChip International is a leading supplier of wafer level packaging technologies to a diverse global customer base in the semiconductor industry.
How they lead: FlipChip was founded in 1996 by industry leaders in automotive technology and semiconductor integrated circuit assembly. Their strategy was primarily developing and licensing the technology. After new owners took over in 2004, manufacturing was expanded and new technologies were introduced. Today, FlipChip’s technologies can be found in a wide range of products in consumer, medical, industrial and automotive applications.

FNF Construction, Inc.
Leadership: Jed S. Billings, CEO; David James, CFO
Address: 115 S. 48th St., Tempe
Website: fnfinc.com
What they do: FNF provides heavy-highway construction and general engineering work, both as a general contractor, subcontractor and manufacturer/producer of aggregate and asphalt rubber binder.
How they lead: FNF’s ability to self-perform much of the work on its contracts allows the company to better manage and support its subcontractors and keep projects on schedule.  FNF supports its personnel with state-of-the-art equipment and in-house technical support which keep its workers safe and guides and educates employees on FNF’s innovative construction methods.

GlobalTranz
Leadership: Andrew Leto, CEO; Greg Roeper, CFO
Address: 5415 E. High St., #460, Phoenix
Website: globaltranz.com
What they do: GlobalTranz is a privately held, Phoenix-based logistics company specializing in freight management services, including less-than-truckload shipping, full truckload, supply chain management and domestic air/expedited shipping.
How they lead: By focusing on innovative technology, GlobalTranz optimizes the flow and storage of merchandise as the goods move within and throughout the customers’ supply chain. GlobalTranz has been recongnized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country with annual sales of over $200 million. Globaltranz has doubled its revenue every year since its inception in 2003.

Grand Canyon University
Leadership: Brian Mueller, president and CEO; Dan Bachus, CFO
Address: 3300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
Website: gcu.edu
What they do: GCU is a private Christian university that has graduated some of the Southwest’s best-prepared teachers, nurses and fine arts professionals.
How they lead: What was once a small, struggling university has come into its own as a world-class liberal arts institution. When escalating tuition made higher education nearly impossible for some students, GCU built a financial model that made earning a degree attainable and affordable. The model does not rely on taxpayer subsidies, yet keeps costs about two-thirds less than most private universities and lower than many public schools.

Great Hearts Academies
Leadership: Daniel Scoggin, CEO; Ward Huseth, CFO
Address: 3102 N. 56th St., #300, Phoenix
Website: greatheartsaz.org
What they do: Great Hearts Academies is a non-profit network of public charter schools dedicated to improving education in the Phoenix metropolitan area by developing a network of excelling preparatory academies.
How they lead: Great Hearts Academies has a 95 percent college placement rate, including many prestigious colleges and universities around the country. Students have an average SAT score of 1836 and ACT score of 27.4, which is 20 percent above the national average and higher than many private schools.

IDentity Theft 911
Leadership: Matt Cullina, CEO; Sean Daly, CFO
Address: 7580 N. Dobson Rd., Scottsdale
Website: idt911.com
What they do: IDentity Theft 911 is a provider of identity management solutions, identity theft recovery services, breach services and data risk management solutions. The company works with insurance carriers to provide identity theft services to individual personal lines policyholders and crisis data-breach services for commercial insurance policyholders.
How they lead: Founded in 2003, IDentity Theft 911 is a premier consultative provider of identity and data risk management, resolution and education services. The company serves 17.5 million households across the country and provides fraud solutions for a range of organizations.

Integrate
Leadership: Hart Cunningham, CEO; David Tomizuka, CFO
Address: 4900 N. Scottsdale Rd., #4000, Scottsdale
Website: integrate.com
What they do: Integrate is the first closed-loop marketing technology platform—combining ad-serving tech and analytics, a paid media marketplace and full suite of marketing services.
How they lead: Integrate is the first closed-loop marketing technology provider to empower marketers and media buyers to plan, launch, analyze and optimize campaigns across performance, programmatic and traditional media. The Integrate AdHQ platform offers an end-to-end solution that supports the entire lifecycle of paid media campaigns in one intuitive dashboard.

