Author Archives: Michael Gossie

Michael Gossie

About Michael Gossie

Michael Gossie is a competitive marathon runner, Ironman triathlete and 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 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.

Leadership spotlight: Dave Ralston

November 12, 2013 by in Az Business Leaders | Banking

Dave Ralston CEO Bank of Arizona With more than 30 years of professional experience in the banking industry, Ralston has overall responsibility for market leadership in Arizona. He is currently on the board of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. Biggest challenge: “Early in my career I found myself reporting to an individual I did… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Rodolfo Parga, Jr.

November 11, 2013 by in Az Business Leaders | Legal

Rodolfo Parga, Jr. Managing shareholder Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Parga, elected managing shareholder in 200, is recognized as an accomplished trial attorney and has been named as one of the Valley’s most admired CEOs. He is also a community leader, recently serving as chairman of the board of Chicanos Por La Causa. Biggest challenge:… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Candace Hunter Wiest


Candace Hunter Wiest President and CEO West Valley National Bank Wiest is the founding CEO of WVNB, and was the first female community banker elected as a a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Biggest challenge: “I founded a local bank that consistently provided capital for Arizona businesses despite the worst… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Keith Maio

November 9, 2013 by in Az Business Leaders | Banking

Keith Maio President and CEO National Bank of Arizona Maio has been in banking for more than 30 years. He joined NB|AZ in 1992, was appointed president in 2001 and CEO in 2005. Biggest challenge: “The challenges of the severe economic downturn, beginning in 2008.  Bringing a sharp, tactical approach to working through the… Read More →

FEI, Az Business present CFO of the Year awards


Financial Executives International (FEI) Arizona Chapter and Az Business magazine presented the 7th Annual CFO of the Year Awards at the Arizona Biltmore. The awards recognize professionals for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards. Read all about the finalists below, then check out photos of the event. Finalists were Bradley C. Anderson,… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Beau Lane

Beau Lane

Beau Lane CEO LaneTerralever Lane is the CEO of LaneTerralever, one of the largest and longest established advertising agencies in the Southwest. He supervises highly successful advertising programs for numerous high-profile clients and dedicates hours of service volunteering on the boards of some of the city’s most influential organizations. Biggest challenge: “Having our largest… Read More →

Scottsdale Companies Form Development Company

Portrait Photography by Michael Baxter, Baxter Imaging LLC
November 7, 2013 by in Business News | Real Estate

A new full-service development company, Cypress Development Group,  was announced today as the result of a merger between Scottsdale-based developer Sterling Collection Development Group (SCDG) and luxury home builder, Luster Custom Homes. Longtime friends Nathan Day, president of SCDG, and Tanner Luster, president of Luster Custom Homes, decided to combine their companies and increase their… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Richard Lehmann

November 7, 2013 by in Az Business Leaders | Banking

Richard Lehmann Founder and chairman The Biltmore Bank of Arizona “After being associated with large national and international banks since 1969, myself and other banking leaders founded the Biltmore Bank of Arizona in 2003 with a singular mission: to work with Arizona businesses face-to-face, ensuring we’re an integral part of each client’s growth –… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Theresa Chacopulos


Theresa Chacopulos Senior vice president and senior financial advisor Wells Fargo Advisors LLC Chacopulos was ranked among Barron’s Top 1,000 Financial Advisors for 2013 and was ranked No. 1 in the state of Arizona. Chacopulos serves high net worth clients, offering a customized approach to portfolio management.  A 29-year financial services veteran, she holds… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Pamela Conboy


Pamela Conboy Lead regional president Wells Fargo Conboy has 34 years of leadership experience in retail, business banking and learning and sales development. She manages 4,200 team members, 340 stores and $24.4 billion in deposits. She sits on numerous boards, including the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Valley of the Sun United Way and… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Barry Broome

November 4, 2013 by in Az Business Leaders

Barry Broome President and CEO Greater Phoenix Economic Council Broome’s tenure at GPEC has helped attract more than 170 companies, created at least 30,100 jobs and more than $7 billion in capital investment to Greater Phoenix. Biggest challenge: “One of the biggest obstacles I’ve faced was learning to believe in my own talent. It… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Jim Belfiore


Jim Belfiore President Belfiore Real Estate Consulting Belfiore has 15 years experience in real estate research and analysis. During the last eight years, he and his team have helped Arizona developers, homebuilders, lenders, investors, and brokers understand buyers, macro and micro-level supply and demand conditions, and potential outcomes of community development and building strategies.… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Ari Bai

November 1, 2013 by in Az Business Leaders | Legal

Ari Bai Shareholder Polsinelli Bai has extensive experience protecting client products in the mechanical, electrical and computer industries. Bai previously served as in-house patent counsel for a large national medical device company. He also worked as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington. Biggest challenge: “The biggest obstacle I… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Craig R. Barrett

October 31, 2013 by in Az Business Leaders | Tech

Craig R. Barrett Retired CEO and chairman, Intel Corporation; chairman, Arizona Ready Education Council Intel Corporation The retired Intel CEO successfully led the corporation through some of its worst times, including the burst of the dot-com bubble and a severe recession. He is now leading the Arizona Ready Education Council, which will develop and… Read More →

12 ways to look perfect for the holiday party

October 31, 2013 by in New You | Style

You’ve got the perfect dress. The perfect pumps. The perfect date. You want to look in the mirror and see Katy Perry, but all you see is Tyler Perry. It’s not too late. There is still time to tuck and pluck, nip and snip so you’ll look more like Madonna and less like Madea for… Read More →