Synchronizing leadership
SALC members are innovators, collaborators and leaders that provide varied perspectives and viewpoints on areas where we are working to make a difference

Members

  • Crystal Adams
    Crystal AdamsSenior Director, MBA Innovation and Student ExperienceUniversity of Arizona

    Crystal Adams

    Senior Director, MBA Innovation and Student ExperienceUniversity of Arizona
    • Doug Adelberg
      Doug AdelbergSenior Vice PresidentLovitt & Touche

      Doug Adelberg

      Senior Vice PresidentLovitt & Touche
      • Larry Aldrich
        Larry AldrichOwnerNewAm Health

        Larry Aldrich

        OwnerNewAm Health

        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.

        • Hank Amos
          Hank AmosPresident & CEOTucson Realty & Trust Co.

          Hank Amos

          President & CEOTucson Realty & Trust Co.

          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.”

          • Alejandro Angel
            Alejandro AngelVice President/PrincipalPsomas

            Alejandro Angel

            Vice President/PrincipalPsomas
            • John Arnold
              John ArnoldExecutive DirectorArizona Board of Regents

              John Arnold

              Executive DirectorArizona Board of Regents
              • Mara Aspinall
                Mara AspinallManaging DirectorBlueStone Venture Partners

                Mara Aspinall

                Managing DirectorBlueStone Venture Partners

                Mara Aspinall is a biotech industry executive and healthcare pioneer.

                Aspinall is Managing Director of BlueStone Venture Partners.  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.

                • Bill Assenmacher
                  Bill AssenmacherManaging PartnerWRA Investments

                  Bill Assenmacher

                  Managing PartnerWRA Investments

                  PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
                  Managing Partner of WRA Investments, LLC

                  EDUCATION:
                  Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis in business law, marketing, economics & management—1974

                  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; 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

                  • Bruce Beach
                    Bruce BeachChairman, Senior AdvisorBeachFleischman PC

                    Bruce Beach

                    Chairman, Senior AdvisorBeachFleischman PC

                    Bruce Beach is Chairman and Senior Advisor for 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

                    YMCA
                    Board of Directors – Past Vice Chairman

                    DM 50
                    Past Member

                    United Way
                    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
                    Past Member

                    Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson
                    Board of Directors – Past member

                    City of Tucson
                    Tax and Service Equity Task Force

                    ESGR
                    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

                    • Danette Bewley
                      Danette BewleyPresident & CEOTucson Airport Authority

                      Danette Bewley

                      President & CEOTucson Airport Authority

                      Danette is from San Diego, CA, where her passion for aviation began.  Her Dad was a decorated Navy fighter pilot, stationed at NAS Miramar, and later became a commercial airline pilot.  This upbringing fueled her interest to pursue an aviation-related career path.  Her airport management career began in 1989 and has spanned 30 years, and is still going strong.

                      Airport Experience:

                      • Between 1989 and 2003, she worked at the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, operator of San Diego International Airport, in a variety of progressively responsible positions, including and not limited to airport noise and community relations, terminal operations, capital development, tenant relations, marketing and air service development.
                      • Between 2003 and 2006, she was the Director of Jacksonville International Airport for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, operator of Jacksonville International Airport, Herlong Airport, Cecil Field Airport and Jacksonville Executive Airport at Craig Field. Her role in this capacity was to manage the day-to-day operations and coordinate major capital programs and projects at Jacksonville International Airport.
                      • Between 2006 and 2011, she worked for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, operator of Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Reno Stead Airport, where she managed large capital programs and economic development, respectively.
                      • In 2012, she joined the Tucson Airport Authority, operator of Tucson International Airport and Ryan Airfield. She served in multiple roles, including Director of Operations, Senior Director of Operations and Maintenance, Vice President of Operations and Projects/COO, and Vice President of Operations/COO.  She presently serves as the President & CEO.

                      Education | Accreditations | Licenses: 

                      • Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Aviation Management, 1986
                      • Master of Arts in Management, 1988
                      • Master of Public Administration, 2006
                      • Accredited Airport Executive
                      • Certified Airport Executive
                      • Private pilot

                      Industry | Community Engagement:

                      Industry:

                      • She serves on several airport industry boards and committees.

                      Community Engagement:

                      • DM-50 and 162nd Air Guardians, serving the military community in Tucson
                      • Tucson Metro Chamber, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, Southern Arizona Leadership Council
                      • Don Bourn
                        Don BournPresident and CEOBourn Companies, LLC

                        Don Bourn

                        President and CEOBourn Companies, LLC

                        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 Brav
                          Garry BravCEOBFL Construction Company

                          Garry Brav

                          CEOBFL Construction Company

                          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.

                          • Don Budinger
                            Don BudingerChairman/FounderThe Rodel Foundation

                            Don Budinger

                            Chairman/FounderThe Rodel Foundation

                            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.

                            • Ron Butler
                              Ron ButlerManaging PartnerErnst & Young

                              Ron Butler

                              Managing PartnerErnst & Young

                              Experienced Managing Partner with a demonstrated history of working in the accounting industry. Strong business development professional skilled in U.S. SEC Filings, Managerial Finance, External Audit, Due Diligence, and Auditing.

                              • Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell
                                Elizabeth “Betsy” CantwellSenior VP for Research and Innovation

                                Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell

                                Senior VP for Research and Innovation

                                Dr. Elizabeth “Betsy” Cantwell leads the Office for Research, Innovation and Impact, which includes the Corporate Engagement Program, Tech Launch Arizona, the Forge and the UArizona research parks.

                                She is responsible for expanding the university’s capacity for knowledge creation and discovery; integrating efforts by faculty, students, staff and executive leaders to move inventions and technologies to the marketplace; increasing the university’s connectivity with external collaborators; spearheading industry and public partnerships; and increasing total research funding.

                                Dr. Cantwell joined the University of Arizona after successfully serving as the CEO of Arizona State University Research Enterprise, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the university’s applied research and development.  Previously she served as ASU’s vice president for research development. During her tenure in that role, annual research expenditures grew by more than $150 million to a total of $610 million.

                                Prior to ASU, Cantwell worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where she was director for economic development. Prior to working at LLNL, she served in strategic leadership roles at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico and NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
                                She has a long career in space systems engineering, from satellite development to life support systems, and sits on the National Academies Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board.  She holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

                                • Karen Cesare
                                  Karen CesarePresidentNovak Environmental

                                  Karen Cesare

                                  PresidentNovak Environmental

                                  Karen Novak Cesare was born in Phoenix and is a third generation Arizonan and descendant of a pioneer family. She is a registered Landscape Architect in Arizona and California and has owned and operated Novak Environmental, Inc. since 1998. Karen was elected to a six year term on the CAWCD Board representing Pima County on November 4, 2014. She graduated from the University of Arizona with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Landscape Architecture from the College of Agriculture – School of Renewable Natural Resources.

                                  Previously, Karen served on the City of Tucson’s Citizens’ Water Advisory Committee and CAP Oversight Committee and served and chaired the Arizona State Board of Technical Registration. She is currently serving on the Canoa Ranch Conservation Committee, the Pima County Parks and Recreation Commission and is 2014/2015 Chapter President for AzASLA.

                                  Karen is married to Jeffery J. Cesare. They have three young adult children; Nick, Cristi and Angelique, who all live in Tucson. Karen volunteers her time as an event supervisor for Science Olympiad. She enjoys cycling, hiking, birding, watching UArizona basketball and football and spending time with her family.

                                  • Rita Cheng
                                    Rita ChengPresidentNorthern Arizona University

                                    Rita Cheng

                                    PresidentNorthern Arizona University

                                    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 Clements
                                      Jack ClementsCEOThe Clements Agency

                                      Jack Clements

                                      CEOThe Clements Agency

                                      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
                                        Jim ClickPresidentJim Click Automotive

                                        Jim Click

                                        PresidentJim Click Automotive

                                        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 Cohen
                                          David CohenPresidentBeachFleischman PC

                                          David Cohen

                                          PresidentBeachFleischman PC

                                          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
                                            Mel CohenPartnerMesch, Clark & Rothschild, PC

                                            Mel Cohen

                                            PartnerMesch, Clark & Rothschild, PC

                                            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.

                                            • Anthony Cook
                                              Anthony CookGeneral Manager, AHS Center of ExcellenceKomatsu

                                              Anthony Cook

                                              General Manager, AHS Center of ExcellenceKomatsu

                                              Anthony Cook is currently the General Manager of the Komatsu Autonomous Haulage Systems Center of Excellence (AHS CoE) in Tucson Arizona and is responsible for Global AHS business covering sales and support for autonomous haulage products. He holds a Bachelor’s in Mining Engineering from Ballarat University and an MBA in Technology Management from Deakin University.

