Greater Phoenix Chamber names 7 to Valley Young Professionals Board

The Greater Phoenix Chamber (GPC) has appointed seven new members to its Valley Young Professionals (VYP) Board of Directors. VYP, a program of the Greater Phoenix Chamber, is for Valley-area professionals ages 25-39 aimed at creating the next generation of Phoenix leaders by informing and educating its members on important issues facing the local community.

The 2019-2020 Board is responsible for overseeing VYP programming, which includes identifying relevant content, impactful speakers, new event venues, and community partnerships.

The seven young professionals joining the 2019-2020 VYP Board are:

• Eric Bottolfsen, Vice President – Brokerage Sales, MassMutual

• Margaret Craig, Associate Account Director, Ideas Collide

• Jill Foley, Managing Partner, Four Leaf Financial & Accounting, PLLC

• Shon Mack, Customer Service Analyst, Salt River Project

• T. J. Mitchell, Associate, Polsinelli

• Stella O’Rourke, Corporate Development Manager, UMOM New Day Centers

• Kimberly Roland, Director of Entrepreneur Programs, Better Business Bureau 

Now in its ninth year, the VYP Board of Directors manages a strong program to retain and attract young professionals to the Greater Phoenix area by connecting them to the community. 

“The VYP program is vital to advancing the Chamber’s mission to promote regional prosperity, serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities,” said Todd Sanders, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber. “Once again, we are proud to add strong leaders to the VYP Board to continue to guide us in providing meaningful opportunities for Greater Phoenix’s young leaders to learn about our community, connect with each other, and grow their leadership skills.”

Arizona Broadway Theatre names director of marketing

Now in its 14th Season, Arizona Broadway Theatre (ABT), Arizona’s Leader in Musical Theatre, announced today that it has named Arizona State University graduate Brad York as the new Director of Marketing & Development.

Brad has been intimately involved with ABT since long before its opening in the West Valley in the fall of 2005. “The idea of ABT was just a scribble on a bar napkin when now co-founders and ABT Producers Kiel & Cassandra Klaphake first mentioned ABT to me back in early 2000,” York said. “It was at a cocktail hour at their apartment in Inwood (a quaint neighborhood nestled at the top of Manhattan in New York City) when they first said, ‘We’re moving to Arizona to open a theatre!’ Nineteen years later, I could not be prouder to take on this new role knowing first-hand how far we’ve come since the idea of ABT was born.” 

As ABT’s Director of Marketing since 2011, Brad has overseen the enormous growth of ABT’s popularity amongst Valley theatre-goers as “the” musical theatre destination in Phoenix to see top-quality talent and production values.  Brad holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Linfield College and a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. 

“Brad has brought a uniquely qualified set of skills to the table,” said Executive Producer Kiel Klaphake. “It’s one thing to understand the daily principles and practices of marketing, but it’s Brad’s theatrical background – his first-hand knowledge of the shows we produce and the actors we hire – along with his personal investment in ABT and its patrons that have made Brad’s contributions to ABT and our marketing efforts extra special.”

Kent Hanson joins Kidder Mathews’ Phoenix office

Kent Hanson has joined Kidder Mathews’ Phoenix office as a senior vice president, and he specializes in the sale and leasing of industrial properties. Hanson has been in the commercial real estate industry for 16 years. Before joining Kidder Mathews, he was a senior director with Cushman & Wakefield.