Ipro Tech, Inc.
Leadership: Kim Taylor, president and COO; Bret Lawson, CFO
Address: 6811 E. Mayo Blvd., #350, Phoenix
Website: iprotech.com
What they do: Founded in 1989, Ipro is a global leader in the development of advanced software solutions used by legal professionals to streamline the electronic discovery process.
How they lead: Ipro pioneered the development of electronic discovery technology in 1989, when savings and loan scandals led to an abundance of paper documents needing immediate legal review. Ipro developed customized technology that greatly improved the process and speed in which litigation document collections could be produced and helped to establish the litigation technology industry as we know it today.

Jokake Construction Services, Inc.
Leadership: Casey Cartier, CEO; Dave Miller, CFO
Address: 5013 E. Washington St., #100, Phoenix
Website: jokake.com
What they do: Jokake is a full-service real estate solutions provider founded on delivering exceptional construction experiences through ground-up, renovation and tenant improvement construction for public and private clients.
How they lead: In June, Jokake launched its 30th anniversary celebration with a commitment to complete 30 community service projects in 12 months — one project for each year in business. Since the initial announcement, Jokake’s employees have advocated for great causes, most of which are with nonprofits that they have been personally invested in for many years.

Laser Options, LLC
Leadership: Jeffrey Masters, CEO
Address: 3758 E. Grove St., Phoenix
Website: laseroptions.com
What they do: Laser Options sells new and refurbished multi-function printers/copiers, provides managed print services to its clients and is a leading re-manufacturer of laser print cartridges.
How they lead: Since starting in 1993 as a re-manufacturer of laser printer cartridges and HP printer service, Laser Options has transformed itself into a full-service business technology organization. Since inception, Laser Options has put into place sustainability practices. Whether it is its manufacturing and recycling process, the cars it uses or the vendors it partners with, customers know they are “going green.”

MicroAge
Leadership: Jeff McKeever, CEO; Roger Rouse, CFO
Address: 8160 S. Hardy Dr., Tempe
Website: microage.com
What they do: MicroAge is a leading provider of technology products and services. They serve customers from the data center to the desktop with computer products from industry-leading manufacturers.
How they lead: MicroAge’s tech-savvy account executives are experts at assisting clients with selecting information technology solutions that best meet their unique requirements. MicroAge possesses a vast sourcing capability which enables us to deliver on the most challenging of procurement requests.  MicroAge continues to be a well-known name and a respected industry pioneer with a heritage of industry innovation spanning five decades.

Microchip Technology, Inc.
Leadership: Steve Sanghi, CEO; Eric Bjornholt , CFO
Address: 2355 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler
Website: microchip.com
What they do: Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions for thousands of diverse applications worldwide.
How they lead: Microchip is the semiconductor industry’s greatest Cinderella Story, having come a long way since its humble beginnings as a failing spinoff of General Instrument in 1989. Over that time, Microchip has had the most successful IPO of 1993, achieved the No. 1 ranking in 8-bit microcontrollers in 2002 and recorded its 91st consecutive quarter of profitability in June 2013.

Mountainside Fitness
Leadership: Tom Hatten, president; William Malkovich, CEO; Tracy Taylor, CFO
Address: 1230 W. Washington St., #111, Tempe
Website: mountainsidefitness.com
What they do: Mountainside Fitness is the largest locally owned health club in Arizona, striving to help its members incorporate exercise into their lifestyle.
How they lead: With 10 locations, including the newest location inside Chase Field, the fitness center provides more than 950 jobs. The company has experienced a 41 percent growth within the last three years, including employee growth of approximately 400. The expansion placed Mountainside among the recipients of the 2012 Inc. Hire Power Awards as one of the Top 10 private business job creators in the state of Arizona.

