Joshua Becker, Gallagher & Kennedy

from Joshua Becker

Technology’s rapid evolution is changing every aspect of business operations — including legal compliance. A failure to “get ahead of it” may negatively impact a company’s productivity and market share, and may create short-term and long-term legal issues that can be avoided with proper planning and organization. This evolution is “shrinking” our world. For example, customers … [More]

Jonathon Vento, True North Studio 

from Jonathon Vento

Housing is a popular focus of economists and investors gauging the strength (or lack) of our economy — from urban towers and infill projects to sprawling master-planned communities. It’s a tremendous time for urbanization in cities across the country. The projects that we at True North Studio produce are inspired by, and contribute to, the fabric of a neighborhood and foster … [More]

Kim Shepard, Cigna

from Kim Shepard

From an employer’s perspective, healthcare has long been viewed as an important employee benefit — and its importance as a benefit has increased dramatically over the past decade. But within that context, two elements of healthcare have also increased in importance: preventive wellness programs, and individual engagement in one’s healthcare coverage plan. Healthcare is going … [More]

Patrick J. Armstrong, Canal Partners

from Patrick J. Armstrong

I have been fortunate to serve as the board chair for Social Venture Partners of Arizona for the past two years, and have been a partner with the organization for 10 years. My wife, Amy Armstrong, and I have witnessed firsthand how business leaders (and future leaders) are able to lend their time and talent to nonprofit organizations through serving on a board of directors, … [More]

Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball

from Jerry Colangelo

Whether or not leaders are born, they can (also) be made. And that’s where our business schools enter into the equation that is business. It’s no secret that business is changing at a breakneck pace. As such, teaching and learning must keep up with these changes, especially at the collegiate level. The good news is that we live in a nation and state where opportunities … [More]

Zach Ferres, Coplex

from Zach Ferres

It was only a few years ago when the Valley was a venture capital wasteland. That has turned around — thanks in large part to the high-profile successes of Infusionsoft and WebPT. Each big tech success story spawns greater interest and capital for the local tech ecosystem; some of the bigger tech exits have been Carvana, LifeLock, HealthiestYou and Tuft & Needle.  Almost … [More]

Dave Brown, Valley Leadership

from Dave Brown

Agile and innovative leadership in Arizona’s business community supports the continuing strength of our economy. Leadership can make all the difference in profitability, productivity and attracting talent (among other things) for business. As you’ll see in the portraits of leadership included in this issue, leadership takes time, requires decisiveness and patience, and, most … [More]

Brian Mohr, Conscious Capitalism

from Brian Mohr

In many ways, Arizona has been leading the country with the concept of incorporating social good into business. Some of our local business owners were among the first to gain “B Corporation” certification when nonprofit B Lab initiated its licensing program. And, effective January 2015, Arizona pioneered a law that allowed businesses to incorporate as a “benefit corporation” — … [More]

Robert Gould, Cancer Treatment Centers of America®, Phoenix

from Robert Gould 

Advancements in technology have changed life as we know it. As consumers, we now have the ability to immediately search for — and find — information related to just about anything … including healthcare. Healthcare is always a popular topic this time of year as employers consider open enrollment options — options that provide their employees access to high-quality care that’s … [More]

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 recognizes this year’s Women of Achievement honorees. As a … [More]