Author Archives: 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.

Rockabilly crooner Chris Isaak returns to Phoenix July 19

To the delight of his burgeoning Phoenician fan base, Chris Isaak returns to Celebrity Theatre for one night only at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19th. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 5th. Expect the usual mixture of pathos and humor from this creative giant and his band. For Chris Isaak, first comes the… Read More →

Study: U.S. companies more optimistic for global growth

Promoting Smart Growth in Down Economy

Despite uncertainty regarding trade and the potential impact of Brexit, U.S. companies are bullish on international business and emerging market opportunities, according to the fourth annual Wells Fargo International Business Indicator. Citing a number of macroeconomic factors, including a strong U.S. dollar and U.S. economic conditions, 81 percent of U.S. companies expect their international business… Read More →

UA researchers land $2.27M grant to study Valley fever

Why are some people barely affected by Valley fever while others are admitted to intensive care? The search for answers to those questions is on, thanks to a $2.27 million grant awarded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health to the University of Arizona Valley Fever… Read More →

Phoenix-based NexMetro Communities expands into Texas

Phoenix-based NexMetro Communities, a pioneer of next-generation leased-home neighborhoods, has announced the grand opening of Avilla Premier in Plano, TX. The new home community represents the first of its kind in Texas: a hybrid rental home community designed to attract lifestyle-conscious consumers who would rather lease than own a home. “Avilla Homes offer a lifestyle… Read More →

St. Luke’s Medical Center surgeon develops new way for treating bunions

Athletic Foot Injuries

April is Foot Care Awareness Month, and St. Luke’s Medical Center is using the occasion to bring greater attention to one of the most debilitating foot ailments in the U.S. – treating bunions. Typically brought on by ill-fitting shoes and high heels, bunions are especially common among women, who are 10 times more likely to… Read More →

Jim Lundy looks back on his mark on banking industry

Alliance Bank

James H. Lundy’s impact on Arizona’s business community is undeniable. He is the founding CEO of Alliance Bank of Arizona and helped grow it from a start-up bank in 2003 into the fourth-largest banking organization in Arizona. Lundy is past chairman and current board member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). He is immediate… Read More →

Redirect Health launches plan for Maricopa County residents


In a move that makes healthcare more accessible for Maricopa County residents who are shut out of or fed up with traditional insurance, Redirect Health launched iEverydayCARE™, a high-quality, high-value healthcare plan with 24-7 logistical support to help people navigate the system. “We have created a solution that transforms today’s flawed healthcare industry and gives… Read More →

Gertrude’s offers well-crafted cuisine in breathtaking setting

Gertrude's Restaurant dish

It’s not often that one gets to experience several ecosystems and an amazing collection of agave and cacti in one leisurely stroll. It’s even more rare to sit in the middle of the world’s finest collection of arid-land plants from deserts around the world, surrounded by gorgeous vegetation, watching quail walking through the flowerbeds just… Read More →

Fueled by optimism: Residential Real Estate heats up

Arizona Commercial Real Estate Development

“You can never have too much of a good thing,” or so the saying goes. But that’s not true when it comes to residential real estate in Metro Phoenix. “Arizona continues to have a shortage of listing inventory, especially less than $300,000,” says Trudy Moore, designated broker at HomeSmart. “First-time home buyers make up a… Read More →

Arizona’s Top 100 Lawyers of 2017

Fennemore Craig
by in Az Business Leaders

Each year, Az Business magazine’s editorial team — in collaboration with industry experts — choose the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona from a pool of more than 1,000 of the most talented and successful attorneys from throughout the state. Selections are based on each lawyer’s professional success, impact on his or her law firm, impact… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: Willmeng Construction

by in AZ Business Magazine

Leadership: James Murphy, president and CEO Website: What it does: A shell and tenant improvement general contractor. How it leads: A recent survey showed that Willmeng’s emphasis on putting relationships first while being accountable for decisions were primary factors in clients’ decisions to continue to do business with Willmeng year after year. In the… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: VIP Mortgage Inc.

by in AZ Business Magazine

Leadership: Jay Barbour, president; Amber Stamsta, controller Website: What it does: Mortgage company funding in excess of $1.5 billion annually. How it leads: SPEAR is VIP’s customer relationship manager platform – the first of its kind in the mortgage industry — and is putting VIP on another level in terms of customer care and… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: The Phoenix Symphony

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Leadership: Jim Ward, president and CEO; Kelly Dwyer, director of finance Website: What it does: Its mission is to provide the joy of music as a catalyst in helping Arizona to become the best place in America. How it leads: The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Community Outreach programs reach over 125,000 children and adults annually… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: The Leona Group

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Leadership: Dr. William Coats, CEO; Patrick Lawrence, CFO Website: What it does: Provides all-inclusive management services to public tuition–free charter schools in predominantly urban communities. How it leads: TLG is one of the nation’s first education management companies and a pioneer in the charter school industry. TLG has been operating tuition–free nonprofit charter schools… Read More →

Industry Leaders of Arizona: TFO Phoenix

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Leadership: Chris Erblich, chairman; Scott Horn, president Website: What it does: Delivers a holistic array of wealth management services to families, including investment advice, income tax services, estate planning and other family office services. How it leads: The leaders of TFO created the firm to be more than just a traditional investment advisor or tax… Read More →