CEO Series Archives

Generation Next: CEOs

Justine-Bayless

Justin Bayless always planned to be CEO of his father’s healthcare company. He just wasn’t prepared to take charge so soon. “The plan was for me to become CEO at age 30,” Bayless says, “but that was fast-tracked when my father had a nearly fatal heart attack.” In 2010, at the tender age of 26,… Read More →

CEO Series: Armando Contreras

Armando Contreras became the chief executive officer of United Cerebral Palsy in June 2010. UCP provides developmental and educational services to more than 7,000 children and adults with various disabilities. Phoenix’s involvement in the national association dates back to 1952.

Armando Contreras’ office window overlooks a courtyard playground where he can see children served by his nonprofit play on a daily basis. This is one of many reasons why he, literally and figuratively, never loses sight of UCP’s mission, a quality he counts among the most important for a CEO to possess. Since assuming his… Read More →

CEO Series: Armando Contreras, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona

Armando Contreras became the chief executive officer of United Cerebral Palsy in June 2010. UCP provides developmental and educational services to more than 7,000 children and adults with various disabilities. Phoenix’s involvement in the national association dates back to 1952.

Armando Contreras’ office window overlooks a courtyard playground where he can see children served by his nonprofit play on a daily basis. This is one of many reasons why he, literally and figuratively, never loses sight of UCP’s mission, a quality he counts among the most important for a CEO to possess. Since assuming his… Read More →

CEO Series: Richard L. Boals, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

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Richard L. Boals President and CEO Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona What qualities does and effective CEO need to have? You have to be able to create a vision that your team can follow. You have to be very flexible. You have to be sincere and honest and you have to care about your… Read More →

CEO Series: Richard L. Boals

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Richard L. Boals President and CEO Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona What qualities does and effective CEO need to have? You have to be able to create a vision that your team can follow. You have to be very flexible. You have to be sincere and honest and you have to care about your… Read More →

CEO Series: Beverly Damore, St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

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Beverly Damore President and CEO St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance Question: How is being CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank different from being CEO of a more traditional company? Damore: I don’t know if it is a whole lot different. In terms of being a nonprofit, we are beholden to our mission and beholden to… Read More →

CEO Lecture Series: Brig. Gen. Jerry D. Harris Jr.

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Arizona Business Magazine in conjunction with Grand Canyon University would like to invite you to the CEO Lecture Series featuring some of the Valley’s most successful CEOs. Learn more about their leadership techniques and the best practices that took them to the top of their industry! Presented By: Our next installment of the CEO Lecture… Read More →

Linda Hunt, CEO, St. Joseph’s Hospital And Medical Center

CEO Linda Hunt - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

CEO Series: Linda Hunt Title: President Company: CHW Arizona/St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center How is St. Joseph’s preparing itself to meet the changes being brought on by national health care reform and the state’s budget crisis? We’ve been on the ground from the very beginning. Catholic Healthcare West, our parent company, has really been… Read More →

CEO Series: Roy Vallee

Roy Vallee, Chairman & CEO of Avnet - AZ Business Magazine Jan/Feb 2011

Long-time member talks technology, dealing with global economic problems, adapting to the changing world of technology, and more. Roy Vallee Title: Chairman and CEO Company: Avnet How you would you assess the current state of your industry? Things are going pretty well for technology. Calendar 2010 will be a very good year by historical standards… Read More →

CEO Series: Jerry Colangelo

Jerry Colangelo discusses Arizona's economic future and more. - AZ Business Magazine Nov/Dec 2010

Local businessman Jerry Colangelo talks basketball, Arizona Commerce Authority, the recession and more. Jerry Colangelo Title: Principal Partner Company: JDM Partners Did you always aspire to be in business or was it circumstances that put you on this path? I transferred universities for basketball reasons, originally. I went to (University of) Kansas for a semester… Read More →

CEO Series: Benito Almanza

Benito Almanza Arizona State President Company: Bank of America - AZ Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2010

Benito Almanza Title: Arizona State President Company: Bank of America How would you assess the banking industry’s reactions to the new financial reform law? What are the industry’s biggest concerns, particularly in regards to derivatives and less onerous regulation on small banks? Bank of America has generally supported reforms, including the formation of a new… Read More →

