Author Archives: Michael Gossie

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.

The Offices at Reems.

Glasper earns MLK Diversity Award

Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges, has been selected for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Award by the Town of Paradise Valley. Each year, the selection committee chooses an individual to receive the honor, a tradition since 2000. Past winners include a nationally known civil rights activist, local faith community leaders, international service organization founders, and government officials who have exemplified Dr. King’s vision and work.

Keeping with annual tradition, the award will be given on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 20, 2014) during a ceremony and luncheon at the Paradise Valley Town Hall. Historically, the program’s goal is to bring together Paradise Valley residents who are involved in advocacy and philanthropy through a wide variety of community, national and international causes congruent with Dr. King’s vision.

“I am honored to receive this recognition,” said Chancellor Glasper.
“In a 1948 address at Morehouse College, Dr. King said, ‘the function of education…is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate.’ If he were alive today, I think Dr. King would be pleased at the progress we have made in helping our students achieve a complete education…one that includes academic, cultural, athletic, and social enrichment.”

SMPS chapter master

Banner MD Anderson expands to other hospitals

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert has expanded its radiation oncology program, bringing new treatment expertise to patients at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale and Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa, which also provides pediatric care at Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center. This began on Jan. 1.

The program integrates the clinical services of radiation oncology programs at these hospitals with Banner MD Anderson, including The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s world-renowned approach to cancer care and access to subspecialty experts in both Gilbert and Houston. Patients at these two locations will also have access to many of the programs and services offered at the comprehensive cancer center in Gilbert.

“This expansion will allow us to provide radiation treatment close to where patients live, work collaboratively with physicians in these communities, and bring the same high-quality cancer treatment that has made Banner MD Anderson so widely respected,” said Dr. Edgardo Rivera, medical director of Banner MD Anderson.

These campuses have been providing radiation oncology care for many years, including electron beam treatment, image-guided radiation therapy, intensity modulated radiation therapy, stereotactic radiotherapy, brachytherapy, and 3D conformal treatment, which allows radiation therapy beams to be shaped exactly to the size of a tumor. One intent of this expansion is to enhance and build upon these existing programs.

New physicians will join both campuses, bringing radiation treatment expertise backed by residency training at MD Anderson. Physicians and staff at the hospitals will also have a direct link to radiation oncologists and subspecialty physicians at Banner MD Anderson.

Approximately half of all cancer patients require radiation therapy as part of their treatment. This incredibly precise method of delivering regulated doses of high-energy radiation may be a patient’s only course of treatment. It may also be used with chemotherapy and/or as a complement to surgery.

The highly coordinated radiation oncology team at Banner MD Anderson consists of board-certified physicians specially trained in radiation oncology, medical physicists, dosimetrists, radiation therapists and nurses. Together, they provide the customized treatment plans using the latest medical equipment in conjunction with the world-renowned protocols of MD Anderson.

To schedule an evaluation for radiation treatment at Banner Desert and Cardon Children’s Medical Centers, call 480-412-3808.

To schedule a radiation treatment evaluation at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center, call 602-865-5445.

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center at U.S. 60 and Higley Road delivers cancer care to patients in Arizona through the collaboration of Banner Health and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Radiation therapy is also provided at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale and Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa. Banner MD Anderson offers focused disease-specific expertise in the medical, radiation and surgical management of the cancer patient; an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to patient care; access to clinical trials and new investigative therapies; state-of-the-art technology for the diagnosis, staging and treatment of all types of cancer; oncology expertise in supportive care services.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranks as one of the world’s most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. MD Anderson is one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute. For 10 of the past 12 years, MD Anderson has ranked No. 1 in cancer care in “America’s Best Hospitals,” a survey published annually in U.S. News & World Report.

Shifting the financial focus

Dillan Micus

Dillan Micus: Under his leadership since 2006, AXA Advisors Southwest has grown from approximately $5 million to more than $18 million a year and averaged a 30 percent increase in staff each year – even during the recession.

Many fail to plan how retirement funds will be distributed, Micus says

Az Business: What challenges do you see your generation facing in regard to wealth management?

Dillan Micus: In regard to helping people my age with their actual wealth management challenges, I empower my team to use our Retirement Income Distribution Strategy (RIDS). Often, people spend all of their time focusing on pre-retirement accumulation, but fail to plan how those assets will be distributed during retirement, based on the things they want to actually do and places they actually want to go. This way of planning also neglects to address the most common risk factors that threaten one’s seemingly perfectly planned retirement years – longevity, inflation, taxes, interest rates, volatility and emotions. Through RIDS, we help our clients organize their money into three buckets – a cash reserve bucket, lifestyle bucket and inflation fix bucket – thereby creating a greater level of certainty that they will be able to live the lifestyle they want to live in retirement.

Moving on to actual wealth managers in my generation, I see two clear challenges, both of which AXA seeks to turn into opportunities.

