Az Business Leaders Archives

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 Stanton

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 →

Diane Haller – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Diane Haller – Partner, Quarles & Brady Haller is national chair of Quarles’ Real Estate and Land Use Practice Group; vice-chair of the Phoenix Community Alliance; and was named one of the Top 25 female lawyers in Arizona in 2014 by Southwest Super Lawyers. Greatest accomplishment: “Pro bono work I’ve done for Habitat for Humanity… Read More →

Deb Gullett – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Deb Gullett – Senior Specialist, Gallagher & Kennedy Gullett is the executive director of the Arizona Association of Health Plans and senior specialist in G&K’s governmental affairs and lobbying practice. Greatest accomplishment: “While I’ve had fabulous jobs, being a part of the Medicaid restoration was my proudest accomplishment.” Surprising fact: “Back in my salad days… Read More →

Enterprise Bank adds 4 leaders to advisory board


Enterprise Bank & Trust has added four respected business leaders to its Phoenix Advisory Board to help lead the bank as it continues to grow in the Southwest. Joining the 12-member board are Jeffrey S. Beyersdorfer of Western Refining, Inc., Jason Funk of Western Window Systems, Bill Lavidge of The Lavidge Company and Craig Rock… Read More →

Mary Ann Guerra – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Mary Ann Guerra – CEO, BioAccel Guerra creates novel programs to accelerate the transfer of technology from the lab into useful products and new business opportunities. Greatest accomplishment: “Founding BioAccel, sustaining it through the worst financial times and emerging as a successful entity with a portfolio of amazing new companies in the bioscience sector.” Surprising… Read More →

Deborah Griffin – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Deborah Griffin – President of the Board of Directors, Gila River Casinos Griffin started in the accounting department in 1999 and in 2004, joined the marketing team until 2006, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as president. Greatest accomplishment: “Contributing to the long-term sustainability and growth of the Gila River Indian Community.”… Read More →