Dave Headstream and Jason Hyams join Insight Land & Investments

Dave Headstream and Jason Hyams have joined Insight Land & Investments specializing in land sales of all types as well as urban infill redevelopment parcels.

Mr. Hyams spent the last 20 years working for CBRE after graduating from the University of Arizona.  He gained his experience working with Buyers and Sellers of all types of land including multi-family,  single family,  retail,  industrial,  speculative land and farm land.

“We are thrilled about this new opportunity to work together over at Insight Land & Investments,  leveraging our collective market experience of nearly 56 years in Phoenix to best serve our existing and new clients moving forward,” said Mr. Hyams.

Mr. Headstream started his real estate career selling land and/or buildings of every classification: multi-family, office, retail,  industrial,  hotel,  farm, resort, single family, educational,  religious facility, historic, and governmental.

“The collaborative effort and information sharing amongst the seasoned professionals at Insight Land & Investments is second to none, and will help us provide better value to those with whom we work”, said Mr. Headstream.

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie attorneys named partner

Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP has selected two attorneys in the firm’s Phoenix office to join the firm’s partnership effective as of January 1, 2021.

David Jackson

Intellectual Property


Jackson provides a full spectrum of intellectual property services and works closely with clients to help them develop comprehensive, global brand strategies. Clients value his creativity, strategic judgment, and ability to understand their business needs to help them best achieve their goals. He works with a wide range of clients in various industries including a Fortune 500 global technology solutions provider, a global billion-dollar tool manufacturer, and an internationally recognized research university. David manages complex global trademark portfolios for clients and also advises them on trademark selection, clearance and prosecution, trademark protection and enforcement including litigation, intellectual property agreements and transactions, and online intellectual property issues.

David is an honoree of the Phoenix Business Journal’s prestigious 40 Under 40, class of 2020, which recognizes young professionals and business leaders in Arizona. He was also recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona as Big Brother of the Year in 2019 for his dedicated mentoring service.

He received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, High Pro Bono Distinction, from Arizona State University – Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and his B.A. from Emory University.

Amanda Thatcher

Business Transactions


A member of the firm’s Business Transactions practice group, Thatcher represents clients in a variety of business and personal planning matters. Equipped with an MBA and a background in litigation, Amanda offers a full-service approach when advising her clients.

Thatcher regularly advises corporate clients in a variety of matters, including entity formation, financing, governance, mergers and acquisitions, and succession planning.

In her estate planning practice, Thatcher helps her individual clients with their estate and tax planning needs, including identifying which strategies and legal instruments are best-suited to each client’s individual needs and anticipated life situations.

Thatcher has been recognized as a Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of area of business/corporate and named by The Best Lawyers in America, “Ones to Watch” for tax law in 2021. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of New Mexico School of Law, her M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico and her B.A., magna cum laude, from California State University, Fullerton.

Adriana Kong Romero named commercial banking market executive

Bank of America has named Adriana Kong Romero as Commercial Banking Market Executive in the Southwest, leading a team of bankers in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara in California; Southern Arizona; El Paso and Amarillo in Texas; and the state of New Mexico. Based in Tucson, she and her team of bankers serve companies with annual revenues of $5 million to $2 billion, providing a variety of financial solutions, including treasury, credit, investment banking, risk management, international and wealth management. She will also continue in her role as Tucson Market President for Bank of America.

Kong Romero joined the bank in 1998 and has held a variety of roles in retail banking, wealth management and commercial banking. Throughout her career, Adriana has served mid-sized companies supporting their commercial banking needs.

Originally from Douglas, AZ, Kong Romero graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Public Administration, with a major in Finance from the University of Arizona, and has a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. Active in the community, she currently serves on the board of directors of United Way of Tucson Sun Corridor, Inc., and on University of Arizona Eller College’s Center for Leadership & Ethics advisory board, and was recently appointed to the University of Arizona’s Hispanic Community Council.  She also volunteers with several nonprofits supporting military, hunger relief and homelessness and has held prior roles in the Southern Arizona Heart Association’s Circle of Red, University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Association board of directors, and YMCA of Southern Arizona.

AAWL welcomes Alessandra Navidad as president and CEO

Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) announced that Alessandra Navidad will join its executive team as its President and CEO, replacing current President and CEO Judith Gardner as she retires in April. Navidad, most recently the Executive Director of the ACLU of Arizona, brings extensive experience in policy advocacy, executive leadership, strategic planning and fundraising to the state’s largest and oldest no-kill shelter.

“I’m excited to join AAWL/SPCA as it celebrates 50 years of saving the lives of homeless animals,” Navidad said. “Judith has been an extraordinary leader in Arizona’s animal welfare community over the past 13 years, and I look forward to leading AAWL/SPCA in its next phase of growth to meet the changing needs of our community.” 

Navidad joined ACLU of Arizona in 2006, transforming the organization from a local affiliate to a national powerhouse. Before her tenure at the ACLU of Arizona, working for an animal welfare organization was a long-held dream. In 1999, Navidad quit her job as a local government and environmental reporter for the Miami Herald to pursue her dream of going to veterinarian school. She worked as a vet assistant in Miami until her career took a different path and she joined the ACLU in Louisiana and Florida.

Navidad looks forward to using her coalition building and leadership development experience as a force for good for pets in Arizona, especially as challenges continue to arise during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When people suffer, pets suffer, and this pandemic has placed additional burdens on animal welfare organizations like AAWL/SPCA that are working hard to help people care for their pets and reduce the number of animal surrenders,” Navidad said. “By focusing on growing our low-cost veterinary practice, I hope to be able to realize AAWL’s vision of becoming the leading organization that needy families turn to for pet adoptions and affordable veterinary services in Arizona.”

Rocky Mountain Emmys reveals 2021 board members

The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) announced its 2021-2022 governing board members.

“As a longtime member of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, we’re thrilled to announce and congratulate the newest members of The Board of Governors and welcome back those returning,” said Doug Mummert, president of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of NATAS.

Board Members for 2021-2022 include:

• Bob Adlhoch, Phoenix Suns Broadcasting

• Dan Barr, Perkins Coie

• George Davilas, 12 News

• Jennifer Jones, Arizona’s Family

• Danielle Lerner, ABC15

• Donna Rossi, City of Buckeye Police Department

• Sue Breding, City of Glendale

• Frankie McLister, KVOA Tucson

The complete list of board members can be found online at www.rockymountainemmy.org/board-of-governors.

“Despite the challenges brought on by the pandemic, we were able to shift our 43rd annual awards ceremony and hosted our first-ever virtual Emmys event, which went off without a hitch and record-breaking viewership,” Mummert said.

The virtual event took place last September and included the Rocky Mountain Student Production Awards, featuring both high school and college student nominees. Those receiving awards represented more than a dozen different schools across the region. The two-plus hour Emmy event included an array of local and national media speakers, as well as messages of gratitude to those stories submitted this year.