Az Business Leaders Archives

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie trademark work honored


Three Intellectual Property attorneys from Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, Emily Bayton, Jennifer Van Kirk and Flavia Campbell, are included in the 2017 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.  The WTR 1000 directory focuses exclusively on trademark practices and practitioners, identifying the trademark industry’s leading practitioners in 72 jurisdictions… Read More →

Fennemore Craig expands environmental practice

Fennemore Craig,a leading Mountain West business law firm, announced Lauren Ferrigni has joined the Phoenix office and will practice in the firm’s natural resources, energy and environmental practice. “The firm continuously seeks to add exceptional lawyers, and we are pleased to welcome Lauren to our team,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We… Read More →

Gila River Gaming Enterprises names new CEO

Gila River Gaming Enterprises, Inc., operator of three leading casino properties in Arizona, announced yesterday that Kenneth Manuel has been selected as the Enterprises’ new Chief Executive Officer. Manuel is the first member of the Gila River Indian Community to hold this position permanently. The announcement comes after an intensive search and selection process by… Read More →

With plans to expand in Arizona, Enterprise Bank names region CEO


In an effort to expand its operations and footprint in Arizona, Enterprise Bank has promoted its Arizona market president to region chairman and CEO, while making other leadership changes.  Current Arizona Market President Jack Barry will now be region chairman and CEO in Arizona. He will be responsible for the strategic direction of the bank in the Arizona… Read More →

JDA Software CEO steps down


JDA Software Group Chairman and CEO Bal Dail is stepping down from the Scottsdale-based software firm as former Tyco executive Girish Rishi takes the helm as CEO. The change was effective immediately, according to an announcement sent early Monday, but Dail will remain at JDA through the first quarter of 2017 to make sure the leadership… Read More →

John C. Kinna joins OrthoArizona as CEO

Phoenix-based OrthoArizona, an orthopedic and musculoskeletal specialists firm, hired John C. Kinna as the organization’s CEO. Kinna will lead OrthoArizona’s executive team responsible for business management, operations, organizational vision and growth for the company’s 65 providers operating in more than 30 Valley locations. The multi-specialist group offers orthopedic, podiatry and sports medicine services. Kinna has more than… Read More →

Sherman & Howard associate joins Arizona Educational Foundation board

Enterprise Bank

Matthew Hesketh, an attorney at Sherman & Howard, joined the board of directors of the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF). AEF is a local nonprofit dedicated to the development and celebration of excellence in pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade public education throughout Arizona. “AEF’s board of directors is an incredible group of dedicated individuals who truly understand the power of… Read More →

Gust Rosenfeld adds capital member, names 2 partners

Fennemore Craig

Gust Rosenfeld elected Christopher W. Kramer as a capital member of the firm and Zach Sakas and Phyllis Smiley as partners of the firm. The new appointments were effective at the start of the New Year. Kramer’s practice has been based around eminent domain and condemnation litigation for the last 30 years. He represents condemning authorities… Read More → names Thom Brodeur CEO

Thom Brodeur

Phoenix-based online retailer of women’s intimate apparel, Yandy, hired a new CEO who has worked for technology firms like GoDaddy, EmpowHER, Tallwave and Digital Air Strike. Thom Brodeur will join the online retailer as its CEO after a nationwide search. Brodeur has experience with technology, digital marketing, media and ecommerce, having worked in start-up, scale-up… Read More →

Lavidge COO Alicia Wadas elected to FBI board

Alicia wadas

The COO at Phoenix-based advertising and public relations firm Lavidge has been elected to the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association Inc. board. Alicia Wadas will serve as a national director leading chapter training for the 60 chapters across the country. Training will focus on educating chapters on best practices for successful organizations as they work… Read More →

First Native American elected to chair Clean Elections

Vote Signs

The first Native American has been elected chairman of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission. Steve M. Titla will serve as the commission’s chairman for 2017. He was appointed to a five-year term by Senate Democratic Leader Leah Landrum Taylor in 2013. Titla, a partner at the Titla & Parsi law firm and Arizona State University graduate, is… Read More →

St. Joseph’s Foundation names new leader


Terri Hoffman has been named president of St. Joseph’s Foundation, where she is responsible for developing and directing all aspects of philanthropic fundraising for Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, UA Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s and St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center. Hoffman has worked with Dignity Health’s philanthropy team for five years, working on fundraising initiatives… Read More →

Jewish National Fund to honor ASU President Michael Crow

Michael Crow

ASU President Michael Crow will receive a humanitarian award for his accomplishments and vision as the university’s president by the Jewish National Fund. Crow will receive the award during the annual Tree of Life Celebration, where the Tree of Life humanitarian award is given to recognize outstanding community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship… Read More →

HomeSmart CEO and COO named to Swanepoel Power 200 list

Matt Widdows

HomeSmart International CEO and Founder Matt Widdows was listed on the 2017 Swanepoel Power 200 (SP 200) along with Ashley Bowers, president and COO of HomeSmart International. The SP 200 annually ranks the top “Power Players” in the residential real estate industry and publishes 10 categories covering Corporate Executives, Power Brokers, Technology Executives, Women Leaders, Association/MLS Executives, Outsider… Read More →