December 13th CEO Roundtable Featuring Mitch Pisik

Please join Tucson Young Professionals and listen to Mitch Pisik, President and CEO of TM International.

When/Where: December 13th, 5:30-7:00pm @ Union Public House 


About CEO Roundtable:

Tucson Young Professionals holds a monthly CEO Roundtable as an avenue of professional development for our members and the community.

We ask our featured speaker to candidly speak for 30-35 minutes about their story of successes, pitfalls and laughs on their journey to becoming a successful leader.

The atmosphere is casual and conversational.



About Mitch Pisik:

Over the past 15 years, Mitch Pisik has been President and CEO of 4 Private Equity-owned Companies – 1 in New York, 2 in Texas, and 1 in Arizona.

He is also running TM International. TMI is one of Tucson’s largest manufacturers that is headquartered in Tucson. They manufacture and sell a vast array of innovative, trademarked, and licensed products – in 65,000 retail stores and in 84 countries.

Mitch Pisik

Mitch won the 2016 Leader of the Year from the Society of Human Resource Management and was a finalist for the 2016 and the 2015 Copper Cactus Business Leader of the Year for Southern Arizona.

Prior to being a CEO he held a multitude of Senior Level Executive positions for multi-billion dollar global companies including:

  • Novartis
  • Gerber
  • Newell Rubbermaid
  • Kraft

He is an active Board Member of several private, public, and not-for-profit companies. He has conducted business in over 3 dozen countries

November 8th CEO Roundtable Featuring Manny Teran

Please join Tucson Young Professionals and listen to Manny Teran, CEO of Aztera.

When/Where: November 8th, 5:30-7:00pm @ Union Public House 


About CEO Roundtable:

Tucson Young Professionals holds a monthly CEO Roundtable as an avenue of professional development for our members and the community.

We ask our featured speaker to candidly speak for 30-35 minutes about their story of successes, pitfalls and laughs on their journey to becoming a successful leader.

The atmosphere is casual and conversational.



About Manny Teran:

Mr. Teran, a successful entrepreneur, engineer, and businessmanHeadshot of Manny Teran, Aztera CEO, has nearly 15 years of direct operating experience in high technology companies, serving in technical, business development, and leadership roles. As a previous District Sales Manager for National Instruments and during his time with a large systems integrator, he has successfully led projects ranging from small data acquisition systems to multimillion dollar
aerospace and automotive test cells. Mr. Teran’s vast industry experience encompasses roles within the aerospace/military, industrial, clean tech, automotive, medical device, software, cloud computing, and electronic markets. Mr. Teran is able to harness his diverse background and leadership talents to develop and drive creative solutions to Aztera’s clients. Mr. Teran is a mechanical engineering graduate from the University of Arizona and stays active with the University of Arizona Alumni Association as part of the governing council.

Arts for All Talent Show

Arts for All (A4A) is holding its annual talent show on Saturday, July 23rd from 2PM to 3PM and TYP is very excited to be involved. There are many ways you can contribute to this great event including volunteer opportunities, or by simply just attending a great variety show filled with song and dance!

Here are the details:

WHERE: Pima Community College – West Campus – 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson, AZ 85745

Volunteer Opportunity #1: On Friday, July 22nd (the day before the show), Arts for All needs a couple volunteers to help set up the art gallery. Time is to be determined.

Volunteer Opportunity #2: On Saturday, July 23rd (the day of the show) they will need help with signing people in and out of the venue. There will be 4 shifts with 2 people assigned to each. The shifts will be:

  • 8AM to 10AM
  • 10AM to Noon
  • Noon to 2PM
  • 2PM to 4PM

Volunteer Opportunity #3:  A4A needs 2 to 4 Ushers to show people to their seats for the show from 1PM to 2:30PM.

Just-for-Fun Opportunity! Attend the show! On Saturday, July 23rd from 2PM to 3PM. No RSVP needed for this opportunity, simply show up. It is $10 at the door.

Volunteer Opportunity #4: A4A needs 4 to 6 people to help clean up the gallery and back stage after the show from 3PM to 4PM Ushers to show people to their seats from 1PM to 2:30PM

We’re looking forward to having you join us that day!

~*~ If you cannot attend, but would like to donate to Arts for All instead, please donate by selecting our donation “ticket” option!!  100% of donations will go directly to Arts for All. ~*~

July 12th CEO Roundtable Featuring Mark DeBenedetti

Please join Tucson Young Professionals and listen to Mark DeBenedetti, CEO of DeBenedetti & Co.

When/Where: July 12th, 5:30-7:00pm @ Union Public House 

About CEO Roundtable:

Tucson Young Professionals holds a monthly CEO Roundtable as an avenue of professional development for our members and the community.

We ask our featured speaker to candidly speak for 30-35 minutes about their story of successes, pitfalls and laughs on their journey to becoming a successful leader.

The atmosphere is casual and conversational.

