Jeffery Kros has joined Torres Consulting and Law Group, LLC as a senior account executive. Kros previously served as legislative director for the League of Arizona Cities and Towns and performed policy research, analysis and legislative oversight for the Arizona Department of Revenue. He also served as legislative research analyst for the Arizona Senate Finance Committee.
• Feruza Amanova has joined Torres Consulting and Law Group, LLC as a project coordinator. Amanova served previously at the Arizona Legislature, doing legislative research and analysis, and working with state lawmakers, legislative committees and staff. Amanova is a graduate of the University of Arizona with bachelor’s degrees in sociology, as well as family studies and human development.
• Molly Edwards has joined the Phoenix office of law firm Polsinelli Shughart, PC, as marketing manager. Edwards brings more than 12 years of experience in government affairs and media relations experience to the growing Phoenix office, which tripled in size in the past year to 55 attorneys.
Previously, Edwards worked for the city of Scottsdale for 10 years as manager of its Community Mediation Program and later its Housing Resources Program. She is also a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy, Valley Leadership and Scottsdale Leadership programs.
Edwards earned a degree in urban planning and environmental design from Arizona State University. She is a candidate in the master’s/doctorate political science program at Northern Arizona University.
• The Arizona Technology Council honored its senator of the year, representative of the year and “Tech Ten” legislators on Nov. 18 with a ceremony during its annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation at the Phoenix Convention Center.
The honorees were:
• Sen. Barbara Leff took home the “Senator of the Year” award for the third consecutive year in a row. She fought mightily through the last day of last year’s session for the passage of SB1254, which offers taxpayers that employ less than 150 full-time employees a discounted refund of 75 cents per dollar of an R&D tax credit already earned
• Rep. David Stevens was recognized as “Representative of the Year.” Stevens is a natural ally to the tech industry, having career background in information technology and defense contracting. He is also credited with helping the passage of the R&D tax credit legislation by educating legislators on its importance.
The following 10 legislators were recognized as the “Tech Ten” for their commitments to helping ensure the state is as competitive as possible in “strategically important technologies,” said Steve Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council.
Sen. Frank Antenori (R-30)
Sen. Manuel Alvarez (D-25)
Sen. Rebecca Rios (D-23)
Rep. Chad Campbell (D-14)
Rep. Bill Konopnicki (R-5)
Rep. Lucy Mason (R-1)
Rep. Michele Reagan (R-8)
Rep. Andy Tobin (R-1)
Rep. John McComish (R-20)
Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-15)