Banner Health announces new CEOs at five Arizona hospitals

Banner Health announced new leadership at five Arizona hospitals involving the transition of three current leaders to new roles. The changes, which are effective Dec. 9, are as follows:

Debbie Flores, previously CEO of Banner Boswell Medical Center in Sun City, Ariz. and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, Ariz., is now CEO for Banner Thunderbird Medical Center in Glendale, Ariz. She replaces Deb Krmpotic, who is no longer with Banner Health.

Sharon Lind, previously CEO of Banner Goldfield Medical Center in Apache Junction, Ariz. and Banner Ironwood Medical Center in Queen Creek, Ariz., is now CEO for Banner Boswell Medical Center, and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center. 

Robert Gardner, previously chief operating officer of Banner Baywood Medical Center and Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, Ariz., has been promoted to CEO of Banner Goldfield Medical Center and Banner Ironwood Medical Center.

“I have great confidence that these seasoned Banner Health leaders will bring strategic insights and thought, as well as energy, excitement and enthusiasm to the strong work already under way at each of these hospitals,” said Todd Werner, president, Arizona Community Delivery for Banner Health. “Each has a proven record of success in their previous roles and are well-positioned for these new opportunities.”

City of Avondale hires director of economic development

The City of Avondale has hired Kenneth Chapa as its new Director of  Economic Development (ED). Chapa starts work in Avondale on Jan. 20, 2020, filling a vacancy left by former ED Director Dan Davis, who retired in October.

Since 2016, Ken Chapa has worked for the City of Henderson, Nevada, Office of Economic Development in which he has served as both Manager and Interim Director.  During his tenure, he played a key role in the development of the first urban Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) test site through a partnership between the City of Henderson, Nevada State College, Nevada Institute for Autonomous Studies and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development. He also contributed significantly to the City of Henderson’s economic development rebranding, sales and marketing strategy.

He previously served as Executive Vice President of Business Development position with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation in Michigan. He also worked as a project manager for the City of Mesa’s Economic Development Department, and held Vice President positions with the Arizona Commerce Authority.

“This is a time of tremendous growth for Avondale, with the city poised to attract new development in each of our key sectors – from the City’s health tech corridor and corporate commerce areas identified for manufacturing to the newly established sports and entertainment district known as The BLVD,” said Charles Montoya, Avondale City Manager. “Ken will lead Avondale’s economic development team in working with the city’s development and engineering services professionals to provide a top-notch customer experience for those seeking to do build and do business in Avondale.”

Sundt Construction promotes Nicole Calamaio

Sundt Construction, Inc. has promoted Nicole Calamaio to senior vice president and chief human resources officer. In this role, Calamaio will be responsible for talent acquisition, administrative talent development, craft workforce development, human resources and total rewards.

“Nicole’s experience and passion for people make her ideal addition to Sundt’s executive leadership team,” said G. Michael Hoover, the company’s President, CEO and Chairman of the Board. “She lives our mission, purpose and values and is committed to making Sundt an industry leader in all aspects of talent management and employee engagement.”

Calamaio joined Sundt in 2014 as corporate director of total rewards and was promoted to corporate director of human resources three years later. Last spring, Calamaio was promoted to the position of vice president of talent management where she was responsible for providing leadership in the area of human resources, total rewards and administrative workforce development. Since joining Sundt, she has redesigned the compensation program to ensure it is competitive and improved the employee benefits program, which is among the best in the industry. Additionally, Calamaio successfully implemented a talent management tool to advance Sundt’s talent capabilities and to enhance the employee experience. 

Calamaio has more than 20 years of industry-specific talent management experience, five of which have been with Sundt. She is especially knowledgeable about employee-ownership and has worked actively to advocate for employee stock owner plan (ESOP) companies at the national political level. She holds a master’s in human resources from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in human resources from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.

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