                                              He began his career with Modular Mining Systems, a Komatsu Technology Company, in April of 1998 as a Mining Engineer in Australia. He moved to Tucson Arizona in 2000 and worked in various positions leading up to Vice President of Business Development before focusing on the autonomous business in 2008.

                                              Previous to Modular Mining, Anthony worked for BHP for 4 years in Western Australia iron ore operations and 4 years in Queensland coal operations. During this time, he held various engineering roles in planning, drill and blast, truck shovel operations, draglines, rail, and shipping.

                                              Anthony has worked on autonomous haulage systems in the mining industry since their commercial inception in 2008. He has been involved in the development and global deployment of the current systems and continues to expand the business from within the AHS Center of excellence established in Tucson, Arizona in April 2019.

                                              • Mimi Coomler
                                                Mimi CoomlerSr. Vice President & COOTucson Medical Center

                                                Mimi Coomler

                                                Sr. Vice President & COOTucson Medical Center

                                                Mimi Coomler, serves as senior vice president and chief operating officer for TMC HealthCare, leading operational and nursing services for the organization.

                                                In her role, Coomler is responsible for driving safety and quality improvements and has operational responsibility for areas across the hospital, including surgery, emergency services, critical care, infection control and hospice. She has focused expertise in creating partnerships, strategic planning, regulatory compliance and team building.

                                                Her return to TMC in 2017 was a bit of a homecoming. Coomler served as the director of patient care services for TMC for Women and TMC for Children from 2006-12. In between, she served as the chief executive officer of Children’s Clinics for Rehabilitative Services, a nonprofit multi-specialty clinic that serves as a medical home for children with complex healthcare needs.

                                                With 18 years as a registered nurse, she is passionate about improving health throughout Southern Arizona. Children with special health care needs became an area of focus for her after her young son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Coomler is past president of the Southern Arizona Women’s Foundation and former board chair of the local chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.

                                                • Allen Couture
                                                  Allen CoutureVice President, OperationsRaytheon Missiles & Defense

                                                  Allen Couture

                                                  Vice President, OperationsRaytheon Missiles & Defense

                                                  Allen Couture is vice president of Operations for Raytheon Missiles & Defense, where is is responsible for all product manufacturing, facilities, and environmental, health and safety functions. With more than 4,000 employees in seven states, Operations specializes in assembly and integration of RMS weapons systems in this nearly $6 billion business. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

                                                  • Jannie Cox
                                                    Jannie CoxCEOMeet Me Concepts, LLC

                                                    Jannie Cox

                                                    CEOMeet Me Concepts, LLC

                                                    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.

                                                    • Joe Coyle
                                                      Joe CoylePrincipal & Managing DirectorThe Patrick Group

                                                      Joe Coyle

                                                      Principal & Managing DirectorThe Patrick Group

                                                      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 Crow
                                                        Michael CrowPresident & ProfessorArizona State University

                                                        Michael Crow

                                                        President & ProfessorArizona State University

                                                        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
                                                          Marcel DabdoubOwnerDabdoub Investments, LLC

                                                          Marcel Dabdoub

                                                          OwnerDabdoub Investments, LLC

                                                          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.

                                                          • Steven Dasch
                                                            Steven DaschDirector / Site PresidentCiti

                                                            Steven Dasch

                                                            Director / Site PresidentCiti
                                                            • Pat DeConcini
                                                              Pat DeConciniManaging Partner4-D Properties, LLP

                                                              Pat DeConcini

                                                              Managing Partner4-D Properties, LLP

                                                              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).

                                                              • John D’Orlando
                                                                John D’OrlandoPresident & PublisherArizona Daily Star

                                                                John D’Orlando

                                                                President & PublisherArizona Daily Star

                                                                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.

                                                                Active affiliations:
                                                                Most recent affiliations were in Orlando, FL.Immediate Past Chair of Florida Press Service/Intersect Media Solutions.Affiliate member of Florida Citrus Sports.

                                                                Interests:
                                                                Sports and music.

                                                                • Scott Douglas
                                                                  Scott DouglasCo-Founder & PrincipalWest Coast Capital Partners

                                                                  Scott Douglas

                                                                  Co-Founder & PrincipalWest Coast Capital Partners

                                                                  As a senior officer at Glendale Federal Bank, Scott oversaw loan workouts and divestiture of bank-owned real estate from 1989-1993. Prior to that, he handled corporate and real estate lending for Security Pacific Bank from 1986–1988 and was a Research Fellow at Yale University.

                                                                  With a B.S. in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Anderson School of Business at the University of California, he is also a board member of the Los Angeles South Bay Economic Development Partnership, Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation and Salvation Army Torrance.

                                                                  • Rob Draper
                                                                    Rob DraperPresidentO'Rielly Chevrolet, Inc.

                                                                    Rob Draper

                                                                    PresidentO'Rielly Chevrolet, Inc.

                                                                    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.

                                                                    • Chad Driedger
                                                                      Chad DriedgerPresident, TucsonNorthern Trust

                                                                      Chad Driedger

                                                                      President, TucsonNorthern Trust

                                                                      EXPERTISE

                                                                      Chad is a Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Tucson office. In this position, he is responsible for the investment management, trust, estate, private and business banking business. He works extensively with high net worth families and their related charitable entities. He has a strong business record and brings an uncompromising focus to clients. In addition, he is a member of the Northern Trust’s Western Region Leadership Team.

                                                                      EDUCATION

                                                                      Chad received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Finance from the University of Arizona.

                                                                      Chad received his MBA from the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona and is a CFA Charter holder.

                                                                      EXPERIENCE

                                                                      Chad began his career with Northern Trust as a Portfolio manager in 2008 and became a Financial Advisor for Northern Trust Securities in 2012 where he advised on a variety of investment solutions as part of an overall, holistic Wealth Management process

                                                                      Prior to joining Northern Trust in 2008, Chad worked as a Portfolio Manager and Trust Office Manager at M&I Wealth Management in Tucson, Arizona. He is a lifelong Arizona resident and has worked in the investment management industry for more than 20 years

                                                                      COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

                                                                      – St. Michael’s School – Board of Directors
                                                                      – Reid Park Zoological Society – Board of Directors
                                                                      – CFA Society Tucson – Member
                                                                      – Tucson Desert Angels – Member
                                                                      – United Way of Southern Arizona Finance and Investment Committees
                                                                      – United Way Tocqueville Society

                                                                      • Jon Dudas
                                                                        Jon DudasSr. Vice President, Sr. Associate to the President & Secretary of the UniversityUniversity of Arizona

                                                                        Jon Dudas

                                                                        Sr. Vice President, Sr. Associate to the President & Secretary of the UniversityUniversity of Arizona

                                                                        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

                                                                        Partner 2009-2010

                                                                        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.

                                                                        • Allison Duffy
                                                                          Allison DuffyPresidentSilverado Technologies

                                                                          Allison Duffy

                                                                          PresidentSilverado Technologies

                                                                          Allison Duffy joined SALC in 2017.  She serves as President and Owner of Silverado Technologies and Sasiadek’s Print Solutions. Silverado Technologies provides cutting edge IT consulting and outsourced IT services for businesses in Southern Arizona and beyond. Silverado specializes in network infrastructure management and cyber security risk mitigation. Since merging Sasiadek’s Print Solutions and Silverado Technologies last year, Allison and her team have consistently delivered premiere IT and Print Solutions through exceptional customer service.

                                                                          Allison received her Bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Maryland and her MBA from Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. In addition to SALC, she enjoys being involved in the Tucson community as a member of Angel Charity for Children, the United Way of Southern Arizona Board of Directors and the Community Advisory Board at the UA College of Public Health. Allison is passionate about children’s issues, like Early Childhood Education, healthy habit education and access to healthful food for low income families.

                                                                          Allison and her husband Basel Skeif spend down time hiking and traveling with their two children, Amelia and Duke.

                                                                          • Bruce Dusenberry
                                                                            Bruce DusenberryPresidentHorizon Moving Systems

                                                                            Bruce Dusenberry

                                                                            PresidentHorizon Moving Systems

                                                                            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.

                                                                            • Chris Edwards
                                                                              Chris EdwardsOwnerTucson Appliance and Furniture Co.

                                                                              Chris Edwards

                                                                              OwnerTucson Appliance and Furniture Co.

                                                                              Chris has lived in Tucson his entire life and has been in the appliance business for 35 years.  He is actively involved in Business Information Club, Rotary of Tucson, Tucson Conquistadors, Tucson Breakfast Club, is a Board member at Tucson Country Club, and is an Honorary Group Commander at DMAFB.

