Leadership spotlight: Barry Broome

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 took awhile for me to start believing that I truly deserved any of the good things that have happened for me.”

Best advice to offer: “1. Get to work early. 2. Be diligent. 3. Be dedicated. 4. Treat people with respect. 5. Keep your word. I have never heard of someone failing when they took control of all five of those factors – and they are all within your control.”

Best accomplishment: “My proudest achievement is developing leaders who will affect change and make the world a better place – it’s what matters the most.”


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.