GCU Honors Valley Leaders at Third Annual Colangelo Servant Leadership Awards


Grand Canyon University’s Colangelo College of Business (CCOB) will honor four business leaders who exemplify the ideal for which Jerry Colangelo is best known: servant leadership. The third annual Colangelo Servant Leadership Awards presented by Freeport McMoRan will recognize these devoted leaders who work tirelessly to serve others. They are:

  • Don Cardon, founder and CEO of Cardon Development Group
  • Tommy Espinoza, past President and CEO of Raza Development Fund
  • Dawn Grove, Corporate Counsel and Vice President of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
  • Steve Zabilski, Retiring CEO of St. Vincent de Paul

This award was first created in 2019 to honor the leadership of Mr. Colangelo and recognize other community leaders in his name that are serving both the community and positively impacting the economy through their selflessness, humility and stewardship as servant leaders. The breakfast ceremony will be help at Grand Canyon University at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20.

Mr. Colangelo is an Arizona icon whose Hall of Fame career in sports, business and real estate has spanned 50 years — from the day he arrived in 1968 with $300 in his pocket to a career that included ownership of the Phoenix Suns and Arizona Diamondbacks; the Valley’s only major sports championship with the 2001 World Series; the creation/relocation on the Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Rattlers and Arizona Coyotes; reshaping the Valley skyline with two state-of-the-art sports facilities that transformed downtown Phoenix; and re-establishing the dominance of USA Basketball.

CCOB is the premier Christian business school based upon ethics, purpose and stakeholder integration to help communities prosper and flourish. Servant leadership is one of the three pillars of the college, along with ethics and entrepreneurism, and is taught both in and out of the classroom

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