Mr. Abrams is President of SPA 550 LLC, an Arizona based corporation founded in 1980, that specializes in land and business development and investment real estate. In this capacity, he manages his real estate investment partnerships and provides real estate expertise and business consulting services to other organizations, business entities and individuals.
A longtime real estate broker in the State of Arizona, Mr. Abrams has 30 years of experience in construction, land and business primarily in the western United States. Mr. Abrams combines his long-term business with involvement in government service. He is a frequent speaker on issues that face our community and is committed to many philanthropic causes.
Larry has had a 30 year career as a leader of for-profit and non-profit organizations. Most
recently he was the Founder, Chairman and Executive Director of the Arizona Business
Coalition on Health, a non-profit membership coalition that addresses health and health
care system issues. In this role Larry drew on his previous experience as President and CEO
of University Physicians Healthcare, the $600 million parent company for a 420-member
physician group (affiliated with the University of Arizona College of Medicine) providing
healthcare services in Southern Arizona. Previous to that he was COO of The Critical Path
Institute, a non-profit partnership of The University of Arizona, SRI International and the
FDA to implement innovation in medical therapies. He also has substantial experience in
the media industry, as long-time President and CEO of the two daily newspapers in Tucson.
Larry is a lawyer and former Federal prosecutor and has had his own venture capital firm,
Tucson Ventures, which he later merged into Valley Ventures in Phoenix.
Bonnie A. Allin became President & CEO of the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA) on April 1, 2002. She began her career in aviation in 1976 with the Tucson Airport Authority (TAA), then moved to Texas where she worked for the Corpus Christi International Airport, ending her tenure as Director of Aviation. Bonnie has a B.B.A. in Finance. She holds the designation of Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.), and is Chairman of the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE). She is Chair of the Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) Government Affairs Steering Committee, and currently serves on the Policy Review Committee of AAAE, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council Board, TREO Board, and Congressman Ron Barber’s Women’s Leadership Council.
Edward Altamirano is a Vice President of Business Banking for the Arizona South Market with Chase Bank. He is responsible for a portfolio of business relationships with clients that have revenues up to $20MM. He leads a team of 14 Business Relationship Managers that cover Southern Arizona including Tucson, Casa Grande, Nogales, Sierra Vista, and Yuma markets.
Edward joined Chase in 2004, after graduating from Arizona State University with a B.S in Economics. He has over 14 years of experience in various leadership positions. Edward and his family are Arizona natives and have lived, and worked throughout Southern Arizona for over 30 years.
George H. Amos, III, known by his friends as “Hank,” is a fourth generation Tucsonan. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1981 (with a double major in Finance and Real Estate) and is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Tucson Realty & Trust Co. Incorporated in 1911, over 100 years ago, Tucson Realty & Trust Co. is Arizona’s oldest real estate company specializing in commercial brokerage and property management. He has been awarded “Graduate” of the Realtors Institute.
Past and present Board memberships include: Regent, Arizona Board of Regents (1994-2002) (appointed by the Governor; President 2000); Commissioner, City of Tucson Civil Service Commission (appointed by Mayor and Council); Junior Achievement; Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Tucson (Big Brother – 14 years); Board of Trustees for Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation (President; 1991-1993); Business Advisory Council and the Management Review Task Force for the Tucson Unified School District; Pima County Real Estate Research Council; University of Arizona Cancer Center (Co-Chairman; 1993 – 1994); University of Arizona Cultural Affairs; Greater Tucson Economic Council (appointed by the Pima County Board of Supervisors); Young President’s Organization (YPO) – Arizona Chapter (Executive Committee 1992-1997 and 2002-2009, Education Chairman 2007-2008, Chapter Chairman 2008-2009); World President’s Organization (WPO).
Past and present memberships include: National Association of Securities Dealers (inactive status); National Association of REALTORS; Tucson Broker Roundtable; Arizona Association of REALTORS; Tucson Board of REALTORS; Southern Arizona CCIM Chapter; Fiscal Accountability of Reform Effort Committee (FARE); Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB); Brainstormers (Emeritus status).
Community Chairmanships include: St. Joseph’s Hospital Benefit – Chairman, 1991; Program Chairman, 1989; Fife Symington for Governor – Finance Co-Chairman (Southern Arizona), 1990, 1994; Matt Salmon for Governor – Chairman (Southern Arizona), 2002; John Munger for Governor – State Chairman, 2009; Wil Cardon for U.S. Senate – Co-Chairman, Tucson 2012
Honors include: Man of the Year” – City of Hope – 1995; “Big Brother of the Year” – 1989; “Honor Roll” – Tucson Unified School District; University of Arizona Alumni Association – Centennial Achievement Award; “Who’s Who Among U.S. Executives”; “Who’s Who in the West”; “Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate”; “Who’s Who in America.”
Mara Aspinall is a biotech industry executive and healthcare pioneer.
Aspinall is President and CEO of Health Catalysts, an investment and advisory firm dedicated to the growth of new healthcare companies. Aspinall is also Executive Chairman of GenePeeks, a computational genomics company creating a paradigm shift in genetic testing and personalized medicine. GenePeeks’ proprietary technology can identify the risk of passing on monogenic disease to progeny through data mining the maternal and paternal genomes with pre-conception testing.
Aspinall is the former President and CEO of Ventana Medical Systems division of Roche, worldwide leader in development and commercialization of tissue-based cancer diagnostics. With her great team worldwide, Ventana increased market share and growth globally and established itself as the world’s leading oncology companion diagnostics developer and manufacturer.
Mara previously spent 12 years as President of Genzyme Genetics and Genzyme Pharmaceuticals. The hallmark of her tenure at Genzyme was setting the industry standard for quality while growing the company at an unprecedented rate. The Genetics business was sold to LabCorp for $1 billion.
Aspinall is a member of the Board of Directors of Safeguard Scientifics (NYSE: SFE), Abcam plc (AIM: ABC), Castle Biosciences and Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona.
In addition to running commercial enterprises, Aspinall is passionate about educating the healthcare community on the importance of diagnostics, genomics and personalized medicine. To that end, Aspinall co-founded the International School of Biomedical Diagnostics at Arizona State University, the first school dedicated entirely to Diagnostics as an independent discipline. The School awarded their first Master degrees in 2014 and will graduate 75 students this year.
Within Arizona, Aspinall is the Chair of the Arizona Biosciences Board, a CEO group focused on increasing capital in the state for innovation based technology companies. She is also a Board member of Sun Corridor and the Southern Arizona Leadership Council.
Aspinall is a frequent national speaker on healthcare related issues. She was named Arizona Biosciences Leader of the Year in 2016 and one of “100 Most Inspiring People in Life Sciences” by PharmaVOICE magazine.
Mara started her business career at the strategic consulting firm Bain & Company. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University.
CEO of CAID Industries, Inc,; President of Perfection Machine & Tool; Managing Partner of WRA Investments, LLC; Owner of Secret Canyon Bus Co.; Principal of CAID Chile; Commerce Bank Board Member/Stockholder
Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis in business law, marketing, economics & management—1974
CURRENT COMMUNITY SERVICE:
AMIGOS Chairman of the Board; Centurions Board Member; New Centurion Foundation Board Member; Minuteman Committee Member (Air National Guard); Southern Arizona Business Coalition Founder & President; Southern Arizona Leadership Council Member; Tri State Sheet Metal Workers Pension Plan Trustee & Chairman of Finance Committee; Tucson Airport Authority Member; Tucson Chamber of Commerce Board Member
PREVIOUS COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Centurion/Carondelet Past President & Board Member; University of Arizona School of Health Related Professions Advisory Board; YMCA Metro Board/Lighthouse Board; State of Arizona Commerce Department Rural Advisory Board; University of Arizona College of Engineering Advisory Board
America Society of Metals; American Welding Society; Arizona Mines Get Our Support; Mining Club of the Southwest Tucson Chamber of Commerce; University of Arizona Presidents Club; University of Arizona Wildcat Club
Born in Monroe, Michigan; married to Molly Assenmacher; two children, Richard & Meghan
Dr. Paul August is a vice president at the Icagen Tucson Innovation Center in Oro Valley. He has more than 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical discovery and the management of global, collaborative research projects. While pursuing his Bachelor of Science degree in biology at St. Anselm College in Manchester, he was elected to the New Hampshire state legislature representing the town of Goffstown. He was the youngest state representative in New Hampshire history.
Dr. August obtained a Master of Science in genetics from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology. He continued his research training as NIH NRSA post-doctoral fellow in molecular genetics and organic chemistry at the University of Washington Seattle. Dr. August was recruited to Ariad Pharmaceuticals in 1998. Subsequently Ariad was partially acquired in 2000 by Hoechst Marion Roussel, which ultimately took shape as Sanofi today. In 2009, Dr. August relocated to the Sanofi Tucson site to lead the North American Early to Candidate unit and develop a research team focused on instituting stem cell derived human models with a focus on rare diseases.
Over the last year, Dr. August has played a pivotal role in spinning out the Sanofi R&D site in Oro Valley to create the Icagen Tucson Innovation Center. In this new environment, Dr. August is collaborating with academic institutions and biotechnology companies across the United Statesto advance drug discovery by developing new models of research partnerships. Dr. August is also an avid entrepreneur, advancing the formation of science-focused companies as a co-founder and venture investor, as well a member of the Desert Angels since 2012.
Bruce Beach is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BeachFleischman PC, the largest accounting and business advisory services firm in Southern Arizona.
Mr. Beach is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, as well as the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. He has 40 years of experience in public accounting.
Mr. Beach is a Director of Western Alliance Bank (d/b/a Alliance Bank of Arizona). He is also the Lead Director on the Board of Directors of Western Alliance Bancorporation, a publicly held bank holding company traded on the New York Stock Exchange with operations in California, Nevada and Arizona, and serves as Chairman of its Audit Committee.
Mr. Beach is an active member of the Tucson community, currently serving in the following capacities:
Southern Arizona Leadership Council
Board of Directors – Past Chairman
Community Health Care Taskforce
Tucson Festival of Books
Board of Directors – Treasurer
Sponsorship Committee Chairman
Employers Health Alliance of Arizona
Board of Directors
In the past, Mr. Beach has also held numerous leadership positions in civic and community organizations, including the following:
Carondelet Health Network
Board of Directors – Past Chairman
Board of Directors – Past Vice Chairman
Board of Directors – Past Chairman
Southern Arizona Minuteman Committee
Board of Directors – Past Chairman
Child and Family Resources
Board of Directors – Past Chairman
St. Mary’s Centurions
Board of Directors – Past President
Rotary Club of Tucson
Board of Directors
Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation
Board of Directors
Tucson Airport Authority
Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson
Board of Directors – Past member
City of Tucson
Tax and Service Equity Task Force
Arizona Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Downtown Development Corporation
Board of Directors – Past Member
Mr. Beach has won the following awards:
2013 The Construction Industry’s Good Scout Award
2010 Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Man of the Year Award
2009 Wells Fargo’s Copper Cactus Award for Small Business Leader of the Year
2008 Arizona Business Magazine’s Centers of Influence Award
Carmen Bermudez is the founder, Chair and CEO of Mission Management & Trust Co., the nation’s first and only minority-woman owned independent trust company. Founded in 1994, Mission has, under her guidance, been recognized with several awards including being named the inaugural recipient of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Award in 1995 and being honored by the YWCA of Tucson with its 1996 Women on the Move Corporate Award. Mission was the recipient of the 1998 Western Regional Supplier of the Year Award from the National Minority Supplier Development council. In 1999, Working Woman magazine named Mission a regional award winner as Most Socially Responsible Company.
In 2012 as part of the state’s centennial celebration, the Arizona Historical Society published a book presenting Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women and Carmen was selected to be among those honored. The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce selected Carmen as its 2005 Hispanic Businesswoman of the Year. In August 2004, Hispanic Magazine presented Carmen with the US-Latin American Friendship Award. In June, 2002, Carmen was included in the Contemporary Hispanic Biography book that profiles the International Hispanic Community. Also in 2002, Carmen was named by Costa Rican President Abel Pacheco to be Honorary Costa Rican Consul to the United States. A naturalized American citizen, Carmen was extremely proud to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York. In 2000, Avon Products, Inc. chose Carmen as one of four Women of Enterprise, and the Star Group recognized her as one of The Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World. Also, Carmen was named Mujer 2000 Woman of Today. She also received the YWCA of Tucson Women on the Move Award (1994) and the YMCA of La Jolla (CA) Service Award (1993). In the April 1999 issue of Fortune, Carmen was featured in the Minority Business Enterprises Special Industry Report. In 1999, she was featured in Tucson Lifestyle among “Hispanics Making a Difference.” Latina magazine named Carmen its 1999 Entrepreneur of the Year. Hispanic magazine recognized her as one of the 100 Top Latinas.
While running her own company, Carmen remains actively involved in numerous national, regional and local projects. She was on the Advisory Board for the Department of Management and Policy—Eller College of Management of the University of Arizona, also was a former director of UA Research Park Development Corp. She was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Health, Physical Fitness and Sports. She was a member of the RNC Hispanic Advisory Board. She formerly served on the boards of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade, the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce. She has also participated in the University of Arizona Hispanic Alumni Mentoring Project and served on the 1997 Southern Arizona Women’s Fund Grants Committee. Carmen supports the Tucson community as an active member of the Tucson Rotary Club and the United Way Tocqueville Society.
Fred grew up in the cow-calf ranching business until selling their last ranch in 1978. Since that time he has started and bought and sold small low tech companies, and worked as a bankruptcy trustee and an investor and investment advisor for a number of clients.
In the civic arena Fred has been president or chairman of Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona State Parks Board, Arizona Cattle Growers’ Association, Tucson Medical Center, Tucson Airport Authority, Junior Achievement and The University of Arizona Foundation. He received an honorary doctorate from The University of Arizona in 2010.
Fred currently serves on the boards of Science Foundation Arizona, Campus Research Corporation and Friends for Arizona’s Future together with membership on the Advisory Board for the College of Science (UA).
Kathy Bollinger was named Vice President of Academic Delivery at Banner Health in 2015. In this role, she is responsible for the oversight of Banner, University Medical Center Phoenix, Banner—University Medical Center South, and Banner—University Medical Center Tucson in additional to Banner—University Medical Group. Kathy holds a bachelor’s in speech pathology and audiology and a masters in communications disorders from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL.
Mr. Bourn is the President of Bourn Companies, LLC. Bourn Companies is a commercial real estate investment, development and services company based in Tucson, Arizona. Since its origination in 1990, Bourn Companies and its predecessors have completed over 4,000,000 square feet of acquisitions and developments, specializing in corporate office buildings, retail shopping centers and unique multi-family residential and hospitality properties.
Mr. Bourn is a member of the Board of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC), and is also a member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO), and The University of Arizona Cancer Center.
Mr. Bourn holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska.
Garry established Brav & Foreman Construction Company, Inc. in 1973. BFL Construction Company, Inc. was formed in 1977 when Brav & Foreman formed a new company with NICO Construction Company (listed on the NYSE as LVI Group). He was responsible for the Tucson, Phoenix and Albuquerque operations. In 1984, the BFL stock owned by NICO was purchased by BFL.
Under his leadership, BFL expanded the business from tenant improvements to multi-million dollar commercial projects throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Garry takes great pride in the company’s reputation for superior work and the expertise and loyalty of his dedicated employees; many who have been with the company 20 to 30 years.
His community involvement has included positions with the American Cancer Society as Chairman of the Board, Co-Chair of their Capital Fund raising campaign for their Tucson headquarters, and for 20 years served as Chair and Co-Chair of the Development Committee for their annual major fund raising event.
Garry was Chair of the Mayor’s Homeless Facilities Committee; The American Red Cross Facility Acquisition Committee; Chair of the United Way of Tucson and the Southern Arizona Construction and Mining Division; and Steering Committee Member for El Rio Community Health Center’s 30th Anniversary Fund Drive. He is past Chairman for the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Development Services Committee developing the mid-rise zoning ordinances for the Camelback Corridor in Phoenix.
Garry is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.
PhD University of Arizona (hooded in College of Science & College of Humanities)
MA University of Massachusetts Boston
BA Tabor College (Kansas)
Zachary recently completed a fellowship with the Flinn-Brown Arizona Civic Leadership Academy. During the program he worked with a team that wrote proposed legislation to improve education outcomes by focusing on kindergarten through third grade, some of the most critical years for later educational attainment. In 2016, Zachary finished his PhD at the University of Arizona (UA) graduating from both the College of Science and the College of Humanities in the multidisciplinary Second Language Acquisition doctoral program with concentrations in cognitive science and management, writing his dissertation on Bilingual Decision Making. During his studies, he was elected to an unprecedented four terms as the Graduate and Professional Student Body President at the University of Arizona. While President, Zachary helped launch the Tech Launch Arizona Ambassadors program in order to generate a climate to create more startups for Tucson and the Southern Arizona region. Since graduation, Zachary has worked at the Office of Global Initiatives at the University of Arizona working on finding and creating opportunities for UA internationally.
Dr. Brooks’ breadth of experience ranges from studying and working abroad, speaking four languages, working in the Silicon Valley (E*Trade & VeriSign), acting in Hollywood (9 credits on imdb.com), and teaching English, German, linguistics, psychology, and film editing courses at community colleges and universities. Zachary is a future Arizona statewide leader interested in public service (both elected and appointed) and taking leadership roles on politics, policies, and structures for Arizona’s 21st century.
University of Arizona alumnus, World Transplant Games Federation Trustee, Flinn-Brown Fellow (drafting legislation with other fellows), Behavioral Science (newsletter subscriber, active reader), MexTesol Mexico (frequent keynote speaker at academic conferences in Mexico)
Zachary is interested in public service (both elected and appointed) and taking leadership roles on politics, policies, and structures for Arizona’s 21st century. Specifically, Dr. Brooks believes in the importance of strengthening Arizona’s education system in order to attract and retain new companies and capital to Arizona, building a sustainable transportation system for Arizona citizens and its Mexican partnerships, and capturing the optimism of Arizona citizens and telling the stories of the people in our naturally and culturally diverse state. If you live in Tucson, there is a good chance you will see him riding his bicycle sometime. Please drive safely.
Martha A. Brumfield, PhD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Critical Path Institute, an Arizona based non-profit (501(c)3). In this role, Brumfield leads the institute in its mission to catalyze the development of new tools to advance medical product innovation and regulatory science which is accomplished by leading teams that share data, knowledge and expertise resulting in sound, consensus based science. Brumfield assumes the role of CEO after most recently serving as Critical Path Institute’s Director of International & Regulatory Programs. In that position, she helped guide international program development and provided regulatory expertise to consortia.
She also has her own consulting practice (Martha A. Brumfield LLC) focusing on concordance in global regulatory initiatives and regulatory science qualification programs. Other areas of focus in her practice include excellence in clinical trial conduct and pharmacovigilance, facilitation of scientific consortia and programs supporting patient access to medicines.
