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GPEC announces Board of Directors for FY 2014

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) today announced the appointment of its Board of Directors for the 2014 fiscal year, as approved by the Executive Committee.

Alliance Bank of Arizona CEO James Lundy will continue to lead the Board of Directors as chairman.

“As the economy continues to improve, GPEC’s team of results-driven board directors will work to ensure the region not only maintains its trajectory but also pushes toward a more diversified and sustainable economy that is less dependent on growth industries like real estate and construction,” Lundy said. “I’m honored to work with this talented group of professionals and look forward to a productive year.”

Rounding out the Board’s leadership is SCF Arizona President and CEO Don Smith and Empire Southwest Executive Vice President Chris Zaharis as vice chairs, APS Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Tammy McLeod as secretary and Bryan Cave, LLP Partner R. Neil Irwin as treasurer.

New Board Directors include: Steve Banta, CEO of Valley Metro; the Honorable Denny Barney, District 1 Supervisor for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors; Scott Bradley, Area Vice President for Waste Management; Mark Clatt, Area President for Republic Services; the Honorable Vincent Francia, Mayor of the Town of Cave Creek; Dr. Ann Weaver Hart, President of the University of Arizona; Bill Jabjiniak, Economic Development Director for the City of Mesa; the Honorable Michael LeVault, Mayor of the Town of Youngtown; Rich Marchant, Executive Vice President, Global Operations for Crescent Crown Distributing; Ryan Nouis, Co-Founder and President of Job Brokers; and Eric Orsborn, Councilmember for the Town of Buckeye.

“GPEC’s success is largely driven by its strong Board of Directors, all of whom reflect the region and state’s most accomplished professionals,” GPEC President and CEO Barry Broome said. “Every single one of them truly cares about our market’s success and serves as a community thought leader when it comes to competitiveness.”

Mayors from GPEC’s member communities and the organization’s Nominating Committee are responsible for nominating and appointing Board Directors. The one-year terms are approved during GPEC’s Annual Board meeting.

GPEC FY 2014 Board of Directors:

James Lundy – Chairman
CEO
Alliance Bank of Arizona

Don Smith – Vice Chair
President and CEO
SCF Arizona

Chris Zaharis – Vice Chair
Executive Vice President
Empire Southwest

Tammy McLeod – Secretary
Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Arizona Public Service Company

R. Neil Irwin – Treasurer
Partner
Bryan Cave, LLP

William Pepicello, Ph.D. – Immediate Past Chair
President
University of Phoenix

Barry Broome
President and CEO
Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Richard C. Adkerson
President and CEO
Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold

Jason Bagley
Government Affairs Manager
Intel

Ron Butler
Managing Partner
Ernst & Young LLP

Brian Campbell
Attorney
Campbell & Mahoney, Chartered

Michael Crow, Ph.D.
President
Arizona State University

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Midwestern University

Derrick Hall
President and CEO
Arizona Diamondbacks

Sharon Harper
President and CEO
The Plaza Companies

Ann Weaver Hart, Ph.D.
President
University of Arizona

Don Kile
President, Master Planned Communities
The Ellman Companies

Paul Luna
President and CEO
Helios Education Foundation

Rich Marchant
Executive Vice President, Global Operations
Crescent Crown Distributing

David Rousseau
President
Salt River Project

Joseph Stewart
Chairman and CEO
JPMorgan Chase Arizona

Hyman Sukiennik
Vice President
Cox Business

Karrin Kunasek Taylor
Executive Vice President and
Chief Entitlements Officer
DMB Associates, Inc.

Gerrit van Huisstede
Regional President Desert Mountain Region
Wells Fargo

Andy Warren
President
Maracay Homes

Richard B. West, III
President
Carefree Partners

John Zidich
Publisher & President
The Arizona Republic

Chuck Allen
Managing Director, Gov’t & Community Relations
US Airways

Steve Banta
CEO
Valley Metro

Denny Barney
County Supervisor-District 1
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Jason Barney
Principal and Partner
Landmark Investments

The Honorable Robert Barrett
Mayor
City of Peoria

Timothy Bidwill
Vice President
Vermilion IDG

Scott Bradley
Area Vice President, Four Corners Area
Waste Management

Norman Butler
Market Executive
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Mark Clatt
Area President
Republic Services

Jeff Crockett
Shareholder
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Wyatt Decker, M.D.
CEO
Mayo Clinic Arizona

