Biz Ins and Outs

JNF names Jane Jozoff Friends of the Arava Trustee

Jewish National Fund is proud to announce that Jane Jozoff of Paradise Valley, a partner in Donovan’s Steak and Chop House in Phoenix, has been named a Trustee of the Friends of the Arava Institute of Newton Center, MA. Friends of the Arava is the fundraising arm of the Arava Institute of Environmental Studies, which is location on Kibbutz Ketura in Israel’s Arava desert.

Miriam May, executive director of Friends of the Arava Institute, said Jozoff will be one of 41 board members. The board has fiscal and operational oversight over the Friends of the Arava Institute, an organization that works to raise funds in support of the Arava Institute, with its partner, Jewish National Fund.

The Arava Institute is an environmental academic institution in the Middle East that is dedicated to preparing future Israeli, Palestinian and Jordian leaders to cooperatively find solutions to regional and global challenges.

Jozoff, a member of JNF’s Major Donor President’s and Sapphire Societies, said of her appointment, “By having members of different areas and countries work together, they get to share similar goals which promote understanding and cooperation.” Jozoff added, “The Institute’s environmental projects benefit a region with many challenges, with abundant, sustainable water being at the top of the list. Meeting the dedicated people involved in this endeavor has brought me confidence that my time and talents will prove valuable and productive.”


Hillel at ASU purchases property

Hillel Jewish Student Center at Arizona State University has purchased a property to double its footprint at the Tempe campus and expand programming opportunities for Jewish students. The new property, at 1020 S. Mill Ave., is located directly south of Hillel’s current facility at 1012 S. Mill Ave.

Additional space will allow for multiple events to occur at one time, addressing new needs that have emerged as Hillel has doubled its student engagement over the past year. Under the leadership of its executive director, Debbie Yunker Kail, Hillel now has more frequent and diverse concurrent meetings and programs, increased attendance, and a growing staff to support these efforts.

“We are grateful to those in the community who helped us take advantage of this unique opportunity to secure the property,” Board of Directors President Steven M. Goldstein said. The purchase was made possible through the generosity of: The Molly Blank Fund of the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Andrew & Amy Cohn, Deeann Jo Griebel, The William S. and Ina Levine Foundation, and Barry & Barbara Zemel. Stu Siefer provided help with initial architectural plans, Barry Zemel championed this project from the beginning, and Ms. Kail led the fundraising initiative.


Michael Pollack sets Guinness World Record

On Thursday, Sept. 28 an official adjudicator from Guinness World Records began counting the more than 8,900 pieces located in Valley Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Michael Pollack’s collection of advertising statues. The counting took place in Pollack’s 3-D Advertising Museum, which is located inside his Mesa based headquarters of Pollack Investments.

When the count was final, Pollack’s museum contained 8,917 pieces.

The pieces vary and range from rare life-size characters and signs, to miniature mannequins to 144 of the Baranger displays that were leased to jewelry stores between 1937-1977.

Pollack who has spent 44 years redeveloping real estate projects across California, Nevada and Arizona, said he never imagined the collection he started as a teenager would grow to what it is today.

“This is not only a huge honor for me to say we have earned a Guinness World Records title, but to know we truly have the largest collection of advertising statues anywhere in the world,” says Pollack. “This just shows what started as passion for me at 14 years old has grown into something rather extraordinary 50 years later.”

The various pieces are displayed throughout the museum so they can be enjoyed in their spacious surroundings.


The Driver Provider Announces key hires

The Driver Provider is pleased to announce two high profile hires joining the company’s leadership team. Barry Gross, formerly of Reston Limousine, has signed on as the company’s new Executive Director. Kaity Quinley, the former Vice President at All Resort Group, will work as Driver Provider’s Regional Director of operations. Both Quinley and Gross bring years of experience and passion for the industry to their new roles. They also previously worked together at All Resort Group in Salt Lake City.

As Executive Director, Gross will be based out of The Driver Provider’s headquarters in Phoenix and will oversee the company’s operations in all five markets including Phoenix, Sedona and Tucson, Salt Lake City, Utah and Jackson Hole, WY. Gross’ experience in two of The Driver Provider’s key markets, Phoenix and Salt Lake City, will make for a smooth and rapid transition.

Quinley will remain in Salt Lake City as Regional Director of the company’s operations there. Her 11 years of experience in operations and client relations will lend a steady hand to the company’s newest office.

“We are thrilled to welcome Barry and Kaity to our team,” says The Driver Provider founder Jason R. Kaplan. “Each individual has an impressive record of success, commendable business principles and an unwavering commitment to excellence.”


JFCS of Southern Arizona’s Carlos A. Hernández wins award

Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona is proud to announce that President & CEO, Carlos A. Hernández was awarded 1st Place for Outstanding Leadership in the category of Mental Health and Psychiatric Services at the 2017 Influential Health and Medical Leaders Award ceremony Wednesday, September 27 at the Casino de Sol Resort.

Every year, Tucson Local Media honors local medical and healthcare professionals who have made significant contributions and demonstrated outstanding dedication to their work.

At age 47, Hernández is considered a young CEO, and is the first Latino to serve as President and CEO of JFCS of Southern Arizona, a nonprofit, non-sectarian specialty provider offering psycho-therapeutic counseling, patient-centered trauma-informed care (PCTI), and social services to thousands of vulnerable community members of all faiths, ethnicities, races, sexual orientations and economic circumstances.

“Under Carlos’ outstanding leadership, JFCS has seen program expansion, technological advancement, and improvement in the delivery of services,” said Fred Fruchthendler, JFCS Board Chair. “This is a significant and well-deserved honor.”

As an influential community health leader, Hernandez has devoted his life work to broad-based collaboration, quality improvement, de-stigmatization of mental illness, and achieving mental health parity for low-income and under-insured people. As the World Health Organization states, “There can be no community health without mental health.”


Arizona Helping Hands sets record…again

For the fifth consecutive year, Scottsdale charity Arizona Helping Hands has set a new annual record for their service to Arizona’s children in foster care. As of September 30th, AHH has provided beds or cribs to 2,204 children, smashing through the 2016 annual total of 2,003 – and there’s still months to go in the year!

Dan Shufelt, President & CEO of AHH says, “To us it was unimaginable that a child that had already endured tough times in their short lives didn’t even have a safe place to sleep. We heard of children who were placed into care, primarily with family members, who were sleeping on the floor, or fighting over whose turn it was for the sofa. Our program has been instrumental in changing that dynamic. Families come to us for support from all over Arizona, traveling from Kingman, Yuma, the Native American communities and every corner of the state to receive a bed for their child to sleep on.”

In addition to beds and cribs, AHH provides other items every family needs – clothing, diapers, personal care packages – and then also celebrates children with personalized birthday packages. “We want to let children know that their community cares about them. We will make them safe and comfortable, and we will show them that we care and want them to have a happy, positive life!” Shufelt says.

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