March 26, 2018

AZ Business Leaders

On the move at McCarthy, Delta Dental, Village Health Clubs, Jaburg Wilk, JSS

McCarthy Building Companies promotes Antonya Williams

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. recently promoted Antonya Williams to vice president for the Southwest region.

In this position, Williams guides a large multi-state team delivering solutions for diverse and complex projects. She holds key partnerships with all preconstruction and operations leaders focusing on the technical aspects within project design and construction.

Williams has more than a decade of industry expertise with a diverse, well-rounded background in project and design management, including eight years working for McCarthy’s Northern Pacific region where she was involved in a wide array of construction teams, ranging from education institutions and healthcare facilities to large justice projects.

“Antonya has a passion for the construction industry and this new role will utilize her exceptional team-building skills to foster open collaboration from a project’s start to finish,” said Justin Kelton, president of McCarthy Southwest. “Her experience with design management, sustainability issues and numerous alternative delivery methods will be an asset to owners who are looking to implement best practices.”

Williams earned her bachelor’s degree in construction management from California State University, Chico. She actively volunteers with New Pathways for Youth, Advancing Women in Construction and the ACE Mentor Program of America, which matches professionals in architecture, construction and engineering with high school students open to a career in those fields.

Delta Dental of Arizona taps Leslie Hess

Delta Dental of Arizona announced that Leslie Hess is joining Arizona’s leading dental benefits provider as the dental insurer’s compliance and risk management officer. In this director-level position, Hess will oversee the organization’s enterprise risk management activities and ensure state and federal regulatory compliance. 

Prior to joining Delta Dental of Arizona, Hess served as the interim director at the Arizona Department of Insurance, where she was responsible for directing and managing the operations of the state agency.  Hess was tasked with analyzing, interpreting and enforcing statutes and regulations relating to all lines of insurance, including health, life, property and casualty. 

“Leslie’s extensive background with insurance, governmental affairs and compliance will be an asset as Delta Dental of Arizona continues to grow and launch new products and programs to make dental care accessible to all Arizonans,” said Allan Allford, president/CEO of Delta Dental of Arizona.

Hess has both private and public-sector experience, including serving as the director of compliance and corporate secretary for Oxford Life Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and more than 11 years as deputy receiver and financial affairs legal officer at the Arizona Department of Insurance. She also spent two years at the Arizona Legislature at Legislative Council and worked in the securities division at the Arizona Corporation Commission for seven years. Early in her career, Hess worked as an attorney for both Merrill Lynch and Bear Stearns in New York City.

She has a juris doctor from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a master’s degree in counseling from Arizona State University. Hess is also a founding member of the Cactus Wren Chapter of the National Charity League.

Rick Erdenberger takes helm as VP

In late 2017, the Village Health Clubs &® to offer members an exclusive golf experience at a number of award-winning courses around the Valley. The partnership provides Village Health Club members with all the benefits of Troon Rewards Silver Status levels, which include 10% off the best available rate on golf and merchandise, the ability to earn certificates towards complimentary rounds of golf for every 500 points collected, along with special offers and invitations to exclusive events (happy hours with putting contests, nine & dines, TroonFIT inspired events, clinics, leagues, tournaments and more) and Callaway promotions.

Rick Erdenberger, former Vice President and General Manager of the Ocotillo Village Health Club, has taken the helm as Vice President of Operations and Golf Program. As Vice President, Erdenberger has helped to create several Village exclusive events.

The Village Health Clubs & Spas are premier healthy lifestyle clubs connecting people through rich and rewarding experiences. The Village provides an all-in-one experience for those wanting to immerse themselves in a community that understands the power of health and fitness.

Jaburg Wilk partner Castle named to board

Jason Castle was named to the Board of Directors of Helping Hands for Single Moms Phoenix. 

Castle, a family law attorney and partner at Jaburg Wilk, said “For much of my career, I’ve worked with children and families.  This is a non-profit that not only helps disadvantaged single mom pursue a college degree but also supports her family during that challenging journey.  Without that support, her chance of success diminishes.”

Helping Hands for Single Moms Phoenix  has been serving the community since 2002.  More than 73 single mom families are currently receiving benefits through their program with a college graduation or enrollment rate of 74% of their full scholarship clients. Their mission is to is to assist impoverished single mother families while the mother pursues a college education and financial independence.

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon welcomes Tracy D. Als

Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, P.L.C. announced that Tracy D. Als has joined the firm as Director of Human Resources.

Als is a dynamic, versatile leader with more than twenty-five years of demonstrated success in the legal industry. Her experience covers the entire spectrum of human resources, with a strong focus on fostering a healthy and happy workforce while assisting the firm with strategic growth. Als utilizes her interpersonal communication, management, and leadership skills to develop, build, and maintain critical relationships involving clear communication, persuasion, diplomacy and, most of all, trust.

“Tracy is an excellent addition to the firm’s administrative management team,” states John Skewes, Chief Operating Officer of Jennings Strouss. “Her knowledge of current regulations and trends in Human Resources, coupled with her business sense, enables the firm to maintain its strong workforce and focus on adding qualified personnel to support our growth.”

Tracy enjoys being a part of a team, learning from strong leaders, contributing to strategy and operations, and collaborating with all departments outside of human resources to keep morale high, clients happy, and the firm growing.

“It’s a privilege and honor to work for such a prestigious firm,” states Als. “I look forward to a long tenure with Jennings Strouss.”

Als currently serves as Vice President of the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)-Arizona Chapter, and is a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), and NALS, the Association for Legal Professionals.