April Salomon, executive director, Musical Instrument Museum

Salomon played an integral role in the design, staffing, collection acquisition and launch of the $250 million museum, which has been ranked among the Top 20 museums in the United States and is rated the No. 1 attraction in Phoenix.

Advice: “Sometimes the journey teaches you a lot about your destination. I never expected to be where I am now, but I stayed focused. Do what you love and the reward will follow.”

Surprising fact: “I was a private chef and business owner in my early 20s. It was both a meaningful and humbling experience. Eggs are still the hardest to perfect.”

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