10 AM – 10:45 AM
Deer Valley Members
Director of Operations
Business Name: Arizona Energy Pros Inc.
Description: As Director of Operations of Arizona Energy Pros Inc., Rusty is responsible for leading the company in providing an exceptional construction experience for our clients, business partners, and employees.
After a successful start to his career working with other prominent electrical construction companies, Rusty has held a variety of management positions since joining Arizona Energy Pros Inc., ranging from project engineer, project manager, regional director of Arizona, national account manager, to his current role as Director of Operations.
Having worked and lived in Peoria AZ, Rusty is familiar with the unique characteristics and business environments that define the area AEPros concentrates on. He has been involved with many different types of work ranging from small residential projects to large commercial projects for clients.
Outside of work, Rusty enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle taking in all the world has to offer along with his wife and two sons.
Business Name: Whitman & Jackson, CPAs
Description: I’m an experienced tax accountant with a 10 year history of working in public accounting. After working five years in the mortgage industry, I decided to pursue an education and career in accounting and successfully passed the CPA exam in March of 2011. Gaining a client’s trust is of utmost importance to me. What I enjoy most about my job is building client relationships and learning about people’s passions.
My wife Melissa and I enjoy spending our free time with our two boys Hank and Olly. I also love music, reading and sometimes dabble in writing stories.
Business Name: PT DESIGN
Description: Patricia Thornham combines her background as a graphic designer with her photography, creating a style consisting of colorful and energetic imagery. Running a client-friendly, service-oriented business she believes that great creativity often is the result of team effort and values working closely with her clients. PT DESIGN is located in Phoenix, Arizona.
Jacob La Grander
Business Name: Farmers Insurance
As a resident of Arizona for nearly a decade, I’m proud to serve Phoenix Valley and the entire state as your local Farmers Insurance® agent. Stop by or reach out to my office regarding all of your coverage needs for auto, home, renters, and business insurance. We are also licensed and qualified to serve your needs regarding life insurance¹ or financial products.*Searching for an insurance policy shouldn’t be mission impossible, which is why we know that you are sure to love our efforts to make it as simple and easy as possible for you. Our approach is rather straightforward, and our agents will be with you every step of the way.
We’re not just another agency looking at making an easy sell. We treat our customers like family because they are. Let’s get started today! Give me a call at (623) 825-1700 and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
Phone: (623) 825-1700
Business Name: Calivas and Jovanovic Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
“Our passion is to deliver exceptional client experiences by consistently committing and devoting ourselves towards achieving our clients’ unique goals and dreams” are words that both symbolize and embody the essence and philosophy of our team. We align our disciplines, processes and procedures with each of our clients’ goals and needs so that we can assist individuals, families, businesses and organizations, to build, manage, preserve and transition their wealth by providing high quality advice for investments, risks, liabilities and estates which represent the cornerstones of our core competencies.
We have an extensive and diversified business background with more than 35 years of business experience. Designations include Certified Financial Planner, Certified Investment Management Analyst and Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor. Registrations include Series 7, 63, 65 as well as Life, Health & Disability Insurance licenses. In addition, designation accredited curriculum was completed in estate planning through the National Association of Estate Planning Council and paralegal training through Adelphi University. Although we assist in the estate planning process for clients, we do not provide legal or tax advice. Additional team education qualifications include: BA in Economics & Political Science, MBA and investment manager analyst from the Wharton School of Business.
Business Name: Pioneer Title Agency
Description: Mickey began her real estate career in 1979 as a Realtor, Broker and then manager of a real estate company. She entered the title business in 1985 and has worked at Grand Canyon Title since August of 1999. She was named the Phoenix Association of Realtors Affiliate of the Year in 1989 and 1995. She was also honored with being named the Phoenix Women’s Council of Realtors Member of the Year in 1992. She served on the City of Phoenix Commission on Housing and has had many other community involvements. She has taught real estate at Glendale Community College. Her motto is to “Exceeding Expectations” and she strives to give her customers the best service in the industry.
Business Name: Castle & Cooke Mortgage
Description: Arizona native Charlene Sharp has over 8 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Her knowledge and expertise of the local market, combined with her experience, allow to her seamlessly guide each client through the loan process. Charlene received her Bachelor’s Degree and MBA from the University of Phoenix. She worked in home equity lending for 5 years for Wells Fargo Home Equity, before later becoming a Mortgage Loan Originator at Desert Springs Mortgage. Charlene is very active in her community; she is currently a board memeber of the Maricopa Business Alliance, President of Friends of the Glendale Library, and Secretary for the Deer Valley Lions Club. She volunteers for various Veterans Organizations as well. Because Charlene has always placed the integrity of the transaction and the needs of the client first, she is known in the community for the high level of customer service and expertise that she provides. Charlene specializes in loans for credit-challenged and self-employed borrowers. Whether you are looking to purchase your first or fifth home, or refinance, Charlene will come through for you!
Business Name: Tru Realty
Description: Christopher comes from a strong military family and through the joys and pains of numerous moves with his family he developed a passion for real estate at a young age. However, before making the career jump into real estate Christopher studied at Notre Dame and ASU. Then he served as financial analyst to Green & Grow, Old National Bank, and the Sutherland Law Practice. Ultimately, Christopher’s diverse background leads to the benefit of his clients whether they be first time home buyers or investors. Today, Christopher lives in Central Phoenix with his wife, Tricia, and their son, Henry, and their chocolate lab, Bear.
Vice President/ Branch Manager
Business Name:First Fidelity Bank
Description: I have over 30 years of banking experience; specializing in the lending and banking needs of both my business and consumer customers. I strive for excellence with every customer interaction. Being a strong customer advocate, I pride myself in building meaningful relationships with all of my clients. First Fidelity Bank aligns with my beliefs for providing outstanding customer service. I’ve managed the Scottsdale, Arrowhead and Deer Valley Offices since joining their team in 2012.
Originally from Oregon, it was an easy decision to move to Arizona 6 years ago to be near my daughter, son-in-law and my two beautiful grandchildren. The sunny weather was a plus!
I am enjoying developing new relationships in the Phoenix market and helping my clients all of their financial needs.
Business Name: GoPro Networking
Description: I am the founder and Executive Director of GoPro Networking. I started this organization in 2006 after belonging to many chambers and referral organizations. For me most had way too many rules, regulations and took way too much time. I also felt the cost of a weekly meal that I did not eat was way too much.
I put together a very simple program were small business people could come together on a weekly basis and build relationships with very minimal amount of time and money.
My concept has proven to be most beneficial to hundreds of business people over the years. It has been my honor and privilege to assist and observe our members build and grow their businesses.
Business Name: GOPRO
Description: I have been involved in sales for the past 14 years. My extensive marketing background will be a real value working with current members to attract power partners for each one of you!