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Businesses in five key sectors recognized for leadership and innovation Each year, Az Business magazine is proud to present the Industry Leaders of Arizona (ILoA) Awards, which recognize the contributions and impact of Arizona based companies on both the economy of Arizona and in the communities they serve. For 2016, companies were selected from these five key industries: Healthcare Hospitality Logistics/distribution Retail Staffing companies The 27 finalists for this year’s ILoA Awards are profiled on the following pages. Winners will be recognized at the awards dinner that will be held Thursday, February 11 at the Chateau Luxe in Phoenix.

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Alliance Beverage Distributers Leadership: Shawn Thurman, CEO; Joe Malina, CFO Website: What it does: Alliance is a leading alcoholic beverage

distributor in the state of Arizona.

How it leads: Alliance’s people, training and brands make it the

American Auctions

warehouse operation into a global, multi-million-dollar Leadership: Deb enterprise that generates Weidenhamer, CEO revenue of $140 million Website: annually. The company What it does: Multinational has grown organically and auction firm selling business Weidenhamer’s strong overstock, assets and real entrepreneurial spirit estate for corporations, has created an additional government and the private distribution and buying sector around the world. channel for businesses and How it leads: Weidenhamer consumers. American Auctions founded American Auctions recently introduced iPai, the in 1995 and quickly grew the first wholly foreign-owned auction house from a local auction house in China. 74

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leading distributor in Arizona. Alliance’s top priority is recruiting and training its workforce and promoting from within, which has given the company an exceptional retention rate. Alliance employs more than 600 people, who generate revenue of $450 million annually, up from $200 million in 1998. Alliance credits its success to supplier partners who have been signed through acquisitions or mergers.

Classic Hotels & Resorts

& Resorts is an affiliate of Grossman Company Properties, one of the premier commercial Leadership: Richard Behr, and residential developers in COO; Larry Coltharp, CFO the Western United States. Website: During the past 50 years, What it does: Has developed, GCP has built, developed and owned and managed luxury managed more than 14 million hotels and resort properties square feet of high-quality throughout the Western United properties, including the States, including the Arizona Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Biltmore Resort & Spa and Biltmore Fashion Park and the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. Phoenix Spectrum Mall. How it leads: Classic Hotels

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Concentric Healthcare Staffing Leadership: Chris Bollinger, CEO; Kyle Silk, COO; Andy

Jacobs, CFO

Website: What it does: Healthcare recruitment staffing agency. How it leads: Launched in 2003, Concentric has nearly

Corporate Job Bank

How it leads: Corporate Job Bank is the largest locally owned Leadership: Paul Boca, staffing organization in Arizona. president and CEO; Joe It has earned membership in DiGiovanni, executive vice Ranking Arizona’s Hall of Fame president and CFO for being the state’s top-ranked Website: staffing company for 10 years. Corporate Job Bank provides What it does: Corporate Job Bank is the largest independently temporary staffing from light industrial to administrative, owned staffing agency in and also provides executive Arizona and has two divisions recruiting and professional — temporary staffing and placement for senior-level talent professional placement for senior in finance, mortgage, human level talent. resources and healthcare.


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quadrupled in size and is set to continue its phenomenal growth, fueled largely by the company’s nursing division. Concentric has earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies List. The healthcare staffing team only hires multi-disciplined recruiters and staffers who cross-train to fill in for each other during our busiest times. This allows Concentric’s clients to seamlessly interact with all Concentric team members.

DriveTime Automotive Leadership: Ray Fidel, CEO;

Kurt Wood, CFO

Website: What it does: Largest used

car dealer and financing company helping people with credit issues find and finance vehicles in the United States. How it leads: Over the past 14 years, DriveTime distanced itself from the status quo by

changing its company culture to separate itself from its competition. DriveTime’s eighth-generation proprietary credit scoring model allows it to offer financing to individuals that are turned down elsewhere. DriveTime isn’t just a used car dealer. It is a bank and a 131 dealership-strong network. In the past three years, DriveTime has spun off three new companies that now operate under their own merit.

