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Carrie Martz retiring from advertising

Carrie Martz, President and CEO of Martz Parsons, announced she has decided to retire from the ad agency world. After a successful 35-year career, Martz says it’s time for her to hang up the advertising towel.

Martz, a pioneer for women business owners in Arizona, started the Martz Agency in 1980. The agency grew to employ more than 60 people and opened offices in both Las Vegas and Scottsdale. In October 2013, she sold the company to Bob Parsons, forming Martz Parsons.

“The sale of Martz Agency to Bob Parsons in 2013 was a great decision. It enabled me to expand the team and attract nationally recognized talent. Additionally, the acquisition afforded me the opportunity to become more involved with the nonprofit organizations I support,” said Martz. “Today the agency is on a great path. With Bob at the helm, I have no doubt it will continue to grow into the nationally ranked agency we envisioned.  And now, for the first time in my life, I get to focus on my other passions, such as my family, the community and myself.” 

“Carrie’s accomplishments over the last 35 years are significant and will serve the agency well as it continues to expand,” said businessman and philanthropist Bob Parsons. “Carrie has built the foundation for a world-class agency and I am so pleased to have had the opportunity to work side-by-side with her. She is truly an industry great who will be missed.”

“Retiring is bittersweet for me,” Martz added. “I’m not walking away from work. I’m saying I’ve accomplished what I set out to do in a career I loved.”

With the retirement of Martz, Marianne Curran will step in as CEO of the agency. Curran is currently a Vice President at YAM Worldwide, which is the parent company of Bob Parsons’ many business ventures.

Curran will oversee the diverse and highly accomplished Martz Parsons leadership team that includes Chief Operating Officer Winnie Stolper, Chief Digital Officer David Richardson, Chief Creative Officer Patrick Kelley and Vice President of Growth Kelly Siegal.

Stolper brings a strong financial background to the Agency. Her experience includes being the former General Manager of KPNX-TV and Executive Director of the Super Bowl Host Committee. Richardson, joined the agency shortly after the acquisition. He has more than 30 years of agency experience, many spent creating and hosting websites for large, national clients like NASCAR, Pulte Homes, The Dial Corp., and Arizona Diamondbacks. Kelley has 20-plus years of marquee agency experience and has worked at several of the top creative shops in the world on brands that run the gamut from Xerox Corporation to Burger King and General Motors. Siegal has been with the company for more than eight years. Her knowledge of the industry and deep roots with the agency are key in development and growth both internally and externally.

However, it’s not only the leadership team that is growing. Martz Parsons has added several key creative directors, Web developers and account directors. The rapid growth over the last 16 months has given the agency the tools and resources to not only support more clients, but to also facilitate larger, more expansive needs of existing clients.

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Carrie Martz up for international business award

Carrie Martz was named a Finalist in the Woman of the Year: Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations category in the 11th annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award winner in the program.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run – worldwide.  The Stevie Awards have been hailed as the world’s premier business awards.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award winners will be announced during a gala event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on Friday, November 14.  Nominated women executives and entrepreneurs from the U.S.A and several other countries are expected to attend.   The event will be broadcast live on radio in the U.S.A. (and simulcast worldwide) by Biz Talk Radio and taped for a later television broadcast.

More than 1,200 entries were submitted this year for consideration in more than 90 categories, including Executive of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Women Helping Women, and Communications Campaign of the Year.

A trailblazer and icon in Arizona’s advertising industry, Martz has been leading her agency and its clients to local, regional and national prominence since 1980. With more than 30 years in the business, her sector experience includes real estate, hospitality, gaming, government, law, nonprofit and technology — to name a few.

Martz sold her Agency to Bob Parsons, founder of GoDaddy in October 2013. Now Martz Parsons is on a fast track for growth, including two new areas of expertise – digital and video content.

Martz’ tireless drive to learn, master and brand has made her a legend among her clients and has led to numerous accomplishments, such as 2009’s Toy of the Year with Zhu Zhu Pets™ and being named Businesswoman of the Year by the YWCA, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Athena, Arizona Chamber of Commerce Athena, and a finalist in “Most Generous Company in America” awards by the late John F. Kennedy Jr. and the late Paul Newman.

“This isn’t a job to me, it’s a passion,” said Martz. “To be named a finalist among more than a thousand exceptional women from around the world is quite an honor.”

Finalists were chosen by more than 100 business professionals worldwide during preliminary judging.  Members of five final judging committees will determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie Award placements from among the Finalists during judging October 20-29.

“Every year we receive the most amazing and inspiring stories of achievement from women-owned and –run organizations around the world,” said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards.  “The first-round judges have told us how delighted they are with this year’s field of Finalists.  We’re looking forward to recognizing them in New York on November 14.”

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.


Hall joins CTCA’s Board of Directors

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Western Regional Medical Center announced Arizona Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall will be joining its Board of Directors.

“As a prostate cancer survivor, this is a cause very close to my heart,” said Diamondbacks President and CEO Derrick Hall, who recently launched his own non-profit organization, the Pro-State Foundation. “I’m looking forward to being a part of the Board of Directors for Cancer Treatment Centers of America and seeing how I can help further their mission of ‘Winning the Fight Against Cancer, Every Day®.’”

