Women In Business Archives

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema: Most Influential Women

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Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-AZ, 9th District Greatest accomplishment: “We took immediate action when we learned about the tragedies at the Phoenix VA. Since last summer, we’ve held three veterans resource clinics, established a mental health working group, and passed laws to increase accountability and improve the quality of VA healthcare.” Childhood aspiration: “In first grade, I told… Read More →

Adelaida V. Severson: Most Influential Women

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Adelaida V. Severson, president and CEO, Bushtex Severson founded Bushtex with her husband in 1994 as a satellite communications firm specializing in remote broadcast transmissions worldwide. Greatest accomplishment: “Cracking through the federal government nutshell in a male-dominated industry.” Childhood aspiration: “I wanted to be a foreign correspondent – which I started in broadcast journalism as a… Read More →

Cynthia Walter: Most Influential Women

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Cynthia Walter, president, BAGNALL Cynthia Walter is the president of BAGNALL, an employee benefits and HR consulting firm, and one of the only female company presidents in the industry. Greatest accomplishment: “I’ve been a member of Vistage, an executive leadership program, since 2010. This involves a full day each month of strategic planning with other VP’s,… Read More →

UA’s Dr. Cecilia Rosales appointed to binational health network

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Cecilia Rosales, MD, MS, assistant dean of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health — Phoenix, was appointed to the Academic Technical Council (ATC) of the Binational Border Health Network (BBHN). The network is comprised of experts from 10 border states to improve response to the challenges posed by public health conditions on the U.S.-México Border. Funded… Read More →

Cathy Valenzuela: Most Influential Women

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Cathy Valenzuela, president, Arizona Business Bank Greatest accomplishment: “The many ways I have been able to help my customers, co-workers and family achieve their goals and aspirations. And I sincerely believe my greatest achievements are yet to come.” Childhood aspiration: “I loved to draw, paint and create other artwork and was sure I was destined to… Read More →

Christina Roderick: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Christina Roderick, principal, REDW Roderick, a CPA, has more than 17 years of experience in public accounting and leads REDW’s privately held business practice as a tax principal. Greatest accomplishment: “My promotion to principal at REDW. Being part of a firm with tremendous leadership, integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and client care is very exciting.” Childhood aspiration: “I wanted… Read More →

Big crowd honors Arizona’s Most Influential Women

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A crowd of nearly 500 people packed Chateau Luxe in Phoenix Thursday night to honor Az Business and AZRE magazines’ Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. “The Most Influential Women issue of both magazines is easily our most popular issue of the year,”said AZ Big Media  Publisher Cheryl Green. “This year, we had more than 2,000 women… Read More →

Lynne King Smith is the Valley’s ticket queen

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In 2010, Brad Smith did what a lot of entrepreneurs cannot do: he made his wife CEO of TicketForce, the Mesa-based company the couple co-founded in 2003. “He felt that my planning and forecasting skills were what we needed to take the company to the next level,” said Lynne King Smith. The move worked. Over… Read More →

Patricia Rourke: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Patricia Rourke, market president, Bankers Trust Rourke began her banking career in Iowa. She joined Bankers Trust in 1983, and moved to Arizona in 2007 to serve as Phoenix market president. Greatest accomplishment: “Growing the Bankers Trust brand and learning a completely new market has been my greatest accomplishment.” Childhood aspiration: “Growing up I planned to… Read More →

Suzanne Pfister: Most Influential Women

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Suzanne Pfister, president and CEO, St. Luke’s Health Initiative Pfister led programs in state and regional government, was a partner in two small businesses, served as an executive at Dignity Health and now heads SLHI’s $120 million public foundation. Greatest accomplishment: “Continuing the legacy of service that my family started four generations ago in Arizona.” Childhood… Read More →

Susan Pepin: Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

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Susan Pepin, MD, president and CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Pepin is a nationally recognized medical educator, clinician and researcher. She joined Piper Trust as president and CEO in July. Prior to joining the Trust, Dr. Pepin served as associate dean for diversity and inclusion and associate professor of surgery and pediatrics at Geisel School… Read More →

UMB Bank promotes Ashley Hawkins in Phoenix

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UMB Bank, n.a., a subsidiary of UMB Financial Corporation, has announced that it has promoted Ashley Hawkins to client relationship manager in Phoenix. In her new role, Hawkins is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with clients and leading the bank’s consumer sales efforts. Hawkins has more than five years of experience in the financial… Read More →

Christine Nowaczyk: Most Influential Women

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Christine Nowaczyk, senior vice president, Bank of Arizona Nowaczyk earned the 2015 Meritorious Service Award from the Association for Corporate Growth, which is the highest honor ACG bestows on its members. Greatest accomplishment: “Having contributed to the success of Bank of Arizona by building a strong team with a solid reputation and the privilege of serving… Read More →

Annette G. Musa: Most Influential Women in Arizona

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Annette G. Musa, Arizona market president, Comerica Bank Musa is market president and regional manager for Comerica’s wealth management business. She also leads Comerica’s Arizona Management Council. Musa has more than 30 years of wealth management experience, 25 of those in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area. In 2014, she was named “Woman of the Year” by the… Read More →