Mark Roberts appointed to Arizona District Export Council

Alliance Bank of Arizona continues to grow its foothold as one of the only Arizona-based banking divisions with a strong expertise in trade finance with the appointment of Senior Commercial Loan Officer Mark Roberts to the Arizona District Export Council.

The District Export Council is an honor granted by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to an individual, based on energetic leadership, position in the local business community, knowledge of day-to-day international operations, interest in export developments, and willingness and ability to devote time to council activities.  

Roberts is an existing member of the inaugural Trade Finance Advisory Council, a national council created by the Department of Commerce, to expand access to finance and educate exporters on available U.S. government resources, as well as advise President Donald Trump on trade finance.    

Optimum Technologies hires sales and marketing director

Optimum Technologies, a local Software as a Service (SaaS) startup, welcomes Andrew Kolikoff as Director of Marketing and Business Development. Andrew is a former environmental scientist, chief science officer, university adjunct professor, resource conservation not-for-profit founder turned author and entrepreneur. Andrew has more than 15 years of experience in sales and marketing.

“As we continue to grow our company, we are looking forward to embracing the knowledge and passion that Andrew brings to the table,” said Simon Chatfield, CEO of Optimum Technologies. “We believe he is going to accomplish great things.”

Said a former client of Andrew’s: “Want someone to challenge your convictions and help you open your mind to new possibilities? Looking for someone to paint the big picture for you? Need an enthusiastic vibe to revitalize you? Well this is your guru.”

Banner – UMC welcome 3 new surgeons

Marion Henry, MD

Banner – University Medical Center and the University of Arizona Department of Surgery are pleased to welcome three new surgeons to Tucson.


Marion Henry, MD, MPH, joined the faculty as an associate professor in the UA Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics in November. She came to Tucson from Naval Medical Center San Diego, where she was a commander in the Medical Corps.

Dr. Henry earned her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, Calif., and completed her general surgical residency at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and at Yale University, where she also earned a master’s degree in public health, and a research fellowship in pediatric surgery. Dr. Henry completed further fellowship training in pediatric surgery at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and is board certified in general and pediatric surgeries.

Dr. Henry specializes in neonatal, pediatric and thoracic surgery. She has a particular interest in the care of newborns with

David Stewart, MD

congenital anomalies and in pediatric surgical oncology. Her research interests include clinical outcomes, family and patient-centered outcomes, and systems-based care improvements.

David Stewart, MD, is an associate professor and the new section chief of colon and rectal surgery in the UA Department of Surgery.

Dr. Stewart  received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, completed his surgery residency at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital near Santa Barbara, Calif., and then underwent fellowship training in colon and rectal surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

His specializes in the surgical treatment of colorectal disease, with a particular emphasis on recurrent rectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease. He also maintains a research laboratory focusing on C. difficile infection and treatments, with funding support from the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and the National Institutes of Health.

Craig Weinkauf, MD

Craig Weinkauf, MD, PhD, an assistant professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery at the UA Department of Surgery, joined the faculty in November.

He is a Tucson native who earned his combined medical degree and doctorate in immunology from Tufts University in Boston. Dr. Weinkauf completed his residency in vascular surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. 

He treats patients with vascular disease, such as aortic aneurysms, carotid artery stenosis, peripheral arterial disease and venous and lymphatic disease.

Dr. Weinkauf’s research interests include identifying molecular markers indicative of stroke risk associated carotid artery disease and the use of advanced imaging methods to diagnose and better understand pathology in the brain, abdomen and legs.