CEO Series Archives

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 →

CEO Series: Richard L. Boals

Richard L. Boals President and CEO Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

Richard L. Boals President and CEO Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona What are some of the major trends in the health insurance industry? In health, I think there is a shift toward an increased responsibility toward the individual. We’re asking people to take accountability for themselves. We’re giving them information that they can use… Read More →

CEO Series: Bob Matia

Bob Matia Managing Partner Squire, Sanders and Dempsey

Bob Matia Managing Partner Squire, Sanders and Dempsey What impact has the current recession had on the legal profession? With the credit markets being down as much as they were this time around, the flow of corporate legal business was definitely affected more than in past recessions. A lot of people view law firms as… Read More →

CEO Series: Keith Maio President and CEO National Bank of Arizona

Keith Maio President and CEO National Bank of Arizona

Keith Maio President and CEO National Bank of Arizona Assess the current state of the banking industry in Arizona. It looks pretty tough. The economic environment is difficult. What we deal with in Arizona is that we have a real estate-dominant economy, so many of the local banks are heavy in real estate lending. And… Read More →

CEO Series: Doug Parker

Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO of US Airways

Doug Parker Title: Chairman and CEO Company: US Airways Describe your very first job and what lessons you learned from it. My first job was as a bagger at a Kroger store in Michigan. I started part-time the day I turned 16, but then went full-time in the summer the day after school got out.… Read More →