Speedie & Associates announces staffing moves

Local consulting engineering firm, Speedie & Associates, Inc. welcomed Bridgette Blair, AZED Pro, as Marketing & Communications Manager to the firm.  Bridgette joins with over a decade of experience in marketing and promotion in the Arizona market. Her connection to the AEC industry is multi-faceted garnered from over a decade promoting economic development statewide while with the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED).  She will be responsible for managing and executing the firm’s strategic marketing directives as an integral part of the business development and marketing team.  Blair began her position in December 2018.

Speedie & Associates also announced the promotion of Jamie Schindeldecker to Business Development Manager. Prior to this promotion, she served as the Marketing Manager for S&A. With 20 years of experience in Arizona’s A/E/C industry, Jamie will be responsible for the firm’s ongoing focus on developing strategic partnerships in the A/E/C industry and securing work in both the private and public sectors.

In addition, Speedie & Associates announced the promotion of Donna Chiappini to Client Services Manager. As a 30+ year veteran to the AEC industry, Donna has helped drive the growth of the firm over the past 18 years while advancing the firm’s strategic business development efforts. Donna’s role will capitalize on her strengths and experience with focus on client relations and project acquisition.

Avondale names new city attorney

The City of Avondale announced that it has hired Michael Wawro as its City Attorney.  At its meeting on Monday, March 18, the Avondale City Council voted to approve Wawro’s employment contract. He will officially join Avondale on April 1, 2019, as the City’s first in-house legal counsel. 

Wawro, who has 14 years of municipal experience in both civil and criminal law, will serve as the City’s chief legal advisor, providing legal services to the City Council, City Manager and all departments, as well as the City’s boards, commissions and committees. He will play a key role in the formation of the City’s in-house legal department.  The City is currently recruiting four positions for this new department. 

Said Wawro: “I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity and am ready to devote my talents, experience and energy to building a City Attorney’s Office that will be the pride of Avondale for years to come.”

Reshma Amin joins Jones, Skelton & Hochuli

Jones, Skelton & Hochuli announced the addition of Reshma Amin to its Transportation, Auto, Products and General Liability Trial Group, expanding the firm to 89 lawyers. 

Reshma works in the firm’s transportation, auto, and general liability trial group. Before joining the firm, she worked at a national law firm focusing in civil litigation and personal injury work. After earning her J.D., she served as a law clerk in the United States Attorney’s Office in Tucson, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, and the Pima County Attorney’s Office in Tucson. She also worked as an extern for The Honorable Eric J. Markovich in the U.S. District Court, District of Arizona. While in law school, Reshma worked as a student attorney in the Prosecution Clinic in Tucson. She earned her J.D. and B.S., magna cum laude, in Public Management and Policy, from the University of Arizona.

Zenreach hires new VP of sales

Zenreach, the WiFi marketing platform, announced digital advertising veteran Robert Cornell has joined the team as Vice President of Sales. 

“I’m thrilled to be part of the team that’s helping restaurant owners measure the results of their marketing efforts,” said Cornell. “What brick-and-mortar advertisers, from mom and pops to Fortune 500s, always want is a way to connect the results of their online advertising with real, in-store results – Zenreach is the best solution.” 

Zenreach has developed a way for businesses to track results by measuring the Walk-Through Rate, just like click-through rates measure online advertising. The Walk-Through Rate is calculated by tracking how many people return to a restaurant after receiving a marketing message. This visit behavior can also be used to more effectively build audiences for online ads.

New leadership at Arizona Department Of Financial Institutions

Governor Doug Ducey announced the appointment of Keith Schraad, director of the Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI), as interim director of the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions (AZDFI). Mr. Schraad will serve as director of both ADOI and AZDFI in anticipation of a potential consolidation between the agencies.

Mr. Schraad has served as director of ADOI since February of 2018. Prior to his time at the department, he served as President of Online Insurance Corporation where he focused on streamlining customer service and improving government interfaces for insurance companies and healthcare professionals. Mr. Schraad will succeed Bob Charlton, who will retire as AZDFI director on March 22, 2019, after serving the state of Arizona for over 32 years and under seven governors.

“With over 25 years of experience in insurance, healthcare and technology, I am confident in Keith’s ability to lead the Arizona Department of Insurance and the Department of Financial Institutions,” said Governor Ducey. “Keith will bring insight from both the public and private sectors to the departments, which share a mission of protecting Arizona consumers and keeping our insurance and financial sectors safe and competitive. We also thank Bob for his dedicated years of service to Arizona.”

Ducey appoints Arizona-Mexico Commission board members

Governor Doug Ducey announced the appointments of Calline Sanchez and Daniel Palm to the Arizona-Mexico Commission (Commission) Board of Directors (Board). In addition, Juan Ciscomani, the Governor’s Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs, was announced as Vice Chair of the Board. He is replacing Kirk Adams as Vice Chair, who will remain on the Board.

“Arizona’s ties to Mexico run deep, and the Arizona-Mexico Commission plays a vital role in this special relationship. I’m proud to welcome Calline and Daniel as part of the Commission’s board of directors. Their expertise and backgrounds will help move our relationship forward, building on the gains we’ve already made,” said Governor Ducey. “It is also with great enthusiasm that I announce Juan Ciscomani’s new role as the Vice Chair of the Board. I’m confident his experience and leadership will continue to support our strong partnerships with Mexico.”

“The Arizona-Mexico Commission is proud to welcome additional strong leadership to our Board,” said Jessica Pacheco, President of the Arizona-Mexico Commission Board of Directors. “This is an exciting time for the Arizona-Mexico relationship, and we’re looking forward to growing our efforts through the involvement of these Arizona leaders.”

Juan Ciscomani

Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs, Office of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey

Juan Ciscomani serves as Governor Ducey’s Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs, where he oversees the operations of the Governor’s Southern Arizona Office, Northern Arizona, and the Arizona-Mexico Commission. He leads the governor’s efforts internationally and serves as the governor’s liaison with all foreign diplomatic offices in Arizona. 

Calline Sanchez

Vice President, IBM Worldwide Systems Lab Services; Tucson Site Leader & New Mexico State Leader

Calline Sanchez is currently Vice President of IBM Worldwide Systems Lab Services as well as Tucson Arizona Site Leader and New Mexico State Leader. In this role, Ms. Sanchez leads a team of worldwide technology consultants to deliver systems and solutions to end users.

Daniel Palm

Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives, Northern Arizona University

Daniel Palm is the Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives and Executive Director of the Center for International Education at Northern Arizona University. In this role, he works to expand international opportunities for students, internationalization of campus curricula and to establish collaborative partnerships around the globe.