First, those in my generation are neither “starting out” in their wealth management careers, nor approaching retirement. More often than not, they are eager for autonomy. So, we give it to them via an uncommon approach to comprehensive planning I developed called “Firm of Firms,” which empowers our best people to launch their own firms with our back-end support. This, in turn, allows our clients to receive a very high level of support and resources through one specific firm while getting the experience of other firms within the family of offices to focus on each integral part of financial management.

Second, those in my generation grew up very close to the “Me Generation,” but it is critical that those in my industry focus on being a “We” generation, meaning community engagement and servant leadership. I model this as a long-time member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale board as well as my work as a Thunderbird. Our office also sets aside one day each year to volunteer together, even going so far as to put on our own charity event as a team.

diversity

Piper Charitable Trust Grants $190K to Esperança

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has awarded Esperança $190,000 to expand its Health Education Program in Central Phoenix.  The program targets children in the communities located along the 1-17 corridor in Central Phoenix, roughly south of Peoria Avenue, north of Lower Buckeye, east of 43rd Avenue and west of 16th Street.

“Research shows these zip codes have little to no resources to aid residents in dealing with either preventative care or chronic illness,” said Tom Egan, president and CEO of Esperança. “The communities we serve have the highest deficit of health resources in the metropolitan area. Low incomes, poor rates of high school completion, and lack of English-language fluency present barriers to gaining adequate health services for struggling children.

With funding from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Esperança will be able to offer health education at low- and no-cost medical and dental clinics already established by its partners at no cost to children in three zip codes: 85009, 85015 and 85020.  This will help families access the help and information they need at one site, making it more likely children will lead healthier lives. The funds will allow Esperança to double, if not quadruple, the number of children they can serve in three years.

 

rsz_mcshane_-_va-gilbert_land_closing

Miller Now President of FPA Greater Phoenix

This month, Jason Miller, CFP® is stepping into his new role as president of the Board of Directors of the Financial Planning Association of Greater Phoenix (FPA).

Miller is head of financial planning, Western U.S. for BMO Private Bank, a wealth management firm offering a range of investment advisory and financial planning services to high-net-worth individuals and families. He will serve a one-year term as president. Miller has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2011, most recently as vice president.

As president, Miller will oversee the association’s professional development and continuing education efforts.

FPA is a leadership advocacy group supporting the professionalism of financial planners throughout the Valley, including the standards of the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® certification. The Greater Phoenix chapter has 345 members.

running

Boot Campaign Partners with Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

The Boot Campaign and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series today announced a new partnership to show appreciation for troops and raise funds for military programs at the 2014 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon.

A grassroots initiative which started in 2009, the Boot Campaign will become the benefiting charity of the 5.4-mile Mini Marathon on Sunday, January 19, 2014. By wearing combat boots, the Boot Campaign supports the brave men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting America. The race joins many other sports leagues and celebrities who have signed on to show support and thanks for our heroes, while helping to raise critical funds to support the campaign.

“Our popular mini distance allows more people to experience the fun and excitement of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon event and we are delighted to partner with the Boot Campaign fundraising initiative that supports our armed forces,” said Dave Hussa, Vice-President of Charity Partnerships for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “By wearing the boots or committing to fundraise through the event, runners are making a visible and inspirational commitment for those who serve our country.”

The Boot Campaign provides an easy and tangible way for participants to show their support for our troops that directly benefits our military. Along with its partner charities and celebrity supporters, the Boot Campaign aims to raise public awareness and recognize the efforts and sacrifices of those who have risked, and in some cases lost their lives to protect America’s freedoms.

“The Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Mini-Marathon is the perfect opportunity to say ‘thank you’ with your feet,” says Danielle Zopf, Boot Campaign’s Director of Corporate Responsibility. “Walk or run a mile in their shoes to show them that you are grateful for the many sacrifices they make for our freedom. Buying your boots also funds our assistance programs as $50 from every pair goes to helping service members, Veterans and their families.”

The P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon is returning for its 11th year, and will feature live bands and entertainment at each mile of a scenic course through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. The race features a 26.2 marathon, 13.1 half marathon, 2-person relay, and Cole Bike Tour in addition to the Mini Marathon. More than 24,000 expected participants will finish at Tempe Beach Park, where The Joy Formidable will perform a free post-race concert.

Event weekend in Arizona kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo presented by Fox 10 and My 45, where runners can find over 100 vendors, interactive clinics with running experts and elite athletes, and much more. The Boot Campaign will have an interactive booth at the expo, which takes place at the Phoenix Convention Center on Friday, January 17th and Saturday, January 18th and is free and open to the public.

For more information about supporting the Boot Campaign and or to register for the Mini Marathon, visit RunRocknRoll.com/Arizona.

AHCCCS Alternative - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011

Scottsdale hospitals get new leaders

Gary Baker has moved from his leadership position at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center to become Senior Vice President and CEO of Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center, and Bruce Pearson is the new Senior Vice President and CEO of Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center as Scottsdale Healthcare and John C. Lincoln Health Network begin to integrate as an affiliated system.

As Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network senior vice president and Shea Medical Center CEO, Baker oversees both the Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center and Scottsdale Healthcare Thompson Peak Hospital. His network responsibilities also include leadership of the oncology clinical service line.

Baker has held several leadership positions since joining Scottsdale Healthcare in 1989. Prior to joining Scottsdale Healthcare he worked at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago. Baker is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served as chairman of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy and Masters degree from the University of Illinois.

As Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network senior vice president and Osborn Medical Center CEO, Pearson oversees both the Osborn Medical Center and the John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital. He comes to Osborn after serving as CEO of the North Mountain Hospital since 2008. His network responsibilities also include Trauma and Emergency service line and Lean/Continuous Improvement initiatives.

Pearson’s experience includes more than 27 years of service in senior leadership positions in Arizona hospitals. He has served chairman of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He holds a master’s degree in health services administration from Arizona State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Brigham Young University.

78486629

Avnet’s Purcell Recognized for IT Leadership

Avnet, Inc., a leading global technology distributor, today announced that Ger Purcell, senior vice president of IT for Avnet, Inc., was selected by IDG’s Computerworld as a 2014 Premier 100 IT Leader honoree. The Premier 100 spotlights leaders from both the technology and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.

“Ger has an incredible ability to create high levels of collaboration between business leaders and IT professionals in a way that drives tangible business results for Avnet,” said Steve Phillips, senior vice president and CIO, Avnet, Inc. “In particular, he led a multi-year IT initiative to create a common applications portfolio globally that has significantly improved Avnet’s operational efficiency, saved millions of dollars and created the foundation for Avnet to innovatively meet the needs of its business partners in the future. This prestigious award highlights the valuable role that Ger plays every day in helping Avnet achieve its business goals.”

Purcell joined Avnet in 2008, and he is responsible for creating the IT strategy for one of Avnet’s operating groups – Avnet Technology Solutions. In this role, Purcell led the development and deployment of a common application portfolio. This has enabled Avnet Technology Solutions to leverage its global scale and scope, while significantly reducing costs. Additionally, Purcell and his team have played a critical role in integrating more than 20 companies that Avnet has acquired into Avnet Technology Solutions, helping the operating group efficiently expand its footprint in Asia Pacific; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Latin America; and North America.

Purcell has also played a key role in evolving the IT skillset of Avnet’s employees. For example, he developed a “Technology Day” initiative that provides Avnet’s IT team with an opportunity to participate in sessions to learn about new technology areas, which is followed by a job shadowing program. In addition, he leads Avnet’s Global Development Centers located in China, which are instrumental in creating a “follow the sun” IT support model for Avnet.

“The Premier 100 awards program, now in its 15th year, shines a well-deserved spotlight on a group of talented, creative and hard-working men and women. These IT executives are driving technology innovation in business, education and government across the country and around the world,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “Technology advances quickly, and these leaders excel at keeping pace with the changing needs of customers and employees, and making fast technology decisions that map to their organizations’ top priorities. They have developed a deep bench of talented IT staffers at their organizations and managed to keep their own skills fresh by constantly mastering new technologies and processes. We are privileged to recognize the leadership and achievements of the 2014 Premier 100 honorees.”

Purcell is one of three Avnet IT leaders that have received this lifetime recognition. Phillips became a member of the Premier 100 in 2011, when he was honored for his ability to develop innovative IT strategies to drive growth opportunities for Avnet that have helped the company respond to market changes and enhance customer service. Additionally, Avnet’s vice president of enterprise infrastructure, Brad Kenney, was named to this list in 2013 for his commitment to increasing the operational and energy efficiency of Avnet’s North American data center and managing the company’s rapid data growth.

Purcell will receive his award at the Premier 100 awards ceremony at Computerworld’s annual Premier 100 IT Leadership Conference, to be held March 2-4, 2014, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson, Ariz. The conference, to be attended by more than 350 influential senior IT managers, will showcase honorees and other IT innovators as they discuss how to create competitive IT organizations. Additional information is available at www.premier100.com.

Marie Sullivan leads Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE), which offers a diverse range of training and support services throughout Maricopa and Yavapai counties.

AWEE creates renewed hope for the hopeless

Over the course of more than 30 years, Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE) has given hope and helped improve employment opportunities for more than 90,000 women, men and young adults. Az Business magazine caught up with Marie Sullivan, president and CEO of AWEE, to talk about the impact her organization has had on the community.

Az Business: What does the community need to know about AWEE?
Marie Sullivan: AWEE is a constantly evolving organization that has shown the ability to respond to shifting environments while sustaining our core mission to change people’s lives through the dignity of work. AWEE teaches, coaches, and connects people to jobs and education that will positively impact their quality of life – that includes primarily women, but men and older youth.  We are vibrant and have a unique place in the market – a boutique business enterprise serving thousands of individuals a year.  A Mighty Mouse in our industry.

