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Sun Corridor Inc. announces new officers

Sun Corridor Inc. (formerly TREO) Board of Directors has announced the following new leadership positions for the Fiscal Year 2015-16 beginning July 1:

Officers:

Chairman of the Board:  Dennis R. Minano, Managing Director, CMM; VP of Public Policy and Chief Environmental Officer, General Motors (ret)

Vice Chairman/Chairman-Elect:  David G. Hutchens, President & CEO, Tucson Electric Power, UniSource Energy Services and UNS Energy Corporation

Immediate Past Chairman:  Guy Gunther, VP Operations, Arizona, CenturyLink

Secretary/Treasurer:  Greg White, VP of Finance and CFO, Raytheon Missile Systems

President & CEO: Joe Snell

“It is a privilege to assume a leadership role in Sun Corridor Inc., with its expanded geography and new mission to serve all of Southern Arizona,” said Denny Minano. “We are in the midst of a convergence of national and international events, along with regional community initiatives, which present significant economic development opportunities to us today. The collective assets of Southern Arizona as a megaregion, combined with Mexico’s economic growth, lead to a strategic position and strength not seen anywhere else.”

Sun Corridor Inc.’s 17-member Chairman’s Circle serves as a key advisory group for business development strategy. Anthony Smith, chair, Pinal County Board of Supervisors, joins the Chairman’s Circle.

The Board of Directors is comprised of 57 leaders from private, public, academia and nonprofit sectors to provide governance and perspective on accelerating economic development.  New Board members include Tom Dickson, CEO, Banner University Medical Center, Tucson and South Campus; Marc Fleischman, president, BeachFleischman; Patrick Call, chair, Cochise County Board of Supervisors; Jacqueline Bucher, VP, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Roche Tissue Diagnostics and Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.; Garry Brav, president & CEO, BFL Construction; and Nancy Johnson, interim CEO, El Rio Community Health Center.

“We’re thrilled to continue adding top regional leadership to our ranks,” said Joe Snell. “We have put together the right critical mass of leaders to represent Southern Arizona to the world stage of business decision makers.”

TREO (Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities) officially changed its name to Sun Corridor Inc. on July 1 to reflect an expanded mission and program of work across Southern Arizona.

Starting August 1, 2015 Sun Corridor Inc. will be located at 1985 East River Rd, Suite 101, Tucson, AZ  85718.  Phone numbers remain the same.

During the Fiscal Year 2014-15, the organization worked with 16 new and expanding companies, representing nearly 4,000 new direct jobs for Southern Arizona.  These companies represent $157 million in capital investment and a total economic impact of $2.58 billion.  75% of the companies are in targeted industries.

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TREO widens focus, changes its name to Sun Corridor Inc.

Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO) today announces that the organization will expand its footprint across Southern Arizona, changing its name to Sun Corridor Inc.

TREO has been providing economic development support for the entire Southern Arizona megaregion for several years, assisting in key expansions of several employers, advocating for military installations, including Ft. Huachuca; and establishing new Foreign Trade Zone sites in Pinal County. 

“The drivers discussed in TREO’s Blueprint are the keys to strengthening our competitiveness, and by addressing talent, infrastructure, healthcare and collaboration regionally through the Sun Corridor we differentiate Southern Arizona in the marketplace for high wage jobs,” said Guy Gunther, chairman, TREO Board of Directors and Vice President Operations, Arizona, CenturyLink.

“TREO leadership recognized through this work that we have a significant opportunity to coalesce one market under a unified brand,” said Denny Minano, TREO Executive Committee member and Managing Director, CMM.  “We began to seriously consider a tangible structure that defines Sun Corridor business opportunities and provides a path to combine expertise in the attraction and expansion of business, thereby increasing our global competitiveness.”

“With Mexico’s growing economic strength, it paves the way to market the entire Southern Arizona/Sonoran region as a bi-national, world-class center in integrated research, manufacturing and supply chain strength,” said Fletcher McCusker, TREO Executive Committee member and CEO, Sinfonia HealthCare Corporation. “Few economic development groups have the unique strategic position of this ‘perfect storm’ of opportunities.” 

“President Kennedy said, ‘Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.’  I’m confident that our future within the Sun Corridor has enormous potential and by making this bold move into this new regional partnership we will emerge as a stronger competitor in the global economy and position ourselves to be an attractive choice for expanding local business and recruiting new ones,” said Anthony Smith, Chair of the Pinal County Board of Supervisors and new TREO Board member. 

“It’s time for a name change to better reflect the current work we are doing and to position us as a force in the new global economy,” said Joe Snell, president & CEO, TREO. “The Sun Corridor has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing megaregions in the U.S. and with TREO’s strong foundation of economic development success, the new name Sun Corridor Inc. puts a critical business focus on a significant area of the state and the country.”