“We are incredibly fortunate to welcome Derrick to our Board leadership,” said Matt McGuire, President and CEO, CTCA® at Western. “Derrick’s business savvy and commitment to community leadership, coupled with his own journey of cancer survivorship, will greatly enhance our ability to provide our patients the best possible cancer care.”

Hall joins a list of distinguished leaders and respected professionals currently serving on the Board of Directors: Richard J Stephenson (Chairman), James J. Grogan, Esq. (President); Kenneth Bennett (Treasurer); Stephen B. Bonner, Esq.; Ernest Calderón, Esq.; Michael L. Gallagher, Esq.; Carrie Martz; Robert Mayo; Christa Severns; Dr. Christopher Stephenson and Candace Hunter Wiest (Secretary).

“As President of the Western Board, I know I am speaking for all of our members in expressing our sincere welcome to Derrick and our gratitude to him for committing his time and energy to our important mission,” said James Grogan, President, CTCA Western Board of Directors. “Derrick will bring a wealth of community knowledge and business experience to our patient-focused efforts as we work to help families fight this horrible disease. His personal fight with cancer has inspired many in our community and we are thrilled that he will be helping Western deliver the best possible, personal, integrative, cancer care to all of our patients.”


Parsons Acquires Scottsdale-based Martz Agency

Valley entrepreneur and philanthropist Bob Parsons today announced the acquisition of Martz Agency by MP Agency, L.L.C., an organization owned by Parsons. The award-winning Scottsdale based marketing and public relations firm, which will be renamed Martz Parsons, will bring creative firepower to Parsons’ growing portfolio of businesses.

Parsons has said that by looking at and structuring their marketing as a revenue generator that makes money rather than an expense item, businesses are able to not only bring attention to their brand but also increase their revenue streams. Parsons’ numerous Valley based entities, including Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale, Go AZ Motorcycles, Spooky Fast Parts & Engineering, YAM Properties, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation and Scottsdale National Golf Club, will be using Martz Parsons as their agency of record. The agency will immediately add talent to keep pace with the growth.

Martz Agency, founded by Carrie Martz in 1980, is among the most highly regarded agencies in Arizona. Moving forward, Carrie Martz will assume the title of CEO and the agency will continue to serve its existing clients. Existing and future accounts, including Parsons personal enterprises, will be able to leverage the Agency’s unparalleled talent and newly expanded resources to further develop and empower their brands.

“I am thrilled that someone I consider to be a marketing genius has purchased the Agency,” said Carrie Martz.  “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our agency and for our clients. With Bob Parsons behind us, I believe our Agency will become even more value to the clients we serve.”

Bob Parsons, like Carrie Martz, is well-known for his intense focus on providing an excellent customer experience. Moving forward, clients can expect their accounts to be managed with the same level of personalized care that Martz Agency has delivered for the last 33 years.

“It’s no secret that I am passionate about marketing,” said Bob Parsons. “The formula is simple … great brands that deliver an uncontested customer experience thrive. Martz Agency brings years of experience, professionalism and enthusiasm to the table. Together, we should knock it out of the park.”

Martz Agency’s current client roster includes Yurbuds, Arizona Commerce Authority, Toronto based Pacific Links International, Valley of the Sun YMCA, Fennemore Craig, RLC Labs, One Neck, Mirabel, The Reef Residences at Atlantis, Estrella by Newland Communities, and Olympia Group.


Innovative CEO Martz offers advice on being an effective boss

Today is National Boss Day, so it’s the perfect time to get a business owner’s view on what it takes to be a successful and effective boss.

Carrie Martz founded the Martz Agency — the largest female-owned advertising and public relations firm in Arizona — in 1980 after spending a couple of years in the corporate world. Her client roster includes Chateau on Central, Pacific Links International, Mirabel, Yurbuds and dozens more.

Martz is known as a hands-on owner/CEO, a leader, an innovator, and a philanthropist whose Home of Miracles program has helped raise more than $8 million for Phoenix Children’s Hospital and other local charities. So, to celebrate National Boss Day, Az Business magazine asked one of the Valley’s most effective leaders to talk a little bit about being a great boss.

Az Business: What do you think your employees say about your management style behind your back?
Carrie Martz: I would imagine they would say the same to my face.  I am tough but fair and have a good memory for details.

AB: What qualities do you think an effective boss needs to have?
CM: Be upbeat, optimistic, set the tone for the business, be as transparent as you can. Never stop learning and always listen.

AB: Was there a significant lesson you learned early in your career that made you a more effective boss?  
CM: Don’t get too personally involved. Remember this is a business. It isn’t personal. If someone isn’t working out, help them find a better fit.

AB: How is being a boss in a creative industry different from being a boss in a more traditional business?
CM: You have to foster creativity and individualism.  A few more egos to manage and work with, but that comes with the territory. Plus, we must create a working environment that is fun and engaging.

AB: If you could give one piece of advice to women who aspire to be a boss like you, what would it be?
CM: Give up balance in life. You will never be everything to everyone all the time.  Just go for every opportunity you can with all you have. Make sure you have great back up in all aspects of your life.

To learn more about Martz Agency, visit http://www.martzagency.com/.