Az Business Leaders Archives

Fennemore Craig Attorneys earn recognition


Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West regional law firm, announced 59 lawyers in the firm’s Phoenix office were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC). Of the 59 attorneys recognized, five attorneys were also named The Best Lawyers in America 2015©… Read More →

Ann Meyers-Drysdale – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Ann Meyers-Drysdale – Vice President, Phoenix Mercury A pioneer in women’s athletics, Meyers-Drysdale was one of the first women to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Greatest accomplishment: “Being a part of the Phoenix Mercury and their two WNBA Championships; and my tryout with the Indiana Pacers.” Surprising fact: “I was… Read More →

Shirley Mays – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Shirley Mays – Dean, Arizona Summit Law School Mays’ priorities are focused on the school’s mission of promoting diversity in the legal profession, serving under-served communities, developing innovative curriculum tailored to meet student needs and preparing students for success in their legal career.  Surprising fact: “I am blessed to have the opportunity to raise my… Read More →

Teresa Mandelin – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Teresa Mandelin – CEO, Southwestern Business Financing Corporation Mandelin has specialized in SBA lending since 1992. She is believed to be the first Native American woman to preside over a certified development company in the U.S.  Greatest Accomplishment: “Being named president and CEO of Southwestern Business Financing Corp in October 2013.” Surprising fact: “According to… Read More →

Sherry Lund – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Sherry Lund – Principal Scientist, Celebration Stem Cell Centre After having her eyes opened to the advancement of stem cell transplant medicine, Lund helped found Celebration Stem Cell Centre to provide the highest quality of viable stem cells for transplant and regenerative medicine and increase awareness of the healing effects of stem cells. Greatest Accomplishment:… Read More →

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

Extreme Sport, Arizona Adventures

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 →