AZ Big Spotlight: Gila River, Transact, SCS Engineers, REDW

Business News | 21 Nov |

Gila River hires entertainment powerhouse to bring A-List fun to Arizona

Gila River Resorts & Casinos (GRRC) is thrilled to announce the new hire of Anastasia “A.P.” Palmer Johnson as corporate director of entertainment.

Anastasia “A.P.” Palmer Johnson

The veteran sports and entertainment executive was hired to develop a robust calendar of concerts and events for the rapidly expanding gaming enterprise. Johnson will oversee the portfolio of venues at all three locations including Vee Quiva, Lone Butte and the flagship Wildhorse Pass, and soon to be open fourth location Santan Mountain.

“With her connections, drive and dedication we are honored to have A.P. elevate our entertainment offerings, “said Dominic Orozco, president and chief marketing officer at Gila River Resorts & Casinos.  “To hire someone like A.P. was the next natural step in the elevation of our newly designated resort brand. In her short time with the company, we are already seeing her thrive bringing on big acts such as Jake Paul, T-Pain and Rick Ross.”

Prior to joining GRRC, Johnson served as regional director of event sales for Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment company. In a newly developed role within the U.S. concerts division of Live Nation, Johnson was responsible for selling private and special events for amphitheaters spanning the coasts from Seattle to Miami and specializing in convention and multi-venue corporate deals.

Lisa Tinnion promoted to VP at Transact Commercial Interiors

Transact Commercial Interiors, a curator of comfortable, efficient and well-engineered furniture, modular walls, and millwork, is pleased to announce it has promoted Lisa Tinnion to Vice President.

Lisa Tinnion

Tinnion, who was promoted from Vice President of Business Development, has been with Transact for a little more than one year.

In her short time at Transact, Lisa has shown she is a natural for the Vice President position. She brings a unique balance of industry knowledge and professionalism,” said

Transact President and CEO Craig Scarpone. “As Vice President, Lisa is an integral part of our team as we accelerate Transact’s growth.” 

Tinnion’s new responsibilities will include supporting the President by overseeing internal operations (in conjunction with the CFO and Director of Operations) and stepping in when the President is unavailable. She will also work with the President to make significant company decisions along with the management team; oversee all sales, marketing, and business development efforts; work with the Teknion team; and maintain and increase the company brand.

SCS Engineers adds environmental consultants in Phoenix

SCS Engineers, an award-winning environmental consulting firm, is expanding the firm’s Phoenix, Arizona office staff to meet the growing demand for sustainable environmental engineering services. Joining SCS are Stephen Kriley and Cristina Langridge who support the region’s municipalities and businesses by providing solutions that safeguard the environment.

Stephen Kriley

Cristina Langridge

Today’s commercial real estate transactions must consider environmental issues. Complex laws can impose significant environmental liabilities on purchasers, sellers, and lenders, whether or not they caused the problem and whether or not they still own the property.

Kriley conducts Phase I and Phase II environmental investigations and asbestos surveys. He also conducts monitoring at landfills in addition to preparing environmental reports. He brings experience as a staff geologist and previously worked with the Nevada Division of Minerals on protecting the environment surrounding abandoned mines. Kriley earned a Bachelor of Science in earth sciences from the University of California Santa Cruz.

Langridge assists with Phase I and II environmental investigations and reporting in Phoenix and Santa Rosa, California and offers communications services. She has 13 years of marketing, public relations and social media experience. She also has 15 years of customer service and administration experience. Langridge earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication from  Greenville College in Illinois.

“Stephen and Cristina complement our professional team by offering a full complement of environmental due diligence services that protect buyers and developers while protecting our environment,” said Iain Olness, SCS Engineers’ senior project manager.

REDW taps Brian Grayek as IT and cybersecurity consulting director

REDW LLC, one of the Southwest’s 10 largest advisory and CPA firms, also recognized among INSIDE Public Accounting’s Top 200 Accounting Firms, is welcoming Brian Grayek as IT & Cybersecurity Director for the firm’s Cybersecurity consulting practice.

Brian Grayek

In this newly created national role, Grayek will grow the firm’s Cybersecurity consulting practice to help clients assess and adapt IT operations to better protect, elevate and empower their organizations. Based in Phoenix, Grayek will travel to the REDW offices in Albuquerque and Oklahoma City to further develop the practice and help clients to identify and achieve crucial security goals.

“Cybersecurity is a critical topic, and many businesses do not have the in-house resources to properly protect their organizations against these ever-present and evolving risks,” says Grayek. “Together with the talented and expanding team at REDW, we will help our clients carryout their security goals to better protect them against the myriad of shape-shifting cyber threats that exist today.”

“Many organizations have recently shifted operations to remote and flexible work which has created opportunities for cybercriminals,” says REDW Managing Principal Steve Cogan. “Some of those criminals are affiliated with foreign governments. The need for organizations to be cybersmart and prepare for increased regulations and cyber insurance underwriting requirements has become more important than ever. Brian’s seasoned expertise will help empower and safeguard our clients.”

 

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