Sunny Energy names DER integration project manager

Sunny Energy, an Arizona-based solar installation and consulting company, has named electrical and solar energy engineer Bahram Emami, as its newest distributed energy resources (DER) integration project manager. In his new role, Emami will identify and launch solutions in advanced solar, battery storage, EV charging, DER aggregation and other resources that are beneficial to both consumers and utility companies.

Sunny Energy’s co-founder and director of operations, Joe Cunningham, served as Emami’s industrial advisor in ASU’s Professional Science Master’s Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization program, where he graduated this August with a 4.0 GPA.

“Bahram’s final applied project at ASU involved the value of solar, and the value of solar plus battery storage, when connected to the grid in the U.S. Southwest,” said Cunningham. “He brings in extensive knowledge and will be a valuable asset to not just us, but the future of solar technology.”

Fiesta Bowl adds John Torris

The Fiesta Bowl organization has appointed John Torris as Vice President of Business Development. Torris comes to the Fiesta Bowl after nearly a decade of working in professional sports elevating sales performance.

Torris will lead the Fiesta Bowl’s ticket and sponsorship sales efforts and will work to expand relationships with other companies through sponsorships, donations and strategic partnerships.

“John is hard-working and well-respected within the sports industry but more importantly, he personifies what the Fiesta Bowl’s values are,” said Steve Mullins, Fiesta Bowl Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. “He has a proven history of generating record revenue and is recognized for his ability to develop and support his teams. His business-savvy mindset and willingness to help others will boost our sales efforts.”

Republic Service appoints Katharine Weymouth to board

Republic Services, Inc. announced that Katharine Weymouth has been appointed to its Board of Directors. Weymouth is an accomplished executive with experience spanning several industries. Her appointment brings the Board of Directors to a total of 12. She will serve on the Audit Committee as well as the Management Development & Compensation Committee. 

Weymouth, 52, is CEO of dineXpert, a group buying organization working with independent restaurants. Previously, she held numerous leadership positions at The Washington Post, including Publisher and Chief Executive Officer from 2008 through 2014. Earlier at the Post she was involved in all elements of the advertising department, and served as Vice President of Advertising. She also worked in the company’s legal office, handling digital and print responsibilities, after working as a litigator in private practice. Weymouth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Harvard College and graduated from Stanford Law School. She currently serves on a number of public and private boards, including Graham Holdings, Cable One, the Philip L. Graham Fund, the Greater Washington Community Foundation and the DC Economic Club.

Barrow announces 8 new appointments to board

Barrow Neurological Foundation has announced the appointment of eight new members to its Board of Trustees:  Ron Butler, Dan Dillon, Jr., Harold Dorenbecher, Glenn Hamer, Malcom Jozoff, Mike Lovell, Shoshana Tancer, and Robert Uhl. The Barrow Neurological Foundation is the catalyst of its donors’ passion for transformation by providing the resources necessary for patient care, education and research at Barrow Neurological Institute, a world-renowned neuroscience center.

“I’m pleased to welcome these visionary leaders to our board,” said Michael Haenel, chairman of the board. “I am confident that their diverse backgrounds, profound professional experiences, and insightful perspectives will be a great addition to an already exceptional group. I look forward to working closely with them as we strive to take philanthropy at Barrow Neurological Foundation to new heights in support of the lifesaving care at Barrow Neurological Institute.”

A certified public accountant, Ron Butler is a managing partner at Ernst & Young Arizona, with more than 27 years of public accounting experience serving global clients. Butler’s extensive global client list includes Freeport-McMoRan, Newmont Mining Corporation, Republic Services, Go Daddy, Microchip Technology, Hypercom Corporation and Ventana Medical Systems. He has held chairman and executive board positions for various major foundations in Arizona, including the Arizona Community Foundation, Downtown Phoenix Partnership, Teach for America, Expect More Arizona, Arizona Science Center, and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. He also is a member of the University of Arizona Eller College National Board of Advisors and W.P. Carey School of Business Dean’s Council. 

A seasoned marketing executive in the consumer products, restaurant and higher education industries, Dan Dillon, Jr., serves as the chief marketing officer for Arizona State University. He designed, launched and currently leads the Enterprise Marketing Hub, an internal marketing agency that provides strategy and services to units within the university and oversees the university brands. Dillon has previously served in executive-level marketing roles with Ruby Tuesday, Inc., Outback Steakhouse, The Coca-Cola Company, Con Agra Frozen Food and H.J. Heinz.

Harold Dorenbecher is the senior vice president and lead relationship manager in the Wealth Advisory Group of Northern Trust, where he specializes in assisting individuals and families with their complex financial matters. He has more than 40 years of experience specializing in personal trust, fiduciary, and philanthropic administration and planning. Dorenbecher currently holds positions on the Board of Directors for the Desert Botanical Garden and Act One, and is a Trustee for the Phoenix Art Museum Foundation and the Richard F. Caris Foundation. He is also president of the Literary and Prologue Society of the Southwest and is a member of the Social Venture Partners and a Valley Leadership Alumni, Class IX.


As president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2006, Glenn Hamer has overseen the organization’s development into one of the most respected pro-business public policy entities in the state. He represents the Arizona Chamber on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Public Affairs Committee and its Committee of 100, is a member of the board of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and serves as the vice chairman of the Arizona Charter Schools Association. Hamer previously served as chief of staff to Congressman Matt Salmon, executive director of the Arizona Republican Party, and legislative assistant to Senator Jon Kyl. He has been named a Most Admired Leader by the Phoenix Business Journal and the state’s best powerbroker by the Arizona Capitol Times.

Malcom “Mal” Jozoff is a retired senior executive with more than 50 years of experience as a business leader, most notably as Chairman, President and CEO of The Dial Corporation. Jozoff most recently held an advisory position with Otsuka Holdings Co., LTD, a leading Japanese pharmaceutical company. He spent 25 years in significant leadership roles at Procter & Gamble, serving as Global Sector President and a member of the corporation’s Executive Committee. Jozoff has taught a business leadership course in the MBA program at Arizona State University for five years and was the Vice Chairman of the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra for 10 years.

Mike Lovell is the CEO and founder of Team Select Home Care, the leading provider of Medicare and Medicaid certified skilled home care services in the Southwest. He has been a leader in revolutionizing the shift from post-acute hospital based care to the home based setting, driving cost containment while enhancing patient outcomes through pioneering the use of data analytics as an innovative tool. Lovell supports many community organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club, Skate After School and the Great Hearts Academies charter schools.

Dr. Shoshana Tancer is a practicing lawyer, who, in addition to receiving a JD from the University of Michigan, earned a PhD in political science from Columbia University. She practices at Tancer Law Firm, PLC, serving the community with a focus on international transactions and immigration, and has been Of Counsel on immigration and foreign legal transactions to several local law firms. Tancer is Professor Emeritus at Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management, where she previously served as Director of the NAFTA Center and testified before the United States International Trade Commission. She was the first female Vice President of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of a number of Valley civic organizations, including the Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona, Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations and Phoenix Country Day School.

Robert “Bob” Uhl, chairman and CEO of Realty Rewards, LLC, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He also spent over 30 years with Bar-S Foods Co., the best-selling hot dog brand in the United States, where he was most recently the vice chairman. Uhl and his wife are supporters of United Way of Northern Arizona, Homebase Youth Services, and the Arizona State University Foundation, and he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from United Cerebral Palsy of Arizona.

The Board of Trustees, comprised of community members who serve on a voluntary basis, governs the Barrow Neurological Foundation. The initial appointment is for one year, with reappointment for up to three consecutive three-year terms.