Vantage West names new VP

Vantage West Credit Union has named Andrew Downin as its new vice president, marketing and communications.  In his new position, Downin takes a lead role in providing strategic direction as well as managing marketing campaigns, public relations activities, community initiatives and other business development ventures that benefit the membership and the communities served by the credit union.

Downin’s career in the credit union movement spans over 20 years.  Prior to joining Vantage West, he was managing director of research at Filene Research Institute, the U.S. credit union industry’s think tank. Previously, he led product development at SchoolsFirst FCU and was vice president of marketing at Partners FCU.

Miraval Group appoints eight key executives

Eight executives have been appointed to key leadership positions within Miraval Group to oversee the growth and development of Miraval Arizona, Miraval Life in Balance Spas and all future brand expansion including Miraval Austin and Miraval in the Berkshires. 

Formerly the vice president and general manager of Miraval Arizona, Carl Pratt has been appointed vice president of programming. In this role, Pratt oversees the development of signature Miraval experiences, classes, workshops and lectures that uphold the brand’s core values and position the company as a thought leader in the health and wellness industry. 

Cecil Hopper brings over 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry to his role as director of revenue optimization at Miraval Group.  In this position, Hopper oversees leisure sales and revenue optimization of all Miraval resorts and spas to enhance efficiency and maximize profits. 

With more than 25 years of marketing, public relations and communications experience, Jill Harlow joins Miraval Group as director of brand and marketing. In her role, she is responsible for developing the brand identity and spearheading the marketing and communications efforts for all Miraval resorts and spas. 

Jorah Anderson joins Miraval Group as director of sales.  In this position, Anderson develops and executes innovative sales strategies across all Miraval resorts and spas. Anderson comes to Miraval Group with over 17 years of experience in the sales division of the hospitality industry. 

Karen Rieker has been named director of finance and administration of Miraval Group where she is responsible for day-to-day management of the finance and administration functions.

With over 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Marisa Galdi joins Miraval Group as director of talent and culture where she oversees all aspects of the human resources function with an emphasis on colleague engagement.  

Philippe Brenot brings over 30 years of experience as director of retail procurement of Miraval Group. 

After more than 20 years of experience, Simon Marxer joins Miraval Group as director of spas. At Miraval Group, Marxer will use his expertise to oversee all spas and create new and innovative treatments and services that uphold the brand’s long standing position as a pioneer and thought leader in the spa space. 


UA senior named Churchill Scholar

The Winston Churchill Foundation recently awarded University of Arizona student Namrah Habib a 2018 Churchill Scholarship, which provides funding to American students for a year of master’s study in science, mathematics and engineering at the University of Cambridge. Habib was previously awarded a 2017 Astronaut Scholarship by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. 

The Churchill Scholarship allows scholars from both the U.K. and U.S. to work together to advance science and technology. Habib will have the opportunity to perform independent research at Churchill College with future colleagues from around the world. Churchill is the only college at Cambridge that is focused on STEM subjects.

Habib is one of 16 students to receive a 2018 Churchill Scholarship. The awards, worth $50,000 to $60,000 each, cover full tuition, a stipend, travel costs and the chance to apply for a $2,000 special research grant. Habib will pursue a Master of Philosophy in Astronomy at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge. 

C&W | PICOR recognizes 2017 standouts

Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR saluted its 2017 outstanding achievers who were honored at the company’s annual awards luncheon held at the Tucson Country Club at the beginning of the year. Firm leader Barbi Reuter recognized Rebecca Fuentes, SPHR with the President’s Award for Excellence, citing tremendous growth, and stellar community and internal leadership roles.

The annual Winner’s Circle includes the firm’s top three producing commercial real estate agents. 2017’s Top Producer was Robert Glaser, SIOR, CCIM, principal and industrial properties specialist. Glaser is no stranger to production leadership. Rounding out the Winner’s Circle were Richard B. Kleiner, MBA and Greg Furrier, with second and third place production, respectively, frequent top producers during their long tenures with the firm.

2017’s highest producers in each division were also recognized; Industrial:  Robert Glaser, SIOR, CCIM; Retail:  Greg Furrier; Office:  Richard Kleiner, MBA and  Multifamily:  Allan Mendelsberg.