Brumfield brings 20 years of experience from Pfizer Inc, most recently, as senior vice president of worldwide regulatory affairs and quality assurance. There, she led a global team that supported lifecycle pharmaceutical research, development and commercialization through creation and implementation of regulatory strategies and quality assurance oversight. Brumfield also played a key role in managing the broader company relationships with global regulators, trade associations, academics and others on regulatory policy issues. She served on corporate governance initiatives including the planning and implementation of mergers and acquisitions and led her departments through these periods of significant change.
She serves on the Board of Directors for the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, participates in an advisory capacity to the Harvard Global Health Institute’s Multi-Regional Clinical Trial Center in developing a curriculum for potential Data and Safety Monitoring Board candidates from developing countries. She is also active with global nonprofits, including the Regulatory Harmonization Institute and GlobalMD, where she delivers educational workshops on regulatory and clinical trial topics in Asia. She has served on and contributed to the Institute of Medicine consensus committees, which were commissioned by U.S. FDA focusing on global regulatory systems and on falsified and substandard drugs.
Brumfield earned a B.S. and an M.S. in chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Maryland, and served as a post-doctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University.
Don Budinger is one of the founders and the former President of Rodel, Inc. – a garage start up that grew to become the world’s largest manufacturer of the surface finishing chemicals used to make computer chips, rigid memory disks and specialty optics.
When Rodel was sold in 1999, a significant portion of the proceeds was contributed to create The Rodel Foundations. The purpose of the Rodel Foundations is to improve the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public education systems in Delaware and Arizona so that they will be widely recognized as two of the best in the nation.
Currently Don is chairman and founding director of The Rodel Foundations, chairman and founding director of Science Foundation Arizona, and chairman and founding director Emeritus of College Success Arizona( formerly Arizona College Scholarship Foundation). He is a board member of Morrison Institute, Basis Charter Schools, Greater Phoenix Leadership and the Grand Canyon Board of Trustees. In addition, Don serves on the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the O’Connor House Advisory Group, ASU President’s Club Trustees, Phoenix Biomedical Campus Advisory Council and No Labels in Washington DC.
Don has been the recipient of several awards including being named one of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy’s Distinguished Associates, the 2010 O’Connor House Community Leadership Award; an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters from Northern Arizona University; the “Science of Early Learning Award” from New Directions Institute; the “Horace Steele Child Advocacy Award” from Children’s Action Alliance, the “Outstanding Achievement in Higher Education” award from the Arizona Board of Regents; the “Homeroom Heroes” award from Teach for America and the “Distinguished Service” award from the University of Arizona College of Engineering.
Mr. Budinger graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964.
Neal Cash is President and Chief Executive Officer of Community Partners, Inc. and its largest subsidiary, Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA). CPSA serves as the Regional Behavioral Health Authority contracted by the Arizona Department of Health Services Division of Behavioral Health Services to manage the public behavioral health system in southern Arizona.
Neal has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and administration from the University of Arizona.
He has made numerous presentations, provided consultative services nationwide in the area of mental health and substance use treatment, and has been recognized for his role in advocating for those services.
Neal has served on many task forces, expert panels, and boards of directors on a local, state and national level. Neal is a tenured board member of the National Council for Behavioral Health, an organization that promotes recovery from mental illness and addictions through public policy advocacy, leadership and workforce development, and organizational and practice improvement. Neal also served as part of the National GAINS Center National Leadership Forum on Behavioral Health/Criminal Justice Services.
With more than 35 years of experience in the behavioral health industry, including over fifteen years administrating the CPSA system of care, Neal has been involved with a broad spectrum of the community and has championed consumer and family involvement throughout the system of care.
Rita Cheng serves as the 16th president of Northern Arizona University. As a first-generation and non-traditional college student, Dr. Cheng firmly believes in making higher education accessible and affordable for all students. Her top priorities for the university are to enhance student success, promote effective teaching and learning, support the research environment and expand community engagement.
Dr. Cheng also is part of the Arizona Board of Regents’ Enterprise Executive Committee, comprised of the presidents of NAU, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, and ABOR as the executive leadership of the Arizona public university enterprise system responsible for driving achievement of statewide goals.
At NAU, Dr. Cheng oversees an operating budget of $491 million and 5,500 faculty and staff. The university offers more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs to its 26,000 students.
Dr. Cheng arrived at NAU from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where she served as chancellor for four years and was a professor of accounting. She previously spent 22 years in teaching and administrative roles at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, including five years as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.
Jack has more than 40 years in business experience. A 1972 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a degree in accountancy. He is licensed as an insurance agent in more than 30 states. He is a Certified Insurance Counselor, Certified Public Accountant and carries a license as a real estate agent. Entering the Insurance industry in 1989, Jack brings a diversified and complex level of experience and expertise to the clients of The Clements Agency, LLC.
Jim Click, Jr. was born in Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma, April 28, 1944. He is a third-generation car dealer. His grandfather, Bert Click, was a pioneer Chrysler-Plymouth dealer in Shawnee Oklahoma, and his father, Jim Click, Sr., was a Chevrolet dealer in Altus, Oklahoma. His parents, Jim Sr. and Margaret Click, raised the “Click Clan” in Altus. Jim; his brother, Joey; and his two sisters, Janet and Jill, were known in town for their athletic prowess. It was common to see the entire Click family out water-skiing on Lake Altus with or without skis, as Jim was inclined to do.
Jim graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1966, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business. He was a Scholastic All-American football player, received the Big 8 Medallion Award, and was captain of OSU’s Cowboy football team. Jim was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and made Dean’s Honor Roll every semester. In 1985, Jim Click received OSU’s Distinguished Alumni Award. Honored as one of the University’s most outstanding graduates, he was inducted into OSU’s Hall of Fame.
After graduation, Jim Click went to work selling cars for his great uncle, the legendary Holmes Tuttle, at his Ford dealership in Los Angeles. Within two years, he was the top salesperson, which led to a promotion to Sales Manager at the Beverly Hills Mercury dealership. The next step for Jim came quickly, as he was promoted to General Manager of the Lincoln-Mercury store. In 1971, Jim moved to Tucson and purchased his first dealership called Pueblo Ford. By changing the name to Jim Click Ford, using a massive media advertising campaign, and doing a lot of hard work, his dealership’s sales volume doubled. At age 27, Jim was one of the Country’s youngest automotive dealers. Forty years later, Jim and his cousin, Bob Tuttle, are co-owners of the Tucson-based Jim Click and Holmes Tuttle Automotive Teams, which includes: Ford, Lincoln, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Mazda, Nissan, Hyundai and Kia. They also have several dealerships in Orange County, California, and was ranked 22nd in the 2000 Automotive News Top 100 Dealerships Group.
In 1978, Jim and Bob purchased a controlling interest in Arizona Bank’s predecessor, Union Bank of Tucson. As Chairman of the Board, Jim led Arizona Bank, with its familiar Kachina logo, towards constant growth, as it became the largest independent bank in the State of Arizona. In December 1998, Alabama-based Compass Bank purchased Arizona Bank, and Jim served on its Board of Directors.
Jim Click is no doubt one of Tucson’s most visible philanthropists. Just some of his volunteerism includes: Junior Achievement, Board of Directors, President and recipient of the prestigious, Gold Lay Leadership award; Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, Board of Directors, and Chairman of the Capital Fund Drive, raising over $1.2 million to build the Holmes Tuttle Boys & Girls Club, the Roy Drachman Boys & Girls Club, and the Jim and Vicki Click Club; Salpointe Catholic High School, Chairman, of the 1988 Capital Campaign; and the University of Arizona Foundation, Board Member. In 1982, he was Tucson’s Man of the Year and is a member of the Tucson Conquistadores. A dedicated citizen, in 1999 he led a successful effort to maintain an adequate water supply for Tucson’s future. And as Chairman of the Capital Campaign for Primavera Builders, Jim raised the money to build a new training center for the homeless. In 2009, Jim Click was honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson with the 1st Annual Click for Kids Award to recognize his 30+ years of service to the Clubs. It is the Club’s highest recognition and expression of gratitude.
The combination of academics and athletics plays an influential role in the nurturing of Jim’s entrepreneurial spirit. Leadership gifts from the Click family have included the University of Arizona’s Adaptive Athletic Program, the Jim Click Hall of Champions at U of A McKale Center, the Click Family Athletic Center at Landmark College in Vermont, and the current construction of two new Boys & Girls Clubs.
Disabilities have always been at the center of Jim Click’s family focus. In 1975, he was one of the first Tucson employers to offer a workstation for people with developmental disabilities through the Beacon Foundation. Today, Jim employs sixty-eight individuals with disabilities at his dealerships. In 1999, President Bill Clinton presented Jim with the President’s Award from the Committee of Employment of People with Disabilities for his leadership in the development of LINKAGES, a unique non-profit organization that matches individuals with disabilities with employment opportunities.
As a devoted family man, Jim Click and The Click Family Foundation, help establish a Cristo Rey model high school in Tucson where at risk teenagers from disadvantaged neighbors are able to obtain a Catholic, college and career preparatory education. San Miguel High School, established built in 2004, has graduated five classes, with 100% graduation success and all of the seniors accepted to universities and college nationwide.
Although he has never run for any political office, Jim Click’s passion for politics and electing good citizens to serve has often driven him to positions of fund-raising and finance chair for numerous candidates at the local, state, and national levels. From former Mayor of Tucson Lew Murphy, to Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe, to former United States Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, to the 2000 election of President George W. Bush, Jim Click’s support was a tremendous boost to many campaign successes!
Having been athletic all his life, Jim Click has maintained his desire for fitness and enjoys the competition of sports. Jim has completed marathons in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, and New York City. He and his daughter, Carrie, have run several marathons together. Jim is also an avid cyclist, and races vintage cars, on the Jim Click Racing Team.
Jim and his wife Vicki have resided in Tucson, Arizona for the past 44 years. They have two children, Christian James Click and Carrie Warnes Click.
David is a founding shareholder and Executive Vice President at Beach Fleischman PC. He was previously employed with the international CPA firms of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), Peat Marwick Mitchell (now KPMG) and Laventhol & Horwath. David’s areas of specialty include tax planning and strategy, business consulting and retirement planning. His industry experience includes real estate, high tech and software, professional services, manufacturing and distribution, medical practices and professional athletes.
David has been a member of SALC for many years and is a strong believer in SALC’s mission. He has been passionate about making Tucson and Arizona great places in which to live and work. David has a long history of service to the community, often taking a leadership role. In addition to his service with SALC as Co-Chair of the Membership Committee, David’s current involvements include Centurions; Desert Angels, Executive Committee member; TMC HealthCare, Trustee; Tax 20 Group, a National Tax Director Association; Tucson Tax Study Group, Director; and a member of the VIP Breakfast Club.
In 2003, David was appointed by former Governor Napolitano to serve on the Citizen’s Finance Review Commission to review the State’s tax structure. Other past affiliations include Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Board of Trustees; Greater Tucson Economic Council (GTEC), past Treasurer; Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau (now Visit Tucson), past Chairman & Treasurer; Pima County Real Estate Research Council, Chairman (2005 & 2006); Ronald McDonald House, board trustee; Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault, President; Tucson Children’s Museum, Treasurer; Tucson Horizons, Vice President; Tucson Jewish Community Foundation, professional advisory group; United Way Volunteer in the Workplace award recipient, Father of the Year Honoree (2011); Walkup for Mayor of Tucson Committee, Treasurer (1999); Walkup for Mayor of Tucson Committee, Treasurer (2003).
Mel Cohen’s law practice focuses on commercial litigation and transactions with emphasis on construction, surety, real estate and business disputes. Starting in 1974 as a Pima County Deputy County Attorney he gained substantial experience in numerous construction projects including Ina Road Wastewater facility, Kino Hospital, golf courses as well as representing Pima County Planning and Zoning, Building Code, Elections, School Superintendent and the County Merit System. After leaving the County and travelling for a year, he returned to open a private practice with Howard Watt, developing a practice representing general contractors, owners, subcontractors, sureties, design professionals and developers. Joining Mesch, Clark & Rothschild, P.C. in 1989 he has continued litigation, arbitration and mediation of large commercial disputes, including lending and other commercial agreements, real estate acquisition, leases and manufacturing agreements, mergers and acquisitions, as well as construction of auditoriums, mining facilities, multi-family projects, telescopes, water and sewer projects, large private residences, highway and pipeline construction.
Community, Religious, and Civil Affiliations: Board Member of Reading Seed, now Literacy Connects. 2012 City of Tucson Bond Oversight Commission for Roads; assists in leading Shabbat and Holiday services at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging; previously University of Arizona Hillel Foundation Board of Directors and President; Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging Board of Director and Chair. Volunteer Attorney for Tourette’s Syndrome Association.
Professional Memberships: Volunteer Lawyer’s Program; Adjunct Professor University of Arizona College of Architecture + Planning + Landscape Architecture; Arizona Superior Court Judge Pro Tem; American Bar Association Forum on Construction Industry; and Fidelity & Surety Law Committee; American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator; Association of General Contractors of America Contract Documents Committee; Legus Network of Law Firms; Arizona Builder’s Alliance.
Bar Committees: Arizona Bar Construction Committee; Arizona Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee; previously Arizona Bar Fee Arbitration Committee.
Awards: Center for Disability Law Award; Volunteer Lawyer Pro-Bono Attorney.
Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honors, University of Cincinnati, 1970. Juris Doctor, University of Pittsburgh, 1973. Admitted to practice, State Bar of Arizona and Federal District Court, 1974; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Training, including Harvard University and American Arbitration Association
Personal and Athletic Interests: University of Cincinnati Football 1966-67; whitewater rafting; ocean kayaking; yoga. Presently studying Tai Chi; ancient Jewish texts.
Jannie Cox graduated from the James Ward Thorne School of Nursing at Northwestern University and arrived in Tucson in 1971. She spent 26 years at Carondelet Health Network as CEO of Carondelet Foundation, retiring in 2009.
Jannie has a special interest in the revitalization of downtown Tucson. She serves on the Rio Nuevo District Board and couldn’t be more pleased about their opportunity with the City of Tucson, to bring tax-generating development to downtown.
In addition to her service with Rio Nuevo, Jannie serves on the Advisory Board of BBVA Compass Bank, is a member of Southern Arizona Leadership Council, and volunteers in her neighborhood for the Old Ft. Lowell Live at Home program.
Jannie is also pursuing her personal passion for cycling and interest in helping Tucson to be a “fit city.” Her husband, David, and she started Meet Me at Maynards (MMM), a venue for exercise and enhancing the economy of downtown Tucson. MMM is a free weekly walk/run at Hotel Congress on Mondays. They recently celebrated their 200th consecutive Monday! The group has grown to more than 500 walkers and runners every Monday, following a route that shows off downtown and 4th Avenue.
Jannie subsequently started Meet Me at La Encantada, a similar event on Wednesday evenings, and Meet Me Monday in Boise, Idaho. All this led to the creation of her new business Meet Me Concepts, LLC, “Building Community Through Fitness.” She hopes to create “Meet Me” events throughout Arizona and neighboring states. Jannie has three married sons, three wonderful daughters-in-law and thoroughly enjoys being a grandmother.
Joseph P. Coyle serves as Principal & Managing Director for The Patrick Group in Tucson, Arizona. Previously Joe was Vice President of Human Resources & External Affairs for Raytheon Missile Systems, responsible for the Human Resources, External Affairs functions within Missile Systems, spanning the disciplines of labor relations, compensation, recruiting, public affairs, governmental & community relations and publication services. Joe was named to this position in February 1998, after the merger of Raytheon Company and Hughes Aircraft Company. Prior to this, he had been Director of Human Resources and Communications for Hughes Missile Systems Company and the Weapons Systems Segment of Hughes Aircraft Company since 1996.
Prior to joining Hughes, Joe was with Loral Corporation (formerly Ford Aerospace), where he held many positions of increasing levels of responsibility. His last assignment there was Vice President, Administration & Operations Support at Loral’s Space & Range Systems, a position he held since 1993. In this position, Joe continued his responsibility for all Human Resources activities in addition to the Division’s TQM and Product Assurance programs; Manufacturing; Configuration & Data Management; Publication & Proposal Production; and Environmental Health & Safety. During his six-year tenure at Loral Space & Range Systems, first as Vice President – HR, then Vice President – Administration & Operations Support, Joe achieved several major milestones. Most notable were his successful negotiations of eight collective bargaining agreements representing the lowest total labor cost escalations achieved during negotiations in the organization’s last 24 years, along with a major overhaul of the organization’s compensation & benefits program — two measures which enhanced Loral’s market competitiveness.
From 1988 to 1990 Joe was the Director of Human Resources Planning and Programs at Ford Aerospace’s Space Missions Group Staff in Washington, DC. There he was responsible for coordinating and developing all advanced Human Resources programs requirements for five Divisions (over 6,000 employees). Joe was also directly involved at the executive decision level in several acquisition and divestiture teams. From 1985 through 1987, while serving as Manager, Corporate Compensation and Manager of Personnel Planning and Relations at Ford Aerospace’s headquarters facility in Detroit, MI, Joe handled Compensation, Recruitment, Employee Relations, Training & Development, and Organization and Personnel Training. Prior to 1984, Joe held numerous other Managerial positions with both Ford’s Aerospace and Motor Company operations.
Joe earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from The American University (Emphasis: Personnel Management and Marketing). Joe since has taken extensive (MBA) graduate studies at Temple University, George Washington University, the University of Houston, and University of California. Joe also received a certificate in Program Management from West Coast University.
Joe is a previous Chairman of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Executive Board/Past Chairman member of Southern Arizona Leadership Council, and United Way, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Pima County Workforce Investment Board and Greater Tucson Economic Council. He is past Chairman, Tucson United Way Campaign.
Michael M. Crow is an academic leader and educator, designer of knowledge enterprises, and science and technology policy scholar. He has been the sixteenth president of Arizona State University since July 2002. He is guiding the transformation of ASU into one of the nation’s leading public metropolitan research universities, an institution combining academic excellence, inclusiveness, and societal impact—a model he terms the “New American University.” During his tenure ASU has established major transdisciplinary research initiatives and witnessed an unprecedented academic infrastructure expansion, quadrupling of research expenditures, and attainment of record levels of diversity. He was previously executive vice provost and professor of science and technology policy at Columbia University.
A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Academy of Public Administration, he is the author of books and articles analyzing knowledge enterprises, science and technology policy and the design of higher education institutions and systems.
Marcel Dabdoub earned his bachelor degree from Boston University with a double concentration in finance and international management. After working as a financial analyst for a few years out of college, Marcel went back to school to earn his JD/MBA and worked as an attorney for several years time with a focus on real estate and commercial transactions before transitioning to business full-time.
Since 2008, he has been a real estate developer, financial services entrepreneur, and business consultant. His real estate projects span a wide range of industrial, commercial and residential developments on both sides of the border, including the conversion of an industrial facility in Mexico into a multi-tenant shopping center, a retirement community in Vail with a focus on lifelong learning and cultural engagement, and over a dozen downtown redevelopments that include 8 historic renovations. Marcel and his partners also started a car financing company and he has ownership in other local businesses.
Marcel is also committed to his community, serving as board president for the Casa Hogar Madre Conchita girls orphanage in Nogales, Mexico, founding director of the Madre Conchita Foundation (a 501(c)(3) supporting organization to benefit the orphanage), and serving on the board of the Southern Arizona Community Foundation, St. Mary’s Hospital, the Pima County Real Estate Research Council and the Catholic Tuition Support Organization.
