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Michael Gossie

About Michael Gossie

Michael Gossie is an award-winning journalist who has earned more than 50 awards for writing, editing and design. He studied economics at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., and put his entrepreneurial spirit to work in 2007, using a 200-year-old family recipe to launch an Italian sauce company. He is a competitive marathon runner, Ironman triathlete and is most proud of being the founding president of the Steuben Arc Foundation in Upstate New York, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities, including his sister.

Meet Arizona’s Most Admired Companies of 2015

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Each year, Az Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ chooses 40 companies as winners of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies Awards. When developing the Most Admired Companies program, the primary goal of Az Business magazine and BestCompaniesAZ was to recognize those companies that excel in workplace culture, leadership, social responsibility, customer opinion and innovation. Here are Arizona’s Most Admired Companies of 2015: Alliance Residential Company Most… Read More →

Molly Stockley: Most Influential Women in Arizona

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Molly Stockley, VP of hospital growth, CTCA Stockley, a former sportscaster with more than 23 years in the media industry, oversees all marketing and branding efforts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, focusing on Arizona as well as 12 other states. Greatest accomplishment: “My position at CTCA, where I combine my expertise and passion. After cancer took… Read More →

Wendi A. Sorensen: Most Influential Women in Arizona

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Wendi A. Sorensen, shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo Sorensen is a certified specialist in personal injury and wrongful death and has been selected as one of the 2015 “Top 25 Women Attorneys in Arizona” by Southwest Super Lawyers. Greatest accomplishment: “Approaching this very competitive and often cutthroat practice with a sense of humor.” Childhood aspiration: “When I was… Read More →

Sherri Slayton: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Sherri Slayton, executive vice president , Alliance Bank of Arizona Slayton has more than 30 years of commercial lending and retail banking experience.  She is a member of Flagstaff 40 and a Regional Council member for First Things First in the Coconino Region. Greatest accomplishment: “Helping other women succeed in their careers while balancing their family… Read More →

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema: Most Influential Women

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Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ, 9th District Greatest accomplishment: “We took immediate action when we learned about the tragedies at the Phoenix VA. Since last summer, we’ve held three veterans resource clinics, established a mental health working group, and passed laws to increase accountability and improve the quality of VA healthcare.” Childhood aspiration: “In first grade, I told… Read More →

Adelaida V. Severson: Most Influential Women

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Adelaida V. Severson, president and CEO, Bushtex Severson founded Bushtex with her husband in 1994 as a satellite communications firm specializing in remote broadcast transmissions worldwide. Greatest accomplishment: “Cracking through the federal government nutshell in a male-dominated industry.” Childhood aspiration: “I wanted to be a foreign correspondent – which I started in broadcast journalism as a… Read More →

Cynthia Walter: Most Influential Women

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Cynthia Walter, president, BAGNALL Cynthia Walter is the president of BAGNALL, an employee benefits and HR consulting firm, and one of the only female company presidents in the industry. Greatest accomplishment: “I’ve been a member of Vistage, an executive leadership program, since 2010. This involves a full day each month of strategic planning with other VP’s,… Read More →

Cathy Valenzuela: Most Influential Women

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Cathy Valenzuela, president, Arizona Business Bank Greatest accomplishment: “The many ways I have been able to help my customers, co-workers and family achieve their goals and aspirations. And I sincerely believe my greatest achievements are yet to come.” Childhood aspiration: “I loved to draw, paint and create other artwork and was sure I was destined to… Read More →

Christina Roderick: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Christina Roderick, principal, REDW Roderick, a CPA, has more than 17 years of experience in public accounting and leads REDW’s privately held business practice as a tax principal. Greatest accomplishment: “My promotion to principal at REDW. Being part of a firm with tremendous leadership, integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and client care is very exciting.” Childhood aspiration: “I wanted… Read More →

Lisa Sanchez: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Lisa Sanchez, COO, The CORE Institute Sanchez is COO of national clinic operations for The CORE Institute, which showed 40 percent growth for the first quarter of 2015. Greatest accomplishment: “I spent a year in Michigan integrating and rapidly growing our new Orthopedic practice including on-boarding several new providers and opening two new centers.” Childhood aspiration: “I… Read More →

Big crowd honors Arizona’s Most Influential Women

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A crowd of nearly 500 people packed Chateau Luxe in Phoenix Thursday night to honor Az Business and AZRE magazines’ Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. “The Most Influential Women issue of both magazines is easily our most popular issue of the year,”said AZ Big Media  Publisher Cheryl Green. “This year, we had more than 2,000 women… Read More →

Lynne King Smith is the Valley’s ticket queen

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In 2010, Brad Smith did what a lot of entrepreneurs cannot do: he made his wife CEO of TicketForce, the Mesa-based company the couple co-founded in 2003. “He felt that my planning and forecasting skills were what we needed to take the company to the next level,” said Lynne King Smith. The move worked. Over… Read More →

Patricia Rourke: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Patricia Rourke, market president, Bankers Trust Rourke began her banking career in Iowa. She joined Bankers Trust in 1983, and moved to Arizona in 2007 to serve as Phoenix market president. Greatest accomplishment: “Growing the Bankers Trust brand and learning a completely new market has been my greatest accomplishment.” Childhood aspiration: “Growing up I planned to… Read More →

Suzanne Pfister: Most Influential Women

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Suzanne Pfister, president and CEO, St. Luke’s Health Initiative Pfister led programs in state and regional government, was a partner in two small businesses, served as an executive at Dignity Health and now heads SLHI’s $120 million public foundation. Greatest accomplishment: “Continuing the legacy of service that my family started four generations ago in Arizona.” Childhood… Read More →

Susan Pepin: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Susan Pepin, MD, president and CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Pepin is a nationally recognized medical educator, clinician and researcher. She joined Piper Trust as president and CEO in July. Prior to joining the Trust, Dr. Pepin served as associate dean for diversity and inclusion and associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at Geisel School… Read More →