Phoenix Symphony elects directors and officers

The Phoenix Symphony announced the election of three Directors and re-election of nine Directors to the Board for a three-year term, approved during the organization’s Annual Meeting. Additionally, the Board elected Officers, including Adam Goodman, president of Goodmans Interior Structures, a long-time Phoenix business leader and local arts supporter, to serve as Board Chair. 

Community leaders elected to the Phoenix Symphony Board of Directors include: Matthew Feeney, partner at Snell & Wilmer; Rick McCartney, president and CEO at InMedia Company; and Jenny Holsman Tetreault, vice president and associate general counsel at TPI Composites.

Also at the meeting, Lon Babby, former Phoenix Suns president of basketball operations, and Kevin Moriarty, the chief financial officer of Turbine Aero, completed their terms as co-chairs of the Board of Directors. Bruce Covill, president and CEO of Cyberitas Technologies LLC, completed his tenure as a vice-chair of the Board following nine years of distinguished service.

Directors re-elected to the Board of Directors include Ellen Andeen, Town of Paradise Valley council member; David Bornemann, president of Bornemann Associates LLC; Max Fose, president and CEO of Fose + McKay; Dr. Oliver “Ollie” Harper, community leader; Eliot Minsker, community leader; Doris Ong, community leader; Hon. Paul Penzone, Maricopa County Sheriff; Jeff Rich, of counsel at Rose Law Group; and Morris “Mo” Stein, principal and director at HKS Architects.

The Board elected the following Officers: Adam Goodman, Chair; Lon Babby, Immediate Past Co-Chair; Kevin Moriarty, Treasurer and Immediate Past Co-Chair; Laura Franco French (director of state government relations at TSMC Arizona Corporation), Secretary; David Bornemann, Vice Chair; Dr. Oliver Harper, Vice Chair and Chair Emeritus; Aidan McSheffrey (chief financial executive at Salt River Project), Vice Chair; Jeff Rich, Vice Chair; and Morris “Mo” Stein, Vice Chair. Peter Kjome serves as President and CEO.  

 “I’m honored to be elected to serve as Board chair of Arizona’s largest performing arts organization, which serves a critical role in the community with its outstanding musical education programs and captivates audiences each year with its performances,” Goodman said. “The Phoenix Symphony adds vitality to our diverse community and healthy business environment. We’ll continue to focus on reaching new audiences and expanding our already robust programming.”

See a full list of the Board of Directors.  

“The Symphony is incredibly fortunate to have a strong, dedicated group of community leaders on our Board of Directors. Our future is bright with Adam Goodman serving as Board chair. He is personally committed to the arts and a powerful advocate for the Phoenix Symphony as one of Arizona’s most important cultural assets,” said Peter Kjome, Phoenix Symphony president and CEO. “We are deeply grateful to Lon Babby and Kevin Moriarty for their tremendous service and steady guidance as board co-chairs. Thanks also to Bruce Covill for his dedication and exceptional board leadership.”

The Phoenix Symphony announced its 77th season in April. Season subscriptions for 2023/24 are available at

TruWest earns Distinguished Diamond Award

TruWest® Credit Union received the Credit Union National Association Diamond Award, recognizing the organization’s 70th anniversary at the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council’s Diamond Awards in Orlando.

The Diamond Awards, representing the best of credit union marketing and business development, honor credit unions in 35 categories, ranging from direct mail to website marketing, video and radio commercials to social media. Judges evaluated entries based on strategy, design, production, creative concept, copy, communication and results.

“We are honored to receive this extraordinary recognition for 70 years of serving the community,” said Jennifer Kimmell, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at TruWest® Credit Union. “Collaborating as colleagues, community partners and members to create a lasting impact is at the heart of everything we do.”

The CUNA Diamond Awards are among the most prestigious annual credit union marketing competitions, spotlighting and rewarding innovation, outcome and creative excellence.

This year’s Diamond Awards competition received 1,246 entries – 91 credit unions won Best Awards and 244 won Diamond Awards.

Winners can be viewed on the event’s AdQue Digital Display Systems gallery.

Clayton James and Jeff Victor of Victor + James.

Victor + James luxury brand development agency launches

Media and entertainment executive, Jeff Victor, and ad agency executive, Clayton James, have joined forces to launch Victor + James. The new, international, digital first, full-service luxury brand development agency provides extreme value to luxury, lifestyle, hospitality, and consumer brands, ranging from established market leaders to new startups, globally. 

“Our vision for Victor + James is to re-think the traditional ad agency model and provide clients with a new way to approach their marketing needs,” said Clayton James, Victor + James managing partner and creative director. “In this age of artificial intelligence and sustainable luxury, clients are no longer satisfied with a one-size-fits-all approach. They want customized solutions that are tailored to their specific industry and business objectives.”

To meet this demand, Victor + James has curated a collection of talented creatives and account managers, with very specific experience sets and a proven history of success in their category.

“We take a bespoke approach to each account, custom-building a team that is perfectly suited to the client’s needs,” said Jeff Victor, Victor + James managing partner and director of business development. “This allows us to easily scale up or down as necessary, ensuring that we always have the perfect fit team for any client contingency. By providing tailored solutions and expert teams, we aim to drive long-term success for our clients and become the go-to agency for the new age of marketing.”

Unlike traditional advertising agencies, Victor + James takes a unique approach to brand positioning, cultural capital, strategy, messaging, pricing, and creating desirable experiences.

“We aim for maximum differentiation to allow for disruption. Our history as leaders in competence, innovation, and technology has solidified our trust with some of the world’s most iconic brands,” James said.

Technology plays a big role in the agency’s daily work.

“We have tools that leverage AI to uncover new market segments and demographics,” James said. “We also will use AI to share how businesses can increase their productivity and create consistency in their brand messaging. There are many other potential uses as the technology evolves. We plan to be forward leaning when it comes to the advantages that our clients can gain from breakthrough advancements.”

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