Pat DeConcini has over twenty-six years of diverse leadership in business, real estate, military operations, cyber security, aviation, congressional affairs, law, intelligence and homeland security. He is currently serving as Managing Partner, 4-D Properties, LLP – commercial real estate development and management. Pat has substantial trial experience as a Federal Prosecutor and executive level experience in software technology development, intellectual property rights and investment in new company start-ups. He has extensive experience working with the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice as well as state and local law enforcement and emergency management agencies.
Pat is an active Colonel in the Arizona National Guard – currently Commander, Cyber Joint Task Force. He also served as an F-16/F-22 Pilot with two combat tours. Pat has served on numerous executive boards and currently serves as a Director of the St. Joseph’s Hospital Governing Board and a member of Desert Angels Investment Group (Tucson).
As Vice President, National Field Sales and Marketing, Chris Denzin is responsible for public/private partnerships, single-family and multi-family developments, retail, outside sales, referral partnerships and local marketing. His responsibilities also include operational and financial performance, strategic investment decisions, customer experience, community engagement and philanthropy.
Chris has held numerous leadership roles in Sales, Operations, Network Services and Marketing over his 23 year career in AZ, CO and OR with CenturyLink.
He is an active member in the business and non-profit community previously serving on the boards of the Oregon Business Association, Portland Business Alliance, Greater Portland Inc., Columbia River Economic Development Council, Boy’s & Girl’s Club and received a Governor Appointment and commission to serve on the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council. Chris currently serves on the boards of Sun Corridor Inc., Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) and SCOTT.
Chris holds a B.S. in Marketing from Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business in Tempe, Arizona.
Chris and his wife Linda have 2 kids and enjoy spending time enjoying the many great local restaurants in Arizona, traveling, golfing, playing racquetball and softball. Chris and Linda also have a passion for supporting k-12 education and hunger relief organizations.
CenturyLink is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business. CenturyLink has over 4,000 employees who live, work and give back to the community in Arizona.
Donald Diamond has been married to his wife, Joan, for 63 years. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Mr. Diamond is chairman of Diamond Ventures, Inc., whose business interests include real estate related Investments and development projects in the southwestern United States and Mexico.
His career in land development began in the 1960’s with the acquisition of the 450 acres Pima Canyon Estates custom home site community in the Tucson Catalina Foothills and the 5,000 acre Rocking K Ranch, one of the community’s largest planned development areas. He was a principal in buying, planning and developing the 12,000 plus acres from the Howard Hughes Estate and The Canyons, a 160-acre premiere luxury home site community in the Tucson Catalina Foothills. His most recent land acquisitions are 5,200 acres of land know as Saddleback Heights in Peoria, Arizona and 1,600 acres in Casa Grande, Arizona.
Mr. Diamond is a member of the board of directors of the Rincon Institute and serves on the National Board of Advisors for the University of Arizona College of Business & Public Administration. He also serves as a member of Southern Arizona Leadership Council and Desert Caucus and is a life member of Tucson Airport Authority and Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. Mr. Diamond supports a myriad of philanthropic ventures. In 1973 he served as the United Way campaign chairman and in 1995 he was the first chairman of United Way’s Tucson Alexis de Tocqueville Society. Through Diamond Ventures he was also instrumental in extending a one-million dollar line of credit for Habitat for Humanity to increase the organization’s operation capital. His most impactful community gift to date is $15 million to support the construction of Diamond Children’s Medical Center which opened in 2010 on the campus of University Medical Center.
John D’Orlando graduated from Buffalo State College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Studies in 1983. He worked in retail management in Buffalo, NY from 1983-1987, and began a sales career in 1987 at the Hoover Company in Buffalo, NY.
John began his media career at the Ft. Lauderdale Sen-Sentinel in 1989 and in 19 years rose from Local Territory Sales Rep to Classified Director. He was promoted to Vice President/Advertising Director of the Orlando Sentinel in 2008. He began his service as President & Publisher of the Arizona Daily Star in August, 2017.
John and his wife, Georgianna, have been married 29 years and have two sons. Their oldest, Chris, works for Wellbiz in Denver, CO and their youngest, Brian, attends Valencia College in Orlando, FL.
Most recent affiliations were in Orlando, FL.Immediate Past Chair of Florida Press Service/Intersect Media Solutions.Affiliate member of Florida Citrus Sports.
Sports and music.
Rob Draper is President of O’Rielly Chevrolet, Inc., one of the nation’s largest Chevrolet dealerships and locally owned and operated since 1924. He became the Dealer Principal in July 2010. Rob is also the President of O’Rielly Ventures, Inc., which engages primarily in real estate development and investment and local venture investing.
Prior to joining the O’Rielly group in 2002, Rob was a partner in the law firm of Winston & Strawn in Washington, D.C., where he practiced for twelve years in the areas of energy and international project finance. As an energy lawyer, he represented many of the U.S. utility companies that operate nuclear power plants with respect to licensing, regulatory compliance, contractual, and business advisory matters. As a project finance lawyer, he represented project developers and agencies such as the U.S. Export-Import Bank and Overseas Private Investment Corporation in their financing and development of power plants and other energy and infrastructure projects, mostly overseas.
Rob is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Tucson Airport Authority, Tucson Conquistadores, and Tucson New Car Dealers Association. He serves on the Board of the Catalina Council, Boy Scouts of America and hosts the Council’s annual All-Business Pinewood Derby at O’Rielly Chevrolet. He also served on the Board of Directors of “Imagine Greater Tucson.” He was a member of the TUSD Blue Ribbon Committee, which he co-chaired in 2007 with then-TUSD Superintendent Roger Pfeuffer, and remains interested in supporting and promoting quality local education.
Rob grew up in Austin, Texas and went to high school in Beaumont, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in physics and political science from Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and a law degree from Southern Methodist University School of Law, Dallas, Texas. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the State Bar of Arizona, and the District of Columbia Bar.
Rob is married to Amy O’Rielly Draper, and they have three children – Katie, a graduate of University High and senior at Wake Forest University; Jack, a senior at Salpointe; and Ryan, a sophomore at University High. He enjoys travel, golf, sailing, skiing, wakeboarding, serving as a Scout leader, and assisting with and watching his kids’ sports activities.
CONVERSANT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT INC., OTTAWA, ON
Board Member, Interim Senior Vice President and Consultant 2012-2014
Guide and support senior management team on strategy, structure and long-term performance goals. Advise company on intellectual property and public policy matters.
FIRST, FOR INSPIRATION AND RECOGNITION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, MANCHESTER, NH
President & Board Member 2010-2012
A non-profit that inspires 300,000 students (K-12) each year with experiential learning programs and provides scholarships and career paths in technology, science and innovation. Sponsors are future employers who want a highly qualified workforce. Led and motivated headquarters staff, affiliates in the US and 60 other countries and nearly 120,000 volunteers to achieve year over year double-digit growth across all four FIRST programs. Created collaborative relationships with donors resulting in FY 2012 growth in contributions and grants of 25.1%; the 2012 average growth for large non-profit organizations was 0.3%. Restructured headquarters to create a high-performing agile team with decisions made at the appropriate level; refocused headquarters on strategy and development and field organization on operational excellence. Developed a transformative strategic plan to lead the organization to a new level of quality, service and dramatic growth with the input of a myriad of constituencies and approval of a Board with divergent views. Created diverse constituency teams to tackle major issues and to develop collaborative and accepted solutions and work plans. Served as a public face of FIRST with a broad range of speaking engagements at regional, national and international conferences, industry events and competitions.
FOLEY & LARDNER LLP, WASHINGTON, DC
Counseled governments, corporations and entrepreneurs on US and international intellectual property strategy. Advocated legal and government policy relating to intellectual property before the US Congress, federal government.
US PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, ALEXANDRIA, VA
Director of the USPTO and Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property 2004-2009
Deputy Director of the USPTO and Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce 2002-2004
Led as chief executive a performance-based government agency with nearly 9,000 employees, 2,000 contractors, and an annual budget of $2 billion. Developed and implemented a 5-year strategic plan that resulted in successive agency records for production, quality, electronic filing, electronic processing and teleworking. Restructured executive level management and processes for better decision-making. Streamlined the organization and provided more focused business analysis, increased transparency, and improved communication up and down the chain. Led U.S. negotiations of international intellectual property treaties, established a framework for IP provisions in free trade agreements, and cooperated with IP offices worldwide. Crafted domestic intellectual property policies including legislation for the US Congress and judicial strategies that were presented through federal courts and ultimately the Supreme Court. Advised Congress on a wide array of domestic and international intellectual property rights issues, including the trade implications of intellectual property and the costs and proposed solutions of counterfeiting and piracy. Convinced, together with the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, the Ad Council to adopt a $75 million, 3-year advertising campaign promoting innovation to kids aged 8-12. Converted from paper to electronic patent applications. Facing an unfulfilled agency commitment for 30 years, within two years developed a system, trained 6000 employees, and converted 150 million pages of information for electronic processing. Instant and secure access to the USPTO database — one of the largest in the world — became available to all.
Born in 1950 at Tucson Medical Center. Second generation native on father’s side; third generation on mother’s. Graduated from Catalina High School in 1968, Occidental College in 1972, and UCLA School of Law in 1975. Returned to Tucson to practice law with a number of firms including Davis, Epstein & Tretschok; Kerry, Schocket & Dusenberry; and Gust Rosenfeld. Areas of practice included banking, business, real estate and estate planning. Married Lynne Wood in 1982 and blessed with two wonderful children: Brett and Courtney. Lynne worked for the University of Arizona for 33 years in the Office of the General Counsel, retiring in 2012.
Bruce left the practice of law in 1993 to take over the helm of the family business, Horizon Moving Systems. Horizon still has offices in Sierra Vista and Yuma; the other offices were sold to Suddath Companies in 2013.
Bruce served on the Board of Directors of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Southern Arizona Defense Alliance, UniGroup, Inc., the parent company of United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit, from 1999 to 2009. Has served on the Boards of numerous community organizations including Southern Arizona Leadership Council, YMCA of Metropolitan Tucson, American Heart Association, Saguaro Rotary, DM-50, Arizona Town Hall and Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce. Member of the Tucson Airport Authority.
Interests: Instrument rated private pilot, photographer and devoted UA Wildcat fan. When time permits, the family enjoys traveling and all too infrequent retreats to their cabin in the White Mountains of Northern Arizona.
First and foremost, Ali is a community activist and high school football coach who believes that making positive differences in ones’ community is an enormous aspect of living a successful life. Ali is also an AV-rated attorney who practices in the areas of labor and employment, business consultation, commercial litigation and personal injury defense. Ali has litigated a wide variety of employment, traditional labor, corporate and general liability matters. Additionally, Ali has advised and assisted management clients seeking to enforce restrictive covenants and with respect to a multitude of federal and state compliance issues. He also acts as de facto general counsel to a number of significant corporate clients who conduct business across multiple jurisdictions.
Ryan’s experience in business has been vast and varied, drawing on 10+ years of marketing and business experience including founding and operating a software development company. After receiving his MBA from Washburn University, Ryan went on to found Nuanced Media in 2010, a digital marketing agency which focuses on website design, digital marketing, and brand identity.
Ryan is passionate about thought leadership, experience sharing and collaboration in the digital space. He utilizes his in-depth market analysis capabilities and understanding of complex technologies to provide optimum service for Nuanced Media’s clients.
He is well-known in the community for strong involvement, candor and leadership, as well as for his commitment to generously contributing in-kind services to nonprofits.
Taylor, a lifelong resident of Arizona, graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management in 2010. After graduating, Taylor held a field management position with Hensel Phelps Construction on the Phoenix Sky Harbor Sky Train Project. While with Hensel Phelps Construction, Taylor was involved in multiple field and office management positions for a wide range of projects, including Intel tool installation and the University of Arizona’s Environment and Natural Resources (ENR 2) Project, one of the universities most sustainable facilities. After the completion of ENR 2, Taylor accepted a position with DPR Construction as a member of the UofA Bioscience Research Laboratory Project team, where he managed the overall financial success of the project as well as procurement of subcontractors and materials to the site, to allow for the on time delivery of the project. After the completion of the BSRL project, Taylor took on his current role as DPR’s Tucson Office Leader.
Harry has more than 35 years experience in founding, operating and investing in successful rapid growth technology-related companies. He is a co-founder of Solstice Capital. From its inception in 1981 to 1989, Mr. George was co-founder, Director, and Vice-President of Finance for Interleaf Inc. During this time, Interleaf, a pioneer in electronic publishing, grew to be a publicly traded company with $100 million in annual revenue. In January 2000, Interleaf was acquired by Broadvision in a stock merger that valued Interleaf at approximately $900 million. Prior to this, Harry was a co-founder, Director and Vice President of Finance of Kurzweil Computer Products, subsequently purchased by Xerox Imaging Systems.
Harry has been a Director of a number of private and public companies and is currently a Director of AmpliMed, Lumidigm, High Throughput Genomics, and Regenesis Biomedical. He is a member of the Investors’ Circle and was active with the Arizona Venture Capital Conference, where he was on the conference screening panel from 1997-2003. Harry is a member of the advisory committee of the MBA program at the Eller School of Business of the University of Arizona and serves as an advisor to the Arizona Center for Innovation. From 1996 to 2003, he was a Trustee of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and he currently serves as its Vice Chair of Treasure the Desert Capital Campaign. He is also a Trustee of the Tucson Museum of Art. He received an AB from Bowdoin College.
Ryan George has held one job in his time at Simpleview — a responsibility he took on when he founded the company in February 2001. As CEO, he provides strategy and direction for the company, oversees its growth and operations through a cadre of highly skilled executives, and works to build industry knowledge and leadership in employees throughout the company.
• Dual Degree in MIS and Accounting
• Former IT Director
• Eagle Scout and Discovery Channel Devotee
Ryan is a frequent speaker at travel and tourism events, serves on the DMAI Foundation Board of Trustees and a number of boards of directors and is a member of Tucson Conquistadores, a philanthropy group supporting youth athletics and community groups.
In theory, one day Ryan will retire and open a hot rod shop, but if you’ve got a ’69 Chevelle or ’37 Ford Deluxe that you’re dying to trick out, you should probably start without him: other than family, Simpleview is Ryan’s nucleus and universe, and should be. After all, not a lot of people can say what he says with total sincerity:
“I get my energy from staying connected to our people and our customers. I take great pride in what we’ve built, and I’ve made lifelong friendships in one of the world’s most important industries. When asked about hobbies or ‘bucket lists’…? I’m living mine everyday.”
Paulo Goes is the Dean and Halle Chair in Leadership at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. Before taking that role in March 2016, he served nearly eight years as Head of the Department of Management Information Systems and the Salter Distinguished Professor of Management and Technology. He received his Ph.D. in from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Goes’ research interests are in the areas of design and evaluation of IT-enabled business models, big data analytics, innovation exploration, emerging technologies, ecommerce and online auctions, database technology and systems, and technology infrastructure. His research has appeared in several top academic journals including Management Science, Management Information Systems Quarterly, Information Systems Research, Journal of MIS, Operations Research, IEEE Transactions on Communications, IEEE Transactions on Computers and many others. He routinely presents his work and delivers keynotes in top conferences of the field of information systems. Dr. Goes has just finished his term as the Editor-in-Chief of Management Information Systems Quarterly, the most prestigious journal in the field of information systems. He has also been recognized with the 2014 INFORMS Information Systems Society Distinguished Fellow Award.
As MIS department head at the UA, he was actively involved in developing high level educational and research programs and partnerships in cybersecurity and big data analytics. He co-founded and directs INSITE – Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics and is the co-principal investigator of the multi-million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation intended to educate the next generation of cybersecurity specialists.
Born in Brazil, Dr. Goes began his career in civil engineering before immigrating to the U.S. for his doctoral program. He and his wife have two children, a 19-year-old son and an 11-year-old daughter.
As President of Diamond Ventures, David Goldstein is responsible for setting the Company’s overall strategic vision and priorities. David determines the market positioning of the Company’s existing portfolio of residential and commercial real estate assets and leads the Company in identifying new investment opportunities. Mr. Goldstein has more than 35 years of experience in real estate and working with various operating companies. David has held the position of President of Diamond Ventures since its inception in 1988. Prior to joining Diamond Ventures, David was a CPA at both Ernst & Whinney and Coopers & Lybrand and was Vice President of Acquisitions and Sales for the Venture West Group, Inc. He received his finance degree from the University of Connecticut and has his M.B.A. degree from the University of Arizona.
John Graham joined Sunbelt Holdings in 1982 and became President in 1990. John’s background in asset management, development and real estate investment provides a solid foundation of knowledge and experience in the real estate field. Under John’s direction Sunbelt has become a dominant force, in both community affairs and real estate activities. John’s prior experience included The Koll Company in asset management and development from 1980- 1982 and Coldwell Banker in asset management and sales from 1978-1980.
Michael Hammond has been in commercial real estate since 1978 and is President, Founder and Managing Shareholder of Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR, Southern Arizona’s leading independent commercial real estate brokerage and management firm. He has been a national trainer for the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors for 20 years, teaching sales and marketing skills to incoming real estate professionals early in their careers. In 2002, with his background in industrial real estate and interest in regional economic development, he began focusing on the border region and, more specifically, the State of Sonora, Mexico. PICOR subsequently incorporated in Mexico and is successfully expanding their services into Southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico.
Affiliations and Achievements:
American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter – Past chair; Arizona Aerospace
Foundation – Past board member; Business Development Finance Corporation – Current Chair; Community Finance Corporation – Current Chair; Commerce Bank of Arizona – Founding and current Board Member; DM-50 – Member; Industrial Development Authority of Tucson – Past Vice-President; Southern Arizona Leadership Council – Past Chair & current Board member; Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO) – Member, Board of Directors; Tucson Chamber of Commerce – Member; Urban Land Institute – Member of the So. Ar. Steering Committee
Arizona Town Hall – Past Vice-President, Current member; Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) – Past President, Current member; Commerce and Economic Development Commission, State of Arizona – Past commissioner; Pima County Real Estate Research Council – Past chair; Urban Land Institute – State of Arizona Steering Committee
American Society of Real Estate Counselors (CRE); Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) – Member, International Advisory Committee;
Urban Land Institute – Full member
University of Washington, Bachelor of Science, Forestry Engineering
Meredith Hay, Ph.D. is the former Executive Vice President and Provost of The University of Arizona. Dr. Hay, as second in command, served as the University of Arizona’s chief operating officer with responsibilities for the entire $1.8B university budget including the Arizona Health Sciences Center. Currently, Dr. Hay leads an active cardiovascular and brain research laboratory at the University of Arizona College Of Medicine were she is a tenured Full Professor. For the past 30 years, her NIH funded laboratory has studied the effects of ovarian hormone replacement on blood pressure regulation. Her and her research team were first to discover that estrogen acts on brain cells to modulate blood pressure.
Dr. Hay is President and founder of a new Tucson biotechnology company, ProNeurogen, Inc. ProNeurogen is a preclinical and clinical stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel peptide based therapeutics to treat dementia caused by heart disease.