Phoenix Children’s Academy
Leadership: Doug MacKay, CEO; Paul Malek, CFO
Address: 8767 E. Via de Ventura, #240, Scottsdale
Website: pcafamilyofschools.com
What they do: Phoenix Children’s Academy operates a national network of 111 private schools, including preschools, elementary schools and middle schools in 15 states serving approximately 16,000 students.
How they lead: PCA is the sixth-largest company in its industry in the U.S. and the largest headquartered in Arizona. By developing centralized support functions to take the majority of the administrative burden away from its schools, PCA teachers and principals have more time to spend with children and parents. This has enabled PCA to tailor its educational services to the individual needs of the child.

Phoenix Suns
Leadership: Jason Rowley, president; Jim Pitman, CFO
Address: 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix
Website: suns.com
What they do: The Suns provide the finest in Arizona sports, entertainment and community leadership by striving to create sustained success on and off the court.
How they lead: Between offering a first-rate fan experience, giving back to Arizona children and families in need, and staying at the forefront of technology and innovation, the Suns have served as Arizona’s professional sports leader since our 1968 inception. Each year, Suns players and alumni make more than 1,000 community appearances and the Phoenix Suns Charities contributes more than $1 million annually to more than 125 local nonprofit organizations.

Rigid Industries LED Lighting
Leadership: Jason Christiansen, CEO; Seth Anderson, CFO
Address: 779 N. Colorado St., Gilbert
Website: rigidindustries.com
What they do: Rigid Industries’ patented Hybrid and Specter optics and forward projecting LED lighting and quality products are designed, engineered, and assembled in the United States.
How they lead: Rigid Industries recently ranked 150th on Inc. 500 magazines’ Fastest Growing Companies list for 2013. Additionally, Rigid leads the industry as the fastest-growing LED lighting manufacturer and the fifth-fastest-growing in overall manufacturing in the U.S., proving to be one of the most innovative companies of 2013. From 2009-2012, Rigid experienced an exponential growth rate of 2,528 percent.

Scottsdale Golf Group
Leadership: Shelby Futch, CEO
Address: 6210 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa
Website: scottsdalegolfgroup.com
What they do: Scottsdale Golf Group owns and manages four public and three private golf courses. Futch founded the John Jacobs Golf Schools and Academies, with 12 locations across the USA and Canadian locations coming soon. John Jacobs Golf Schools and Academies is one of the oldest continuous  golf schools in the U.S. with more than 500,000 students instructed.
How they lead: Scottsdale Golf Group’s state-of-the-art teaching facilities utilize the finest computerized swing analysis equipment. Under the guidance of golf industry expert Futch, Scottsdale Golf Group has grown from the undisputed leader in golf instruction to become a master of club operations, management, and consumer marketing services as well.

Speedie & Associates, Inc.
Leadership: Gregg A. Creaser, CEO; Brett P. Creaser, CFO
Address: 3331 E. Wood St., Phoenix
Website: speedie.net
What they do: Speedie & Associates is a consulting engineering firm that specializes in geotechnical, environmental and construction materials testing and special structural inspection services.
How they lead: From its inception 33 years ago, Speedie & Associates has embraced and maintained a philosophy of providing a superior level of customer service to every one of its clients. The firm believes that listening to its clients, hearing the essence of what they’re saying, and fully understanding their expectations are the most important first steps in providing a superior service experience.

STORE Capital
Leadership: Morton H. Fleischer, chairman; Christopher H. Volk, president and CEO; Catherine Long, CFO
Address: 8501 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale
Website: storecapital.com
What they do: STORE Capital (the name stands for Single Tenant Operational Real Estate) is a leading provider of real estate lease capital for real estate intensive middle-market companies.
How they lead: STORE acquires customers’ commercial real estate they use to generate their profits and lease it back to them in a sale/leaseback transaction.  A real estate lease is not just a debt financing substitute for customers, but it’s both a debt and equity substitute, while also offering reduced monthly payments. This makes them less bank-dependent and more entrepreneurial, creating more efficient capitalization.

