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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.

Erica McGinnis: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 →

Michelle Lawrie: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Michelle Lawrie, economic development director, City of Goodyear Prior to joining Goodyear, Lawrie was president and CEO of WESTMARC from 2011 through 2014. Greatest accomplishment: “Being able to strengthen WESTMARC by bringing new energy to its activities and events impacting the West Valley.” Childhood aspiration: “My grandfather was a big influence growing up, and while I… Read More →

Betsy Kuzas: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Betsy Kuzas, chief operating officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Phoenix Children’s highest-ranking woman heads up construction and facilities, including the hospital’s $538 million expansion, commanding respect in a role traditionally dominated by men. Greatest accomplishment: “Leading the complex expansion of Phoenix Children’s. My first priority was to assemble an expert team.” Childhood aspiration: “Healthcare was the family… Read More →

Rebecca Kuhn: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Rebecca Kuhn, executive vice president, Banner Health Kuhn is responsible for oversight of community hospitals, medical centers and operating units including Banner Medical Group, Banner Home Care and Banner Hospice. Greatest accomplishment: “My career journey – starting as an ICU nurse and progressing through clinical, education and leadership roles to an executive position in a… Read More →

Rosey Koberlein: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Rosey Koberlein, CEO, Long Companies Koberlein is the CEO of Long Companies and has served in branch and senior management positions within Long Realty since 1991. This year, she was named to the Swanepoel Power 200 Most Powerful People in Real Estate. Greatest accomplishment: “Thriving through the recession. Our organization is better today than 2006. More focused,… Read More →

Eileen Klein: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Eileen Klein, president, Arizona Board of Regents Klein oversees the $4 billion Arizona public university system and works with university presidents to achieve ambitious goals to increase degree production, double research activity and reform instructional delivery and financing of the university system. Childhood aspiration: “I love animals and originally planned to become a zoologist or… Read More →

Carolyn J. Johnsen: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Carolyn J. Johnsen, partner, Dickinson Wright Johnsen focuses on business restructurings and creating complex plans, strategies and structures for multi-million dollar companies in multiple industries. She serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Board and co-chairs the national alumnae of the Direct Women Board Institute, dedicated to advancing women to serve on corporate boards. Greatest accomplishment: “Attaining… Read More →

Isabelle Jazo: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Isabelle Jazo, senior vice president of brand strategy, LaneTerralever Jazo leads the agency’s Strategy and Analytics Department, bringing more than 22 years of marketing, account planning, consumer research and analytics experience to ensure LaneTerralever’s strategies are both effective ands creative. Jazo is skilled at aligning clients’ business goals, business challenges and consumer insights into actionable… Read More →

Veronique James: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Veronique James, CEO, The James Agency Greatest accomplishment: “I have built a sustainable concept from scratch that provides valuable services to businesses and a healthy source of income to 25 employees and their families.” Childhood aspiration: “I always thought I would be an architect and initially pursued an architectural degree at the U of A.… Read More →