September – October 2010 Archives

McCarthy Building Companies Hires Kirk McClure As Director Of Business Development

Kirk McClure
by in Business News | Newsmakers

McCarthy Building Companies recently hired Kirk McClure as Director of Business Development for the Southwest division. His primary focus will be on municipal, higher education and commercial construction projects. In this position, McClure will play a key role, providing more than a decade of industry expertise with a diverse, well-rounded background in project management, commercial… Read More →

Q&A With Laura Scheller, President Of Arizona Sunbelt Chapter MPI

Laura Scheller

Laura Scheller, CMP President of the Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of MPI President and CEO, Solomonte Hospitality How has MPI responded to the economic downturn? It has been a difficult year for the hospitality industry. Not only have we had to overcome the poor economy and negative media, but here in Arizona we also added controversial… Read More →

In Troubled Times, Meeting Planners Are Learning To Be Advocates For Their Industry

Politics, economic setbacks and disasters of all kinds pose constant threats to the meetings industry. But increasingly, MPI, its members and others associated with meeting planning, are taking steps to be advocates for their industry before problems arise. Christine Duffy, president and CEO of Maritz Travel Company in St. Louis, wants her peers to “pay… Read More →

New Resorts Are Sprouting In The Valley Despite The Shaky Economy

Arizona touts dozens of breathtaking resorts with countless amenities, but there’s still room for more. The Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler opened its doors in October 2009, and Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale opened this past April. What makes the opening of these two new resorts all the more remarkable is that… Read More →

With 35 Years In The Resort Industry, David G. Rosenbaum And MPI Are Perfect Fit

David Rosenbaum - AZ Business Magazine Sep/Oct 2010
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

David G. Rosenbaum, CHME Director of Sales and Marketing Fiesta Resort Conference Center When David Rosenbaum first joined the Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of MPI 10 years ago, he was looking to take advantage of the group’s business and networking opportunities, and gain exposure to various meeting planners around the state. As he became more… Read More →

Local CVBs Sound Off On Boycotts And Why Arizona Is Still A Top Meeting And Travel Destination

Civic Space Park - AZ Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2010

It’s no secret that the meetings industry, and travel in general, has taken quite a few hits in Arizona over the past few years. As a result, local convention and visitors bureaus — the ones who promote travel to and meetings in the state — have had to overcome new obstacles in their quest to… Read More →

Event Planning Chose Mindy Gunn

Mindy Gunn - AZ Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2010
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

Mindy Gunn, AVP, CMP Technology and Operations Group Event Manager Wells Fargo Bank Mindy Gunn didn’t choose event planning — it chose her. Gunn planned on attending law school, but she switched career paths when she was offered a job as a meeting planner with Wells Fargo Bank. “My start in the meetings and… Read More →

Jill Longfellow, Convention Group Sales Manager At EnterpriseHoldings Inc.

Jill Longfellow - AZ Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2010
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Travel

Jill Longfellow Convention Group Sales Manager Enterprise
Holdings Inc. Jill Longfellow is grateful for her membership in the Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, and now she is helping others see the benefits as well. As the chapter’s director of Membership Retention and Global Community Challenge, Longfellow spends time speaking to members who want… Read More →

AzHHA’s New President And CEO Is Ready To Tackle The Industry’s Challenges

by in AZ Business Magazine | Healthcare

A familiar face has been named the new president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA). Laurie Liles assumed her new role on Sept. 7, succeeding John Rivers, who will be available as a consultant until his retirement becomes official in January. Selected by the AzHHA board of directors on… Read More →

AzHHA’s 2010 Annual Membership Conference Is Aimed At Helping Members Prepare For Change

by in AZ Business Magazine | Healthcare

With the health care field on the brink of a major upheaval, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association’s (AzHHA) 2010 Annual Membership Conference offers members information on what to expect in the future. The theme, Bringing the Future into Focus, incorporates a mix of topics and speakers intended to appeal to a diverse hospital audience.… Read More →

Electronic Health Records And Cancer Care Are On Pat Walz’s Radar For Yuma Regional Medical Center

Pat Walz VP - AZ Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2010

Pat Walz President and CEO Yuma Regional Medical Center As the new president and CEO of Yuma Regional Medical Center, Pat Walz is looking to the future. Walz, who was named to the top spot at Yuma Regional in June, has several plans to make the hospital a leader in the health care industry,… Read More →

Despite Restoring Some Funds, State Budget Cuts Will Hit Arizona Hospitals

State Budget Cuts Will Hit Arizona Hospitals - AZ Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2010

It was looking pretty grim at 1700 W. Washington St., as Gov. Jan Brewer and a badly splintered Arizona Legislature struggled to cobble together a state budget that would have the appearance of being balanced. Taking a follow-the-money tactic, policymakers targeted programs such as education and health care that annually receive large sums of taxpayer… Read More →

Rona Curphy, President And CEO Of Casa Grande Regional Medical Center

Rona Curphy - AZ Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2010

Rona Curphy President And CEO Casa Grande Regional Medical Center As president and CEO of Casa Grande Regional Medical Center, Rona Curphy has moved to the top of the medical field thanks to her years of dedication. From 2002 to 2009, Curphy served as the chief nursing officer at the nonprofit community-based hospital in… Read More →

Mike Johnson And Cody Howard Use Their Love Of Landscaping To Benefit Clients

Sonoran Water - AZ Business Magazine Sept/Oct 2010

Company: Sonoran Rain Landscape Creations | Sonoran Waters Custom Pool and Spa Title: Owners Web: | Est.: 2003, 2005 Mike Johnson took the saying, “If you want something done right, do it yourself,” to heart when he started his own business. Johnson began his career in landscape maintenance in 1983, and 20 years… Read More →