Sun Orchard™ Juicery
Leadership: Marc Isaacs, CEO; Jeff Anthony, CFO
Address: 1198 W. Fairmont Dr., Tempe
Website: SunOrchard.com
What they do: Sun Orchard™ is a national craft juice company offering an unmatched selection of exceptional juice products to food service businesses of all shapes and sizes.
How they lead: Sun Orchard built its business on freshness, taste, quality, people and being one step ahead. Sun Orchard’s family of experts’ tree-to-table mastery allows it to quickly turn emerging trends into cutting-edge juice products, giving its customers a quick-to-menu advantage and back-of-house efficiencies. Sun Orchard continues to work closely with its customers to help grow their businesses.

Synergis Education, Inc.
Leadership: Norm Allgood, CEO; Scott Wenhold, CFO
Address: 1820 E Ray Rd., Chandler
Website: synergiseducation.com
What they do: Synergis Education is a premium, full-service provider of educational services designed for college and university leaders who are not satisfied with the status quo.
How they lead: Synergis Education assists its partner institutions in gaining regional prominence, enrollment growth, and overall sustainability through continual improvement and best practices. Synergis is unique among education services providers in that it is positioned to work with the entire adult higher education market, remaining agnostic as to the delivery methods (online, face-to-face, blended, etc.).

University of Advancing Technology
Leadership: Jason Pistillo, CEO; Erika Garney, CFO
Address: 2625 W. Baseline Rd., Tempe
Website: uat.edu
What they do: University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is the technophile’s college experience — a community uniquely suited to provide students passionate about technology an ideal place to live and grow.
How they lead: UAT students graduate to become technological mavens, cyber warriors, elite game designers and advanced computer scientists. The university’s commitment extends far beyond its student body. UAT hosts a myriad of on-campus events, including the annual Avnet Tech Games, The Leonardo da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking and many other various user groups.

WebPT
Leadership: Brad Jannenga, chairman, president and CTO; Paul Winandy, CEO; Jacob Findlay, CFO
Address: 605 E. Grant St., #200, Phoenix
Website: webpt.com
What they do: WebPT is the leading web-based electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management solution for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists.
How they lead: By creating an affordable, intuitive, and technologically sound cloud-based electronic EMR solution for rehabilitation therapists — practitioners excluded from the government’s meaningful use incentive under the HITECH Act — WebPT brought all the benefits of EMR to small, private therapy practices that would have otherwise fallen behind. WebPT has helped more than 24,000 therapists adopt EMR since 2008.

Wespac Construction, Inc.
Leadership: John Largay, CEO; Don Mann, CFO
Address: 9440 N. 26th St., #100, Phoenix
Website: wespacaz.com
What they do: Wespac is a commercial general contracting and construction management firm, offering a range of pre-construction and construction services in a variety of market sectors.
How they lead: Wespac has developed a specific system of project management tools to successfully complete the job. This comprehensive process is Wespac’s Systematic Building Approach™ (SBA™). The SBA™ is Wespac’s process to ensure constant communication, dedication, coordination and planning. Utilizing the SBA™, the team is able to ensure timely procurement of materials and equipment, keeping the build-out on track.

Wilson Electric Services Corp.
Leadership: Wes McClure, president; Todd Klimas, COO; Terry Oakes, CFO
Address: 600 E. Gilbert Dr., Tempe
Website: wilsonelectric.net
What they do: Wilson Electric is the Southwest’s leading, single-source provider of total facility solutions, including commercial construction, solar, and operations technology.
How they lead: Wilson Electric invests in each employee-owner’s success through a rigorous, in-depth corporate training program. The program begins with new hire orientation and continues throughout employment, blending in-house resources with industry experts. Topics range from effective project management and safety procedures to manufacturer certifications. Because of this, Wilson’s safety record is one of the best in the state.

