January 23, 2023

AZ Business Leaders

AZ Big Spotlight: UCP, SmithGroup, AAED, Delta Dental, Transwestern

UCP of Central Arizona announces new CEO

Kentay Garvin, Esq., is the new CEO of United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Arizona. Garvin brings a fresh perspective to the nonprofit organization thanks to more than 20 years of government affairs, business and health care expertise.

Kentay Garvin

“I am both honored and humbled to be part of the leadership team responsible for helping United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona advance it’s mission of delivering services to individuals with disabilities across the life span,” Garvin said.

Garvin holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Georgetown University. He is a seasoned strategic and operational executive with a broad background in Medicaid and Medicare. He has proven to be an innovative leader with the skillset to execute profitable growth and operational efficiency initiatives for companies of all sizes.

“We are focused on positioning UCP of Central Arizona to be a center of excellence for our therapy clinics, to be the provider of choice for home and community-based services and as a resource for families in our community to help take care of their loved ones with disabilities,” Garvin added. “The future for UCP of Central Arizona and the people it serves is both exciting and limitless.” 

For more than 70 years, United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona has served families across the Valley. As the oldest healthcare-related nonprofit organization in the state, UCP of Central Arizona provides comprehensive services to individuals with disabilities and their families by providing physical and developmental support as well as educational growth for infants, children and adults. Currently they serve more than 500 clients from infants to adults.

“UCP of Central Arizona is proud to welcome Kentay as the new CEO,” said Brett Heising, board chair. “He has a keen understanding of our goals as an organization, as well as a deep appreciation of our industry and the children and families we help day-in and day-out. The board believes Kentay will service UCP of Central Arizona’s needs both now and into the foreseeable future.”

For more information about UCP of Central Arizona, the clients it services and the programs offered, visit www. https://ucpofcentralaz.org/

SmithGroup hires Carrie Perrone to lead Phoenix higher education studio

SmithGroup, one of the nation’s leading integrated design firms, has hired Carrie Perrone as Higher Education Studio Leader in its Phoenix office. The move marks Perrone’s return to SmithGroup, where she previously served as a Principal and Education Strategist with a focus on planning and designing learning environments. In her new role, Perrone will lead a team of Higher Education experts and partner with institutions throughout the Southwest to create vital places for inspired learning.   

Carrie Perrone

A registered architect with over 20 years of experience, including 12 years at SmithGroup, Perrone delves into higher education clients’ processes and institutional goals, arriving at a shared vision for how the built environment can support students. She has led complex projects for institutions like the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University, as well as the development of engaged learning typologies.  

“Carrie’s work pushes the boundaries of the typical to champion engaging, student-centered environments,” said Chris Purdy, Higher Education Practice Director at SmithGroup. “From designing immersive learning spaces for the Integrated Education Building at Gateway Community College to most recently leading Arizona State University's New Academic Building in Tempe, she consistently leads her clients through a collaborative process that directly responds to the specific priorities of their institutions.” 

“We could not be more thrilled to welcome Carrie back to our Phoenix team,” said Brad Woodman, director of SmithGroup’s Phoenix and Denver offices. “Her comprehensive understanding of the local, regional and national Higher Education markets makes her an ideal leader to partner with clients in Arizona and beyond.” 

Perrone will collaborate with multidisciplinary experts locally and across the firm’s Higher Education, Campus Planning and Campus Strategy & Analytics teams. From campus plan to classroom, SmithGroup's integrated expertise creates places that transform the institution and elevate the individual in higher education. 

Perrone graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona. She is a licensed architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a LEED AP certified professional.  

AAED executive director appointed to IEDC public policy committee

Carrie Kelly

Carrie Kelly, Executive Director of the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) has been appointed Chair of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Public Policy Advisory Committee.

Appointed Vice Chair was Bradley Comment, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Right Place, in Michigan. Kelly and Comment were appointed by Jonas Peterson, Chairman of the IEDC Board. 

The committee monitors and reviews the organization's legislative affairs and federal relations by establishing a list of key legislative issues to be monitored, recommending strategic and policy actions, and providing guidance on the content of the annual Economic Development Summit. Arizona is hosting the IEDC 2023 Leadership Summit Jan. 29-31 in Tucson.

