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Dawn Grove, AMC Chairwoman

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Corporate Counsel, Karsten Manufacturing Corporation (PING)

Dawn Grove is Corporate Counsel for Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, the parent company of PING and related subsidiaries, and has served on the board of directors of Karsten Manufacturing Corporation continuously since 1995. KMC’s main subsidiary, PING, is one of the top three golf equipment brands in the U.S., exports about half of its products outside the U.S. and has earned the most Golf Digest Hot List awards of any golf equipment brand for three straight years (2012, 2013, 2014). Ms. Grove serves as Chairwoman of the Arizona Manufacturers Council (formerly known as the Arizona Association of Industries) and is the longest serving member of its board of directors. In 2015, she was appointed to the U.S. Manufacturing Council, which directly advises the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and other cabinet members on issues related to strengthening U.S. manufacturers and achieving policy solutions that allow them to remain globally competitive.

Prior to going in-house with Karsten Manufacturing Corporation, Ms. Grove practiced law in Los Angeles and Phoenix from 1991-1998 (most recently at Bryan Cave, LLP), primarily representing manufacturers. Her work in environmental litigation inspired her to seek more effective means of assisting clients, such as through public policies that encourage making products in the U.S. while discouraging protracted lawsuits, and helping corporate boards avoid litigation through improved internal policies and comprehensive corporate recordkeeping. She received her doctor of Jurisprudence from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1991.

Ms. Grove is married to Rawleigh Grove and they have three children. She has a black belt in Taekwon-do, mentors young adults, and enjoys golf.

Steve Macias, AMC Chair Emeritus

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President and CEO, Pivot Manufacturing

Steve is a co-owner of Pivot Manufacturing and has been the President and CEO since the company’s inception in 2000. Pivot has grown from a small job shop to a company that does machining, assembly, and contract management, which has resulted in a five-fold increase in sales since 2002.
In addition to sales and financial duties at Pivot, Steve is also involved in promoting the small business community and the manufacturing industry. He currently serves on the Governor’s Council on Small Business and helps to explore and examine ways government can help promote and aid Arizona businesses.
Steve has worked with various congressmen and participated in small business roundtables in order to find ways to encourage small business utilization. He has also worked with staff from the Senate Committee on Small Business and the Minority Business Development Agency in Washington DC on issues ranging from cost of healthcare to contract bundling. A native Arizonan, Steve and his wife Carrie make their home in Central Phoenix with their three boys. He has been involved with his sons as a coach in both Pop Warner football and Little League baseball. Steve earned both his B.S. and his M.B.A. from Arizona State University.

Jason Bagley

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Government Affairs Manager, Intel Corporate Affairs

Jason Bagley has invested more than 20 years as a public affairs professional.  He currently manages regional government affairs for Intel Corporation including the company’s second largest global site, Arizona, as well as community, media and government relations for Intel in Utah, together with Intel’s Innovation in Education initiative.  He also manages public policy for Intel in Colorado.

Previous to Intel, Jason worked as a public relations manager in the high-tech industry as well as public education.  He also enjoyed a two-year stint as on-air talent at KSFI radio in Salt Lake City.  Jason served a 13-year career as a public affairs officer (captain) for the U.S. Army.  He led a 5-person public affairs team during the initial deployment of U.S. forces into Bosnia where he established the public affairs mission for a combat armored brigade.

Jason serves on the boards of several area business associations including the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Arizona Tax Research Association as well as co-chairs the Public Policy Committee for the Arizona Business and Education Coalition.  He is a long-time volunteer leader in the Boy Scouts of America and regularly volunteers in local public schools through Intel’s employee volunteerism initiative.  Jason is a graduate of the University of Utah in Political Science and holds a Master of Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.

Jonathan Cohen

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Founder and President, Generated Materials Recovery, LLC

As the founder of GMR, Jonathan has been directly engaged for 20 years in the often opaque markets for recyclable commodities, and as a result has an unique understanding of the local and global waste and recycling ecosystem. He has lead the implementation of his vision for providing comprehensive waste and recycling services for manufacturing facilities, thereby minimizing waste disposal costs, maximizing recyclable commodity values, while delivering operational efficiency and greater transparency into the marketplace for recovered commodities.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries and as the Chair of the Plastics Division, on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Manufacturers Council, is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (Manhattan and Arizona Chapters) where he serves on the Executive Committees for the Manufacturing Excellence Network and Sustainable Business Network, and is a Trustee of the Anne Frank Center USA.

