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AZ Big Media honors Most Influential Women

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They are the best business minds in Arizona. They are innovators, trailblazers and leaders of men.

They are Az Business magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2014, as selected by the editorial team at Az Business magazine and a panel of industry experts. The Most Influential Women were honored Thursday at a reception at The Venue in Scottsdale.

“While their resumes and career paths may differ, the women we selected have all procured influence in their respective fields through hard-earned track records of profitability, business ethics and leadership,” said AZ Big Media Publisher Cheryl Green. “Az Business magazine is proud to congratulate the women who earned the right to call themselves one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business. They are changing the face of Arizona business.”

The women selected to this prestigious list for 2014 are:

Nazneen Aziz, Ph.D, senior vice president and chief research officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Trish Bear, president and CEO, I-ology
Dr. Amy Beiter, president and CEO, Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute
Janet G. Betts, member, Sherman & Howard
Kristin Bloomquist, executive vice president and general manager, Cramer-Krasselt
Delia Carlyle, councilwoman, Ak-Chin Indian Community
Luci Chen, partner, Arizona Center for Cancer Care
Mary Collum, senior vice president, National Bank of Arizona
Kathy Coover, co-founder, Isagenix International
Janna Day, managing partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Karen Dickinson, shareholder, Polsinelli
Michele Finney, CEO, Abrazo Health
Susan Frank, CEO, Desert Schools Federal Credit Union
Leah Freed, managing shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
Deborah Griffin, president of the board of directors, Gila River Casinos
Mary Ann Guerra, CEO, BioAccel
Deb Gullett, senior specialist, Gallagher & Kennedy
Diane Haller, partner, Quarles & Brady
Maria Harper-Marinick, executive vice chancellor and provost, Maricopa Community Colleges
Catherine Hayes, principal, hayes architecture/interiors inc.
Camille Hill, president, Merestone
Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO, Arizona Science Center
Heidi Jannenga, founder, WebPT
Kara Kalkbrenner, acting fire chief, City of Phoenix
Lynne King Smith, CEO, TicketForce
Joan Koerber Walker, CEO, Arizona Bioindustry Association
Karen Kravitz, president and head of conceptology, Commotion Promotions
Deb Krmpotic, CEO, Banner Estrella Medical Center
Jessica Langbaum, PhD, principal scientist, Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
Georgia Lord, mayor, City of Goodyear
Sherry Lund, founder, Celebration Stem Cell Centre
Teresa Mandelin, CEO, Southwestern Business Financing Corporation
Shirley Mays, dean, Arizona Summit Law School
Ann Meyers-Drysdale, vice president, Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Suns
Marcia L. Mintz, president, John C. Lincoln Health Foundation
Martha C. Patrick, shareholder, Burch & Cracchiolo, P.A.
Stephanie J. Quincy, partner, Steptoe & Johnson
Barb Rechterman, chief marketing officer, GoDaddy
Marian Rhodes, senior vice president, Arizona Diamondbacks
Joyce Santis, chief operating officer, Sonora Quest Laboratories
Gena Sluga, partner, Christian Dichter & Sluga
Beth Soberg, CEO, UnitedHealthcare of Arizona
Scarlett Spring, president, VisionGate
Patrice Strong-Register, managing partner, JatroBiofuels
Sarah A. Strunk, director, Fennemore Craig, P.C.
Marie Sullivan, president and CEO, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment
Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, director, UA’s Sarver Heart Center
Dana Vela, president, Sunrise Schools and Tots Unlimited
Alicia Wadas, COO, The Lavidge Company
Ginger Ward, CEO, Southwest Human Development

In addition to the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business, Az Business also selects five “Generation Next” women who are making an impact on Arizona, even though they are less than 40 years old. Those women selected for 2014 are:

Anca Bec, 36, business development officer, Alliance Bank of Arizona
Alison R. Christian, 32, shareholder, Christian Dichter & Sluga, P.C.
Jaime Daddona, 38, senior associate, Squire Patton Boggs
Nancy Kim, 36, owner, Spectrum Dermatology
Jami Reagan, 35, owner, Shine Factory Public Relations

To select the best and brightest women to recognize each year, the editor and publisher of Az Business magazine compile a list of almost 1,000 women from every facet of Arizona’s business landscape — banking, law, healthcare, bioscience, real estate, technology, manufacturing, retail, tourism, energy, accounting and nonprofits. Once that list is compiled, we vet the list, narrow it down to about 150 women who we feel are most deserving, and then submit the list to 20 of their peers — female leaders from a variety or industries — and ask them to vote. If they want to vote for someone whose name is not on the list of those submitted for consideration, voters are invited to write in the names of women who they think deserve to members of this exclusive club.

Az Business also does not allow a woman to appear on the list most than once.

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University of Phoenix founder dies

The founder of the University of Phoenix, Dr. John G. Sperling, has died, according to the Apollo Education Group. He was 93.

Sperling passed away Friday at a hospital in the San Francisco Bay area. No cause of death was given.

“Dr. Sperling’s vision, pioneering spirit and boundless resolve to improve the world through accessible higher education for working adult students provided a roadmap for families, nations and economies to evolve, advance, grow and prosper,” wrote Apollo chairman and Sperling’s son, Peter Sperling, and company Chief Executive Officer Greg Cappelli.

