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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.

Deborah Pearson: Most Influential Women

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Deborah Pearson, SVP of strategy and brand, Arizona State Credit Union Pearson is a strategic executive with broad expertise in creating value for target markets, organizations and stakeholders. Greatest accomplishment: “Learning the value of collaboration, communicating the ‘why,’ and the importance of demonstrating the highest degree of character by being respectful and genuine.” Childhood aspiration: “A woman… Read More →

Christine Nowaczyk: Most Influential Women


Christine Nowaczyk, senior vice president, Bank of Arizona Nowaczyk earned the 2015 Meritorious Service Award from the Association for Corporate Growth, which is the highest honor ACG bestows on its members. Greatest accomplishment: “Having contributed to the success of Bank of Arizona by building a strong team with a solid reputation and the privilege of serving… Read More →

Annette G. Musa: Most Influential Women in Arizona


Annette G. Musa, Arizona market president, Comerica Bank Musa is market president and regional manager for Comerica’s wealth management business. She also leads Comerica’s Arizona Management Council. Musa has more than 30 years of wealth management experience, 25 of those in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. In 2014, she was named “Woman of the Year” by the… Read More →

Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh: Most Influential Women


Harriet Mountcastle-Walsh, vice president and general counsel, Honeywell Aerospace Mountcastle-Walsh leads 280 legal, contracts and compliance professionals who provide transactional support for $130 billion in program wins. Greatest accomplishment: “Building a high performing, diverse global team with employees in 11 countries.” Childhood aspiration: “I always wanted to be a lawyer, but loved running a family-owned fruit… Read More →

MaryAnn Miller: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


MaryAnn Miller, senior vice president, Avnet Miller is responsible for leading Avnet’s global human resources and organizational development, as well as corporate communications and its strategic alignment to Avnet’s initiatives. Significant accomplishment: Miller was named among the National Diversity Council’s 2015 Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology. It is the second consecutive year Miller has… Read More →

Dion Messer: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Dion Messer, general counsel — intellectual property, Limelight Networks Messer is an experienced IP professional, winning litigation and taking Limelight from just two issued patents to more than 120. She owned her own successful software training company and is renowned as a digital signal processing engineer with nine patents. Greatest accomplishment: “Winning Limelight’s U.S. Supreme Court… Read More →

Rose Megian: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Rose Megian, president and CEO, Health Net of Arizona Greatest accomplishment: “Becoming a CEO of a company. Health Net of Arizona is committed to making health care work, and I am proud to lead a company that helps make that happen for consumers every day.” Childhood aspiration: “A business woman. I would walk around in my… Read More →

Tammy McLeod: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Tammy McLeod, vice president, energy resource management, APS In her current role, McLeod directs a $2 billion fuel and purchased power budget, drives APS’ energy marketing and trading operations, energy resource planning and procurement and the construction and operations of utility-owned solar projects. Significant accomplishment: McLeod earned a 2014 Athena Award, which honors Valley businesswomen for… Read More →

Erica McGinnis: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Erica McGinnis, president and CEO, AIG Advisor Group McGinnis leads Advisor Group, which has 5,400 investment advisers among its four broker-dealers — Royal Alliance Associates, Woodbury Financial Services, FSC Securities Corp. and SagePoint Financial. Overcoming barriers: “It’s an aspiration to have a 50-50 male-to-female ratio of advisers. I started in the business 20 years ago, and… Read More →

Sara McCoy: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Sara McCoy, plant manager, Agua Fria Generating Station, SRP McCoy oversees production at one of SRP’s longest-running power plants. She has mentored personnel, contributed to improving collaboration between departments and led efforts to build the utility’s power grid back-up control center. Greatest accomplishment: “Achieving success at SRP, including becoming the first female plant manager, while being a… Read More →

Carol May: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Carol May, president, Wisdom Natural Brands DBA SweetLeaf May’s dedication to consumer well-being and SweetLeaf Stevia Sweeteners have been integral in moving Wisdom Natural Brands from a small Arizona company to an international brand. Childhood aspiration: “Growing up, my career goal was to become a judge. Having this aspiration helped me to develop critical thinking skills,… Read More →

Tina Machado: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Tina Machado, president and CEO/founder, Rarity Investments and CodeRed-I Machado has an extensive background in strategic acquisitions and brand creation as leader of Rarity Investments and CodeRed-I, a leader in app and gaming development. Greatest accomplishment: “Bridge the Gap is one of my companies that provides superior business strategy and overall direction for expanding businesses. I… Read More →

Help your favorites earn the spotlight in Creative Designer

Mediterranean Custom Home, Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2012
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We all have our favorite Arizona businesses or service providers who helped turn our houses into homes. Now, you can let other know about your favorites. Creative Designer magazine will spotlight readers’ favorites in its next issue. The categories you can vote on include: • Accessories and art • Cabinetry, kitchen and bath • Flooring,… Read More →

Stacey L. Lihn: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Stacey L. Lihn, paralegal, Gallagher & Kennedy Lihn was the first parent elected as a public member of the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation. Lihn has been an effective advocate for cardiac and pediatric health care since 2009, when her daughter was diagnosed in utero with a severe congenital heart defect. Greatest accomplishment: “Mastering the art of… Read More →

Nona Lee: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Nona Lee, senior vice president and general counsel, Arizona Diamondbacks Lee oversees all legal issues for the Diamondbacks. She has previously served as counsel for the Suns, Mercury and Rattlers, among others. Greatest accomplishment: “Building a career in the industry that connects my passion to my profession and loving what I do.” Childhood aspiration: “I… Read More →