Az Business Leaders Archives

Long-time Cox leader Rizley announces retirement

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Cox Communications Senior Vice President and General Manager Steve Rizley will retire at the end of the year. During his 34-year career at Cox in Phoenix, Rizley motivated and galvanized those around him, and created unique relationships with his employees, customers and the Southwest community through his many years of service to area non-profits. Rizley… Read More →

Mead will lead Pension & Benefits Council

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Fennemore Craig announced Chad Mead, a lawyer in the Phoenix office, has been named President – elect of the Phoenix Board of Directors for the Western Pension & Benefits Council. “We congratulate Chad on his appointment to serve the legal community as a leader influencing change and commitment to employee benefit initiatives,” said Tim Berg,… Read More →

29 Quarles & Brady Attorneys make ‘Best Lawyers’

Nicole France-Stanton, office managing partner, Quarles & Brady.

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that 29 of its Phoenix attorneys – and a total of 169 Quarles & Brady attorneys nationwide – have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015. Quarles & Brady Phoenix attorneys distinguished for excellence in their practice areas… Read More →

Dana Vela – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Dana Vela – President, Sunrise Schools and Tots Unlimited Vela, a 31- year veteran of child care, helps operates 25 schools in Arizona that serve more than 4,000 children. Greatest accomplishment: “I think I have held every single job available in the company over the years. Those experiences … are why I am uniquely qualified… Read More →

Nancy K. Sweitzer – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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August 31, 2014 by in Az Business Leaders

Nancy K. Sweitzer – Director, UA’s Sarver Heart Center Sweitzer, an advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologist and physiologist, hopes to build bridges between clinical and science enterprises and increase discovery in the areas of translational and personalized cardiovascular medicine. Greatest accomplishment: “Becoming director of the Sarver Heart Center and chief of cardiology at the… Read More →

Marie Sullivan – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Marie Sullivan – President & CEO, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment Sullivan has been involved in education, women and family issues, and community development for more than 40 years. Greatest accomplishment: “Leading efforts in education and the nonprofit sector to improve people’s lives and enhance their dignity.” Surprising fact: “I recently earned an Austrian culinary… Read More →

Scarlett Spring – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Scarlett Spring – President, VisionGate Spring is charged with bringing an early cancer detection technology utilizing 3D imaging to market. Her background includes 19 years at AstraZeneca and COO at GPEC. Greatest accomplishment: “Ability to shift from launching billion-dollar brands to taking a start-up from angel investment to commercialization.” Surprising fact: “Every day during my… Read More →

Sarah A. Strunk – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Sarah A. Strunk – Director, Fennemore Craig, P.C. Strunk practices business and finance law, with experience in finance, mergers and acquisitions, and as outside general counsel dealing with corporate governance and compliance. Greatest accomplishment: “I have continually mentored younger lawyers who can someday replace me.” Surprising fact: “I like to swim with the sharks, seriously.”… Read More →

Patrice Strong-Register – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Patrice Strong-Register – Managing Partner, JatroBiofuels Strong-Register has an Executive MBA, is the managing partner of JatroBioFuels and CEO of PLR Services. She also spends her spare time being a mentor for start-up companies and teaching at-risk students life skills. Greatest accomplishment: “Becoming a partner in a renewable energy company and finding ways to improve… Read More →

Beth Soberg – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Beth Soberg – CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona Soberg brings more than 25 years of industry experience to her leadership role overseeing Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Greatest accomplishment: “The multi year integration of two companies post-merger that leveraged the strengths of each to build a sustainable and differentiated offering that resulted in 20 percent… Read More →

Gena Sluga – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Gena Sluga – Partner, Christian Dichter & Sluga Sluga maintains a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating and was recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers in 2013 in both the Insurance Coverage category and as one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Arizona. Greatest accomplishment: “Becoming named partner in a nationally-recognized law firm before the age of… Read More →

Joyce Santis – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Joyce Santis – Shareholder, Sonora Quest Santis has more than 30 years of laboratory management experience and works with numerous local and national charities and community organizations. Greatest accomplishment: “The opportunity to contribute to the business turnaround, growth and success of Sonora Quest Laboratories.” Surprising fact: “My secret ambition was to be a writer or… Read More →

Marian Rhodes – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Marian Rhodes – Senior Vice President, Arizona Diamondbacks With 27 years of Major League Baseball experience, Rhodes has re-developed the D-backs human resources while reinforcing a culture where the best and brightest want to work. Greatest accomplishment: “I built two highly effective Human Resources departments for two different sport franchises.” Surprising fact: “Despite the fact… Read More →

Barb Rechterman – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Barb Rechterman – Chief Marketing Officer, GoDaddy Rechterman oversees all facets of corporate marketing, including making GoDaddy’s edgy and viral Super Bowl spots. Greatest accomplishment: “We’ve gone from a company no one knew existed, to a brand with ‘household name’ recognition in the U.S., to a global powerhouse doing business in 42 markets around the… Read More →