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The 64th Annual Man & Woman of the Year Luncheon,  hosted by Valley Leadership, honored Tom Ambrose and Ambassador Barbara Barrett.

It should be noted that HMA is no stranger to leadership programs.  Abbie Fink is a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership Class XVII and is a past-president.   Rachel Brockway is a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership Class XXIIIAlison Bailin Batz is a current member of Suns Charities 88 and I am a graduate of Valley Leadership Class XX.  HMA founder Ed Moser is also a Valley Leadership alumnus.

At this year’s luncheon honoring Ambrose and Barrett, both had great messages for those in attendance.

Ambrose talked about moving to Arizona and beginning his career as “an entry level PR guy.”

He went on to cite the Cowboy Code of the West:

  • Live each day with courage.
  • Take pride in your work.
  • Always finish what you start.
  • Do what has to be done.
  • Be tough but fair.
  • When you make a promise, keep it.
  • Ride for the brand.
  • Talk less and say more.
  • Remember that some things aren’t for sale.
  • Know where to draw the line.

He then emphasized that the work of a community is never done.

Barrett, who was in Valley Leadership Class I, talked about what makes Arizona a great state and a tremendous place to live.

“We are fortunate, indeed, to live in Arizona,” she said.

She poked fun at herself, noting that she knew then-Phoenix Mayor Margaret Hance “before she was a park” and then-Speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives Burton Barr “before he was a library.”

She then referenced Barrett, The Honors College, at Arizona State University, which drew a hearty laugh from the crowd.   The college was named after Barbara and her husband Craig after they gave the college an endowment of $10 million.

The bottom line, a community can never have enough leaders and it’s great to honor those who make things happen.

Congratulations to both.

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

1 Comment

  1. Great people doing some great things for our community. It is nice to see them get the recognition. Congrats!

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