“This is an opportunity for Arizona to further establish itself as a leader on federal economic development policy development and advocate for issues important to the state and its economic development endeavors,” Kelly said. “I look forward to working with the committee members and the IEDC Board of Directors to create the best policy environment for our economic developers.”

Jason Greenwood named SVP at Delta Dental of Arizona

Delta Dental of Arizona announced that Jason Greenwood has joined the dental insurer’s executive team as its senior vice president of marketing and communications. In this role, Greenwood will oversee brand strategy, growth initiatives, digital media and stakeholder engagement initiatives.  

Jason Greenwood

Greenwood brings more than 25 years of experience to the position. Prior to joining Delta Dental, he served as chief marketing officer of The Joint Chiropractic (NASDAQ: JYNT), which is the nation’s largest operator, manager and franchisor of chiropractic clinics with 805 retail units nationwide. Under his leadership, the business saw exponential growth and earned numerous brand accolades, including being named “America’s Best Small Company” by Forbes and among the top three fastest growing companies in the nation by Fortune.

Greenwood also spent a decade with Peter Piper Pizza, the popular pizza and entertainment restaurant with 150 units across the United States and Mexico, including several years as the chief marketing officer where he led brand strategy, product development and customer experience. He was also a multi-unit franchisee for Robeks and spent several years at Young & Rubicam Advertising, creating growth strategies for high-profile clients like Ford Motor Company.

“Jason is a forward-thinking, strategic leader whose vision has helped drive profitable growth and brand recognition for more than 25 years,” said Michael Jones, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Arizona. “His ability to conceptualize marketing campaigns to propel sales and traffic, devise expansion strategies to penetrate new markets, leverage digital platforms to build awareness, and support and develop the talent within his own team, means Delta Dental is well-positioned to continue to improve Arizona’s oral health by emphasizing preventive care and making dental insurance accessible to a wide variety of employers, groups and individuals statewide.”

Greenwood earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing from Eastern Michigan University and his master’s degree in international business from Wayne State University.

Transwestern strengthens Phoenix team

Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) announces that Paul Borgesen III and Dylan Sproul have joined its Phoenix office as Senior Vice President and Vice President, respectively, on the Capital Markets and National Net Lease | Sale Leaseback team. The experienced duo has completed 12,000,000 square feet in building sales, ground-up development, and project consulting across the Greater Phoenix market.

Paul Borgesen III
Dylan Sproul

“Paul and Dylan are a welcome addition to our office and I’m very excited to have them join the team,” said Mark Stratz, Transwestern Senior Vice President and Phoenix Market Leader. “They have cultivated strong relationships in the market and have completed a range of net lease and capital markets transactions for clients Valley-wide. Both Paul and Dylan display the entrepreneurial spirit that Transwestern looks for as we thoughtfully and intentionally grow our firm.”

Borgesen and Sproul join Transwestern from Sperry Van Ness Desert Commercial Advisors, where they grew a well-regarded practice that focused on land development and sales, for industrial, multifamily and office use. Their long list of clients includes Wentworth Property Company, Wharton Equity Partners, Contour Real Estate, Shopoff Realty Investments, Trinsic Residential Group and Fore Properties.

“We are excited to join a dynamic firm like Transwestern,” said Borgesen. “We were attracted to the firm’s comprehensive, ‘cradle to grave’ range of real estate services, from site selection, source acquisition and financing assistance through to agency leasing, tenant advisory and asset services. We appreciate Transwestern’s excellent reputation in the industry, particularly among developers and institutional investors.”

Prior to joining Transwestern, Borgesen was a Senior Advisor at SVN Desert Commercial Advisors. During his eight-year tenure at SVN, he became a market expert focused on the acquisition and disposition of properties, with particular expertise in greenfield and infill development sites, as well as industrial and office sites. He received numerous SVN awards, including the President’s Club and Partners’ Circle. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He holds an Arizona Real Estate Salesperson license and is a member of the NAIOP Young Professionals Group and the Urban Land Institute.

Sproul joined SVN Desert Commercial Advisors as an intern and worked his way up to Senior Advisor. He specialized in the acquisition, disposition, and leasing of commercial real estate in Arizona for investors, owner occupiers, and tenants and was a member of SVN’s national Corporate Real Estate Services team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance with a minor in Real Estate from Arizona State University. He is a member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the Urban Land Institute.