On the move at Nextiva, REDW, NB|AZ, NATAS, Mercury

Business News | 1 May |

Marc Stoll joins Nextiva as president and COO

Nextiva (www.nextiva.com), a leading cloud communications company, announced that it has named Marc Stoll as President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for leading Nextiva’s global operations in support of its rapid growth.

Stoll is a seasoned business leader, coming to Nextiva with more than twenty years of experience in leading technology companies like Apple, CA, Compaq, and most recently, Anaplan through periods of significant change and growth. Most notably, he served as Apple’s VP Worldwide Sales Finance, supporting Tim Cook during the Steve Jobs era.

During his time at Apple, Marc implemented systems and processes to empower the company to invest in growth opportunities that supported global sales channels, accounting for more than $125B in annual revenue which grew by $100B during his tenure. Stoll supported the launch of the iPad and assisted in the pervasiveness of the iPhone from one carrier after the launch to virtually every carrier in the world today.

REDW Wealth adds a senior investment manager

REDW Wealth LLC, an SEC-registered subsidiary of REDW LLC, announced the addition of Robert Elzholz as Senior Investment Manager in the firm’s Phoenix office.

Robert has more than 15 years of industry experience developing and customizing financial, estate, and income planning solutions for a variety of clients, including private and public companies, Native American tribes, family-owned businesses, individuals and families. As Senior Investment Manager at REDW Wealth, he will be responsible for business development and oversight of financial services in the Phoenix market.

Robert worked most recently as a Portfolio Manager with Stellar Capital Management in Phoenix, and prior to that, was with REDW Stanley Wealth Advisors and JP Morgan Securities. Earlier in his career, Robert served as a Financial Advisor for USAA in Phoenix. He currently serves on the Board of the Phoenix Chapter of the Western Pension & Benefits Council.

“Robert’s longstanding commitment to excellent client service and our drive to grow makes him an excellent fit for our Phoenix office,” commented Paul Madrid, Principal in charge of REDW Wealth. “Robert knows the market extremely well, so with his knowledge, experience and client-centric approach, we are well-positioned to build a solid foundation to not only better serve our clients, but also expand our reach in the Phoenix market.”

National Bank of Arizona appoints Kate Smith

National Bank of Arizona recently congratulated Kate Smith on her new role as senior manager, power project finance. The Power Project Finance group has led the way in alternative energy financing for 10 years and is part of a larger platform held by Zions Bancorporation.

As a leader in alternative energy financing, National Bank of Arizona has established clients who have created self-sustaining power generators. The Power Project Finance Group has a proven track record of financing power generation assets, as National Bank of Arizona helps bring together industry experts to lead targeted financing for power-related infrastructure projects.

Kate Smith studied Business Administration and Finance at the University of Arizona and has been with National Bank of Arizona for over eight years. She began as the Power Project Finance Relationship Manager, helping lift this division of NB|AZ off the ground and is now our Senior Manager of the Power Project Finance group.  She will now originate and manage the Distributed Generation Power Project Finance group, with her expertise in solar distributed generation and structured finance.

“The Power Project Finance Group is a group that focuses on projects specific to the production of renewable energy,” Smith stated. “We will be working with developers and sponsors all over the state and country to help with their financing needs when it comes to developing and implementing new power sources.”

NATAS announces three new board members

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter, is pleased to announce its 2019-2020 governing board members.

The Executive Committee includes:   

• President and national trustee: Doug Mummert, Phoenix Fire Foundation

• First vice president: Mark Reda, Fox Sports Arizona (retired) and ASU Cronkite School of Journalism

• Second vice president and alternate national trustee: Theresa Maher, Hire Story

• Treasurer: Suzanne Guery, Arizona PBS (retired)

• Secretary:  Jennifer Doan, FOX 10

• National trustee: Bob Adlhoch, Phoenix Suns Broadcasting

Returning board members for 2019-2020 include:

• Dan Barr, Perkins Coie

• John Booth, Arizona Public Media (Tucson)

• George Davilas, 12 News

• Jennifer Jones, Arizona’s Family

• Donna Rossi, City of Buckeye Police Department

In addition to the executive committee and returning board member, new board members include:

• Micah Johnson, MediaStars: In 1987, Johnson became the youngest male anchor at CNN Headline News. He also anchored for NBC, winning a gold medal at the Radio/TV Festival of New York for his anchoring of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Johnson has been news director in several markets, vice president of news for a major broadcasting group, and president of an international Washington DC news service.

• Danielle Lerner, ABC15: Lerner joined the ABC15 team as a weekday morning anchor in 2014, after working as a morning anchor for KVOA-TV’s “Tucson Today.” Since joining the team, Lerner has received an Emmy award and two Emmy nominations for “Best Anchor” in the Rocky Mountain region. The Associated Press also recognized her, and her co-anchors, as the “Best Anchor Team.”

• Lindsey Reiser, Arizona’s Family: Reiser has been a member of Arizona’s Family, which includes both KTVK TV 3 and CBS 5 in Phoenix, since 2011. She anchors the weekend newscasts on both stations and reports during the week for the late broadcasts. Her work has earned her several Rocky Mountain Emmy award nominations.

Phoenix Mercury hire Jennifer Gillom

The three-time WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury today announced the hiring of Mercury legend and 2009 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Jennifer Gillom as the team’s Player Development Coach.  Gillom, the first player allocated to the Mercury at the league’s inception in 1997, played six seasons in Phoenix and her No. 22 hangs in the rafters of Talking Stick Resort Arena. 

“On and off the court, the Mercury is where it is today thanks in part to Jen Gillom, and we are excited to welcome her back,” said Mercury General Manager Jim Pitman.  “To be able to add a coach of Jen’s experience and a former post player of her caliber in the role of player development, especially after using two of our top draft picks on young forwards, is something we expect to be very beneficial.  And, of course, the X-Factor’s love for her is an added bonus.” 

As Phoenix’s Player Development Coach, Gillom will oversee the on-court development and skill-training of Mercury players, and work in concert with head coach Sandy Brondello and assistant coaches Julie Hairgrove and Penny Taylor.  Gillom’s on-court work will begin with the Mercury’s 2019 training camp this May.

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