Arlene Pedersenand her husband, Christo, are web designers with a real passion for helping their clients bring forth values to anchor brands – elements relevant to businesses, as well as individuals in the midst of change.Guided by Arlene’s background in retail merchandising, interior design, graphic arts and teaching, and Christo’s in animation and software technologies, Pedersen Design Group of Tucson provides a balance of design, creativity and attention to detail.
Tommy Thomas from SIMA International is an expert in nonprofit, cabinet level executive search and has placed over 150 leaders at some of our country’s top philanthropic, faith-based and educational institutions.His book The Perfect Search: What every nonprofit board member needs to know about hiring their next CEO is an insightful guide for leaders filing positions, as well as those considering a move within or to a nonprofit.Originally an electrical engineer, Tommy takes great pride in the relationships and connections he has built over the years in this specialized profession.
Allan Mardon is a former high profile illustrator based in New York City, contributing to prominent magazines such as Sports Illustrated, Time and Redbrook.Upon retiring to Tucson 20 years ago (for six weeks), Allan reinvented himself as a narrative painter and historian.His works often feature Native American legends and are on display at prominent Western museums and in private collections.His latest painting, “A Celebration of the Horse” includes magical, luminous horses in vibrant colors, sure to resonate with those connected with the equestrian world as well as the general populous. www.allanmardon.comJanuary 16, 201025 minutes
Bill Moomey wrote, directed, filmed and produced a documentary over 30 years ago on the history of the quarter horse.On the Fifth Day is narrated by actor Loren Green from the television show “Bonanza.”Bill is best known to equestrians around the US as the quarter horse rancher of the famous Coy’s Bonanza line.A lifelong industrial designer, he is a celebrated artist of the Southwest, known for his photo-quality paintings and bronze sculptures of cowboys, Native Americans, and the wildlife of the Wild West.“Ride Tall with a Loose Rein” is his motto. moomey AT att.netJanuary 16, 201023 minutes
Michael Blakeis best known for writing the internationally acclaimed movie Dances with Wolves.Author of eight books and a lifelong horseman, he is a passionate advocate for wild animals and has testified before the US Congress on behalf of wolves, mountain lions, and most recently the wild mustang horse.Michael’s book Twelve the King was featured on the 100th “Circles of Change” show in 2008 and memorializes one of the four wild mustangs he has rescued. In his new fiction book Into the Stars, illustrated by painter John Sollie, a World War I soldier falls behind enemy lines and befriends a horse. www.danceswithwolves.netJanuary 16, 201025 minutes
Dr. Jim Hill is founder of JB Hill Cowboy Boots in El Paso, Texas.His dedicated team of boot makers (many of whom come from multiple generations of the same family) take great pride in their specialized craft and fit process using exotic, high quality and durable leathers, not just any boot – customized “wearable art”.A former racehorse veterinarian, Dr. Hill and his partner are best known for an “on a hunch” $17,500 investment in the early 1970’s in a young racehorse, Triple Crown Winner Seattle Slew. www.jbhilltexas.comJanuary 16, 201022 minutes
Karen Kalish is a serial social entrepreneur focused on literacy, closing the academic achievement gap, and issues around racial discrimination.She is an advocate for educational reform and establishing a level playing field for minorities.A former elementary school teacher and consumer and investigative reporter in national television media, Karen founded a media management and speech/presentation skills company in 1987.Her non-profit foundation in partnership with donors and grantors (“fundraising as friendraising”) sponsors Books and Badges, The Teacher Home Visit Program, and Cultural Leadership based in St. Louis, Missouri. www.karenkalish.comJanuary 23, 201030 minutes
Sara Weinstein is a global pharmaceutical and consumer products finance and treasury executive turned entrepreneur.Based in New York, her company Medical Cash Management Solutions helps medical service providers with an A to Z process to maximize billing and receivables efficiencies, closing the communication gap between practice staff, insurance providers and patients. “Cash is King” in Sara’s book, as it gives every business owner the flexibility to make the right decisions for the business, its partners, employees and customers. www.mcmsllc.netFebruary 6, 201025 minutes
