Jaburg Wilk expands business law practice

The law firm of Jaburg Wilk announced that Lisa Paine joined the firm as partner in their business law department. Lisa assists clients with general business and corporate representation, business planning, estate planning and probate. 

Before joining Jaburg Wilk, Lisa founded and managed her own firm.  Her experience as a business owner and as an investor relations and operations manager of a $2 billion hedge fund help form the foundation of her business practice.  She is active in the community and currently is a board member of Rosie’s House and the Gentry Foundation for Autism.  Additionally, she is a member of the professional Advisory Committee of the Jewish Community Foundation. 

“We are excited that Lisa has joined the firm in our business law group,” said managing partner Gary Jaburg.  “Her experience provides us the opportunity to continue expanding our business law services as well as providing transactional representation to our clients. Her expertise in estate planning and probate will prove to be valuable to our clients.”  

Paradox expands senior leadership

Paradox, the leading Assistive Intelligence platform for talent experience, is proud to announce an expanded leadership team including the appointment of Ross Grainger as Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining in his newly appointed role at Paradox, Ross spent ten years in public accounting at RSM US LLP, focused on middle-market organizations, and incorporate accounting for Apollo Education Group (University of Phoenix), where he oversaw property accounting, sales and marketing, and internal startups. Most recently, Ross served as the Senior Director of Finance for WebPT, where he built the Financial Planning and Analyst (FP&A) function, helped grow the business 4x revenues and 2.5x people, culminating with a successful exit to Warburg Pincus.

“Paradox has developed market-leading technology that has grown as a result of solving real challenges for hiring companies,” explained Grainger. “The success happening at Paradox is exciting and I look forward to working with the Paradox leadership team to identify growth opportunities and guide business decisions as we continue to scale at this accelerated pace.”

William Peterson named COO at Ronald McDonald House

William Peterson, most recently Director of Finance and Administration at the Tempe-based National Speaker’s Association, has been named Chief Operations Officer at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona (RMHC-CNAZ).

“Bill brings tremendous experience in management, operations, finance, human resources and information technology to the Ronald McDonald House,” said RMHC-CNAZ Chief Executive Officer Kerry Schulman. “We are thrilled to have him join our team.”

Peterson will be responsible for day-to-day operations at the Valley’s three Ronald McDonald Houses, which provide safety, comfort and a welcoming environment to families whose children are undergoing medical care in the Valley.

Before joining the National Speaker’s Association, where he handled responsibilities for six years, Peterson had been Director of Operations at the Cancer Support Community in Phoenix.  Previously, he served as Director of Operations at Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley.

McCarthy hires Jeremy Melvin as HR director

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. (www.mccarthy.com) recently hired Jeremy Melvin as human resources director for the Southwest region. 

In this role, Melvin will oversee all personnel functions for a geographic area with revenue of more than $1 billion annually, which includes Arizona, Nevada and Colorado. He will also provide leadership to McCarthy’s two national business units based in Phoenix, including the Water and Renewable Energy teams.

Melvin will be in charge of core HR processes and programs, employee onboarding, employee relations and employee development for a 550+ person salaried workforce, in addition to more than 1,000 craft professionals. He works directly with McCarthy’s Regional Talent Acquisition Manager on all recruiting activities, as well as partners with the St. Louis-based Corporate HR team in the areas of compensation and benefits, training and organizational development and compliance.

Gust Rosenfeld bolsters public finance group

Gust Rosenfeld, P.L.C. announced that Brandon A. Caywood has joined the firm’s Public Finance Group.

Brandon’s practice focuses primarily on public finance and tax. He works on all types of financing for Arizona cities, counties, school districts and special districts. He negotiates and drafts contracts, ordinances, resolutions and offering documents. Brandon also serves as underwriters’ counsel, disclosure counsel and bank counsel on municipal financings and loans. He also advises businesses and governmental entities on various tax issues. 

Brandon received his LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He earned his J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law where he was named the State Bar of Arizona Tax Law Section Outstanding Student in 2017 and was awarded the Pro Bono Graduate Award with highest distinction. He earned his B.S. in Accounting from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

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