Donna Taylor earns LeadingAge Award of Honor

In appreciation of her contributions to the field of aging services, Donna Taylor was recognized with the prestigious Award of Honor from Arizona LeadingAge. Taylor has shown remarkable leadership that has resulted in industry transformation, as well as exceptional contributions in her role as Chief Operating Officer at LifeStream Complete Senior Living (LifeStream), a faith-based, nonprofit organization offering a complete spectrum of accommodations and service for the senior adult community.

“I am so honored to be recognized by Arizona LeadingAge with this meaningful award,” said Donna Taylor, Chief Operating Officer at LifeStream. “My goal has always been to raise the bar for the quality of life for all senior adults. My passion behind that goal, and what gets me out of bed every day, is to play a transformational role in the way we value and care for seniors.”

The Award of Honor from Arizona LeadingAge recognizes the achievements of an individual who has exhibited an exemplary career of outstanding service in the field of aging. Beyond personal achievement, this award is granted to those who make exceptional contributions to the field and raise the capacity of other individuals or organizations to advance the common good.

Vicki Rios named Glendale’s new assistant city manager

Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps has selected Vicki Rios to be the city’s new assistant city manager. Vicki will serve alongside Glendale’s other assistant city manager, Chris Anaradian.

“Vicki has consistently demonstrated that she has the expertise, values and leadership needed to help lead Glendale,” said Glendale City Manager Kevin Phelps. “She is a strategic leader with a wealth of experience managing complex departments and projects within large organizations and we are fortunate to have her as part of our Glendale team.”

As assistant city manager, Rios will lead five major city departments: Community Services, Human Resources, Innovation and Technology, Public Facilities, Recreation & Special Events and Budget and Finance.  She will manage a $119 million budget and 272 full-time employees.

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli attorney elected to board

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli announced that John Gregory has been elected to the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel Board of Directors. John has been a member of the AADC since 2014. He served on the Young Lawyers Division Executive Board from 2014-2018, and as President from 2017-2018. The Board coordinates continuing education seminars and law school competitions, hosts social events for all members, and files amicus briefs on legal issues of significance to members and their clients.

John focuses his practice in the areas of construction defect, dram shop liability and general civil defense litigation. He represents clients in a variety of industries, including construction, hospitality and child care. John is also a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and writes on topics involving construction defect litigation.

Arizona Association of Defense Counsel (AADC) is a non-profit organization that was established in April, 1965. AADC is composed of defense attorneys who practice primarily in the area of civil defense litigation. AADC is dedicated to the education of its members and the judiciary and increasing community awareness of positive aspects of the legal profession.

Local PR pro earns national business award

Jennifer Adler, CEO of Adler Public Relations, was named the winner of a bronze Stevie® Award in the Communications Professional of the Year category in The 17th Annual American Business Awards® last week.

After working in PR at Phoenix-area advertising agencies for the past 11 years, Adler recently resigned from her most recent director of public relations position to start her own PR Firm, Adler Public Relations. Adler Public Relations is a Scottsdale-based, boutique PR firm founded on personal relationships with the media, clients and the community, which specializes in representing lifestyle brands. 

“I’m extremely honored to win this prestigious award,” said Adler. “Receiving national recognition for the work I am doing means so much, especially now as I embark on this new, entrepreneurial journey.”

Early Warning appoints Albert Ko as CEO

Bank-owned company, Early Warning Services, LLC, today announced the appointment of Albert “Al” Ko as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective May 13, 2019. He assumes day-to-day leadership of the company and will also join Early Warning’s Management Committee, comprised of ownership representatives from Bank of America, BB&T, Capital One, JP Morgan Chase, PNC, US Bank, and Wells Fargo. Ko succeeds Paul W. Finch, Jr. who retired from the company in March 2019.

“Al is an exceptional leader, with a deep product management background and a strong track record of operational discipline,” said Bill Wallace, chairman of the Early Warning Management Committee, and head of digital for Consumer and Community Banking (CCB) at JP Morgan Chase & Co. “He is especially adept at leading businesses at scale, helping them reach their maximum potential. We look forward to him making a positive impact on Early Warning, and on the banking industry at large.”