Land Advisors Organization expands

Land Advisors Organization announced Colorado native, Pete Johnson has joined the Scottsdale office to focus exclusively on large land brokerage throughout the United States.“Having Pete join us at a time when we are experiencing tremendous growth is ideal. He’s a real asset to our team and we welcome him to the organization,” stated Greg Vogel, CEO and Founder. “Pete and I will work together with our wide network of brokers and advisors throughout the nation to handle extensive acreage projects.”

Pete brings more than 30 years of experience brokering large tracts of land and has earned a reputation for exceptional service and product knowledge. His extensive real estate expertise spans rural land, ranches, residential, commercial, construction, properties bordering US Forest Service land, and real estate development and management.

“Greg and I have been discussing the idea of me joining forces with Land Advisors Organization for more than decade. After attending the Urban Land Institute’s Large Land Owner Forum last Fall, it became clear the timing was right for that to happen,” expressed Pete.

Prior to joining Land Advisors Organization, Pete founded Hermitage Land Company located in Telluride, Colorado. Since inception in 1988, he has been actively working with significant acreage that often requires a complex understanding of access, title, water, mineral, scenic value, conservation easements, grazing and wildlife.

Michael Hiatt joins Times Media Group

Times Media Group (TMG), the locally based publisher of 17 Valley publications, including the East Valley Tribune and the West Valley View, today announced that Michael Hiatt, former Group Publisher of Modern Luxury – Scottsdale Magazine and Group Publisher of Phoenix Magazine and Phoenix Home & Garden, both published by Cities West Publishing, will join the company as its Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer.

Hiatt has worked in the publishing industry in metro Phoenix for over 30 years. He is well known in the Southwest for his publishing creativity and his ability to build revenue streams by creating unique, effective client-focused advertising platforms and marketing solutions. Hiatt’s hiring combines his publishing experience with the more than two decades Times Media Group founder Steve Strickbine has spent building TMG from a single eight-page community newspaper into the Valley’s leading community news source.

“This is what I’d call a perfect match,” said Strickbine, who will remain TMG’s president. “I’ve always thought of Michael as a superstar in the news business for two reasons. One, he has grown some terrific publications in terms of the stories they tell, the way they serve their advertisers, and the way they serve their communities. Two – and this is even more important – there’s the high level of integrity Michael brings to work every day.”

In his new role, Hiatt will guide all operations related to revenue generation, a move designed to help TMG better capitalize on its many media brands, broad reach across the Valley and desirable demographics. Hiatt started his professional career in Arizona at the East Valley Tribune in 1985 as a staff correspondent. Times Media Group acquired the Tribune in 2015.

“This is an exciting homecoming for me, both to the Tribune and to community journalism, which is something I’m passionate about,” said Hiatt. “I’ve witnessed Steve grow Times Media Group into a formidable organization and I look forward to helping lead this talented team.”

BCBSAZ announces new CSO

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) announced Beth Ginzinger as its chief strategy officer. Responsible for overseeing the company’s strategic planning processes and leading the development of corporate and subsidiary strategies, Ginzinger will be a key player in shaping BCBSAZ’s future. 

“Beth brings a level of expertise that will help expand the meaningful work we do on behalf of our members, and find more opportunities for us to improve quality of life for all Arizonans,” says CEO and President Pam Kehaly. “As she joins our talented leadership team, Beth’s collaborative style will be an asset as she helps ensure we capture every opportunity.”

Ginzinger joins BCBSAZ from Anthem Inc., where she served as vice president for provider joint ventures. There she was instrumental in developing and deploying collaborative provider arrangements that focused on delivering greater value to customers. Prior to that, Ginzinger was president and CEO of Radiant, a WellPoint subsidiary, where she held profit-and-loss management, sales, and operations responsibilities.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University, and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, which she earned at Ford Motor Company. With experience in health policy and business operations, she is uniquely positioned to develop innovative solutions in healthcare.

W.E. O’Neil Construction appoints Arizona president

W.E. O’Neil Construction Co. of Arizona to announced that Bryan Dunn has been named President of the Arizona office, effective immediately. Bryan replaces John Hobbs, W.E. O’Neil’s current President, who will be retiring at the end of 2018. Bryan will be responsible for managing both the Phoenix and Tucson offices.

“We are excited to have the great fortune of having Bryan leading our team moving forward” John Hobbs stated. “His commitment to integrity, teamwork and customer satisfaction aligns with the values of our company” Hobbs added.

Bryan brings broad experience in the construction industry both in the sizes and types of projects he has overseen as well as in the positions he has previously served in. Additionally, he is an active participant in improving the building industry, including serving as a teacher and mentor in the Arizona Builder’s Alliance Leadership Development Forum.

Bryan has been recognized as an ENR-Southwest Top 20 Under 40, People to Know’s Top Industry Leader in Construction and Commercial Executive Magazine Industry Leaders. He is a graduate of Colorado State University. He and his two young children reside in Gilbert, Arizona.

Scottsdale Bar Association elects officers

The Scottsdale Bar Association recently elected new officers and directors for the 2018-2019 year. Officers are Perry L. Goorman, president; Charles R. Berry, vice president; Callie P. Maxwell, secretary; and James Padish, treasurer. Directors are Lance Davidson, Donald Alvarez, Gail Barsky, Grant Boland, Jason Clark, Ryan Cummings, Perry Klauber, Stephen Kupiszewski, Lori Metcalf and Matthew Wenzlau. Ex-officio members are Kevin Estevez, Ryan Lorenz, Paige Martin, Carolyn Goldman and Monica Lindstrom.