UPCOMING EVENTS

The Arizona Business Leadership Association, Inc. provides its members with the opportunity to pursue excellence through its people and programs.

TOP TIER SPEAKERS SAMPLING

David Lenhardt, President & Chief Operating Officer, PetSmart

Rhoda Olsen, Chief Executive Officer, Great Clips

Robert Meyer, President & Chief Executive Officer, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Dean Kamen, Founder of DEKA Research International, Founder of FIRST

Rick Smith, Cofounder, CEO and Director, Taser International

Barry J. Giarraputo, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller, Apollo Global Management, LLC

Doug Parker, Chairman & CEO, US Airways

Scott Davis, Senior Vice President & Chief Concept Officer, Panera Bread Company

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FROM OUR BLOG

  • 2016 Trend Setter – AzBL Board Member Katie Scardello!

    One of AzBL’s Board Members, Katie Scardello, has been named as one of 10 new Trendsetters for 2016! Read the article below from TRENDS Magazine (along with a photo of Katie at a recent Fresh Start Women’s Foundation Gala):

  • Why It’s Important To Have A 10th Man In Your Organization

    In a pivotal scene in the thriller, World War Z, the Mossad Director, Jurgan Wormbraun, tells Brad Pitt that a key to their success was having a unique person in their organization, the 10th man.  As he noted, “It’s the duty of the 10th man to disagree.” While few organization experience anything as cataclysmic as… Read more

  • 3 Steps To Increase The Success Of Charity

    In the spirit of the recent AzBL presentation by the representatives of Goodwill International & Goodwill of Central Arizona, I can’t help thinking of their success story compared to the suffering of many nonprofits that are constantly at death’s doorstep.  It may be that there are too many charitable causes competing for donations in our… Read more

MEMBER PROFILE

Ford John July 2016 John Ford General Manager / The Westin Phoenix Downtown

As GM of The Westin Phoenix Downtown, I have the good fortune to lead a team of ~ 125 associates at any given time. Our core business of course is what you’d expect from a hotel – that of finding guests to fill our guestrooms and meetings and events to fill our event space. For… Read more


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