                                                                              Chris enjoys tennis, swimming and golfing, and is quite competitive in anything he does!  He is married to Cynthia and they have a son, Cobin, and daughter, Camrynn.

                                                                              • Ali Farhang
                                                                                Ali FarhangManaging PartnerFarhang & Medcoff

                                                                                Ali Farhang

                                                                                Managing PartnerFarhang & Medcoff

                                                                                First and foremost, Ali is a community activist and high school football coach who believes that making positive contributions to one’s community is an enormous aspect of living a successful and fulfilled life. Ali is also an AV-rated attorney who practices in the areas of labor and employment law, business consultation, commercial litigation and tort law. 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.

                                                                                In addition to his membership with SALC, Ali serves on the Sun Corridor Board of Directors; Tucson Sugar Skulls (Indoor Football League), Co-Owner; Arizona Bowl, Founder and Chair; Salpointe Catholic Varsity Football Coaching Staff (2015 – Present); and Boys and Girls Club of Tucson, Pro Bono General Counsel.

                                                                                Ali’s professional accolades include 2019 Father of the Year, Father’s Day Council Tucson; Arizona’s Finest Lawyers 2015 – Present; State Bar of Arizona, Labor and  Employment Section, Chair 2012 – 2013; Top Lawyers, Tucson Lifestyle Magazine 2011; State Bar of Arizona, Bar Leadership Institute 2010; AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell 2010; Recipient, 40 Under 40 Award Tucson Business Edge Magazine 2006.

                                                                                He was educated at University of Denver College of Law, J.D. 1997; University of Cambridge, England, 1996; University of Arizona, B.A. 1993.

                                                                                • Ryan Flannagan
                                                                                  Ryan FlannaganFounder & CEONuanced Media

                                                                                  Ryan Flannagan

                                                                                  Founder & CEONuanced Media

                                                                                  Ryan is the founder and CEO of Nuanced Media, a marketing agency that specialized in eCommerce, Amazon, and multi-channel marketing. Nuanced has sold $100s of Millions online and Ryan has built a client base representing a total revenue of over 1.5 billion dollars.

                                                                                  Ryan has worked with 100s of companies establishing best practices focusing on the 20% that produces 80% of the revenue. Ryan is a published author and has been quoted by a number of media sources such as BuzzFeed and Modern Retail.

                                                                                  Ryan 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 Fulkerson
                                                                                    Taylor FulkersonTucson Office LeaderDPR Construction

                                                                                    Taylor Fulkerson

                                                                                    Tucson Office LeaderDPR Construction

                                                                                    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.

                                                                                    • Edmundo Gamillo
                                                                                      Edmundo GamilloExecutive Director | Middle Market Banking | Commercial BankingChase Bank

                                                                                      Edmundo Gamillo

                                                                                      Executive Director | Middle Market Banking | Commercial BankingChase Bank
                                                                                      • Harry George
                                                                                        Harry GeorgePresident & CFORadiance Therapeutics

                                                                                        Harry George

                                                                                        President & CFORadiance Therapeutics

                                                                                        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, and now serves as President & CFO for Radiance Therapeutics. 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.

                                                                                        • Paulo Goes
                                                                                          Paulo GoesDeanUniversity of Arizona Eller College of Management

                                                                                          Paulo Goes

                                                                                          DeanUniversity of Arizona Eller College of Management

                                                                                          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.

                                                                                          • David Goldstein
                                                                                            David GoldsteinPresidentDiamond Ventures

                                                                                            David Goldstein

                                                                                            PresidentDiamond Ventures

                                                                                            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
                                                                                              John GrahamPresident & CEOSunbelt Holdings

                                                                                              John Graham

                                                                                              President & CEOSunbelt Holdings

                                                                                              John Graham joined Sunbelt Holdings in 1982 and became President & CEO 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.

                                                                                              John’s community affiliations include the ASU Foundation, Banner Health Foundation, Brophy College Preparatory, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Office of the Governor, Paradise Valley Country Club, PGA Southwest Section, Phoenix Symphony Association, Positive Coaching Alliance, Teach For America Phoenix, The Nature Conservancy, Urban Land Institute, Valley of the Sun United Way, Valley Forward Association and the Wells Fargo community advisory board.

                                                                                              A long-time supporter of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), John is committed to making First Place® AZ a reality for young adults with autism and their families by serving as a real estate advisor and member of the First Place capital campaign cabinet.

                                                                                              • Susan Gray
                                                                                                Susan GrayPresidentTucson Electric Power

                                                                                                Susan Gray

                                                                                                PresidentTucson Electric Power

                                                                                                After beginning her career as a student intern at TEP in 1994, Susan was hired as an Energy Management System Engineer in 1997 and advanced through several engineering roles.

                                                                                                She was promoted to Director of Design & Construction Services in 2011, and rose to Vice President of Energy Delivery in 2015. She was promoted to Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2019 and began serving as president in 2020.

                                                                                                Susan has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s of business administration from the University of Arizona.

                                                                                                 

                                                                                                • Mike Groeger
                                                                                                  Mike GroegerVice President, Group Commercial & Specialty SalesBlue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

                                                                                                  Mike Groeger

                                                                                                  Vice President, Group Commercial & Specialty SalesBlue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

                                                                                                  In his role as vice president of commercial group and specialty sales for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ), Mike leads a team of sales professionals dedicated to serving clients’ needs throughout the state.

                                                                                                  With more than 20 years of healthcare industry experience, Mike possesses a wealth of expertise in strategic sales execution, product development, team organization, marketing, public relations, and operations.

                                                                                                  Prior to joining BCBSAZ in 2018, Mike led the national employer solutions team for the Banner | Aetna joint venture and served as chief revenue officer and partner at Genius Avenue. Earlier, he was responsible for building healthcare purchasing coalitions in the private equity sector through his national role at United Healthcare. He also worked in a variety of sales management roles at BCBSAZ from 1997 to 2006.

                                                                                                  He has a proven track record of successfully leading teams to exceed year-over-year growth and profitability projections as well as achieving high customer satisfaction and retention rates.

                                                                                                  Mike is also passionate about community involvement. He is an advocate for Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

                                                                                                  • Jim Halloran
                                                                                                    Jim HalloranManager, State Government Affairs - Western RegionCaterpillar, Inc.

                                                                                                    Jim Halloran

                                                                                                    Manager, State Government Affairs - Western RegionCaterpillar, Inc.

                                                                                                    BIOGRAPHICAL DATA:     Jim Halloran joined Caterpillar Inc. in September of 1996 and is currently serving as the Western Region State Governmental Affairs Manager based in Sacramento, CA.  In that capacity Jim is responsible for advocating Caterpillar’s positions in fourteen states on various issues including tax, labor and environmental issues impacting the company.

                                                                                                    He has held several positions with the company including being the companies California Regulatory Affair Manager advocating for clean diesel technologies to various regulatory agencies and non-governmental organizations throughout California. He has also served as the Sales Development Manager for the On-Highway Engines Marketing group where he was responsible for the development of support programs and materials for the internal/external sales staff, as well as HR Manager for Caterpillar’s Power Systems Marketing Division.  He began his Caterpillar career as the Washington Manager responsible for Cat’s direct interaction with Members of Congress and development of lobbying and grassroots strategies in response to federal legislative and regulatory initiatives.

                                                                                                    ACTIVE AFFILIATIONS: Board of Director – KS Chamber of Commerce; Executive Committee/Board of Director – CA Manufacturing and Technology Assoc.; Advisory Board Member Mount St. Joseph’s Winery – Loomis, CA

                                                                                                    EDUCATION: BA Loyola Univ. Chicago

                                                                                                    INTERESTS: Family activities including lacrosse (son) and theater (daughter) fan, golf and Chicago Cubs

                                                                                                    • Mike Hammond
                                                                                                      Mike HammondCEOCushman & Wakefield | PICOR

                                                                                                      Mike Hammond

                                                                                                      CEOCushman & Wakefield | PICOR

                                                                                                      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:

                                                                                                      Local:
                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                      Regional:
                                                                                                      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

                                                                                                      National:
                                                                                                      American Society of Real Estate Counselors (CRE); Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) – Member, International Advisory Committee;
                                                                                                      Urban Land Institute – Full member

                                                                                                      Education:
                                                                                                      University of Washington, Bachelor of Science, Forestry Engineering

                                                                                                      • Ryan Harper
                                                                                                        Ryan HarperChief Operating OfficerCarondelet St. Mary's Hospital

                                                                                                        Ryan Harper

                                                                                                        Chief Operating OfficerCarondelet St. Mary's Hospital
                                                                                                        • Ryan Hartman
                                                                                                          Ryan HartmanCEOWorld View

                                                                                                          Ryan Hartman

                                                                                                          CEOWorld View

                                                                                                          Ryan Hartman serves as CEO of World View, leading the company’s transformation from technology development to scaled operations and productization, with a key focus on delivering customer value.

