Liles named president, CEO of Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) Board of Directors has named Ahwatukee Foothills resident Laurie Liles as its new president and chief executive officer, following an extensive national search. Liles, who now leads AzHHA's legislative and regulatory advocacy team, will begin her new role on Sept. 7.

Currently senior vice president of public affairs, Liles joined AzHHA in 1991. Through her successful implementation of AzHHA's strategic advocacy agenda, Liles has positively influenced public policy on behalf of the state's hospitals and healthcare community.

Liles has held progressively more responsible positions during her 19-year career with AzHHA, culminating most recently with her multiple leadership roles in public affairs. She has worked closely with the chief executive officers of AzHHA member hospitals throughout Arizona and looks forward to her new role.

Liles will succeed John Rivers, who has served as AzHHA president and CEO since 1986. Rivers will be available in a consulting role until his retirement becomes official in Jan. 2011.

H&M expands in Arizona

H&M (Hennes & Mauritz) opened a new store July 22 at Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 E. Camelback Road.

For details, visit

ASA of Arizona hosting networking social

Members and industry supporters of the American Subcontractors Association of Arizona (ASA of Arizona) are invited to a free "sweet summer fun" networking social from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, hosted by Morrison & Associates, CPAs, 5650 W. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2.

Bring a friend or nonmember along to enjoy the fun. Registration is required. Visit or call (480) 424-7855 for more information.

Ahwatukee chamber events

July 26, 8 to 9 a.m., Ahwatukee Chamber Professionals Leads Group, chamber offices.

July 28, 8 a.m., LeadzSmart Networking Group, chamber offices.

July 29, 8 a.m., Get to Know Your Chamber, chamber Offices. RSVP to

The chamber offices are at 10235 S. 51st St., Suite 185. For more information, call (480) 753-7676 or visit

Wells Fargo collecting food for Arizona food banks

Wells Fargo is conducting a summer food drive in Arizona to collect donations for food banks through July 31. The event is the only statewide food drive in Arizona, with collection bins in all 261 stores throughout the state.

Donations will benefit members of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, which collectively distributed more than 110 million pounds of food last year - enough to provide 235,445 meals every day through 1,600 sites.

According to the Association of Arizona Food Banks, local food shelves that are filled during holiday season collection drives in November and December are nearly depleted by summer.

People who wish to donate cash may send checks to the Association of Arizona Food Banks, 2100 N. Central Ave., Suite 230, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Donations also may be made online at

M&I Bank hosting school supply drive

Across Arizona, schools are facing record budget cuts. Even in the best financial years, it is estimated that a teacher will spend between $400 and $700 of their own money on supplies for their classroom. This includes writing and creative tools, motivational materials, audio/visual aids and books, among other things.

M&I Bank Arizona is helping support these valuable community members by hosting a school supply drive during the month of July. Each branch has partnered with a neighborhood school to help teachers provide the most enriching educational experience possible. The M&I branch, 4835 E. Warner Road, has partnered with Ahwatukee Foothills Prep, and community members are invited to stop in and donate school supply items. All supplies are appreciated; the most requested items are Kleenex, hand sanitizer and pencils.

Foothills Floral Gallery hosts weekly flower happy hours

Foothills Floral Gallery at 4910 E. Ray Road hosts flower happy hours from noon to 5 p.m. every Friday featuring half price on select loose stems and 30% off all gift items (through July 31).

For information, call (480) 496-0202 or visit

Promote your business, cater chamber breakfast

Are you a new business? Or, maybe an existing one that would like to donate your culinary selections to let people in the community get a taste of what you are all about? Then the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce's monthly Get to Know Your Chamber breakfast is the place for you! The breakfasts are generally attended by about 30 people that you would need to cater for.

If this is something you are interested in, contact Christine Hamel at (480) 753-7676.

East Valley Business Breakfast Group

The East Valley Business Breakfast Group meets on the third Thursdays of each month from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Community Room at the Chandler Police Department, 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., Chandler.

The EVBBG is a not-for-profit volunteer organization promoting growth of small, minority, women and diverse business owners. No membership is required, and services are provided by experts and professional mentors.

For more information, e-mail

LeadZSmart business meetings on Wednesdays at chamber

A LeadZSmart Leads Group meets every Wednesday at the Ahwatukee Chamber of Commerce, 10235 S. 51st Street, Suite 185. A meet and greet starts at 7:30 a.m. and the meeting is from 8 to 9 a.m.

All who attend will have a 60-second intro at the beginning of the meeting, followed by a 10-minute member presentation. The meeting will also include a helpful lead referral lesson and group discussion.

For more information, e-mail Christine Marek at or Judy Young at

Interested in hosting a chamber event?

Hosting an event for the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce is a great way to get your business noticed.

Tuesday morning mixers are from 8 to 9 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month, and Wednesday evening mixers are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month.

For detailed hosting information, contact Christine at (480) 753-7676.

Organizations come together to advance civic engagement and civil dialogue

Five of Arizona's premier organizations have joined forces as a collective catalyst for civic action to help advance the important interests of Arizona. The organizations involved in this special collaboration will host a unique event, It's Up to Me AZ: A Day of Civic Action, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Wyndham Phoenix Downtown, 50 E. Adams St.

All concerned Arizonans are invited to attend either half or full day. Individual full day tickets are $225, the luncheon only is $125 and dinner only is $150. Corporate tables and sponsorship packages are also available. Please contact Tara at (602) 252-9600 or Mary Lee at (602) 452-7000, ext. 7043. A special online portal has been established for this collaboration and event day registration at

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