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Freeport Logistics Leadership: John C. Bauermeister, CEO; William Olson, CFO Website: What it does: Family-owned and operated warehousing,

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GlobalTranz Enterprises Leadership: Andrew Leto,

CEO; Renee Krug, CFO Website: What it does: Phoenix-based logistics company specializing in high technology freight management services. How it leads: GlobalTranz is a technology based, software and logistics company, that has created a one-stop-shop providing innovative solutions 78

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to more than 18,000 shippers. GlobalTranz specializes in LTL, FTL, supply chain logistics and warehousing. Customers nationwide engage in state-ofthe-art technology, CarrierRate. com, which optimizes the flow and storage of merchandise as the goods move within, and throughout, the customers’ supply chain. GlobalTranz was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest-growing companies list.

1971 and currently occupies roughly 500,000 square feet of modern secure space in Metro Phoenix. Roughly 30 percent of Freeport’s employees have been with the company for more than 10 years, and many for more than 20 years. Freeport’s inventory management system is a real-time, Web-based system that is easily accessible to its customers via the Internet with a user name and password.

Govig & Associates Leadership: Todd Govig,

president and CEO

Website: What it does: Specializes

in both executive search and consulting with expertise in healthcare, biopharmaceuticals, construction, tax, accounting/ finance, and operations How it leads: In the 50year history of Management Recruiters International, only

two franchises of the more than 500 franchises in the network have exceeded $10 million in revenue. Govig & Associates is one of those two franchises. Govig’s methods help companies develop their own internal talent as they plan for growth and succession as well as creating a brand on the college campus to allow for continuous flow of the best and brightest new talent.

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Hospice of Arizona

years of providing quality, compassionate end of life services in Maricopa County.

How it leads: As part of a nationwide network of hospice providers, Hospice of Arizona has the resources and expertise to remain sustainable in an ever-changing healthcare environment. Hospice of Arizona is accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). Families served by Hospice of Arizona rate their experience as “excellent” in the majority of all cases based on a third-party survey administrator.

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Leadership: Scott Mahosky, CEO; Don Borchert, CFO Website: What it does: Local hospice organization with more than 20

Southwestern wedding of Natalie Wood and Robert Leadership: Scott Lyon, CEO; Wagner in 1957 and Frankie Pete Corpstein, CFO Avalon, Humphrey Bogart, Website: Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis, Bette What it does: Trendy Davis, Cary Grant, Janet Leigh, vintage hotel dating to the Marilyn Monroe, Roy Rogers, 1950s featuring mid-century- Ted Williams and Zsa Zsa Gabor style rooms and suites with have been guests as well. The upscale furnishings. “hip” meter rises even more How it leads: Located in thanks to ZuZu Lounge, the hip the heart of Scottsdale’s Arts OH Pool Bar + Cabanas and the District, the Hotel Valley VH Spa for Vitality + Health. Ho was the backdrop for the


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Leadership: Mary Ward, CEO Website: What it does: Offers

customizable short- and long-term staffing solutions based on the company’s individual needs. How it leads: IntuitiveHRO has been named an Inc. 5000 (No. 1,070) Fastest Growing Company in America 2015 and is a Certified Woman Owned

Business. The company has grown from a home-based business with one employee to having more than 750 employees and 12 offices across the country in just five short years. This growth is a result of taking the time to get to know each client and understanding their company’s vision and staffing goals.

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Jewish Children & Family Services Leadership: Michael R. Zent, Ph.D., CEO; Javier R. Favela, CFO Website: What it does: Provides behavioral healthcare, family welfare,

domestic violence, and older adult services to children, adults and families in Maricopa County.