Most Valuable Player recognition went to Angie Benedict, C&W | PICOR’s Accounting Manager and 19-year veteran, while Manager of the Year honors were bestowed on Linda Montes-Cota, RPA, for the fifth time. Brianne Hansen earned the Tenant Relations Award for the highest overall scoring on tenant satisfaction surveys. 

Human Relations Director Rebecca Fuentes recognized Georgia Knoop as the Admin Employee of the Year for her stalwart focus on systems and quality. “Fast Start” recognition went to Daniel Leibsohn in Brokerage and Scott Donovan in property management.


News from Keller Williams Southern Arizona 

David M. Jones, Jr. will assume the role of operating principal for Keller Williams Southern Arizona.

In making the announcement, current operating principal Anthony Azar said David is the right leader for Southern Arizona at the right time. During his 16 years in our industry, he has recruited more than 1,500 agents and coached more than 4,000 others, launched successful market centers, and facilitated impressive increases in productivity while successfully navigating the challenges presented by increased volume.”

Jodi Koch has been promoted to designated broker for Keller Williams Southern Arizona’s eight offices.

The announcement comes from Regional Operating Principal Anthony Azar who said Jodi brings a long history of leadership and success to this position. We are extremely pleased to have her serve our organization in this new capacity, and we know that her energy and expertise will continue to advance our aspiration to be southern Arizona’s real estate company of choice for agents and their customers.”

Sue Cartun, CRS, GRI, E-Pro, Keller Williams Southern Arizona’s owner partner, has been selected for a three-year term as a director of The National Association of REALTORS, America’s largest trade association. She will concurrently serve a one-year term as a member of NAR’s Multiple Listing Issues and Policies Committee.


Dr. Nancy Chen joins UA Department of Pediatrics

Nancy Chen, MD, has joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson and Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center.

Dr. Chen joined the Division of Hospital Medicine as a clinical assistant professor. As a pediatric hospitalist, she will provide care for hospitalized children at Banner Children’s – Diamond Children’s Medical Center. Dr. Chen earned her medical degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. She then completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, and went on to complete a fellowship in pediatric hospital medicine from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Chen is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and has an interest in quality improvement, patient safety and pediatric hospital medicine fellowship education. 


Quail Park of Oro Valley Hires Lori Banzhaf

Quail Park of Oro Valley is proud to have Lori Banzhaf represent our community as the community relations director. Most recently, she was the executive vice president of the Tucson Metro Chamber. Prior to that, Banzhaf worked at the Tucson Medical Center Foundation for four years. From 2002 to 2008, she was the owner of Monsoon Marketing, a Tucson-based event marketing firm.

Quail Park is excited to have Banzhaf as a part of our leadership team.  She brings extensive experience and has been a resident of the Oro Valley community for 13 years.


Robert Medler, IOM, named vice chair 

The Tucson Metro Chamber announced that the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, has appointed Tucson Metro Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs, Robert Medler, IOM, to vice chair the Winter Board of Regents. As vice chair of the board, Medler will help implement the policies created by the Institute’s National Board of Trustees. 

Since its commencement in 1921, the Institute program has educated tens of thousands of association, chamber, and other nonprofit leaders on how to build stronger organizations, better serve their members, and become strong business advocates.  

Institute’s five Boards of Regents serve on behalf of the National Board of Trustees. Each Board of Regents is responsible for recruitment, retention, and marketing of the program nationwide. 

Each regent is an Institute graduate nominated by their peers and will serve for a designated term of up to two years.


FC Tucson names new head coach

FC Tucson recently announced that it named David Cosgrove as the club’s new head coach. Cosgrove is the men’s head coach at Pima Community College, and is the school’s all-time leader in wins during his tenure. Cosgrove is also the director of coaching and a board member at Tucson Soccer Academy. Cosgrove is the third head coach in club history, following in the footsteps of Jon Pearlman and Rick Schantz. Cosgrove will remain at his positions with TSA and Pima Comunity College.

Banner-University Medicine names new leadership

Banner Health announced to its boards, employees and physicians that Larry M. Goldberg will become president of Banner - University Medicine, effective April 30. He replaces the current president, Kathy Bollinger, who will delay her retirement until the end of May to ensure a smooth transition for Banner’s Tucson and Phoenix academic medical centers.