AZ Big Spotlight: Rusch Gledhill Brokerage, Ballet Arizona, OH Partners

Business News | 24 May |

Rusch Gledhill Brokerage joins North&Co.

Chandler-based real estate brokerage Rusch Gledhill is now a part of North&Co., one of the fastest-growing real estate brands in Arizona.

North&Co., a residential real estate brokerage based in Greater Phoenix, continues to make headlines. The way the deal came about was unique. “We approached them,” said Daria Gledhill. “As brokers, we have known about the North&Co. brand for years. What they have accomplished as a brokerage is impressive. We felt we needed this change for ourselves and our agents. Market conditions are such that agents need to have more reach, resources, and creativity. Their brand and how they operate align perfectly with us and the needs of our agents.”

The financial terms of the transaction were not released.

With the acquisition of Rusch Gledhill, North&Co. now has more than 260 agents operating out of four offices in Greater Phoenix. The addition of Gledhill, and her partner, Chelsea Rusch, also gives North&Co. a solid footprint in the growing East Valley real estate market. Rusch Gledhill brings a strong reputation along with well-founded relationships in Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, and Queen Creek. “This just makes sense for us,” said Rusch. “It gives us more time and resources to better serve our clients.”

Stephanie Gonzalez, CEO and Managing Partner at North&Co., said the addition of Rusch Gledhill indicates a growing appetite for brokers to be a part of a well-established brand.

“We started North&Co. as a small, independent brokerage many years ago. Our growth has given us a deep understanding of what is needed for agents to be able to provide the very best in customer service to their clients. In this case, we love to help open the door and create new opportunities for an independent broker in our community,” said Gonzalez.

North&Co. has four offices in Greater Phoenix – Arcadia, North Central Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Chandler. The company was founded in 2015 by the unique and free-thinking Brian North, who saw the need for a new approach to real estate in Arizona. It is arguably one of the fastest-growing real estate brokerages in the Valley and has established itself as a leader in the Arizona real estate market.

Ballet Arizona announces new executive director

Ballet Arizona announced its new executive director, Jami Kozemczak, who will assume the appointment beginning July 1, 2022, following a nationwide search. She replaces Samantha Turner who announced her departure in January and will conclude her tenure June 30, 2022.

Jami Kozemczak

As director of development for the ballet since 2015, Kozemczak has a record of consistently meeting and exceeding contributed revenue goals to advance the organization. During her tenure at Ballet Arizona, the organization established a culture of philanthropy that permeates throughout the entire organization. Kozemczak has secured more than $36 million in contributed revenue during her time at Ballet Arizona and led the charge for the Be Our Bridge Recovery and Relief Fund that ensured all staff members and dancers remained fully employed during the Covid-19 crisis.

Kozemczak’s experience in arts non-profit management includes fundraising, public relations, communications, donor relations, and marketing. Beginning her career as a marketing professional, she quickly transitioned to fundraising after discovering her true vocation was helping connect donors to their passion. Kozemczak holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Arizona State University. She is co-chair for the AFP Professional Mentoring Program and a board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

“Leading the effort on the search gave myself and others the opportunity to interview and speak with several great executive director candidates from some of the great arts organizations around the country,” said Michael Bolar, board vice chair and chair of the search committee. “It is with great pleasure to see one of our own rise to the top of an exceptional list of candidates. Jami’s talent, passion, and energy will help lead Ballet Arizona to our exciting future.”

“It is with deep enthusiasm and excitement that I accept the role of Executive Director for Ballet Arizona. I could not be more grateful to our board, staff, faculty, and dancers for helping make one of my personal dreams come true,” stated Jami Kozemczak. “I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Samantha Turner, whose leadership has kept Ballet Arizona in a position of fiscal health and has successfully navigated us through our most challenging times. It will undoubtedly be one of the greatest privileges of my career to lead this organization alongside our brilliant Artistic Director Ib Andersen and our visionary board of directors. Together we will continue advancing the mission of Ballet Arizona for the benefit of all members of our community.”

“Jami’s seemingly endless energy, enthusiasm, and optimism are absolutely inspiring,” said Miranda Lumer, board chair. “While my tenure with the board is ending in June, I leave filled with confidence that our organization is poised for achieving great things with Jami leading the charge as our next executive director.”

OH Partners announces change in leadership

OH Partners, one of the fastest growing advertising and digital marketing agencies in the country, announced a shift in leadership.

Scott Harkey

Co-Founder Scott Harkey is now the sole owner of OH Partners and will resume the role of Chief Executive Officer. Harkey co-founded the Inc. 500/5000 company with Matt Owens’ in 2008. Owens left the company earlier this year.

In addition, Meagan Jackman has been promoted to president. Jackman has worked her way up from OH Partners’ public relations director to vice president of business strategy and managing director in less than four years. In her new role as president, she will manage more than 175 employees in both of OH’s Phoenix and Las Vegas offices. In addition, she will continue to work on new business strategy.

“Meagan is a savvy marketer who has led our team with incredible passion, empathy and grace,” says CEO Scott Harkey. “She has also been a powerhouse when it comes to landing new business. Under her leadership, our agency has grown by 25 percent.”

OH Partners has big plans for continued growth in 2022. The award-winning advertising agency is expanding its presence in the Southwest with the opening of its larger Las Vegas office this month.

“We’re building upon our momentum from last year, adding new national clients and hiring talent for both of our Phoenix and Las Vegas offices,” Jackman says. “And we’re strengthening our culture to provide more opportunities for our employees to advance in their careers.”

OH Partners has worked with many notable national brands in diverse categories, such as gaming, tourism and hospitality, entertainment, healthcare and consumer packaged goods. The forward-thinking, inclusive firm has vast experience working with national and regional brands, such as Walt Disney Companies, Virgin Hotels, Wynn Resorts, Arizona Lottery, Four Peaks (Anheuser-Busch), Gila River Resorts & Casinos, ON Semiconductor, National Geographic, the United Nations, and many other large brands.

For more information on OH Partners, its leadership team, and clients, visit www.ohpartners.com.

 

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