Never before has the Arizona business community needed leaders who are agile, adaptable, and innovative more than they are needed in today’s rapidly expanding economy. That’s what the Champions of Change awards are all about — recognizing those dynamic innovators and trailblazers who are changing Arizona’s economic environment through leadership and visionary thinking.

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“We created the Champions of Change Awards to recognize those innovative leaders, for-profit companies, and nonprofits who are changing the landscape of Arizona business,” says AZ Big Media Publisher Amy Lindsey. “These awards shine a spotlight on the state’s true game-changers and thought leaders. This is an awards event that is unlike any other the state has even seen.”

In the days that follow, the 2022 Champions of Change will be spotlighted right here on Be sure to check back every day.

Large Business Champions of Change

Elise Gould, senior director of insights, brand strategy and communications for SRP, is a 2022 Champion of Change.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona: As the leading health insurer in Arizona, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona focuses on creating products that meet the needs of its members and doing right by the communities it serves.

Desert Financial Credit Union: Each year Desert Financial Credit Union’s “Adopt-A-Teacher” Program provides seven teachers with up to $5,000 each in supplies from their classroom wish lists. One winner used the funds to create a sensory room for special needs students.

FirstBank: FirstBank has been recognized as a leader in corporate philanthropy, contributing nearly $75 million and thousands of volunteer hours since the year 2000. Locally, the bank has donated more than $4 million to Arizona organizations since 2007.

Gila River Resorts & Casinos: Gila River Cares supports local nonprofits through its Everi Kiosk guest donation program. Thanks to generous donations at the Everi Kiosks at each property, the nonprofits received a total of $121,902.96 in 2021.

Salt River Project: SRP received the 2022 Tree Line USA Award given by the Arbor Day Foundation, which recognizes utilities nationwide for their dedication to proper urban forest management in their service area.