About Mark DeBenedetti:

Mr. DeBenedetti is a CPA and business consultant. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis on Accounting and Finance. He also has a Series 65 license for financial and investment advising. Mark specializes in small business taxation and business management consulting. His valued clients range from individuals and small business owners to worldwide franchise operations in several countries and states. Mark is a Tucson native and enjoys being actively involved in the community. He has sat on the Board of Directors for several local organizations and charities and coaches little league and club baseball in his spare time. Mark founded our firm in September 2003.

June 14th CEO Roundtable Featuring Ed Mercurio-Sakwa

Please join Tucson Young Professionals and listen to Ed Mercurio-Sakwa, CEO of Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse

When/Where: June 14th, 5:30-7:00pm @ Sullivan’s Steakhouse

About CEO Roundtable:

Tucson Young Professionals holds a monthly CEO Roundtable as an avenue of professional development for our members and the community.

We ask our featured speaker to candidly speak for 30-35 minutes about their story of successes, pitfalls and laughs on their journey to becoming a successful leader.

The atmosphere is casual and conversational.

About the Speaker:

Ed Mercurio-Sakwa is the CEO of Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence through intervention and prevention efforts.  Ed has been with Emerge! since 2008, and prior to becoming CEO in April 2013, he served as the agency’s Director of Program Operations and then Chief Operating Officer.

Ed is a graduate of Cholla High School and the University of Arizona in Tucson, and earned his Master of Business Administration at James Madison University.  He began his work in human services more than 20 years ago, including serving as the Executive Director for domestic violence programs in Virginia and New Mexico, and has continued to work in the nonprofit sector throughout his career.  Ed joined the Tucson nonprofit community in 1997, and immediately prior to joining Emerge! was the Program Director at Every Voice in Action Foundation (a private foundation promoting youth activism/leadership).

Ed is married with two teenage boys and coached youth basketball at the YMCA for eight years.

Humble Hero – Lee Lambert

By V. Schmidt

Lee Lambert is not your typical CEO-type. He is the first person from the CEO Roundtable series that I have interviewed and will do a write-up on. That being said, I come into this meeting with the usual preconceived notion of what a CEO is: relentlessly driven and an all-around bad-ass.When meeting Lee, you’re immediately struck by how friendly he is and not that fake “friendliness” exhibited by sales and customer service people. You get a sense that he yearns to bond with whoever he’s talking to on a deeper level. Past the superficial niceties of day-to-day conversation. He desires to make a connection with all people, regardless of perceived status. Whether it is one of the students at Pima Community College, his colleagues or even the older employee sweeping the floor at the Starbucks he frequents.

When asked who his hero is, he confidently replies, “Ordinary day-to-day people.” His most prized possession is a folded, encased American flag given to him by a group of Pima Community College veteran students. It is proudly mounted in his office. He almost always roots for the underdog- which is perfect considering he’s the highest ranking official of a community college.

Much to my surprise, Lee believes that he is a true introvert and feels most comfortable when he is alone with his thoughts. Beneath the surface, you sense that Lee is incredibly driven and will out-work any person in his vicinity. Based on his varying experiences (take a look at his impressively endless resume online), it is clear to see that he is quick to adapt and can handle any obstacle thrown his way.

Case and point: Lee accepted the job as the Chancellor of Pima Community College amidst serious scandal. He came into this position, assessed the situation and was instrumental in working hard to get the college removed from its probationary status with its accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission. Under Lee’s watch, Pima Community College is now in good hands.

In his own words, “If you don’t change, you get left behind.”

April 12th CEO Roundtable Featuring Jan Lesher

Please join Tucson Young Professionals and listen to Jan Lesher, formerly serving Arizona Governor and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano

When/Where: April 12th, 5:30-7:00pm @ Sullivan’s Steakhouse

About CEO Roundtable:

Tucson Young Professionals holds a monthly CEO Roundtable as an avenue of professional development for our members and the community.

We ask our featured speaker to candidly speak for 30-35 minutes about their story of successes, pitfalls and laughs on their journey to becoming a successful leader.

The atmosphere is casual and conversational.

About Jan Lesher:

Lesher returned to her hometown in the spring of 2010 after serving former Arizona Governor and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano since January 2003.

Lesher served Secretary Napolitano as Chief of Staff for Operations, overseeing the daily activities of Agency’s 230,000 employees and $52 billion budget. Immediately prior to her move with the Secretary to Washington, DC, Lesher was the Governor’s Chief of Staff. Prior to being named to that position, Lesher served as Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce and the Director of the Governor’s Southern Arizona Office

Born, raised and educated in Tucson, her professional experience is extensive; she served as Vice-President of Communications and Marketing for the Tucson Economic Development Corporation, Executive Director of the Tucson Community Cable Corporation and Vice-President of Warner-Amex Cable. She founded Lesher Communications in 1990, handling corporate, public and government relations for various entities.

