CopperPoint Insurance board expands with 2 new members

CopperPoint Insurance Companies announced Ken Kirk (Chair), Stephen Tully (Vice Chair), Ronnie Lopez, LoriAnn Lowery-Biggers, Judith Patrick, Marc Schmittlein, President & CEO, CopperPoint Insurance Companies, and Don Smith have all been re-elected to the Board of Directors for CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Holding Company. Maureen Sweeney and Mike Tully have also been elected as two new members.

As the first election of CopperPoint’s new mutual holding company structure, CopperPoint’s policyholders voted for all nine Board positions. Each elected Board member will serve a staggered term of one to three-years. Survey & Ballot Systems, an independent election administrator, conducted the voting process.

“The CopperPoint footprint has grown and expanded in the southwest and so has our Board,” said Marc Schmittlein, President & CEO of CopperPoint Insurance Companies. “Maureen and Mike are both seasoned finance and business executives who will bring additional expertise to our Board leadership. We are pleased to welcome them to their new roles and look forward to their valuable insights in support of our strategic vision.” 

Maureen Sweeney is an experienced global financial services executive with 30 years’ experience including 25 years of leadership in operating and financial roles with Liberty Mutual Group until her retirement in 2017. Her industry expertise includes Insurance and Asset Management. Sweeney has led businesses with profit and loss responsibility in the U.S. and U.K., including a digital startup and has been a CFO for a complex multi-billion U.S. insurance business. She is the founder and CEO of the global business advisory firm, Crescent Peak.

Mike Tully is the former President and CEO of AAA Arizona where he led the transformation of the organization into one of the most dynamic and fastest growing AAA organizations in the US.  During his 18-year tenure with AAA Arizona, he also held COO and CFO positions. Tully serves on the board for the National Association of Corporate Directors Pacific Southwest Chapter and continues to serve on a number of community boards including United Way and McDowell Sonoran Conservancy and is a mentor for the Arizona Commerce Authority Venture Ready Program.

GLHN Architects & Engineers expands Arizona offices

GLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc., an employee-owned firm with more than 50 years of expertise in healthcare and higher education projects, added to its expanding footprint in Arizona with hiring of two engineers, one in Phoenix and one in Tucson.

Ye Zhang, PE, joins the Phoenix office as an Electrical Engineer. She will also assist with business development. Tony Spence joins GLHN’s Tucson office as a Senior Electrical Engineer. His experience includes electrical design, power distribution, motor control, grounding, lighting and lightning protection.

Zhang, a native of Beijing, China, possesses 12 years of experience as an electrical engineer. She previously worked at SNC-Lavalin (Canada), SmithGroup, WSP and was an engineer for Katerra. Zhang earned a bachelor of engineering degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Spence, a native of Alabama, possesses 30 years of engineering experience, including 11 with Boeing. He also worked at KEY Engineering and D&S Consulting Engineers. In his free time Spence enjoys hiking and playing the guitar and drums.

McCarthy names Lloyd Flowers project director

McCarthy Building Companies ( recently transferred Lloyd Flowers to the role of project director for the firm’s Southwest region. In this position, Flowers is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of the design phase services and construction execution, as well as maintaining an open client relationship while also ensuring project teams maintain the schedule and budget, prioritize safety and adhere to McCarthy’s strict quality standards.

Flowers has 33 years experience in the construction industry, including 28 years with McCarthy. Prior to his transfer to Phoenix, he served as project director for McCarthy’s Southern region based in Atlanta and, more recently, spent the past six years at Ft. Bliss Replacement Hospital in El Paso, Texas. His experience spans several industries, including healthcare, K-12, higher education and public projects.

“Lloyd has proven himself a very capable and valuable employee-owner at McCarthy and has won several internal awards for his leadership excellence,” said Chris Nickle, executive vice president of McCarthy’s Southwest region. “His vast experience will serve him well and brings additional expertise to our Southwest regional group.”

Flowers has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla. He has won numerous awards over his career, including Black Engineer of the Year from Modern Day Technology in 2007.

CIVANA welcomes Sandy Burkett as general manager

CIVANA – one of the largest wellness resorts in the country – is pleased to announce the appointment of Sandy Burkett as General Manager. Joining the resort from an esteemed 16-year career at Kimpton Hotels, Burkett’s strong hospitality track record brings talent and experience to CIVANA, which will be instrumental in its continued success and growth as the leading wellness destination brand. 

“I am thrilled to welcome Sandy as General Manager and the newest member of our growing family of seasoned hospitality and wellness leaders at CIVANA,” said CEO Maggie Lang. “Sandy’s genuine passion for people, service and holistic wellness is what makes her the perfect fit for this role. In addition, her exceptional ability to lead while empowering those around her to thrive will ensure that the CIVANA experience continues to be unlike any other. As we grow, we are lucky to have Sandy at the helm here in Arizona.”

Prior to joining CIVANA, Sandy held the position of General Manager for four Kimpton Hotels – the Monaco Denver, Monaco Seattle, Hotel Vintage Seattle, and Hotel Vintage Portland – where she guided her teams through an 18-month renovation while simultaneously raising employee and guest satisfaction scores. Sandy’s extensive leadership tenure at Kimpton also afforded her the opportunity to provide training within the system that focused on team effectiveness and conflict resolution. Earlier in her hospitality career, Sandy held roles in Sales & Marketing which uniquely equip her with a deep understanding of revenue performance in robust or lean markets. Sandy also served on the Board of Travel Portland, Seattle Hotel Association and is strongly committed to community service. Her proven ability to lead teams through significant growth, sharp focus on performance and passion for culture provide the perfect foundation as she transitions into her new leadership role at CIVANA.

Littler adds Andrea Lovell as shareholder

Littler, the world’s largest employment and labor law practice representing management, has added Andrea G. Lovell as a shareholder in its Phoenix office. Lovell joins from Ryley Carlock & Applewhite where she led the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group.

Lovell has extensive experience counseling and defending employers in matters involving harassment in the workplace and in discrimination claims related to disability, gender, age, race, national origin and religion. She also represents clients in matters involving wrongful termination and various employment-related torts, as well as against unfair labor practice charges and in labor arbitrations under collective bargaining agreements. Lovell defends companies in state, federal and appellate courts and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Arizona Civil Rights Division and other administrative agencies. 

“Andrea’s addition comes at the right time for employers as Arizona’s continued economic growth drives job creation and, correspondingly, new workplace compliance considerations in navigating local and federal employment laws,” said Shawn Oller, Littler’s office managing shareholder in Phoenix. “Andrea is a trusted counselor and strategic litigator whose success defending employers in Arizona and across the country, along with her vast experience advising on a wide range of issues arising in the workplace, make her a valuable asset to the firm.”