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Waste Management Names Sustainability Challenge Winner

Waste Management (NYSE: WM) today announced that the Shell Houston Open has been named the winner of its inaugural Sustainability Challenge. In a contest that invited all PGA TOUR tournaments to detail their respective sustainable event initiatives, The Shell Houston Open received the highest ranking out of 24 tournament submissions for its cumulative score in the following categories: Materials Management, Natural Resources Tracking and Conservation, Economic Impact and Overall Sustainability.

In an effort to spread sustainability-driven event planning, similar to the successful programs implemented by Waste Management at its eponymous Phoenix Open, The PGA TOUR distributed a voluntary questionnaire. The sustainability services team at Waste Management graded participating tournaments.

As the winners of the Sustainability Challenge, Shell Houston Open executives were invited to attend the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open and Waste Management’s fourth annual Executive Sustainability Forum during tournament week (Jan. 27 – Feb. 2, 2014).

“In addition to honoring us for our sustainability initiatives at the Shell Houston Open, Waste Management was also responsible for driving much of the behind-the-scenes efforts that are helping us build the most sustainable event possible,” said Steve Timms, tournament director for the Shell Houston Open and president and CEO of the Houston Golf Association. “We are committed to the belief that sustainability is the right thing to do.”

“Waste Management is not only dedicated to greening the game of golf and raising the bar in sustainability and sports, but we also have a social responsibility to educate and engage others,” said Dave Aardsma, chief sales and marketing officer, Waste Management. “The Sustainability Challenge has provided us the opportunity to recognize the successes of PGA TOUR tournaments like the Shell Houston Open so that others will be encouraged to follow our lead.”

Since 2007, Waste Management has been a committed partner to the Houston Golf Association and the Shell Houston Open, played at the Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas. In 2013, the Shell Houston Open committed to executing a sustainable tournament and to reducing the amount of materials sent to the landfill. To help achieve this, Waste Management designed a plan to produce less waste and enhance diversion through material reuse, recycling and composting. Through the development of an enhanced triple-bottom-line sustainability strategy (incorporating three dimensions of performance: social, environmental and financial) the 2013 tournament exceeded environmental goals and expectations and achieved an overall diversion rate of 87.3 percent.

As title sponsor of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Waste Management continues to evolve innovative programs to increase environmental and social responsibility at the tournament. The Waste Management Phoenix Open has become a major platform for showcasing Waste Management’s sustainability initiatives, including the four Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle and recover. In 2012, Waste Management launched the “Zero Waste Challenge,” an initiative aimed at controlling materials brought into the event. In 2014, Waste Management continues the “Zero Waste Challenge” for a third year as part of its company-wide effort to reach its goal to triple the amount of recyclable materials nationwide by the year 2020 and extract the most value possible from all of the materials the company manages.

Michael Bill, CEO of MJ Insurance

MJ Insurance celebrates 50th anniversary

Fifty years ago – when gasoline was 30 cents a gallon and a loaf of bread cost 21 cents – Michael M. Bill and his partner, James B. Ritter, founded MJ Insurance.

Five decades later, MJ Insurance is one of the top 100 independently-owned insurance agencies in the U.S. with clients in every U.S. state and in 16 different counties. As it celebrates, its 50th anniversary in 2014, the Indiana-based agency isn’t resting on its laurels, rather, looking to the future.

“While many things have changed since my father started MJ, one thing has remained consistent – our tireless passion to help our clients and others with the best service possible,” said Michael H. Bill, the firm’s CEO since 2006. “My father instilled professionalism, honesty and integrity into everyone at MJ from day one. Today, this is still our guiding philosophy.”

Offering diverse and effective expertise

With its headquarters in Indianapolis and an office in Arizona, MJ Insurance specializes in a diverse selection of unique service lines including construction, energy, transportation, real estate, manufacturing, sororities, Japanese-owned businesses and mining. MJ also offers complete employee benefits programs including major medical, group disability, group life and onsite employer clinics.

MJ Insurance has also been strategic by aligning itself with many global partners and carriers which have helped fuel the agency’s growth and depth of expertise. Carrier partners, for instance, allow MJ to manage specific areas of risk in key service lines and help clients achieve their business goals while supporting continued growth for MJ.

