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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.

Female leaders rise up in Arizona tourism industry

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It might surprise people to know that tourism generates more money for Arizona than aerospace, agriculture, microelectronics and mining. And leading that $20-billion-a-year economic juggernaut are a bunch of women. Debbie Johnson is president and CEO of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association, Sherry Henry is executive director of the Arizona Office of Tourism and… Read More →

Age is his advantage, says BMO Harris leader

STEVEN ZANDPOUR: “The economic health of Arizona is definitely improving and the long term outlook is positive,” said the Arizona regional president for BMO Harris Bank. “This positive outlook, combined with our solid business plan, provides us a great opportunity for growth.” Photo by Shavon Rose, AZ Big Media

Steven Zandpour, the 38-year-old Arizona regional president for BMO Harris Bank, thought he has a sure-fire career blueprint to follow. “My cousin was in banking while I was in college and his goal was to ultimately own a business,” Zandpour said. “He told me that he was learning a lot about what banks look for… Read More →

AzLTA capitalizes on state’s ability to host big events

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Debbie Johnson thought she was just coming for a race at Phoenix International Raceway when she visited Arizona in April of 1986. “I was living in Wyoming at the time,” recalls the president and CEO of the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (AzLTA). “We flew back into Denver to drive up to Wyoming and got… Read More →

Sumo Maya blends Mexican and Asian cuisines

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In an age where we work in hybrid jobs and drive hybrid cars, it’s only fitting that restaurateurs are creating hybrid cuisines. But just like some blended families battle at the dinner table, blending cuisines can sometimes cause a mealtime eruption. Thankfully, the minds behind Sumo Maya in Scottsdale have done a delicious job deconstructing… Read More →

Waste Management launches ‘Green in 15’ video contest

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Waste Management, the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America, announced today the launch of the “Green in 15” social media video contest in advance of the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open. To enter the “Green in 15” contest, participants must creatively demonstrate how they will commit to going green in 2015,… Read More →

Growing tech firms reflect emerging Arizona business sector

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Don Hawley is the quintessential product of Silicon Valley. He went to college at the University of California, Berkeley, became a serial entrepreneur and founded and developed many successful technology companies in the San Francisco Bay area. So why is he doing business in Arizona? “Arizona is infinitely more business friendly,” said the founder, chairman… Read More →

Brian Harris creates option for dental emergencies

DR. BRIAN HARRIS: “After 10 years of changing my patients’ lives with cosmetic dentistry, I now get to create smiles by getting people healthy and out of pain,” said the co-founder of OnCall Dental Urgent Care. “It’s the best of both worlds.” Photo by Shavon Rose, AZ Big Media

Brian Harris grew up around dentistry. “My dad would take my brothers and I to work with him during the summer,” Harris said. “We would get paid $2 per hour to unpack boxes, clean the lab, make stone models of teeth, etc. I realize now after having my own kids, he really did it so… Read More →

Central Bistro creates dining delight

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They had us at “Drunk Bread.” It’s not often that a long-time favorite can be replaced with a newer, more innovative model and turn out to be even more engaging, but Central Bistro has accomplished the feat. Nestled into the former location of Zen 32, which called the hot spot on the northwest corner of Camelback… Read More →

A booming baking business, despite autism

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It’s a story that’s been written many times: Young entrepreneur uses an old family recipe to launch a successful business. But this success story comes with a twist. Matt Resnik, a 23-year-old man with autism, is using his family’s biscotti recipe to build a bridge to independence. “Matt loves music and one of his favorite songs is ‘Hey Jude,’ by… Read More →

Super Bowl’s impact on economy may last long after game

Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee CEO Jay Parry. Photo by Shavon Rose, AZ Big Media

Early in the planning process for the 2015 Super Bowl, Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee CEO Jay Parry was giving a presentation to Greater Phoenix Leadership and she referred to some of national perceptions of Arizona as “misperceptions.” “An individual walked up to me after the presentation and said, ‘You did a great job, but… Read More →

Central Bistro creates perfect blend of French, Italian

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They had us at “Drunk Bread.” It’s not often that a long-time favorite can be replaced with a newer, more innovative model and turn out to be even more engaging, but Central Bistro has accomplished the feat. Nestled into the former location of Zen 32, which called the hot spot on the northwest corner of… Read More →

ACDHH hires news information and referral coordinator

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The Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing (ACDHH) announced Noneshi Anderson as the organization’s information and referral coordinator. In her role, Anderson will serve as the first point-of-contact with the public, manage the social media outlets as well as provide information about services and resources available through ACDHH along with other… Read More →

Nomination deadline nears for Healthcare Leadership Awards

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Az Business magazine is dedicated to bringing the stories of healthcare leaders, innovators, researchers and advocates to its readers. Each April, Az Business shines a special spotlight on the medical industry through its annual Healthcare Leadership Awards. Arizona’s healthcare industry is a tremendous economic engine for the state and is making Arizona a better place… Read More →

Az Business’ Top Lawyers List nominations open

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Each year, Az Business magazine publishes its “Top Lawyers List.” The 2015 list will run in the March 2015 issue of Az Business magazine. For the 2015 edition of the “Top Lawyers List,” Az Business is accepting nominations in more than 20 categories. Arizona’s legal profession is a tremendous economic engine for the state and… Read More →

GoDaddy casts cute puppy for new Super Bowl ad

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GoDaddy, the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, has signed its four-legged Super Bowl star for this week’s commercial shoot with Danica Patrick. He’s cute and cuddly. He’s soft and sweet. He’s also an unproven talent, though he’s demonstrated a dynamic chemistry with the camera at the young age of just nine-weeks and… Read More →