George Forristall
Director of Project Development
Mortenson Construction

The Honorable Vincent Francia
Mayor
Town of Cave Creek

Rufus Glasper, Ph.D.
Chancellor
Maricopa Community Colleges

Barry Halpern
Partner
Snell and Wilmer

G. Todd Hardy
Vice President of Assets
ASU Foundation

Lynne Herndon
Phoenix City President
BBVA Compass

Linda Hunt
Senior VP of Operations and President/CEO
Dignity Health Arizona

William Jabiiniak
Economic Development Director
City of Mesa

The Honorable Robert Jackson
Mayor
City of Casa Grande

The Honorable Linda Kavanagh
Mayor
Town of Fountain Hills

The Honorable Andy Kunasek
County Supervisor, District 3
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

The Honorable Michael LeVault
Mayor
Town of Youngtown

The Honorable John Lewis
Mayor
Town of Gilbert

The Honorable Marie Lopez Rogers
Mayor
City of Avondale

The Honorable Georgia Lord
Mayor
City of Goodyear

Jeff Lowe
President
MidFirst Bank

Paul Magallanez
Economic Development Director
City of Tolleson

Kate Maracas
Vice President
Abengoa

The Honorable Mark Mitchell
Mayor
City of Tempe

Ryan Nouis
Co-Founder & President
Job Brokers

Ed Novak
Managing Partner
Polsinelli Shughart

Eric Osborn
Councilmember
Town of Buckeye

Rui Pereira
General Manager
Rancho de Los Caballeros

The Honorable Christian Price
Mayor
City of Maricopa

Craig Robb
Managing Director
Zions Energy Link

The Honorable Jeff Serdy
Councilmember
City of Apache Junction

Steven M. Shope, Ph.D.
President
Sandia Research Corporation

James T. Swanson
President and CEO
Kitchell Corporation

Richard J. Thompson
President and CEO
Power-One

Jay Tibshraeny
Mayor
City of Chandler

John Welch
Managing Partner
Squire Sanders

Dan Withers
President
D.L. Withers Construction

The Honorable Sharon Wolcott
Mayor
City of Surprise

GENERAL COUNSEL
Bryant Barber
Attorney at Law
Lewis and Roca

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Karen Dickinson joins Polsinelli

National law firm Polsinelli has added Karen Dickinson to its Phoenix office. Dickinson has extensive experience negotiating and advising on complex international and e-commerce legal issues involving international contracting, joint ventures and alliances, software and intellectual property licensing, joint developments, trademark prosecution and licensing, and web development.

“I chose to move my practice to Polsinelli because the firm is dynamic and growing. Polsinelli’s extensive international and cross-border practice capabilities will be beneficial to my clients and to me. The firm’s bigger footprint and larger resource base are a great platform for companies interested in doing business internationally, and for companies outside the U.S. wanting to invest here,” said Dickinson.

Dickinson has experience as a senior manager of in house lawyers for a large U.S. multinational conglomerate where she negotiated multimillion dollar transactions in Europe, Canada, Japan and the People’s Republic of China. She has also been a partner in a start-up online business, and is a sought-after speaker on issues involving international business.

“Karen brings a valuable combination of legal savvy and hands-on business experience to the firm from working both within a Fortune 100 company and as an entrepreneur. Our clients will benefit from her ability to understand their business challenges as well as their legal needs,” said General Corporate Chair Jonathan Henderson.

“We are excited to have Karen join our team. She has the depth of experience and a commitment to clients to help them achieve success,” said Phoenix Office Managing Partner Ed Novak. “We’re growing the Phoenix office in key areas important to our clients.”

Dickinson is the chair of the Arizona District Export Council, a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) International Leadership Committee and a founding member of Arizona Women in International Trade. She earned her B.A., cum laude, from Duke University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Upon graduation from law school she clerked for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Dickinson was also a Fulbright Scholar during her career, studying European Union law at the University College London, and working with the global law firm of Allen & Overy in London.

The firm was recently recognized as the fastest-growing law firm in America over the past five years by The American Lawyer. This year, the firm moved to the 69th position from 78th in The National Law Journal’s ranking of the largest U.S. based law firms. The firm’s nationally recognized Health Care Practice is the fourth largest in the nation according to the American Health Lawyers Association. The American Lawyer Magazine featured Polsinelli in its June 2013 issue.

