TTI Success Insights announces new leadership team members

TTI Success Insights, the world’s go-to source for research-based validated assessments and talent management solutions, announces changes and additions to its leadership team. All changes are effective immediately.

Candice Frazer, formerly the vice president of marketing, has been promoted to senior vice president of operations. Frazer’s focus is on ensuring all company initiatives are managed for continuous progress and successful execution. Communicating throughout all levels of the company, Frazer drives results for all projects and initiatives.

Patrick Ensign, the chief marketing officer, comes to TTI Success Insights from a personal development and coaching company where he was vice president of marketing. A strategic marketing executive, Ensign brings performance and results-driven perspective to the TTI SI team and its clients. Over the past 20 years, Ensign has held high-level marketing roles for several small and medium-sized businesses, as well as Fortune 500 companies, in various industries across the U.S. and EU.   

Sarah Merkle is TTI SI’s new vice president of people. Merkle is passionate about creating company cultures where employees can come to work as the best version of themselves. Combining more than 12 years of experience in human resources, business operations, and health and wellness, Merkle is disrupting the way companies approach people, processes and performance. For TTI Success Insights, she leads the charge toward a more holistic approach to leadership development and employee engagement. 

“I believe one of the best ways to grow your business is to hire top talent who fit the role and then let them do the job they were hired to do,” said Rick Bowers, TTI SI president. “We are thrilled to welcome Sarah and Patrick to our growing organization. With their years of experience, insight and expertise, we look forward to them taking our organization to the next level and beyond. We are equally excited to see Candice thrive in her new SVP of operations role where she can best utilize her unparalleled skill set. I couldn’t be happier with our newest members of the leadership team and with the direction of our company.”

Fennemore Craig announces new Business Litigation Practice Group leaders

Fennemore Craig, a leading law firm in the Mountain West, has named Sean Hood Chair of the firm’s Business Litigation practice. Courtney Beller will serve as Vice Chair.

“Sean and Courtney both exemplify the firm’s strong commitment to meeting the outcomes, efficiency and budgetary needs of clients facing business disputes with hands-on project management and a keen understanding of the client’s business priorities,” said James Goodnow, Fennemore Craig president and managing partner.

Hood will oversee the firm’s largest practice group, which is comprised of more than 50 attorneys across the firm’s seven offices.   Fennemore Craig’s litigators offer a wide range of experience in all aspects of dispute resolution and prevention, from alternative dispute resolution techniques, negotiated settlements, and appeals to traditional trial representation, as well as advice on the prevention of claims and avoidance of litigation. Fennemore Craig’s business litigators help businesses big and small take advantage of technology to help deliver more effective and efficient legal services for the benefit of their clients.

Hood is a trial lawyer and natural resources attorney with more than 15 years of experience advising and litigating on behalf of Fortune 500 companies and other businesses on a broad range of business disputes involving water rights, environmental permitting, partnership and shareholder interests, and real estate.  Hood has significant trial experience in complex water rights litigation in state and federal court, and litigates issues arising under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  Hood earned his J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and his B.S. from Santa Clara University.

Beller litigates cases concerning intellectual property disputes, the misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of contract and claims against state and local agencies in Nevada and Arizona, among others. She also handles cases for major oil, gas and alternative fuel refiners and suppliers relating to the PMPA and enforcement of fuel supply agreements. Beller earned her J.D. from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law and her B.A. from the University of Arizona.

Gov. Ducey makes pair of key appointments

Gov. Doug Ducey announced the appointment of former Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin as Director of the Arizona Department of Administration. Tobin has resigned from his position on the Arizona Corporation Commission.

“I’m thrilled to be able to bring Andy back into our administration,” said Governor Ducey. “His passion for public service is unmatched and his understanding of state regulatory and administrative policy will serve the Department of Administration well as we continue to streamline and improve government. From his experience in the private sector, to serving as Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives during the depths of the Great Recession, to leading several agencies in my administration, Andy has the know-how and the passion to lead this important agency. I’d also like to thank Elizabeth Thorson for her continued service to the people of our state, and for stepping up to serve as interim director. Elizabeth will continue to be a key and important part of our team.”

Gov. Ducey also announced the appointment of former Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce CEO Lea Marquez Peterson to the Arizona Corporation Commission, a seat vacated by Tobin.

“I want to thank Lea Marquez Peterson for answering this call to public service,” said Governor Ducey. “Lea brings a unique and important voice to Arizona’s Corporation Commission. Lea is extensively involved in the Southern Arizona community, having led the largest Latino business organization in Arizona, and brings decades of leadership experience that has earned her bipartisan accolades. As an entrepreneur, she knows firsthand the challenges businesses face navigating a complex government bureaucracy, and will bring a fresh perspective on the commission. I’m grateful for her willingness to serve.”