In addition, as health care reform has taken root over the past several years, MJ has focused its efforts and have become known as nationally-recognized thought leaders in all things related to employee benefits and the impact reform will have on businesses and employees.

Still, as Michael M. Bill sees it, the business boils down to relationships and trust. “That’s really the bottom line – people have to trust us,” added the MJ founder. “We’ve worked hard over the years to build our clients’ trust and I still get excited when we win over new clients and establish new relationships while nurturing and moving forward with our existing partners. It’s a people business, we understand and embrace that.”

Growing with the times

MJ Insurance traces its origins to a successful firm that James Ritter had in Anderson, Indiana. In 1973, Michael M. Bill bought out James Ritter and continued to grow the agency to the success it enjoys today.

MJ Insurance has roughly 125 employees and continues to grow. The agency has posted a profit for each of its 50 years culminating with record revenues that exceeded $25 million in fiscal 2013. Not surprisingly, more than 50 percent of MJ employees have been there for decades and today are mentoring the next generation of company leaders. In fact, there are 43 MJ employees with more than a decade of tenure; 14 employees with more than 20 years and 10 employees who have been with MJ for more than 30 years.

MJ has earned several award accolades throughout the years and regularly is named one of the “best places to work” and as a “top employer” in the industry.

Over the years, MJ Insurance has refined its approach to the insurance business. The company has deep depth in risk management assessment and takes a consultative approach to help provide expert advice and counsel.

Many MJ clients have worked with the agency for decades.

While Michael M. Bill’s son now runs the company, and opened MJ’s Phoenix office in 2004, the founder still comes to work every day and remains engaged in the business he founded five decades ago. “What we do makes a huge difference in the community, in the lives of people and in the businesses we serve,” he said. “We don’t take the responsibility lightly and continue to work hard to achieve our goals. Our work isn’t done – we’re just getting started.”

Justine-Bayless

Generation Next: CEOs

Justin Bayless always planned to be CEO of his father’s healthcare company. He just wasn’t prepared to take charge so soon.

“The plan was for me to become CEO at age 30,” Bayless says, “but that was fast-tracked when my father had a nearly fatal heart attack.”

In 2010, at the tender age of 26, Bayless assumed leadership of Bayless Healthcare Group, the integrated healthcare company that his father, Dr. Michael Brad Bayless, founded in 1982, before its current CEO was even born.

“That succession plan that was supposed to be worked on and put together was fast tracked,” Bayless says.

That was nothing new for Bayless, who has always been of the fast track. He started his professional career by accompanying his father to work from the time he was 9 years old. He attended Morehouse College on a presidential academic scholarship and went to work after college as an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in New York City, where developed capital market solutions to mitigate strategic, operational, credit, and market risks. Bayless helped raise more than $1.7 billion dollars in equity financing for Einstein Noah, Fresh Del Monte, Burger King, Hanes Brand, Range Fuels, and many other companies.

He returned to work at Bayless Healthcare in 2008 as vice president and CFO before his father’s health crisis forced him to step into the role of CEO.

“I lead by example,” Bayless says. “I was mentored by someone who taught me that perception is often reality. So even though I come at healthcare from the business side, I have learned to understand what goes on in our healthcare workers’ world and how to speak their clinical language so I can foster those relationships, which has helped our clinicians understand the business side.”

While unifying the fragmented worlds of business and healthcare workers and getting them on the same page is a major accomplishment, Bayless has a greater goal.

“I want to help people understand how integrated health benefits patients and clinicians,” he says. “All of our innovation is done for one thing: to improve value for patient and providers. Most companies have their mission statements hanging on the wall. We try to live ours.”
Lubna Ahmad, 29
President and CEO
Invoy Technologies
Ahmad has spent nearly a decade innovating and developing medical devices with an emphasis on biosensor technologies. In 2008, she founded Invoy, which is engaged in the development and commercialization of breath analysis devices for a broad range of applications. Invoy plans to offer patients the ability to monitor their health with a prescription-based breath analysis device.

