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Industry Leaders of Arizona take spotlight

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Az Business magazine is proud to present the Industry Leaders of Arizona (ILoA) Awards, which recognize  the contributions and impact of Arizona‐based companies in five key industries — commercial real estate, education, entertainment, manufacturing and technology. The 30 finalists for this year’s ILoA Awards are profiled on the following pages. Winners will be recognized at… Read More →

MJ Insurance celebrates 50th anniversary

Michael Bill, CEO of MJ Insurance

Fifty years ago – when gasoline was 30 cents a gallon and a loaf of bread cost 21 cents – Michael M. Bill and his partner, James B. Ritter, founded MJ Insurance. Five decades later, MJ Insurance is one of the top 100 independently-owned insurance agencies in the U.S. with clients in every U.S. state… 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 →

Glasper earns MLK Diversity Award

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Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges, has been selected for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Diversity Award by the Town of Paradise Valley. Each year, the selection committee chooses an individual to receive the honor, a tradition since 2000. Past winners include a nationally known civil rights activist, local faith community leaders,… Read More →

Lewis Receives National Housing Quality Award

From left: Tom Lewis, Gary Karlowski, Terry Burns, Pat Adler, Gerad Zacchio, Sam Buchanan, all from T.W. Lewis Co.

T.W. Lewis Company Founder CEO Tom Lewis has been recognized as the first inductee into the National Housing Quality Award Hall of Fame.

Banner Hospital CEO Elected to Council of Regents

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Laura Robertson, RN, and chief executive officer of Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital, has been appointed to the Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The Council of Regents serves as the link between ACHE and its members by approving governance and membership regulations. The… Read More →

Avnet’s Purcell Recognized for IT Leadership

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Avnet, Inc., a leading global technology distributor, today announced that Ger Purcell, senior vice president of IT for Avnet, Inc., was selected by IDG’s Computerworld as a 2014 Premier 100 IT Leader honoree. The Premier 100 spotlights leaders from both the technology and business sides of companies for their exceptional technology leadership and innovative approaches… Read More →

Petersen’s first job was being a rock star

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First Job: Phil Petersen, founder and president, Brookfield Communities What was your first job?   As a very shy and quiet 13-year-old, one of the popular guys in eighth grade, Greg Fox, asked if I wanted to play bass guitar in an Omaha rock band that three friends were starting. That simple invitation changed my life… Read More →

Petersen's first job was being a rock star

Philip Petersen

First Job: Phil Petersen, founder and president, Brookfield Communities What was your first job?   As a very shy and quiet 13-year-old, one of the popular guys in eighth grade, Greg Fox, asked if I wanted to play bass guitar in an Omaha rock band that three friends were starting. That simple invitation changed my life… 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 →

Sun Health CEO named to national board

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Sun Health President and Chief Executive Officer Ron Guziak is one of 10 new members recently elected to Care Continuum Alliance’s (CCA) 2013-14 board of directors.  Guziak was elected during a business meeting at the CCA Forum 2013, the association’s national meeting, held Oct. 23-25 in Scottsdale. CCA is the leading advocate for population health… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Dave Ralston

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November 12, 2013 by in Az Business Leaders | Banking

Dave Ralston CEO Bank of Arizona bankofarizona.com With more than 30 years of professional experience in the banking industry, Ralston has overall responsibility for market leadership in Arizona. He is currently on the board of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation. Biggest challenge: “Early in my career I found myself reporting to an individual I did… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Rodolfo Parga, Jr.

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November 11, 2013 by in Az Business Leaders | Legal

Rodolfo Parga, Jr. Managing shareholder Ryley Carlock & Applewhite rcalaw.com Parga, elected managing shareholder in 200, is recognized as an accomplished trial attorney and has been named as one of the Valley’s most admired CEOs. He is also a community leader, recently serving as chairman of the board of Chicanos Por La Causa. Biggest challenge:… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Candace Hunter Wiest

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Candace Hunter Wiest President and CEO West Valley National Bank wvnb.net Wiest is the founding CEO of WVNB, and was the first female community banker elected as a a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Biggest challenge: “I founded a local bank that consistently provided capital for Arizona businesses despite the worst… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Keith Maio

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November 9, 2013 by in Az Business Leaders | Banking

Keith Maio President and CEO National Bank of Arizona nbarizona.com Maio has been in banking for more than 30 years. He joined NB|AZ in 1992, was appointed president in 2001 and CEO in 2005. Biggest challenge: “The challenges of the severe economic downturn, beginning in 2008.  Bringing a sharp, tactical approach to working through the… Read More →

FEI, Az Business present CFO of the Year awards

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Financial Executives International (FEI) Arizona Chapter and Az Business magazine presented the 7th Annual CFO of the Year Awards at the Arizona Biltmore. The awards recognize professionals for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards. Read all about the finalists below, then check out photos of the event. Finalists were Bradley C. Anderson,… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Beau Lane

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Beau Lane CEO LaneTerralever eblane.com Lane is the CEO of LaneTerralever, one of the largest and longest established advertising agencies in the Southwest. He supervises highly successful advertising programs for numerous high-profile clients and dedicates hours of service volunteering on the boards of some of the city’s most influential organizations. Biggest challenge: “Having our largest… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Richard Lehmann

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November 7, 2013 by in Az Business Leaders | Banking

Richard Lehmann Founder and chairman The Biltmore Bank of Arizona biltmorebankaz.com “After being associated with large national and international banks since 1969, myself and other banking leaders founded the Biltmore Bank of Arizona in 2003 with a singular mission: to work with Arizona businesses face-to-face, ensuring we’re an integral part of each client’s growth –… Read More →

China: A Land of Paradoxes

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I was born in a small village near Shanghai, a year before the Communist government took over in 1949. My village was roughly 10 miles from the city center, where the famous Yu Garden is still located. And while the Yu Garden remains one of the main attractions of Shanghai today, my small village is… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Theresa Chacopulos

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Theresa Chacopulos Senior vice president and senior financial advisor Wells Fargo Advisors LLC wellsfargoadvisors.com Chacopulos was ranked among Barron’s Top 1,000 Financial Advisors for 2013 and was ranked No. 1 in the state of Arizona. Chacopulos serves high net worth clients, offering a customized approach to portfolio management.  A 29-year financial services veteran, she holds… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Pamela Conboy

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Pamela Conboy Lead regional president Wells Fargo wellsfargo.com Conboy has 34 years of leadership experience in retail, business banking and learning and sales development. She manages 4,200 team members, 340 stores and $24.4 billion in deposits. She sits on numerous boards, including the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Valley of the Sun United Way and… Read More →

Looming changes to lease accounting standards

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November 4, 2013 by in Az Business Leaders

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has been working to finalize changes to the lease accounting standards.  Recently, the AICPA Financial Reporting Executive Committee (FinREC) provided FASB with recommendations to the lease accounting proposal (see the full article at http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/News/20138910.htm).  FinREC believes its recommendations would simplify what will be a very complex process of adopting… Read More →

Leadership spotlight: Barry Broome

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November 4, 2013 by in Az Business Leaders

Barry Broome President and CEO Greater Phoenix Economic Council gpec.org Broome’s tenure at GPEC has helped attract more than 170 companies, created at least 30,100 jobs and more than $7 billion in capital investment to Greater Phoenix. Biggest challenge: “One of the biggest obstacles I’ve faced was learning to believe in my own talent. It… Read More →