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Daisy Jenkins President Daisy Jenkins & Associates

Gregg Johnson Campus Director University of Phoenix

Bill Kelley CFO Diamond Ventures

Vision for Economic Development

After graduating from the University of Utah, Johnson became a Navy pilot and then directed church educational programs. He served as a school administrator in Utah before joining the University of Phoenix, where he leads the six Southern Arizona campuses. His responsibilities include overseeing enrollment, finance, student services and academic affairs. Johnson serves on the Talent Committee, and is active in the community, working with a number of organizations, including Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Community Food Bank and Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.

Vision for Economic Development

As the lead of the Talent Committee, Jenkins said identifying the challenges and opportunities for talent – or what she calls human capital development – is important to the Tucson region. Talent is a key driver of economic development, and the region must create an environment that both attracts and retains top talent in skills, aptitude, creativity and innovation, she added. The committee’s goal is to keep University of Arizona graduates here and to ensure that a talented workforce becomes a competitive advantage for the Tucson region. This will be achieved by cooperation and collaboration among all sectors of the community, including academic and business populations, city and county governments and numerous local organizations that have initiatives related to economic growth and development.

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Kelley serves on the Business Development and Infrastructure committees, which he believes are two of the most critical issues for Tucson’s future. With his commitment to TREO, Kelley is striving to help attract employers in sectors that will broaden our employment base with higher-paying jobs. His involvement with the Infrastructure Committee is also focused on the long-term future of the region by identifying investment in projects that are necessary to attract such employers. 2014 Industry Outlook

Kelley reports that Diamond Ventures is positioned to take advantage of the recovering real estate market and is actively developing and investing in projects for 2014 and beyond. This includes both residential and commercial development in the Tucson area.

Adriana Kong Romero Senior VP, Tucson Market President Bank of America Vision for Economic Development

As a member of the Talent Committee, Kong Romero embraces the work because she understands that retaining and attracting key talent is important to the growth of Tucson. The committee is identifying gaps, misconceptions and opportunities and working with businesses and local leaders to create a strategy to grow talent, thus building a stronger region economically. 2014 Industry Outlook

Romero sees a positive outlook for financial institutions in the coming year. Specifically in the case of her employer, she’s noticing a continued focus on helping customers attain their financial goals. She feels that this commitment helps drive the economy – on a global, national and local basis.

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