Billy Malkovich, 34
CEO
Mountainside Fitness
mountainsidefitness.com
Over the course of 12 years, Malkovich has worked his way up from front desk attendant and personal trainer at Mountainside to CEO. He helped lead the company through the economic downturn to where it stands today at $30 million in revenue, 10 locations and nearly 1,000 people employed in Arizona.

Jamie Fletcher, 30
CEO
Mach 1 Global Services
mach1air.com
After graduating from ASU, Fletcher founded Mach 1 Global Services, an international and domestic freight forwarder that offers a full portfolio of transportation, logistics and supply chain services via air, ocean and ground. Mach 1 has more than 30 offices located in the US, Mexico and Asia along with best in class strategic partnerships around the globe.

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Let's talk about sex, hormones and your health

Get the scoop on love and libido! Dr. Angela DeRosa, D.O., M.B.A., C. P. E. will answer your questions about health, hormones and menopause. Plus, learn more about a blood test for early breast cancer detection.

Mix and mingle while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres. Goodies and giveaways courtesy of Fascinations and an appearance by Fascinations’ Communications Manager/Product Specialist. You can also win a copy of Dr. Derosa’s new book, “How Your Doctor is Slowly Killing You. A Woman’s Health Survival Guide.”

When: January 30, 2014 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Twisted Rose Winery & Eatery, 15040 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale 85260

RSVP: 480.619.4097

There's more to building an Internet presence than just posting a Web site, 2008

GoDaddy Expands WordPress Offerings

GoDaddy, the world’s largest Web hosting provider, is launching a new Web hosting platform dedicated to optimizing WordPress, the most popular content-management system. Live tomorrow, the new WordPress experience enables customers to focus on content creation, while GoDaddy handles the technical details of managing a Web hosting account including server set up, security, daily backups and performance optimization.

With nearly 2 million WordPress websites currently under management, GoDaddy has extensive experience with WordPress, and built Managed WordPress hosting from the ground up to provide the best possible experience and service. The GoDaddy team listened to customers, engaged WordPress experts and connected with Web professionals to create a product that provides a simple way to build a WordPress site that’s fast, reliable and secure, at an affordable price.

GoDaddy Managed WordPress automatically updates accounts to the latest version of WordPress and ensures that a website’s plug-ins aren’t vulnerable to security attacks or wasting resources, causing a website to perform poorly. In addition to protecting WordPress, GoDaddy offers layers of added security including firewalls, malware scanning and automated security patching – all supported by an award-winning Security Team with continuous monitoring.

“GoDaddy is committed to supporting the WordPress community with one of the fastest, most secure and reliable hosting platforms,” said GoDaddy Director of Hosting Product Management Bill Watt. “The team created a product that is easy-to-use and is robust and scalable as an enterprise-level service. GoDaddy Managed WordPress hosting costs a fraction of other competitors’ prices and is backed by award-winning, around-the-clock customer service which makes this a great choice for anyone looking to get their website up and running.”

The new Web hosting service uses load-balanced servers dedicated to WordPress with multiple cashing layers and massively redundant SSD-backed file and database servers to ensure fast page loads and high scalability for traffic spikes. Users interested in transferring WordPress sites to GoDaddy can use a one-click migration tool that has been developed to automatically and simply move all the relevant files.

GoDaddy is officially launching the product at WordCamp Phoenix tomorrow. Participants of the event have been able to test out the product leading up to the event, in order to give feedback directly to the engineers and designers. Just as the product was created with feedback from users and experts, the team plans on using interactions with the WordPress community to continuously improve the product.

“GoDaddy’s WordPress solution has really taken the Waste Management Phoenix Open website to the next level,” said Tom King, Waste Management Phoenix Open Tournament Chairman. “We have had flawless performance since we started using the service. Our tournament is just around the corner and we completely trust GoDaddy to help us deliver a fast and reliable website, regardless of how many spikes in traffic we get.”