There is a distinct Scottsdale flavor as Valley Leadership has recognized its 2010 Man and Woman of the Year.
Former Scottsdale Mayor Sam Campana, along with Jim Bruner, who served on the Scottsdale city council and the Maricopa County board of supervisors, were honored at lunch attended by some 1,500 people.
Campana was instrumental in working to revamp Scottsdale’s image from “The West’s Most Western Town” to Arizona’s “Most Livable City.” She has also been a staunch advocate for the arts and habitat preservation.
Bruner didn’t say it in his acceptance speech, but he should have: “Play ball!” He had a key role in saving the Cactus League from an impending extinction some 20 years ago and as a county supervisor championed the funding and building of Bank One Ballpark, now Chase Field.
The economic and cultural impact stamps that Campana and Bruner have made on Arizona put the state in a much better place than it might have been.
It’s 12 months away, but it will be interesting to see who rises to the top for the 63rd Annual Man and Woman of the Year for 2011.