AZBio Leadership Featured in AZBusiness Leaders Publication

Arizona’s healthcare and life science leaders share insights in the inaugural edition of AZBusiness Leaders


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A publication of AZ BIG Media, AZ Business Leaders compiles the profiles of 400 top executives to honor visionary Arizona leaders who are making strides in more than 60 industries. Each executive offers business principles and advice on what has made his or her company succeed. These profiles are compiled annually and offer insight into the businesses that drive Arizona’s economy.


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Leaders from across AZBio’s Membership share insights…


  • “Keep those lines of communications open and be sure that credit for good work is delivered regularly and to the right people” ~ Benito Almanza – Arizona market president – Bank of America
  • “Recognize that there have been fundamental changes in how we are doing business going forward…” ~ James Lundy – CEO – Alliance Bank of Arizona


  • Greatest Accomplishment: “Increasing community impact through the Cox Project STEM Initiative, an innovative program to support the great STEM education and workforce opportunities in Arizona” ~ Susan Anable – Vice president public affairs  for the Southwest Region, Cox Communications


  • “A decade of investment has built a solid research foundation for our bioscience sector. As an Industry and a state, we must continue to support these institutions and leverage these investments  to create companies that will move Arizona life science innovations along the path from discovery to development to delivery” ~  Joan Koerber-Walker – President and CEO – Arizona Bioindustry Association (AZBio)
  • ‘The Human Genome will be the medical textbook for the next century and beyond.  By harnessing the power of the human genome, we will provide immeasurable patient benefit while at the same time reducing the time and costs of diagnosis and treatment…” ~ Jeffrey Trent, President and Scientific Director, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
  • “Always remember: ‘Patients are waiting for us.'” ~ Mara G. Aspinall – President and CEO –  Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. a member of the Roche Group

Hospital Administrators

  • “We are a non profit and focused on the needs of our patients, education, and research. All of those turn out to be significant economic drivers and we have seen more growth in Arizona over the past 5 years than in any other sector of the economy.” ~ Wyatt Decker, M.D., Vice President and CEO in Arizona –  Mayo Clinic
  • “Make sure you have a passion for complexity and a high tolerance for ambiguity, and always remember that misery is optional.” ~ Peter Fine – President and CEO – Banner Health
  • As CEO, it’s important to zoom in to understand the minute details of operations, as well as to zoom out to see the organization from the 10,000 foot level.  Balancing the two is difficult and takes discipline.” ~ Judy Rich – President and CEO – TMC HealthCare
  • “Set your sights on what it is you really want to do, and then put some goals in place each year and then begin to mentor other people and seek out mentors – both men and women who can help you understand what it is to  be a leader…”  ~ Linda Hunt – President and CEO  – Dignity Health Arizona
  • “…there are two blessings in life: to be happy at home and happy at work… it is your attitude that paves the road to happiness.”  ~ Robert F. Spetzler, M.D. – Director – Barrow Neurological Institute

Medical Research

  • “Find new ways to work together with other people and organizations, capitalize on complementary strengths and converging interests, and address each other’s goals in a more fundamental way…” ~ Eric Reiman – CEO –  Banner Research
  • “Never be afraid of a challenge.” ~ Keith Stewart – Dean of Research – Mayo Clinic Arizona

Tech/Bio Research

  • “Be bold in commitments you make and do everything in your power to achieve them.  Ethics matters.” ~ Gary Dirks – Director Global Sustainability; director LightWorks – Arizona State University


Congratulations to all of the AZBio Members recognized this year as AZBusiness Leaders including:

  • MaryAnn Guerra, CEO, BioAccel
  • Patty White, President and CEO, St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • Michael Waldrum, President and CEO, University of Arizona Health Network
  • Thomas J. Sadvary, President and CEO, Scottsdale Healthcare
  • Rhonda Anderson, President and CEO, Cardon Children’s Hospital
  • Edgardo Rivera, M.D., Medical Director, Banner MD Anderson
  • Jim Brannon, CEO Banner Medial Group
  • Adrienne C. Schreck, PhD, Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Dirk Karsten Beth, President and CEO, Mission3
  • Joann McMaster, Director, Arizona Center for Innovation
  • Paul Keim, Ph.D., Cowden Endowed Chair of Microbiology, NAU
  • Thomas M. Grogan, M.D., founder and SVP Medical Affairs, Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., a member of the Roche Group
  • Ron Butler, Arizona Managing Partner, EY
  • John F. Lomax, Jr., Partner, Snell and Wilmer
  • Edward F. Novak, Partner, Polsinelli
  • Ari Bai, Shareholder, Polsinelli
  • Charles R. Berry, Shareholder, Polsinelli
  • John S. Cohen, Partner, Snell and Wilmer
  • Dave Elrod, Regional Manager, DPR Construction
  • Barry Broome, President and CEO, GPEC
  • Glenn Hamer, President and CEO, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Sandra Watson, President and CEO, Arizona Commerce Authority
  • Greg Stanton, Mayor, City of Phoenix
  • Michael Crowe, President, Arizona State University
  • Ann Weaver Hart, President, The University of Arizona
  • Brain Mueller, President and CEO, Grand Canyon University
  • David Gullen, M.D., Chair, Flinn Foundation








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