Dr. Hay is actively involved in the Tucson community and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the YWCA, the Working Board for the National Institute for Civil Discourse, The Beacon Group, The January 8th Foundation, San Miguel High School of Tucson Board of Trustees and Sinfonia, Healthcare Corp., LLC. She has also served as an active member on the Arizona Bioscience Advisory Group, the Advisory Board for the Phoenix Biomedical Campus and in 2010 was named among Arizona’s Top Women Executives. Prior to coming to Arizona, Dr. Hay served as Vice President for Research at the University of Iowa. Dr. Hay, a Texas native, earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver, her M.S. in neurobiology from the University Texas at San Antonio, and her Ph.D. in cardiovascular pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio.
As well as serving on SALC’s Board of Directors, long-time member Duff Hearon is actively engaged in several SALC focus areas and committees, including the Governance and Infrastructure focus areas, the Membership and Strategic Initiatives committees, and the Tucson Regional Water Coalition.
For over 25 years Duff has been joint or sole Principal and the Chief Executive Officer of the Ashland Group, a diversified investment company in commercial real estate, land and securities. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Law with highest distinction and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Finance and Accounting, also from the University of Arizona. After graduation from undergraduate school, Duff was proud to be commissioned and serve as an officer in the United States Army.
Duff began his business career as a CPA in the Chicago office of a “Big 8” accounting firm (back when there were 8!). He returned to Tucson and, after his graduation from law school, practiced commercial and tax law with the largest law firm in Southern Arizona. While no longer actively practicing law, he is still recognized as an “A” and “V” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, the National Lawyers Directory, its highest designation for legal expertise and ethics. Duff established Ashland Group in 1985.
Duff holds or has held board positions with many professional organizations including, the Board of Directors of the University Science & Technology Park, Pima County Real Estate Research Council (Chairman), the Conquistadores and the Greater Tucson Economic Council – GTEC (Chairman), and the Centurions. He also served as a Board member and Fundraising Campaign Chairman of the United Way of Greater Tucson. He is a member of Tucson Airport Authority and University of Arizona President’s Club. Duff was an initial member of the Governor’s Strategic Partnership for Economic Development (GSPED).
Duff’s proudest of raising three children (now adults) Heather, Megan and Duff James with his wife of over 30 years, Michelle. His family and good friends in this Valley and State are what inspire him daily to try to create a better and more prosperous Community.
Margaret Hepburn has been CEO of the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona since October 2013.
Prior to her current position Ms. Hepburn served for more than 8 years as President and CEO of Sierra Vista Regional Health Center, Sierra Vista, Arizona. During that time she worked closely with the hospital Board in developing a partnership that resulted in the building of a replacement hospital for the community.
Ms Hepburn’s previous positions include President and CEO at CHW, St. Dominic’s Hospital in Manteca, California; Senior Vice President, Operations and Patient Care Services, COO at Christus, St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, Alexandria, Louisiana; Associate Administrator Patient Services and CNE at Madison County Hospital, Madisonville, Texas, and Associate Administrator Patient Services and CNE at Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage, California.
Ms. Hepburn has a BSc in Nursing from Tayside University, Dundee, Scotland, and an MS from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.
She is a Fellow of the Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Ms Hepburn serves on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association and the Tucson Board of the American Red Cross. She is also a member of several local and state organizations.
Todd has been with Granite for 28 years and recently transferred to our Arizona Region as Vice President and Region Manager. Prior to his move to Arizona, Todd was the Branch/Area Manager for Granite’s Fresno office for 20 years. Todd began his career with Granite in February 1989 upon completion of his Civil Engineering degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly).
Todd has served as an usher at his church, a Board Member for Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce, and a Commissioner on the Fresno County Planning Commission. He serves on the Retirement Committee for Granite Construction. Todd is currently a member of the Tucson Metro Chamber, the Arizona Transportation Builders Association and is a Board Member of the Arizona Associated General Contractors.
Todd and his wife Lina have two children – Kayla who is sophomore at Cal Poly and Jared who is a sophomore at Stanford University. His interests include Investing, Personal Finance, Hiking, Running, Gardening, and Home Improvements.
Practice Areas: Complex Commercial Real Estate and Business Transactions; Real Property Acquisitions and Dispositions, with Emphasis on Large Muhi- Family Transactions; Entity Fonnation and Governance Documents; Real Estate Acquisition and Refinancing Loans, including Borrower’s Counsel Opinion Letters; Negotiation and Drafting of Commercial and Retail Leases; Loan Modifications and Restructurings; Private Placement Syndications (sold to accredited investors only); Mediation of Partnership Disputes
BA with high distinction, University of Arizona 1978
JD with honors, University of Arizona 1981
Phi Beta Kappa
Memberships and Affiliations
State Bar of Arizona
Pima County Bar Association
State Bar of California (inactive)
Admitted Arizona Supreme Court and U.S. District Court
University of Arizona Foundation Board of Trustees 2005-2011 (Executive Committee, Governance Committee Chair and Corporate Secretary)
University of Arizona National Alumni Board of Directors (Executive Committee) 1996-2002
Arizona Town Hall Participant
Past President and Governance Board Member, Tucson Children’s Museum
Ted is active in the Tucson community and a supporter of the University of Arizona, having served on the Board of Directors for the University of Arizona Foundation and National Alumni Association and as President of the Tucson Children’s Museum. He has presented at continuing legal education seminars, including presentations involving commercial loan modifications and note purchase transactions.
Hometown: Casa Grande, AZ
Education: BSBA, University of Arizona, 2000
Bio: Shawn began his career in 2000 as an Investment Associate with Northern Trust. In 2004, he joined Marshall & Ilsley Bank in Milwaukee, where he completed a management training program in commercial lending. Upon completion of that program, Shawn moved to Phoenix, where he worked in the Business Banking group with M&I. Shawn spent subsequent time with Wells Fargo, BBVA Compass, and First Citizens before returning to Northern Trust in 2012. Shawn moved back to Tucson in 2014 and assumed his current role as Senior Relationship Manager/Team Leader for the Private Lending Group at Northern Trust.
Active Affiliations: Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson (Board Member), Risk Management Association (Board Member, Tucson), Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP)
Interests: Golf, skiing, cycling
BIOGRAPHICAL DATA: Mike has been working in economic development and tourism for Pima County since 2014, but is currently seeking new professional opportunities to help Arizona develop a more diverse and sustainable economy based on its natural strengths, international access, and sense of place. A retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, Mike holds a MA in international relations from Norwich University, as well as a graduate certificate in strategic communication from the U. S. Army Command & General Staff College. Mike ran for the Arizona State Legislature in 2016 to represent Legislative District 14 in southeast Arizona. His key campaign issues were education, water, economic development, rural healthcare, open elections, and transportation infrastructure.
INTERESTS: Education, Water, Economic Development, Healthcare, Open Elections, and Transportation Infrastructure
PRESIDENT & CEO
Tucson Electric Power
David G. Hutchens is President and Chief Executive Officer of UNS Energy Corporation (“UNS Energy”) and its operating utilities Tucson Electric Power (“TEP”) and Unisource Energy Services (“UES”).
Mr. Hutchens has been with UNS Energy for over 20 years. He was named a Vice President in 2009, rose to Executive Vice President in March 2011 and was named President in December 2011 before assuming his current role in May 2014.
He earned a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona and is a former nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.
He serves on the Boards of Directors of UNS Energy affiliated utilities FortisBC and FortisAlberta as well as Edison Electric Institute. He is past Chair of Western Energy Institute’s Board of Directors and is current Chair of Sun Corridor, Inc. He also is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Tucson Conquistadores, Salpointe Catholic Education Board of Directors.
He is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Daniel Janes is the CEO of Madden Media, a marketing agency focused on improving destinations. Madden uses innovative, technology-driven marketing strategies to provide solutions for our partners. Our team impacts the growth of communities by creating personalized, immersive content that connects people to places. For over 35+ years, Madden Media has been part of Tucson, employing over 90 people and attracting clients from throughout the country.
Dan is a successful entrepreneur and early-stage investor. Dan cofounded, 42six Solutions, a Big Data and Analytics company that was acquired by Computer Sciences Corporation. Following the acquisition, Dan became active as an investor and member of Desert Angels and Arch Partners. Dan’s breadth of experience includes being a West Point graduate and former Army officer who led operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, worked inside of a large government agency, built a startup, and grew new technology offerings in a publicly traded company. Dan advises companies throughout Arizona with a focus on companies based in Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Raena Janes is an entrepreneur with drive and heart.
Raena’s first introduction to entrepreneurship began in her early twenties when she was directing the preschool in her parent’s church in Tucson. She attended University of Phoenix, but it was real life experience that she believes set her along her path. While at the preschool Raena began her lifelong commitment to offering the best possible education for every child, no matter their socioeconomic background. After scrambling to meet the needs of a very challenged two-year-old in a wheelchair with a feeding tube, she was determined to raise money in order to accommodate more children with special needs. Raena set about learning how to apply for grants and then succeeded in getting $2.5 million from the Arizona Department of Economic Security. She didn’t stop there.
That success led to many others. In 2002, Raena sought funding to build her first tuition-free charter school. Her commitment to school choice and her contagious passion for enriching kids’ lives by building a solid foundation for every child she could, enabled her to secure a $750,000 loan from the Bank of Tucson. Raena then sought creative financing and came across industrial bonds as a way to grow the school. Her initial bonds were a total of $13 million. In 2002, the first campus of La Paloma Academy opened. That same year, La Paloma Academy was awarded the State of Arizona’s 2005 Excellence in Education Award. There are now three La Paloma campuses, Lakeside, Central and South. In addition, Raena also grew her Charter portfolio to include Heritage Elementary Schools in both Glendale, AZ, and Williams, AZ, as well as the Liberty Traditional Charter Schools in Phoenix and Douglas, AZ. She also founded APEX Charter Services, which she serves as CEO. The company helps with the strategic and tactical management of not only her charter schools, but many others across Arizona who need dedicated management and direction.
As founder and charter-holder of seven successful charter schools, Raena is humbled and thrilled to know her positive impact on thousands of children and their families each year. She is quite literally helping to shape our future leaders. All schools have a solid academic focus. Each campus also incorporates community service and family values into its curriculum, promoting six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. In addition, each year hundreds of teachers and staff also fall under the umbrella of Raena’s far reach on changing lives.
In 2016, Raena founded yet another company, the RJ Homes Real Estate Group. She saw the need with parents in her schools wanting to own a home but having no resource or support to make the American dream a reality. Raena and her team conduct free evening and weekend classes targeted to parents and families who may consider owning a home as impossible. Class topics range from credit and financing to taxes and down payment assistance.
Raena approaches real estate with the same core beliefs upon which she built her schools and raised her own two children; every individual should be given any and all opportunities to succeed and should believe no goal is beyond reach.
Her community involvement in several non-profit organizations is evidence of her heartfelt investment in the welfare of all children, but particularly the underserved. Raena has donated her time to, or is an active member of:
For her accomplishments and her contributions to the community, Raena has won the following awards:
Lynette E. Jaramillo has more than 30 years of management experience. She is a proactive and highly motivated leader with exceptional problem-solving skills. From 1990 to 1995 she was the Arizona Area Manager of the second largest national home care provider. In 1995 she opened the southeastern Arizona market for a privately owned home health agency which grew to be the largest privately owned home health agency in Tucson. She left in 1998 after the agency was sold to a regional home care provider. After leaving the home health agency, Lynette partnered with Agnes C. Poore to found Casa de la Luz Hospice. Lynette is the 2015 first-place winner in the Women of Influence awards, Outstanding Entrepreneur category. She is currently a member of the Mayor’s Senior Task Force for the City of Tucson, Women at the Top, and the CEO Roundtable of Southern Arizona.
Nancy Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer for El Rio Community Health Center, one of the largest federally qualified health centers in the country. She is a registered nurse as well as holding masters degrees in both nursing from the University of Illinois and marketing and business from the University of Arizona Eller College. Her doctoral research was on provider perspectives in caring for the uninsured population, leading to her completion of her PhD in Health Services.
Nancy has held positions as a clinician, a faculty member in both nursing and business, as well as an administrator. She spent over 15 years with Tucson Medical Center, building community health and wellness programs, acquiring and managing medical practices for the TMC system, and expanding community networks. Today, in addition to her role as El Rio’s CEO, she continues to serve as an adjunct clinical professor for the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She has authored a textbook with her husband, entitled “The Care of the Uninsured in America” available through Springer Publishing and most recently, an article in Nursing Administration Quarterly on Healthcare for the Homeless. Dr. Johnson is a recipient of the University of Arizona’s Cecil B. Hart Humanitarian Award.
Mr. Johnson joined HTG Molecular Diagnostics six years ago as Chief Executive Officer and has led the company’s transition from a boutique research company to a growing personalized healthcare based company. Mr. Johnson has lead the efforts to establish the key business strategies, form a new investor base, raise nearly $50M dollars and hire a management team with over 200 years of combined diagnostic experience. Bringing strategic clarity, defining a roadmap for growth, acquiring and retaining talent and gaining investor confidence have been key responsibilities during TJ’s tenure with HTG.
In this role TJ has driven the optimization and extension of HTG’s core technology into new products such as the HTG EDGE automation platform allowing the company to compete in the fast growing personalized healthcare, diagnostic/clinical application markets. Laser focus on key markets, targeted investments in people and products, aggressive cash management and a fiercely competitive culture are crucial core competencies established through-out the company.
Prior to joining HTG Molecular TJ spent five years as a SVP for Ventana Medical Systems now Roche Tissue Diagnostics. During his tenure with Ventana TJ held positions responsible for Operations, World Wide Marketing, Corporate Development, Quality and Product Support. As an officer of the company TJ was instrumental in driving a culture of accountability that led to high growth and a 10x increase in shareholder value.
Prior to Ventana TJ held positions of increasing responsibility in Hillenbrand Industries, a $2B corporation headquartered in Batesville, IN. TJ was VP of Global Marketing, VP/GM of Hill-Rom Airshields, VP of Operations and VP of Continuous Improvement and Strategic Planning during his 12 years with the corporation.
TJ also spent five years as a senior consultant with Price Waterhouse working out of the Cincinnati office. TJ gained a diverse set of skills working across numerous industries and with numerous management teams.
TJ is a member of SALC (Southern Arizona Leadership Council) including a founding member of the BioScience Steering Committee and an active angel investor through the Tucson Desert Angels.
TJ graduated with a business degree from Indiana University in 1983.
Mike Kasser is the CEO and President of Holualoa Companies, a real estate investment company with approximately $500 million in residential and commercial real estate in the Southwest, Hawaii and France.
Mr. Kasser started Holualoa in 1985 when he moved to Hawaii with his wife, Beth, after they competed in the Ironman Triathlon. His previous experience includes positions as financial analyst with WR Grace & Co., as President of Technopulp, Inc., a pulp and paper consultant, and as CEO of Booher Lumber Company. As Holualoa grew, the Kassers left Hawaii in 1994 for Tucson.
In addition to his membership in SALC, Mr. Kasser’s community activities have included: Three years as Chairman of the Salary Commission for the County of Hawaii. In addition, he has been a trustee or board member of the University of Arizona Foundation, the University of Arizona College of Science, C-Path Institute, Downtown Tucson Partnership, Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson Museum of Art, American Hungarian Foundation, Kona Hawaii Family YMCA, Aloha Performing Arts Center and the Kasser Art Foundation. His outside business activities have included board memberships of: CyraCom, Inc., a language interpretation company, Protein Sciences, Inc., a biotech company, and West Maricopa Combine, Inc., a water company. He has also served as an Educational Counselor for M.I.T. and as a member of its Corporation Development Committee, and is presently a member of the M.I.T. Music and Theatre Arts Visiting Committee.
Mike has a BS and an MS in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T., a Doctorate of Chemical Engineering from the University of Grenoble (France) and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is fluent in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Hungarian. In the past, Mike has completed the Ironman Triathlon eight times. His present hobby is Pre-Columbian Art. The Kassers have two children.
Mr. Thomas Keating is a 38 year security professional, having worked in virtually every position at American Protective Services, a family owned security service contracting company. Mr. Keating became President, CEO and Chair in 1977 and sold the business on January 1, 2000. At that time the business had 19,000 employees operating from 80 offices nationwide, and produced a revenue of $425 million.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, Mr. Keating’s avocation since 1982 has been raising purebred Gelbvieh bulls. He and his wife, Irene “Reenie,” own two ranches in northern California. They sold the herd in December, 2008, and Mr. Keating now owns and operates the Catalina Mart chains in Tucson.
Mr. Keating is a business man, investor, philanthropist and volunteer. The University of Arizona is his principal philanthropic target, and his children are his investment partners.
Mr. Keating’s active affiliations include the University of Arizona Foundation — Investment Committee & Executive Committee; University of Arizona Bio5—Board of Directors & Chair of Development; University of Arizona Alumni Board of Directors—Past Chair; Desert Angels—Member; heavily involved all over University of Arizona campus.
Mr. Keating’s interests include his family’s golden retriever, working in the family enterprise, travel, developing & building things, and continued learning of almost anything!
Mr. Kill is a former CEO of Bedmart, a 29 store mattress retailer in Arizona. Bedmart’s owner, Chet Goldberg, started Bedmart in 1988 with one store. Bedmart currently has 29 stores. Chet hired Chuck in 2003 as Chief Financial Officer and promoted Chuck to CEO in 2004. Even though Phoenix is one of the most competitive markets in the country, during his first 3 years, Bedmart has had an average annual sales growth rate of 33% per year. Bedmart has grown to the point where they currently sell more mattresses than any other retailer in Arizona.
Chuck is Chairman of the Finance and Bond Committee for the town of Oro Valley and on the Board of Directors for the Western Home Furnishings Association.
Chuck has been in retailing since 1976 and the mattress retailing industry since 1999, when he joined Sleep Country USA as Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Chuck assisted the CEO in the sale of Sleep Country USA to Fenway Partners, as well as the acquisition of the 23 Northwest stores of Sleep Train. Chuck also led the implementation of GERS at Sleep Country USA.
Chuck has a Bachelors degree in Accountancy and has earned his MBA from Northern Illinois University, as well as his CPA Certificate in Illinois.
For leisure activities, Chuck enjoyed softball, reading and golfing.
With more than twenty years of strategic fiscal and executive management experience in the public and private sector, Eileen Klein is uniquely positioned in her role as president of the Arizona Board of Regents to help Arizona’s public universities achieve critical goals to transform Arizona’s economy.
Ms. Klein oversees the $4 billion Arizona public university enterprise – Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. She manages the Enterprise Executive Committee (EEC), comprised of the university presidents, which is responsible for achieving the ambitious 2020 goals outlined in the Board of Regent’s strategic plan that calls for significant gains in degree production and research activity, and major reforms in both the instructional delivery model and financing of the university system to support and stimulate Arizona’s economy.
Previous to joining the Board, Ms. Klein was chief of staff for Governor Brewer. Taking the helm in the midst of a severe financial crisis, Klein was instrumental in charting Arizona’s path to recovery. Klein refocused the state’s efforts on economic competitiveness and in just two years led the state out of a multibillion dollar budget shortfall through significant budget, tax and regulatory reforms resulting in a positive cash balance.
