Auto Dealership Names First Female Dealer Principal 

Yates Buick GMC

Whitney Yates-Woods was recently awarded the Dealer Principal position at Yates Buick GMC, a milestone first for the company and a move that breaks barriers in the automotive industry. The 35-year-old, mother of two strives to employ people of all walks of life, but now aims to hire more women in the male-dominated automotive field. In fact, a recent auto workforce study found … [More]

Arizona Israel Technology Alliance Names Mara Pernick as CEO

Arizona Israel Technology Alliance

Arizona Israel Technology Alliance (AITA), the premier resource for companies and organizations in Arizona and Israel on collaborative initiatives, today announced it has named Mara Pernick as its chief executive officer (CEO), effective immediately. AITA founder and former CEO Leib Bolel will continue to serve as AITA president and board member, in addition to his role as … [More]

Construction Co. Taps Former Tempe Mayor for Development Director Post

Adolfson & Peterson Construction, a national construction management firm, general contractor and Engineering News-Record Top 100 Contractor, has named former Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell as Director of Business Development for its Southwest division. With over 21 years of construction materials experience and more than 20 years of service as an elected offical, Mitchell … [More]

New Phoenix City Manager Announces First Appointment, Names Assistant City Manager

​In his first move as the new Phoenix City Manager, Jeff Barton announced this week the appointment of Lori Bays as his Assistant City Manager, the number two position in the City Manager's Office. In this role, Bays will oversee several departments in the fifth largest city in the nation and help manage the more than 14,000 city employees. She has been the city's Chief … [More]

Foundation Appoints New Executive Director

Rick McCartney

The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation has appointed Tom Egan to serve as the executive director for the organization. Egan, who most recently served as president and CEO of the Foundation for Senior Living, brings more than 20 years of nonprofit executive leadership experience to the position. His first day with The Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation is October 18, … [More]

Former Panasonic Gigafactory Manufacturing GM Joins KORE Power to Head Up Operations at Buckeye Facility       

KORE Power, Inc.

KORE Power, Inc. has tapped energy storage and battery manufacturing veteran Randy S.Cowder to lead operations at their KOREPlex facility in Buckeye. Cowder, who joins KORE as Vice President of Manufacturing, comes to the company from Panasonic’s gigafactory in Nevada, where he was general manager of manufacturing. With more than 25 years of experience in manufacturing, … [More]

Insurance Benefits Services Co. Boosts Hiring to Meet Pandemic Demand

Lovitt & Touché

Spurred by ongoing pandemic demand for its insurance and benefits services, Lovitt & Touché, A Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company, has expanded its Tempe and Tucson teams, further strengthening its footprint and competitive position in the Arizona market. “The economy is booming across Arizona and businesses of all industries are seeking an experienced, … [More]

New Bank Expands Banking Team in Phoenix Market with Key Hires

CrossFirst Bank

CrossFirst Bank, the subsidiary bank of CrossFirst Bankshares, Inc., announced the addition of two key hires in Phoenix, Arizona. The Bank recently welcomed Jay Ganske, Managing Director, Real Estate Banking, and Mike Theile, Managing Director, Commercial Banking, to the Phoenix Banking Team. “Hiring experienced and successful bankers, like Jay and Mike, is key to … [More]

New CEO Named at Abrazo Central Campus

Abrazo Health

Omar Pineda, MSN, RN, has been named chief executive officer for Abrazo Central Campus and Abrazo Mesa Hospital. Pineda previously was Chief Operating Officer at Abrazo Arrowhead Campus in Glendale. As CEO, Pineda is responsible for hospital administration and strategy, building positive staff and physician relationships, quality management and patient satisfaction. “Omar … [More]

Banner Health Names New President and CEO

Banner Health

Banner Health announced that Amy Perry will join the health care organization as president and chief operating officer (COO) on November 1, assuming the role held by Becky Kuhn, who retires effective November 3. “I am very pleased to welcome Amy Perry to our organization,” said Banner Health Chief Executive Officer Peter Fine. “She brings broad operational experience and a … [More]

