Feedback: February 2023

by Leah Huss, Steve Mayer, Marc Shutro, Wayne Watson

Q: As a brick-and-mortar retailer, what are you doing to drive foot traffic?  Leah Huss Co-Founder Huss Brewing Co. Sector: Breweries We’re so proud to be celebrating 10 years in business as Huss Brewing this year! Our growth in our core business of selling local craft beer to consumers in grocery stores, bars, restaurants and resorts is all rooted in one fundamental … [More]

Feedback: January 2023

by Jayme DeVary, Sarah Jennings, David Shapiro

Q: In retaining your employees, what have you found they value most about your company? Is this the same or different for attracting new employees? Jayme DeVary Director of People Operations HomeSmart Sector: Real Estate There are many things we do at HomeSmart that results in retention, but one standout item is our culture. We have a culture that we call “Bamily”— our … [More]

Feedback: December 2022

by Cathy Graham, Elizabeth Hart, Whitney Yates-Woods 

Q: What economic trends do you expect will impact your business in 2023? Cathy Graham Executive Vice President Desert Financial Credit Union Sector: Financial Services At Desert Financial, we know that when the economy impacts our members and community, our business will be impacted as well. The economic trends we expect will impact our business in 2023 are lower … [More]

Feedback: November 2022

by Jason Church, Jonathan Levy, Kevin Pavlov

Q: Arizona ranks among the top 10 states to own an electric car, according to a recently released study from SmartAsset. In your view from within the electric car industry, what factors make this such a strong market? Jason Church Chief Operating Officer Courtesy Automotive Group Sector: Retail There are a few key factors why Arizona is a strong market for electric … [More]

Feedback: October 2022

by Ashley Bowers, David Fenton, Ryan Louis,and Jackie Yoder

  Q: As you prepare to offer healthcare benefits packages to your employees for 2023, what elements of coverage are you finding are most important? Ashley Bowers President HomeSmart International At HomeSmart, we offer four medical plans as well as dental and vision to meet the needs of our employees. Employees can enroll in all benefits as an employee only; … [More]

Feedback: September 2022

by Mesha Davis, Kate Hickman, Eileen Rogers, Bahar Schippel

  Q: As a former Women of Achievement honoree, you’ve been recognized for outstanding leadership. Different times seem to call for different strengths, so what do you feel are the most important leadership qualities for the times we are in now? 2018 Woman of Achievement Mesha Davis  Chief Executive Officer Arizona Foundation for Women Given today’s climate on … [More]

Feedback: August 2022

by Sherri Barry, Dr. Tricia Loscher, Jack Nagy

Question: What results have you realized from environmental sustainability measures you’ve put in place?  Sherri Barry Owner and CEO Arizona Fashion Source, LLC DBA The Fashioneer Sector: Fashion The Fashioneer was created as a sustainable, technology-driven alternative to traditional apparel manufacturing. This alternative allows fashion brands to create fashion in way … [More]

Feedback: July 2022

by Greg Hague, Josh Jurhill, John Kobierowski, Eivan Shahara

Q: Looking at how this plays out in the workplace, how have you used sports and/or gaming for team or morale building? Greg Hague Founder and CEO 72SOLD Sector: Real Estate At 72SOLD, sports has played a huge role in our team morale building. Through our partnership with the Arizona Cardinals, we host fun pre-game events for our agents and employees on the Great Lawn at … [More]

Feedback: June 2022

by Martijn Pierik, Skyler Reeves, Hilary Samples 

Q: What has been your biggest workforce issue or challenge over the past year or so, and how have you addressed it? Martijn Pierik CEO and Managing Partner Kiterocket Sector: Marketing We faced a number of workforce challenges over the past 12-18 months, but the biggest one we faced is working remotely and how to maintain a strong company culture.  When our leadership … [More]

Feedback: May 2022

by Cathy Carlat, Jason Morris, James Murphy

Q: We've seen a recent record boom in industrial property starts and leases throughout Metropolitan Phoenix. Based on the projects you are involved in, what is your view on what is fueling this? How much is being built for anticipated tenancy versus for a specific user (such as TSMC over in Phoenix)?  Cathy Carlat Mayor City of Peoria, Arizona Sector: Government The City … [More]

Feedback: April 2022

by Christopher Cano, Stacy Cline, Jim Gmelich, Lyn Hart, Amy Rushall

Q: Please share some of the benefits your mentoring program brings to your company. Christopher Cano Director of Artistic Operations and the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio Arizona Opera Sector: Arts  The Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio of Arizona Opera is currently celebrating its 15th season.  Over the past 15 years, Arizona Opera has auditioned thousands of … [More]

Feedback: March 2022

by Becky Bell Ballard, Paula Carvalho, Christopher Rodriguez 

Question: Beyond the focused impact of your organization’s mission and its impact on the population you serve, what is the economic impact of its ripple effect in our community?  Becky Bell Ballard CEO Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children Sector: Nonprofit Improving educational outcomes for underserved students in Arizona is critical to the well-being and … [More]

Feedback: February 2022

by Scott Gruwell, Percy Kirk, Lauri Leadley

Question: “Over this past year, what has been the most significant or successful action your company has taken in regard to DEI?”  Scott Gruwell  President and CEO Courtesy Automotive Group Sector: Retail Since 1955, Courtesy Automotive Group has grown as a family-owned business, digging deep into the communities we serve, hiring and promoting employees from nearby … [More]

Feedback: January 2022

by Jodi Amendola, Henri’ Dawes, Guido de Koning, Vicki Etherton, Veronica Franco

Q: In retaining your employees, what have you found they value most about your company? Is this the same or different for attracting new employees? Jodi Amendola CEO and Co-Founder Amendola Communications Sector: Media Employees tell me they enjoy working with innovative, smart health tech visionaries who have MDs, MBAs, PhDs. They find it stimulating to constantly learn … [More]

Feedback: December 2021

by Simon Beltran, Lorry Bottrill, Charles Eckert, Emil J. Molin, Jennifer Reynolds

Question: What economic trends do you expect will impact your business in 2022?  Simon Beltran President and Chief Revenue Officer O’Neil Printing Sector: Business Services Supply chain challenges will continue to impact our business and the clients we serve. From raw material availability and associated inflation to the impact on timing from logistics providers, we will … [More]

Feedback: November 2021

by Dayna Ciarfalia, Heather Jones, Alana Millstein 

Q: How have you used technology to revolutionize your business? Dayna Ciarfalia Principal Dayna Ciarfalia, LLC Sector: Business Coaching In 2019, I began using Instagram more intentionally to share with mamas on topics such as respectful parenting, healing childhood wounds and honest motherhood topics. As Instagram has released more unique (and free!) features such as … [More]

Feedback: October 2021

by Angelina Flores, Jennifer Sellers, Stephanie Waldrop

Question: As you prepare to offer healthcare benefits packages to your employees for 2022, what elements of coverage are you finding are most important? Angelina Flores Chief Human Resources Officer Gila River Hotels & Casinos Sector: Hospitality At Gila River Hotels & Casinos — Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva — the health and wellness of our nearly … [More]

Feedback: September 2021

by Sherri L. Collins, M.Ed., Rachel Frazier Johnson, Esq., Eileen Rogers

Q: As a former Women of Achievement honoree, you’ve been recognized for outstanding leadership. What do you feel are the most important leadership qualities for the times we are in now? Sherri L. Collins, M.Ed. Executive Director Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing Sector: Government As the executive director of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and … [More]

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