Az Business Leaders Archives

Maria Harper-Marinick – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Maria Harper-Marinick – Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, Maricopa Community Colleges Harper-Marinick helps develop and implement the District’s strategic plan; leads initiatives to enhance access and increase student success; and build the stature and recognition of the District and its 10 colleges locally, nationally, and internationally. Biggest challenge: “Balancing multiple roles — professional, mother, wife,… Read More →

Diane Haller – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Diane Haller – Partner, Quarles & Brady Haller is national chair of Quarles’ Real Estate and Land Use Practice Group; vice-chair of the Phoenix Community Alliance; and was named one of the Top 25 female lawyers in Arizona in 2014 by Southwest Super Lawyers. Greatest accomplishment: “Pro bono work I’ve done for Habitat for Humanity… Read More →

Deb Gullett – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Deb Gullett – Senior Specialist, Gallagher & Kennedy Gullett is the executive director of the Arizona Association of Health Plans and senior specialist in G&K’s governmental affairs and lobbying practice. Greatest accomplishment: “While I’ve had fabulous jobs, being a part of the Medicaid restoration was my proudest accomplishment.” Surprising fact: “Back in my salad days… Read More →

Enterprise Bank adds 4 leaders to advisory board


Enterprise Bank & Trust has added four respected business leaders to its Phoenix Advisory Board to help lead the bank as it continues to grow in the Southwest. Joining the 12-member board are Jeffrey S. Beyersdorfer of Western Refining, Inc., Jason Funk of Western Window Systems, Bill Lavidge of The Lavidge Company and Craig Rock… Read More →

Mary Ann Guerra – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Mary Ann Guerra – CEO, BioAccel Guerra creates novel programs to accelerate the transfer of technology from the lab into useful products and new business opportunities. Greatest accomplishment: “Founding BioAccel, sustaining it through the worst financial times and emerging as a successful entity with a portfolio of amazing new companies in the bioscience sector.” Surprising… Read More →

Deborah Griffin – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Deborah Griffin – President of the Board of Directors, Gila River Casinos Griffin started in the accounting department in 1999 and in 2004, joined the marketing team until 2006, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as president. Greatest accomplishment: “Contributing to the long-term sustainability and growth of the Gila River Indian Community.”… Read More →

Fennemore Craig shareholder elected to Childsplay Board


Fennemore Craig announced Susan Wissink, a shareholder in the firm’s Phoenix office, has been elected to serve as Vice President of Childsplay Board of Trustees. “We are proud of our attorneys’ willingness to serve in the community,” said Tim Berg, managing partner at Fennemore Craig. “We congratulate Susan on her dedication to supporting initiatives to… Read More →

Leah Freed – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Leah Freed – Managing Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins Freed is the managing shareholder of Ogletree’s Phoenix office, one of the world’s largest labor and employment firms. Freed has extensive experience advising and defending employers. Greatest accomplishment: “Being selected as the managing shareholder of the Ogletree Phoenix office at the age of 36.” Surprising fact: “I have… Read More →

Susan Frank – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Susan Frank – CEO, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union Highly active in the credit union movement and in community improvement efforts on behalf of DSFCU, Frank leads her employees by exemplifying her personal passion and commitment to the industry. She has more than 35 years of experience working with financial institutions, with 33 years dedicated to credit… Read More →

Michele Finney – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Michele Finney – CEO, Abrazo Health In May, Finney, an accomplished healthcare leader who ran health networks in California, was named CEO of Abrazo Health, the second largest health care delivery system in Arizona with six hospitals and a network of primary care and specialty clinics. Greatest accomplishment: “I led a multi-phase development plan for… Read More →

Karen Dickinson – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Karen Dickinson – Shareholder, Polsinelli Dickinson is an international business attorney with extensive experience negotiating and advising clients on complex international deals and e-commerce legal issues. She is chair of the Arizona District Export Council and a founding member of Arizona Women in International Trade. Greatest accomplishment: “Flying to England with a Japanese client to negotiate… Read More →

Janna Day – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Janna Day – Managing Partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck With two decades of legal experience and numerous high profile public policy accomplishments, Day is regarded as one of Arizona’s top lawyer lobbyists and is also president of the State Board for Charter Schools. Greatest accomplishment: “I advocated for tax legislation, helping to ensure the preservation… Read More →

Kathy Coover – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Kathy Coover – Co-founder, Isagenix International An internationally-recognized leader, trainer and ambassador for the direct sales profession, Coover has helped tens of thousands of entrepreneurs achieve financial freedom, including more than 100 Isagenix millionaires.  Greatest accomplishment: Co-founding Isagenix to help hundreds of thousands of people transform their lives physically and financially.” Surprising fact: “I’m 62… Read More →

Mary Collum – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business


Mary Collum – Senior Vice President, National Bank of Arizona Collum is a senior vice president and director of private banking at National Bank of Arizona, with more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Greatest accomplishment: “Creating the Private Bank from scratch was my most challenging and rewarding professional accomplishment.” Surprising… Read More →