AB: How is being CEO of AWEE different from leading a more traditional company?
MS: AWEE is a small business enterprise. Instead of selling a traditional “product,” AWEE markets a mission and serves people who want to make that mission part of their lives, whether as a participant, an employee, a volunteer, or a donor. We are similar in that we identify our customers and pursue a dedicated agenda to serve them. We are different in that we need multiple partners to achieve the measure of our success: changing people’s lives through the dignity of work. Being a CEO of AWEE means balancing the demands of a small business with fulfilling a mission that resonates to multiple stakeholders without harming or compromising those we have been called to serve.

AB: How has the struggling economy impacted AWEE?
MS: The economy has hit AWEE hard just as it has other nonprofits and small businesses. With a lagging economy, despite all the good will, our resources have been impacted. Balancing our resources with growing numbers of individuals to be served has been the most obvious way the struggling economy has impacted AWEE.

AB: What has been your biggest challenge?
MS: The biggest challenge AWEE has faced has been in the past few years, mostly due to a shift in resources available to support the work we do. In response, we have explored and implemented new ways to do business to maintain integrity to our mission and continue serving those struggling to find work with those employers struggling to find good employees. It’s the ability to be flexible and nimble in the face of these challenges that gives us the opportunity to sustain our organization and serve our community.

AB: What accomplishment gives you the most pride?
MS: The absolute greatest accomplishment is the knowledge that individuals’ and families’ lives are changed in a positive way through the dignity of work because of their motivation and commitment to improve their lives, and the skills and support the AWEE staff give each day to make that happen.

Philip Petersen

Petersen's first job was being a rock star

First Job: Phil Petersen, founder and president, Brookfield Communities

What was your first job?  
As a very shy and quiet 13-year-old, one of the popular guys in eighth grade, Greg Fox, asked if I wanted to play bass guitar in an Omaha rock band that three friends were starting. That simple invitation changed my life forever and The Chevrons were born. We played ‘60s rock — Beatles, Stones, Who, etc. — all across the Midwest. (Editor’s note: The Chevrons recorded the hit record “Lullabye” in 1960 and were inducted into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame in 1998.)

What lessons did you learn from that first job?
We practiced relentlessly until we were one of the top rock bands in the middle part of the U.S. I developed a very strong work ethic and found my self-confidence. We were booked months in advance and — in season — played seven days a week, sometimes in front of several thousand teens. We opened for bands like The Zombies, The Association and the Dave Clark Five.

What was your first job in your current industry?
My real estate industry start was as marketing manager for Del Webb Development Company. I was promoted to vice president, overseeing advertising, public relations and market research.

Do you remember your salaries from those first jobs?
On my first night as a Chevron, we played for a high school dance. They took a collection, and we made about $14. Within two years, we were four 15-year-old kids making $5,000 a week, in the 1960’s. I started at Webb, in 1984, at $39,000.

How did you transition from rock ’n’ roll to real estate?
I knew I had to grow up. I left the band in my second year of college. After graduating, my career began focusing on marketing.

What qualities do you have that have allowed you to be successful in both rock ’n’ roll and real estate?
With my friends in The Chevrons, I learned to be tenacious and driven to succeed. I had seen the benefits. I’m from the Midwest, so I am conservative with money. I don’t use debt to conduct business. At Brookfield Communities, we own all of our business and land holdings free and clear. And I build enduring relationships with the people I do business with.

What has been your biggest challenge at Brookfield Communities?
Given a good strong economy, finding success in business is not that difficult. Brookfield has grown into a $130 million company. My biggest challenge was to keep a large homebuilding business in the black during the last five years. We made it.

What accomplishment gives you the most pride?
My 37-year marriage to my wonderful wife, Kim. Great kids, grown, through college, through law school. And finishing my first full Ironman Triathlon during the recession.

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what would you like to be doing?
I’ve always been drawn to African wildlife, especially gorillas, rhinos and elephants. I would probably be working on the ground to protect all three. Oh, and did I tell you, I was born and spent my early years on the carnival, the son of the owner of Tivoli Shows, Inc.?

Philip Petersen

Petersen’s first job was being a rock star

First Job: Phil Petersen, founder and president, Brookfield Communities

What was your first job?  
As a very shy and quiet 13-year-old, one of the popular guys in eighth grade, Greg Fox, asked if I wanted to play bass guitar in an Omaha rock band that three friends were starting. That simple invitation changed my life forever and The Chevrons were born. We played ‘60s rock — Beatles, Stones, Who, etc. — all across the Midwest. (Editor’s note: The Chevrons recorded the hit record “Lullabye” in 1960 and were inducted into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame in 1998.)

What lessons did you learn from that first job?
We practiced relentlessly until we were one of the top rock bands in the middle part of the U.S. I developed a very strong work ethic and found my self-confidence. We were booked months in advance and — in season — played seven days a week, sometimes in front of several thousand teens. We opened for bands like The Zombies, The Association and the Dave Clark Five.

What was your first job in your current industry?
My real estate industry start was as marketing manager for Del Webb Development Company. I was promoted to vice president, overseeing advertising, public relations and market research.

