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Why do CEOs of failing companies jump ship … or don’t?


It’s a common scenario in the corporate world. A company begins to fail, and before long the CEO is out the door. Sometimes the person is asked to go, but other times it’s a voluntary move — a decision that may be driven largely by the executive’s so-called “social capital,” according to a new study… Read More →

Arizona’s Top 100 Lawyers of 2017

Fennemore Craig
by in Az Business Leaders

Each year, Az Business magazine’s editorial team — in collaboration with industry experts — choose the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona from a pool of more than 1,000 of the most talented and successful attorneys from throughout the state. Selections are based on each lawyer’s professional success, impact on his or her law firm, impact… Read More →

Coppersmith Brockelman promotes attorneys to partner

Coppersmith Brockelman partner Shelley Tolman

Phoenix-based business law firm Coppersmith Brockelman promoted Marvin Ruth and Shelley Tolman to partner. Both attorneys focus on commercial litigation, reinforcing the firm’s considerable experience and depth in that practice area. “Marvin and Shelley are outstanding young lawyers,” said Coppersmith Brockelman Managing Partner Kent Brockelman. “They are great examples of our commitment to building a law… Read More →

6 leaders added to Junior Achievement board of directors

Six new business leaders are poised to contribute to Arizona’s future success by accepting board positions with the Junior Achievement of Arizona’s Central District Board of Directors. The new directors are Donna Egan of Sprouts Farmers Market, Drena Kusari of Lyft, Anna Lee of Toyota Financial Services, Tom Morgan of Sherman & Howard, Helena Varnavas… Read More →

Aker Ink adds Taylor Holmes as account coordinator

Aker Ink, a full-service public relations and marketing communications firm, announced Taylor Holmes has joined the team as an account coordinator. She will help execute integrated PR campaigns for companies in the professional services, financial services, legal, healthcare and manufacturing industries. “Taylor’s experience coupled with a strong desire to immerse herself in every aspect of… Read More →

Flinn Foundation CEO plans to retire

Jack B. Jewett of Flinn Foundation

Jack B. Jewett will retire as Flinn Foundation president and CEO at the end of September, concluding more than eight years of service in which the foundation expanded and enhanced its program areas to better serve Arizona. Russell Reynolds Associates, an international executive search firm, has been hired by the foundation to conduct a national… Read More →

UMB Bank hires new corporate trust team in Phoenix

UMB Bank

UMB Bank, a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF), added a new Corporate Trust team in Phoenix. Brenda Black joins UMB as senior vice president, along with Carla Wallace as vice president. “We are excited to have Brenda and Carla spearhead the Corporate Trust team in Phoenix,” said Austin Braithwait, executive vice president, managing director Corporate… Read More →

Javelina names a founding partner CEO


Catherine Alonzo, a founding partner of marketing firm Javelina, has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the firm effective March 2, 2017. Alonzo co-founded Javelina in 2012 with political veterans Bill Scheel and David Waid, and has played a pivotal role in growing Javelina into a leading branding and marketing firm in the Valley.… Read More →

Banner executive named to Trellis board of directors

nonprofit board member

Christine McSweeney, chief operating officer at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, has been named to the board of directors at Phoenix nonprofit, Trellis. Trellis, established in 1975, provides home ownership counseling, financial access and neighborhood development and is dedicated to “making stables homes and communities possible through educating, building and lending.” McSweeney has a long and… Read More →

Arizona Chapter of HSMAI announces 2017 board

The Arizona Chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International — HSMAI — announced it’s 2017 Board of Directors to lead the association. Board of Directors for 2017 are President Erik Dorr, Intelity; Immediate Past President Kelly Murphy, CMP, CHME, Phoenix Convention Center & Venues; President-Elect Rochelle Barton, Topgolf Gilbert; Vice-President Jim Kenney, Infor;… Read More →

Allison L. Kierman starts own law firm

Allison L. Kierman has announced the launch of Kierman Law PLC.  Kierman has more than a decade of experience practicing law. The firm will offer advice to Arizona families and businesses in the following areas: wills, trusts, estate planning, probate and probate litigation, succession planning, and charitable giving.   Kierman is a member of WealthCounsel, a leading national… Read More →

Arizona Science Center elects 3 new board members

Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center elected three new members to its Board of Trustees: Carlos Contreras, Rowan Smith and Shayna Fernandez Watts. The new trustees are an integral part of a 54-member board that is considered to be strong for both its depth and diversity of talent and resources. “Arizona Science Center is poised to experience significant… Read More →

IASIS Healthcare announces new chief nursing officer

IASIS Healthcare has announced a new addition to its leadership team with Elizabeth Kearney accepting the role of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Mountain Vista Medical Center, a full-service hospital in east Mesa. The Chief Nursing Officer title is the highest nursing management position in a hospital and is responsible for overseeing the 178-bed acute… Read More →

UMB Bank adds Lana Harris as vice president

Sustainable Banks, Green Banking

UMB Bank, a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF), announces it has hired Lana Harris as vice president of commercial business development. In her role, she is responsible for leading business development activities while supporting clients and associates. Harris has more than six years of business development experience in the construction industry. Prior to joining UMB,… Read More →