13 Top Valley Leaders on 2021! Where do we go from here?

by RaeAnne Marsh

With the new year just on the horizon and the economy still on quicksand waiting for the political dust to settle, businesses are preparing their budgets and plans for 2021. Although we are, in many ways, still in unprecedented times, experience remains the “crystal ball” that savvy business leaders rely on to adapt their strategies and guide their businesses.

In Business Magazine reached out to women and men at the head of some of the Valley’s leading businesses in key economic sectors for their insights on what they see happening in their industry. And they share a look into how their own businesses are responding to the current challenges.

Leadership, at its core, involves facing into challenges and leading out of them successfully. Taking leadership — be it of an organization or an even — requires an ability to create options and instill faith in others that the chosen actions will produce the bet result.

The successes of the businesses leaders on these following pages helps provide a blueprint as we prepare for 2021.


Sector:  Banking & Finance

Banking Industry Positioned to Help Businesses Evolve to ‘New Normal’ (click to read)

Don Garner
Chief Executive Officer, Alliance Bank of Arizona


SECTOR: CRE & DEVELOPMENT

Phoenix Positioned to Come Back Strong (click to read) 

Mike Ebert
Managing Partner, RED Development


SECTOR: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Arizona Is Building on Its Growth Momentum (click to read) 

Sandra Watson
President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority


SECTOR: FINANCING

Asset-Based Lending a Lifeline for Small Business (click to read) 

Robyn Barrett
Managing Member, FSW Funding


SECTOR: HEALTHCARE

Expanding Value-based Care Is Transforming Industry (click to read) 

Lisa Stevens Anderson
President, MSO division (Q Point Health), Equality Health


SECTOR: INSURANCE

Enabling Flexibility Is Part of Pandemic Response (click to read) 

Marc E. Schmittlein
President and CEO, CopperPoint Insurance Companies


SECTOR: LEGAL

Legal Needs Evolve in Economic Downturn (click to read) 

Gary Jaburg
Managing Partner, Jaburg Wilk


SECTOR: MANUFACTURING

PPE and Beyond: The Time Is Now to Reshore the Fashion Apparel Industry (click to read) 

Angela Johnson and Sherri Barry
Co-Founders, FABRIC


SECTOR: RESTAURANT & HOSPITALITY

Hospitality Seized the Moment to ‘Change and Adapt’ (click to read) 

Sam Fox
Founder and CEO, Fox Restaurant Concepts


SECTOR: SERVICE

Past the Chaos and Uncertainty Is an Ocean of Opportunity (click to read) 

Ruzika Markovic
Owner, Pro One Media Productions


SECTOR: TECHNOLOGY & STARTUPS

COVID-19 Spurs Increased Reliance on Technology (click to read) 

Vincent Serpico
Founder and CEO, Founder’s Workshop


SECTOR: TOURISM

New Protocols Necessary for Rebound in Travel Industry (click to read) 

Jesse Thompson
Area Director of Sales and Marketing, Hotel Valley Ho and Mountain Shadows Resort


SECTOR: TRADE & COMMERCE

COVID-19 Provided a Blank Page for Businesses to Engage Opportunity (click to read) 

Marco A. Lopez Jr.
President and CEO, Intermestic Partners

 

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