Achieving Greatness

by RaeAnne Marsh

There will come a time when it will seem odd to single out women as a separate population in the business world. But today — even with the tremendous advances in opportunity, from funding to operation, over the past few decades — we’re still on that road to universal parity. So here, recognizing that, often, women are still pioneering, we celebrate the success of women in … [More]

Cindy Hensley McCain

from Cindy Hensley McCain

Shining a special spotlight once a year on women who are making a difference in our community, In Business Magazine focuses this edition on Women of Achievement. The awards and luncheon have proved enormously popular since introduced three years ago. I am energized by the complete change of the composition of the work force since the days when I took over my company. The … [More]

Gig-Staffing for Food & Beverage

by RaeAnne Marsh

Qwick is a Phoenix-based on-demand staffing company that connects service industry professionals with food and beverage shifts in real-time. Its platform enables food and beverage professionals to connect directly with hotels, catering companies, event venues and restaurants, while allowing them the freedom and flexibility to work on their own schedules. To hospitality … [More]

Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse: Carving a Tableside Experience

by RaeAnne Marsh

The brightly colored painting of a South American urban landscape of houses and rooftops — even more striking within the décor of dark woods and black slate tile floor — welcomes guests to the unique culinary experience created by Galeto founders to celebrate and share their cultural traditions. The bar area includes a peaceful brick-walled patio, but the main attraction is … [More]

In the Wake of Guy Fieri

by RaeAnne Marsh

“As seen on TV” is a phrase that often goes with a “wink, wink” and less than positive expectations. Not so with restaurants showcased on "Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives," where the attraction is not just the celebrity of having been on TV, but is, first, the food that got them there. Here are three in Metro Phoenix that rated a visit from traveling gourmand Guy … [More]

Email Efficacy in the Workplace

by Matt Baglia

A It’s commonly assumed email is the best way to reach people in the workplace, but the numbers are starting to tell a different story. In a recent survey SlickText conducted on workplace communication preferences, 60.8 percent of respondents said they ignore emails at work — whether from HR or another sender — and almost one out of two respondents said receiving fewer emails … [More]

Have the Best Benefits Open Enrollment Ever

by Jolean Fleck

Open enrollment can be a stressful time for employees and HR professionals alike. Educating employees on how their choices will affect them and their families is important when it comes to making decisions like how much to contribute to a 401K, or if a high deductible health plan is the best option. To help your company have a successful open enrollment, I’m sharing some of my … [More]

Debbie Castaldo

In 2019, Debbie Castaldo celebrates her 11th season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, overseeing the organization's award-winning community efforts as vice president of Corporate & Community Impact and executive director of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. Castaldo leads the team's industry-leading fundraising and community relations efforts. The D-backs Give Back efforts … [More]

Mobile Fitness Franchise Takes On the Fitness Market

by Ray Reichard

Big-box gyms are the flavor du jour in Phoenix and Scottsdale, with more and more locations popping up, but mobile fitness franchise GYMGUYZ believes the time is ripe to claim its corner in the market. Data consistently shows that today’s consumers are more educated about health and wellness. They understand that by eating healthily and exercising regularly, they will live … [More]

Lauren Bailey

Lauren Bailey is the CEO and co-founder of Upward Projects. Named to the Nation’s Restaurant News “Power 50” list in 2019, Bailey focuses on strategy, conceptualization and development for 14 restaurants over five brands in three states. Three additional locations are currently in development. Recently named to the Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing companies for … [More]

Katherine Kemmeries Cecala

Katherine Kemmeries Cecala has a passion for volunteering and has committed her life to doing what she can to improve our community and help others. She’s driven by the idea that everyone has something to offer and can make a difference. Cecala is the president of Junior Achievement of Arizona, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing young people to succeed in work … [More]

Letitia Frye

Currently celebrating more than 15 years in the auction business and having raised more than $500 million for charity, Letitia Frye has truly earned her title as America’s foremost Auctiontainer.” She is a beautiful, elegant, multi-talented, bilingual (English/ Spanish) woman who is a big success in a field generally occupied by men. She has an innovative flair, and treats each … [More]

Kate Gallego

Mayor Kate Gallego has spent her career working to find solutions to complex problems. Prior to being elected as mayor, she served for five years as the city councilwoman for District 8, a large district covering much of South Phoenix. Her record of proven results includes leading the campaign to pass Phoenix’s citywide transportation plan through 2050 and working to ensure … [More]

Anita Helt

Anita Helt has more than 30 years of experience in broadcasting. She currently serves as the vice president and general manager of ABC15 Arizona, a position she has held for eight years. She is the only woman to lead a major affiliate television station in Phoenix. She came home to the Valley after serving a year as the president and general manager at KXTV-TV, the ABC … [More]

Amy Hillman

Amy Hillman is dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in strategic management and business and public policy in 1996 and was inducted to Outstanding Doctoral Alumni from her alma mater in 2008. Hillman joined W. P. Carey as an associate professor in the Department of Management in 2001 and … [More]

Dr. Joel P. Martin

Joel P. Martin, Ph.D., is the author of How To Be A Positively Powerful Person and Me Brand Awareness on personal branding. Dr. Martin has been featured on “The Today Show” and ABC’s “Sonoran Living” and in publications that include The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, Black Enterprise, Arizona Informant and Essence. Dr. Martin is president of Triad West Inc., a … [More]

Christy McClendon, MSW

Christy McClendon is an accomplished leader in the nonprofit sector and currently serves as president and CEO of New Pathways for Youth, a Phoenix-based organization that transforms lives through mentoring and life skill development, resulting in the disruption of chronic poverty for our most vulnerable youth. Her passion in life is ensuring that all youth ─ regardless of … [More]

Linda “Mac” Perlich

Raised in Phoenix, I experienced the arts through regularly scheduled field trips to performances and museums at my public grade and high schools. The result of those experiences was a passion for the arts, recognizing that the arts experiences through my school made me wonder, thinking curiously. There definitely was a spark! College took me down the healthcare path, … [More]

Candace Hunter Wiest

Candace Hunter Wiest is the founder and CEO of West Valley National Bank. The bank opened its doors on December 23, 2006, and survived the Great Recession while many others in Arizona did not. The bank serves small businesses, professionals, physicians and dentists, with branches in Goodyear, Gila Bend, Las Vegas and Phoenix. Wiest’s career path has been unconventional. She … [More]

Pam Kehaly

Pam Kehaly is president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ). With a mission to improve the quality of life for all Arizonans, she is leading the 1,800-employee company to inspire health through inventive programs, services and health insurance products. Kehaly joined BCBSAZ in 2017 and was quickly recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the … [More]