Alexi Venneri: From Kitchen Table to Enterprise

by Steven G. Zylstra

Alexi Venneri was born an entrepreneur. She lost her mother at a very young age, so she took the lead with her younger brothers while her father worked long hours as a doctor. Inspired by the stories she’d grown up hearing of the businesses her grandfather built and how depressions and wars didn’t deter him,… [More]

Bassel Osmani Masters ‘The Art of Eating Healthy’

by Robyn Moore

More than two decades ago, three Arizona State University students teamed up to open a health food restaurant called Pita Jungle, and today, it stands as the go-to spot for delicious, mindful cuisine with 20 locations throughout Arizona, half of which are franchises. The latest opening at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport took the concept… [More]

Daehee Park, Waking Up the Sleep Industry

by Andrea Kalmanovitz

Just seven short years ago, Daehee Park met JT Marino through a mutual professor at Penn State. Both had big dreams and aspirations that aligned and, today, those dreams have manifested into a $170-million national company headquartered right in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. As a Silicon Valley entrepreneur at the time, Park was a… [More]

Don Fechter: Innovating Solutions through Cambridge Benefit Solutions

by Kari Pieratt

Don Fechter, president of Cambridge Benefit Solutions, started the company in 1998 with a drive and determination to support businesses with meaningful, valuable and relevant benefit offerings. It’s been Fechter’s comprehensive support of business owners, helping them make informed decisions for affordable, long-term, sustainable healthcare offerings, that has propelled his company to be a top… [More]

Glenn Hickman: Advancing Sustainability at Family’s Farm Enterprise

by Claire Natale

Glenn Hickman, president of Hickman’s Family Farms, comes from a long line of innovators. In the 1940s, the first generation of Hickman’s Family Farms, Nell Hickman — along with her husband, Guy — began their backyard chicken coop with 500 chickens and a back-porch store. A savvy businesswoman, Nell used her hens’ freshly laid eggs… [More]

Patterson and Clifford: Clear Vision for Clear Title Agency

by Gabe Rushing

Clear Title Agency of Arizona, an industry leader in commercial and residential title and escrow services, continues fast-paced growth in its 10th year of operation. Bart Patterson, chief executive officer of Clear Title Agency of Arizona, started the title company with great confidence, experience and knowledge riding on the heels of two previous successful business… [More]

Alana Mann: Diversity Proved Key in Developing the Legacy Company

by Courtney Merz

Residential real estate development, building and investing has, historically, been a male-dominated industry, so for Alana Mann, owner and president of Scottsdale-based The Statesman Group, it’s been all about changing people’s perspectives. In the late 1990s, Mann took the helm of U.S. operations for her family’s 40-year-old business and was tasked with moving the real… [More]

Ryan Sarbinoff: Building Successful Investment Sales Agents

by Gina Relva

Marcus & Millichap, a national leader in commercial real estate investment sale, financing, research and advisory services, has brought in Ryan Sarbinoff as regional manager of its Phoenix office. Taking the helm as vice president/regional manager, Sarbinoff comes in with a vibrant outlook for the future of the Arizona market. Sarbinoff previously led the Marcus… [More]

Jan Wichayanuparp: Making Ice Cream Social

by Sophie Lapkin

Jan Wichayanuparp started her career in a very different place from where she is today as co-founder and “chief ice cream hustler” for her artisan ice cream shop, Sweet Republic. Before opening the first location in 2008, Wichayanuparp served as vice president of Asia Pacific Equity Capital Markets at Citigroup, where she oversaw equity and… [More]

Rick Ueable: Reject Passivity, Stand United, Invest Internally 

by Alison Bailin Batz 

According to Rick Ueable, Foods 2000, Inc. was supposed to be a distant memory well before 2017. Rewind to 1983, when Ueable formally partnered with colleague Ken Clark on a business called Real Investments, a commercial real estate company that was met with great success nationwide … until the fallout from the Tax Reform Act… [More]