AzBusiness Leaders 2020

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real estate // HOAs

A D. J. COLE Chairman and CEO // CCMC // A


Cole’s career includes 12 years with CCMC, a three-year stretch as Cold Stone Creamery’s chief financial officer during its most significant growth phase and nearly two decades in telecommunications. Cole is a member of ULI and Valley Partnership and serves on the board of Catholic Education Arizona. He also served on Gov. Doug Ducey’s transition team as a member of the Budget Study Committee following Ducey’s 2014 election. Personal strengths: “The ability to focus and prioritize the most important things. Good communication skills and genuine interest in others have helped me build trusting, accountable and loyal teams. I believe every CEO is tasked with connecting strategy, numbers and people to help the organization achieve the aspirations of all its stakeholders.”

B DARIN FISHER Founding owner and managing member // Vision Community Management // C


Born in rural, Upstate New York, Fisher learned the value of hard work and perseverance from his parents at an early age. He put himself through college by working full time and upon graduation started his own consulting practice. He grew his practice while holding high-level financial positions with several top Valley companies. In 2003, he purchased controlling interest in a small management company and rolled his accounting practice into that, forming Vision. Personal strengths: “My greatest strength has been the ability to find, train and motivate amazing team members - and then get out of their way. Our phenomenal growth forced me out of my natural tendencies towards micromanagement and required me to become the big picture dreamer I am now.”

C JOHN KEMPER President // FirstService Residential Arizona // Kemper oversees all aspects of daily operations and is responsible for driving a collaborative effort to grow FirstService Residential’s client base along with colleague growth and retention. Prior to joining FirstService Residential, Kemper spent the past two decades as a leader in the recruiting industry, where he worked with some of the world’s largest and most respected companies. Professional advice: “Get as much knowledge of all facets of the business as you can. This means learning the operations side, back office functions and business development. Adopt a ‘service’ mindset and get as much leadership training as you can. Always be willing to grow and adapt to the changing needs of your customers.”


D LINDA LANG President and CEO // Arizona Association of Community Managers // Led by her entrepreneurial spirit, Lang founded successful companies, including a concrete construction company; Street Performance Industries, a commercial and industrial machine shop; and Arizona Rotorcraft, a maintenance center for Rolls Royce Alison turbine helicopter engines. She is a former NHRA alcohol funny car driver and has flown in an F-16 fighter jet. Industry outlook: “I’m excited for the community management industry and the homeowner association industry. Arizona’s economy is growing and by working with the legislature to ensure HOAs retain the right to manage their communities and freely contract with professional community managers, we help ensure the continued success and growth of Arizona’s communities and the families that live in them.”

E AMANDA SHAW President // Associated Asset Management // As the president of AAM, Arizona’s largest privately owned professional community association management company, Shaw guides the company’s daily operations and long-term strategic planning and financial matters. Personal strengths: “Honesty, transparency and a strong work ethic have contributed to my success in the HOA industry. These qualities helped me to build trust and confidence with my company, resulting in my career apex as president and partner.” Industry outlook: “In the past 20 years, the HOA industry has been raising the bar on professionalism, certification and licensure and I believe that we will see even greater emphasis on these areas in the future as we need to ensure that the people who are managing our communities’ assets are the best possible stewards of those assets.”

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