                                                                                                          Prior to joining World View, Mr. Hartman served as President and CEO of Insitu, a pioneer in the design, development and manufacturing of unmanned aircraft systems for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in military and commercial applications. Mr. Hartman brings over 20 years of experience in unmanned flight systems and aerial remote sensing to World View.

                                                                                                          In addition to his tenure at Insitu, Mr. Hartman previously led Raytheon’s Unmanned Systems Directorate of the Advanced Programs Division. He is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), a non-profit organization that manages facilities and airspace for testing UAS to ensure its safe integration into the National Airspace System.

                                                                                                          • Meredith Hay
                                                                                                            Meredith HayFounder & PresidentProNeurogen, Inc.

                                                                                                            Meredith Hay

                                                                                                            Founder & PresidentProNeurogen, Inc.

                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                            • Brandt Hazen
                                                                                                              Brandt HazenPresidentHazen Enterprises, Inc.

                                                                                                              Brandt Hazen

                                                                                                              PresidentHazen Enterprises, Inc.

                                                                                                              Brandt serves as President of Hazen Enterprises, a firm that owns and manages commercial properties.  He is past president of the Tucson Conquistadors and a current member and is Chair of Intermountain Centers for Human Development. He is a graduate of Georgetown University with a BA in English.

                                                                                                              Brandt and his wife, Vicki, have three children.  Brant’s interests include golf and airplanes.

                                                                                                              • Ernie Jones
                                                                                                                Ernie JonesSenior DirectorComcast

                                                                                                                Ernie Jones

                                                                                                                Senior DirectorComcast
                                                                                                                • Duff Hearon
                                                                                                                  Duff HearonCEOAshland Group

                                                                                                                  Duff Hearon

                                                                                                                  CEOAshland Group

                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                    Margaret HepburnPresident & CEOSierra Vista Regional Legacy Foundation

                                                                                                                    Margaret Hepburn

                                                                                                                    President & CEOSierra Vista Regional Legacy Foundation

                                                                                                                    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 Hill
                                                                                                                      Todd HillVice President, Arizona Regional ManagerGranite Construction Company

                                                                                                                      Todd Hill

                                                                                                                      Vice President, Arizona Regional ManagerGranite Construction Company

                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                      • Ted Hinderaker
                                                                                                                        Ted HinderakerPartnerHinderaker, Rauh & Weisman

                                                                                                                        Ted Hinderaker

                                                                                                                        PartnerHinderaker, Rauh & Weisman

                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                        Education:
                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                        • John Hudak
                                                                                                                          John HudakPrincipal & CEO3rd Level Strategy+Consulting

                                                                                                                          John Hudak

                                                                                                                          Principal & CEO3rd Level Strategy+Consulting

                                                                                                                          In 2016, after nearly three decades of helping to grow Madden Media, John took a buyout and started 3rd Level Strategy+Consulting. John also serves as Publisher of Tucson Lifestyle Magazine.

                                                                                                                          During his career John served on the Board of Directors for the US Travel Association, the California Travel Association, the Texas Tourism Industry Association, and the Southeast Tourism Society. John was a frequent speaker at industry conferences, and has been honored with numerous tourism and media industry awards, including Shining Example Award from the Southeast Tourism Society, Ambassador Award from Travel South USA, Media Person of the Year Award from the Southern Arizona Advertising Federation, and Arts Supporter of the Year from the Tucson Pima Arts Council, Alumnus of the Year for the University of Arizona English Department, among others.

                                                                                                                          John’s tenure with Madden was marked by significant contributions in the company’s growth from less than 10 employees to more than 100 employees, with clients in more than 40 states. Under his operational guidance, Madden won hundreds of industry awards for excellence, including the US Travel Association Mercury Award for Best State Travel Guide, the Web Marketing Association Best of Show for Rich Media Advertising as well as Best Travel Advertising for Coop Internet Advertising. Madden has also won a Copper Cactus Award in Arizona for “Best Place to Work” for businesses with 75-250 employees.

                                                                                                                          John serves on numerous nonprofit boards, and was a founder and past president of four non-profit organizations in arts and education. John continues to garner recognition for his volunteer work and philanthropic activities.

                                                                                                                          • David Hutchens
                                                                                                                            David HutchensPresident & CEOTucson Electric Power

                                                                                                                            David Hutchens

                                                                                                                            President & CEOTucson Electric Power

                                                                                                                            David Hutchens

                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                            • Dan Janes
                                                                                                                              Dan JanesCEOMadden Media

                                                                                                                              Dan Janes

                                                                                                                              CEOMadden Media

                                                                                                                              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 38+ years, Madden Media has been part of Tucson, employing over 100 people and attracting clients from throughout the country.

                                                                                                                              Dan is a successful entrepreneur and early-stage investor. Dan co-­founded, 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.

                                                                                                                              • Caroline Janjic
                                                                                                                                Caroline JanjicChief Operating OfficerIridius Capital, LLC

                                                                                                                                Caroline Janjic

                                                                                                                                Chief Operating OfficerIridius Capital, LLC

                                                                                                                                Caroline Janjic was born and raised in Neenah, WI, but has called Tucson home since 2001. Caroline has over 15 years of experience in real estate finance, sales and marketing and holds a Masters in Real Estate Development from the University of Arizona. Caroline joined Iridius Capital in 2016 and now serves as their Chief Operating Officer. Iridius Capital is a Tucson based real estate investment company.

                                                                                                                                Active Affiliations: Vice Chair, Urban Land Institute Southern AZ

                                                                                                                                Interests:  Being active and outdoors, traveling the world and spending every minute possible with her husband and two young daughters!

                                                                                                                                • Lynette Jaramillo
                                                                                                                                  Lynette JaramilloCEOCasa de la Luz Hospice

                                                                                                                                  Lynette Jaramillo

                                                                                                                                  CEOCasa de la Luz Hospice

                                                                                                                                  Lynette E. Jaramillo, Chief Executive Officer, has more than 40 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 Supervisor for 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. Soon after, Lynette pursued a lifelong dream and partnered with Agnes C. Poore to found Casa de la Luz Hospice.

                                                                                                                                  Lynette is currently a member of Women at the Top, Charter 100 AZ, Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Community Coalition Healthcare Sector Partnership and the Medical Respite for Homeless Task Force. Recognized throughout her career for excellence, Lynette was named an ‘Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things’ honoree in 2016 by the University of Arizona Eller School of Management and the 2015 Inside Tucson Business Women of Influence ‘Outstanding Entrepreneur.’

                                                                                                                                  In 2019, Casa de la Luz was a recipient of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. Torch Awards are given by the Better Business Bureau to recognize businesses and executives exhibiting integrity in the marketplace and exemplary dedication to advancing trust between businesses and consumers.

                                                                                                                                  • Nancy Johnson
                                                                                                                                    Nancy JohnsonCEOEl Rio Community Health Center

                                                                                                                                    Nancy Johnson

                                                                                                                                    CEOEl Rio Community Health Center

                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                    • Mike Kasser
                                                                                                                                      Mike KasserPresidentHolualoa Companies

                                                                                                                                      Mike Kasser

                                                                                                                                      PresidentHolualoa Companies

                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                      • Richard Kauffman
                                                                                                                                        Richard KauffmanPrincipal and CEOHolualoa Companies

                                                                                                                                        Richard Kauffman

                                                                                                                                        Principal and CEOHolualoa Companies

                                                                                                                                        Richard Kauffman, Principal and Chief Executive Officer, has over 35 years of experience in corporate leadership. Mr. Kauffman has worked in a variety of industries with a focus on finance and operations.

                                                                                                                                        Mr. Kauffman joined Holualoa in 2000. Mr. Kauffman’s previous experience includes assignments as Manager of Corporate Audit for the Tuttle-Click Automotive Group, with dealerships in California and Arizona; Vice President, CFO and Board Member of Factory 2-U, a 40-store discount retailer located in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas; and Manager of Corporate Audit for Campbell Soup Company responsible for worldwide operational and financial audits. Mr. Kauffman began his career with KPMG in Philadelphia, PA.

                                                                                                                                        Mr. Kauffman holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, with Distinction, from the Pennsylvania State University and received his CPA license. Mr. Kauffman is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council and the Urban Land Institute and serves on various Boards of Directors of Holualoa portfolio companies.

                                                                                                                                        • Thomas W. Keating
                                                                                                                                          Thomas W. KeatingPresidentTrailhead Ventures

                                                                                                                                          Thomas W. Keating

                                                                                                                                          PresidentTrailhead Ventures

                                                                                                                                          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!