Brent Robison grew up amidst poverty in ravaged parts of Africa, and is now literally and figuratively holding the hands of those less fortunate around the world.A business entrepreneur leading Robison Creative Services servicing the promotion and technology needs of the non-profit sector, Brent’s Alpha Foundation launched The Give5.org Project in 2009.Every $5 counts, as people can donate to ten carefully selected humanitarian aid charities helping victims of some of the most horrific social and cultural challenges of our time.Brent believes this is the beginning of a permanent solution to help non-profits increase the relevance, capability and effectiveness of donor development. www.thegive5.orgFebruary 13, 201023 minutes
Dave Opton is the CEO and founder of ExecuNet, a 20 years old membership driven organization that connects executives and talent acquisition professionals.Online thought pieces backed by research, executive community surveys and employment trend reports, secure online roundtables for group exchanges and one-on-one dialogue with experts, and newsletters are complimented by monthly face-to-face networking meetings at over 50 cities around the US.ExecuNet forums have a very strong affinity for the kindred spirit – supportive advice, counsel, and where effective networking is about giving NOT about getting. www.execunet.comFebruary 13, 201015 minutes Also view June 2008, “Who Knows You”40 minutes
Vern Church assists high school students and parents with the college process, matching students to their “best fit” schools and finding money to pay for it.Founded initially as a Colorado community service project, College Education Consultants has assisted over 900 students in 18 years.Vern’s first hand knowledge from visiting over 300 college campuses and his passion for helping youth discern their passion are at the core of the coaching process he has refined.Success through selection and retention. www.edcounselor.comFebruary 20, 201022 minutes
Carla Loper is the founder and owner of Sertino’s Café, a new Tucson coffee shop that is dedicated to serving the community.Sertino’s is a relaxing place to meet friends, discuss business or hold events in their technology-equipped conference room, and enjoy the view of nearby Catalina Mountains while enjoying specialty coffees, healthy sandwiches and sweet treats.A former stay-at-home mom, Carla stepped beyond her small crafting and cake baking businesses to become an entrepreneur despite the tremors in the economy in mid-2008 to pursue the American Dream.
Bill Nordbrock and Ed Prather are the co-founders of Referral Tree, a dynamic B2B networking model that connects a wide range of exceptional business owners and service providers.Leveraging a web-based referral system and face-to-face community meetings, members are pre-screened and known to be “the very best of the best” in their respective fields.They are committed to helping each other grow their businesses by cross marketing, problem solving and opportunity compounding in a spirit of trusted collaboration. www.referraltree.comFebruary 27, 201023 minutes
Mike Swanson is Tucson’s 104.1 FM radio talk show host the “Computer Guru”, a passionate and driven technology expert with a sense of humor, advising callers on soup-to-nuts (bits to bites, cables to connections) computer challenges.After moonlighting for five years, Arizona Computer Guru was officially launched in 2006 and offers routine maintenance service, virus removal, and data recovery, to advanced work in disaster planning and recovery and network design.His career mantra – Do what you love to do! www.azcomputerguru.comFebruary 27, 201020 minutes
Don Iannone is a gifted poet and photographer focused on seeing clearly the “human experience”, in addition to being an economic development business consultant.His new book Winter Spirit, Using Winter’s Beauty and Power to Inspire and Heal is the first in a series of four, following the literal (visual) and figurative meanings of the change of seasons.Don’s artistic work are tools to help the mentally ill and those in hospice, endeavors that he and his wife, Mary, are committed to.His new blog is attracting readers to share their reactions to Winter Spirit, often with emotional stories in the mix.