Do you remember your salaries from those first jobs?
On my first night as a Chevron, we played for a high school dance. They took a collection, and we made about $14. Within two years, we were four 15-year-old kids making $5,000 a week, in the 1960’s. I started at Webb, in 1984, at $39,000.

How did you transition from rock ’n’ roll to real estate?
I knew I had to grow up. I left the band in my second year of college. After graduating, my career began focusing on marketing.

What qualities do you have that have allowed you to be successful in both rock ’n’ roll and real estate?
With my friends in The Chevrons, I learned to be tenacious and driven to succeed. I had seen the benefits. I’m from the Midwest, so I am conservative with money. I don’t use debt to conduct business. At Brookfield Communities, we own all of our business and land holdings free and clear. And I build enduring relationships with the people I do business with.

What has been your biggest challenge at Brookfield Communities?
Given a good strong economy, finding success in business is not that difficult. Brookfield has grown into a $130 million company. My biggest challenge was to keep a large homebuilding business in the black during the last five years. We made it.

What accomplishment gives you the most pride?
My 37-year marriage to my wonderful wife, Kim. Great kids, grown, through college, through law school. And finishing my first full Ironman Triathlon during the recession.

If you weren’t doing what you are doing now, what would you like to be doing?
I’ve always been drawn to African wildlife, especially gorillas, rhinos and elephants. I would probably be working on the ground to protect all three. Oh, and did I tell you, I was born and spent my early years on the carnival, the son of the owner of Tivoli Shows, Inc.?

Steve Sanghi - Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Acquires EqcoLogic

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the acquisition of EqcoLogic, an innovator in equalizer and coaxial transceiver products and technologies. EqcoLogic is a privately held, fabless semiconductor company based in Brussels, Belgium and a spin out of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. The terms of the acquisition are confidential and are expected to have no material impact on Microchip’s December quarter results.

“The advent of higher-speed automotive and industrial networks, such as MOST® and Ethernet, and the need to reliably transmit data over longer distances using standard coaxial cables is creating the demand for innovative equalizer and transceiver solutions,” said Ganesh Moorthy, Microchip’s COO.  “EqcoLogic’s solutions are tailor-made to address these needs for embedded applications, and broaden the range of solution options we offer customers to enable their end-product innovation.”

“We believe EqcoLogic’s solutions are well positioned to capitalize on a number of embedded markets, especially for automotive and industrial customers,” said Peter Helfet, EqcoLogic’s CEO.  “Microchip’s operational excellence, combined with their broad customer reach and extensive channel presence, will be key for the next stage of our growth.”

160050424

Here's a healthy way to get the perfect glow

I’m an endurance athlete. I swim. I bike. I run. That means I spend a lot of time in the sun.

Robin Grandinetti of Maximum Airbrush Tan by Robin, 11000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 235.

Robin Grandinetti of Maximum Airbrush Tan by Robin, 11000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 235, Scottsdale.

I also want to continue to be an endurance athlete for as long as I can, so I slather on sports sunblock to protect my skin every time I go for a long run, ride or swim.

Here’s the dilemma: On the occasions that I do get some sun, I’m always told that I look better and look healthier with a little glow. So do I risk my health and get more sun to bring the sexy back, or do I keep slathering on the sunblock with the comfort of knowing that I’ll be able to run my lilly-white tail off until they have to guide me off the marathon course and back to assisted living?

Luckily, I can have it both ways now.

A friend suggested that I try getting a spray tan before a recent high-profile work event. It was a suggestion that had been made countless times, but I was always apprehensive. Would a spray tan turn me orange? Would it ruin my clothes? Would it be blotchy? Would it be gone after my first shower?

I’m happy to report that none of those things happened.

“If you use a good lotion and take care of your skin, your first spray tan will last at least 7-10 days,” said Robin Grandinetti of Maximum Airbrush Tan, which is located at 11000 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 235 in Scottsdale.

After my first spray tan, I did a 10-mile run and biked the following day, did 40 minutes in the pool the day after that and maintained my normal workout routine. Two weeks after my first spray tan, I still have that healthy glow that earned me compliments at my work function the day I got the tan.

“The best thing about a a spray tan is that you don’t have to spend hours baking in the sun to get the same look you can get from a couple minutes getting sprayed,” said Grandinetti, who only uses healthy and organic products when she sprays clients.

To get an idea of what you can expect to pay for a spray tan, Grandinetti charges $19 for one tan and $59 for four tans. To learn more, contact Grandinetti at (602) 448-2861 or by email.

With the holiday season coming up, it’s to perfect time to try getting sprayed so you can have a healthy glow and turn even more heads at holiday parties.

Ralston

Leadership spotlight: Dave Ralston

Dave Ralston
CEO
Bank of Arizona
bankofarizona.com

With more than 30 years of professional experience in the banking industry, Ralston has overall responsibility for market leadership in Arizona. He is currently on the board of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Biggest challenge: “Early in my career I found myself reporting to an individual I did not respect on a personal or professional level. Rather than leave the company, I chose to stay and focus on doing the best job I could. Within a year my supervisor was terminated and I assumed his position.”