The Joint Leadership: John Richards, CEO; Frank Joyce, CFO Website: What it does: Franchisor of chiropractic clinics. How it leads: The Joint’s direct pay model is blazing the trail for others, including doctors in primary care and telemedicine. The Joint’s patients have access to doctors for a monthly fee. The model is gaining traction 82

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because consumers are better off paying for some routine healthcare services via a cash only, private pay model, instead of insurance premiums. For example, patients at The Joint save between $28 and $53 per visit by not using insurance because the average insurance policy requires a $50 to $75 co-pay, significantly more than the per-visit equivalent of The Joint’s membership model.

How it leads: JFCS touches the lives of more than 37,000

individuals each year; 97 percent of whom live at or below the federal poverty level. Responding to an ever-changing healthcare environment, JFCS has lead the fight against child abuse, is a major provider of behavioral health services, and a leader in adopting new health information technology and promoting integrated health services.

Mach 1 Global Services, Inc. Leadership: Jamie Fletcher,

CEO; Debbie Wilcox, CFO

Website: What it does: Offers services

in air and ocean freight, ground transportation, warehousing, consulting and U.S. Customs brokerage. How it leads: Mach 1’s most recent industry recognized innovation is its Linehaul

network, which was in development for more than five years and is a major contributing factor to Mach 1’s growth. By keeping a majority of its clients’ freight within its Mach 1 network, Mach 1 is delivering industry best key performance indicators while growing the Linehaul network substantially. The Mach 1 Linehaul allows the company to contain 75 percent of its ground service product.

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Mediant Health Resources Leadership: Mike Primorac, founder and president Website: What it does: Solely focused on the healthcare IT industry with

a goal to continue as the pioneer of healthcare IT staffing.

How it leads: With today’s financial pressures and project


up delivery without the cost of express shipping. As the thirdLeadership: Rob Humphrey, largest overnight company in the CEO; Rob Humphrey, CFO United States, OnTrac continues Website: to innovate and provide shipping What it does: Provides overnight solutions. In 2014, OnTrac delivery at ground rates to more launched DirectPost and became than 60 million consumers. the first regional carrier to offer How it leads: Celebrating its a USPS package consolidation 25th year in business in 2016, service. Through DirectPost, OnTrac has grown to become a OnTrac is able to service 92 top choice for e-commerce and percent of its market areas with companies looking to speed DDU injection from DirectPost.


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budgets on the line, Mediant’s clients count on its services to hit the ground running. As a leader in the staffing industry, Mediant manages co-employment challenges and can give clients peace of mind in their utilization of a contingent workforce. Mediant prides itself on repeat business and the fact that its clients come back time and time again for its services.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital

specialists, PCH provides the most comprehensive and complex pediatric care in Arizona with access to more Leadership: Robert Meyer, than 70 subspecialties. For the president and CEO; Craig fifth consecutive year, PCH was McKnight, executive vice Arizona’s only hospital named president, finance and CFO Website: a U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital. PCH’s What it does: Offers a six Centers of Excellence have comprehensive network of grown in size and expertise to pediatric care that extends place them on par with some across the state. How it leads: With a medical of the most prestigious of their kind in the U.S. staff of more than 1,000


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Pita Jungle Restaurants Leadership: Bassel Osmani, CEO; Jacki Eldredge, CFO Website: What it does: Offers healthful and natural cuisine crafted

within the principles of the Mediterranean diet using fresh ingredients prepared daily from scratch. How it leads: Pita Jungle’s leaders say the ability to

PRO EM Party and Event Rentals

the former Arizona Tents and Events, Gorilla Companies, Distinctive Tents in Denver and Party Concepts in Tucson. Leadership: Amir Glogau, Its team has produced more CEO; Michael Kasen, CFO than 25,000 events and Website: What it does: Creates a unique maintains Arizona’s largest tent and structure inventory. event experience through an PRO EM achieved a 99 percent offering of state-of-the-art rental equipment, staffing and diversion rate at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, experienced consultants. How it leads: PRO EM is the the largest attended golf combined talent and assets of tournament in the world.


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transmit a vision and communicate with a group in a fashion that makes the group embrace the vision, create and produce beyond themselves is the hinge that actuates Pita Jungle’s entire operation. This notion of transmission establishes a positive social environment that is on brand and creates a culture that will engulf any person present in its stream, on both sides of the counter, workers and clients.

Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Leadership: Christian

Dewald, president

Website: What it does: Provides cost-

efficient diagnostic imaging while improving patient care. How it leads: SDI provides the highest level of patient care through subspecialty radiologists. SDI’s ability to provide the most advanced

imaging services is not only made possible through the use of leading-edge technology but also through relationships with leaders in the healthcare industry, such as Banner Health, HonorHealth and Iasis Healthcare. In addition, SDI’s peer review activities fully support diagnostic quality assessment and improvement, which has a positive effect on patient care, improves quality of care and patient outcomes.

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Southwest Human Development Leadership: Ginger Ward, CEO; Bill McClung, CFO Website: What it does: Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early

childhood development. How it leads: Southwest Human Development was founded in 1981 with a $150,000 budget serving just 175 children and

Stream Logistics Leadership: Carson

Holmquist, CEO and co-founder; Chad Patton, president and cofounder Website: What it does: Boutique transportation brokerage firm that specializes in freight management services complemented by highly individualized and consistent customer service. How it leads: With a strong 92

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belief in quality over quantity, Stream Logistics has quickly become the standard for logistics providers. Stream Logistics’ boutique style approach derives from Patton’s passion to give each client the utmost attention and superior communication throughout the entire shipment lifecycle. This niche in the industry is what has made the company stand out to clients and among competitors.

families. Today, Southwest Human Development serves 135,000 children and their families with a $62 million budget and more than 850 staff. The agency operates more than 40 programs and services in five core areas: child development and mental health, Easter Seals disabilities services, early literacy and Head Start, child welfare, and professional development and training for early childhood professionals.

Trax Technologies Leadership: Scott Nelson,

CEO; Steven Westberg, CFO

Website: What it does: Helps companies

drastically improve the quality and accuracy of their underlying supply chain data at its source. How it leads: Trax is a leader in unearthing and extracting the vast amounts of untapped value trapped deep inside

global logistics data. Trax finds and fixes complex underlying data issues. Trax creates clarity that helps stop previously unrecognized expense and revenue leaks from negatively affecting bottom line earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization. Trax’s client roster includes six of the Top 10 life science companies and two of the Top 5 tech companies.

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Upward Projects

Joyride Taco House locations, plus Windsor, Churn and Federal Pizza. How it leads: At Upward Projects, the first key is finding the

right location, such as a historically relevant or architecturally unique building begging for a rehab, and located in an underserved neighborhood that’s craving a casual, locallyfocused restaurant. Upward, which has shown a three-year growth rate of 199 percent, is also dedicated to creating a company-wide culture where employee needs are first, so they can then take great care of their customers.

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Wist Office Products

Leadership: Lauren Bailey, co-CEO; Craig DeMarco, co-CEO Website: What it does: Restaurants include multiple Postino WineCafe and

local service provider with offices across the West Coast Leadership: Ben Howard, and Rocky Mountain region. CEO; Vince Dorazio, CFO While VB has the ability to Website: recruit talent throughout the What it does: Provides U.S., the concentration of its finance, accounting and IT candidate pool aligns with the workforce solutions on a physical location of its offices. project consulting, direct-hire This allows for in-person and interim staffing basis. interviews of candidates prior How it leads: Unlike many to representation and creates a national competitors, Vincent valuable referral network within Benjamin is structured as a the local area.


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Leadership: Ian Wist, owner and general manager; Peter Drozdowicz, CFO Website: What it does: Wist has delivered office supplies to Arizona businesses since 1955 and offers a range of more than 50,000 products — from furniture to janitorial supplies. How it leads: Wist Office Products has been recognized

by its peers as a leader in the office supplies industry. Wist experienced growth throughout the recession; something big box competition cannot claim. Wist looks to continue expansion and success into the future due to a combination of long-tenured staff and a leadership team focused on implementing progressive practices. This is what drives Wist’s higher class of service.

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