December 2, 2019

AZ Business Leaders

On the move at Western Window Systems, Riviera, Solera, Banner

Mike Wothe named president of Western Window Systems

PGT Innovations announced the appointment of Mike Wothe as President of Western Window Systems, effective December 2, 2019. In this role, Wothe will be responsible for all aspects of the business, including strategy, sales and marketing, operations, and P & L. Wothe succeeds Scott Gates, who is leaving the company on January 31, 2020, to form an entrepreneurial clothing company with the social goal of helping incarcerated individuals and those that have recently been released from prison. Gates and Wothe will work together over the next two months to help ensure the smooth transition we anticipate.

“Mike is a collaborative leader with a strong record of success, and we are pleased to welcome him to PGT Innovations,” said Jeff Jackson, Chief Executive Officer and President. “Mike brings decades of operations and industry experience, as well as a strong understanding of customer relations.”

“I’m honored and excited to join the PGT Innovations family — both its executive management team as well as the strong team in place at Western Window Systems,” Wothe said. “I look forward to helping the company achieve its strategic objectives — specifically, driving profitable growth through investments in talent and innovation, continued focus on operational efficiencies, and creating customer and shareholder value.”

Riviera Broadcasting adds Monica Nelson

Riviera Broadcasting in Phoenix has announced that Monica Nelson has returned to host mornings on Arizona’s largest Hot AC station, Hot 97.5 & 103.9. 

Recently, Monica was hosting mornings on sister station KOAI-FM 95.1 The Oasis  until the station flipped formats in October. As the previous host of  mornings on KMVA from 2014 to 2017 she joined Riviera Broadcasting after 19 years in Phoenix radio including Bonneville’s 98.7 The Peak.  

Monica’s market and format experience along with her family friendly style of entertaining will make for a fun and relaxed way for Valley listeners to start their day. 

Nelson says she loves all the great conversations with listeners along with taking  a light-hearted approach to the show.

Renowned physician joins Banner

Banner Health announced today that Evan Lederman, MD, an internationally recognized orthopedic surgeon and executive leader in sports medicine, has joined the organization. He will serve as the first chief of sports medicine for Banner Health.

Dr. Lederman will be responsible for creating a state-of-the-art sports medicine program, including development of an academic component to teach the next generation of orthopedic surgeons.

For the past 24 years, Dr. Lederman has established himself as a well-respected national and international research expert, inventor and leader in reconstructive shoulder repair and sports medicine. He’s published numerous medical articles and journals that discuss the results of his research.

He joins Banner from The Orthopedic Clinic Association (TOCA), where he held several physician leadership roles, including director of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship. Additionally, the Orthopedic Surgery residents at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix have completed their sports medicine training under his guidance since the program’s inception.

Solera deepens bench with new advisory board additions

Solera, the nation’s leading network of digital and community health partners, today announced the addition of four healthcare industry visionaries to the company’s advisory board. Bringing decades of experience revolutionizing the delivery of care is Jody Holtzman, founder and senior managing partner, Longevity Venture Advisors LLC, Matt Wandoloski, seasoned healthcare executive, Lisa Fitzpatrick, MD and former medical director for Washington DC’s Medicaid program, and John Mattison, MD, former chief medical information officer and assistant medical director emeritus for Kaiser Permanente. 

“As the CEO of Solera, I am consistently looking for industry leaders that can add expertise and serve as an advisor to the Solera executive team as we create a new market category. As an organization, we look to our advisory board members to help guide our strategy and approach to extending the reach and impact of our network model,” said Brenda Schmidt, CEO of Solera. “Jody, Matt, Lisa and John are fabulous additions to our leadership bench and we look forward to leveraging their deep industry experience and insights as the company continues to evolve.”

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