CEO Series: Kathleen H. Goeppinger

CEO Series: Kathleen H. Goeppinger - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D. President and CEO, Midwestern University How did the recession affect Midwestern University’s enrollment and course offerings? It’s a very interesting thing, but when a student is ready to make a career choice, we’re finding that more and more want to go into health care, because it’s one of the professions –… Read More →

CEO Series: Doug Fulton

Doug Fulton CEO, Fulton Homes - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

Doug Fulton CEO, Fulton Homes How would you assess the current state of the home building industry? Today, I would say it’s in recovery. I would definitely say we have hit the bottom and we are experiencing the trough here. … From this point, things can only get better … This is our fourth year… Read More →

CEO Series: Anthony Marinello

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Anthony Marinello CEO, Mountain Vista Medical Center/IASIS Healthcare What will be the impact of Arizona’s budget cuts on hospitals in particular and the health care industry in general? All hospitals are going to feel the impact. There are several areas: education, economy, jobs, general medical education; and it’s just going to take a big effect… Read More →

CEO Series: Ron Butler

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Ron Butler Arizona Managing Partner Ernst & Young What were some of the challenges the professional services industry encountered during the recession and what are the challenges during this recovery period? Some of the early challenges we had, just like all companies, were reacting to change. And it wasn’t change that was gradual, it was… Read More →

CEO Series: Harry Curtin

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Harry Curtin Founder and CEO, BestIT How did the recession affect the IT industry? I think it really hurt IT. It really did, especially with larger corporations, I saw. It was almost like within a couple of month period that companies just shut everything off — especially large, multinational, Fortune 100 companies. You could talk… Read More →

CEO Series: Sharon Harper

Sharon Harper, president and CEO, Plaza Companies - AZ Business Magazine February 2010

CEO Series: Sharon Harper Sharon Harper President and CEO, Plaza Companies Assess the current state of commercial real estate development in the Valley. The commercial office sector is being impacted significantly. Vacancies are on the rise, rental rates are going down. In addition to all those statistics there is also kind of a shadow vacancy… Read More →

CEO Series: Robert F. Moran

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Robert F. Moran President and Chief Executive Officer, PetSmart How does the pet retail industry differ from the human retail industry? First of all — passion. I’ve been in retail for 38 years and prior to coming to PetSmart, we use in retailing passion for the customer. But how can you be passionate about a… Read More →

CEO Series: Brian Mueller

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Brian Mueller Chief Executive Officer and Director, Grand Canyon University Assess the current state of private universities. I think if you look at the top tier, the Ivy League schools, and those just below them, those people have such strong brands and such huge endowments that they are OK, and they can make it through… Read More →

CEO Series: Curt Waisath

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Curt Waisath President and CEO, Gold Canyon How did Gold Canyon get started? We started Gold Canyon because my wife wanted to stay home with our kids. And I’m a CPA, so I could tell her exactly how much she had to make in order for us to survive financially. That was back in 1995.… Read More →

CEO Series: Brad Casper

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Brad Casper CEO, Henkel Consumer Goods (The Dial Corporation) Consumers have been cutting back sharply on their purchases as a result of the recession. How has that affected Henkel Consumer Goods’ overall operations, such as vendor relationships, supply chain management, marketing, research and development, etc., and how has the company responded to those challenges? The… Read More →

CEO Series: Steve Cowman

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Steve Cowman Appointed CEO and Board Member, Stirling Energy Systems (SES) How has the recession affected the alternative energy industry? It’s had a major impact on the solar industry and the renewable energy industry on two fronts. First of all, there are a lot of solar companies that are not going to make it through… Read More →

CEO Series: Robert E. Mittlestaedt Jr.

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Robert E. Mittelstaedt Jr. Dean, W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University How is W.P. Carey’s curriculum changing due to the economic crisis? The curriculum in any business school has to involve some fundamental, timeless subjects that never change. So accounting and some aspects of finance and people management and other things will… Read More →

CEO Series: Rhonda Forsyth

Rhonda Forsyth President and Chief Executive Officer John C. Lincoln Health Network

Rhonda Forsyth President and Chief Executive Officer John C. Lincoln Health Network How would you characterize the health care industry in the Valley? When I think of health care for the Valley, for the most part we’ve been a growth industry. We have had incredible new facilities that have been built and new partners that… Read More →