                                                                                                                                          • Rosey Koberlein
                                                                                                                                            Rosey KoberleinCEOLong Companies

                                                                                                                                            Rosey Koberlein

                                                                                                                                            CEOLong Companies

                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                            • George Krauja
                                                                                                                                              George KraujaDirectorFennemore Craig, PC

                                                                                                                                              George Krauja

                                                                                                                                              DirectorFennemore Craig, PC

                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                              • Wesley Kremer
                                                                                                                                                Wesley KremerPresidentRaytheon Missiles & Defense

                                                                                                                                                Wesley Kremer

                                                                                                                                                PresidentRaytheon Missiles & Defense

                                                                                                                                                Wesley D. Kremer is a Raytheon Company vice president and president of Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a position he assumed on March 30, 2019. Previously, Kremer served as president, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems. Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN), with 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

                                                                                                                                                Previously, Kremer was vice president of the Air and Missile Defense Systems (A&MDS) product line, which consisted of the SM-3®, SM-6®, Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle (EKV) and Redesigned EKV (RKV) Programs, as well as Advanced Kill Vehicles and European Missile Defense efforts.

                                                                                                                                                Earlier, Kremer was the director of the SM-3 program, where he was responsible for the development, testing and production of all variants of the SM-3 missile portfolio. He has also served as the director of Systems Design and Performance Engineering, leading an organization of more than 1,700 engineers responsible for the systems engineering (SE), modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A), guidance, navigation and control (GNC), and signal processing (SP) design for all Missile Systems programs.

                                                                                                                                                Kremer became the general manager of Raytheon’s Advanced Product Center in Dallas in 2006. In this role he was responsible for the execution of the design and production of innovative RF technology solutions, AESA sensors, antennas, composite radomes, and hightemperature composite structures.

                                                                                                                                                Kremer served 11 years in the U.S. Air Force as a weapon systems officer, flying the F-111 and F-15E, with more than 1,500 hours of flight time in fighter aircraft, including over 90 combat sorties in Iraq and Bosnia. He was the first person to be named the top graduate of both the Electronic Warfare Officer course and the Fighter/Bomber course at Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training. Kremer was ranked first of 411 graduates and named as the Air Training Command Navigator of the Year for 1989.

                                                                                                                                                Kremer serves as the chair of the board for Raytheon Emirates.

                                                                                                                                                Kremer received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University and his MBA in engineering technology management from City University of Seattle.

                                                                                                                                                • Joe Kroeger
                                                                                                                                                  Joe KroegerPartnerSnell & Wilmer

                                                                                                                                                  Joe Kroeger

                                                                                                                                                  PartnerSnell & Wilmer

                                                                                                                                                  As a former in-house counsel, Joe Kroeger brings a corporate perspective to the practice of law to best serve the needs of his clients in an effective and cost-efficient manner. His practice focuses heavily on the prevention side of employment claims and positioning problem employment situations for the best possible defense.

                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                                  • Steve Lace
                                                                                                                                                    Steve LaceExecutive Vice PresidentRoyal Automotive Group

                                                                                                                                                    Steve Lace

                                                                                                                                                    Executive Vice PresidentRoyal Automotive Group

                                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                      John LaiPresident & CEOMister Car Wash

                                                                                                                                                      John Lai

                                                                                                                                                      President & CEOMister Car Wash

                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                      • Lee Lambert
                                                                                                                                                        Lee LambertChancellor / CEOPima Community College

                                                                                                                                                        Lee Lambert

                                                                                                                                                        Chancellor / CEOPima Community College

                                                                                                                                                        Lee D. Lambert, J.D., has been Chancellor of Pima Community College since July 2013.

                                                                                                                                                        Throughout his community college career, he has been an innovator in connecting industry and community colleges in order to revitalize communities through educational opportunity in an age marked by rapid technological and demographic change.

                                                                                                                                                        Chancellor Lambert has long held that community colleges such as Pima are instruments of social justice and are uniquely positioned to address systemic educational and economic inequity.

                                                                                                                                                        A graduate of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., Chancellor Lambert appreciates the lifelong value that a Liberal Arts education provides for thousands of our students.

                                                                                                                                                        Chancellor Lambert received a Juris Doctor degree from Seattle University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Evergreen.

                                                                                                                                                        Chancellor Lambert is a U.S. Army veteran. He was born in Seoul, South Korea, grew up on three continents, and graduated from high school in the Olympia, Wash., area.

                                                                                                                                                        • Mike Levin
                                                                                                                                                          Mike LevinExecutive Vice PresidentPort of Tucson

                                                                                                                                                          Mike Levin

                                                                                                                                                          Executive Vice PresidentPort of Tucson
                                                                                                                                                          • John Lewis
                                                                                                                                                            John LewisPresident & CEOCommerce Bank of Arizona

                                                                                                                                                            John Lewis

                                                                                                                                                            President & CEOCommerce Bank of Arizona

                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                            • Matt Lingard
                                                                                                                                                              Matt LingardMarana Site LeaderBayer

                                                                                                                                                              Matt Lingard

                                                                                                                                                              Marana Site LeaderBayer
                                                                                                                                                              • Oscar Lizardi
                                                                                                                                                                Oscar LizardiEquity PartnerRusing Lopez & Lizardi

                                                                                                                                                                Oscar Lizardi

                                                                                                                                                                Equity PartnerRusing Lopez & Lizardi

                                                                                                                                                                Mr. Lizardi has practiced law for 25 years representing lenders, both credit unions and banks, in financing and lending transactions, with an emphasis on real estate related lending.  In addition to the initial lending transaction, Mr. Lizardi has substantial experience representing both lenders and borrowers in negotiating and documenting forbearance and “workout” agreements.  His experience and skills bring a unique prospective to accomplish each client’s goal while mitigating the risk associated with each lending transaction or forbearance and “workout” agreement.  Mr. Lizardi is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated through the Martindale Hubbell®, a Southwest Super Lawyer in Business/Corporate Law, The Best Lawyers in America© Best Lawyer in Corporate Law, and awarded Tucson Business Man of the Year by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2016.

                                                                                                                                                                • Lisa Lovallo
                                                                                                                                                                  Lisa LovalloVice President & Market LeaderCox Communications Southwest Region

                                                                                                                                                                  Lisa Lovallo

                                                                                                                                                                  Vice President & Market LeaderCox Communications Southwest Region

                                                                                                                                                                  Joining Cox in 2008, Lisa Lovallo is responsible for all the Southern Arizona business, public affairs and community relations functions in both Pima and Cochise Counties.

                                                                                                                                                                  Prior to Cox, Lovallo was a District Manager at Procter & Gamble in the Los Angeles market. Lovallo left P&G to start her own business, North American Enterprises, where she spent 14 years building and growing a successful international import and export company.

                                                                                                                                                                  After the sale of North American Enterprises, Lovallo began teaching as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management and served as the Director of Student Advancement and Development. During her tenure at the U of A, Lovallo also ran for the Arizona State Legislature.

                                                                                                                                                                  Lovallo serves on numerous community boards including Sun Corridor, the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Tucson Airport Authority, The University of Arizona College of Science, Tucson Medical Center and the Reid Park Zoo.  In 2017, Lovallo was named a board member of Unisource Energy, a subsidiary of Fortis Inc. and the parent company of Tucson Electric Power.

                                                                                                                                                                  Lovallo was been named “Woman of the Year” by the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, “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. Lovallo has also received the Ray Davies Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tucson Unified School District Foundation and the “Phyllis Ehlinger Women of Excellence Award” from the American Advertising Federation Tucson.

                                                                                                                                                                  Lovallo grew up in Tucson and is a graduate of the University of Arizona.  At the U of A she earned a bachelor’s degree in English, was the Student Body Vice President and played on Arizona’s Women’s basketball team.  Lovallo received her MBA in 2017, from the University of Arizona Eller College of Management and graduated with academic honors (Gamma Beta Sigma).  Lovallo is an avid golfer and loves to travel.