“Dr. Sperling’s indomitable ideas and life’s work served as a catalyst for innovations widely accepted as having made higher education more accessible to adult students,” the statement read.

Sperling founded the Institute for Professional Development in 1972, followed by the University of Phoenix, a degree program aimed at working adults, in 1978. The for-profit university was one of the first to develop online degree programs.

The University of Phoenix is one of the largest private universities in the United States with more than a million students, alumni, faculty and employees, according to the Apollo Group, its parent company.

Sperling was born on January 9, 1921, in rural northwest Missouri. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and worked as a history professor.

Sperling is survived by his longtime companion, Joan Hawthorne; his former wife, Virginia Sperling; his son, Peter; daughter-in-law Stephanie and two grandchildren.

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Ling & Louie’s Kitchen Concept will Debut at Biltmore

Restaurant industry entrepreneurs Randy Schoch, founder and CEO of Desert Island Restaurants and Michael McDermott and Jason Merritt, co-founders of Kona Grill and Rojo Mexican Grill, have joined forces to launch a joint venture dining concept in the Biltmore Fashion Park in early December. Ling & Louie’s Kitchen, an upscale urban brand expansion of Schoch’s successful Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill concept, will introduce the Ling & Louie’s story (where Ling’s Asian flair meets Louie’s American comfort food) to the Camelback corridor.

Similar to Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, Ling & Louie’s Kitchen will offer Asian inspired cuisine with a contemporary American twist, but with even more exciting variations of American favorites including salads, burgers and sandwiches. Their signature dishes include Firecracker Chicken, Black Orchid Ahi, Braised Duck Flatbread and New Wave Pad Thai. Ling & Louie’s Kitchen will feature an upbeat full-service bar offering a variety of specialty cocktails, such as Ling’s Margarita and their famous Thai Mai, as well as a vast variety of beer including Ling & Louie’s Copper Ale, which is locally brewed, and a world-class selection of sake.

“With our modern Asian Cuisine and sophisticated take on American comfort food, Ling & Louie’s Kitchen will bring an inviting, but edgy lunch and dinner destination in a category of all its own to the Biltmore area,” said McDermott.

Development of the centrally-located 7,500 square-foot space, currently occupied by McDermott and Merritt’s Black Chile Mexican Grill, will begin Monday, Nov. 19. Black Chile will be open regular hours until Sunday, Nov. 18 at 9 p.m. Ling & Louie’s Kitchen will open in early December.

Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill has locations in Chandler and Scottsdale as well as Anchorage, Boise, Denver and Reno with a new location opening soon in Dallas. In addition to Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill, Schoch is well known for many notable concepts, including Nick’s Fish Market, Thaifoon-Taste of Asia, Black Orchid, and as a franchise owner of multiple Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Roy’s Pacific Rim and Romano’s Macaroni Grill restaurants. McDermott’s more than 20 years in the restaurant business include the development of popular dining concepts such as Kona Grill, Black Chile Mexican Grill and Rojo Mexican Grill.

For updates on Ling & Louie’s Kitchen, the first phase of this unique partnership between two hospitality industry innovators, visit www.lingandlouies.com.

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GoDaddy Founder Hosts Bob’s Biker Blast

Bob Parsons might be known as the spirited founder of GoDaddy and one of the most prolific big party throwers in Arizona history, but in just one month the Valley will see a whole new side of Parsons when he kicks off one of his biggest biker events yet. Thousands are expected to attend.

The 1st Annual Bob’s Biker Blast will be held on October 20, 2012 at Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale and Go AZ Motorcycles from 10 a.m. to midnight. Parsons, who acquired both dealerships several years ago, has grown the business and is now giving back to the motorcycle community.

The all-day event will feature the grand-opening of Go AZ Motorcycles and Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale Training Facility, including public demonstrations of the first ever commercial application of a motorcycle simulator that was originally developed for the United States Military. Feel what it’s like to go at top speed and make hair pin turns, all within the safety of the motorcycle simulator.

“If you have never ridden a motorcycle before, this is your chance to get a really good idea of what it’s like without actually getting on a moving bike,” said Bob Parsons. “You won’t find a motorcycle simulator like this outside of a few military bases. We own the first commercial simulator and now we’re even hearing from private agencies who want to use it.”

The day-long event includes live music, food and activities at the dealerships as well as a special appearance by Tommy Flanagan, “Chibs” from Sons of Anarchy, from Noon to 7 p.m.  Concert gates open at 4 p.m. featuring a Fear No Ice Thrill Show followed by a concert by rock legends 38 Special and George Thorogood.

Free admission to all riders with a motorcycle endorsement on their driver’s license.  Endorsement is good for the rider plus one passenger.  There will be a $20 fee for all non-riders with 100% of that being donated to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Bob’s Biker Blast is located at the Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale and Go AZ Motorcycles dealerships just off Frank Lloyd Wright & the 101 at 15500 N. Hayden Road in Scottsdale, Arizona.  For more information call 480-905-1903 or visit us online at http://www.hdofscottsdale.com/ or http://www.goaz.com/index.htm.