Next generation of business leaders will shape the future

Michael Gossie, Managing Editor
This is one of my favorite issues of Az Business because we get to showcase many of the organizations and leaders that are creating a vibrant economy in Arizona.

» This issue contains our annual Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) supplement, which highlights the incredible work the organization is doing to attract and grow businesses in Arizona.

» The Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (AzLTA) supplement talks about how the amazing upcoming events — the Super Bowl, College Football Championship Game, Final Four — will impact not only Arizona’s tourism industry, but our state’s economy for years to come.

» The Industry Leaders of Arizona awards — which spotlights aerospace and defense, commercial and residential service contractors, food and beverage, healthcare support services and software/data support companies in 2015 — showcases some of the best companies in the state.

» Generation Next, which features 40 of Arizona’s most innovative and creative business leaders younger than 40, gives us a glimpse into ways they are changing Arizona today and ways they will change the world in the future. As a one-time young business leader who didn’t have to worry about social media marketing or the cloud when I launched my professional career, it’s refreshing to meet the young women and men who will build and create things that we have yet to imagine.

Enjoy the first issue of 2015.

Michael Gossie, Editor in Chief