Az Business Leaders Archives

Social Venture Partners Arizona names new board

Andrea Aker, president of Aker Ink.

Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ) named its new board at the start of this year. The select group of Valley business owners and leaders will implement the organization’s new strategic plan with a mission to build stronger philanthropists who work to strengthen Valley nonprofits, in turn deeply impacting our community. Board terms are for two… Read More →

ATHENA Leadership Awards will honor Barbara Barrett


ATHENA Valley of the Sun, a nonprofit based in Mesa, is honoring outstanding woman business leaders and young women in our community at the “ATHENA Leadership Awards – Honoring ATHENA Inspired Leaders” on April 4 from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Marriott Tempe at the Buttes. The organization has announced a call to… Read More →

Desert Schools’ president takes over as CEO

Desert Schools

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union‘s president has officially assumed the role of CEO after its previous CEO, Susan Frank, announced her retirement in early December. Jeff Meshey will now lead the credit union, while still maintaining his position of president. Meshey takes over with more than 22 years of experience with the company. Meshey became… Read More →

Commercial construction firm names Steve Whitworth president

Steve Whitworth

Kitchell Contractors has named Steve Whitworth as its new president, who was most recently the contractor’s vice president of its Texas region. Whitworth will now oversee 400 employee owners in locations spanning Arizona, California, Texas and Washington. He will manage markets in healthcare, retail, Native American, hospitality, education and custom homes. “Over the past decade… Read More →

Ogletree Deakins elects board member, shareholder

Ogletree Deakins shareholder and board member

The Phoenix office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart elected a new shareholder and member to its board of directors. Joe Clees joins the firm’s board of directors. Clees joined the law firm in 2005 as founding and managing shareholder of its Phoenix office. Rayna Jones is the newest shareholder at the labor and… Read More →

East Valley Partnership adds new board chair, vice-chair

Transportation corridor in the east valley, the Superstition Freeway, U.S. Route 60 viewed from above looking west from Mesa towards Tempe and Phoenix. (Copyright: hideftrphoto / 123RF Stock Photo)

The East Valley Partnership (EVP), a business advocacy group dedicated to improving business and quality of life in the East Valley region of greater Phoenix, has welcomed new board leadership since the untimely passing of Board Chair, Rick Jones this past December. During the February board of directors meeting, the board approved interim Chair, Rhonda… Read More →

AzLTA will honor 2017 Industry Champions


The Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (AzLTA) announced five exemplary industry champions will be recognized at the 2017 Arizona Tourism Unity Dinner to be held at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa on February 23rd.  Each honoree has demonstrated extraordinary efforts to enhance the Arizona business climate, ensure a level and legal operating environment, and… Read More →

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie trademark work honored


Three Intellectual Property attorneys from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, Emily Bayton, Jennifer Van Kirk and Flavia Campbell, are included in the 2017 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.  The WTR 1000 directory focuses exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners, identifying the trademark industry’s leading practitioners in 72 jurisdictions… Read More →

Fennemore Craig expands environmental practice


Fennemore Craig,a leading Mountain West business law firm, announced Lauren Ferrigni has joined the Phoenix office and will practice in the firm’s natural resources, energy and environmental practice. “The firm continuously seeks to add exceptional lawyers, and we are pleased to welcome Lauren to our team,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We… Read More →

Gila River Gaming Enterprises names new CEO


Gila River Gaming Enterprises, Inc., operator of three leading casino properties in Arizona, announced yesterday that Kenneth Manuel has been selected as the Enterprises’ new Chief Executive Officer. Manuel is the first member of the Gila River Indian Community to hold this position permanently. The announcement comes after an intensive search and selection process by… Read More →

With plans to expand in Arizona, Enterprise Bank names region CEO


In an effort to expand its operations and footprint in Arizona, Enterprise Bank has promoted its Arizona market president to region chairman and CEO, while making other leadership changes.  Current Arizona Market President Jack Barry will now be region chairman and CEO in Arizona. He will be responsible for the strategic direction of the bank in the Arizona… Read More →

JDA Software CEO steps down


JDA Software Group Chairman and CEO Bal Dail is stepping down from the Scottsdale-based software firm as former Tyco executive Girish Rishi takes the helm as CEO. The change was effective immediately, according to an announcement sent early Monday, but Dail will remain at JDA through the first quarter of 2017 to make sure the leadership… Read More →

John C. Kinna joins OrthoArizona as CEO


Phoenix-based OrthoArizona, an orthopedic and musculoskeletal specialists firm, hired John C. Kinna as the organization’s CEO. Kinna will lead OrthoArizona’s executive team responsible for business management, operations, organizational vision and growth for the company’s 65 providers operating in more than 30 Valley locations. The multi-specialist group offers orthopedic, podiatry and sports medicine services. Kinna has more than… Read More →

Sherman & Howard associate joins Arizona Educational Foundation board

Enterprise Bank

Matthew Hesketh, an attorney at Sherman & Howard, joined the board of directors of the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF). AEF is a local nonprofit dedicated to the development and celebration of excellence in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade public education throughout Arizona. “AEF’s board of directors is an incredible group of dedicated individuals who truly understand the power of… Read More →