Top Thinkers: Our Guest Editors Speak Out

by RaeAnne Marsh

With New Year’s resolutions in place, it’s always tempting to contemplate how the coming year will play out. In Business Magazine has no crystal ball to make predictions, but we dare to offer some perspective into 2017 as we turn to our past Guest Editors — recognized leaders in our community — to share their insight into their industry and our economy. Power for … [More]

Governor Doug Ducey, the State of Arizona

from Doug Ducey

The start of a new year is traditionally the time we step back — if only for a moment — from our daily routines to take stock of where we are heading and what opportunities the new year may hold in store. Arizonans have a lot to look forward to in 2017 — and the credit goes to our business owners, entrepreneurs and their hard-working employees making it clear that our state … [More]

Global Businesses and HR Leaders Are Failing to Deliver Future Leaders

by Anthony Abbatiello

Given constantly changing market dynamics, new technologies, shifting government regulations and evolving customer expectations, leaders must understand and respond effectively to seismic shifts that affect their businesses. Traditional leadership development programs are failing to deliver collaborative and visionary business leaders, according to new research from Bersin by … [More]

Leadership in the Era of Digital Disruption

by Dushyant Sukhija

The rapid advancement of technology continues to change the world — and the marketplace — faster than many businesses can keep up with, disrupting all their plans and threatening to render them obsolete. It may be time for business leaders to take the initiative and start doing a little disrupting of their own. In this era of “digital disruption” — which refers to how … [More]

Quantifying Love in Business

by Jonathan Cottrell

In this age of analytics, big data, business intelligence and data science, it is commonly understood that one must measure something if one wishes to manage it. Simple enough. But when it comes to something that is explicitly qualitative — a healthy, loving business culture — how might a leader go about quantifying the impact of such a workplace? Can love really be … [More]

Motivating the Ethical Choice

by Gregory P. Hawkins and Lonn Litchfield

When we give public presentations on Corruption, Ethics or Leadership, we often begin with some version of a moral hypothetical. The exercise turns out exactly the same no matter the group. A father takes his only child into the state school board building where she will be tested to determine if she qualifies for a very special gifted student program. Admittance is … [More]

A Business’s Accountability in Human Rights Violations

by Ajitav Mick Misra, Esq.

Corporate human rights abuse is a topic getting more and more visibility, and most companies today are aware of violations across the world and are keen to not promote such abuses. But how much of a duty does a company have to actively monitor whether its activities lead to human rights abuses? Do companies face legal or reputational risks if they don’t take steps to actively … [More]

Transforming the Nonprofit

by Richard Tollefson 

When Darlene Newsom, CEO of Phoenix-based UMOM, the largest shelter for homeless families in Arizona, tackled a $25 million campaign in 2006, she — along with her board — aimed to reach more families and expand services through the creation of a new facility. What she didn’t expect were the myriad additional benefits a successful campaign could generate. “Not only were we … [More]

It’s All about Meditation 

by RaeAnne Marsh

Current Meditation’s raison d’être is empowering people to tap into the benefits of meditation and use it every day to improve their quality of life. “Meditation is becoming mainstream,” says Ross Weisman, president and chief operating officer, who, with his co-founders, brings to the enterprise a combined 40-plus years of business experience. In vogue now as the science of … [More]

U.S. Health Advances — and Declines

by Mike Hunter

With employee health continuing to be an important focus for employers, recognizing the direct correlation to productivity and healthcare premiums and thus profitability, the 27th America’s Health Rankings Annual Report® recently released by United Health Foundation has both good news and bad. The report — which is prepared through an analysis of 34 measures of behaviors, … [More]

Magellan Health Expands 

by Mike Hunter

Magellan Health, Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Veridicus Holdings, LLC, a privately held pharmacy benefit management (PBM) organization with a unique set of clinical services and capabilities. Veridicus’ differentiated approach to pharmacy management leverages proprietary analytics and clinical software that integrates pharmacy, medical and lab data to drive … [More]

Packaging Keeps Med Log

by Mike Hunter

TimerCap LLC is a leading innovator of easy and effective medication compliance packaging solutions to address poor medication adherence. TimerCap makes it simple to stay on top of medication schedules by replacing traditional prescription vial caps with a reusable simple cap incorporating a built-in digital timer. Working with Medisafe, a leading personalized medication … [More]

Diamonds — Made in America

by RaeAnne Marsh

Disruption in the diamond industry? You betcha! Spence Diamonds brings to retail an innovative offering that pairs a fun, friendly, transparent and educational experience with a breakthrough product: Spence Artisan Created Diamonds™. “After decades of development, scientists have replicated the diamond creation process of applying temperature and pressure to carbon that created … [More]

Vacation Rental Platform for Sports Fans

by RaeAnne Marsh

Using technology to tie together vacation rentals and major sporting events, Mike Doyle expanded what was initially conceived around the idea of weekend apartment rentals for visiting college football fans and leads Rent Like A Champion as the company expands to the Avondale area for the 2017 NASCAR season. In fact, he says, “Our business is entirely technology-based. We … [More]

Custom Tailoring Online

Benjamin Little

Custom tailoring has gone beyond the province of brick-and-mortar to the global world of e-commerce. London-based Santamaria Shirt Makers adds an innovative advance that enables consumers to convincingly explore the virtual representation. The technology enables the online consumer to customize his design through the world’s only photorealistic, fully 3-D shirt customizer. … [More]

Driving Blind?

by Mike Hunter

Test-driven on Austin’s public streets last October by a blind man, self-driving cars are becoming reality. The new company Waymo (the name stands for a new way forward in mobility) purchased a physical warehouse in Chandler and has been testing its cars on the streets of Chandler, Ahwatukee and Tempe since April. Previously known as the Google self-driving car project, it has … [More]

Omni-Channel Engagement Trending for 2017

by Mike Hunter

Online-offline connected experiences will be the focus in 2017 as chief marketers, largely not satisfied with the current state of omni-channel engagement, work toward bridging that disconnect. According to a recently released study from the Chief Marketing Officer Council, one of the biggest challenges for marketers in 2017 will be understanding the connected customer journey … [More]

New Year’s Business Resolutions

by William A. Schiemann, Ph.D.

It’s that time of year again for business owners to think about change, improvement and new achievements for their company in 2017. We know from research that 92 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail, but rather than say, “Why bother?” try going about those resolutions in a more effective way. The following “secrets to success” are culled from more than three decades … [More]

Barnone Creates Craftsman Community

by RaeAnne Marsh

Gilbert’s Agritopia community has a new retail component. Barnone, housed in a remodeled 1950s Quonset hut that formerly served as a barn for the farm, has been sectioned to spaces for local craftsmen and restaurateurs, and opened to the public last November. In keeping with the spirit with which the Johnston family founded Agritopia to preserve the agricultural and village … [More]

Matson Money West Opens as Investment Destination

by RaeAnne Marsh

Registered investment advisory firm Matson Money, which moved to Scottsdale two years ago, is putting a touch of the tourism industry to its presence here. “When determining where to open our new facility, we were looking for a location that offered the best of climate, entertainment, and amenities for our visiting guests,” says Michelle Matson, author of Rich Chick and vice … [More]