Az Business Leaders Archives

Neil Giuliano will lead Greater Phoenix Leadership


Greater Phoenix Leadership (GPL) Board Search Committee unanimously approved the hiring of former Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano as the third president & CEO of the 40-year-old organization. “Neil represents everything we aspire for in our new GPL leader — he is an exemplary leader, an innovative strategist and an effective convener and collaborator.  Neil will… Read More →

Steptoe’s Pat Derdenger named Phoenix ‘Lawyer of the Year’


Steptoe partner Pat Derdenger has been named Phoenix “Lawyer of the Year” for tax law in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  This marks the second consecutive year Mr. Derdenger has been singled out by Best Lawyers for his tax practice in the Valley of the Sun.  He has been listed in Best Lawyers since 1995. Best Lawyers is based… Read More →

Stefan Palys elected speaker of Young Lawyers Division


Stinson Leonard Street LLP partner Stefan Palys was elected Speaker of the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division for the 2015-2016 bar year. The ABA Young Lawyers Division Assembly is the principal policy-making body of the division. As Speaker, Palys will lead the Assembly meetings. Palys practices in the firm’s litigation division in the Phoenix… Read More →

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite selects new managing shareholder


Ryley Carlock & Applewhite has announced that James  E. Brophy, III has been elected as the firm’s new Managing Shareholder starting September 1. Jim succeeds long-time leader Rodolfo “Rudy” Parga Jr., who has served as Managing Shareholder since 2007—the second longest tenure for the role in the firm’s 67-year history. “I am honored and humbled… Read More →

Bank of America names Luke Millikin to post inq

Bank of America Merrill Lynch has announced that it has named Luke Millikin as senior vice president and senior client manager, serving in the Restaurant Group, providing financial solutions to franchisees and operating companies nationwide with an emphasis on the West Coast. His role is part of Global Commercial Banking, and he will be based in… Read More →

Alexandra Morehouse joins Banner Health as SVP

Banner MD Anderson Lantern of Hope

Alexandra Morehouse has been appointed Senior Vice President/Chief Marketing Officer for Banner Health, one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health systems. Morehouse will join Banner on August 31st. In previous positions, Morehouse has created a track-record of driving revenue growth with special expertise in building consumer preference and demand through traditional and digital media. Prior… Read More →

Fresh Start appoints VP of development


Fresh Start Women’s Foundation recently welcomed Cathy Kleeman as the nonprofit organization’s vice president of development. Her involvement with Fresh Start began nearly 20 years ago a she served on Fresh Start’s Executive Board and was a part of the lead capital campaign team to build the Jewell McFarland Lewis Fresh Start Women’s Resource Center… Read More →

Arizona Technology Council adds 4 to board


In a unanimous vote during a regular session of the Arizona Technology Council’s Board of Directors’ meeting on July 23, 2015, four new directors were elected to serve in three-year terms. The Arizona Technology Council’s current Board of Directors includes 36 members, five of whom are officers. The Arizona Technology Council’s executive officers and board of directors… Read More →

Local restaurant manager receives national award  Elnur Amikishiyev

Katrina Noble, General Manager of the Olive Garden in Yuma, has attained parent company Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status. She joins a group of top-performing General Managers recognized for their commitment to delivering guest experiences at the highest level, while making a difference in the lives of guests, employees and in their community. This is… Read More →

Phoenix Art Museum hires new education director

Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum has announced that Kaela Hoskings will be joining the institution as its new Gerry Grout Education Director and will assume her new responsibilities at the Museum on August 17, 2015. Hoskings is currently the director of education at Artpace in San Antonio, Texas, one of the premier artist residency and exhibition programs in… Read More →

Daniel Wani will manage US Bank’s wealth planning


U.S. Bank Wealth Management, ranked among the top 25 U.S. wealth managers, has announced that Daniel G. Wani has been named managing director of trust and wealth planning for The Private Client Reserve of U.S. Bank. His office is based in Scottsdale and he serves the Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego and La Jolla, California,… Read More →

Fennemore Craig attorney elected vice chair for ballet


Fennemore Craig, a leading Mountain West law firm, announced that James Lee, chair of the firm’s Estate Planning and Probate practice, has been elected Vice Chair of Ballet Arizona. “The firm’s culture is centered around our colleagues’ commitment to serving the community,” said Steve Good, managing partner of Fennemore Craig. “We congratulate Jim on his… Read More →

Sprouts appoints new CMO, EVP of store operations


Sprouts Farmers Market, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the country, has announced that Shawn Gensch has joined the company as chief marketing officer, and Dan Sanders has joined the company as executive vice president of store operations. Gensch’s appointment was effective on Monday, June 29 and Sanders’ on Monday, July 6. “Shawn and Dan… Read More →

Tom Morgan named Bar’s Business Law Section Chair


Sherman & Howard attorney Tom Morgan has been elected to a one-year term as Chair of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona, effective immediately. Morgan served as co-vice chairman of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona from 2014-2015. He also served as the former chairman of the… Read More →