Kerry McBay

COO/Arizona Eye Specialists

My professional career has been focused on helping people grow and develop, whether in my past roles with Macy’s and other retail operations or my current COO position with Arizona Eye Specialists.  In the last couple of years we’ve become a top brand at Arizona Eye Specialists because of our commitment to helping our employees articulate what they truly believe, while understanding that great patient service is the key to our success.  The diversity of my experience has also given me a very rich perspective on how important it is to give back to our community.  I’ve been an executive recruiter, an HR director, a trainer, and the developer of a board game for Macy’s employees.  Every once in a while someone out the blue will say, “So, you’re the person that created that game.”  It sounds funny, but I felt it was a great project that culminated in a very positive outcome.

One of the most exciting aspects of working for AES is that it brought me back to the Valley.  Debbie, my wife of 23 years, and I have three children, Brittany (19), Brandon (16), and Brielle (13).  They all lead very full lives and our home can be quite the center of activity sometimes!  In my spare time I love to run, bicycle, play tennis and watch baseball.  My Dad played AAA ball and while we lived in Cincinnati, he took me to the ball park where I actually got to play catch with Dave Concepcion, Pete Rose, and other famous players. What a great experience at such a young age!

I’ve been a member of AzBL for a couple of years and I love it.  Everyone brings their intellectual wealth to the events, with lots of great stories, and I learn something new each time I attend.  The stories are also great.  When someone talks to me about joining AzBL the first thing I tell them is “you can’t miss out on this!”  Most CEOs are very selective about their time, so the fact that we have nearly 200 of them making a commitment to AzBL really says something.  It’s also a group with a lot of warmth and the members really care about each other.  It’s hard to find that in most professional organizations.