                                                                                                                                                                  • Jason Luckey
                                                                                                                                                                    Jason LuckeySVP, So AZ Commercial Banking Cross Segment Leader, SW DivisionWells Fargo

                                                                                                                                                                    Jason Luckey

                                                                                                                                                                    SVP, So AZ Commercial Banking Cross Segment Leader, SW DivisionWells Fargo
                                                                                                                                                                    • Steve Lynn
                                                                                                                                                                      Steve LynnChief Strategy OfficerNuPOINT Marketing

                                                                                                                                                                      Steve Lynn

                                                                                                                                                                      Chief Strategy OfficerNuPOINT Marketing

                                                                                                                                                                      Steve serves as Chief Strategy Officer for NuPOINT 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

                                                                                                                                                                      • Clint Mabie
                                                                                                                                                                        Clint MabiePresident & CEOCommunity Foundation for Southern AZ

                                                                                                                                                                        Clint Mabie

                                                                                                                                                                        President & CEOCommunity Foundation for Southern AZ

                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                        • Patrick Marcus
                                                                                                                                                                          Patrick MarcusPresidentMarcus Engineering

                                                                                                                                                                          Patrick Marcus

                                                                                                                                                                          PresidentMarcus Engineering

                                                                                                                                                                          Dr. Patrick Marcus is the president of Marcus Engineering, LLC.  His company supports product development, project management and instrumentation development for a variety of industries with a preferential focus on medical devices and medical instrumentation.

                                                                                                                                                                          Dr. Marcus’ background includes founding and growing high technology companies and he is well versed in operations, infrastructure development, IT, and managing engineering organizations in small companies. He also has extensive experience in electronics, scientific imaging, biotechnology, neuroprosthetics and solar.

                                                                                                                                                                          Dr. Marcus teaches, mentors, and servers on advisory boards for the University of Arizona, College of Engineering, Arizona Center for Innovation, and SALSA (Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance) in the Department of Surgery at U of A. Dr. Marcus is passionate about the success of his community and enjoys rich involvement in AZBio(Arizona Bioindustry Association), BioSA (Bioindustry Organization of Arizona), AOIA (Arizona Optics Industry Association), Startup Tucson,  and the Arizona Technology Council.  He is also a proud graduate of the prestigious Flinn / Brown Arizona Civic Leadership Academy

                                                                                                                                                                          Dr. Marcus earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering and BS in Electrical Engineering with Honors, Cum Laude from the University of Arizona. He is a graduate of the McGuire Entrepreneurship Program at the Eller College of Management, University of Arizona.

                                                                                                                                                                          Outside of Marcus Engineering, Dr. Marcus enjoys creating public sculptures that integrate solar powered displays of light located around the country (www.solarsculptures.com).  He is a public art sculpture designer and engineering resource for local artists. He is active in several engineering fraternal organizations and enjoys salsa dancing with his wife, Elizabeth.

                                                                                                                                                                          • Edmund Marquez
                                                                                                                                                                            Edmund MarquezAgent, PrincipalThe Edmund Marquez Allstate Agencies

                                                                                                                                                                            Edmund Marquez

                                                                                                                                                                            Agent, PrincipalThe Edmund Marquez Allstate Agencies

                                                                                                                                                                            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 McCallister, Jr.
                                                                                                                                                                              Ross McCallister, Jr.PrincipalMC Companies

                                                                                                                                                                              Ross McCallister, Jr.

                                                                                                                                                                              PrincipalMC Companies

                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                              • Fletcher McCusker
                                                                                                                                                                                Fletcher McCuskerCEOUAVENTURE CAPITAL, LLC

                                                                                                                                                                                Fletcher McCusker

                                                                                                                                                                                CEOUAVENTURE CAPITAL, LLC

                                                                                                                                                                                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 McDonald
                                                                                                                                                                                  Michael McDonaldCEOCommunity Food Bank of Southern Arizona

                                                                                                                                                                                  Michael McDonald

                                                                                                                                                                                  CEOCommunity Food Bank of Southern Arizona

                                                                                                                                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                                                                    Ian McDowellVice President & Regional Director, TucsonSundt Construction

                                                                                                                                                                                    Ian McDowell

                                                                                                                                                                                    Vice President & Regional Director, TucsonSundt Construction

                                                                                                                                                                                    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 McGovern
                                                                                                                                                                                      Tom McGovernPrincipal EmeritusPSOMAS

                                                                                                                                                                                      Tom McGovern

                                                                                                                                                                                      Principal EmeritusPSOMAS

                                                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                        David MehlPresidentCottonwood Properties, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                        David Mehl

                                                                                                                                                                                        PresidentCottonwood Properties, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                        • Omar Mireles
                                                                                                                                                                                          Omar MirelesPresidentHSL Properties, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Omar Mireles

                                                                                                                                                                                          PresidentHSL Properties, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                          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.

                                                                                                                                                                                          • Mark Mistler
                                                                                                                                                                                            Mark MistlerCEOBBVA Compass Bank

                                                                                                                                                                                            Mark Mistler

                                                                                                                                                                                            CEOBBVA Compass Bank

                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                            • Ed Moomjian
                                                                                                                                                                                              Ed MoomjianOwnerMoomjian Law Firm PLLC

                                                                                                                                                                                              Ed Moomjian

                                                                                                                                                                                              OwnerMoomjian Law Firm PLLC

                                                                                                                                                                                              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)

                                                                                                                                                                                              Community Involvement
                                                                                                                                                                                              Southern Arizona Leadership Council
                                                                                                                                                                                              Volunteer Lawyers Program
                                                                                                                                                                                              Junior Achievement of Arizona, Inc., Board Member (2010-2013)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Former Hearing Officer, Marana Unified School District

                                                                                                                                                                                              • Dan Neff
                                                                                                                                                                                                Dan NeffChairman of the BoardM3 Engineering & Technology

                                                                                                                                                                                                Dan Neff

                                                                                                                                                                                                Chairman of the BoardM3 Engineering & Technology

                                                                                                                                                                                                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!

                                                                                                                                                                                                • Steve Odenkirk
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Steve OdenkirkExecutive VP, Southern Region ManagerAlliance Bank of Arizona

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Steve Odenkirk

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Executive VP, Southern Region ManagerAlliance Bank of Arizona
                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Hank Peck
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hank PeckVice PresidentLos Charros Foundation

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hank Peck

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Vice PresidentLos Charros Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Tony Penn
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tony PennPresident & CEOUnited Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Tony Penn

                                                                                                                                                                                                      President & CEOUnited Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

                                                                                                                                                                                                      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 Sun Corridor.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Donald Pitt
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Donald PittPresidentCornerstone Capital Management

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Donald Pitt

                                                                                                                                                                                                        PresidentCornerstone Capital Management

                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Manuel Ramos
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Manuel RamosAsarco (ret.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Manuel Ramos

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Asarco (ret.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Manuel Ramos 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 is now retired and 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 was 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!”

                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Eric Renaud
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eric RenaudPresident & CEOPima Federal Credit Union

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Eric Renaud

                                                                                                                                                                                                            President & CEOPima Federal Credit Union

                                                                                                                                                                                                            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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Barbi Reuter
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Barbi ReuterPresident / PrincipalCushman & Wakefield | PICOR

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Barbi Reuter

                                                                                                                                                                                                              President / PrincipalCushman & Wakefield | PICOR

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Barbi Reuter’s affiliation with Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR began with the firm’s opening in 1985, becoming a principal in 1992. Following three years as chief operating officer, she was named President in 2017, leading the employee-owned commercial real estate firm’s activity in southern Arizona. Active in community and industry efforts, she writes and presents on commercial real estate social media and technology and edits PICOR Connect, the firm’s commercial real estate blog. She serves on the boards of the Tucson Metro Chamber, YMCA of Southern Arizona, Tucson Girls Chorus, and is an Advisory Board member for Real Estate Tech News and TREND Report. Previously, Barbi founded the firm’s Property Management Division, taking it to the lead in market share and directed the Division until 2007 managing office, medical, industrial and retail space. Barbi has also served as court-appointed Receiver in both County and Federal courts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Judy Rich
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Judy RichPresident and CEOTMC Healthcare

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Judy Rich

                                                                                                                                                                                                                President and CEOTMC Healthcare

                                                                                                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cody RitchiePresidentCrest Insurance Group

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cody Ritchie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PresidentCrest Insurance Group

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Robert Robbins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Robert RobbinsPresidentUniversity of Arizona

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Robert Robbins

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PresidentUniversity of Arizona

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      John-Paul RoczniakPresident & CEOUA Foundation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      John-Paul Roczniak

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      President & CEOUA Foundation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Nannon Roosa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nannon RoosaPresidentCATS Tonometer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nannon Roosa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PresidentCATS Tonometer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nannon Roosa leads activities to support overall business objectives for CATS Tonometer, LLC. Nannon’s unique skill set including leadership, strategic planning, project management, financial management, investor relations and growth activities are derived from a career spanning a wide range of consulting and entrepreneurial endeavors. Nannon has over 20 years of experience leading and managing client services and business development activities with PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, and CliftonLarsonAllen. Most recently, from 2010 -2015 Nannon was the University of Arizona’s Eller MBA Consulting Program Director where she led MBA student/faculty teams to execute 97 projects in all areas of business for fortune 500 clients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nannon is a Desert Angel Board Member and a “Top 40 Under 40” awardee.  She volunteers in the Tucson community as Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum Investment Committee Member (former Treasurer) and member of the Tucson Make-A-Wish Ambassador Board.  Nannon is also past president and member of the Executive Connection Networking group.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Nannon is a Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP©), and a Certified Medical Practice Executive (CMPE) designation from the MGMA, or Medical Group Management Association. She earned a B.S. in Business Administration (Major – Accounting) from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) and a Masters in Tax from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Steve Rosenberg
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Steve RosenbergPublisher / OwnerBizTucson Magazine