Bernie Deutsch, AIA, NCARB

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Founder and President, Deutsch Architecture Group

Bernie has been a key player in the architectural/engineering industry in Phoenix for 40 years. Bernie’s experience in providing superior service to a varied clientele in the Corporate sectors has been proven through his successful management of four architectural firms, each of which experienced significant growth under his leadership. Starting his own business in 1981, Bernie has based his organization on the premise that service to the client is paramount. Servicing both public and private clients and working with agencies such as the Arizona Department of Transportation, National Guard and the Economic Development Departments in the Valley’s multiple municipalities bringing retail, commercial, industrial, and high tech jobs to these areas. Bernie has an uncanny knack of working with, and for the public agencies to get projects successfully zoned, permitted, designed and built – bringing the full circle of opportunity to fruition in the Valley. He as been able to deliver projects successfully for over 27 years in a variety of delivery methods including Design-Bid-Build; Design-Build and CMAR in both the public and private sectors.

Mark Gaspers

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Manager Southwest Region, The Boeing Company

Mark Gaspers serves as Manager for State and Local Government Operations at The Boeing Company in the southwest. Prior to his current position with Boeing, Mr. Gaspers was a Trade Control Specialist in support of Boeing’s Space Exploration division.

Before coming to Boeing, Mr. Gaspers was a policy analyst for defense, homeland security, veterans, and NASA issues for the Senate Republican Policy Committee (RPC) under the chairmanship of Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ). Mr. Gaspers also served as a senior legislative assistant for Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart and as Senator Kyl’s health care legislative correspondent. He completed the Air Command and Staff College with the Air Force Fellows section while working for Representative Diaz-Balart.

Mr. Gaspers received his master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University in 2001. While at Georgetown, he served as an associate editor of National Security Studies Quarterly and worked as a research assistant for the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

Mr. Gaspers currently serves on the Arizona Aerospace and Defense Commission and on the board of directors for the Arizona Manufacturers Council. He resides in Tucson with his wife, Dr. Mary Gaspers, and their two children.

Doug Holton

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Manager Energy Solutions, Salt River Project

Mr. Holton has over 20 years of sales, marketing and account management experience in the electric utility industry with Salt River Project. He developed and manages SRP’s new energy efficient home program, PowerWise Homes, along the account management staff charged with its implementation. During development of the program, Mr. Holton and his staff earned accreditation as Home Energy Raters, as recognized by RESNET and the National Mortgage Bankers Industry. Previous assignments include managing the account management staff for the commercial segment and working as an account manager himself. He has an M.B.A from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona.

Jeff Homer

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Corporate Director for Environmental, Health and Safety, SUMCO Phoenix

Jeff is Corporate Director for Environmental, Health and Safety for SUMCO Phoenix.  He has worked for more than 30 years in various aspects of industrial environmental and safety compliance and in hazardous materials management. He is the immediate past chairman of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Environment Committee.  Jeff also serves on the TRUWEST Credit Union Board of Directors.

Jon Kasle

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Vice President Communications and External Affairs, Raytheon Missile Systems

Jon Kasle is vice president of Communications and External Affairs at Raytheon Missile Systems (RMS). Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN), with 2013 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass.

Kasle oversees global branding, organizational communications, digital and social media, public relations, community relations, and media services at the world’s leading producer of weapons systems for the United States military and the armed forces of more than 50 international customers. Prior to joining RMS, Kasle was responsible for the Corporate Public Relations function of Raytheon Company, providing counsel to senior management and guiding communicators throughout Raytheon to ensure alignment of external communications strategies and messages with strategic business priorities. In that capacity he was responsible for financial communications; issues management and communications; integrated, enterprise-wide communications programs; international public relations; technology and innovation promotion; toptier media relations and company spokesperson duties; media analysis and training; and message delivery at key company and industry events. Kasle joined Raytheon in 2006 following 10 years at MSL Group, a leading international public relations consultancy where he was senior vice president and member of the leadership team. He led MSL’s global technology practice at its New York headquarters and also oversaw the agency’s corporate and technology practices in its Boston office. Earlier in his career, Kasle was a vice president at MSL’s Los Angeles office where he led national programs for international technology clients.

