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Tucson leader of Alliance Bank Of Arizona retires

Alliance Bank of Arizona

The president and senior executive office of Alliance Bank of Arizona’s Tucson operations retired at the end of March, according to an announcement from Western Alliance Bank. Duane Froeschle retired from the bank on March 31, 2017 after a 15-year career with the organization. Since 2002, Froeschle has held multiple senior executive positions within Alliance Bank… Read More →

Ballard Spahr’s Lea Phillips named to Board of Directors

Lea A. Phillips, an environmental lawyer with Ballard Spahr, has been named to the Board of Directors for the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest. The Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest is a private, nonprofit public interest law firm dedicated to representing the people of Arizona on issues including clean… Read More →

Scottsdale Chamber announces Hall of Fame inductees

The Past Presidents’ Council of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce will honor five individuals, a local company, and a non-profit organization at the annual Scottsdale’s History Hall of Fame Dinner on May 10, 2017. Over the past 23 years, the Council has inducted 127 past and present Scottsdale leaders and 21 organizations into Scottsdale’s… Read More →

Tempe Chamber names Business Woman of the Year finalists

Three finalists were named by the Tempe Chamber of Commerce for its 22nd annual Business Woman of the Year award. The recipient will be announced at the Tempe Chamber Women in Business Conference on May 24. The award recognizes an individual’s excellence in their chosen field and demonstrated leadership within the community. The award honors those… Read More →

Discovery Triangle Development Corporation names CEO

Valley Metro Light Rail
by in Az Business Leaders

The Discovery Triangle Development Corporation, a public/private partnership that works to bring more investment in the areas between Downtown Phoenix and Tempe along the light rail, names its new CEO to succeed the organization’s founder. Alisa Lyons of SLOAN LYONS Public Affairs will succeed Don Keuth as CEO. Keuth passed away earlier this year and was… Read More →

Why do CEOs of failing companies jump ship … or don’t?


It’s a common scenario in the corporate world. A company begins to fail, and before long the CEO is out the door. Sometimes the person is asked to go, but other times it’s a voluntary move — a decision that may be driven largely by the executive’s so-called “social capital,” according to a new study… Read More →

Quarles & Brady names commercial litigation and dispute resolution chair

Quarles & Brady picks Phoenix partner Edward A. Salanga as its national chair of the commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice group, according to a Friday morning announcement. Salanga succeeds Kevin M. Long, who has been the national chair of the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group for the past 10 years. Long will continue… Read More →

UA Eller College names executive of the year

UA Eller College executive of the year Cathy Engelbert

Cathy Engelbert, CEO of Deloitte, will be recognized as the 2017 University of Arizona Executive of the Year on Friday, March 31. The luncheon will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 North Resort Dr., in Tucson. Engelbert is the first female CEO of Deloitte and is responsible… Read More →

Arizona’s Top 100 Lawyers of 2017

Fennemore Craig
by in Az Business Leaders

Each year, Az Business magazine’s editorial team — in collaboration with industry experts — choose the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona from a pool of more than 1,000 of the most talented and successful attorneys from throughout the state. Selections are based on each lawyer’s professional success, impact on his or her law firm, impact… Read More →

Coppersmith Brockelman promotes attorneys to partner

Coppersmith Brockelman partner Shelley Tolman

Phoenix-based business law firm Coppersmith Brockelman promoted Marvin Ruth and Shelley Tolman to partner. Both attorneys focus on commercial litigation, reinforcing the firm’s considerable experience and depth in that practice area. “Marvin and Shelley are outstanding young lawyers,” said Coppersmith Brockelman Managing Partner Kent Brockelman. “They are great examples of our commitment to building a law… Read More →

6 leaders added to Junior Achievement board of directors

Six new business leaders are poised to contribute to Arizona’s future success by accepting board positions with the Junior Achievement of Arizona’s Central District Board of Directors. The new directors are Donna Egan of Sprouts Farmers Market, Drena Kusari of Lyft, Anna Lee of Toyota Financial Services, Tom Morgan of Sherman & Howard, Helena Varnavas… Read More →

Aker Ink adds Taylor Holmes as account coordinator

Aker Ink, a full-service public relations and marketing communications firm, announced Taylor Holmes has joined the team as an account coordinator. She will help execute integrated PR campaigns for companies in the professional services, financial services, legal, healthcare and manufacturing industries. “Taylor’s experience coupled with a strong desire to immerse herself in every aspect of… Read More →

Flinn Foundation CEO plans to retire

Jack B. Jewett of Flinn Foundation

Jack B. Jewett will retire as Flinn Foundation president and CEO at the end of September, concluding more than eight years of service in which the foundation expanded and enhanced its program areas to better serve Arizona. Russell Reynolds Associates, an international executive search firm, has been hired by the foundation to conduct a national… Read More →

UMB Bank hires new corporate trust team in Phoenix

UMB Bank

UMB Bank, a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF), added a new Corporate Trust team in Phoenix. Brenda Black joins UMB as senior vice president, along with Carla Wallace as vice president. “We are excited to have Brenda and Carla spearhead the Corporate Trust team in Phoenix,” said Austin Braithwait, executive vice president, managing director Corporate… Read More →