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Polsinelli adds corporate attorney Jamie Cole

National law firm Polsinelli has added corporate attorney Jamie Cole to its Phoenix office. She joins a national team of corporate lawyers who practice collaboratively across the country on complicated merger and acquisitions in a variety of industries. Cole advises private and publicly-held companies on domestic and cross-border general corporate and transactional matters, and joins a growing Phoenix office.

“We are excited to add Jamie to our team. She brings with her both legal capabilities and a
strong commitment to our community that our firm values,” said Phoenix Managing Partner Ed Novak.

Cole works closely with businesses on entity formation, corporate governance, commercial
contracts, mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and divestitures. Her experience spans a variety of industries, including the renewable energy sector.

“Jamie’s corporate governance and transactional experience, particularly with renewable energy clients, is an excellent complement to our Phoenix office. We look forward to further expanding the corporate services we provide to our business clients in Arizona and throughout the Southwest,” said Business Services Division Chair Trip Frizell.

Exposed at an early age to corporate matters, Cole worked collectively with her family to help grow the family-owned business into a leading international instrumentation company. Her love of business and her desire to help companies solve problems is part of what attracted her to the firm.

In addition to her entrepreneurial roots, Cole is a civil servant at heart. Prior to attending law school she was a NREMT-paramedic and a police officer in Ohio, and today she parlays her legal knowledge for the National Veterans Legal Services Program representing veterans returning home from combat when applying for Combat Related Special Compensation.
“It is immensely rewarding to help veterans navigate the complicated application process,” said Cole.

Cole earned her law degree from the Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law where she was a member of the Moot Court team and a Research Editor for the Journal of Law and Health. Cole is a member of the Arizona and Ohio Bars.

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Polsinelli expands its public policy group into Arizona

In a move to expand its public policy presence into Arizona, Polsinelli Shughart announced that Amanda Reeve, voted Arizona’s 2012 Legislator of the Year, and Adam Hawkins, a high profile policy advisor, have teamed together to bring these capabilities for clients to the firm’s Phoenix office.

Reeve, designated Representative of the Year 2012 by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Hero of Cities and Towns by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, among many other distinctions, is known for her ability to craft bipartisan support and successfully advance numerous bills of significant importance to Arizona.

“Working with Polsinelli’s clients to help businesses develop public policy that strengthens our state, creates jobs, and ensures the quality of life that Arizonans deserve, is an exciting new opportunity for me. It allows me to continue developing great policy for Arizona while working in the private sector,” said Reeve.

Hawkins, a fifth-generation Arizonan and former Hill staffer, recently worked with the third-largest mining company in the world with operations in 50 countries on five continents to advance their public policy needs. While on staff at Rio Tinto, he helped lay the public policy groundwork for the largest underground copper project in the world, a $61.4 billion endeavor currently underway in Superior.

Together, the two have an extensive network of contacts including members, officials, and staff of municipalities, counties, states and federal governments and agencies. They are combining forces to positively impact public policy issues of significance to Arizona and the nation.

“Even though we come from different backgrounds, Amanda and I are firm believers in restoring order to a complicated world. In a political and regulatory climate that is constantly changing, being in business these days can be down-right daunting. We want the business community to know that we’ve got their backs when it comes to public policy,” said Hawkins.

The addition of Reeve and Hawkins to Polsinelli’s public policy team in Arizona positions the firm to advise and serve as a voice for clients on all issues of importance.

“People like Amanda and Adam are what differentiate our firm,” said Phoenix Managing Partner Ed Novak. “Amanda has proven that she is an effective bipartisan leader able to find new solutions to old problems. Adam’s background is in understanding the business of our clients and navigating the complex landscape particular to each matter. With their addition, we will be able to support our business clients in public policy in a way that overcomes obstacles and find solutions to the complexities that many businesses encounter. We welcome the challenge and look forward to helping our clients achieve their goals.”

Reeve earned her B.A. in Communication from California State University Sacramento and will receive her M.S. in Environmental Technology Management from Arizona State University in 2013. She served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2010 to 2012, was Chair of the Environment Committee, and was a member of the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, Higher Education Innovation & Reform Committee, Military Affairs & Public Safety Committee, and Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.

Hawkins earned his B.I.S. degree, cum laude, from Arizona State University and received his M.B.A. degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Prior to Rio Tinto, Hawkins worked in several sectors of public policy and business administration including the alcoholic beverage industry and international trade and development.