President and CEO of Dignity Health’s Southwest Division Retires after 51 Years

Dignity Health

After 51 years of service to the health care industry, Linda Hunt, President and CEO of Dignity Health’s Southwest Division, will retire in January 2022. “My fulfilling journey in health care has been a humbling and rewarding lifework,” says Hunt. “I am blessed to have lived my calling and I am honored to have spent the past 23 years devoted to improving the health of … [More]

City Manager Names New CFO, CIO, and Chief Innovation Officer

City of Phoenix

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher has named three key additions to his executive team: Kathleen Gitkin as the city's Chief Financial Officer; Steen Hambric as Chief Information Officer; and Michael Hammett as the city's first Chief Innovation Officer. “Kathleen, Steen and Michael all have a solid track record … [More]

Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board Names Interim President & CEO

Tempe Chamber of Commerce

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has named Denise Hart as the interim President & CEO while the board continues its search for a permanent replacement to fill the opening. Denise recently assumed the role of Vice President of Marketing & Programs, after serving as the President & CEO at the Apache Junction Chamber of Commerce for two and a half … [More]

Global Entrepreneurs Group Taps Phoenix Media Executive as Next Chair

Off Madison Ave

Arizona business leader, David Anderson, co-founder and co-owner of longtime Phoenix advertising and communications agency, Off Madison Ave, has been selected as the chair of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a 15,000-member international professional organization. With the U.S. Census Bureau citing a 24% increase in in new business applications over last year, which was … [More]

JPMorgan Chase appoints Scott Lewis as Regional Director of Banking for Arizona

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Scott Lewis, a seasoned banker with an extensive background in the mortgage industry, has been named the Regional Director of Banking for the Southwest Region at JPMorgan Chase. Based in Phoenix, Scott will lead the 1700+ retail branch banking employees for Arizona, focusing on aiding clients with all financial needs while providing first-class service. In addition, his team … [More]

Delta Dental of Arizona Announces Michael Jones as President and Chief Executive Officer

Delta Dental of Arizona

Delta Dental of Arizona is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Jones as president and chief executive officer, effective October 2021. He will also serve as the president of the charitable Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation, which provides much-needed funding, education and dental supplies to those in need across the state. As president and CEO, Jones will be … [More]

Scott Smith, CEO of Valley Metro, Announces Retirement

Valley Metro

CEO Scott Smith recently informed the Valley Metro Boards of Directors of his intent to retire after serving as the agency’s chief executive for the past five and a half years. Smith shared that he would not seek to extend his current contract, which expires at the end of this fiscal year. “As an organization, Valley Metro is as healthy and strong as I’ve … [More]

Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher Retiring in October

City of Phoenix

After a successful 28-year career with the city of Phoenix, City Manager Ed Zuercher has announced his retirement, effective October 8. Zuercher started with the city in 1993 as a management intern and served in a variety of executive roles including Assistant to the City Manager, Public Transit Director, Deputy City Manager, Mayor's Chief of Staff, and Assistant City … [More]

Ryan Companies Names New Vice President of Multifamily Sector in Southwest Region

Ryan Companies

Ryan Companies US, Inc., a national developer, designer, builder and property manager offering full-service commercial real estate solutions, announced the appointment of Gil Gonzalez as vice president of development, multifamily. Gonzalez began at Ryan in early July and will focus on multifamily development pursuits in Arizona, as well as California and Washington. Based … [More]

Credit Union Appoints New Chief Retail Officer to Lead Innovative Strategies

Desert Financial Credit Union

Laura Wallace has been appointed Chief Retail Officer (CRO) at Desert Financial Credit Union, an iconic name in the Valley with a recently minted statewide charter. A credit union veteran, Wallace rose up the ranks, investing her career at Alliant Credit Union in Chicago, Illinois, for three decades. Alliant is a national, award-winning credit union with more than 600,000 … [More]

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