She has an impressive history of community involvement, including service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Commerce and Economic Development Commission; Arizona Town Hall; the Greater Arizona Development Authority; the Community Food Bank; and La Frontera. She was named a Woman of Influence by Inside Tucson Business and recognized with the Women Who Lead award from the University of Arizona Women’s Studies Advisory Council in 2004. She was honored as the Metropolitan Tucson Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year in 2005. In 2008 she was the Arizona Capitol Times Leader of the Year in Public Policy and received the YWCA Business Leadership Award.

Lesher holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona.

March 8th CEO Roundtable Featuring Matthew Hawkins

Please join Tucson Young Professionals and listen to Matthew Hawkins, CEO of Sunquest Information Systems

When/Where: March 8th, 5:30-7:00pm @ Union Public House

About CEO Roundtable:

Tucson Young Professionals holds a monthly CEO Roundtable as an avenue of professional development for our members and the community.

We ask our featured speaker to candidly speak for 30-35 minutes about their story of successes, pitfalls and laughs on their journey to becoming a successful leader.

The atmosphere is casual and conversational.

About Matthew Hawkins:

Please join Tucson Young Professionals and listen to Matthew Hawkins, CEO of Sunquest Information Systems

With a passion for healthcare and technology-enabled businesses, Matt leads the organization to help make healthcare smarter and patients safer through the delivery of innovative diagnostic and laboratory information systems to organizations across the globe. Prior to joining Sunquest, Matt served as president and board member of Greenway Health, chief executive officer and board member of Vitera Healthcare Solutions, chief executive officer and board member of SirsiDynix and vice president and general manager of Henry Schein Practice Solutions. Matt received an MBA from Harvard Business School and began his career after graduating with University Honors from Brigham Young University. Matt is deeply committed to volunteer service having held recent volunteer board positions with the Florida divisions of both the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association.

February 9th CEO Roundtable Featuring Lesli Pintor

Please join Tucson Young Professionals and enjoy our roundtable with Lesli Pintor, Senior Vice President at National Bank of Arizona

When/Where: February 9th, 5:30-7:00pm @ Union Public House

About CEO Roundtable:

Tucson Young Professionals holds a monthly CEO Roundtable as an avenue of professional development for our members and the community.

We ask our featured speaker to candidly speak for 30-35 minutes about their story of successes, pitfalls and laughs on their journey to becoming a successful leader.

The atmosphere is casual and conversational.

About Lesli Pintor:

Lesli Pintor, a 31-year seasoned veteran of the financial services industry, has been with National Bank of Arizona for 19 years, where she currently develops and manages a portfolio of business client relationships. Her finance background also includes development and construction financing, credit policy development, and bank regulation. Lesli leads the bank’s Tucson Women’s Financial Group, dedicated to building business connections for professional women through financial health programs. She is also co-creator of the bank’s formal mentoring program, and is a certified facilitator for the bank’s Leadership Challenge initiative. She is a frequent speaker for various groups and events, and has received several awards for her community activities, the most recent of which was being inducted into the University of Arizona’s Beta Gamma Sigma chapter and being recognized as a Southwest Woman of Influence by Real Estate Forum magazine.
Lesli participated in the 2014-2015 International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellows Program for emerging global leaders. She currently serves on the Non Profit Loan Fund, the Pima Community College Foundation, and the AZ Earn to Learn boards of directors. Lesli is past president of CREW Tucson (Commercial Real Estate Women) and the Arizona Repertory Singers. She also regularly volunteers with the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. She is a native of Douglas, Arizona and is a proud Wildcat mom of a UA sophomore.

January 12th CEO Roundtable Featuring Lee Lambert

Please join Tucson Young Professionals and enjoy our roundtable with Lee Lambert, Chancellor of Pima Community College

When/Where: January 12th, 5:30-7:00pm @ Union Public House

About CEO Roundtable:

Tucson Young Professionals holds a monthly CEO Roundtable as an avenue of professional development for our members and the community.

We ask our featured speaker to candidly speak for 30-35 minutes about their story of successes, pitfalls and laughs on their journey to becoming a successful leader.

The atmosphere is casual and conversational.

About Lee Lambert:

Lee Lambert, Chancellor of Pima Community College, has been Chancellor since July 1, 2013.Chancellor Lambert formerly served on the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and in[masked] he served on AACC’s Executive Committee. He is a former chair of AACC’s Committee on Program Initiatives and Workforce Training.

Has been asked by the governments of China and India to speak to educators in those countries about the critical role community colleges can play in educating and training the workforce of the 21st century.

Keynote presenter for the AACC delegation at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics World Congress in Beijing, October 2014.

Recently, Chancellor Lambert has received the National leadership award from Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education “in recognition of your leadership in the field of higher education and your contributions to the API community,” April 2015. He also received award from Arizona’s chapter of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for service to the College’s student-veterans, May 2015.And was recognized by League of United Latin American Citizens Council 1057 at the group’s annual Educators Awards & Scholarship Banquet, April 2015.

In addition, he was named Man of the Year by the Pan Asian Community Alliance in Tucson, February 2015. He also is a Board member for the National Asian Pacific Islanders Council Advisory Board member and the Southern Arizona Council for International Visitors.

 

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