Marty Abbott and Mike Fisher are two fast moving veteran software, technology and business executives-turned consultants.They know much more than about how to build websites that don’t crash when lots of users show up – first hand experience from their eBay, PayPal and Quigo days. Their new book The Art of Scalabilty: Scalable Web Architecture, Processes, and Organizations for the Modern Enterprise has bounced high and fast on the Amazon “must read” charts as it uniquely shows the interactions between people, process and technology for successful ventures.
Bill Viner and his wife, Brenda, co-founded the Tucson Festival of Books in 2009, a celebration of reading and learning featuring over 400 authors from every form of writing – fiction, non-fiction, the arts, poetry, mysteries, and children’s books.From book signings to author panels to “how to” writing, publishing and book marketing workshops, the Festival is also a fund-raiser supporting literacy efforts in Tucson.With the support of local businesses and exhibitors, a steering team and 12 committees including over 150 dedicated volunteers planned the two-day event, expected to attract over 50,000 visitors.
Allan Mardon released his first book to debut at the Festival, The Narrative Art of Allan Mardon.It is a collection of 50 distinctive contemporary Southwestern paintings held in private collections and museums across the US.A former high profile New York City illustrator, Allan retired to Tucson for six weeks 20 years ago, then launching a second career as a painter.A resident of Tucson’s Barrio District, his book was 100% designed, developed and printed within the downtown city limits of Tucson.
Maaza Mengiste is a professor at New YorkUniversity, and Beneath the Lion’s Gaze is her first novel, a penetrating and moving fictional work that portrays love and life in the 1970’s amidst the Communist Revolution in her native country of Ethiopia.Maaza began her book as a graduate student in creative writing, a revealing five year journey of research, reflection, and eliciting stories from people who experienced the revolution first hand. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and was recently named a “New Literary Idol” by New York Magazine.
Dr. Gary Smallis a professor of psychiatry at the UCLA where he directs the Memory and Aging Research Center and the UCLA Center on Aging.A frequent guest on The Today Show, Good Morning America, 20/20 and CNN, Gary is one of the world’s leading experts on brain science and has published numerous books and articles. His latest book, iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind is a valuable road map for our race (Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants alike) to stay on track during the current evolution of the brain.It is a book about our brains that will make you think twice. www.drgarysmall.comMarch 13, 201023 minutes
Nancy Noel is a world renowned American Contemporary Realist artist, author of children’s books, and international philanthropist.Starting her career modestly by drawing pastel portraits and teaching art classes from her home, over 200 limited and open addition prints are available today, the most noted being of Amish and African children, animals and angels.Nancy is the primary benefactor for a school in Kenya.The complete collection of her work is displayed at the renovated 1854 Victorian church known as The Sanctuary in Zionsville, Indiana. www.nanoel.comMarch 20, 201023 minutes
Dana Patterson from Intuitive Sciences is a gifted independent advisor and intuitive who has helped thousands of people not just manage, but embrace and converge their inner subconscious voices to transform their approach to living. Certified in neuro-linguistic programming, Dana’s journey of spiritual enlightenment came from raising three daughters on an Indian Reservation, traveling, reading, questioning and thinking about everything.She believes the light from within is on the other side of pain or fear.
Becca Smith leads an international import/export knitting and crocheting business amidst a resurging cross cultural and cross generation industry.Established in 2002, The Bagsmith supplies unique and innovative products to over 800 independent yarn shops in the US, Canada, UK and France.Her suppliers span China, France and the UK.A life-long passionate knitter since age nine, Becca has been featured on PBS television, and her second book, the Complete Idiots’ Guide to Knitting will debut in September 2010.
“You have to knit one stitch at a time.It centers you.You can’t rush it.”
Lou Carteris founder and leader of the Best Practice Institute, a community of positive change agents who are experts in the competencies and broad based learning mechanisms of leadership development and talent management.BPI connects members to experienced senior practitioners and noted researchers and academics through webinars, on-line forums and real time conferences.An author of eight books translated into multiple languages, Lou’s motto is “Give and get a little help from your friends.”
