Irgens building team with the addition of Derek Flottum

Derek Flottum has been named Director, Development for Irgens.  Flottum has been added to its Arizona operations to facilitate commercial development in Greater Phoenix as the company continues to expand in the Southwest.

“Derek brings depth of experience and impressive commercial real estate skills, having gained expertise in the development, management and financial fields,” says Jason Meszaros, senior vice president and managing regional director of Irgens. “He will drive real estate investment that include identifying and coordinating new development and acquisition opportunities, as well as leasing of existing Irgens assets.”

Flottum possesses more than 18 years of experience in the real estate, financial services and capital markets fields.  Most recently he was Acquisitions Manager for Crown Development.  He previously served as president of Enterprise Bank & Trust and as vice president of M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank.

MIHS elevates Sydney Vail

Sydney J. Vail, MD, FACS, has been named Chairman, Department of Surgery, at Maricopa Integrated Health System, Maricopa County’s safety net system of care and public teaching hospital.

In this role, Dr. Vail will oversee all functions of MIHS’s Department of Surgery, which is comprised of 16 divisions that include: general surgery (including minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery), trauma, burn, hand, neurological, otorhinolaryngology, pediatric, plastic, thoracic, surgical critical care, urology, breast surgical oncology, podiatry, physical medicine & rehabilitation, ophthalmology and vascular surgery.

“Dr. Vail is a passionate and innovative professional who has been a national leader in trauma care for decades,” said Steve Purves, MIHS President and CEO. “His skills and experience, combined with his deep appreciation for our health care system and the community at large, make him uniquely qualified to direct our leading-edge Department of Surgery.”

Former assistant U.S. attorney Roy Herrera joins Ballard Spahr

Roy Herrera, who served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Phoenix, has joined Ballard Spahr in the firm’s Litigation Department, Phoenix Office Managing Partner John G. Kerkorian announced today.

Mr. Herrera joins Ballard Spahr as of counsel. He focuses on political law, government and regulatory affairs, and white collar defense. He conducts internal investigations and advises on campaign finance and election law matters for clients including nonprofits, businesses, political candidates, and donors. Mr. Herrera has also served on the legislative staff of former Congressman Ed Pastor (D-AZ).

Joining Ballard Spahr along with Mr. Herrera is Daniel Arellano, who comes to the firm as an associate in the firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Arellano represents clients in campaign finance and election law matters, government and regulatory affairs, and complex civil and criminal litigation, particularly at the appellate level. Mr. Arellano has clerked for both the Arizona Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Park University tabs veteran coach

Park University Gilbert named coaching veteran and collegiate athletics administrator Jeff Fore as its head women’s basketball and head men’s cross country coach in Gilbert, Arizona. 

Fore will land on the Gilbert Campus Sept. 17, after spending the last three years as Director of Team Recruiting Solutions and Senior Recruiting Specialist at Next College Student Athlete (NCSA). He has also served in athletics administration at Grand Canyon University (2013-2015) and Mesa Community College (2008-2010) as assistant athletic director and director of athletics, respectively. 

His career has been marked by successful basketball programs, beginning after his playing days at the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri S&T), beginning his coaching career at Arkansas State University as an assistant coach in 1988 and continuing from 1990-1993 at then-Central Missouri State (now UCM).

Fore was named head men’s basketball coach at Clarke University in 1993, and in 1996, he began affiliation with the national team in Kuwait City, Kuwait, where he ended his tenure in 2000 as coach of the Kuwait Basketball Association’s head coach for its national team. He also coached the Arizona Rhinos Professional Basketball Club from 2003-2005, followed by high school boys basketball stops in Arizona at Phoenix Country Day High School, James Sandoval Prep, and Valley Vista High School, and his most recent coaching stop was on the girls side, at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Glendale, Arizona.

Park University hires softball, women’s cross country coach

Karin Gadberry is Park University Gilbert’s newest addition to a growing coaching staff, named softball and women’s cross country coach, effective Sept. 17, 2018, by Buccaneers director of athletics Steve Wilson.

“Karin’s knowledge of softball, recruiting in the Greater Phoenix area, and her dedication to strength and conditioning, as well as her wealth of knowledge in distance running and administration of a cross country program made her a perfect fit to lead our softball and cross country programs,” Wilson said. “Karin’s administrative background is an added bonus as she begins to help us build this campus in downtown Gilbert. I’m extremely excited to have Karin on our staff.”

Most recently, Gadberry was the volunteer assistant softball coach at Grand Canyon University, in Phoenix, where she worked primarily with the catchers helping the Lopes to a runner up finish at the WAC Conference tournament. Prior to her time at GCU she served as the senior woman administrator and head softball coach at New Mexico Highlands University. In her time at New Mexico Highlands, Gadberry worked extensively with the women’s cross country program, as well as serving as interim co-director of athletics in 2015.