21 Top Leaders Who Are Making a Real Difference!

by Mike Hunter

Each year, we interview some of the Valley’s top leaders to give our readership some insight into what they see in the coming year for business. This year, we asked some hard-hitting questions of 21 top leaders who are truly entrenched in building our economy, developing policy, managing people and growing business through innovations that have demonstrated a real positive … [More]

David Adame

by David Adame

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? When I joined Chicanos Por La Causa, I recognized that success requires risk. So, after years of providing social services in the community, we decided to diversify and take a risk by opening a restaurant — a completely new endeavor for … [More]

Michael Bidwill

by Michael Bidwill

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? Something I learned from my father was being honest enough to know what you don’t know, astute enough to hire people who do and then smart enough to let them do their job. That’s not to say — either in the case of my father or me — that you … [More]

Katherine Cecala

by Katherine Cecala

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? Trusting, empathetic and supportive — each is fundamental to empowering a team to succeed. As leaders, we must believe in the individual members as much as in the greater group — trust that they will put in the work, they are committed to the … [More]

Christopher Collins

by Christopher Collins

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? I think my success as a leader is a direct result of my leadership style. What is most notable about my leadership style is that I lead by example. It does not matter what the task is, I am the first person willing to tackle it.  I firmly … [More]

Barbara J. Dawson

by Barbara J. Dawson

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? At Snell & Wilmer, we do well when we stay true to our guiding values, reflected in our Credo. We believe in service of our clients, our communities and each other. This code aims to align our actions with our intentions and define the … [More]

Michael M. Crow

by Michael M. Crow

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? I think one of the keys to leadership is adaptability. Technology is changing the marketplace so rapidly that if you aren’t able to adapt your leadership style — and, ultimately, your product — in accordance with what the market is demanding, … [More]

Kate Gallego

by Kate Gallego

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? In politics, there is always a temptation to focus on the short-term. I try to think longer term and plan for the type of city we want to leave our kids. I have worked for a more diverse economy with jobs in areas such as healthcare and … [More]

John Giles

by John Giles

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? I am compelled by working with my community to find resolutions. I enjoy convening people to better understand issues and working together to solve problems. Inviting different perspectives from the community to accomplish big goals is … [More]

Neil G. Giuliano

by Neil G. Giuliano

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? People support what they help create; it’s not about me, it’s about we. Our strategic plan, public policy and member engagement redesigns were all collaborative and inclusive efforts to advance the mission of the organization. As a result, we … [More]

Adam Goodman

by Adam Goodman

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? Each year, we set the same three goals for ourselves. The goals are prioritized, so that the first goal — to be a best place to work — is most important to achieve while the third goal — a profitability benchmark — is least important. That … [More]

Scott Harkey

by Scott Harkey

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? I believe the No. 1 trait of a great leader is empathy. This is especially true now, when we’re all dealing with the devastating impacts of a global pandemic and political and financial uncertainty. As a fairly young CEO, I feel a great … [More]

Sharon Harper

by Sharon Harper

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? At Plaza Companies, we are committed to success, engagement, performance and persistence. Traits that are embedded in every decision, project and relationship are respect, accountability and excellence. This describes what I strive for daily as … [More]

Pam Kehaly

by Pam Kehaly

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? There are always 1,000 reasons not to do something. It is much easier and more comfortable to support a path of inaction versus action. When the state reached out to request our help staffing a 24/7 drive-through COVID-19 vaccine site at State … [More]

Jonathan Keyser

by Jonathan Keyser

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? I’ve built my commercial real estate brokerage firm, Keyser, around selfless leadership and selfless service. This strategy has allowed my firm to skyrocket to eight figures and has been a catalyst that attracts high-caliber talent and loyal … [More]

Devney Preuss

by Devney Preuss

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? I hope my organization would say I advocate for the team’s needs, whether that’s evolving roles to create new growth and development opportunities, increased schedule flexibility or just taking the time to learn how to most effectively … [More]

Dave Ralston

by Daven Ralston

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? I have always emphasized the need to find the best talent in the marketplace, provide the support they need, and focus on enhancing their careers through training and development. We offer three leadership development programs within our … [More]

Nate Rhoton

by Nate Rhoton

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? Over the last 25 years, I have been in various degrees of leadership, ranging from small organizations to Fortune 100, for-profit and nonprofit, with teams consisting of two reports to more than 100. Therefore, my leadership style has … [More]

David M. Roche

by David M. Roche

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? I believe that our nation’s strength is in our diversity, and I had always thought of museums as being diverse and welcoming spaces. But a report produced by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation found that art museums on average weren’t particularly … [More]

Troy Swope

by Troy Swope

What most notably stands out about your leadership style or what is an example of leadership success you can share with our readers? Footprint is a purpose-driven company. As a CEO who is also a co-founder, I make sure the original mission for Footprint — to create a healthier planet — is core to the conversations I have all day long.  I believe 100% in servant … [More]

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