Sharon Lechter, Pay Your Family First

from Sharon Lechter

Last year, In Business Magazine introduced its Women of Achievement honorees in a very well-attended luncheon. Shining a light on, and supporting, women who are making a difference in our business community has long been a focus for me — and I am very pleased to be the Guest Editor of this September issue that… [More]

Dawn Grove, Karsten Manufacturing Corporation

from Dawn Grove

Like a magnet to steel, Arizona is pulling in modern manufacturers and other high-paying job creators that anchor our economy, and Arizona’s talented workers are being drawn to these jobs. Manufacturers and businesses cite being allured not only by Arizona’s pro-business tax and regulatory environment, but also by its attractive workforce population. Arizona swept the… [More]

Dr. Heidi Jannenga, WebPT

from Dr. Heidi Jannenga

Business is risk. It’s inherent in every decision: “Can I grow this idea to support a company — myself, my employees, my shareholders?” “Will a new hire or an investment in additional technology propel our growth?” “Should I take on venture capital?” These were just some of the decisions — and risks — I faced… [More]

Tom Forese, Arizona Corporation Commission

from Tom Forese

Fresh eyes bring new perspective. That’s always a good thing, especially when those fresh eyes come out of the C suite of some of our community’s best businesses. Whether the result is affirmation of the direction business is already following or charting new paths, The Valley, and Arizona overall, enjoys the expertise of the leadership… [More]

Ryan Sarbinoff, Marcus & Millichap

from Ryan Sarbinoff

Real estate is, historically, the basis of wealth. As an economic factor, it’s an industry that underpins an enormous swath of other industries. The state of investment in it, then, has a broad impact on the economy at large. As one of the largest industries in the state, real estate impacts Arizona’s economy in a… [More]

Pam Kehaly, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

by Pam Kehaly

Healthcare is changing rapidly, and many of the innovators pushing the boundaries of how patients access care and what kinds of care they receive are making breakthroughs right here in our community. With medical costs trending 6 to 7 percent higher each year, business owners are looking for new ways to contain costs while improving… [More]

Adam Goodman, Goodmans Interior Structures

from Adam Goodman

As a business leader in a for-profit company, you create jobs, build markets and grow the economy. While your achievements should be celebrated, instead they are increasingly vilified. For example, a recent Harvard University study found that 51 percent of U.S. adults under 30 have a negative view of capitalism. This generational animosity is born… [More]

Scott Harkey, OH Partners 

from Scott Harkey

There is no doubt that technology is impacting every aspect of the way we live our lives. It not only affects our personal lives, but extends to the way businesses operate and how they connect with their target audience — most fundamentally in how they brand themselves. It’s nearly impossible to suggest that a business… [More]

Rick McCartney, InMedia Company

from Rick McCartney

As a business owner, I know that building business is a natural focus throughout each year, but the new year always inspires that special impulse to try to predict: What opportunities will the new year bring? What’s in store for my business? Great focus on the bottom line and other aspects of our businesses seems… [More]

Dr. Joel P. Martin, Triad West Inc.

from Dr. Joel P. Martin

Some consider Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) simply about political correctness. However, research tells us otherwise. In 2017 Gallup convincingly “linked engagement with positive business metrics including productivity, profitability, quality, employee commitment and retention” and reported that “Diversity combined with an inclusive culture can have an even greater impact on business outcomes”. D&I is a relevant, competitive, and… [More]