Az Business Leaders Archives

Longtime Phoenix TV personality Dave Munsey joins YMCA

If you’ve ever watched a newscast in Phoenix, you’ve heard the voice of Dave Munsey and his nightly sign-off, “Watch your kids around water.” With nearly a half-century of hearing his mantra after alerting Valley residents of sun, rain, wind, dust storms and flash floods, his voice will echo a similar message but now it’ll… Read More →

Gallagher & Kennedy lawyer is youngest on State Bar board

The law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy announced today that Tyler J. Carrell has been elected to serve on the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors. Carrell was elected to a two-year term, commencing in July 2017.  He previously served on the Board of Governors from 2015-16, a position he served concurrently with his… Read More →

Thomas Title hires Dennis Vendetti as Arizona market president

Thomas Title has announced the hire of Dennis Vendetti, who will be responsible for all national, commercial, and residential operations as market president out of the Scottsdale location. Prior to Thomas Title, Vendetti served as the Vice President and National Commercial Services manager in San Diego, CA for First American Title Insurance Company. “Bringing on… Read More →

Buckeye hires new economic development director

After an extensive search, the City of Buckeye hired David B. Roderique, CEcD, as its new Economic Development Director. Mr. Roderique has extensive experience specializing in economic, fiscal and market analysis, strategic planning, and predevelopment entitlement, (i.e. zoning, rezoning, permitting, etc.), marketing and implementation support. “As the seventh fastest growing city with a population over… Read More →

Scott Altes will lead Fennemore Craig healthcare practice group

Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West business law firm, announced Scott Altes, a director in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been appointed the new Practice Group Chair of the firm’s Health Care Litigation and Regulation practice group. “Scott possesses deep knowledge of the law relating to health care litigation and regulation,” said Steve Good, managing… Read More →

Nussbaum, Gillis & Dinner joins Sacks Tierney

Scottsdale-based law firm of Nussbaum, Gillis & Dinner, the No. 5 ranked bankruptcy law firm in Ranking Arizona, has joined forces with Sacks Tierney, the top-ranked law firm (21-49 attorneys) in Ranking Arizona. Among the attorneys joining Sacks Tierney are the “names” of the firm — bankruptcy attorneys Randy Nussbaum and Dean M. Dinner and construction attorney… Read More →

Ballard Spahr’s Travis Leach earns Emerging Leaders Award

Travis Leach, a member of Ballard Spahr’s Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity Group, received the 2017 Emerging Leaders Award from The M&A Advisor. The award, widely regarded as a pinnacle of achievement in the M&A industry, recognizes excellence in deal-making, restructuring, and financing, and spotlights the achievements of leading firms and professionals. The Emerging Leaders category… Read More →

Nikki Bernstein joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Arizona Properties has added real estate sales executive Nikki Bernstein to its Scottsdale office. Bernstein, named the 2016 “Rookie of the Year” by the Arizona Journal of Real Estate and Business, sold $5.5 million in real estate last year and has already sold more than $6 million to date this year.… Read More →

Gilbert Chamber now accepting Gilbert Leadership applications

East Valley

Gilbert Leadership, a program of the Gilbert Chamber Foundation, is currently accepting applications from Gilbert residents and/or business leaders to participate in the program’s 26th class and will begin interviewing applicants later this month. Gilbert residents and/or employees are eligible to apply. Interested candidates should submit a completed application by July 8th. Program applications can… Read More →

Alliance Bank of Arizona names new Tucson EVP

Enterprise Bank

Western Alliance Bank announced today that Steven Odenkirk has been named executive vice president, southern region manager for Alliance Bank of Arizona in Tucson. In his new role, Odenkirk will lead the Alliance Bank’s regional presence which includes two banking locations and 36 employees. Odenkirk’s appointment follows the March retirement of Duane Froeschle, who held… 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 →

Barrow Neurological Foundation appoints 3 to board

prevention trial - brain scan images

Barrow Neurological Foundation has announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Trustees: Karen King-Brooks, Robert Lavinia and James Swanson. The Barrow Neurological Foundation is the catalyst of its donors’ passion for transformation by providing the resources necessary for patient care, education and research at Barrow Neurological Institute, a world-renowned neuroscience center.… Read More →