Klein also helped launch Arizona Ready, an education reform plan to align statewide education goals across the P-20 spectrum and played a critical role in spearheading Governor Brewer’s transformational health care reform plan, enabling the state to modernize Medicaid and behavioral health programs while reducing costs, improving care and preserving the safety net for Arizonans in need.
Klein has also served as chief operating officer and as vice president of state affairs for Arizona Physicians IPA by United Healthcare.
Ms. Klein received her bachelor of arts in French and business from Florida State University
and a master of public administration from Arizona State University.
Chief Executive Officer Rosey Koberlein oversees leadership and strategic planning for all the Long Companies, including Brokerage, Mortgage, Title and Insurance. With more than 25 years of real estate experience, Rosey has served in branch and senior management positions within Long Realty Company since 1991.
Prior to joining Long Realty Company, Rosey served as a branch manager at Mason McDuffie Financial Corporation in Northern California and Director of Employment and Training programs for the City of Cleveland, Ohio. Rosey received her Masters of Public Administration from Kent State University and is a Certified Residential Broker.
Rosey plays an active role in the Tucson community. She has served on the board of directors for the Tucson Association of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (TAR/MLS), the Carondelet Foundation and Habitat for Humanity Advisory Board. Rosey currently co-chairs the Southern Arizona Leadership Council P-20 Education Committee.
She is currently a member of the Tucson Airport Authority, a Board Member of Pima County Real Estate Research Council and a member of the Women at the Top (WATT).
In addition to her local commitments, Rosey frequently speaks at national levels on topics ranging from real estate to mortgage and title issues. In 2004, Rosey was awarded by Tucson Association of REALTORS® for her outstanding service, and in 2005, was recognized as one of Tucson’s “Women of Influence” by Inside Tucson Business. In 2013, Rosey was recognized as the “200 Most Powerful People in Residential Real Estate in 2013” and “The Top 20 Most Powerful Women in Residential Real Estate” by Swanepoel. In 2014, Rosey was featured in the article, “Women Who Lead,” 2014 Summer Edition by BizTucson.
Mr. Krauja practices in the areas of commercial litigation and appeals. He has significant experience in business litigation, such as contract litigation, including complex design and fabrication contracts in the defense and aerospace industries; construction contracts; real estate litigation, including damages, rescission, title and escrow claims, development disputes, and lien priority disputes; securities litigation, including plaintiffs’ class-action securities fraud claims, and defense of securities fraud claims for issuers, officers, and brokers; business disputes, including partnership accounting and dissolution, lender liability defense, trade secrets and covenants not-to-compete; tax litigation, including federal income tax and unrelated business taxable income issues, transaction privilege tax, use tax, and rent tax; and defamation and First Amendment issues. Mr. Krauja is listed in the publication Best Lawyers in America in the Commercial Litigation and Real Estate Litigation categories, and has a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating.
Steve Lace is Executive Vice President of Royal Automotive Group & Lexus of Tucson. Lace is Past President of the Tucson new Car Dealers Association. He is a Board Member of TREO and a member of The Carondelet Neurological Institute Board of Advisors.
Previously, Lace was President of the Tucson New Car Dealer Association.
Lace is a former Board Member of the Tucson Medical Center Foundation.
John Lai is President and CEO of Mister Car Wash, the nation’s largest car wash company with over 250 stores in 21 states employing 8,000 people. John joined the company in 2002 and played a key role in crafting the company’s employee first culture and relentless focus on continuously improving the customer experience. John coordinated the move of the company headquarters to downtown Tucson and most recently announced the expansion of their new campus near 6th avenue and 6th street. Prior to being named CEO, John served as COO and was responsible for operations, human resources, and marketing. Prior to that he was Vice President of Market Development.
Prior to joining Mister Car Wash, John was VP of Sales for Financenter a provider of web based applications to the financial services industry, President of Blue Coral Systems a specialty chemical provider to the car wash industry, Direct Account Manager for Nestle USA in the consumer-packaged goods division, District Manager for Carnation in the grocery products division and General Assembler for IBM in the general products division.
John’s the Chairman of the Board for Mister Car Wash and served on the boards of the International Car Wash Association and the Western Car Wash Association. John’s a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Desert Angels, and Friends of Arizona Lacrosse.
John earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona in 1987.
Current position: Chancellor, Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona
• President, Shoreline Community College, Shoreline, Wash. Length of service: June 9, 2006-present
• Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Shoreline Community College, January 2005-June 2006
• Vice President for Human Resources and Legal Affairs, Centralia College, Centralia, Wash.
• Special Assistant to the President for Civil Rights and Legal Affairs at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.
• Instructor, The Evergreen State College, teaching courses on Law, Civil Rights and Social Justice and Employment Law.
• Worked in a number of governmental agencies
• Board member, American Association of Community Colleges
• Participant, AACC Vocational Education Leadership Training Program
• Board chair, National Coalition of Certification Centers
• Founding member, Manufacturing Institute Education Council
• Board member and Strategic Visioning committee member, Washington Association of Community and Technical Colleges
• Board member, Washington Campus Compact
• Board member, Dale Turner Family YMCA
• Member, Shoreline Chamber of Commerce
• Editorial board member and contributor, The Source online magazine
• Juris Doctor degree, Seattle University School of Law
• Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.
• Recipient, Pacific Region 2009 Chief Executive Officer Award from the Association of Community College Trustees.
• Speaker at national and international conferences, most recently the International Conference on Community Colleges, and the American Association of Community Colleges’ 20th Annual Workforce Development Institute on “The Keys to Collaboration: K-12 and workforce relationships.”
• Member, Washington State Bar Association
• U.S. Army veteran. Born in Korea, grew up on three continents. Graduated from high school in the Olympia, Wash., area.
Dr. Taylor W. Lawrence is a Raytheon Company vice president and president of its Missile Systems business, a position he assumed in July 2008. Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN), with 2007 sales of $21.3 billion, is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 72,000 people worldwide.
Headquartered in Tucson, Ariz., Missile Systems has locations in California, New Mexico, Kentucky and Arkansas. Its broad portfolio of weapon systems supports every mission area of its customers, including air-to-air, land combat, naval weapons, strike weapons, missile defense, guided projectiles, and directed energy systems. The business continually develops and invests in new, innovative technologies to provide rapid, high-quality, affordable mission capability to its customers. With a workforce of 12,500 employees and 2007 sales of $5.0 billion, Raytheon Missile Systems is the world’s leading producer of weapon systems for the United States military and the allied forces of more than 50 countries.
Prior to leading Raytheon Missile Systems, Dr. Lawrence served as Raytheon’s vice president of Engineering, Technology and Mission Assurance. In that role he guided the company’s vision and provided corporate leadership in the strategic areas of technology and research, engineering, operations, performance excellence, Raytheon Six Sigma™and Mission Assurance, which include 45, 000 world-class people working on more than 8,000 programs.
Prior to Raytheon, Dr. Lawrence was sector vice president and general manager of the C4ISR & Space Sensors division for Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems. He joined Northrop Grumman in March 1999 as vice president of Products and Technology for the company’s Systems Development & Technology division. He was promoted to sector vice president and general manager of that division in August 2001.
Before joining Northrop Grumman, Dr. Lawrence served as the staff director for the Select Committee on Intelligence for the U.S. Senate and , previously, as deputy director of the Information Systems Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. He also held a variety of scientific and research leadership positions, including deputy program leader of the Advanced Imaging, Imaging & Detection Program of the Lasers Directorate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; senior staff scientist of the Research & Development division of Trex Enterprises; and research assistant and undergraduate research fellow in the physics department at the California Institute of Technology.
Dr. Lawrence holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in applied physics from Stanford University. He earned his Ph.D. in applied physics from Stanford in 1992. Dr. Lawrence is vice chairman of the Air Force Studies Board of the National Academies and serves as an advisor to the Defense Science Board and Defense Policy Board. He is also a lifetime member f the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In 1996, Dr. Lawrence was honored with the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service.
For those of you whom I haven’t yet met, I am a Tucson native and a career banker. I’ve spent my entire 44 years in banking, supporting the small businesses of southern Arizona. Throughout this time, I have seen many ups and downs in our economy. I am confident Arizona’s economy is on the upswing, providing important support for our plans for the future.
As a strong advocate of locally owned small businesses, working with the largest locally owned bank in the state is a career milestone. It was because of this opportunity I decided to put my retirement on hold and return to my first love, community banking.
In addition to membership in SALC, my professional affiliations include: Board Member, Rotary Club of Tucson; Member, Centurions of Tucson; Advisory Committee, University of Arizona College of Education; Advisory Committee, Steele Memorial Children’s Hospital.
Personal interests include spending time with family, golfing, hot rods and hiking.
Dan Linzer received his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in biochemical sciences from Princeton University. As an undergraduate, he conducted biophysics research on bacterial motility, as well as plant genetics research on tree growth. His graduate thesis research in the laboratory of Arnold Levine was the discovery of p53, which has since been recognized as “the guardian of the genome,” the central protein in preventing a cell from becoming a cancer cell.
As a postdoctoral fellow working with Dan Nathans at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Linzer identified genes that are activated during the switch of mammalian cells from a non-growing to a growing state. He found that one of these genes encodes a novel hormone, and this hormone became the focus of his research as a faculty member.
Linzer joined Northwestern in 1984 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate and then full professor of molecular biosciences. Follow-up studies on the growth-related hormone revealed it, along with closely related hormones, to be produced in the placenta and to control pregnancy-related changes in the development of the maternal, and possibly the fetal, blood system. Two of these hormones were shown to regulate blood vessel growth, whereas other family members controlled blood cell maturation and differentiation. Linzer taught a range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels on cell biology, molecular biology, and developmental biology. Among the awards he has received were the Searle Scholars Award, the American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award, and the Northwestern Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award.
Linzer served as Associate Dean for the Sciences in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences of Northwestern University from 1998-2002, and then as Dean of Weinberg College from 2002-2007. In 2007, he was appointed the Provost of Northwestern University, a position he held for 10 years until joining RCSA.
Ms. Lovallo grew up in Tucson and is a graduate of the University of Arizona. At the UA Lisa earned a bachelor’s degree in English, was the Student Body Vice President and played on the Arizona’s Women’s basketball team.
After graduation, Ms. Lovallo worked for Procter & Gamble in the Los Angeles market. During her tenure at P&G, Lisa held several management positions in the Heath Care and Paper Products Divisions of the Company.
In 1992, Ms. Lovallo left P&G to start her own business, North American Enterprises. Lisa spent 14 years building and growing a successful international import and export business, comprised of over 20 European manufacturers and eighty (80) food service and grocery distributors throughout the US market. In 2004, Lisa was instrumental in the sale of the Company’s key brands to an Italian manufacturer in Northern Italy.
After the sale of North American Enterprises, Ms. Lovallo began teaching as an Adjunct Professor at the U of A’s Eller College of Management and worked as the Director of Student Advancement and Development in the UA’s Student Affairs Division. During her tenure at the U of A, Lovallo also ran for the Arizona State Legislature and served on numerous non-profit Boards in Tucson.
In 2008, Ms. Lovallo was named the Vice President and System Manager for Cox Communications, Southern Arizona. At COX, Ms. Lovallo is responsible for all the Southern Arizona business, public affairs and community relations functions in both Pima and Cochise Counties. In addition to her responsibilities at COX, Ms. Lovallo serves on 10 community boards including TREO, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the DM50, the Downtown Tucson Partnership, and the University of Arizona Cancer Center. Lisa is also a trustee of San Miguel High School and on the Advisory Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Ms. Lovallo was recently named “Woman of the Year” for 2010 by the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce. She has also been named “A Woman of Influence” by Inside Tucson Business, a “Woman on the Move” by the YWCA and was given the “Spirit of Philanthropy” Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for her outstanding contributions to the Southern Arizona community.
Steve serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Strongpoint Marketing. Prior to this, Steve was Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at both UNS Energy Corporation and Tucson Electric Power Company. In that capacity, he was responsible for positioning both UNS Energy and TEP with regulators, customers and the greater community. He was responsible for customer service, corporate communications, consumer relations, community affairs and government relations for both UNS Energy and TEP. Steve joined UNS Energy and TEP in 2000.
From February to August, 2005, Steve also served as the Interim President and CEO of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO). This regional economic development organization is a joint venture of city/county governments and the business community in eastern Pima County.
Prior to joining UNS Energy and TEP, he spent sixteen years as CEO and owner-partner at Nordensson Lynn & Associates, Inc., one of Arizona’s leading marketing communications firms based in Tucson. In 1994, Steve was named Tucson’s Advertising Professional of the Year by the Tucson Advertising Federation.
Steve is a graduate of The University of Arizona and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Communications. In 2007, he was presented with the “Distinguished Citizen” Award by The University of Arizona Alumni Association and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. And in 2009, Steve received a Doctor of Letters degree (Honoris Causa) from The UofA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Education.
Active in the community, Steve serves as Chairman of The University of Arizona Health Network, Chairman of The UofA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory, Board, Past Chairman of Arizona’s First Independent Redistricting Commission (2001-2011), Past-Chairman of the Downtown Tucson Partnership, Past-Chairman, and current board member, of the Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board (First Things First), and Past-Chairman of Southern Arizona Leadership Council Board of Directors. He was honored as Tucson’s 2007 “Man of the Year” by the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and was named the 2008 Arizona Capitol Times’ Leader of the Year in Volunteerism.
His many other civic activities, both past and present, include board memberships on the Arizona Hospital and Health Care Service Corporation, Downtown Development Corporation, University Physicians Healthcare, and the Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. He is also a member of the DM – 50 support group, and was a founding board member of the Science Foundation Arizona.
Steve and his wife, Nancy (a retired high school guidance counselor), have been married since 1969 and have two adult daughters. One is a paramedic pre-hospital specialist at Northwest Hospital in Tucson, and the other is the Talent Supervisor on the popular syndicated television shows, ‘Dr. Phil’ with psychologist Phil McGraw, and ‘The Doctors’. He has lived in Tucson since 1964.
Steve’s more than forty years of experience, as well as his many recognized accomplishments, make him an exceptional consultant in the areas of:
– Strategic Planning
– Marketing Planning
– Customer Relations
– Marketing Communications
– Interpersonal Communications
– Crisis Communications
– Product Development
– Focus Group Facilitation
– Executive Coaching
– Public Affairs Issues
– Government Relations
– Health Care Planning and Marketing
J. Clinton Mabie joined the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona as President and CEO in May of 2010. Mr. Mabie started his career in the nonprofit sector in 1992 after jobs in advertising and commercial real estate. During his nonprofit career, he served as Director of Development of The Golden Apple Foundation, founder of the Center of Teaching and Learning which teaches educators how to incorporate technology into the classroom, and was a high school teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. Most recently, Clint served as Director of Donor Services and Program Development at the Chicago Community Trust. During his tenure, donations increased from $15 million to $90 million annually and grants from donors increased from $1 million to over $45 million annually. Clint also created the Trust’s Poverty Initiative, Return on Chicago and raised over $20 million in funding.
Mr. Mabie received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Master of Management from J.L Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from National-Louis University.
Clint currently serves as a board member of the Tucson Values Teachers, and Arizona Grantmakers Association, and is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and Tucson Regional Economic Organization. He has served on nonprofit boards for over 20 years including, The Community Mental Health Council, National-Louis University and the Chicago District Golf Association. Clint is married to Debi and has three children, Chess, Clark and Martha.
As a Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo in Southern Arizona, Jill Malick is responsible for Business Banking activities in Tucson and Nogales, overseeing a team of business bankers.
Malick began her career at Wells Fargo in 2002 as a Senior Relationship Manager and was promoted to Business Banking Manager in 2006. She is a member of the Tucson Metro Chamber Board of Directors. Malick also serves the community as a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity Tucson, and the operations advisor for a student organization at the University of Arizona. She also serves as co-chair for the Wells Fargo Southern Arizona Community Advisory Board. Previously, Malick served as chairman of the housing committee for Wells Fargo Volunteers and was a board member for the Junior League of Tucson, Inc. She has been honored with several awards, including a Wells Fargo Sales and Service Excellence Award.
Malick earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The American University in Washington, DC. She resides in Tucson.
Deward (Dewey) Manzer has over thirty years experience as a senior executive in technology businesses. Manzer is President and CEO of MicroScan, LLC. Prior to this, Dewey served as Chairman & CEO for Instant BioScan, Inc, a supplier of microbial monitoring instruments for water. He is a director on the Board of Community Provider of Enrichment Services (CPES), a care giver for people with developmental disabilities and behavioral health problems. He served previously as chairman of the boards of CPES, BioVigilant Systems, and Arete Associates.
Manzer was President and CEO of BioVigilant Systems, Inc., a leader in bringing bacteria detection technology to the pharmaceutical industry. Manzer was the President and CEO of Moltech Corporation, the largest North American supplier of rechargeable batteries for portable electronics. Manzer was Chairman, President and CEO of Vanguard Automation, Inc., the leading supplier to Intel of semiconductor packaging equipment for ball grid arrays. Manzer served as President and COO of publicly traded GTECH Corporation, the leading lottery system provider to state and international governments.
Manzer was also President and CEO of Chemco Photoproducts and Executive Vice President of Compugraphic Corporation. He served for eighteen-years with Honeywell Corporation reaching the position of Vice President and General Manager of the Large Computer Products Division developing and manufacturing mainframe computers and software.
Edmund Marquez owns three Allstate Insurance Agencies in Tucson, Arizona. He is the largest captive insurance agency in Southern Arizona, and the second largest Hispanic-owned Allstate agency in the U.S. Edmund was born and raised in Tucson, attended Sabino High School (Hall of Fame inductee in 2013), and earned a Bachelors in Communications from the University of Arizona. He currently serves on eight Boards of Directors, including The Tucson Hispanic Chamber, the Metro YMCA, Pima Community College Foundation, Jewish Family Children Services and more. He is also a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council (SALC) and the Davis Monthan AFB 50. He was the Businessman of the Year in 2004, and awarded the Breath of Life Award in 2012. Edmund is an avid cyclist, and rides with the Jim Click Racing Team.
Ross graduated from New Mexico State University in 1975. He began his career as President of a savings and loan association in Gallup, NM from 1976 to 1983, when he moved to Tucson to work for a real estate development firm. In 1985 Ross started the McCallister Company to build, invest and manage apartment communities. In 2001 he partnered with Ken McElroy to form MC Companies. They have built over 5,000 units in Tucson and currently own 8,000 units in 10 cities in Arizona, Texas and Oklahoma.
In addition to his membership in SALC, Ross serves on the Board of Directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Ross has been married to his wife, Patty, for over 40 years and they have two daughters and three grandchildren. He enjoys cycling, hiking, skiing, learning and traveling.
Nancy McClure is a First Vice President at CBRE Tucson, specializing in retail properties. With over 28 years in the commercial real estate field, Ms. McClure’s business focus has been in representing shopping center owners and key retail businesses in Southern Arizona. She currently represents a substantial portion of the primary retail product in the Tucson market and is able to handle all aspects of retail — from leasing, user sales, investment sales, re-development as well as new development. Client satisfaction is key to Ms. McClure and consistent delivery of quality service is synonymous to her reputation.
