Metro Phoenix Bank continues to grow

Metro Phoenix Bank announced the hiring of four commercial lenders: Rickard Strom, Kristen McLean, Larry Stangler, and David Mahar.

  • Rickard Strom has nearly 20 years of financial industry experience coupled with a finance degree from Boise State University. As SVP, Lending, Mr. Strom will utilize his commercial lending expertise to spearhead specialty programs, working closely with industry leaders and clients.
  • Kristen McLean is a dynamic and knowledgeable commercial real estate lender with 21 years banking experience. Throughout her career, she facilitated multi-million-dollar commercial real estate investment deals, secured construction financing, and managed sizable commercial loan portfolios. Ms. McLean’s professional expertise will lend itself well to her position as Metro Phoenix Bank’s VP, Commercial Lending.
  • Larry Stangler brings 20+ years of banking experience, most of which has been focused on Small Business Administration (SBA) and commercial real estate lending. Mr. Stangler will be in charge of leading the Bank’s SBA department and will hold the position of VP, SBA Manager. His proven track record of networking, creating loan programs and branding will be a true asset for MPB.
  • David Mahar’s career includes 15 years banking experience with an emphasis in relationship building. He excels at providing sound financial advice to business clients while balancing their needs with those of the bank. He truly ensures a positive customer experience and will hold the role of AVP, Commercial Loan Officer at MPB.

Stephen P. Haggard, MPB President and CEO, commented, “We are excited to have recruited top talent that aligns with our continued growth strategy in the Arizona market. All four individuals have exceptional market knowledge, are well connected throughout the community, and will be instrumental in the Bank’s successful growth. With such additions to our already dynamic team and our commitment to helping our business community thrive, we are excited at what 2019 may bring.”  

GoDaddy hires Fara Howard as CMO

GoDaddy Inc., the company that empowers everyday entrepreneurs, today announced Fara Howard has joined the company as Chief Marketing Officer.

GoDaddy Chief Marketing Officer Fara Howard

As Chief Marketing Officer, Ms. Howard will lead all aspects of GoDaddy’s marketing strategy and execution, including brand and performance marketing, community engagement, and customer lifecycle management.  Ms. Howard has unique experience building community-based engagement, and leveraging those activities through integrated marketing efforts.  Prior to joining GoDaddy, Ms. Howard was the Chief Marketing Officer at Amazon Fashion. Ms. Howard also served as Vice President of Global Marketing at Vans and held senior marketing roles at Dell.

GoDaddy is promoting Andrew Low Ah Kee to Chief Operating Officer, with responsibility for worldwide commercial strategy and operations.  In addition to his current remit for global revenue functions – marketing, sales and international expansion – Mr. Low Ah Kee will add responsibility for customer engagement via GoDaddy’s global Customer Care operations.  Ms. Howard will report to Mr. Low Ah Kee.

Scottsdale’s Ross Brown Partners names VP

Todd DeHaven has been named vice president of operations for Ross Brown Partners, Inc.  DeHaven brings extensive experience in transformational business leadership involving strategy, collaboration and technological advancement.

“Todd ‘s incredible track record developing innovative programs impressed us from the start,” says Curtis Brown, founding principal with Ross Brown Partners.  “The commercial real estate industry is undergoing a technological transformation that promises to bring incredible benefits to our clients.  Todd’s expertise, creativity and energy will help lead our company forward in a multitude of ways, ranging from digital marketing to business development and workplace collaboration.”

As vice president of operations, DeHaven will oversee the strategic vision for Ross Brown Partners.  He will work both internally and externally on modernization and productivity efforts.  His scope of responsibility includes business development, marketing, office and brokerage staff management.  DeHaven will utilize his knowledge of current technologies and business processes to ensure continuous advancement for the company in the fields of business process technologies, business growth and customer satisfaction.