Az Business Leaders Archives

Jessica Langbaum – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Jessica Langbaum – Principal Scientist, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Langbaum is actively involved in research activities at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute focusing on the earliest evidence of Alzheimer’s and on the design and conduct of Alzheimer’s prevention trials. Greatest Accomplishment: “Playing a pivotal role in securing two unprecedented grants from the NIH totaling over $48 million.” Surprising… Read More →

Arizona State Parks hires new operations chief

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Arizona State Parks officials have announced the hiring of a new chief of operations. Jay Ream, deputy director of parks and development, says Kelly Moffitt will start in his new position on Aug. 16. Moffitt previously served as the state parks Region II manager. He will now oversee the agency’s operations division, including 30 state… Read More →

Deb Krmpotic – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Deb Krmpotic – CEO, Banner Estrella Medical Center Krmpotic began her healthcare career as a candy striper at the age of 14. She joined Banner Health 28 years ago as an oncology nurse. In 1993 she assumed CEO positions in rural North and South Dakota before returning to the Valley in 2000. Surprising fact: “On… Read More →

Karen Kravitz – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Karen Kravitz – President and Head of Conceptology, Commotion Promotions Kravitz’ leadership and vision have helped Commotion Promotions earn a spot on Inc. Magazine’s Inc. 5000 list — which honors the fastest-growing private companies in America — for three consecutive years. Greatest accomplishment: “Celebrating 30 years of being in business and working with a talented,… Read More →

Joan Koerber Walker – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Joan Koerber Walker – CEO, Arizona Bioindustry Association An entrepreneur, investor, advisor and former Fortune 500 executive, Koerber-Walker works on behalf of the Arizona bioscience industry to support the growth of the industry on the local and national level. Greatest accomplishment: “Developing and maintaining relationships with a diverse community of leaders around the world.” Surprising… Read More →

Lynne King Smith – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Lynne King Smith – CEO, TicketForce Smith co-founded TicketForce in 2003 and manages daily operations. Greatest accomplishment: “I took over as CEO in 2010 when the economy was still shaky. I made some deep budget cuts … We remained strong, had no layoffs and were set for the next several years of solid growth.” Surprising… Read More →

MJ Insurance Named One of the Largest Brokers in U.S.

Michael Bill, CEO of MJ Insurance.

MJ Insurance, one of the nation’s leading property-casualty and employee benefits agencies, is one of the “100 Largest Broker of U.S. Business” according to Business Insurance magazine. MJ ranked No. 97 in the publication’s 2014 list. This is the second consecutive year that MJ Insurance has received the honor. Companies are ranked by 2013 brokerage… Read More →

Kara Kalkbrenner – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Kara Kalkbrenner – Acting Fire Chief, City of Phoenix Kalkbrenner is a Phoenix native who manages nearly 2,000 personnel and a $300 million budget for the Phoenix Fire Department. She is the first woman to lead the department. Greatest accomplishment: “To have the honor and privilege of serving the citizens of Phoenix for nearly three… Read More →

Stanton named ‘Woman Worth Watching’

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

The law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that Phoenix Office Managing Partner Nicole Stanton has been selected by Profiles in Diversity Journal to be honored at its 13th Annual Women Worth Watching® Awards. Stanton will join trailblazing female leaders from across the country in this honor and will be featured in the… Read More →

Heidi Jannenga – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Heidi Jannenga – Founder, WebPT Jannenga, who has 15 years of experience as a physical therapist and clinic director, is WebPT’s co-founder and chief operating officer. As COO, she leads the product strategy and oversees the WebPT brand vision. Greatest accomplishment: “Launching a sustainable technology company in Phoenix that now provides more than 200 local… Read More →

Chevy Humphrey – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Chevy Humphrey – President and CEO, Arizona Science Center Humphrey oversees the $12 million operation of Arizona Science Center, a 164,000-square-foot facility with more than 330 employees and volunteers that welcomes 500,000 visitors every year. Greatest accomplishment: “Inspiring and helping others succeed. I am humbled to play a role in their achievement.” Surprising fact: “I am… Read More →

Camille Hill – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Camille Hill – President, Merestone Hill began her career as a theatrical designer in New York, then ended up in Arizona and co-founded Merestone in 1974. Greatest accomplishment: “Having a company which values individual growth and group compatibility. This formula allowed Merestone to double in size in one year. Surprising fact: “I gave up an… Read More →

Catherine Hayes – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Catherine Hayes – Principal, hayes architecture/interiors inc. Shaping Valley architecture and interior design for more than 20 years, Hayes’ award-winning projects include the Valley’s most enjoyable restaurants and resorts, beautiful residences and inspiring offices. Greatest accomplishment: “Helping to strengthen our community through the designs of homes, resorts and restaurant/retail projects.” Surprising fact: “Not having a… Read More →

Maria Harper-Marinick – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Maria Harper-Marinick – Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, Maricopa Community Colleges Harper-Marinick helps develop and implement the District’s strategic plan; leads initiatives to enhance access and increase student success; and build the stature and recognition of the District and its 10 colleges locally, nationally, and internationally. Biggest challenge: “Balancing multiple roles — professional, mother, wife,… Read More →