As with so many Arizonans, golf brought Chad Patton to the state. The Kansas native headed to Florida to attend college, and then jumped at a chance to pursue a golf career in the Phoenix area. He never could have imagined, however, that in two decades he would be a leader in the transportation and logistics industry.
Arizona native Whitney Pozgay spent her early years in Phoenix surrounded by a supportive family and pursuing her love of art. Today, the award-winning fashion designer lives in New York City, where she navigates the fashion industry at the helm of her own women's wear label, WHIT.
There's no way you could not notice Randy Johnson. At nearly seven feet tall, the former Major League Baseball star is a force to be reckoned with—on the field and off—which earned him the nickname "The Big Unit" in the initial days of his career.
If you've been in Phoenix for any length of time, you might feel as if you known Sean McLaughlin (pronounced Seen). the one-time weekend weather anchor for KPNX Channel 12 is now the weeknight male news anchor for KPHO Channel 5. His face—and his voice—are familiar. Most Phoenix residents have listened to him as he discusses monsoon storms and haboobs as you prepare your evening meal. today, he's one of Arizona's most popular news personalities, and people feel a kinship due to all of those evenings when he's been a fixture in the family room.
Justin Trevor Winters is a really funny man. The Hollywood storyteller—known in the industry for his dramedy, and by his wife as an "expert bullshitter"—had dreams of starring on the silver screen. "But I quickly learned I was maybe the world's worst actor," explains Winters over a late night Sazerac. That realization led him to screenwriting. today, the writer continues his love-hate relationship with words from both Los Angeles and Phoenix.
Jennifer Hecker Duval is a social worker, wife, and mother. She is proud to be a native Arizonan, and spent her childhood traveling the state's back roads. When her husband, Fred Duval, ran for governor in 2014, she says she realized it was a perfect chance to reacquaint herself with the best of Arizona.
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) opened to the public in April 2010. During its first five years, the MIM (www.mim.org) has become a world-class museum offering a musical immersion to visitors through its collection of 15,000 instruments from around the world. The new executive director, April Salomon, says becoming a world-class facility has always bene the intent—and she would know. Hired as the executive assistant to the first president in 2007, she has been involved with the museum from its earliest days, and in many different roles.
Jason Rowley, the president of the Phoenix Suns, says he's as close to an Arizona native as possible. He loves Arizona and the professional basketball team he presides over. Rowley was born in the small town of Paynesville, Ohio—not far out of Cleveland—into a media family. But his fondest childhood memories are of Arizona.
Nicole and Billy Cundiff had, for the most part, a sort of charmed life. He with an HFL career and she as a lawyer, following in her father's footsteps. Life changed dramatically in September 2007 when Nicole's mother, Colleen Drury, was diagnosed with Stage 3C ovarian cancer. That terminal diagnosis, which ended in Drury's death in February 2013, would have left some people broken. Not the Cundiffs. Instead, it motivated them to share Drury's passion for life, to make the world aware of ovarian cancer, and to help find an early diagnosis screening test for the deadly disease by creating Colleen's Dream Foundation.