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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.

ASBA membership has its privileges

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: “When we talk about small business, we talk about economic development opportunities,” said Rick Murray, CEO of the Arizona Small Business Association. “Economic development opportunities that bring jobs to Arizona are good for small business.”

Rick Murray, who became chief executive officer of the Arizona Small Business Association in February of 2012, has moved the organization into the 21st Century, helping ASBA get engaged in social media so it can become even more engaged with its membership. Az Business caught up with Murray to talk about small business in Arizona.… Read More →

A healthy way to get the perfect summer glow

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

Residential real estate forecast is cloudy

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You would think the forecast would be sunny instead of cloudy. Arizona’s population is growing, Maricopa County is among the national leaders in adding jobs and all signs indicate that the state’s economy will continue to expand. Despite all the positive economic indicators, 2014 housing sales aren’t living up to industry expectations after beginning a… Read More →

Most people don’t have financial plans

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Most of us put more effort into planning a vacation than planning our financial future. According to a study issued by BMO Harris Financial Advisors, only 38 percent of Arizonans have a financial plan, yet a majority admit a financial plan plays a critical role in achieving key life goals, such as saving for a… Read More →

D-Backs salute cancer research at TGen

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As part of Melanoma Awareness Month, the Arizona Diamondbacks will recognize Dr. Jeffrey Trent, President and Research Director of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and leader of the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Melanoma Dream Team. Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall will salute Dr. Trent, TGen, SU2C and the Melanoma Research Alliance in… Read More →

D-backs Host Elvis Night This Friday

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The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) will pay homage to Elvis Presley this Friday for Elvis® Night at 6:40PM at Chase Field. Limited Elvis Night packages are still available and feature an Elvis jumpsuit T-shirt and gold sunglasses with sideburns. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy an Elvis Tribute Show, with performance by Chance Tinder… Read More →

Finalists announced for Arizona Deal of the Year

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The Association for Corporate Growth-Arizona Chapter has announced the finalists for its prestigious “Deal of the Year” Award, which will be presented at the organization’s Southwest Mergers & Acquisitions Conference on May 14-15. The three finalists are: — The merger of E.B. Lane and Terralever into LaneTerralever, which was nominated by JDB Capital Partners, LLC.… Read More →

Marcus Networking, Left Brain Techs merge

Eric Marcus, CEO of Marcus Networking.

Marcus Networking Inc. (MNI) announced a merger with Left Brain Techs in Woodland Hills, Calif. Marcus Networking will begin servicing Left Brain Tech clients in Southern California immediately. MNI will provide on-going monthly telecomm and technology services to Left Brain Tech clients. They will provide a pro-active approach to managed services. Left Brain Tech worked… Read More →

Arizona’s 25 Most Influential Minority Business Leaders

Clarence McAllister, president and CEO of Fortis Networks,

What would you do it you opened the pages of this magazine and saw Jerry Colangelo listed as one of the 25 Most Influential Minority Business Leaders in Arizona? You’d do a double take, but it’s not out of the realm of possibilities. Consider this: Among 439,633 Arizonans under age 5 in 2012, this is… Read More →

Banner adds Nardoci as senior VP

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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… Read More →

Az Business honors healthcare leaders

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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… Read More →

First Job: Robb Corwin of Pride Group

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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?… Read More →

Arizona hoteliers earn national awards

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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… Read More →

Spring training attendance grows

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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… Read More →

Meet Market: More business leaders seeking atypical event solutions

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Competitors always seek an edge over an opponent. That’s especially true in business where corporate meetings and team-building events are taking competition to a whole new level. “We will do more than 1,000 corporate events this year,” says Scott Sanders, founder and president of Octane Raceway, which offers high-speed kart racing on an indoor-outdoor track… Read More →