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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.

2016 Most Admired Company: CBRE

by in AZ Business Magazine

CBRE Most Admired Company: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Craig Henig, senior managing director, Southwest Region and Arizona market leader What it does: CBRE is  a full-service real estate services company. Admirable quality: CBRE’s workplace culture stems from its RISE values — respect, integrity, service and excellence — which are… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Bankers Trust

Bankers Trust
by in AZ Business Magazine | Banking

Bankers Trust Most Admired Company: 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Patricia F. Rourke, Arizona market president What it does: Full-service bank. Admirable quality: In 2015, Bankers Trust employees gave more than 14,000 volunteer hours in support of their communities. Every year, Bankers Trust allocates more than $1.3 million in sponsorships and charitable contributions. In the… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks
by in AZ Business Magazine | Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks Most Admired Company: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Derrick M. Hall, president and CEO What it does: Major League Baseball team that won the 2001 World Series. Admirable quality: Yahoo! and Forbes have recently tabbed the D-backs among the best workplaces in sports and last year the D-backs were named… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Arizona Charter Academy

Arizona Charter Academy
by in Blogs

Arizona Charter Academy Most Admired Company: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Melissa Holdaway, CEO What it does: ACA is a Valley-based, coeducational, public charter school. Admirable quality: Celebrating is part of ACA’s DNA, from kicking off each year with party at a high-end bowling alley, hundreds of hours of paid training,… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: American Express

American Express
by in AZ Business Magazine | Banking

American Express Most Admired Company: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: John Standring, senior vice president What it does: American Express is the largest credit card issuer by purchase volume. Admirable quality: American Express employees donate thousands of hours of service to nonprofit organizations all over Arizona. The company uses an… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: AXA Advisors Southwest

AXA Advisors Southwest
by in AZ Business Magazine

AXA Advisors Southwest Most Admired Company: 2014, 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Dillan Micus, executive vice president What it does: Assists individuals and businesses with financial planning needs. Admirable quality: AXA was named a 2016 Best Place to work by the Human Rights Campaign (corporate equality index) for a third consecutive year and earned a… Read More →

Q&A: Visit Glendale capitalizes on West Valley mega events

University of Phoenix Stadium, Photo: Flickr, Ken Lund
by in AZ Business Magazine

At first blush, you’d think Visit Glendale primarily impacts those traveling to the West Valley. But the organization’s impact hits close to home, too. “Throughout the year, we participate in charity projects that make a difference locally,” says Lorraine Zomok, manager of Visit Glendale. Those projects include collecting more than 8,000 Teddy bears to put… Read More →

Q&A: ABA’s Mark Minter wants more construction training

Mark Minter
by in AZRE Magazine | Construction

The last few years have been turbulent for the construction industry in Arizona. But helping to calm the seas has been Arizona Builders Alliance, which represents more than 270 member companies, including contractors and professional service firms, serving the needs of the commercial and industrial construction industry. And leading ABA through the industry’s roller-coaster ride… Read More →

Q&A: Helping Businesses Effectively Deal with Insurance Plans

Insurance plans

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) has been trying to help the business community become more effective in doing business with insurance plans. “One thing we’re seeing is that as we go through payment reform — from volume to value — there are some business challenges as systems try to integrate the new model… Read More →

108 Arizona companies make Inc. 5000 list


A total of 108 Arizona companies earned spots on the Inc. 5000 list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. for 2016. Criteria for earning admission to the 2016 Inc. 5000’s list include required businesses to: • Be privately held, for profit, based in the U.S., and independent (not a subsidiary or division of… Read More →

WESTMARC’s Sintra Hoffman champions West Valley

Sintra Hoffman, WESTMARC's president and CEO, came to WESTMARC from ADOT, where she had been a policy advisor to the director and leadership team and an assistant director on public affairs and local government outreach. (Photo by Anita Richey, AZ Big Media)

When WESTMARC’s board of directors was looking for a new president and CEO to lead the economic development organization, Chairman Bill Sheldon said they were looking for a West Valley brand. In Sintra Hoffman, Sheldon said WESTMARC got a West Valley brand with statewide connections. Before taking the leadership role at WESTMARC earlier this year,… Read More →

Deanna Wise: Most Influential Women in Arizona

Deanna Wise

Deanna Wise, executive vice president and chief information officer, Dignity Health Wise has a deep understanding and vast experience in the implementation and support of industry-leading clinical IT systems. Advice: “It is important to create a brand strategy for yourself. My personal brand strategy includes the cornerstones of people, strategy, outcomes, and innovation. We are all in… Read More →

CEO Series: Shawn Linam and how she conquered STEM

Shawn Linam

When Shawn Linam was a little girl, she was told that she could not be good at both piano and math. “That was the message that was coming in to me,” Linam recalls. “But my father said, ‘No, you can do this,’ and insisted I could excel at math. When he put me in algebra,… Read More →

Alexi Venneri: Most Influential Women in Arizona

Alexi Venneri

Alexi Venneri, co-founder and CEO, Digital Air Strike Venneri previously worked for the Seattle Mariners and multiple technology companies before starting her award-winning social media and digital engagement company company that now employs 170 with most based in Scottsdale. Advice: “If you see an opportunity – take it. I started Digital Air Strike during a recession in… Read More →

Stingray Sushi mixes Japanese and Latin flair

Stingray Sushi
by in Eat | Experience AZ Magazine

Here’s the best thing about Stingray Sushi: It wins the triple crown for versatility. It’s the perfect place to take a client or customer for a business lunch or dinner. The atmosphere is ideal for happy hour or dinner with friends. It’s a great place to spend a romantic dinner with your significant other or… Read More →