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Steve Rosenberg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Publisher / OwnerBizTucson Magazine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Aaron Rottenstein
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aaron RottensteinVice President - Wealth ManagementUBS/Rottenstein Wealth Management

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aaron Rottenstein

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Vice President - Wealth ManagementUBS/Rottenstein Wealth Management

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aaron is a Wealth Advisor and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ at UBS Financial Services, Inc, based in Tucson, Arizona. Aaron specializes in supporting a diverse clientele, bringing world-class investment consulting and wealth management services to retirement and pension plans, non- profit organizations, foundations, endowments, growing businesses, and select private clients.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Prior to returning to his childhood home of Tucson, Arizona and joining UBS, Aaron served as a senior aide on Capitol Hill for the Joint Economic Committee of Congress (JEC) and as a high-level advisor to key members of the Senate Banking Committee and House Financial Services Committee. At the age of 24, and during the heart of the global financial crisis, Aaron was named as the Press Secretary for the JEC, making him one of the youngest ever to serve in such a high profile role on Capitol Hill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In 2012, Aaron was recognized nationally within UBS and was selected to participate in the national New Financial Advisors Leadership Forum at the firm’s national headquarters. Aaron has also successfully completed the UBS Wealth Advisor Program, a highly-selective national development program for proven leaders in the wealth management field who have demonstrated the ability and desire to master the most contemporary and advanced investment and wealth management skills to benefit the firm’s clientele.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aaron is a native Tucsonan who received his Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Arizona. In 2015, Aaron was honored as one of Southern Arizona’s 40 under 40. He serves as a trustee of the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona where he is also a member of the investment committee, and serves as an officer on the board of directors and as the Treasurer of Social Venture Partners Tucson. Aaron is active with the University of Arizona Alumni Association, the Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity and numerous other local non-profits throughout Southern Arizona. He is married to Stephanie Bowers, a skilled nursing physical therapist in Tucson; and is the proud father of two – his son, Ezra, and his daughter, Alice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Warren Rustand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Warren RustandCEOTycon, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Warren Rustand

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              CEOTycon, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Eduardo Saavedra
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eduardo SaavedraExecutive Vice President, Business DevelopmentTetakawi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eduardo Saavedra

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Executive Vice President, Business DevelopmentTetakawi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Eduardo Saavedra is Executive Vice President of Business Development for Tetakawi, formerly known as The Offshore Group, and headquartered here in Tucson.  Eduardo is an engineering graduate of the University of Arizona, a resident of our State for over 45 years, and is now completing his 19th year with Tetakawi which is currently the largest private employer in the State of Sonora, employs nearly 20,000 people in Mexico and 120 in the U.S.  For the past 35 years, Eduardo’s career has focused largely on helping U.S., Canadian, and European manufacturers launch, operate and thrive in Mexico, and in his various roles has helped bridge social, business, and trade gaps that companies face when they expand their footprints into a foreign country like Mexico.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Calline Sanchez
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Calline SanchezVice President, Systems Lab ServicesIBM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Calline Sanchez

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Vice President, Systems Lab ServicesIBM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SALC member Calline Sanchez serves as Vice President, IBM Enterprise Systems Storage.  In this role Calline is responsible for worldwide development of IBM’s Enterprise Storage Systems including DS8000, Physical/Virtual Tape, and back up/archive solutions.  Prior to this role, she was Vice President of IBM Systems Storage Program Management.  Calline led a worldwide team of program managers, engineers and scientists representing locations worldwide to deliver the IBM Systems Storage Product Portfolio. Her execution focus is to deliver the best of breed technology products/solutions to the marketplace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In 2011, as the IBM Data Protection and Retention Development Director, Calline led the Backup System Strategy enabling the Virtual and Physical Tape teams. Prior to this position as the Enterprise Disk Storage Development Director she led the transformation to improve execution and substantiate a foundation for delivering IBM Enterprise Disk into the marketplace.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  In 2008, Calline was on temporary assignment at IBM Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, New York. The role consisted of learning from Nick Donofrio, Executive Vice President and champion supporting IBM’s technical community worldwide. Visiting 30+ countries in this role, she engaged in projects that NMD led within Innovation, Technology, Government Programs, Corporate Citizenship, IBM Research, and Education.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Calline began her career with IBM in 1999 as a co-op in Markov Chain Statistical Tools and accepted a full time position with the Storage tools team. As the team lead, Calline contributed significantly to the development of assertion based models and coded in C for FCP, SCSI, and FICON interfaces for both disk and tape products. She has B.S.B.A. in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona, B.A. in Communications from the University of Arizona, and an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from the same university.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Calline is pleased to be a member of SALC, and serves on SALC’s Innovation Economy Focus Area committee.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Michael Sarabia
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Michael SarabiaCEODSW Commercial Real Estate LLC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Michael Sarabia

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CEODSW Commercial Real Estate LLC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Joseph Scheeren
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Joseph ScheerenPresident & CEOCritical Path Institute

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Joseph Scheeren

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      President & CEOCritical Path Institute

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Scheeren started his pharmaceutical industry career in 1982 with Servier in Paris, responsible for Regulatory Affairs Northern and Eastern Europe, and Clinical Development in Munich from 1986 – 1987. In 1991, he was appointed Head of Worldwide Regulatory Affairs at Serono, Geneva. In 1992, he took over responsibility of the Global Regulatory Affairs department of Roussel UCLAF in Paris.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      In 1996, he moved to New Jersey to head the Global Marketed Product Regulatory Affairs Department of Hoechst Marion Roussel. After the merger with Rhone Poulenc Rorer in 2000, he was nominated to a similar position.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Scheeren joined Bayer Pharmaceuticals as Senior Vice President, Head of Global Regulatory Affairs (GRA), in 2004, responsible for development in the US and in 2009 became Site Head US in Montville, NJ. In 2012, he assumed in addition to his responsibilities as Head of GRA, the position of Head of Global Development Asia in Beijing and in 2015, was appointed Head of GRA Pharma and Consumer Care of Bayer Healthcare, Basel. In January 2018, he was appointed Senior Advisor R&D, Bayer AG in Berlin and left Bayer AG at the end of 2018.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Since January 2019, he is Adjunct Professor at Peking University for Regulatory Sciences in the Department of Clinical Research. In April 2019 he was nominated as the President and CEO of the Critical Path Institute in Tucson, Arizona.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Scheeren holds many memberships and designations, serving on Advisory Boards at the Center for Innovation in Regulatory Science, the Regulatory Affairs track at Yale University, the Center of Regulatory Excellence in Singapore. He is also a foreign member of the Academie Nationale de Pharmacie, France, and a lecturer at Yale University. Dr. Scheeren studied pharmacy at the University of Leiden.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Si Schorr
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Si SchorrPartnerLewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Si Schorr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PartnerLewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Professional Activities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Community Activities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Special Recognition
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mr. Schorr is listed in the current editions of The Best Lawyers in America and Southwest Super Lawyers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bar Affiliations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Mr. Schorr is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the Pima County Bar Association.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Education
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Brooklyn Law School, LL.B., 1953.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Jeremy Sharpe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jeremy SharpeChief Operating OfficerRancho Sahuarita

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Jeremy Sharpe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chief Operating OfficerRancho Sahuarita

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As the Chief Operating Officer 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ronald E. Shoopman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ronald E. ShoopmanImmediate Past ChairArizona Board of Regents

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Ronald E. Shoopman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Immediate Past ChairArizona Board of Regents
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Matt Siegel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matt SiegelManaging DirectorCBRE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matt Siegel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Managing DirectorCBRE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matt Siegel serves as Managing Director and Market Leader for CBRE’s Tucson office, where he drives CBRE’s operations and strategy in alignment with the broader Arizona strategy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matt comes to CBRE from the Texas Rangers professional baseball organization, where he managed their minor league affiliate, the Arizona League Rangers, and oversaw day-to-day operations of the club’s training facility in Surprise, Arizona. Prior to this, Matt coached baseball at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Texas Christian University and the University of Arizona. Matt began his professional career with NAI Robert Lynn in Dallas in 2006, representing tenants and property owners in the leasing of industrial and flex space. In 2008, he went on to lease an office portfolio comprised of over 1 million square feet of office space for Red Oak Realty in Fort Worth, before joining NAI Robert Lynn’s Fort Worth Branch in 2010 as an office tenant representative.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matt is a graduate of the University of Florida, where he received a Bachelor of Science in business administration-finance, a minor in economics and a history degree.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matt enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Keri Silvyn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Keri SilvynAttorney / OwnerLazarus & Silvyn, PC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Keri Silvyn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Attorney / OwnerLazarus & Silvyn, PC