An entrepreneur and a contrarian, Fletcher McCusker has a knack for being in the right place at the right time, which he attributes to creating opportunities for luck to happen and surrounding himself with smart people.
A native Tucsonan and a graduate of the University of Arizona, he attended graduate school at Arizona State University after being turned down by the UA. At the ripe old age of 46 he decided he had enough of working for other people and followed a well known route for developing his own company: his money, friend’s money, venture capital, mezzanine funds and ultimately a very successful public offering.
Currently, Fletcher serves as CEO of UAVENTURE CAPITAL, LLC, a venture capital fund he formed with Larry Hecker and Michael Deitch.
He has returned much to the community; serving on the boards of the Eller School and the Social and Behavioral Sciences College, the YMCA, St. Gregory School, The Metro Chamber, Sun Corridor and participates in numerous charitable causes. His company Providence relocated the company headquarters to downtown in May of 2010, then a billion dollar a year business, remodeling an entire city block of abandoned buildings. Since then Fletcher has been very active in downtown revitalization; as a Chairman’s circle member of Sun Corridor, as a board member of The Downtown Tucson Partnership and as a co-founder of Second Saturdays Downtown.
He was also Chairman of the Board of the Fox Theatre Foundation and is credited with the current successful turnaround of the Fox and was appointed to the Rio Nuevo board in June of 2012 by the President of the Senate and unanimously elected Chairman by his fellow board members.
Fletcher is a pilot, a Harley rider, an avid skier, a father of Tyler, husband of Liz (CEO of Tu Nidito Children and Family Services) and a great friend of Tucson.
Michael is a native Tucsonan, 3rd generation TUSD and UA graduate. His active affiliations include: Association of Arizona Food Banks, ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation, Eller Social Innovation at the McGuire Center, Pima County Sales Tax Advisory Committee, Tucson Nonprofit Loan Fund.
Ian McDowell has served in a variety of roles in both preconstruction and operations during his 18-year career with Sundt. Currently he is the Vice President & Regional Director in Tucson, AZ. In addition to his corporate duties Ian has also worked extensively in the construction industry, serving in leadership roles for the Arizona Builders’ Alliance (ABA), American Subcontractors Association (ASA), and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Ian has also been active in supporting education by teaching both graduate and undergraduate level classes at Arizona State University and the University of Texas at El Paso.
Tom is Vice President and Regional Manager of Psomas, a leading consulting firm offering professional services in civil engineering, water resources, transportation planning and engineering, traffic engineering, environmental, land planning, construction management, and land surveying. In 1985 he co-founded the Tucson engineering firm of McGovern, MacVittie, Lodge & Associates (MMLA), taking it through its merger with Psomas in 2004. He is a Principal in the firm and has served on the Psomas Board of Directors.
Tom, who is a member of the SALC Board and co-Chair of its Infrastructure Focus Area, has been actively involved in both the community and his profession. He is currently Vice Chair of the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He was chair of the Pima Association of Government’s (PAG) 2030 Regional Transportation Plan Update Task Force. He then served on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the Regional Transportation Authority, during the successful campaign to enact Pima County’s regional sales tax for transportation.
His work on regional transportation issues was recognized by the PAG Governing Board when they presented him with the inaugural Thomas L. Swanson Regional Leadership Award in 2004. Currently, Tom is Vice Chair of PAG’s Economic Vitality Advisory Committee.
Among his numerous professional activities, Tom is a Past-President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Arizona, and is a Past President of the Arizona Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, with whom he has achieved the grade of Fellow.
Tom has been heavily involved in supporting the University of Arizona’s College of Engineering, serving on its Industry Partners Board. He has also remained connected to his home department, the Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics Department (CEEM), participating on committees to assist with accreditation, reviewing curriculum, organizing and raising funds for CEEM’s centennial celebration, and chairing the department’s Alumni-Industry Council. He is a regular guest lecturer for CE courses and is currently part of a group of practitioners who organized and continues to teach a novel bridge design course that received a 2009 Engineering Award from the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). His commitment to the University has been recognized by his receipt of the Distinguished Achievement Award from the UA Alumni Association, as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award from the CEEM Department.
A rare Tucson native, Tom grew up here in a family of boys (six – only one sister!). Since then, it’s been all girls — he and his wife of 42 years, Lorene, have two daughters, both living here in Tucson. Shannon is a PhD Psychologist and Meghan is a Biomedical Engineer – Girls Rule!
David Mehl is the President of Cottonwood Properties, a Tucson-based real estate development company. Since 1975, Cottonwood has developed over $800 million of real estate projects in Southern Arizona. Cottonwood’s major activity has been the planning and development of large-scale residential communities.
Cottonwood (or affiliated entities) is currently developing the 6,200-acre Dove Mountain community in Marana, Arizona, northwest of Tucson and has been doing so since the mid 1980’s. Cottonwood’s developments within Dove Mountain include the Ritz-Carlton hotel, the Dove Mountain Golf Club with a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, numerous residential developments with over 3,500 homes, several apartment communities, and a neighborhood shopping center. Cottonwood is currently developing The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton (approx. 200+ luxury homes with resort related services) on 850 acres within Dove Mountain.
Cottonwood is also the developer of the 800 acre La Paloma Community in Tucson, Arizona. In addition to being the master developer, Cottonwood developed the 487 room Westin La Paloma destination resort hotel and the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course.
Cottonwood also developed 600+ acres of residential land in Rita Ranch in Tucson, Arizona, and has developed several other residential communities in the greater Tucson area.
In addition to community development activities, Cottonwood has developed and owned numerous apartment, retail, office and housing developments.
Mr. Mehl graduated from the University of Arizona in 1972 and received a Masters degree from the University of Illinois in 1975. He is past chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pima County Real Estate Research Council, a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and a full member of the Urban Land Institute, serving on its Community Development Council.
David and Bonnie were actively involved in the creation of the Pusch Ridge Christian Academy and David served on the school board for 14 years, 8 years as chair. David is also on the board of Good News Communications, which operates for Christian radio stations in Southern Arizona.
David has been married to his wife Bonnie for 40 years and has two sons, Wesley and Carson.
Dennis R. Minano is a former senior automotive executive and current consultant in environmental, energy, governance, and transportation infrastructure strategies. He serves as a board member, trustee, executive leader and senior advisor to companies, non-profit organizations, economic development organizations and health care institutions. This follows a career at General Motors, where he served as Vice president of Public Policy, Chief Environmental Officer and Vice President of Communications. At GM, he implemented cutting edge environmental and energy policies for its products and plants. He was responsible for GM’s Public Policy Center, a consolidation of Environmental and Energy, Government Relations, Diversity, Corporate affairs, and the office of the Chief Economist. Earlier in his career, in GM’s Office of the General Counsel, he managed high-risk legal matters that impacted product decisions. Mr. Minano holds a Juris Doctor degree and is a member of various Federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and was an adjunct Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Detroit Law School.
In addition to his membership in SALC, Minano is immediate past chair of Sun Corridor, Tucson Airport Authority, former Vice-Chair Sonoran Institute, Board member 88-Crime (Crime stoppers), University of Arizona Health Network Board member and Chair of Strategic Planning Committee.
HSL Properties is a real estate investment firm with a focus on apartment investment, development and management. It’s the largest apartment-community owner and operator in Southern Arizona.
Omar Mireles manages the company’s property portfolio, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing and development. HSL is answering the economic demand for more rental housing with the development of three new luxury energy-efficient apartment communities. Mireles believes that the social and economic vitality of our community depends on growth and diversification of the area’s employment base and to achieve this it’s essential to have a unified voice promoting Tucson.
He’s on the board of directors of Arizona Multihousing Association, Salpointe Catholic High School and Tu Nidito Children and Family Services. He’s a member of Tucson Airport Authority and Tucson Conquistadores. HSL Properties is a real estate investment firm with a focus on apartment investment, development and management. It’s the largest apartment-community owner and operator in Southern Arizona. Omar Mireles manages the company’s property portfolio, including acquisitions, dispositions, financing and development. HSL is answering the economic demand for more rental housing with the development of three new luxury energy-efficient apartment communities. Mireles believes that the social and economic vitality of our community depends on growth and diversification of the area’s employment base and to achieve this it’s essential to have a unified voice promoting Tucson. He’s on the board of directors of Arizona Multihousing Association, Salpointe Catholic High School and Tu Nidito Children and Family Services. He’s a member of Tucson Airport Authority and Tucson Conquistadores.
After growing up in Tucson, Mark attended the University of Arkansas where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration in 1984 and received an MBA from Arizona State University in 1986. Mark played football at the University of Arkansas where he was an All Conference wide receiver and Team Captain for the Razorbacks.
Mark has been the President of BBVA Compass Bank for Southern Arizona for the past 15 years. He began his career with Valley National Bank in Phoenix before moving back to Tucson in 1987. Mark worked in various positions with Valley National Bank/Bank One before joining Compass Bank in 1999.
Mark has served on numerous non-profit boards in the Tucson community. He is currently on the National Board of Advisors for the University of Arizona Eller College of Management and serves on the Board of Directors for the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO), The Diocese of Tucson Catholic Foundation, Our Mother Of Sorrows Parish Endowment Board, and Habitat for Humanity Executive Advisory Board. Mark is a Past Chairman of The Board of the Metropolitan Tucson Chamber of Commerce. Other past involvement includes serving on the Boards of the Tucson Parks Foundation, Junior Achievement of Southern Arizona, and Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic School. He has also given his time to the Prima Vera Homeless Shelter, United Way of Southern Arizona, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and St. Vincent DePaul. Mark also coached his son’s youth sports teams for many years.
Mark has been married to Kathy for 28 years and they have three sons.
Edward Moomjian II is a litigation attorney whose practice focuses on Complex Commercial and Employment Litigation, advising companies as to employment law issues, and defense of professionals in Malpractice Litigation. Ed also has substantial experience in both prosecuting and defending class actions, and is a contributing author to the leading class action treatise, NEWBERG ON CLASS ACTIONS (4th ed. 2003). Ed is a former law clerk to Hon. Thomas C. Kleinschmidt of the Arizona Court of Appeals. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he worked as a Mechanical Engineer in both the aerospace and electronic medical device industries. Ed is ”AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated” through the Martindale Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ Process.
Education & Experience
University of Arizona College of Law (J.D., Order of the Coif, magna cum laude, 1995)
University of Arizona Law Review, Executive Notes Editor (1994 – 1995)
Arizona State University (B.S.M.E., Mechanical Engineering, cum laude, 1992)
Law Clerk to Hon. Thomas C. Kleinschmidt, Arizona Court of Appeals (1995 – 1996)
Southern Arizona Leadership Council
Volunteer Lawyers Program
Junior Achievement of Arizona, Inc., Board Member (2010-2013)
Former Hearing Officer, Marana Unified School District
Tom Morgan serves as president & CEO of Gray Line Tours and Citizen Auto Stage Co. Gray Line is a preferred partner of University of Arizona, Visit Tucson, Accenture Match Play, Fiesta Bowl, Insight Bowl, Bowl Championship Series and the US Open Golf Championship. Tom graduated from Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, MBA, Summa Cum Laude. He is a Board member of the American Bus Association.
After twenty-five years of service, Rick Myers retired from the IBM Corporation in 2003. He held the position of Vice President of Development, Storage Systems and was a member of the Chairman’s Senior Management Group. He is a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
He was appointed by the governor to an eight-year term on the Arizona Board of Regents. Rick is also CEO of Tempronics, a company with an innovative and patented solid state thermal management product serving the auto industry and others. He also developed and has taught a unique graduate course on the management of technology in the combined Business, Science and Engineering Colleges at the University of Arizona. He has used his engineering background and leadership talents in a range of activities from working on a 20-year transportation plan for southern Arizona to working with the FDA and Pharmaceutical industry on modernizing approaches to drug development.
His is married to his wife Judy and has two grown daughters and five grandchildren.
M3 Engineering & Technology board chair Dan Neff is a professional civil & structural engineer and has over 40 years in the consulting engineering business.
Dan serves as a board member of Amigos, and is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of America. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering and MS in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona. Dan is an avid Wildcats fan!
Mr. Phong Ngo is the Vice President of General Plasma. Tucson based General Plasma was founded in 1997 by President John Madocks and has become a leading supplier and innovator in the field of vacuum thin film coating. Since its origination, General Plasma has engineered and supplied over $150M of custom vacuum equipment for architecture glass, solar, automotive and mobile display industry.
Born and raised in Vietnam, Phong first came to United States in 2002 when he was 17 to attend University of Arizona with a major in Electrical Engineering. In 2006, Phong joined General Plasma as an intern during his junior year. With mentorship from John and his own obsessions in engineering and design, Phong became an indispensable asset and today is a partner and owner in the business.
Phong has a B.S and M.S in Electrical Engineering from University of Arizona.
Allan Norville is president of Norville Investments and the Gem & Jewelry Exchange (GJX). Allan’s current community involvement includes: University of Arizona Foundation (trustee); Sarver Heart Center (on the board); Catholic Foundation Diocese of Tucson (past president); United Way of Tucson & Southern Arizona; Loyola University Chicago (trustee); Kenai River Sport Fishing Association (chairman emeritus). Allan graduated from Loyola University, Chicago.
Hank Peck, CFP®, is a partner with TCI Wealth Advisors, Inc. TCI is a fee- only registered investment advisory firm, headquartered in Tucson with offices in Scottsdale, Flagstaff, Reno, Denver, Santa Fe, and Santa Monica.
Hank currently serves on the boards of directors and executive committees for the Northern Arizona University Foundation (Board Chair, 2013-2015), Northern Arizona University Alumni Board of Directors (Past President), Employer’s Health Alliance of Arizona, Breakfast Club of Tucson, and the Mountain Oyster Club. He is chairman of The NAU Capital Campaign and chairs the Investment Committee for Arizona Town Hall. Hank is a member of the Tucson DM50, Southern Arizona Defense Alliance, the Tucson Festival of Books Sponsorship Committee, and Los Charros de Desierto. His professional memberships include the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council, NAPFA, and the Financial Planning Association.
Hank’s past service includes Chairman of the Boards of Pima County Access Program and Compass Behavioral Health Care. He served on the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners, appointed by Gov. Jane Hull and was appointed by the Board of Regents to the NAU Presidential Search Committee in 2014.
Hank is a native Tucsonan and a graduate of Amphi High School (Go Panthers!) and Northern Arizona University (Go Jacks!). He is a founding member of the Tucson Magpies Rugby Club. Hank is married to Barbara and they have a daughter and son-in-law, Shelby and Brian Davis, and a son, Charlie.
Tony is president and CEO of United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona(UWTSA).
Under his leadership, UWTSA creates “Collective Impact” that leads to large-scale positive social change across Southern Arizona. UWTSA partners with 80+ agencies to touch the lives of more than 100,000 annually.
Prior to joining UWTSA, Tony served as a Senior Executive of the YMCA of Greater San Antonio for 8+ years. Tony has also held positions in the for-profit sector, including a 23+ year career with Teradyne Corporation and is also an Air Force veteran.
Tony is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management Southwest Leadership Program. He is also a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Public Policy in Non Profit Management, and the Harvard Business School Executive Education program in Governing for Non Profit Excellence.
He is currently Chair of the Tucson Metro Chamber Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO).
Mitch has served as President & CEO of 4 Private Equity owned Global Consumer Products Companies – One in New York, 2 in Texas and 1 in Arizona. He currently heads Pisik Consulting Group.
Prior to this, Mitch served as President & CEO of TM International (TMI), one of Tucson’s largest manufacturers that is headquartered in Tucson. They are a Consumer Products manufacturer selling a vast array of innovative, trademarked, and licensed products into thousands of retail locations, corporate headquarters and companies in 80 countries. They are a global leader in the design and printing of custom, specialty and unique products.
Prior to his position with TMI, Mitch held a multitude of Senior Level Executive positions in Global Business Development; Merges & Acquisitions; Operations; Finance/Accounting. For multi-billion dollar global companies including Novartis; Newell Rubbermaid; Kraft.
He started his career as a consultant and auditor with KPMG after passing his CPA exam on his first attempt as a senior in college.
He is and has been an active Board Member of several private, public and not-for-profit companies; and a Business Consultant and Advisor.
In addition to his membership in SALC, Mitch serve on the Board of Directors of the Southern Arizona United Way, is an active member of the Tucson Metro Chamber, and has accepted committee positions assisting in setting Strategic Direction of several local organizations.
Mitch has conducted business in over 3 dozen countries.
Donald was educated in the Tucson public school system and graduated from the U of A College of Law in 1955. Following his tour as an officer in the U.S. Army, he returned to Tucson in 1957 and formed the law firm of Merchant, Parkman, Miller and Pitt, known today as Haralson, Miller, Pitt, Feldman & McAnally. He retired from the practice of law in 1987. During and after Donald’s law career, he has been actively engaged in the development field as a developer/owner of over 3,000,000 sq. ft. of office building, hotel, apartment, shopping center and subdivision properties throughout the U.S. and Canada. Among these properties is the Transamerica Title building in downtown Tucson; the former Hyatt Hotel at LAX, the Gulf and Western Building in NYC; several IBM and Allstate Insurance Company office buildings in five western states; the Social Security Administration Building in Albuquerque; Sunrise Village Center and Toys R Us Plaza in Tucson; and apartment complexes in New Mexico, Arizona, California and Texas. Donald was a principal shareholder in Texana, owner and manager of distribution facilities, condos, apartments, office buildings, land and shopping centers in Dallas, Texas. He and a partner were instrumental in merging Texana into Columbus Realty Trust which merged with Post Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (NYSE), one of this country’s preeminent urban apartment developers and operators. He is involved in the development of Pima Canyon in Tucson, an office building in Vancouver, British Columbia, and a Resort Hotel/residential lots project in Seaside, California being developed around two existing 18-hole golf courses.
Another facet of Donald’s career has been in the athletic and entertainment fields, including founding the Phoenix Suns and serving as president until 1986, owning KVOA TV, Tucson’s NBC affiliate, and serving on the Board of Directors of Orion Pictures, formerly known as Filmways. He also is a principal owner of Old Tucson. Prior to becoming a member of the Arizona Board of Regents in 1987, he served as vice chairman of Tucson Unified School District’s Committee to Desegregate Tucson Schools and as chairman of the Fenster School Board. While a member of the Arizona Board of Regents (1983 to 1994), he served as president for two terms, co-chaired the Commission for the Status of Women, served as chairman of the Finance Committee, was instrumental in formulating a strategic planning process for the growth and development of higher education in Arizona and was instrumental in the development of the Student Aid Fund Trust. As a former board member of the University of Arizona Hospital, he was instrumental in converting the hospital from a state operated facility to a non-profit corporation, thereby enabling the University’s medical mission to continue profitably at a time many hospitals were facing severe financial crises. Donald’s concern for the creation of new jobs in Arizona and his recognition of the research mission of the University of Arizona joined his visionary talent in developing new concepts to engineer the acquisition by the University of Arizona of 1,345 acres and two million square feet of buildings developed by IBM in Tucson. Through his leadership and ability to compile the necessary team to get the job done, the acquisition of IBM’s property, at negligible cost to the U of A, was completed in 1994. He now serves as president of Campus Research Corporation, a non-profit company, which assists the U of A in developing and operating the U of A’s Science and Technology Park and its Biosciences Park.