He also served as vice president of corporate communications for Royal Philips Electronics, the global consumer and professional technologies company, where he built and led Philips’ first corporate communications function in North America supporting a diverse range of divisions and product lines.

Kasle entered the public relations field in the electronics industry as a PR manager at Panasonic Company. He began his career as a journalist in New York at Thomson Publishing and Fairchild Publications, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in print journalism from Boston University.

Philip J. Lagas, R.G.

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Vice President, Brown and Caldwell

Mr. Lagas has more than 24 years of experience managing multidisciplinary waste management and environmental projects, including geologic and hydrogeologic characterization studies, environmental permitting and compliance assessments, and remedial response studies. He earned a Master of Science degree in Geological Sciences and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences and Resource Management – both from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
As Environmental Services Practice Leader, Mr. Lagas provides oversight on environmental projects throughout the southwestern United States. For commercial and industrial clients, he has conducted remedial response investigations, developed and implemented contingency, pollution prevention, and closure/post closure plans, prepared applications for hazardous waste, wastewater discharge, and air quality permits, and conducted audits to evaluate compliance with environmental regulations.
An active participant in several professional organizations, Mr. Lagas serves on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Manufacturers Council of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. For the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), he is an active member of several stakeholder committees providing ADEQ with recommendations for improving its environmental regulatory programs. Two of those committees, the Groundwater Cleanup Task Force and the Soil Remediation Standards Task Force, resulted in legislation and rules that significantly changed the way remedial response projects are conducted in Arizona.
Established in 1947, Brown and Caldwell is a multi-disciplined environmental engineering and consulting firm that provides scientific and engineering services to government and industry. The employee-owned company has headquarters in Walnut Creek, California, and has more than 1500 employees in offices throughout the United Sates. Engineering News Record ranks Brown and Caldwell 6th largest among engineering firms providing sewer/waste systems design and 55th among the nation’s top 500 environmental engineering firms.

Sondra Levine

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Assistant General Counsel, UTC Aerospace Systems-Interiors

Sondra Levine is the Assistant General Counsel for UTC Aerospace Systems-Interiors (UTAS). UTAS is one of the world’s largest aerospace and defense technology companies.  UTAS-Interiors designs, manufactures and services products for commercial, regional, business and military aircraft, helicopters and other platforms.

UTAS was formed in 2012 by combining the legacy Hamilton Sundstrand and Goodrich businesses.  UTAS (through its legacy companies) has been present in Phoenix since 1986 and maintains the headquarters for its Interiors business just a few miles from Sky Harbor Airport.  The Phoenix site is also home to the manufacturing facilities for Interiors’ evacuation slides and lighting products.

Prior to joining UTC Aerospace Systems Ms. Levine was a practicing attorney with Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP and an adjunct professor with the University of Phoenix where she taught  on topics such as business formation/dissolution, the relationship between business and the legal environment, business situations for tort liability and defenses, the social responsibility of business practices, contracts and commerce, employment law, securities regulations and investor protections, and the laws protecting intellectual property.

Ms. Levine has been honored as one of Twenty Women Who Rock by San Diego Metro Magazine. She has also been highlighted in The Daily Transcript’s Annual Law Week publication for her work in employment law. Sondra Levine has published multiple articles in law journals, state bar publications, and various law firm and defense bar publications. She has also been a featured speaker at the Society of Human Resource Management’s Law Day Conference, and the Hoyle Cohen Executive Women’s Forum.

Ms. Levine received her undergraduate degree from the University of San Diego in 2001 and her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law in 2007. While at the University of San Diego School of Law, Sondra competed with the Mock Trial team and wrote three articles that were subsequently published in the Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues. While practicing law Sondra also completed extensive training in mediation and negotiation, earning certificates with the American Arbitration Association and credentialing through the National Conflict Resolution Center. Sondra is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration which she expects to complete in January 2016. Sondra resides in North Phoenix with her two daughters.

Lucas J. Narducci

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Partner, Snell & Wilmer

Lucas Narducci has more than 27 years of experience in environmental and natural resources law. Luke regularly guides clients through administrative hearings, litigation and other forms of dispute resolution, striving to protect their assets and keep their business goals in mind. He has extensive experience in  acquisitions, divestments, expansions, mergers, ventures, operational compliance, employee work space safety, work place and third-party toxic exposures, audits, risk reductions and control methods. He also advises on policy and legislative developments that affect or could impact his clients and their businesses. He has been a lead counsel in the divestment, acquisition, operation, curtailment, reclamation and closure of several copper, gold, coal and uranium mines.

