Named president and chief executive officer of the ASU Foundation. ASU President Michael Crow says that Ray is “supremely capable at what he does.” Considered a top fundraiser, Ray’s credits include an effort where $1.6 billion was raised for the University of Texas-Austin, when the goal for the project was a mere $600 million.
Prior to accepting the position at Arizona State, Ray served as senior vice president for development and university relations at Emory University, where he was also in charge of the department of public relations and communication, alumni relations, special events and continuing education.
The Texas native earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and did graduate work at Texas Tech University. He assumes his duties Jan. 15.
• Steve Davis has been named president of Barrett-Jackson, the classic and collector car services firm headquartered in Scottsdale. In his new role, he will add duties related to the day-to-day management of the company’s operations and plans for growth of the business to his current responsibilities for consignment operations and auction sales.
Davis has been a member of the company’s senior management team since 2001, during which he has brought $35 million in sales in 2006 to Barrett-Jackson through the addition of a venue in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has also facilitated major growth in the company’s Scottsdale event as well.
Prior to joining Barrett-Jackson, he obtained senior level experience as an executive, owner and entrepreneur in businesses including Valley Oak Auto and the Visalia Motorsports Council.
• Shannon Harper was hired as the government relations director for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona. In her new position, Harper will focus on guaranteeing access to comprehensive sexual health care services.
Prior to joining the organization in November 2006, she served as government affairs director for the American Heart Association in Arizona, where she specialized in issues concerning obesity, nutrition, physical activity and education, tobacco and chronic diseases such as CVD and stroke.
She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University.
• Brian S. Tyler was appointed to the board of directors of VistaCare, a national provider of hospice services, at their meeting on Dec. 6 in Scottsdale.
Tyler currently serves as the president of McKesson Corporation’s Medical-Surgical Group. The group is the nation’s largest distributor of medical and surgical products to physician offices, nursing homes, hospitals, home care agencies and other health-related locations.
He earned a Ph.D. and his M.A. from the University of Chicago, Department of Economics, in June 1994. He earned his B.A. in economics with high honors from the University of California Santa Cruz in June 1989.
• Mark Dobbins was named to the Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership Board of Directors. The board is made up of Arizona’s top manufacturing industry and economic development leaders.
Dobbins brings more than 35 years of domestic and international human resources/legal affairs experience to the board. He is the senior vice president of human resources and general affairs for SUMCO USA in Phoenix. SUMCO USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of SUMCO Corporation of Tokyo, Japan, the world’s second largest supplier of silicon wafers to the semiconductor industry.
• Ron Jones was named to the Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership Board of Directors. He brings expertise to the board gained in more than 20 years in manufacturing, with a focus on operations and quality systems.
Jones is currently the plant manager of Sub-Zero Freezer Co., Inc., of Phoenix, a facility that plans to double its output by the end of 2007. The mechanical engineering graduate from Texas A & M University also has professional experience with General Dynamics and Whirlpool Corporation.
• A.J. Miller was honored by the city of Phoenix with the 2007 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Living the Dream” Award. Miller serves as the Arizona Democratic Party’s African-American outreach director.
The award annually recognizes six individuals who exemplify the ideals of King through their personal commitment to human relations and social justice.
The following seven individuals and organizations were honored at the city of Phoenix 35th Annual Community Recognition Awards Breakfast for contributing leadership or services to improve the quality of life for the city’s residents:
• Shaina Weatherspoon, Youth Services.
• Francisco Carrasco, Oscar Douglass Award.
• Frank Neville, Education Division.
• Rev. Arlene Atkin and North Hills Church of God, Community Services Division.
• Doris Williams, Senior Services Division.
• Job Salinas Hernandez, Carl Lightcap Award.
• Arthur Othon, Golden Heart.