Leaders in the news Archives

People on the move at Santy, UMB Bank, CBC Advisors

Santy, a change-driven agency based in Scottsdale, has added four full-time employees and promoted three existing staffers as it continues to add to its diverse client base and invest in future growth. “We recruit and retain talented creative professionals who can help our clients navigate the constant change in our industry, and our most recent… Read More →

Banner Health names new chief financial officer

developers behind Banner University Medical Center Phoenix

Banner Health has announced that Dennis Laraway will join the organization as chief financial officer beginning Sept. 29. Laraway is returning to the Valley, having previously served as vice president and chief financial officer for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center from 2002 to 2006. He comes to Banner from Memorial Hermann Health System in… Read More →

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona elects board chair

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) has appointed Greenberg Traurig Phoenix office Shareholder Rebecca Burnham, to serve as chair of its board of directors. Burnham commenced her two-year term as chair on June 1, 2017. Burnham will lead a 16-member board that develops and oversees policies that impact the company’s ranks from the executive… Read More →

Dr. Michael Lawton will lead Barrow Neurological Institute

Barrow Neurological Institute has announced Michael Lawton, MD, as its new president and CEO following an extensive national search that considered many of the foremost names in neurosurgery. Under Dr. Lawton’s leadership, Barrow will continue to revolutionize the treatment of the most complex brain and spine disorders and expand to become the world’s top ranked… Read More →

Diane Brossart will retire as Arizona Forward leader

Diane Brossart -Describes Her First Step In The Industry, 2008

Arizona Forward President and Chief Executive Officer Diane Brossart announced her retirement this week, after serving at the helm of Valley Forward and then Arizona Forward, for more than 26 years. This announcement kick-starts an orderly leadership transition over the next six months. Brossart’s decision to retire, effective December 2017, will closeout a remarkable volunteer… Read More →

Carlos Sugich will chair Waste Management Phoenix Open

The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community, have named Carlos A. Sugich Tournament Chairman for the 2018 edition of “The People’s Open”, which will be played January 29 – February 4, 2018, at TPC Scottsdale.  Additionally, The Thunderbirds announced that Chance Cozby has been named Assistant Tournament… Read More →

Stephanie Nowack retires as CEO of Tempe Tourism Office


The Tempe Tourism Office announced today that Stephanie Nowack, President/CEO, will retire after more than 18 years at the organization. Nowack is expected to remain in her current position through the end of 2017. Nowack joined the Tempe Tourism Office, then known as the Tempe Convention & Visitors Bureau, in 1999. Her prior experience in… Read More →

Arizona Care Network names chief medical officer

Arizona Care Network CMO Dr. Ed Clarke

Arizona Care Network named Dr. Ed Clarke, a primary care physician who has experience leading clinically integrated health networks, as chief medical officer. Clarke is responsible for the clinical performance of the 5,000-clinician network and will partner with members to achieve the quadruple aim of improving the quality of patient care, managing the cost of care,… Read More →

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation names new board chair

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Board of Trustees voted to elect Maja Wessels as its new board chair during a meeting of the Trustees at Florida Southern College this past weekend. The announcement of Wessels’ new leadership position coincides with the Foundation’s efforts to greatly expand its reach and offerings. With extensive experience in corporate… 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 →

Dr. Daniel Von Hoff named a ‘Giant of Cancer Care’

Dr. Daniel Von Hoff, Physician-In-Chief and Distinguished Professor at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), has been selected as a 2016 Giant of Cancer Care. The award was announced today during the 34th annual Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium in New York. Dr. Von Hoff, a world-renowned expert in pancreatic cancer, was honored for his work in… Read More →

PRSA honors Abbie S. Fink for distinguished service

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) presented the Patrick Jackson Award for Distinguished Service to Abbie S. Fink of HMA Public Relations in Phoenix. The award was presented at the PRSA 2016 International Conference during the Monday Networking Luncheon in Indianapolis. The award is named in honor of the late and legendary Patrick Jackson, APR,… Read More →