Luke’s practice has taken him across the United States, as well as to Canada, Mexico and several countries in South America. He participates in many significant business, industry and manufacturing associations in order to advance the interests of those associations and his clients, and to influence rule-making, regulatory, policy and legislative processes.

Education

  • University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law (J.D., with distinction, 1986)
  • University of Arizona (B.A., 1979)

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Arizona
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court, District of Arizona
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Professional Recognition & Awards

  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Energy & Natural Resources (2012-2014)
  • Advocate of the Year Award, Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Arizona Manufacturers Council
  • Arizona’s Top Lawyers, Environmental Law, Arizona Business Magazine (2009, 2013-2014)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business®, Environmental (including water rights) (2006-2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Environmental Law, Environmental Litigation (2007-2014)

Janet Spear

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Plant Manager, Abraxis BioScience, LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of Celgene Corporation)

Janet Spear has held the position of Plant Manager at the sterile pharmaceutical manufacturing facility of Abraxis BioScience (a wholly owned subsidiary of Celgene Corporation), since August of 2007. Having worked in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry for over 25 years, her experience includes an extensive background in Operations Management, Project Management, Strategic Planning and Quality Systems.

Her previous positions include Director of Operations with Watson Pharmaceuticals (formerly Schein Pharmaceutical), as well as director level appointments in Manufacturing and Project Management. Prior to joining Watson, she held positions of increasing responsibility in manufacturing management within The Upjohn Company (currently Pfizer) in Kalamazoo, MI, and management positions within technical operations and microbiology for International Medication Systems in South El Monte, CA.

Janet continues to be an active proponent of healthcare and bioindustry related activities within the Arizona community and is actively involved in many supporting areas. In addition to proudly serving as a board member for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce Manufacturer’s Council, she also serves on the board of the Arizona BioIndustry Association. In support of an initiative of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, she holds the position of co-chair on their Healthcare Leadership Council, an advisory group focused on establishing and differentiating Greater Phoenix as a healthcare leader and next-generation bioscience community.

On the educational forefront, she has participated as guest lecturer for the Biotechnology Department at Glendale Community College since 2007, and continues to coordinate with the department chair on curricula advisement geared towards career development in the biotechnology arena.

Janet’s academic credentials include an MBA from California Polytechnic University and a BS in Microbiology/Chemistry from Iowa State University.

Janet has been a resident of Arizona since 1993, and has two sons currently attending college. Residing in Cave Creek, she and her husband enjoy the backdrop of the desert surroundings and the outdoor activities that come with the territory.

Bill Terry

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Program Director, IBM Executive Briefing Center

Bill currently manages the IBM TotalStorage Executive Briefing Center in Tucson, Arizona and the IBM TotalStorage Open Software Center of Competency in San Jose, California. He and his team engage customers, system integrators, software vendors and business partners in understanding IBM’s TotalStorage offerings and solutions along with customized storage workshops, and outbound events on a worldwide scale. The newly opened centers are state of the art facilities developed by Bill and his team providing multi-media briefing rooms, dinning facilities with wireless connectivity and in room, remote and onsite demonstration capabilities of over twenty-five portfolio offerings.

Bill has over twenty five years of experience at IBM and Unisys that includes assignments in Marketing and Sales Support, Product Development, Storage Architecture, OEM Engineering, Program Management, System Test and Product Assurance.

Bill began his career with IBM at Tucson as Director of Engineering in 1999 and has responsible for Enterprise and Midrange Disk Subsystem Development and OEM technical relations. He was directly involved in the early definition and development of the SVC.

Bill career at Unisys included assignments as Vice President of Storage Development, Network Software and strategic product planning. He also served development assignments in midrange and entry servers and headed host bus adapter development along with tours of duty in Quality, Program Management, and Product Support.

Bill enjoys a strong work ethic and has enjoyed all of his previous assignments both those of a business and technical nature. He is activity involved with three of our largest base storage accounts as the storage advocate for Colgate, ADP and UPS; he finds this work some of his most personally satisfying activity.

Bill has a Bachelors of Science degree for the University of LaVerne and additional studies at the Stanford/AEA, Executive Management Program, the University Of Pennsylvania Wharton School Of Business, Executive Program and attending the MIT/Sloan School of Management, Executive Finance program.