CEO Series Archives

CEO Series: Richard L. Boals

Rich Boals, president and CEO of BCBSAZ.

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


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.

CEO Lecture Series, AZ Business Magazine, GCU

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

Marinello standing in front of a building

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

ron butler in a white shirt with a red tie

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

Man sitting at desk working on laptop.

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


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 →