Jane Burch is chief executive of New Beginnings for Women and Children, a Tucson-based organization that supports the desperate needs unique to displaced women and their children through shelters, temporary apartments and health, education and job re-careering assistance. Dedicated to life-long community service, Jane spent 20 years in the international business press arena focused on Latin America, and wrote three books on management practices before entering social services as a full time career.
Donn Poll started his career in the commercial and public sectors, working as a journalist at a daily paper before owning a weekly.For 20 years he was then a strategy and marketing consultant serving new venture startups to large companies.Donn is currently executive director of the OMA Foundation, “Opening Minds through the Arts.” The OMA model integrates all forms of the arts into grades K-8 curriculum and is currently deployed in 13 public schools in Tucson, netting extraordinary results for passionate faculty and engaged students alike.
Asara Lovejoy is a human consciousness improvement coach and world renowned motivational speaker.Her company, Commanding Wealth, and book The One Command have inspired support circles around the world for people to consciously embrace their unique biology and DNA pattern, as dictated by theta brain wave patterns.Asara developed the methodology from her own life experiences of moving from the inside to get beliefs that held her back out of the way, opening the means for the results to which she now leads others.
Jack Mitchell is CEO and Chairman of Mitchells/Richards/Marshs and Wilkes Bashford, a third generation men’s and women’s customer clothiers in Connecticut, New York and California.His organization is nationally renowned for personal service touches, strong relationships, and exceptional customer service.Recognized by The Wall Street Journal and New York Times, Jack’s two books, Hug Your Customer and Hug Your People, have launched a second career in public speaking, as he shares leadership and business principles that bring remarkable results through inspired people.
Lou Waters was one of the first television news anchors for CNN when the 24-hour format launched in 1980 amidst media industry jeers – “Chicken Noodle News”, as he jokingly remembers.From reporting breaking news from the anchor desk to in-depth personal stories and geo-political events, Lou pioneered the way. Originally an architecture graduate, Lou started his career in campus radio before moving into television reporting and news directing, a career that now spans over 40 years of traveling the world as feature investigator, political convention reporter, and war correspondent.
change AT thelarsengroup.comApril 10, 201023 minutes
Tony Rose leads a certified public accounting firm that specializes in tax and management consulting advice to closely-held private corporations, family-owned businesses, partnerships and the individuals who own them.Tony is committed to providing valuable guidance at the point where life intersects wealth.His witty book Say Hello to the Elephants outlines a practical, four-quadrant approach to address the problems that everyone knows are in the room, but often just get worked around as no one wants to or knows how to take the steps to address.
Dr. Stephanie Stark is co-founder of Blue Oak Clinic, a naturopathic medical practice dedicated to serving patients of all ages and backgrounds through integrating conventional medicine and alternative treatments – while always emphasizing education and the safest outcomes.Initially trained as a nutritionist, Stephanie relishes focusing on challenging cases and difficult diagnoses.She focuses on the root cause of health concerns, relying then upon proven natural substances, homeopathy, vitamin and mineral supplements, diet and lifestyle advice to help patients.
Jim Wells is Chairman and Mentor for Tucson’s chapter of SCORE, a national network of 385 chapters/12,000 volunteer retired business leaders who offer their coaching and counseling services pro-bono to America’s new business startups – face to face, sleeves rolled up.Armed with over 30 years in marketing, merchanising, public relations and large department store management experience, Jim had a second career in startups in golf retail, health care, internet marketing and wireless GPS.His team of 35 leaders operates from four offices.
Jill and Steve Morris are co-founders of ChoiceWorks, a corporate training, coaching and assessment firm providing customized services to clients throughout the world.Their book, Leaderships Simple:Leading People to Lead Themselves motivates people at every level of an organization to take accountability and discover new ways to change their thinking, behaviors and actions to increase performance.Their work relies upon Choice Theory and a model with five seemingly simple, connected questions.