10 Finalists chosen for ATHENA Awards


Tucson  – From more than thirty nominations of incredibly qualified Southern Arizona women, ten finalists have been selected and will be recognized when the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) hosts the annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 22, 2011.

ATHENA honors exceptional woman leaders who demonstrate the highest levels of professional excellence, give back to their communities and, most importantly, assist other women in realizing their full leadership potential.

“Congratulations to all of the nominees and the finalists for the 2011 ATHENA Award,” says Donna Davis, Chief Executive Officer of ASBA and a previous ATHENA recipient.  “These remarkable women leaders contribute in a significant way to business and our communities in Southern Arizona.”

The following are the ten finalists for Southern Arizona:

Vicki Began, Vice President of Patient Services and Nursing at UMC. Over the past 25 years in Neonatal Intensive Care, Public Health Nursing and Nursing Administration, Vicki has inspired many who, like her, strive to always offer the best, most compassionate care to their patients.

Mary Darling, Owner of Darling Environmental and Surveying, Ltd. Mary has grown Darling Environmental and Surveying, Ltd. into a million dollar, nationally recognized leader in 3D technology.

Katharine Kent, President of The Solar Store. Katharine is the only woman nationally to hold both the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certification as a PV and Solar Thermal Installer.

Nancy Meech, Founding Partner of Heinfeld Meech & Co PC. Nancy was instrumental in creating and nourishing H&M’s widely known culture. H&M was named to the list of the 25 Best Small Companies to Work for in America for the past four years.

Marylee Pangman, Owner of The Contained Gardener.  Marylee has vast experience in management and relationship building, and over 25 years in the nonprofit world.  She is a previous Editor of Master Gardener Newsletter.

Lesli Pintor, Senior Vice President of National Bank of Arizona.  Lesli is the highest ranking woman in commercial lending at National Bank of Arizona in southern Arizona, and one of the senior women in the state, and initiated a formal mentoring program which is being implemented bank-wide.

Mary Rowley, President and Owner of Strongpoint Public Relations.  Mary has grown Strongpoint into one of the leading PR firms in Arizona, expanding her capabilities to include offices in Phoenix and San Francisco.

Dr. Soyeon Shim, Director of the University of Arizona’s John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.  Dr. Shim has managed multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns, built a world-renowned academic program, and for two decades mentored students, faculty and staff.

Keri Lazarus Silvyn, Partner at Lewis and Roca LLP.  Keri has practiced in the areas of zoning, land use, real estate and environmental law since 1998.  She is the visionary behind Imagine Greater Tucson and serves as the Chair of its Board of Directors.

Janet (Jan) Woods, Hospital Administrator and Co-Owner of Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson.  Jan consults with numerous primary and specialty care veterinary hospitals throughout the United States with regard to daily operations, employment law, strategic management, regulatory requirements, finance and marketing.

“It is truly an honor to be nominated; this recognition is highly respected and well-known throughout cities across the U.S. and internationally,” says Davis.

The finalists were selected by an independent selection committee consisting of Judy Clinco, Founder and President of CareGiver Training Institute and the 2010 ATHENA Southern Arizona recipient; Kearin Kasper, Regional Manager for SCF Arizona; Jan Lesher, Pima County Deputy Administrator of Medical and Health Services;  Laura Penny, Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona; Kim States, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona, and Jackie Thompson, Manager of Community Affairs and Grassroots Corporate Communications for Southwest Airlines.

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Accenture Match Play Championship Tickets Now Available


Accenture Match Play Championship tournament officials announced yesterday the launch of general admission tickets for next year’s tournament, giving fans ample time and opportunity to ensure they have a front-row seat to the February 2012 event.

The top 64 players in the world of golf will return to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, for the Accenture Match Play Championship, February 20-26, 2012.

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“The Accenture Match Play Championship is a limited-attendance event,” said Gerald Goodman, executive director. “What we want fans to understand is that since this is such a unique format—we start with 32 matches on Wednesday and end up with a thrilling, head-to-head championship on Sunday afternoon—we limit the number of tickets available in order to ensure the best experience for our fans. You can get so close to the action throughout the week, but we encourage everyone to get their tickets now to guarantee they’re a part of what is sure to be an incredible tournament.”

Below are general admission ticket prices for the 2012 Accenture Match Play Championship:

  • Monday – Practice Round $25, $35
  • Tuesday – Practice Round $25, $35
  • Wednesday – First Round $45, $55
  • Thursday – Second Round $45, $55
  • Friday – Third Round $45, $55
  • Saturday – Quarterfinal $35, $45
  • Sunday – Semifinals, Championship & Consolation Matches $35, $45
  • Weekly Package (Monday-Sunday tickets) $125, $135

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Fans can also take advantage of a special ticket offer that is available only online and includes parking and golf at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, for only $249.

The “Golf Pack” includes two Good-Any-One-Day tickets to the event, one Parking Pass (good any one day) to Lot T3, and two rounds of golf at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain (Valid Oct. 1, 2011 – Jan. 31, 2012).

Tournament officials also announced that they will debut a new general parking lot, located at the base of Dove Mountain Boulevard and Tangerine. Fans will have only a 10-minute shuttle ride to the tournament, compared to the 30-minute shuttle from the previous lot, which was on Tangerine closer to I-10.

As has been the case in years past, youth 18 and younger are admitted free to the Accenture Match Play Championship when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Additionally, complimentary tickets are available for all active, retired and reserve military and their dependents. A valid military I.D. will be required at the gate for admission.

The Accenture Match Play Championship partners with the Tucson Conquistadores to be the sales arm and charitable contribution beneficiary of the Accenture Match Play Championship. Proceeds from the Accenture Match Play Championship primarily benefit The Tucson Conquistadores charities, including The First Tee of Tucson, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA and Pima County Special Olympics. Since 1962, The Tucson Conquistadores have contributed more than $23 million to youth organizations.

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