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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 →

Javelina names a founding partner CEO


Catherine Alonzo, a founding partner of marketing firm Javelina, has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of the firm effective March 2, 2017. Alonzo co-founded Javelina in 2012 with political veterans Bill Scheel and David Waid, and has played a pivotal role in growing Javelina into a leading branding and marketing firm in the Valley.… Read More →

Banner executive named to Trellis board of directors

nonprofit board member

Christine McSweeney, chief operating officer at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, has been named to the board of directors at Phoenix nonprofit, Trellis. Trellis, established in 1975, provides home ownership counseling, financial access and neighborhood development and is dedicated to “making stables homes and communities possible through educating, building and lending.” McSweeney has a long and… Read More →

Arizona Chapter of HSMAI announces 2017 board

The Arizona Chapter of the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International — HSMAI — announced it’s 2017 Board of Directors to lead the association. Board of Directors for 2017 are President Erik Dorr, Intelity; Immediate Past President Kelly Murphy, CMP, CHME, Phoenix Convention Center & Venues; President-Elect Rochelle Barton, Topgolf Gilbert; Vice-President Jim Kenney, Infor;… Read More →

Allison L. Kierman starts own law firm

Allison L. Kierman has announced the launch of Kierman Law PLC.  Kierman has more than a decade of experience practicing law. The firm will offer advice to Arizona families and businesses in the following areas: wills, trusts, estate planning, probate and probate litigation, succession planning, and charitable giving.   Kierman is a member of WealthCounsel, a leading national… Read More →

Arizona Science Center elects 3 new board members

Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center elected three new members to its Board of Trustees: Carlos Contreras, Rowan Smith and Shayna Fernandez Watts. The new trustees are an integral part of a 54-member board that is considered to be strong for both its depth and diversity of talent and resources. “Arizona Science Center is poised to experience significant… Read More →

IASIS Healthcare announces new chief nursing officer

IASIS Healthcare has announced a new addition to its leadership team with Elizabeth Kearney accepting the role of Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for Mountain Vista Medical Center, a full-service hospital in east Mesa. The Chief Nursing Officer title is the highest nursing management position in a hospital and is responsible for overseeing the 178-bed acute… Read More →

UMB Bank adds Lana Harris as vice president

Sustainable Banks, Green Banking

UMB Bank, a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation (Nasdaq: UMBF), announces it has hired Lana Harris as vice president of commercial business development. In her role, she is responsible for leading business development activities while supporting clients and associates. Harris has more than six years of business development experience in the construction industry. Prior to joining UMB,… Read More →

Withey Morris promotes Adam Baugh to owner

Adam Baugh

Withey Morris, an Arizona land use law firm, promoted Adam Baugh from partner to owner. Baugh joined Withey Morris in 2007 as an associate attorney. His specialties include working with cities and neighborhoods on behalf of development clients to obtain zoning and land use entitlements, business approvals and liquor licenses. Baugh also has unique experience working… Read More →

Abrazo names new market CEO


Michele Finney is leaving the Abrazo Community Health Network as its CEO, and will now be CEO for a Tenet Healthcare three-hospital system in California, according to an announcement. Frank Molinaro will take over Tenet Healthcare’s Abrazo Community Health Network as CEO. Molinaro will continue to serve as the CEO of Abrazo Arrowhead Campus/Abrazo Arizona… Read More →

Washington Federal adds Saharah Forsythe as personal banker

Enterprise Bank

The Scottsdale branch of Washington Federal announced that Saharah Forsythe has been hired as a personal banker. In her new role, Forsythe will be responsible for providing quality service to clients, making recommendations to satisfy financial needs of accounts and services and providing support to her branch colleagues.  Prior to her position with Washington Federal,… Read More →

Social Venture Partners Arizona names new board

Social Venture Partners Arizona (SVPAZ) named its new board at the start of this year. The select group of Valley business owners and leaders will implement the organization’s new strategic plan with a mission to build stronger philanthropists who work to strengthen Valley nonprofits, in turn deeply impacting our community. Board terms are for two… Read More →

ATHENA Leadership Awards will honor Barbara Barrett

ATHENA Valley of the Sun, a nonprofit based in Mesa, is honoring outstanding woman business leaders and young women in our community at the “ATHENA Leadership Awards – Honoring ATHENA Inspired Leaders” on April 4 from 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Marriott Tempe at the Buttes. The organization has announced a call to… Read More →

Desert Schools’ president takes over as CEO

Desert Schools

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union‘s president has officially assumed the role of CEO after its previous CEO, Susan Frank, announced her retirement in early December. Jeff Meshey will now lead the credit union, while still maintaining his position of president. Meshey takes over with more than 22 years of experience with the company. Meshey became… Read More →