Southwest Behavioral & Health Services appoints chief medical officer

Michael Sweeney, MD has joined Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H), an innovative leader in behavioral health as its chief medical officer. Dr. Sweeney has over 30 years of behavioral health experience and will be responsible for the education and supervision of the medical staff, as well as ensuring that SB&H patients receive the highest standard of medical care.

“Michael is a proven behavioral health leader with a strong track record of success,” said Southwest Behavioral & Health Services CEO Steven Sheets. “He is highly regarded for his leadership and proven ability to assess and diagnose needs and plans of action for individuals and families. His vision and approach to care make him the right medical leader for the next chapter of SB&H’s history.”

Dr. Sweeney has served in a variety of administrative and clinical roles at the Psychiatric Annex of the Maricopa Medical Center, Alternative Behavioral Systems, ComCare and the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center. The recent appointment marks Dr. Sweeney’s return to SB&H as he served as medical director for Southwest Behavioral & Health Services from 2000 to 2009.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorney earns honor

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie partner, Matthew Sweger, has been named as one of the BTI Client Service All-Stars 2019. This annual award comprises attorneys recognized by corporate counsel for excellence in client service incorporating superior client focus, unmatched client experience, an understanding of the client’s business, unparalleled legal skills and innovative thought leadership.

Sweger is a partner in the firm’s Business Transactions practice group. He focuses his practice on corporate transactions involving middle-market mergers and acquisitions for businesses across many industries, real estate equity investment, and the health care industry. He has handled some of the most visible real estate and health care transactions in recent Arizona history. He has broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, joint venture formations and debt and equity financing, including private equity and venture capital financing. Sweger also acts as outside general counsel to clients on a range of governance issues and general business matters.

Lee & Associates Arizona welcomes Matt Nebeker

Lee & Associates Arizona announced the addition of Matt Nebeker as its newest Principal specializing in East Valley office leasing. Matt has worked in commercial real estate in the Phoenix Valley for 14 years.

He began his commercial real estate career with Trammell Crow Company in 2005 when he joined their research team. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Trammell Crow’s Leasing Services Division as an Associate Broker with the Seeger, Peterson, Gustin Team. The team then moved to Cushman & Wakefield in January 2007, where Matt spent 12 years before joining Lee & Associates in March of this year.

Specializing in agency leasing, Matt continuously pursues new business through sales calls and meetings with prospective tenants. He has worked most of the Class A listings in the Southeast Valley and is very familiar with the tenant movements within the market.

Heather Marin promoted at hardison/downey

hardison/downey construction inc. recently promoted Heather Marin to Vice President of Operations. 

“Heather has played a big role in our rapid growth over the past year,” said hardison/downey President Justin Newman. “She easily connects with others to build team camaraderie and repeat work, and she’s eager to open new doors and opportunities.”  

Heather joined the hardison/downey team in 2015, focusing on legacy clients and expanding the company’s portfolio. She oversaw the successful completion of 14 vertical structures across the expanse of a private golf development in North Scottsdale and has been instrumental in the establishment of a self-perform civil group for h/d. Prior to her promotion to Vice President, Marin was a Project Director.

Since last year, h/d has significantly grown its workforce, which now numbers more than 100. The company posted its best year in its 33-year history in 2018 and is on track to exceed last year’s revenues.   

When she came to h/d, Heather returned to her roots, so to speak. She began her career in the Kitchell family of companies at Kitchell Custom Homes, where she worked on notable projects such as the Valley Ho condos and The Mountain Project. She then successfully ran her own renovation company for a few years and came back to the commercial contracting business to satisfy her desire for larger, more complex projects.

BillingTree adds proven chief operating officer

BillingTree®, the payment problem solvers™, today announced Terri Harwood has been appointed Chief Operating Officer. In this newly created position, Ms. Harwood will lead BillingTree Operations during a period of rapid growth. Her experience and extensive expertise complement the company’s continued success in the target verticals of Accounts Receivable Management (ARM), Healthcare, Financial Institutions and Business-to-Business (B2B) payments.

Ms. Harwood brings over 25 years of experience in the payments industry, having previously occupied a COO position at North American Bancard for over five years. Her responsibilities spanned operations, service, compliance, sales and marketing. Prior to this, Ms. Harwood served as the Senior Vice President at Global Payments for over 10 years. She oversaw the customer experience for all lines of business, including ISO, Premier merchant and bank relationships.

Dr. Meredith Hay elected president of the American Physiological Society

Meredith Hay, PhD, professor of physiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, and a faculty member of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, has been elected president of the American Physiological Society for 2019-2020.

Dr. Hay is internationally known for her work in cardiovascular neurobiology and was one of the first scientists to look at the role of sex differences in the development of hypertension. Her studies helped establish guidelines to include gender differences in the treatment of high blood pressure. Dr. Hay’s research has continuously been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other sources for the past 26 years.

Dr. Hay also has extensive national experience in university administration and interdisciplinary research program development. Prior to coming to the University of Arizona in 2008 as executive vice president and provost, Dr. Hay was the vice president for research for the University of Iowa, where she worked with state and federal lawmakers, private-sector representatives, and community groups to broaden both private and public support for research universities.