With an eye on growth and innovation, Lovitt & Touché, A Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company, expanded its Tempe and Tucson teams to support increasing sales and service needs. This growth comes on the heels of the company’s acquisition by Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC, a subsidiary of Marsh LLC, one of the world’s leading insurance brokers and risk management advisors.

“For more than 100 years, we have earned a reputation for our steadfast commitment to the Arizona business community,” said CEO Charles Touché. “That commitment is as strong as ever, and we are poised to serve even more companies, residents and community organizations.” 

New team members bring decades of experience in commercial insurance, notably in the construction, healthcare and technology fields. The following professionals joined the Tempe office: 

• Sales Executive Adam Carter has more than 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. He specializes in construction, healthcare and technology.

• Bonds Director Kirk Welch brings extensive surety, underwriting and marketing experience, specializing in construction, commercial and international surety products for companies of all sizes.

• Sales Executive Patty Cashin focuses on commercial lines, creating tailored solutions aligned to diverse business needs.

• Construction Practice Leader Paul Lee has more than 30 years of experience handling complex construction insurance programs. He will oversee one of the firm’s largest specialty groups.

The Tucson office has gained:

• Account Executive Rick Rubner has more than 35 years of experience in insurance. He specializes in tribal insurance and human services.

Versant CEO honored for charitable work

Elizabeth Shabaker, CEO at Versant Capital Management, Inc. in Phoenix received Honorable Mention in the 13th Annual Invest in Others Awards for her philanthropic contributions to Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona. As a result, Free Arts will receive a $1,000 donation from Invest in Others in Liz’s honor.

The Invest in Others Charitable Foundation established its awards program to recognize the charitable work of financial advisors in communities across the country and around the world.

Financial advisors are nominated for actively giving back to nonprofits to improve their communities and make a difference in the lives of others. Hundreds of inspirational nominations for the Invest in Others Awards were received this year and reviewed by a diverse panel of leaders in the financial services industry. Those earning Honorable Mention were selected based on their leadership, dedication, contribution, inspiration, and impact on a nonprofit and the community it serves.

In the years since Liz joined the Free Arts board of directors, she has chaired the fundraising/development committee, governance committee, Art from the Heart Art Auction held at Saks Fifth Avenue, served as president-elect, and was the keynote speaker at a 2017 major fundraising and engagement luncheon. Due to Liz’s leadership acumen, her fellow board members elected her to serve as the president of the board in 2017. Now, as a past president, she is an advisor to the executive director, and she currently holds the office of secretary, which continues to bring her voice to the executive committee.

The 13th Annual Invest in Others Awards Gala, a premier event attended by over 700 financial advisors and financial services executives, is September 26, 2019 in Boston. Awards will be presented in the following categories: Catalyst, Community Service, Global Impact, Volunteer of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement.

Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital leader named ‘CEO to Know’

Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital Chief Executive Officer Debra Knapheide is included in the Becker’s Hospital Review list of “Critical Access Hospital CEOs to Know” for 2019. Becker’s is a nationally recognized healthcare industry trade publication.

As a federally-recognized critical access hospital, Carondelet Holy Cross Hospital is a cornerstone of the community, providing access to healthcare for a broad population. 

The 25-bed facility provides emergency care, general surgery, labor and delivery services, rehabilitation services and health and wellness education for residents of Santa Cruz County in Southern Arizona. 

“The men and women included on this list lead hospitals with 25 beds or fewer that have been recognized for innovation, quality and patient safety on the local and national level… These individuals hold an important role within their community, serving on corporate boards and state-level initiatives to improve access to care,” notes Becker’s in its introduction to the CEO list.

Knapheide is CEO, chief nursing officer and chief operating officer of Holy Cross Hospital, where she is responsible for operations, planning, clinical services and medical staff direction. She also was included in the Becker’s Hospital Review list of “Women Hospital and Healthcare Leaders to Know” for 2018.