CEO Series Archives

Cross-border boss: Newly named CEO paves way to success

Sally Taylor

When Sally Taylor was 18, she was encouraged by her family, who were resigned to small-town life in rural Ohio, to simply elope with her boyfriend rather than consider a higher education. And while she did, indeed, elope with her high school sweetheart the summer after graduation, she knew she was destined for a life… Read More →

Q&A: Dr. Maria Harper-Marincik, first latina MCCD chancellor

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During the last legislative session, the Maricopa Community College District was snubbed from state aid, and this year, its longtime Chancellor Rufus Glasper stepped down to pursue an opportunity as a CEO for an education nonprofit.   Sitting in for someone who’s leaving behind a 13-year legacy and facing upcoming financial troubles doesn’t seem to have Dr.… Read More →

CEO Series: Shawn Linam and how she conquered STEM

Shawn Linam

When Shawn Linam was a little girl, she was told that she could not be good at both piano and math. “That was the message that was coming in to me,” Linam recalls. “But my father said, ‘No, you can do this,’ and insisted I could excel at math. When he put me in algebra,… Read More →

Paul Johnson moves from politics to healthcare innovator

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Paul Johnson has always been a groundbreaker. In 1990, he became the youngest mayor of a major American city when he became mayor of Phoenix at age 30. Under his leadership, Phoenix was voted Best Run City in the World. Since leaving politics, Johnson has turned his attention to healthcare, founding Redirect Health, which helps… Read More →

HSMAI CEO talks on the digital future of hospitality

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Arizona was quite a change from the cold New England winters Kelly Murphy experienced growing up. But one thing wasn’t lost in Murphy’s move west: her ability to succeed at whatever she tried, including the hospitality indistry. “I took a job as an administrative assistant at a small airport hotel in Tempe and soon after… Read More →

CEO Series: Todd Govig of Govig & Associates

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Todd Govig spent a year studying biology for the purposes of business. “It sounds crazy, but once you understand biology, it becomes one more filter to help you understand what is going on in the world,” says Govig, CEO of Govig & Associates, an executive recruitment firm. “CEOs today need to have a broad understanding… Read More →

Using vision and analysis to shape Arizona land

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Kuldip Verma’s product cannot to duplicated.  “We don’t make land any more,” said the CEO of Vermaland. “Most of our resources — food, oil, minerals, wood — come from the land. Everything comes out of land. As the population grows, there will be a lot of pressure on the land.”  When it comes to pressure,… Read More →

Able Engineering, Able Aerospace hit new heights

Lee Benson

Neither the recession nor sequestration has slowed one Arizona aerospace company. “For the last 12 years, we are growing at better than a 20 percent compounded annual growth rate,” said Lee Benson, CEO of Able Engineering and Able Aerospace. “This year, we could grow as much as 35 percent.” Since buying the business that would… Read More →

Big crowd honors Arizona’s Most Influential Women

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A crowd of nearly 500 people packed Chateau Luxe in Phoenix Thursday night to honor Az Business and AZRE magazines’ Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. “The Most Influential Women issue of both magazines is easily our most popular issue of the year,”said AZ Big Media  Publisher Cheryl Green. “This year, we had more than 2,000 women… Read More →

Lynne King Smith is the Valley’s ticket queen

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In 2010, Brad Smith did what a lot of entrepreneurs cannot do: he made his wife CEO of TicketForce, the Mesa-based company the couple co-founded in 2003. “He felt that my planning and forecasting skills were what we needed to take the company to the next level,” said Lynne King Smith. The move worked. Over… Read More →

Best Western CEO David Kong launches blog

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With more than 40 years of experience in the travel sector and the longest tenure of any major hotel brand CEO, Best Western International President and CEO David Kong has a unique view from atop the hotel landscape. Kong will share his perspective – along with the personal stories that have defined his leadership journey… Read More →

Tina Machado: Game changer for Arizona tech sector

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Tina Machado’s business background is eclectic, to say the least. She specialized in land development in Hawaii. She was the CEO of a Phoenix-based bottling company. She is the current president of Scottsdale-based Rarity, which provides working capital to early stage startups. Machado’s latest venture is CodeRed-I, a mobile app development company that she hopes… Read More →

Barrow Neurosurgical Associates appoints new CEO

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Barrow Neurosurgical Associates (BNA), the largest physician-owned neurosurgical and spine practice in Arizona, has appointed John Kinna as Chief Executive Officer. “Kinna brings strong leadership skills and the experience and knowledge necessary to help Barrow Neurosurgical Associates achieve success,” said Robert Spetzler, MD, president of BNA. “He will help us aim to position ourselves as… Read More →

Greater Phoenix Leadership launches CEO search

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Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL) is conducting a national search for a new president and CEO. Phillips Oppenheim, a New York City-based executive search firm for nonprofit organizations, is leading the recruitment process. Sharon Harper, GPL’s chair-elect, is directing the Board Selection Committee. Founded in 1975, GPL is a business leadership organization focused on civic-improvement initiatives… Read More →