CEO Series Archives

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 →

Mesa Airlines CEO helps company grow after a rough ride

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One of the longest serving CEOs in the airline industry, Jonathan Ornstein returned for his second tour with Phoenix-based Mesa Airlines in 1998 as president and CEO and was named chairman of the board in 1999. In March 2011, Ornstein helped Mesa emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in one of the shortest time periods in… Read More →

Generation Next: CEOs

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Josh Becker, 27 CEO Impele Consulting Group, impele.com Becker leads Phoenix-based Impele, the market leader in custom-tailored consulting solutions for clients looking to expand or enter their businesses into sub-Saharan Africa. Becker, who lived in Africa for 19 years, has led the company to grow into locations in the U.S. and South Africa, and has established local experts in countries across Africa.     Ryan Hibbert,… Read More →

CEO leads Banner Health through healthcare ‘re-invention’

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Around the first of the year, Phoenix-based Banner Health is expected to close on a nearly $1 billion deal to acquire the University of Arizona Health Network and its subsidiaries. The deal will make Banner the largest private employer in the state, will pump least $500 million of spending on capital projects into the state’s… Read More →

Mueller uses hybrid model to turn GCU into a winner

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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

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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, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

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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

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 →