CEO Series Archives

Mueller uses hybrid model to turn GCU into a winner

PHOTO BY LILLIAN REID, AZ BIG MEDIA
Brian Mueller is the CEO of Grand Canyon University.

Brian Mueller has created the most successful business model in education. When he took over as Grand Canyon University’s CEO in 2008, there were less than 1,000 students on campus and about 10,000 online. Today, GCU has 8,500 students on campus and 50,000 online, with a new East Valley campus coming in 2015. Mueller has… Read More →

CEO Series: Candace Hunter Wiest

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Earlier this year, Candace Hunter Wiest, president and CEO of West Valley National Bank, launched AZ Dental Bank, a specialty group that she unveiled at the Western Regional Dental Convention in Phoenix. Az Business sat down with Wiest to talk about trends in her industry. What qualities do you think an effective CEO needs to… Read More →

Study: Humble CEOs Good for Business

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Forget the stereotypes of arrogant, macho leaders who don’t care about anyone else’s opinion. A new study from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University shows humble CEOs significantly benefit a company and its management — likely more than the blowhards who think it’s their way or the highway. “Humble CEOs… Read More →

CTCA CEO: Research will reduce fear

SETTING PRIORITIES: “The founding principal of CTCA is putting patients first in everything we do and being on a constant quest to bring them hope,” says CEO Matt McGuire. “They push us to innovate.” Photo by Shavon Rose.

PERSONALIZED APPROACH CTCA’s new CEO says research will reduce fear for cancer patients Personal experience led Matt McGuire to begin a career at Cancer Treatment Centers of America.“I’ve lost three of my four grandparents to cancer,” said McGuire, who was named CEO of CTCA at at Western Regional Medical Center in January. “I remember when… Read More →

Generation Next: CEOs

Justine-Bayless

Justin Bayless always planned to be CEO of his father’s healthcare company. He just wasn’t prepared to take charge so soon. “The plan was for me to become CEO at age 30,” Bayless says, “but that was fast-tracked when my father had a nearly fatal heart attack.” In 2010, at the tender age of 26,… Read More →

CEO Series: Armando Contreras, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona

Armando Contreras became the chief executive officer of United Cerebral Palsy in June 2010. UCP provides developmental and educational services to more than 7,000 children and adults with various disabilities. Phoenix’s involvement in the national association dates back to 1952.

Armando Contreras’ office window overlooks a courtyard playground where he can see children served by his nonprofit play on a daily basis. This is one of many reasons why he, literally and figuratively, never loses sight of UCP’s mission, a quality he counts among the most important for a CEO to possess. Since assuming his… Read More →

CEO Series: Armando Contreras

Armando Contreras became the chief executive officer of United Cerebral Palsy in June 2010. UCP provides developmental and educational services to more than 7,000 children and adults with various disabilities. Phoenix’s involvement in the national association dates back to 1952.

Armando Contreras’ office window overlooks a courtyard playground where he can see children served by his nonprofit play on a daily basis. This is one of many reasons why he, literally and figuratively, never loses sight of UCP’s mission, a quality he counts among the most important for a CEO to possess. Since assuming his… Read More →

CEO Series: Richard L. Boals

Rich Boals, president and CEO of BCBSAZ.

Richard L. Boals President and CEO Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona What qualities does and effective CEO need to have? You have to be able to create a vision that your team can follow. You have to be very flexible. You have to be sincere and honest and you have to care about your… Read More →

CEO Series: Richard L. Boals, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Rich Boals, president and CEO of BCBSAZ.

Richard L. Boals President and CEO Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona What qualities does and effective CEO need to have? You have to be able to create a vision that your team can follow. You have to be very flexible. You have to be sincere and honest and you have to care about your… Read More →

CEO Series: Beverly Damore, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

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Beverly Damore President and CEO St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Question: How is being CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank different from being CEO of a more traditional company? Damore: I don’t know if it is a whole lot different. In terms of being a nonprofit, we are beholden to our mission and beholden to… Read More →

CEO Lecture Series: Brig. Gen. Jerry D. Harris Jr.

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Arizona Business Magazine in conjunction with Grand Canyon University would like to invite you to the CEO Lecture Series featuring some of the Valley’s most successful CEOs. Learn more about their leadership techniques and the best practices that took them to the top of their industry! Presented By: Our next installment of the CEO Lecture… Read More →

Linda Hunt, CEO, St. Joseph’s Hospital And Medical Center

CEO Linda Hunt - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

CEO Series: Linda Hunt Title: President Company: CHW Arizona/St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center How is St. Joseph’s preparing itself to meet the changes being brought on by national health care reform and the state’s budget crisis? We’ve been on the ground from the very beginning. Catholic Healthcare West, our parent company, has really been… Read More →

CEO Series: Roy Vallee

Roy Vallee, Chairman & CEO of Avnet - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

Long-time member talks technology, dealing with global economic problems, adapting to the changing world of technology, and more. Roy Vallee Title: Chairman and CEO Company: Avnet How you would you assess the current state of your industry? Things are going pretty well for technology. Calendar 2010 will be a very good year by historical standards… Read More →

CEO Series: Jerry Colangelo

Jerry Colangelo discusses Arizona's economic future and more. - AZ Business Magazine Nov/Dec 2010

Local businessman Jerry Colangelo talks basketball, Arizona Commerce Authority, the recession and more. Jerry Colangelo Title: Principal Partner Company: JDM Partners Did you always aspire to be in business or was it circumstances that put you on this path? I transferred universities for basketball reasons, originally. I went to (University of) Kansas for a semester… Read More →