Feedback: February 2019

by Mike Brown, Beth Gross, Leonardo Loo

Question: What programs and training does your company offer to move employees into, or advance them in, leadership and management roles? Mike Brown  Arizona Regional President Washington Federal Sector: Banking Washington Federal has an internal motto: Love what you do; make a difference. This motto informs our approach to learning and development. We start with… [More]

Feedback: January 2019

by Rowlan Hill, Gregory Lawary, Natalie Marston-Salem

New Year’s Resolutions — What is a business best practice you plan to continue, modify or implement in your business this year? Rowlan Hill Owner Blue Leaf Estate Auctions Sector: Auctions The use of social media and online advertising has proved to be the most effective way of reaching new customers and clients and utilizing… [More]

Feedback: December 2018

by Clarence McAllister, P.E.; Dr. Ken Muhich; Sarah Richardson

Question: As a small or minority-owned business, what was one of your top challenges over this past year and how did you address it? Clarence McAllister, P.E.  Chief Executive Officer Fortis Networks, Inc. Sector: Construction I have lived in Arizona for the last 30 years and established Fortis in 2000. For the last 10 years,… [More]

Feedback: November 2018

by Justin Grossman, Kate Hickman, Joel Strom

Q. What is a social “good” you align your company with, and how do you support it? Justin Grossman CEO meltmedia Sector: Digital Agency At meltmedia, we believe social good comes in many shapes, and we have built a community that supports not just employees, but their families, friends, clients, colleagues, and community and professional… [More]

Feedback: October 2018

by Alan Althouse, Edward N. Basha III, Deb Spurgin

What was your one (or two) most successful wellness programs for your employees, and what changes (if any) do you plan to make for 2019? Alan Althouse CEO and President TruWest Credit Union Sector: Finance This is our second year offering every employee an annual wellness check-up. A medical provider brings a mobile “clinic” to… [More]

Feedback: Sept. 2018

by Rebeca Lopez, Mary Rabago, Zulema Valenzuela

Question: As the owner of an identified woman-owned, minority-owned business, what does “diversity and inclusion” mean for you and your business? Rebeca Lopez Owner and Co-Founder Milestone Pediatrics and Milestone Innovative Therapy Group Sector: Healthcare As a woman-owned, minority-owned business, Milestone Pediatrics ensures its commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion in its business model and… [More]

Feedback: August 2018

by John Standring, Nicole Stanton, Jon Sweet

Question: You’ve been recognized as one of BestCompaniesAZ’s “100 Best Arizona Companies,” in part because of your workplace culture. What programs and/or policies does your company promote to achieve that level of satisfaction among your workforce? John Standring Senior Vice President of Global Servicing Operations American Express Sector: Finance At American Express, we know that… [More]

Feedback: July 2018

by Allan Alford, Sharon Harper, Hugh H. Lytle

What have you identified most recently as your greatest risk to the ongoing success of your company, and what did you do to prevent it or overcome it?  Allan Allford President and CEO Delta Dental of Arizona Sector: Healthcare Cybersecurity breaches may be the single greatest risk affecting all companies regardless of size or industry.… [More]

Feedback: June 2018

by Tony Chan, Ken Pollack, Josh Thorsvik

How do you stay grounded as a locally owned and operated business while growing it and expanding from your initial location? Tony Chan Founder and Owner Snoh Ice Shavery Sector: Restaurants It is important to stay connected to the Phoenix local community and show support to locals as well. We like to cater to our… [More]

Feedback: May 2018

by Mitzi Castillo | Laurel Lewis

What were some key factors in your decision to own the property for your business and/or in making that happen?  Mitzi Castillo Managing Partner Phinance Commercial Capital Sector: Finance Our experience purchasing our commercial real estate building was the best decision my husband (also business partner) and I have made for our business.  We had… [More]