Best advice received: “Work hard, have a positive attitude, and treat people like you want to be treated.  Advice I received from my father early in my professional career.”

Best advice to offer: “Stay disciplined in your approach to credit metrics and credit standards. Straying from those will only lead to regret.”

Greatest accomplishment: “Acquiring a $140 million community bank in 2005 and transitioning it over eight years into a nearly billion dollar bank with incredibly talented people.”

parga

Leadership spotlight: Rodolfo Parga, Jr.

Rodolfo Parga, Jr.
Managing shareholder
Ryley Carlock & Applewhite
rcalaw.com

Parga, elected managing shareholder in 200, is recognized as an accomplished trial attorney and has been named as one of the Valley’s most admired CEOs. He is also a community leader, recently serving as chairman of the board of Chicanos Por La Causa.

Biggest challenge: “Navigating the Great Recession has been the biggest challenge I have faced.  The traditional model of the practice of law has been fundamentally changed.  Fortunately, well before the Great Recession, our firm had already embraced different business models with the continued focus of providing exceptional legal services while providing the best value for our clients.”

Best advice received: “The best business advice I ever received was from my parents. They told me do the right thing, treat people with respect and good things will follow.”

Best advice to offer: “Do not allow the fear of failure to dictate the vision of your business.”

Greatest accomplishment: “Every day, we provide creative legal solutions to our clients and help them reach their business objectives, and we do this while fostering a vibrant, inclusive workplace where people can develop and succeed.   never forget how much our clients, and our people, rely on us to perform our jobs at the highest level.”

wiest

Leadership spotlight: Candace Hunter Wiest

Candace Hunter Wiest
President and CEO
West Valley National Bank
wvnb.net

Wiest is the founding CEO of WVNB, and was the first female community banker elected as a a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

Biggest challenge: “I founded a local bank that consistently provided capital for Arizona businesses despite the worst recession in U.S. history. When other banks left the market, we expanded.”

maio

Leadership spotlight: Keith Maio

Keith Maio
President and CEO
National Bank of Arizona
nbarizona.com

Maio has been in banking for more than 30 years. He joined NB|AZ in 1992, was appointed president in 2001 and CEO in 2005.

Biggest challenge: “The challenges of the severe economic downturn, beginning in 2008.  Bringing a sharp, tactical approach to working through the problems of the day, while continuing to stay focused on a long term vision for our organization.”

Best advice received: “Know your strengths and weaknesses and hire smart people to fill the voids.”

Best advice to offer: “Ask yourself what activities you are accomplishing today that support your long-term goals. Not a day should go by that does not move you a step closer to your vision for yourself and your organization.”

Greatest accomplishment: “I am very proud and honored that NB|AZ has been selected by Arizonans as the No. 1 bank for 10 of the last 12 years in Ranking Arizona. I believe this is a testament to the power of an organization holding true to its core values and demonstrating a consistent approach to servicing customers each and every day.”

Page-02

FEI, Az Business present CFO of the Year awards

Financial Executives International (FEI) Arizona Chapter and Az Business magazine presented the 7th Annual CFO of the Year Awards at the Arizona Biltmore. The awards recognize professionals for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards.

Read all about the finalists below, then check out photos of the event.

Finalists were Bradley C. Anderson, executive vice president of finance and CFO, Amtech Systems, Inc.; Dan Behrendt, CFO, TASER International; Jerome Bruggeman, CFO, RMJ Electrical Contractors, Inc.; Christina Cancino, senior vice president and CFO, Arizona’s Children Association; Sandy Catour, CFO, Sitewire; Ed Czemerych, CFO, Liberty Iron and Metal Holdings, LLC; Ward Huseth, CFO, Great Hearts Academies; Joseph Ivenz, CFO, Marcolin USA; Renee Krug, executive vice president and CFO, Clear Channel Outdoor; Thomas C. Lavoy, CFO, Veolia Transportation on Demand;  Shaun McMeans, vice president of administration and CFO, HTG Molecular Diagnostics; David Miller, CFO, Jokake Construction Services, Inc.; Doug Noblitt, executive vice president, finance and accounting, Tallwave; Chris Power, CFO, LifeLock, Inc.; Carlos L. Rojas, CFO, Heard Museum; Ashley Sanders, vice president of finance, Angel MedFlight; Richard Skufza, executive vice president and CFO, LaneTerralever; Debra Thompson, vice chancellor for business services, Maricopa Community Colleges; Christopher L. Turner, director of finance, GlobalMed; Dennis M. Via, CFO, NFP Property & Casualty Services, Inc.; and Shane Wells, Arizona-Nevada market CFO, IASIS Healthcare.

The four winners honored were:

CFO of the Year, Private Company

Thomas B. Fischer, CFO and vice president of finance, OnTrac

Since taking the role in 2000, Fischer has navigated business reorganizations, led the implementation of optimized business practices and collaborated toward the successful launches in five new states, helping to diversify the company’s services and increase customer value. His responsibilities include daily operations of financial and fiscal management.

