Arizona Achievers

Arizona Achievers

Arizona is rich in success. Our business community is filled with hard-working, progressive leaders striving for a better tomorrow. If you are looking to get to know the faces behind the biggest organizations in AZ, this is the show for you. In every episode, key decision makers in our community share their success stories, failures and visions, so you get insight into their thought process and get inspired.

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Arizona Achievers
  • Dr. Jeannine Hinds, The Tiny House Doc

    "At some point, you have to make an informed decision to continue that path... As a child, it's the way that you were raised. As an adult, it's the way you choose to live."

    Guest: Dr. Jeannine Hinds, Tiny House Doc, Honor Health, Oasis Ministries
    Host: Lloyd Hopkins, Million Dollar Teacher Pr...

  • Rich Nickel, President & CEO, College Success Arizona

    "A lot of leadership is just being ready to lead, and then doing what you think is best."

  • Leanna Taylor, CEO, Arizona Pet Project

    “I think for a lot of folks who have never gone through difficult times have a harder time understanding what that does to your whole world. I was laid off at the height of the recession in 2010. And I very much remember making those horrible choices between ‘do I buy toothpaste or toilet paper t...

  • Stephanie Vasquez, Creator & Founder, Fair Trade Café

    "You don't have to know everything... We have these things in our mind that make us think 'I have to know this to experience this' -- no you don't. . . Just go. Because otherwise, you can't be a business owner, you can't be this and you can't be that if you're allowing yourself, like that in betw...

  • Berdetta Hodge, TUHSD Governing Board Member

    "A sister will always know how to get a job. But, the sister who knows why she got that job will be the other sister's boss. Never, ever do anything without knowing the why.

  • Essen Otu, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, SRP

    Essen Otu gets real about philanthropy, describes his "subtle leadership" style and explains the importance of self-care to his success.

  • Andrew Zwerner, CEO, Chassi

    As a former intelligence officer and Navy Seal, Andrew Zwerner knows a bit about what it takes to develop a high-performance team.

  • Olenka Cullinan, Business & Mindset Coach

    Forbes recently reported that 54% of women have left the workforce during the pandemic According to Olenka Cullinan, the silver lining of this mass exodus is that it gave women an opportunity to sit with themselves and as the big questions like "what is my purpose"? Cullinan makes a living "lovin...

  • Dick Foreman, President & CEO, ABEC

    Don't tell his colleagues, but Dick Foreman loves what he does so much that he would do it for free. Foreman was able to harmonize his background in business and politics with his passion for education when he came to ABEC. Learn his secrets to success.

  • Avein Saaty-Tafoya, President & CEO, AST Consulting

    This Arizona Achiever tells an inspiring story of how her experience as a refugee molded the path to her success as a healthcare executive. She also shares advice every entrepreneur needs to hear.

  • Matt Gottesman, Entrepreneur

    “I saw a need very early on for businesses and brands to adapt to a digital world that was going to become very savvy and a way that we were all going to communicate.”

  • Kashuna Hopkins, President, Favored Medical Billing

    Kashauna Hopkins, President of Favored Medical Billing, never received formal education in medical billing. But, 11 years later and a business of 70 clients nationwide, she's proof that untraditional education might be a revolution in the making. 

  • Brian Lee, President & CEO, Landings Credit Union

    “Do we allow ourselves to take a chance and get outside our comfort zone so that we can make a mistake? But, then also recover from it, and then learn from it.”

  • Thomas Barr, Vice President Business Development, Local First Arizona

    "I think we need to be inviting more people in. We need to be helping other people understand how they can activate the right way with the knowledge that they have to move things forward in a productive way."

  • Mathew Blades, iHeart Radio Personality

    Host Lloyd Hopkins guides a discussion with guest Mathew Blades about Blades' 27-year experience in radio and how the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the industry. He also talks about his podcast, Fathers Like Me, his leadership philosophy and his philanthropic work for children.

  • Dr. Paul Underwood, Cardiologist and Medical Director, Boston Scientific

    Fewer than 3% of all cardiologists are Black people Despite the clear inequality in cardiology and practicing medicine in general (Black people make up roughly 5% of all physicians) Dr. Paul Underwood has spent decades as a trailblazer and advocate for community education and collaboration.

  • Joyce Medina Harper, Executive Director, Dougherty Foundation

    How can nonprofits make sure they’re spending money where it counts? By taking a position of partnership instead of power with community leaders. According to Harper, being the person with the money and privilege doesn’t always equate to knowing how to best budget nonprofit finances.

  • Stephanie Parra, Executive Director, All in Education

    How can the education system resolve the systemic inequalities that hold so many communities back from reaching their full potential? “It’s going to take a collective effort and all of us coming together around a common cause,” says Stephanie Parra, founding Executive Director of All In Education.

  • Justin Bayless, CEO, Bayless Integrated Healthcare

    “I've always been hungry for knowledge from people who have been successful,” explains CEO of Bayless Integrated Healthcare, located in Phoenix. Throughout the pandemic, Bayless built his company into one of only 13 accredited telehealth providers in America. He also reached executive status in h...

  • Jevin Hodge, Nonprofit Leader

    Jevin Hodge is a nonprofit leader, a business leader, motivational speaker, business coach and has even run for a political office. By day, Hodge serves as the National Engagement Coordinator for LINK Strategic Partners based in Washington, D.C.

    Hodge has three principles for leadership that ha...

  • Shawn Pearson, Founder, Zion Institute

    "I don’t accept ‘no’ because my journey has been that if somebody else had said no and given up on the opportunities that I was given, then I wouldn’t be here."

  • Alice Cooper, Rock & Roll Legend

    For close to two decades, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Valley legend Alice Cooper has been providing opportunities for teens to open up and find their creativity and talents in the world of music and the arts. He and his wife Sheryl created the Solid Rock foundation back in the mid 2000's but ...

  • Lloyd Hopkins, Founder, Million Dollar Teacher Project

    Lloyd Hopkins lost his job. As if to eliminate any possibility of misunderstanding, he elaborates. He was fired. And, for punctuation, he knew it was coming and knew he should’ve left the job at least two years before his firing. Make no mistake. There is no sugar-coating in his unvarnished, rela...

  • Jason Franklin, Co-Founder, Sportiqe

    Jason joined us on Arizona Achievers to talk about learning lessons in business early on and applying those lessons even after a substantial amount of success. Sportiqe is now a global company that has partnerships with many large organizations including the NBA and Nintendo.