“These changes are strategic and build on the foundation of success set by TREO’s core leadership in the Tucson MSA and Pima County over the last ten years,” said Sharon Bronson, chair, Pima County Board of Supervisors. “We fully support this expansion, as it represents a new era for economic development.” 

With this new approach, Southern Arizona will benefit from:

– Promoting the megaregion as a gateway for near-shore products and movement

  of goods

– A stronger bi-national position with Arizona’s largest trading partner, leveraging

  Mexico’s economic growth

– Greater synergy to compete in a new global economy post-recession

– Enhanced influence at state and federal levels, representing a greater geographic

  economic super region

– Leveraging a larger talent pool, increasing competitiveness

– Combined resources and expertise to address complex economic trends

Effective August 1st, Sun Corridor Inc. will be located at 1985 East River Road, Suite 101, Tucson, AZ 85718.  

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TREO adds to leadership

The TREO Board of Directors announced the following new leadership additions:

> New Vice Chairman of the Board/Chair-Elect: Guy Gunther, Vice President and General Manager, Tucson and Greater Arizona, CenturyLink. The Vice Chairman serves a key leadership role in partnership with the Chairman of the Board, and serves as Chair-Elect for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year.

New Chairman’s Circle Members:
> Karen D. Mlawsky, CEO, University of Arizona Medical Center
> Sandra Watson, President & CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority

“We’re thrilled to continue adding top business leadership to our ranks,” said Steve Eggen, retired CFO, Raytheon Missile Systems. “We have put together the right critical mass of leaders to accelerate our economic growth.”

As CenturyLink’s Vice President and General Manager, Guy Gunther is responsible for Northern and Southern Arizona markets for voice, data, entertainment and managed services, including P&L, field operations, customer experience, direct and indirect sales channels, network development and community relations. Gunther has over 20 years of senior management experience in telecommunications, consulting firms and finance. “I am honored to become part of the leadership of this effective organization,” said Gunther. “TREO is the connective tissue in the region – promoting our assets and creating value for companies looking to establish or expand operations in Southern Arizona.”

As CEO of the Hospital Division of The University of Arizona Health Network, Karen Mlawsky oversees both The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus and The University of Arizona Medical – South Campus, as well as dozens of affiliated clinics and physicians’ offices. She previously served as vice president of oncology services for University Medical Center in Tucson and spent more than 13 years at the Ohio State University Medical Center. “Health care will likely be one of the top job-creating industries, regardless of a slow economic recovery,” said Mlawsky. “There is tremendous opportunity to contribute to our region’s economic development through teaching and training our future health-care workforce.”

Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), brings more than 20 years of economic development leadership and experience to Arizona. She and her teams have successfully attracted hundreds of companies that have invested billions of dollars in capital and created more than 65,000 quality jobs. With Governor Brewer’s visionary leadership, and a private sector board of directors made up of some of the state’s most successful CEOs, the ACA has established an aggressive five-year plan and is experiencing strong results in strengthening the state’s overall economy. “Partnering with regional groups such as TREO is critical to our overall success. TREO is central to a larger, collaborative movement in the state,” said Watson. “As a result of our strong, long-standing working relationship, we will continue to attract quality companies creating high-wage jobs in the Tucson region, benefitting the statewide economy.”

TREO Officers include:
> Chairman of the Board – Steve Eggen, (ret.) Chief Financial Officer, Raytheon Missile Systems
> Vice Chairman of the Board/Chair-Elect – Guy Gunther, Vice President and General Manager, Tucson and Greater Arizona, CenturyLink
> Immediate Past Chairman – Paul Bonavia, Chairman and CEO, UNS Energy Corp. & Tucson Electric Power Company
>  Secretary/Treasurer – Lisa Lovallo, Market Vice President, Southern Arizona, Cox Communications

TREO is governed by a 16-member Chairman’s Circle, which serves as a key advisory group for business development strategy and represents the Tucson region to national business prospects, and a 46-member Board of Directors.

TREO continues its Chairman’s Circle/Board of Directors expansion efforts begun in 2010. Economic development is a high priority, demanding increased engagement from the key companies, organizations and people that drive the Southern Arizona economy. TREO leadership recognizes the importance of providing strong thought leadership for community development and strengthening the Tucson “product” and positioning as a business center.

The above new members join other leaders providing both private and public sector perspective in accelerating economic development. For a complete listing of the TREO Chairman’s Circle and Board of Directors, visit http://www.treoaz.org/About-TREO-Board-of-Directors.aspx.