Impact on OnTrac: In 2013, Fischer coordinated $40 million in new borrowings, which facilitated the buyback of employee stock option plans and the implementation of material handling, as well as allowing for the working capital for increase of business.  More than $20 million has been invested into equipment that will help OnTrac increase its package delivery from 50,000 packages a day to more than 300,000 packages a day. This type of automation significantly reduces the cost of delivery to the company.

CFO of the Year, Private Company

Tom Harris, executive vice president and CFO, Arizona Diamondbacks

Harris oversees all financial operations, risk management, administration, stadium operations and ownership relations. His tenure in this organization and in the industry make him an integral officer in assisting the president and CEO and other executives in guiding the organization to success. His knowledge of the inner workings of local government is essential in the day-to-day affairs of stadium related matters.

Impact on Diamondbacks: Harris spearheaded a 2011 debt refinancing, bond tender offer and line of credit with JP Morgan that reduced long-term debt by $1 million and provides for reduced interest expense and improved cash flow going forward. In 2011, he also spearheaded a modification of the team’s concessions agreement that has significantly improved its concessions revenue share.

CFO of the Year, Public Company

Amin Maredia, CFO, Sprouts Farmers Market

In less than two years, Maredia has established a public company finance function while completing a major strategic acquisition, more than $700 million debt refinancing, and leading Sprouts’ initial public offering efforts. In addition, he designed Sprouts’ finance infrastructure, including implementation of analytical tools, which provide the ability to monitor current and accurately forecast future performance. Maredia has also used his vast retail experience to help Sprouts execute its new store selection process and strengthen its position in the market.

Impact on Sprouts: Maredia has been instrumental in establishing the company’s internal control systems. He is a tireless advocate for transparency in not only financial reporting, but all areas of the operations. He has taken a lead role in developing a delegation of authority policy and code of conduct applicable to all company team members.

CFO of the Year, Nonprofit

Tanya Muñiz, CFO, Valley of the Sun United Way

Muñiz administers all financial operations and analysis. Under her leadership, the annual budget has grown from $50 million to $114 million in five years. United Way has very complex financials and undergoes six audits annually, with consistently excellent results and zero findings. Muñiz oversees a department of 20 employees who have flourished under her leadership. She led the development of organizational scorecards for measuring and managing performance. Customer satisfaction with accounting has increased by 25 percent since she became CFO.

Impact on United Way: Muñiz built a 10-year economic model that enables the organization to better plan its work and serves as a foundation for its strategic plans. The model enables Valley of the Sun United Way to see the effects of multi-year grants and major gifts, as well as recognizing that many expenses are long-term investments requiring up-front financing.

Beau Lane

Leadership spotlight: Beau Lane

Beau Lane
CEO
LaneTerralever
eblane.com

Lane is the CEO of LaneTerralever, one of the largest and longest established advertising agencies in the Southwest. He supervises highly successful advertising programs for numerous high-profile clients and dedicates hours of service volunteering on the boards of some of the city’s most influential organizations.

Biggest challenge: “Having our largest client (an airline) file bankruptcy shortly after the 9-11 events and leaving us with a substantial accounts receivable. Although we were never paid by the client, we in good faith negotiated acceptable terms with all the media vendors and preserved our relationships and our reputation.”

Best advice to offer: “Remember, your circumstances are always temporary; however your character lasts forever.”

Best accomplishment: “I am proud that our firm has thrived in this community for more than 50 years by providing people a positive atmosphere in which to achieve their professional goals, while delivering business building results for our clients each and every day.”

Portrait Photography by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC

Scottsdale Companies Form Development Company

A new full-service development company, Cypress Development Group,  was announced today as the result of a merger between Scottsdale-based developer Sterling Collection Development Group (SCDG) and luxury home builder, Luster Custom Homes.

Longtime friends Nathan Day, president of SCDG, and Tanner Luster, president of Luster Custom Homes, decided to combine their companies and increase their staff in order to form Cypress Development Group that will specialize in high-end residential and commercial projects that combine progressive sustainable features with impeccable finishes.

The pair’s expertise lies in pioneering the most advanced construction techniques in order to bring new ideas, methods and best practices to the development industry with an uncompromising attention to detail. From concept to completion, Cypress will offer comprehensive development services including site selection and acquisition, development funding, strategic planning, project design, construction, green-building expertise and interior design.

“This is an exciting step and major growth opportunity for all of us,” said Nathan Day. “By partnering with Luster Custom Homes and creating a full-service development company, it allows us to critically think outside the box and streamline the development process. We can now manage the entire build process from concept to completion and do things quickly, efficiently and consistently.  We have the ability to explore innovative building process and test the efficiency, especially in the green building arena, and have full quality control under one roof.”

Cypress opened the doors to its new 4,000 square-foot office last week at Canyon Village in Scottsdale’s DC Ranch community. The new company also recently hired six employees, adding to the existing team of 12.

