Posted on September 3, 2014 by Fighter Country
Mr. Williamson has more than 30 years of entrepreneurial and executive level experience, primarily in the financial and operational aspects of companies.
Specializing in accessing the Canadian capital markets for global investments, Mr. Williamson is Chairman of EPCOR Water USA, the largest private water utility in Arizona, a subsidiary of EPCOR Utilities, headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, with operations in Canada and the U.S. Mr. Williamson is also CEO of Nest Ventures L.L.C. with offices in Montreal and Phoenix.
Mr. Williamson is the founder and CEO of the Canada Arizona Business Council, a private sector group sanctioned by the Canadian Government and the State of Arizona to work on increasing bilateral trade and foreign direct investment between Canada and Arizona. On February 10, 2014, Mr. Williamson was appointed Honorary Consul for Canada for Arizona.
He is also a “Visiting Speaker” at Thunderbird: The American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona. He was a founding board member of Arizona State University’s North American Center for Trans Border Studies, a member of the Deans Advisory Council in the School of Global Management & Leadership at Arizona State University, and a Board Member of the International Committee of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
Posted on May 30, 2014 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Ricky Lyons, Conductor and Enthusiast, Champion. He is an alumni member of the Honorary Commander Program, and a Blue Blazer of Fighter Country Partnership’s Blue Blazer Squadron.
In 1999, Ricky commenced operations of Champion as a real estate development firm located and operating from Scottsdale, Arizona. He capitalized this new entity with a group of partners and a team who brought differing experiences to Champion, enhancing all of its experiences.
Ricky started his career practicing law with Witten Law Firm in Edmonton, Alberta from 1969 to 1983. As a senior partner, he represented Canada’s premier real estate developers, initiating and completing significant real estate transactions throughout western Canada. Projects included acquisition, entitlement, major tenant leasing, financing and (in some cases) sale of the projects. In 1983, Ricky and his family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior to the formation of Champion, he developed several other projects in the Phoenix market.
Posted on February 22, 2014 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Jason Isaak, Principal, Policy Development Group and the Vice Chairman of the Blue Blazer Squadron.
Jason has worked for Policy Development Group since 1998 and represents clients at all levels of government – local, state, and federal. Prior to joining PDG, Jason served as legislative director for Congressman Jim Kolbe. During his nearly eight year tenure on Capitol Hill in Congressman Kolbe’s office, Jason rose through the ranks to ultimately staff the Appropriations Subcommittee on Treasury and Postal Service which Kolbe chaired. During his time on Capitol Hill, Jason was responsible for advising Congressman Kolbe on a range of issues including defense, education, currency reform, law enforcement, judicial matters, and immigration.
A Tucson native, Jason graduated from Baylor University and holds a diploma for the completion of the US Naval War College’s College of Naval Command and Staff program.
Posted on November 13, 2013 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Steve L. Bruflat, P.E., an alumni member of the Honorary Commanders Program and a Blue Blazer, formerly assigned to the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base from 2004-2006.
Steve is a registered civil engineer in the State of Arizona and practicing businessman with five companies offering professional engineering services around the States of Arizona, Utah, Nevada and in the country of Qatar.
After spending his earlier life growing up in an Air Force family at bases around the U.S., Steve moved to Arizona in 1970 and has lived here ever since. Five of those earlier years and during his college years were spent on a working cattle ranch in Montana. Steve acquired his civil engineering education from the University of Hawaii and Arizona State University.
Posted on July 31, 2013 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Robert MacGregor, President and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Union West. He is an alumni member of the Honorary Commanders Program and board member of Fighter Country Partnership. Mr. MacGregor was assigned to the 56th Comptroller Squadron at Luke Air Force Base from 2008-2010.
Bob started at the credit union as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in 1998. He was promoted to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in 2004, and Senior Executive Vice President in 2008. Bob was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer on October 1, 2009.
Posted on June 18, 2013 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to publish the photos from the 2013 Honorary Commanders Golf tournament. There are 6 pages of photos. Please use the navigation below the thumbnails to view more pages.
Special thanks to Michael Jordan (and sons) for shooting photos on the Gold, Red Course, & Blue Courses in addition to the sponsor appreciation night, shock & awe raffle awards banquet. For more information about the photos or to request an original copy please contact the FCP office.
Posted on June 18, 2013 by Fighter Country
FCP Golf Sponsors at the Fuel Cart level and higher were invited to a special event of recognition, the evening prior to the tournament.
Once again we wanted to say THANK YOU to all our golf sponsors and share some memories! Enjoy!
Posted on June 5, 2013 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Karrin Kunasek Taylor, an alumni member of the Honorary Commanders Program. Karrin was assigned to the Commander of the 56th Fighter Wing from 2005-2007.
Karrin Kunasek Taylor is Executive Vice President for DMB Associates and is responsible for ongoing land use entitlement matters and other value enhancing efforts for DMB communities and businesses. Ms. Taylor also provides oversight for the Company’s government and political affairs efforts and economic development activities at the local, state and federal level. Ms. Taylor has been a member of DMB’s entitlements team for more than 15 years. Under her leadership, the entitlements team has worked on public-private partnership agreements, negotiated GPLET agreements, CFDs and other complex development plans for projects around Arizona.
Posted on March 8, 2013 by Fighter Country
Fighter Country Partnership is proud to feature Darcie McCracken, an alumni member of the Honorary Commanders Program, for its newsletter. Darcie was assigned to the 63rd Fighter Squadron until the squadron deactivated and then the 309th Fighter Squadron from 2008 to 2010 at Luke Air Force Base.
Since July 2005, Darcie has been the Deputy City Clerk with the City of Glendale. She worked for the City of Glendale in various positions including the City Manager’s office, City Court, and the Glendale Police Department since 1989. Her education includes the Arizona State University Advanced Public Executive Program; a Master’s of Education in Leadership at Northern Arizona University; Bachelor of Science, Administration of Justice degree from Arizona State University West; and an Associates Degree in General Studies at Glendale Community College.
Posted on September 25, 2012 by Fighter Country
Each month, Fighter Country Partnership features an Honorary Commander – both alumni and current members. This month’s feature is on Rick Hearn, Director of Leasing, Vestar.
The Honorary Commanders Program is designed to promote a better understanding of the mission of the U.S. Air Force and specifically, Luke Air Force Base. It reaches out to business and community leaders to become personally involved by signing up for a two-year program assigned to a particular squadron or group at Luke. They become a member of that unit. In turn, they exchange experiences and opportunities allowing military members to learn about their community outside the gates of Luke AFB.
As the Director of Leasing and Designated Broker for Vestar, Rick; a 25-year veteran of the industry, is responsible for the leasing, marketing, and broker management of the company’s retail portfolios (development, operational, third party management) located throughout the southwestern U.S. (AZ, CA).
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