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Keri Silvyn is a zoning and land use attorney whose practice, Lazarus & Silvyn, 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Neil Simon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Neil SimonPartnerVenture West, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Neil Simon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PartnerVenture West, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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 Smallhouse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sarah SmallhousePresidentThomas R. Brown Foundation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sarah Smallhouse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PresidentThomas R. Brown Foundation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sarah Smallhouse is President of the Brown Foundations in Tucson. Their focus areas are STEM education, Economics education, Workforce Development and Civic Leadership. Significant grant recipients include the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Literacy Connects, the YWCA of Southern Arizona, and the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership in partnership with the Flinn Foundation.  University of Arizona grants include support for student scholarships, research, and community outreach programs such as professional development for K-12 teachers in math and economics, K-12 enrichment programs  such as the Cooper Center and the School Garden Program, and community forums on the political economy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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 an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. She has served on the boards of several departments at the UA and the College of Science, TREO, C-Path,  and the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center. She is a current member of the SALC board and co-chairs the governance committee. She is a past chair of the University of Arizona Foundation Board and co-chaired the Arizona Now capital campaign. She and her husband, David, have two children, Tom and Laura.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Teri Spencer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Teri SpencerPresident & CEOEphibian, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Teri Spencer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      President & CEOEphibian, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Carol Stewart
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Carol StewartAssociate Vice PresidentTech Parks Arizona

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Carol Stewart

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Associate Vice PresidentTech Parks Arizona
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Cristie Street
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cristie StreetCEONextrio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cristie Street

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CEONextrio

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cristie Street co-founded Nextrio sixteen years ago and serves as the managing partner of this Tucson-based IT consulting firm of more than 40 IT professionals.   With Street at the helm, Nextrio has been recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing businesses in the US and recently was one of two Arizona-based companies to rank in the top 500 of IT service providers worldwide.  Last year, Cristie was honored to be named “Woman of the Year” by Greater Tucson Leadership for her community involvement.  She was also named “Business Leader of the Year” in 2012 by the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce and was recognized with the “Sonoran Spirit Award” at the Governor’s 2014 State of the State Address.  In addition to helping small and mid-sized organizations improve their technology and accelerate productivity, Cristie underwrites and volunteers with many civic organizations including the Ronald McDonald House, Social Venture Partners, Youth on their Own, Tucson Jewish Community Center, Arizona Public Media and the Rothschild Fund for Civic Innovation.  As a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, Charter 100, Women at the Top and the Breakfast Club of Tucson, Cristie doubles-down her investment in mentoring women into careers in technology, while still managing to wrangle 6-year old Liam and 12-year old Scarlett, with her perfect match in life and business – husband Bill Street.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Phillip Swaim
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Phillip SwaimPrincipalSwaim Associates Architects

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Phillip Swaim

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            PrincipalSwaim Associates Architects

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Phil Swaim serves as president of Swaim Associates, LTD, a 20 person architectural firm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A Tucson native, Phil grew up with his father, Bob, also an architect who started the firm in 1969, and mother, Donna, a teacher at the UA for 50 years. Phil went away to attend the University of Oregon, and after graduation lived in Denver, Colorado. After being involved in Denver’s booming downtown, he returned to Tucson to join his father at Swaim Associates in 1985 and became president of the firm in 1992.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Phil feels his membership in SALC is a natural fit, as for 50 years Swaim Associates has been involved in a wide range of projects to help create our community including:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Education, from early childhood through high school, and universities across the country to help inspire learning. Swaim also completed a K-12 school in Jamaica.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Health care, from clinics to hospitals with a focus on wellness.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Sports, from Kino soccer and Roadrunners hockey to U of A softball and football.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Commercial, from World View, TEP and Caterpillar to Vector Launch, creating a vibrant economy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Downtown, from Unisource and the Tucson Convention Center to the AC Hotel, developing a thriving urban environment.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Swaim Associates has received many awards over the years, and they are very proud of the five Architect of the Year Awards from the American Institute of Architects and the Cornerstone Foundation, and over 15 Metropolitan Pima Alliance Common Ground Awards, demonstrating recognition from their peers and the strength of their collaboration with the community.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As well as his membership in SALC, Phil’s involvement in the community includes Tucson Airport Authority, City Planning Commission, City Climate Change Committee, The Salvation Army, YMCA, United Way, and assisting with youth soccer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In addition to architecture, Phil is passionate about his wife, Sabrina, and daughter, Kelly, and can often be found cycling, hiking, skiing and traveling to new adventures.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Matt Sweger
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matt SwegerPartnerLewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matt Sweger

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              PartnerLewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matt Sweger is a partner in Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s Business Transactions practice group. His practice focuses on corporate and finance transactions, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, capital raising, and formation of new businesses. He also acts as outside general counsel to clients on a range of corporate governance and general commercial matters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matt’s clients operate in a wide range of industries, including health care, real estate development and investment, research and development, financial services, software, defense, manufacturing, wholesale, retail, professional services, construction and transportation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Matt is an elected member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA in the areas of corporate law and mergers and acquisitions since 2015. He was also named “Lawyer of the Year” in 2018 and 2020 by Best Lawyers in America in the area of corporate law. Matt received his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and his B.A. from Washington & Jefferson College.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Greg Taylor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Greg TaylorRegional Vice President of Community AffairsAZ Complete Health

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Greg Taylor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Regional Vice President of Community AffairsAZ Complete Health

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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 AZ Complete Health. 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Richard Underwood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Richard UnderwoodPresidentAAA Landscape

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Richard Underwood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  PresidentAAA Landscape

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Steve Utter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Steve UtterDirectorEmpire Southwest

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Steve Utter

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    DirectorEmpire Southwest
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    • Kip Volpe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kip VolpeVice President/TreasurerThe Estes Company

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kip Volpe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Vice President/TreasurerThe Estes Company

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Eric Walk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eric WalkChief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical & Scientific AffairsVentana Medical Systems, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eric Walk

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical & Scientific AffairsVentana Medical Systems, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Chad Whelan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chad WhelanCEOBanner - University Medicine Tucson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chad Whelan

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          CEOBanner - University Medicine Tucson

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Prior to moving to Tucson, Whelan spent his entire life in the midwest, mostly the Chicago area.  Professionally, he is an academic physician executive who most recently served as Professor at Loyola’s Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, with 20+ years teaching residents & students.  Whelan has held several leadership positions in academic medical centers and in a large national health system.  He previously was the president of Loyola University Medical Center, where he was responsible for the 550 bed hospital and 25 ambulatory clinic sites with 700 employed physicians and 4,500 employees.  Prior to becoming president, Whelan served as senior vice president and chief medical officer.  His background also includes multiple leadership and clinical roles at Loyola and the University of Chicago Medicine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Throughout his career, Dr. Whelan has been actively involved in teaching residents and medical students, as well as the oversight of graduate medical education programs. He achieved the rank of professor of medicine at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and has published multiple academic papers and serves on numerous national committees.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dr. Whelan earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and holds master’s degrees in public health and business administration from the University of Michigan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Greg White
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Greg White

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Greg White


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gregory (Greg) J. White is past vice president of Finance at Raytheon Missile Systems. In that role he was responsible for all business organization, product line, and functional business planning and reporting. White directed 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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Prior to this in his 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Julie WilliamsVice President, So. AZ DivisionSouthwest Gas Corporation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Julie Williams

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Vice President, So. AZ DivisionSouthwest Gas Corporation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Judy WoodCEOContact One Call Center, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Judy Wood

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                CEOContact One Call Center, Inc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Bruce Wright
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bruce WrightAssociate Vice President for University Research Parks (ret.)Tech Parks Arizona

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Bruce Wright

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Associate Vice President for University Research Parks (ret.)Tech Parks Arizona

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Now retired, Bruce served as Associate Vice President for Tech Parks Arizona at the University of Arizona through 2018, responsible for the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park (UA Tech Park) and the UA Tech Park at the Bridges. He is 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Steve ZiehmerCEORincon Research Corporation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Steve Ziehmer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CEORincon Research Corporation