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Valley Leadership gets 1st tech-based board president  Maksym Yemelyanov

University of Advancing Technology’s (UAT) Provost Dr. David Bolman is the first tech-based Board President that Valley Leadership has elected, bringing to the table a combined perspective of education, technology and innovation. Historically, leaders in technology have not been hugely involved in community outreach, but Dr. Bolman, as well as UAT as a whole, has… Read More →

Severe heat can be deadly, experts warn

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The heat is on for Arizona – specifically the Phoenix area – and it’s more than just an annoyance. “It’s particularly dangerous for folks that either have outdoor occupations or that do outdoor work or even are exercising in the heat of the day, if they haven’t ‘cameled’ up with water before hand,” said Will… Read More →

OneGuard’s Scott Smith named highest rated CEO in 2015


OneGuard Home Warranties CEO Scott Smith was awarded Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEO recognition for 2015. Glassdoor, a jobs and careers marketplace, recently released its annual report highlighting the Highest Rated CEOs, this year recognizing top leaders throughout North America and parts of Europe. Among CEOs recognized in the U.S. at small and mid-size companies, Smith… Read More →

Kenneth C. Sundlof, Jr. elected chair of Herberger


Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC, a leading Phoenix-based law firm, has announced that Kenneth C. Sundlof, Jr. has been elected as Chairman of the Board of the Herberger Theater Center. He will serve two-year term. Opened in 1989, the Herberger Theater Center supports and fosters the growth of the arts in Phoenix as a premier performance… Read More →

Origami Owl appoints Brett Blake as CEO

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Origami Owl®, an international jewelry company known for its customizable jewelry and signature Living Lockets®, has announced the appointment of its new CEO, Brett Blake. The news comes on the heels of a series of positive changes the company has implemented over the last few months to support current U.S. sales and global expansion. Blake’s… Read More →

Jackson Lewis shareholder earns recognition


Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s largest and fastest-growing workplace law firms, announced that Phoenix Shareholder Richard S. Cohen has been recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2015 in the Labor and Employment Litigation practice area under the Labor and Employment designation. Mr. Cohen is one of 23 attorneys from the firm recognized… Read More →

John R. Scherer joins board of WVNB


Candace Wiest, president and CEO of West Valley National Bank, and Steven Bales, chairman of West Valley National Bank, has announced that John R. Scherer has joined the Board of Directors of both the bank and its holding company WVBI. John is the owner of Scherer Strategic Solutions, is affiliated with Arizona Growth Advisors  and… Read More →

Amy Altshuler leads Lewis Roca Rothgerber group


Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP has announced that Amy E. Altshuler will lead the firm’s business transactions practice group, a strategic focus area for the firm that includes banking and regulatory compliance, commercial real estate, executive compensation and employee benefits, M&A, securities and regulatory compliance, tax and trusts & estates. Lewis Roca Rothgerber’s business transactions group… Read More →

Stinson Leonard Street adds Thomas Salerno


Stinson Leonard Street LLP has added Thomas J. Salerno to the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights practice group as a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office. Salerno has been involved in high-profile restructuring cases around the world. He served as lead counsel for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League in the landmark negotiation and sale… Read More →

5 Arts Circle names new executive director


5 Arts Circle, a 501(c)(3) social group that supports five preeminent visual and performing arts organizations in metro-Phoenix, announced that Jo Marie McDonald is the new executive director. The organization celebrated its 15th anniversary this 2014-2015 arts season, notably reaching a milestone of raising over $4 million since its inception. “Jo Marie brings a wealth… Read More →

Boys & Girls Clubs’ board adds Jeffrey H. Wolf


The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP has added Jeffrey H. Wolf, a partner in the firm’s Phoenix office, to the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP). In this role, Wolf will be responsible for sharing mission and direction, ensuring leadership and resources, and monitoring and improving… Read More →

Jaburg Wilk Insurance Law Group continues to grow


The law firm of Jaburg Wilk has announced that Matthew T. Anderson joined the firm as a Partner. He concentrates his practice on the defense of retailers, restaurants, and hospitality entities, and health care matters.  He also handles high-exposure litigation involving catastrophic injury, product liability, wrongful death, and professional liability. Anderson’s clients include national hotel… Read More →

Dr. Clifford Jones joins The CORE Institute


The CORE Institute, powered by Excellence Headquarters®, will be adding the nationally acclaimed orthopedic trauma surgeon Clifford B. Jones, MD, FACS, who specializes in Trauma, Bone Health and Osteoporosis, adult and pediatric fracture care, infections, osteomyelitis, amputations, nonunions, malunions, pelvic fractures, acetabular fractures, periarticular fractures, spine problems, and foot and ankle trauma. He will care… Read More →

Chandler-based Gold Canyon announces new CEO


Gold Canyon, a leading candle and home decor direct sales company, has appointed Thomas F. Kelly as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Kelly brings more than three decades of direct sales organization leadership to this position and has been tapped for his unique ability to drive revenue growth and profitability while sustaining high levels of motivation… Read More →