In 2000, ABOR’s Commission on the Status of Women honored Donald with its Vision 2000 award. Previously he received the President’s Medallion from the U of A, an honorary degree from NAU and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the U of A. The Tucson Citizen named him as one of Tucson’s five most influential leaders. In September 2003, the International Economic Development Council presented its Citizen Leadership Award to Donald Pitt. The Award is presented annually to “a private citizen whose personal leadership and dedication to the betterment of its community through quality, sustainable, economic development has improved his community’s quality of life.”
Ms. Poynter is CEO of Worldview Experience and co-founder of Paragon Space Development Corp. Ms. Poynter is co-designer and patent holder for Paragon’s Autonomous Biological System, a long duration plant and aquatic animal life support system that flew on the U.S. Space Shuttle, the International Space Station and the Russian Mir Space Station. She served as SPACEHAB’s Chief Scientist for its Ecosystem in Space experiment on the International Space Station, and conducted three experiments with ants, bees and fish, which flew on STS-107, the Space Shuttle Columbia.
In 2009 the National Association for Female Executives awarded Ms. Poynter its Entrepreneur of the Year award. Her second book, Champions for Change: Athletes Making A World of Difference launched in November 2009 at the United Nations in New York, and is now a successful middle school science education program.
Prior to Paragon, she was a founding member of the Biosphere 2 Design, Development, Test and Operations team, and a crew member in the first two-year mission living and working inside the three-acre materially closed ecological system which supported the life of the eight human inhabitants. Demonstrating the viability of artificial biospheres, Biosphere 2 was designed for research applicable to environmental management on Earth and the development of closed loop human life support technology for long duration space travel. Ms. Poynter was responsible for the design and operation of Biosphere 2’s half-acre farm and associated food production systems. She authored The Human Experiment: Two Years and Twenty Minutes Inside Biosphere 2.
Jeff Prileson serves as the Offshore Group’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He joined the company in 1993, and has overall responsibility for the Group’s financial affairs and client contractual relationships. He also serves as a strategic advisor to the Group’s CEO as a member of the Executive Management team.
Jeff earned a B.A. in International Studies, B.A. in Political Science. He holds a Master of International Management, Finance, International Finance, International Marketing from Thunderbird School of Global Management. Jeff is a Certified Treasure Professional.
Robert D. Ramirez is the President/CEO of Vantage West Credit Union and has held this position since April 2000.
Ramirez began his career at Vantage West Credit Union (formerly Davis Monthan Federal Credit Union) in 1985, at which time he held the position of Vice President/Asset Liability Management. In 1996, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of the credit union.
A native of Arizona, Ramirez received his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona in 1976. In 1983, he was admitted to the State Board of Accountancy to practice as a Certified Public Accountant. He also is a graduate of the Financial Management School at the University of Colorado, Boulder, the Stanford Graduate School of Business and of the CUES CEO Institute
Ramirez is active in numerous community organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Mountain West Credit Union Association, FirstCorp, the DM50 Club, the 162nd FW Air Guardians, Pima Community College Foundation, Credit Union Executive Society (CUES), San Miguel High School, and the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
Manuel Ramos has worked in the metals and mining industry since 1974 when he started for Grupo Mexico as a shift supervisor in the Sinter Plant at the Chihuahua Lead Smelter. He was given increased levels of responsibility through 1980 at which time he went to train for the Start Up of the Zinc Refinery in San Luis Potosi where he worked as the Acid Plant Superintendent and Leaching and Purification Superintendent. In 1983 he was promoted to Operations General Superintendent.
In 1990 he was transferred and promoted to General Manager at the Chihuahua Lead Smelter until the closure of the Plant in 1996. He was then named General Manager of the Copper Refinery in La Caridad, Sonora with the start up of Grupo’s new refinery.
In 1999 when Grupo Mexico acquired Asarco, Mr. Ramos took over as Vice President of Lead and Specialty Metals and in 2004 he became the Vice President of Metallurgical Plants for Asarco. In 2009 after Asarco emerged from bankruptcy, Mr. Ramos was named President & COO.
Mr. Ramos received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from San Luis Potosi State University. He also has a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters in Human Resources from Chihuahua State University.
He currently lives in Tucson, Arizona with his wife Soledad. They have two daughters.
Mr. Ramos is an avid hiker, bicyclist and outdoorsman. He has climbed Pico de Orizaba (18,493 ft) and Popocatepetl (17,930 ft) in Mexico and has participated in the El Tour de Tucson – Platinum division.
Mr. Ramos has been instrumental in leading Asarco back into profitability while increasing productivity at its operations, maximizing the potential of its properties and emphasizing concentrated efforts on safety and environmental compliance. His motto: “Do it Safe, Do it Right!”
A native of rural update New York, Mr. Renaud earned his Bachelors and Master of Science in Business Management from the State University of New York Institute of Technology, Utica, NY. Mr. Renaud began his financial services career with a small regional commercial bank in upstate New York, moving to Phoenix in 1999, pursuing an opportunity in the software industry and of course, a change in climate. In 2003, Mr. Renaud re-entered the financial services industry, finding himself in credit unions; deeply appreciating the mission of people-helping-people, as supported by a member owned financial cooperative. In December 2011, Eric moved to Tucson, accepting a position as Chief Financial Officer at Pima Federal Credit Union. Mr. Renaud is currently the Executive Vice President & CFO, and was recently named President/CEO of Pima Federal Credit Union.
Eric has been married for 26 years to Christine and has three adult children. Oldest (Philip) in the Navy submarine service, second (Stephen), a student at Pima Community College, finishing his program at the Aviation Maintenance program, the third (Bethany), a student at the UA.
Judy Rich has had a varied healthcare career since she received an undergraduate degree in nursing from New York’s Roberts Wesleyan College and a graduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Judy has held roles from staff nurse to CEO. She started her professional experience at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After moving to Palm Beach, Florida, Judy held management positions at St. Mary’s Hospital for 15 years.
Judy served as the COO at Wellmont Health System, in Kingsport, TN, and then moved to Tucson in 2003. She held the position of COO for Tucson Medical Center until 2005. During that time Judy was appointed by Governor Janet Napolitano to serve on the Arizona State Board of Nursing. Judy worked with The Bard Group in Boston as a Senior Consultant for two years. In this role she worked in large academic medical centers with a focus on physician engagement.
Upon returning to Tucson Medical Center in June 2007, Judy led the team in a financial turnaround as the President and CEO of the 607-bed nonprofit hospital.
Judy serves on the boards of the American Hospital Association, Vizient West Coast and Southern Arizona Leadership Council. She is the immediate past Chair of the Arizona Hospital & Healthcare Association. She is the past Chair of the 2011-2012 United Way Campaign for Tucson and Southern Arizona and she previously served on the Boards of VHA National and EMERGE! Center Against Domestic Abuse and Executive Advisory Council of United Healthcare. Additionally, Rich is a member of the Chairman’s Circle of Sun Corridor, Inc.
Cody Ritchie serves as president of Crest Insurance Group, which he formed in 2010, having started with Crest’s predecessor firm, Mueller & Associates, in 1993. Cody graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and from the University of Arizona with a Master of Athletic Administration. He serves on the boards of the Tucson Metro Chamber and Rio Nuevo.
Dr. Robert C. Robbins assumed his position as the 22nd president of the University of Arizona on June 1, 2017. Previously, he served as president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in Houston from 2012 to 2017. In this role, he significantly enhanced TMC’s commitment to collaboration, introducing five cross-institutional research initiatives centered on innovation, genomics, regenerative medicine, health policy and clinical research.
Prior to his time in Houston, Dr. Robbins served as professor and chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, founding director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute, president of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, president of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association, president of the American Heart Association Western States Affiliate, president of the Bay Area Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and chair of the American Heart Association Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia Council, among other roles. In 2016 he served as president of the American Heart Association Southwest Affiliate.
An internationally recognized cardiac surgeon, Robbins has focused his clinical efforts on acquired cardiac diseases with a special expertise in the surgical treatment of congestive heart failure and cardiothoracic transplantation. His research work includes the investigation of stem cells for cardiac regeneration, cardiac transplant allograft vasculopathy, bioengineered blood vessels, and automated vascular anastomotic devices. Robbins is the author of more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and a former guest editor of the Circulation Surgical Supplement.
In addition to his role at the UA, Dr. Robbins serves on the boards of the Arizona Commerce Authority, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. He is also a member of the Chairman’s Circle of Sun Corridor, Inc., and a member of Greater Phoenix Leadership. While at TMC, Robbins served on the Houston branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve board, the board of directors of the Welch Foundation, and the American Heart Association Southwest Affiliate in 2016. He served on an independent blue ribbon committee to evaluate the Veterans Affairs health system, and the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston honored him as the 2016 International Citizen of the Year.
His educational background includes a B.S. in chemistry from Millsaps College, medical degree from the University of Mississippi, general surgical training at the University of Mississippi, cardiothoracic training at Stanford University, postdoctoral research at Columbia University and the National Institutes of Health, and congenital heart surgical fellowships at Emory University and Royal Children’s Hospital.
John-Paul Roczniak is interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Arizona Foundation, a comprehensive development organization generating more than $150 million annually in private funding to advance the University of Arizona. Since 2013, Roczniak has served as the senior vice president of principal giving and planned gifts at the Foundation. With responsibility for building relationships and meeting the needs of top donors, Roczniak played a pivotal role in the successful launch of the $1.5B Arizona NOW campaign, the largest in the history of the University.
Before coming to the Foundation in 2007, Roczniak was Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the William E. Simon Graduate School of Management at the University of Rochester where he increased annual donations from $3 million to $10 million in his first two years. In 2001, Roczniak joined UA’s Eller College of Business and Public Administration and was Associate Director of Development from 2002-2004. Roczniak earned a Bachelor of Arts from Central Connecticut State University, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has been active with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) since 1997. His wife, Christine, and he have two dogs, Riley and Gracie.
Bill Roe has been involved in conservation and politics in Arizona since his arrival in 1975. Bill has worked with several Arizona state boards, commissions and governors, beginning with Bruce Babbitt. He chairs the Pima County Conservation Acquisition Commission and is involved in land and watershed protection in southeastern Arizona.
Bill has a long history of public service, particularly in the environmental arena. For more than 30 years he has served as a consultant or volunteer with a wide variety of non-profit groups in the natural resource area, including the Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission and the Pima County Open Space Commission. He served two terms on the Arizona State Parks Board, being the only person appointed to a board by both Governors Babbitt and Symington. Bill has also served on the Greater Tucson Economic Council, and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System for Arizona Game and Fish. He served on the executive steering committee for the Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities Economic Blueprint.
Currently, Bill is the Chair of the Pima County Conservation Acquisition Commission. Bill serves on the Advisory Board for Project New West for the eight intermountain states, and on the Board of the Arizona League of Conservation Voters. He was appointed by both Governors Napolitano and Brewer to serve on the Arizona State Parks Sustainability Task Force, an ongoing project.
Bill graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio, and received his law degree from Columbia University.
The common thread that permeates Warren’s Rustand’s experience is one of vision, strategy, and executive leadership. He has created, led, and grown many successful private, public, and not for profit entities. He has a passion for family, entrepreneurship, public policy, and community.
Warren serves as CEO of Tycon, Inc. Prior to this, he served as the CEO of Providence Service Corporation (NASDAQ; PSC) a $1.2 Billion social services and Logistics Management Company. Warren was Chairman and CEO of Rural Metro Corporation, a $600 million, publicly traded emergency services company. He also served as Chairman and CEO of TLC Vision, the world’s largest Lasik eye surgery company. He has served as Chairman/CEO of 6 other companies.
He has served as a member of the Board of Directors for over 50 public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. The range of these organizations is from multibillion dollar public companies, to midsize, early stage, and startups. As CEO he has taken two companies public, one of which is the largest in its industry and the other is the second largest in its industry.
In 1973 Warren was selected as a White House Fellow through a nationally competitive process. He served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce and led the first ever Executive Level Trade Mission to the Soviet Union. He joined the staff of Vice President Ford on the day he was sworn-in. In August of 1974 when the Vice President became President, Warren was asked to serve as Appointments Secretary and Cabinet Secretary to the President.
In furthering his interest in community service and public policy, Warren created a seminar in Washington DC., titled “Public Policy and the Private Sector.” Now celebrating its 28th year, it invites CEOs to meet with the highest level people in government, media, and lobbying. To date over 4000 individuals have participated in the Seminar.
Warren has served as the International Chairman, of the World Presidents Organization, a group of 10,000 CEO’s in 100 countries. He has also served as International Chairman of L3, a global leadership group, which is focused on one’s contribution during the second half of life.
Warren is the founder and Dean of Faculty at the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Leadership Academy in Washington DC. Warren is a frequent speaker on subjects of: leadership, business, families, and personal development.
Warren received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Arizona. He has been the recipient of many honors and awards including: The Visionary Leadership Award, the Distinguished Citizen Award, the 25 Year Achievement Award, election to the Sports Hall of Fame, the Robshaw Award, and being named a White House Fellow.
Michael Sarabia is a Principal in the Tucson office of DESCO Southwest, a wholly owned subsidiary of The DESCO Group headquartered in St. Louis.
Following extensive research by The DESCO Group team in St. Louis on commercial development potential in Arizona, Michael was approached to establish a DESCO office in Southern Arizona. The Tucson office was opened in 2001 with a focus on office and retail development.
Michael is responsible for site identification, contract negotiations, and co-ordination with the numerous City and County agencies. Through his background and expertise in the entitlement and development processes of commercial properties, Michael brings a “hands-on” approach to this course of action. He has been able to successfully navigate a project from inception through the development process to its eminent highest and best use for the community. In addition, Michael has acted as a consultant to American firms entering the food service industry in Mexico.
Michael is a graduate of the University of Arizona, a member of the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, Desert Angels, a CCIM Candidate, and a member of The International Council of Shopping Centers.
Mr. Schorr is the senior partner in the Tucson office for the firm of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, practicing in the areas of real estate, corporate, and general business law. He has been involved in many major land use cases in Arizona.
Mr. Schorr serves on the Tucson Airport Authority and the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Commission.
He was chair of the State Board of Transportation and the first Chair of the Regional Transportation Authority. He served as a member of the Pima County Planning Commissions (1959-62), Tucson Assistant City Manager and Urban Renewal Director (1962-1963), and the Governor’s Economic Planning and Development and Advisory Board (1983-1985).
He served and was co-chair of the Arizona State Bar CLE seminar on Land Use Regulation and Litigation (1977, 1986, 1989). He was also the chair of the University of Arizona Law School CLE Seminar on Ballot Box Law: The Initiative and Referendum in Land Use and Public Decision-Making (1991), and co-chair of the CLE International Seminar on Land Use Law: Development, Regulation, and Environmental Issues (1996).
Mr. Schorr serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council. He was chairman of the Governor’s Task Force of the Seriously Mentally Ill (1989-91), chair of the Tucson-Pima County Commission on Improved Government Management (1976) and a founding board member of Pima Community College (1966-67).
Mr. Schorr is listed in the current editions of The Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Super Lawyers.
Mr. Schorr is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the Pima County Bar Association.
Brooklyn Law School, LL.B., 1953.
As the Vice President of Community Development for the Rancho Sahuarita Company, Jeremy Sharpe is responsible for overseeing business operations, maintaining community relations and developing future opportunities.
Sharpe is passionate about creating better communities that have a positive impact on its residents and the environment. He is involved with the Urban Land Institute, a global think tank on sustainable land use. Sharpe is a founding member and a past Co-Chair, Communications of ULI NEXT Global Leadership Initiative, sits on the advisory board for the Building Healthy Places Initiative, and is a member of the National Programming Committee. In addition to his work with ULI, Sharpe sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for How Housing Matters, a MacArthur Foundation initiative.
Locally, Sharpe is an active board member of Metropolitan Pima Alliance, a member of ULI Southern Arizona leadership team and chair of the Downtown Advisory Coalition. He is also an Honorary Commander of the 335th Medical Operations Squadron and Davis Monthan Air force Base.
Sharpe received his Bachelors in Geography and Regional Development and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.
Keri Silvyn is a zoning and land use attorney whose practice, Lazarus, Silvyn & Bangs, P.C., emphasizes sustainable development and appropriate and responsible growth. Her work focuses on advising private developers and local governments on application of zoning codes, compliance with state statutes, compliance with current land use case law, and effective legal public/private partnerships. Greater Tucson Leadership selected Keri as the Tucson Woman of the Year for 2013. Keri is listed as one of America’s Leading Business Lawyers in the category of Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA by Chambers and Partners Publishers.
In addition to serving on many other boards and leadership groups, Keri is the co-founder of and immediate past chair of the board for Imagine Greater Tucson (IGT). The mission of this non-profit is to develop community-driven choices for living, working, learning, and playing in Tucson by connecting government, stakeholders, and business. Having created a regional vision for future growth and prosperity in the Tucson area modeled on “Envision Utah,” IGT is now working to implement that vision, focusing on transportation decisions, regional comprehensive and general plans, and educating the community about growth and community health. One of the exciting projects is the Tucson Regional Indicators Project (“TRIP”) to help the region create indicators of progress in achieving the vision.
Keri is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Law. She lives with her husband, Jeff, and three children in Tucson.
Marc Simon’s areas of practice concentration include master planned residential and commercial projects, real estate transactions, creditor’s rights and foreclosure, title analysis and claims, land use and zoning matters, and water law.
Neil Simon is a partner of Venture West, Inc., a full service Tucson-based commercial real estate firm. Since its founding in 1981, Venture West has developed and constructed over 1.5 million square feet of office and retail space, and the company currently manages approximately 3 million square feet of commercial space. Venture West is currently developing Innovation Park in Oro Valley, a 200 acre office and business park which is home to the pharmaceutical firms Ventana-Roche and Sanofi, as well as to Oro Valley Hospital. Venture West also invests in businesses, and recently sold its interest in Peter Piper Inc., a 150-unit restaurant chain of which Mr. Simon served as CEO.
Prior to founding Venture West, Mr. Simon was a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), and a securities analyst with Standard and Poor’s.
Mr. Simon received his BA from Yale University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Sarah is a Tucson native and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Economics, her MBA from the University of Arizona, and most recently, a MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. She and her husband David have two children, Tommy and Laura.
She is President of the Brown Foundations in Tucson. The foundations are focused on education and strategic initiatives. They have made significant grants benefiting the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, Science Foundation Arizona, the Critical Path Institute, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, the Tucson Pima County Library and Literacy Connects among others. The Brown Foundations also provide economic education workshops for K-12 school teachers, and have organized symposiums and forums on public policy issues.
In addition to the Brown Foundations Sarah chairs the University of Arizona Foundation Board and the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center Board.
Her personal interests include tennis, sailing, hiking, reading, and travel.
