Az Business Leaders Archives

New partners announced at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie added Justin Henderson and Marla Hudgens to the firm’s Phoenix partnership on Jan. 1. Henderson represents creditors, landlords, and debtors in all aspects of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases involving businesses and individuals, with a particular focus on preferential and fraudulent transfer litigation. Based in Phoenix, but practicing in Nevada as well, he… Read More →

Banker appointed to Junior Achievement of Arizona board

Todd Leveen, senior vice president at The Biltmore Bank of Arizona, was recently appointed to the Junior Achievement of Arizona central district board of directors. After volunteering for Junior Achievement’s signature JA BizTown program in the late 1980s, Leveen has continued his involvement with the organization ever since. He has also helped develop financial literacy… Read More →

Michael Patterson joins PCFR board

Polsinelli’s Michael Patterson has been elected to serve on the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations (PCFR) Board of Directors. PCFR is a non-profit, non-partisan, membership organization dedicated to positioning metro Phoenix as a major regional and international center. “PCFR plays a critical role in helping to promote a better understanding of global trends, improving policy… Read More →

Arizona Hispanic Bar adds Villanueva to board

Intellectual Property attorney Cindy Villanueva is joining the board of directors for Los Abogados, Arizona’s Hispanic Bar Association, for the 2017 calendar year. Villanueva is an associate in the IP practice group at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP. Villanueva is a member of the Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie Diversity Committee and also serves on the… Read More →

Tempe Chamber names business development director

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce hired Joanne Stockdale as its new business development director. She will be responsible for the organization’s membership sector, overseeing its business support services and developing corporate partnerships. Melody Johnson was the Chamber of Commerce’s former business development, and left the chamber to start her own business, Sweetest Season, a boutique bakery.… Read More →

Jack Lunsford named CEO of Arizona Small Business Association

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The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) has removed the “Interim” title from Jack Lunsford and named him president and CEO. Lunsford, a former ASBA Board member, has served in the interim role since July. “Jack has taken his commitment to Arizona’s small businesses and combined it with his contagious energy to bring an excitement and attitude… Read More →

Ralph Holmes becomes president and GM of Cigna in Arizona


Cigna (NYSE:CI) named Ralph Holmes as president and general manager for its commercial health care benefits plans in Arizona, adding to its Phoenix-based leadership team. Cigna Medical Group (CMG), the multi-specialty medical practice, and seniors plans in Arizona will continue to be led by Edward Kim who joined Cigna in 2011. In his role, Holmes’… Read More →

Coder Camps appoints Phoenix-based leadership team

National programming boot camp Coder Camps recently opened up a Phoenix campus, and appointed a chief operations officer with Arizona roots. Chris Coleman joins Coder Camps as its COO, directing the school’s growth and managing day to day decisions. Coleman is a skilled programmer, with 15 years worth of hiring and leading experience. He has… Read More →

LaneTerralever names Ian Barry as chief creative officer

After the merger between LaneTerralever and the Phoenix office of ad agency Cramer-Krasselt (C-K Phoenix) in November, Ian Barry has been named Chief Creative Officer for LaneTerralever. Barry will oversee creative direction for the Phoenix-based marketing services agency that, with the addition of all Phoenix-based accounts from C-K. LaneTerralever says it now ranks first among… Read More →

Arizona business leaders commit to saving lives from cancer


Nearly 20 Arizona business executives from local companies joined forces on Nov. 29 at the Phoenix Country Club to pledge continued commitment to the American Cancer Society CEOs Against Cancer, an initiative uniting organizations to prevent cancer and save lives. This inspirational event reinforced each executive’s commitment to the CEO Chapter and to their company’s… Read More →

HonorHealth CEO earns Community Leadership Award


Tom Sadvary, HonorHealth CEO, is the recipient of the 2016 Drinkwater Community Leadership Award. The award recognizes and honors exceptional community leaders who personify the spirit of Herbert R. Drinkwater, mayor of Scottsdale for over 25 years. Sadvary received the award at a luncheon on Friday, Dec. 2, at The Phoenician. Sadvary began his career… Read More →

CEO of Desert Schools Federal Credit Union plans to retire

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union CEO Susan Frank has announced the end of a 25-year career with Arizona’s largest credit union today; one that has included countless accolades, awards and the utmost respect of a community. Frank’s career began with Desert Schools in 1992 after serving 12 years with Bethpage Federal Credit Union in New… Read More →

Susan Freeman elected as conferee to Bankruptcy Conference

Susan M. Freeman, a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, is one of two attorneys invited in 2016 to participate as a Conferee in the National Bankruptcy Conference (NBC), the association announced this week. The NBC is a non-profit, non-partisan, organization of 60 leading bankruptcy lawyers, law professors and bankruptcy judges whose primary purpose… Read More →

Topaz Information Services names Javier Favela president and CEO

Javier Favela

Healthcare IT company Topaz Information Services named Javier Favela president and CEO. Topaz is a national provider of healthcare technology solutions, including electronic health records, practice management tools, population health and data analytics, and managed IT services. In this role, Favela’s responsibilities include overseeing the sales and support teams, contract negotiations, product and service development, human… Read More →