Board of Directors
Steve Betts, Chairman - Recently retired CEO of SunCor Development Company, a major developer of commercial, mixed use and master planned community projects throughout the Mountain West, and former land use and governmental affairs attorney with Gallagher and Kennedy. Current Chairman of the Urban Land Institute AZ District Council, Current Chairman of the Teach for America AZ Board, serving on the Greater Phoenix Economic Council Executive Committee, Current Vice-Chairman of the AZ Town Hall
Chairman & CEO of Bashas’, Inc. (Bashas’, AJ’s and Food City Grocery Stores). Previous member of the State of Arizona Board of Regents.
Jerry Colangelo - Chairman of USA Basketball. Former owner of the Phoenix Suns and the AZ Diamondbacks. Current Chair and Inductee of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and four time NBA Executive of the Year.
Mike Gallagher - Attorney, Chaired Committees for both Governor and Mayor to bring NFL football and Major League baseball to the valley. Currently a director of Arizona Public Service Co. and U-Haul. Member Maricopa County Bar Association Hall of Fame.
Rusty Gant - Owner and General Manager of Rancho De Los Caballeros; Past Mayor of the Town of Wickenburg; Board Member – Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce
Joe Hart - Arizona State Mine Inspector; Ten year member of the State of Arizona House of Representatives
- President and Chief Executive Officer of Plaza Companies, one of Arizona’s premier real estate firms specializing in medical facilities, luxury senior living and technology and bioscience facilities. Strategic leadership activities include service as past Chairman of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Executive Board Member of Greater Phoenix Leadership, Chairman of the Banner Health Foundation, a trustee for the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, a board member of the Arizona Community Foundation and Board of Fellows for Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Paul Johnson – CEO of Old World Homes. Paul served as Phoenix Mayor from 1990-1994 and as a member of the Phoenix City Council from 1985-1990. He also served as chairman of the Arizona League of Cities and Towns, and on several regional planning committees.
Jim Pederson - co-founder of the commercial development firm The Pederson Group, and was the Chairman of the Arizona Democratic Party from 2001 to 2005. Jim has served as an officer of Valley Big Brothers, the Mayor’s Sports Advisory Committee, Phoenix Community Alliance and Valley Partnership.
Bill Post – Director, First Solar, Inc. Former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Pinnacle West. Current chairman of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Arizona State University. He also currently serves on the boards of Translational Genomics Research Institute and the Thunderbird School of International Management
Candace Wiest - President and CEO of West Valley Bancorp, Inc, and West Valley National Bank, the West Valley's only locally owned and operated community Bank. Formerly, Candace was the President of Inland Empire National Bank in Riverside, California and was a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2003 to 2008. Candace also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Commerce Authority and is a past Chair for WestMarc.
Larry Brown - Clark County Commissioner. Prior to being elected Commissioner in 2009, Larry Brown served on the Las Vegas City Council for 11 years. Commissioner Brown is the chairman of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
Glenn Christenson - Managing Director for Velstand Investment. Current Chairman of the Nevada Development Authority. Glenn is also the former CFO/CAO for Station Casinos, Inc.
Jan Jones - Senior Vice President of Communications and Government Relations for Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. Jan served two four-year terms as Mayor of Las Vegas, has served as chairwoman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and is the former CEO of Fletcher Jones Management Company.
Kristin McMillan -President and CEO of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
James E. Rogers - Owner, Chairman and CEO of Sunbelt Communication Company (NBC channels in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko, NV; Pocatello, ID; Cheyenne and Casper, WY; Helena, MT and Yuma, AZ and the Fox Channel in Twin Falls, ID). Jim served as chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education for 6 years. He is a one of the top philanthropists in the United States. In 1998 Jim gave $115 million to the University of Arizona School of Law. The Board of Regents promptly named the law school in Jim’s honor.
Anthony Santo - Former Senior Vice President of Operations, Products and Services for Harrah's Entertainment, Inc and Senior Vice President of Western and Mid-South Regions for Caesars Entertainment Inc. Currently a consultant to the Hospitality and Gaming Industry in Las Vegas.