Jim Smith is the Executive Vice President and Corporate Officer for Empire Southwest, the Dealer for Caterpillar, Inc., serving Arizona, Southwest California and Northern Mexico. Jim is responsible for leading the Mining and Product Support businesses for Empire and serves on Empire’s Board of Directors.
Over the years, Jim has been involved in several industry boards serving the Arizona Department of Education with focus on the growth and development of vocational education. Jim also serves on two Business Advisory Boards for Caterpillar North and South America. These boards are targeting business development in North and South America and target foundational areas such as employee recruitment, development and retention, transitional phases of business environments and manufacturer/dealer alignment.
Jim attended Arizona State University where he received his undergraduate and his MBA degrees. He is an avid golfer and in his free time enjoys spending time with his nine grandchildren.
Teri is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ephibian. Ephibian is a technology services company specializing in custom software development, data integration and web design solutions. It is headquartered in Tucson, AZ, and has employees in several cities across the nation.
In August 1996, Teri founded the company with four co-founders who, literally, started in a garage. Under her leadership, Ephibian has grown from a few people in a garage to a company providing innovative software solutions to companies around the world including AOL, Intuit, Honda, AT&T, IBM, Marriott, Hughes, Sears, Tosco (Circle K and 76), UUNET, and Bell Atlantic to name a few. Her ideas on technology have been published in several magazines and books including Dot-Com Successes and Inside Business Incubators & Corporate Ventures.
She and her company have won numerous awards in the Arizona Business Community including the Arizona Technology Council’s President of the Year Award and Service Provider of the Year Award, the Business Journal’s Fast Tech 50 for one of the fastest growing technology firms in Arizona, the National Speaker’s Association “Do Whatever It Takes Team” Award for Customer Service, The Business Journal’s Top 40 Executives under Age 40 Award and many others.
Before starting Ephibian, Teri was a lead systems engineer for the U.S. Army where she led a team of more than 100 engineers and oversaw several hundred more. They were responsible for the design, development and deployment of several projects valued at more than $100 million. She was the lead system engineer for the Army’s billion-dollar information systems redesign. Over her career, her teams deployed networks, systems and software solutions to more than 100 Army bases worldwide. She led the team that developed the Army’s first fully integrated enterprise management solution, which was used to manage heterogeneous networks and systems across 60 different Army installations worldwide. This enterprise management solution saved the Army over $80 million in annual personnel costs. Teri received the Secretary of the Army’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and the prestigious Outstanding Performance Award from the Secretary of Defense.
In addition to her duties at Ephibian, Teri has sat on the board of several companies including Miltope Corporation, Phoenix Group International and Fitrex. She currently sits on the board of directors for Flix Media Corporation.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1987 from the University of Arizona. She was a founding member of the University of Arizona’s chapter (Ioti Xi) of the International Electrical Engineering Honor Society, Eta Kappa Nu.
Currently, Nan Stockholm Walden serves as Vice President and Counsel at Farmers Investment Co.(FICO), the largest pecan growing and processing farm in the world, located in Sahuarita, Arizona. She serves in the same capacity for Farmers Water Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of FICO.
Nan received a B.A. in environmental studies with honors and distinction from Stanford University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School where she was President of the Stanford Environmental Law Society.
During her career Nan served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Counsel for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan on the Water Resources Subcommittee. She was Chief of Staff for Senator Bill Bradley who served on the Senate Finance, and Energy and Natural Resources Committees. She was Director of the Presidio Council, a national group of distinguished citizens who advised the Department of Interior on the conversion of the Presidio Army Base in San Francisco to a national park. She was consultant to a number of foundations including Irvine, Hewlett, Packard and Ford on environmental, and land regulation and growth issues in rapidly growing states. She also served as Director of the Western Conference of Attorneys General, and Counsel to the Western Conference of State Legislators, a division of the National Council of State Governments. In Arizona she has been Associate Vice President for Federal Relations at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
In addition to her work at FICO, Nan serves or has served on the boards of President’s Council of the American Farmland Trust, The Arizona Nature Conservancy, the Canoa Ranch Advisory Committee, the Sonoran Institute, the Carondelet Foundation and Cabinet, the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance, the Santa Lucia Conservancy, the Stanford Law School Environmental and Natural Resources Advisory Council, and the University of Arizona Eller College of Business Associates Board.
Nan enjoys horseback riding, birding, dog training and fly fishing, and resides with her husband, Dick Walden, on a working ranch in Amado.
Phil Swaim has worked with several architectural firms in Arizona and Colorado since 1974 and gained construction experience from 1977 through 1981. This wide range of experience allows him to handle various types, scales, and complexities of projects. Phil joined Swaim Associates in 1985 and became president of the company in 1992. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture, University of Oregon, 1982.
Matt Sweger is a partner in Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s Corporate and Securities, Tax and Health Care groups. His diverse corporate practice includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate governance, finance, securities, and healthcare-related matters.
Mr. Sweger represents clients in connection with the formation, purchase and sale of businesses, equity and debt financings and real estate joint ventures. He advises corporate clients with regard to governance and regulatory compliance matters, and represents and advises hospitals and other healthcare providers in connection with regulatory compliance issues and commercial transactions.
Among other transactions, Mr. Sweger represented Moltech Power Systems, Inc. in its sale to Shanghai Huayi, a transaction reported in Fortune Magazine as one of the first acquisitions of an American company by a Chinese company (Fortune Magazine, “Shanghaied in Florida,” February 24, 2006); CyraCom International, Inc. in its acquisition of Language Learning Enterprises, Inc.; and EC Source Services, LLC in its formation and eventual $131 million merger with MasTec, Inc. in 2011.
Mr. Sweger received a B.A. from Washington & Jefferson College in 1995 and a J.D. with high honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1998, where he was a member of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Mr. Sweger joined Lewis Roca Rothgerber in 1998.
Since Greg joined the Tucson community in 2011, he has consistently worked to strengthen Tucson’s social service safety net and improve our quality of life. He is passionate about supporting children, families and vulnerable adults, making a personal commitment through board and volunteer service and a professional commitment through designing and implementing programs for corporate community reinvestment and social responsibility. In 2016, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce named Greg Tucson’s 40 Under 40 Man of the Year.
Greg currently serves as the Regional Vice President, Community Affairs, at Cenpatico Integrated Care/HealthNet of Arizona. Previously, he served as the Chief Community and Public Relations Officer at Community Partners, Inc./Community Partnership of Southern Arizona and Public Relations and Communications Director for Magellan Health Services of Arizona. During his time in Tucson, Greg stewarded the investment of approximately $2.5 million in support of local social service and nonprofit organizations. He currently serves in a board leadership role for the Children’s Museum Tucson and Oro Valley and sits on the board of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson.
Additionally, his work in public relations and marketing efforts has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally by the International Association of Business Communicators, Health Information Resource Center, and the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals. Greg also holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Stanford University.
Lovitt & Touché, Inc.
33 Years Insurance Industry Experience
Responsible for profitable operation of 83rd largest Insurance Brokerage in the United States
Active Group Benefits Broker and Consultant
Clients range from 500-4000 employees
Expertise in Large Group Benefit Planning and Consulting
Medical, Life, Disability and Ancillary benefits
Self-Funded Plan Design and Stop Loss Insurance
Bachelor of Science, Business Finance, Arizona State University, 1984
Licensed for Life, Health, Disability in 21 states including Arizona
Licensed for Property & Casualty in 5 states including Arizona
Agency Principal with NASD series 26
Registered Representative series 6 & 63 with NASD for Variable Annuity/Variable Life and Mutual Funds in 4 states
Tucson Airport Authority, Member
Centurions, Senior Member
Greater Tucson Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Life Member
Greater Tucson Chamber of Commerce, Past Chairman
Self-Insurance Institute of America (SIIA) – National Benefits Committee Member
Richard Underwood joined SALC in fall of 2007. He has been very active in SALC, joining the Strategic Initiatives Committee, and now serving on the Tucson Charter Change Coalition (TC3) Executive Committee, helping us work to create positive changes in Tucson’s governance structure.
Richard and his brother started AAA Landscape 35 years ago with a pickup truck and $1,000 they borrowed from their mother. Today AAA Landscape is a $45 million company with 600+ employees in Phoenix and Tucson. In addition to being President of AAA Landscape, Richard is founder and first Chairman of the Board for Canyon Community Bank and presently serving as Chairman of the Holding Company. He is founder and president of the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce, served on Board of Directors for Associated Landscape Contractors of America, past president of Arizona Landscape Contractors Association, served on the Board of Directors for Metropolitan Pima Alliance, is a member of University of Arizona Presidents Club, is Life Director for Southern Arizona Home Builders Association, member of Arizona Open Land Trust, and Arizona Planning Institute, pledged to Science Foundation Arizona, Casa De Los Ninos, serves on executive oversight board of CALA (U of A College of Architecture, Landscape Architecture), as well as the Executive Board of the Tucson Chamber.
Richard and his family donated the Underwood Memorial Garden to CALA. The garden has won numerous national and international awards for design, installation, sustainability and relevance; a living laboratory for our Sonoran Desert.
Richard attended the University of Arizona, lettering in wrestling. He is also a former professional rodeo cowboy who competitively rode bulls and bucking horses.
Kip is the Vice President and Treasurer for The Estes Co. and the President of Estes Land and Development Company, a multi-generational, full spectrum Tucson and Arizona real estate development company which has built over 35,000 homes in Arizona, developed master planned communities such as Ventana Canyon, La Reserve, Rancho del Lago and Midvale Park and numerous office buildings and shopping centers. In addition to the Estes development activities, Kip oversees the operations of its various related entities including Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and Vail Water Company.
Kip graduated in 1978 with a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Arizona and received his Certified Public Accountant certificate in 1980. He worked with Big 8 and national accounting firms Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now known as KPMG) and Kenneth Leventhal & Company (now known as Ernst & Young) from 1978-82 which provided him with a diverse industry background including real estate. In his 25+ years with Estes, Kip has also served as the Controller of the Community Development Division, Owners’ Representative for varied businesses such as professional baseball teams including the Tucson Toros, country clubs including Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club, and a cable television company, among assorted other roles.
Kip was appointed as a Trustee to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson’s Pooled Parish Investment Trust in 2005 in which he serves in the capacity of Treasurer. He was requested by Bishop Gerald Kicanas to serve on Long Range Planning Committee for the Diocese. Kip sits on the Governing and Corporate Board of Directors of Wildcat School, an innovative charter school established in partnership with the University of Arizona. Kip is also a member of the Centurions of Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital. Kip currently serves on the SALC Water Task Force.
Kip is married to Joanne Volpe and has a son, Kellen.
Dick Walden is Chairman, President and CEO of Farmers Investment Co (FICO). Walden grew up on the company’s Continental Farm, in what is now Green Valley, AZ. He participated from an early age in all aspects of agricultural operations that have included cotton, lettuce, vegetables, cattle, sheep and now pecans. He also serves as President of Farmers Water Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of FICO.
Walden attended the Thacher School in Ojai, CA and graduated with a degree in economics from Pomona College in 1964. He also completed the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program.
From 1965-1968 Walden served as a U.S. Army Aviator. He graduated first in his class from Army Flight School. He flew OV-1 Mohawks in Vietnam, and received the Army Commendation Medal and the Air Medal with 3-Oak Leaf Clusters, being released from active duty as Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1968.
In 1968 he returned to Arizona to work for FICO. The company, based in Sahuarita, is the world’s largest grower and processor of pecans. Farming operations cover more than 7,000 acres at this time. Walden serves or has served on numerous boards and civic organizations. These include the board of the American Farmland Trust, four terms on the Arizona Power Authority, past chair and board member of the National Pecan Shellers Association, founding member of the Southern Arizona Water Resources Association, Arizona Water Banking Authority, Arizona Cattle Feeder’s Association, Great Tucson Economic Council, International Tree Nut Council, Green Fields Country Day School, Green Valley Community Health Center, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s 12th District Advisory Council on Small Business and Agriculture, Governor’s Task Force on Groundwater Management, the University of Arizona’s School of Agriculture and Life Sciences Advisory Board, and the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Business and Public Administration.
Walden is the recipient of numerous awards, including the University of Arizona’s Distinguished Citizen Award, the Pecan Statesman Award given by the National Pecan Growers Council, and Director’s Award from First Interstate Bank of Arizona.
He enjoys aviation, horseback riding and fly-fishing, and resides with his wife, Nan, on a working ranch in Amado.
Dr. Walk is Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical & Scientific Affairs at Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Tucson, AZ), a member of the Roche Group.
Dr. Walk’s primary interests are the area of personalized healthcare, translational oncology and molecular diagnostics. Prior to joining Ventana, Dr. Walk worked at Novartis Oncology where he held positions in Translational Medicine and Early Clinical Development, working at the interface between discovery research and clinical development to establish and implement biomarker strategies for several early and late stage targeted oncology therapeutics.
Dr. Walk is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University and graduated from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1995. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists.
As the Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Analytics for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ), SALC member Matthew Wandoloski is responsible for guiding the company’s strategy and leading the internal informatics team to utilize data as a strategic asset.
Matthew brings to his current role a wealth of experience from 35 years in health care. His experience bridges all aspects of health care, including the Healthplan side, the broker and consultant side, and the provider side. In addition to a stint owning his own health care consulting company, he has served as VP of Business Development and Contracting for the Carondelet Health Network; Consulting Practice Leader and Client Executive for large accounts at Mercer Consulting; Executive in charge of Actuarial and Underwriting for Intergroup (now Health Net); and CEO for Southern Arizona at United Healthcare. Each role has added depth to Matthew’s understanding of the intricate business of health care, and the importance of each aspect of the health system that forms such a large component of the economy.
Matthew is a true Sun Corridor executive, with one foot in Southern Arizona and one foot in Phoenix. He and his wife Olivia raised their three children in Tucson, where all three graduated from The University of Arizona. His current Board memberships also reflect this bridging, and include Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO), membership in SALC, and Valley of the Sun United Way.
Matthew holds an MBA in finance from C.W. Post College, along with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Southampton College. When he is not hard at work, you may find him on the golf course, at the movies, or enjoying a great bottle of wine with dinner with his wife at one of Arizona’s many great restaurants.
Gregory (Greg) J. White is vice president of Finance at Raytheon Missile Systems. He is responsible for all business organization, product line, and functional business planning and reporting. White directs overall coordination of accounting, financial planning, direct and indirect budgets, financial systems, and the financial portion of business planning. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2012 sales of $24 billion and 68,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. Raytheon’s global headquarters is in Waltham, Mass.
In his former role as vice president of Business Transformation for Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) Finance, White drove process improvement, cost efficiencies and partnerships with business and cross-function stakeholders. White’s leadership significantly influenced IDS Competitive Value Analysis, Earned Value Management culture change, and competitive capture process efficiency.
Before joining Raytheon, White worked as vice president of Finance for the Electronics, Information & Support Business at BAE Systems. In this role, he was responsible for leading four lines of business valued at $9 billion, and was responsible for the full spectrum of financial management, excluding treasury, tax and investor relations. White joined BAE in 2001 through a Lockheed Martin business divestiture and rotated through various product lines in increasingly responsible leadership roles. He also held business management positions at Lockheed Martin and General Electric.
White has executive-level financial experience and extensive customer relationship and defense industry experience. In addition to his experience in the defense and aerospace markets, he worked in the commercial heavy manufacturing and financial services industries.
White holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts and is a graduate of the General Electric Financial Management Program.
Julie Williams joined Southwest Gas in 1997 as an Engineer in the Company’s Central Arizona Division where she was then promoted to Supervisor/ Engineering in 1999. Subsequent promotions in the Central Arizona Division include Manager/Engineering in 2004, Manager/New Business Projects in 2006, and Director/Central Support in 2008. Williams was promoted to Vice President/Northern Nevada Division in 2010 and in 2014 was named Vice President/Southern Arizona Division. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University. She is the immediate past Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Easter Seals Nevada.
Judy Wood has owned Contact One Call Center Inc. since 1981. Her son Jeff Wood and daughter Jennifer Hoffman joined her in the business in the nineties. Contact One provides in- bound and out- bound customer service support, live chat and e-mail response for a wide range of organizations, including the Arizona Office of Tourism, P. F. Chang’s China Bistro, Drive Time, UPH, U. S. Geological Surveys, medical practices, law offices, and service businesses. Contact One provides service throughout the United States in both English and Spanish.
Judy is active in the community and currently serves on the board of directors for the Beacon Group, the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and the Arizona Commerce Authority. In addition she was appointed by both Governor Napolitano and Governor Brewer to the Governor’s Council on Small Business, which she now chairs. She belongs to a variety of other clubs and organizations in Tucson and has served on the board of directors and as President of the Association of Teleservices International.
Judy and her husband Cliff are both third generation Arizonians from pioneer ranching families. In her free time she enjoys, hiking, horseback riding, gardening, cooking, entertaining, traveling, and spending time with her four grandsons.
As the Associate Vice President for Tech Parks Arizona at the University of Arizona, Bruce Wright is responsible for the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park (UA Tech Park) and the UA Tech Park at the Bridges. He is also founder and president of the Arizona Center for Innovation (AzCI), a technology business incubator and innovation center.
Wright has more than 25 years of experience in the field of economic development. In 2001, he was named Arizona’s Economic Developer of the Year by the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED).
Wright is a graduate of Willamette University where he earned his B.A. with distinction in political science. He attended graduate school at the University of Arizona. He also participated in the Executive Leadership Program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Wright’s research interests include regional economic development, international trade and business development, and technology development and commercialization. He is an adjunct instructor in the UA School of Geography and Development.
Wright has served in several different capacities during his twenty seven years at the University of Arizona, including Director of the Office of Community and Public Service, Assistant to the President, Senior Officer for Community Affairs and Economic Development, and Associate Vice President for Economic Development.
Wright has worked for many years on developing cross-border trade between Arizona and Mexico. He helped to develop a bi-national regional economic development plan for several governors of Arizona and Sonora. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC) and is a member of the Arizona Transportation and Trade Corridor Alliance.
Wright has been active in numerous community organizations. He is a past chair of the Southern Arizona Chapter (Tucson) of the American Red Cross and past board member of Information and Referral Service. He also served on the Regional Transportation Authority’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the Wells Fargo Bank Community Advisory Board. He is a member of the DM 50 and honorary commander with the 355th Operation Support Squadron at Davis Monthan Air Force Base.
Wright is co-founder of three high technology start-up companies, Arizona Microsystems and Focal Point Microsystems, both of which were sold to the 3M Corporation and Lumoflex, a company based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Steve Ziehmer serves as CEO of Rincon Research Corporation, a 100% employee-owned company that provides advanced digital signal processing technologies to the military and intelligence communities. Before becoming its CEO in 2014, Steve served as Rincon’s Chief Financial Officer for 15 years. Prior to joining Rincon, he served for ten years as CFO at Cella Barr Associates in Tucson. A Tucson resident since 1963, Steve attended the University of Arizona where he obtained his BSBA majoring in accounting. He is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor.
In addition to his membership in SALC, Steve is Past President of the Tucson Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors, a member of the Board of Directors of Rincon Research Corporation and past Board member of Cella Barr Associates, Inc. Steve holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Arizona.