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Az Business Leaders 2015 Digital Magazine


It’s amazing how the definition and perception of leadership can change between morning and evening. On a recent Friday morning, I attended a leadership forum where leadership was based on the skill set it would take to transform Arizona’s education system into one that can produce a generation of skilled workers to meet the needs… Read More →

Discount Tire names Michael Zuieback new CEO


Scottsdale-based Discount Tire, the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer, announced that Michael Zuieback has been named CEO, effective January 12, 2015. Zuieback previously served as Discount Tire’s President and will succeed outgoing CEO Tom Englert who will remain an advisor to the CEO. “It is time for us to pass the torch to the… Read More →

Blake DeLong joins Jaburg Wilk


Phoenix law firm Jaburg Wilk announced that Blake DeLong joined the firm as a partner, bringing his knowledge and expertise of insurance coverage and defense to the firm’s Insurance Group. Prior to joining the firm, Blake was in-house counsel for a major insurance company and was a partner in a large Phoenix defense litigation firm.… Read More →

Gallagher & Kennedy adds Joshua S. Becker

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The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced today that Joshua S. Becker has joined the firm as a shareholder in the business law and intellectual property practice groups. The primary focus of Mr. Becker’s business law practice is all aspects of franchising, including franchise development and maintenance, franchise licensing and agreements, franchise sales, and… Read More →

Albert Acken joins Ryley Carlock

Green Law - Valley Forward’s Goals Are Important To Dan Litteral’s Company, Apollo Group

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite announced that Albert “Bert” H. Acken has been named Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Water, Energy, Resources and Environmental Law Practice Group. Acken will oversee 12 attorneys in our Phoenix and Denver offices, which provide a full range of knowledge in water law, environmental regulation, environmental litigation, environmental legislation, natural… Read More →

St. Luke’s Medical Center has new CEO

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IASIS Healthcare recently appointed Chris Hill as CEO of St. Luke’s Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. In his role, Hill is responsible for the management and daily operations of both facilities to ensure patients receive high-quality and cost-effective care. Aside from assuming key leadership in developing and implementing goals and strategies for both… Read More →

Joanne Winter named Executive of the Year


The Arizona Society of Association Executives has conferred the Award of Excellence in Association Management to Joanne Winter, Executive Director of Meeting Professionals International, Arizona Sunbelt Chapter and the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International, Arizona Chapter. The Executive of the Year is the highest recognition given by AzSAE to the chief staff executive of… Read More →

Susan Lichtenberger Joins Sherman & Howard


The law firm of Sherman & Howard announced that Susan Z. Lichtenberger has joined its Phoenix office as a paralegal in the Business and Corporate Department. Sue’s work will focus on intellectual property and trademark matters. She will also provide paralegal services for the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice. Sue brings over 30 years of… Read More →

Wendi A. Sorensen named partner at Burch & Cracchiolo

Wendi Sorensen

The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A., announced that Wendi A. Sorensen has been named a partner with the Firm. She is a certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Law and currently serves on the Arizona State Bar committee that confers certification status in this practice area. Sorensen brings thirty years of… Read More →

Jaburg Wilk attorney appointed to SARRC

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Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk Managing Partner Gary Jaburg has been appointed Vice Chair of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), effective January 1, 2015. Gary joined SARRC after attending its annual breakfast seven years ago, where he discovered the large impact SARRC makes on those affected with autism. He has been… Read More →

Gregory A. Rosenthal named partner at Burch & Cracchiolo

Greg Rosenthal

The law firm of Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A., announced that Gregory A. Rosenthal has been named a partner with the Firm. He is an AV® Preeminent peer review rated attorney with Martindale-Hubbell whose practice focuses on civil litigation matters, representing clients in cases involving serious personal injury, wrongful death, products liability, negligence, premises liability and… Read More →

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite adds 6 new shareholders

Two attorneys become shareholders

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite announced that four associates and two of counsel attorneys have been elected Shareholders. New Phoenix Shareholders: Molly A. Booker is a member of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. Booker represents clients in various business disputes in federal and state courts in many aspects of pretrial litigation. She handles matters involving breach… Read More →

Discount Tire’s Halle wins Horatio Alger Award


Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, today announced that Bruce T. Halle, founder and chairman of the board, Discount Tire, has been selected for membership in the prestigious organization.  Halle joins 11 other accomplished… Read More →

Aimee Runyon named CEO for notMYkid


Scottsdale-based notMYkid, a nationally focused non-profit organization focused on empowering and educating youth, families and communities with knowledge and courage to identify and prevent negative youth behavior, announced Aimee J. Runyon as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Runyon has 22 years of experience in nonprofit management, most recently serving as the 1st Executive Director… Read More →