Feedback: July 2020

by Clarence McAllister, Charlene Tarver, Oye Waddell

Question: COVID-19 has brought to the fore a new concern about the future of office space. As stay-at-home mandates are lifted, how will your company approach its space needs? Clarence McAllister  Founder and CEO Fortis Sector: Construction Before COVID-19, we were considering selling our building and moving to a smaller office. We have since accelerated those … [More]

Feedback: June 2020

by James Goodnow, Erik Hoyer, Lauri Leadley

Question: Describe the most profound change the pandemic has caused you to make in your business operations in planning next steps for your business. James Goodnow CEO and Managing Partner Fennemore Craig Sector: Law As a law firm that’s been serving Arizona and the Mountain West for 135 years, Fennemore Craig has withstood the tests of both World Wars, the Great … [More]

Feedback: April/May 2020

by Carol May, Eric Miller, Amy Schwabenlender and Terri Shoemaker

Q: The coronavirus has brought emergency crisis response to the forefront of attention, and the business community has responded. What are some actions your company has taken? Carol May Chief Executive Officer Wisdom Natural Brands® Sector: Manufacturing Wisdom Natural Brands takes the COVID-19 national emergency seriously and has initiated a comprehensive policy to … [More]

Feedback: March 2020

by Ashleigh Bechtel, Jill Hamblen & Liz Scott

Q: What effect has a changed approach to risk had on your company? Ashleigh Bechtel President FireFly-HR Sector: Human Resources There is a high level of risk involved with being an entrepreneur, which can be exhilarating for some yet petrifying for others. Over the past 18 months, we have changed the way we look at risk within FireFly-HR. We dedicated time to … [More]

Feedback: February 2020

by Calvin Goetz, Debbie Hertle, Darlene Newsom, Rachel Sacco

What are you doing to nurture leadership within your organization? Calvin Goetz Founder and President Strategy Financial Group Sector: Finance In order to nurture leadership within our organization, I focus on creating systems and processes for each role within the firm. That way, each person has a clear understanding of their role and expectations, and their teammates … [More]

Feedback: January 2020

by Stephen Hartman, Domenick Montanile, Todd Ricotta

Innovations in partnerships is the power of business, whether it's cities innovating in how they connect to business or businesses forging ties within a community. What strategic partnership have you employed this past year that has propelled your business's growth? STEPHEN HARTMAN Head of Sales, Americas Telia Carrier Sector: Telecommunication Over the past few years, … [More]

Feedback: December 2019

by Robyn Barrett, Heather Bednorz, Brady Breese

As a small-business owner, what was one of your top challenges over this past year and how did you address it? ROBYN BARRETT Managing Member and Founder FSW Funding Sector: Finance Finding the right people — this is a continuing, nagging problem and I am sure there is no simple solution. Your team can make or break you, so I take careful consideration when hiring. FSW … [More]

Feedback: November 2019

by Michael H. Bill, Peter D. Holt, Chuck McLane

What wellness programs have proven effective with your employees? MICHAEL H. BILL Chief Executive Officer MJ Insurance Sector: Insurance MJ Insurance offers different challenges throughout the year that include mindfulness challenges, healthy recipe challenges and physical challenges like daily stretching and wall sits. We continually look for new and innovative ways to … [More]

Feedback: October 2019

by Catherine Alonzo, Jodi Low, Nicole Stanton

As a woman business owner or a top executive making decisions for your company, what would you identify as some of the greatest community organizations or assets that have empowered you or your business? CATHERINE ALONZO Chief Executive Officer Javelina Sector: Branding Any successful business is a true reflection of its community; we are all propped up by our … [More]

Feedback: September 2019

by Amy Armstrong, Paige Heavey and Ruzica Markovic

What is the single greatest advantage to being in metro Phoenix, and how are you using it to benefit your business? AMY ARMSTRONG Interim CEO Social Venture Partners Arizona Sector: Philanthropy Phoenix may be the fifth-largest city in the country, but it has a small town feel when it comes to relationships. Most people are connected by what seems like just a few … [More]