“We have worked with Sterling for several years now and have enormous respect for their reputation and team. Our greatest asset has always been our people and by coming together we have made a substantial increase in the quality of that asset,” said Tanner Luster. “There are great synergies between our teams, our services and our clients. Our two companies have a shared vision for innovation and success that will only be enhanced by coming together. It is a true reflection of our business philosophy, which is all about building smart, innovative products that provide real value for consumers and real estate professionals.”

Day and Luster began working together in 2011 on the first phase of Day’s development, Sterling at Silverleaf, in which Luster is the builder. Sterling is a luxury, custom-home community that sits on 12-acres within the gates of Silverleaf featuring a collection of 16 villas designed by world-renowned architect Bing Hu. The community made national headlines in 2012 when it was named Arizona’s first and only single-family new construction project to be awarded gold-level certification by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), making the villas the greenest homes in Arizona. Just this month, the US Green Building Council also awarded the project GOLD level LEED certification

Cypress Development Group’s first project will be phase two of Sterling, an additional 12 villas priced from $2.2 million, that will break ground later this month.

For more information on Cypress Development Group, visit www.cypressdevelopment.com.

Lehmann

Leadership spotlight: Richard Lehmann

Richard Lehmann
Founder and chairman
The Biltmore Bank of Arizona
biltmorebankaz.com

“After being associated with large national and international banks since 1969, myself and other banking leaders founded the Biltmore Bank of Arizona in 2003 with a singular mission: to work with Arizona businesses face-to-face, ensuring we’re an integral part of each client’s growth – and the growth of Arizona’s economy.”

Biggest challenge: “In my 44 years in banking, I have never experienced a more severe economic downturn than the past five years – with a disproportionate impact on small, community banks. We overcame it thanks to our team, clients and a 2012 agreement with Grandpoint Capital for a capital investment, enabling us to expand our banking capabilities.”

Best advice received: “Always try to hire people who are smarter than you; and always pay attention to the details. After all, the devil is in those details.”

Best advice to offer: “Once you hire those smart people noted above, you must be smart in the way you treat and motivate them. Use care. Be respectful. Encourage teamwork. To be a successful leader, you must recognize that a business won’t prosper long term solely based on individual success, but on the team.”

Biggest accomplishment: “Through the late 80s/early 90’s, I helped lead the turnaround of Valley National Bank. All these years later, I am most proud that I have been able to use the tools I learned during that turnaround to ensure the long-term viability of the Biltmore Bank, despite this recent economic downturn.”

Chacopulos

Leadership spotlight: Theresa Chacopulos

Theresa Chacopulos
Senior vice president and senior financial advisor
Wells Fargo Advisors LLC
wellsfargoadvisors.com

Chacopulos was ranked among Barron’s Top 1,000 Financial Advisors for 2013 and was ranked No. 1 in the state of Arizona. Chacopulos serves high net worth clients, offering a customized approach to portfolio management.  A 29-year financial services veteran, she holds the Certified Financial Planner and Certified Investment Management Analyst designations.

Best advice to offer: “Wealth management as an investment-advisory discipline incorporates a number of aggregated financial services. My advice is to find an advisor that will properly manage these segments, in addition to working with your attorney, CPA or any of your professional advisors.”

conboy

Leadership spotlight: Pamela Conboy

Pamela Conboy
Lead regional president
Wells Fargo
wellsfargo.com

Conboy has 34 years of leadership experience in retail, business banking and learning and sales development. She manages 4,200 team members, 340 stores and $24.4 billion in deposits. She sits on numerous boards, including the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Valley of the Sun United Way and American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer.

Biggest challenge: “I have relocated five times during my career and each move required forming new professional relationships, and personal as well.  I learned how to effectively network, joining Chambers, seeking high impact Community Boards where I could meet new leaders and make a difference.  Arizona has been terrific since my arrival six years ago.”

Best advice to offer: “The best way to get promoted is by being great in your current role and master your business knowledge and skills … One of my favorite quotes is, ‘In search of perfection, you just might catch excellence.’”

Best accomplishment: “My most proud successes are those that I get to share with my team.  At Wells Fargo we are One Team — no “I,” only “We.”  Together we achieve greatness, and we always get better by having everyone get better together — we like to say a high tide raises all ships!  And WE LOVE to recognize, to celebrate and to always have fun!”

Broome

Leadership spotlight: Barry Broome

Barry Broome
President and CEO
Greater Phoenix Economic Council
gpec.org

Broome’s tenure at GPEC has helped attract more than 170 companies, created at least 30,100 jobs and more than $7 billion in capital investment to Greater Phoenix.

Biggest challenge: “One of the biggest obstacles I’ve faced was learning to believe in my own talent. It took awhile for me to start believing that I truly deserved any of the good things that have happened for me.”

Best advice to offer: “1. Get to work early. 2. Be diligent. 3. Be dedicated. 4. Treat people with respect. 5. Keep your word. I have never heard of someone failing when they took control of all five of those factors – and they are all within your control.”

Best accomplishment: “My proudest achievement is developing leaders who will affect change and make the world a better place – it’s what matters the most.”