Arizona Originals

Arizona Originals, hosted by Jason Isaak, is brought to you by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Here we share with you the stories, leadership lessons, and life lessons of the people who make Arizona a great place to live and work.
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Feb 28, 2017

Today's guest, Tom Sadvary, has spent the past 30 years in various leadership roles at what is today HonorHealth, the second largest hospital system in Arizona.  Since 2005, he has served as CEO of Scottsdale Healthcare which merged with John C. Lincoln Health Network to become HonorHealth.

Tom shares his professional story which begins with him riding in the back of ambulances as a paramedic in Pittsburgh.  From there, his passion for leading hospital organizations ultimately brought him to Arizona.  And in our conversation, he discusses the core lessons learned as a paramedic and how they have influenced his leadership style and the culture of HonorHealth.

Tom was recently recognized by Scottsdale Leadership with the (Herb) Drinkwater Leadership Award.  The award is given to those who exemplify engagement, inclusion, connection, courage and stewardship.  You will hear each of those areas discussed in our conversation and I know you will hear something to help you grow as a leader and as a person.

Feb 21, 2017

Today's guests are Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, the founders of Childhelp.  Since 1959, Sara and Yvonne have dedicated themselves to caring for orphans and abused children in the US and around the world.  Their story begins in 1950s Hollywood and takes us to Japan, Vietnam, and ultimately right here to Arizona when they relocated their headquarters here 22 years ago.

Our conversation demonstrates the passion and compassion Sara and Yvonne have for children, and how various events - many unexpected - over the course of their lives have shaped them as leaders and changed the lives of countless children.  Their stories and wisdom will inspire and encourage you.

Feb 15, 2017

Today's guest is Denise Resnik - the founder and CEO of DRA Collective, co-founder of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), and founder and president/CEO of First Place AZ.  The mother of an adult son on the autism spectrum, Denise has not only run her marketing and communications business, but she has dedicated herself to giving back to her community, including making Arizona a leader when it comes to supporting those affected by autism.

In our conversation, Denise covers a host of topics ranging from mentoring, the importance of pouring back into the community, why investors are attracted to vision and collaboration, and so much more.  

Feb 8, 2017

Our guest this week is Tran Tran, founder and CEO of Axis Employment Services located in Phoenix, Arizona.  Axis has been recognized time and time again as a top minority owned business and a top staffing agency in Arizona.

In our conversation, Tran shares her story about growing up in Saigon and how her family fled Vietnam just before the fall of Saigon in 1975.  Within just a few months, her family settled in Arizona after a local dentist sponsored them.  In addition to telling the stories surrounding her family's escape from Vietnam, Tran shares her insights on family, culture, leadership, delegation, building a team, and so much more.