Board of Directors
The Maricopa Economic Development Alliance (MEDA) is Maricopa’s private-public partnership for economic development. As a 501(c)3 corporation, the organization champions strategies and solutions that foster economic growth and prosperity in the City of Maricopa by bringing together the business, government, education and civic sectors to identify and advance forward-looking policies that facilitate investment, growth and workforce development. MEDA’s board is comprised of the leading executives of Maricopa’s major business sectors, representing expertise and experience in utilities, finance, development, health care and infrastructure development. Equally important are the elected officials and public sector executives who bring the essential representation of the City of Maricopa’s City Council, City Management and Economic Development functions.
CHAIRMAN - Mr. William H. Stacy
Electrical District 3
Bill Stacy was appointed General Manager of Electrical District No. 3 in July 2008. Since taking the helm of this nonprofit electric company, its customer base has grown from 17,000 to 22,675 customers. Under Mr. Stacy’s leadership, the organization also has established important new partnerships with other electric providers, including Salt River Project, Tucson Electric Power, Southwest Transmission Cooperative, Electrical District 2 and Electrical District 4 and 5 to provide the South Eastern Valley transmission project.
SECRETARY - Cecilia Estrada-Ashe
Cash Management Specialist/Business Development Officer
Great Western Bank
Cecilia Estrada Ashe is Cash Management Specialist/Business Development Officer for Great Western Bank for Arizona, which is owned by National Australia Bank. With a successful, 34-year track record in the banking industry, Mrs. Estrada Ashe has helped to grow Great Western’s presence throughout the State of Arizona. Previously, she held senior executive positions in commercial and consumer lending for a savings and loan and commercial bank in New Mexico.
TREASURER - Ron L. Fleming
President – Regulated Utilities
Global Water Resources
Ron Fleming is the President of Global Water’s Regulated Utilities. He is responsible for each company’s strategic plan and growth, in addition to all core utility business functions including operations, client services, corporate affairs, regulatory affairs, engineering and construction. Mr. Fleming has a B.S. in Construction Management from the School of Engineering at Northern Arizona University, with an emphasis in Heavy Civil and a minor in Business Administration.
DIRECTOR - Brian Bernardo
Senior Director, Strategy and Planning
Brian Bernardo is a Senior Director in the Strategy & Planning Department at Banner Health, supportng the medical group and the ambulatory strategy across Arizona. His projects have included the seven Phoenix Area Health Centers which opened in 2012 and 2013 - including Banner Maricopa Health Center.
DIRECTOR - Marvin L. Brown
City of Maricopa
Marvin L. Brown and his wife Helen joined the Maricopa community in June 2006. Selected as one of the original members of the City's Merit Board, he stepped down when elected to the City Council in May 2008.
As the council representative to the Industrial Development Authority Board and Pinal County Augmentation Authority, and the liaison to the Gila River and Ak-Chin Indian Communities, Brown demonstrates his strong commitment to regional relationships and economic development.
DIRECTOR - Dr. Steve Chestnut
Maricopa Unified School District
Dr. Steve Chestnut brings a distinguished record of achievement and excellence in school administration to his position as Superintendent of the Maricopa Unified School District.
In the past year, Dr. Chestnut has facilitated several initiatives on behalf of the school district. A strategic plan was developed with a stakeholder committee and approved by the Governing Board in September, 2013. Six district schools became charter schools at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.
DIRECTOR - Bryan Hartman
Santa Cruz Ranch Partnership
As a fourth generation Maricopan, Bryan Hartman exemplifies success in 21st century agriculture. As a principal in the Santa Cruz Ranch Partnership, Mr. Hartman is responsible for the management of this 2,000-acre farm operation whose major crops include alfalfa, corn and cotton. In addition, Mr. Hartman is the owner of the C Spear Ranch, located in Benson, Arizona, where primary operations are comprised of pasture crops and a cow calf operation. Previously, Mr. Hartman was manager of the Hartman Ranch Partnership, consisting of his family’s original homestead and farming operations.
DIRECTOR - Jim Kenny
El Dorado Holdings, Inc.
Jim Kenny joined El Dorado Holdings, Inc. in 2007. As president, he directs activity on existing investments and locates new investment opportunities in multiple real estate sectors with a focus on properties where El Dorado can bring its market knowledge and experience to increase value for investors. El Dorado Holdings was the visionary for the City of Maricopa, beginning with the acquisition of the El Dorado Ranch, once owned by John Wayne. Today, El Dorado Holdings is one of Arizona’s largest private landowners with assets of more than $1 billion.
DIRECTOR - Micah Miranda, CEcD
Economic Development Director
City of Maricopa
Mr. Miranda works to achieve the economic development vision of the City Council which states that: Maricopa will be a leading regional partner, providing growth opportunities for new companies, entrepreneurs and expanding companies by delivering high quality services, sites, and talent to local, regional, national and international businesses. With more than 10 years of experience in the economic development profession, Mr. Miranda provides the City an outstanding background in business attraction, business retention, small business assistance and comparative tax analysis instrumental in advancing Maricopa's Economic Development Strategic Plan.
DIRECTOR - The Honorable Christian Price
City of Maricopa
Mayor Christian Price has been a resident of Maricopa since early 2005. After moving from Chandler with his wife, they purchased their first home and started a family. Mayor Price immediately got involved with his community by running for his HOA Board of Directors and was president for six years. He is very active in the community and volunteers his time whenever possible to non-profits, churches, and a host of other community service organizations.
DIRECTOR - Gregory Rose
City of Maricopa
Gregory E. Rose was appointed City Manager for the City of Maricopa, Arizona in February 2014. As the city manager, he is responsible for the implementation and execution of Council policies and direction, strategic planning, and oversight of all departments, with the exception of the City Attorney. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Rose served as the principal for Rose and Associates from December 2009 - February 2014. He also served as City Administrator for Hyattsville, Maryland and City Manager for the City of North Las Vegas, Nevada from July 2003 - December 2009. Under his leadership, the City of North Las Vegas lowered its crime rate and made significant improvements to its parks, streets, and residential neighborhoods.
DIRECTOR - John D. Shurz
President and General Manager
Orbitel Communications and Western Broadband
John Schurz is the President and General Manager of Orbitel Communications and Western Broadband, Schurz Communications, Inc.’s Arizona cable properties. These cable systems serve the communities of Maricopa, Sun Lakes, SunBird, Robson Ranch, SaddleBrooke and SaddleBrooke Ranch. Mr. Schurz is a fifth-generation executive of Schurz Communications, a 141-year-old privately held family owned and operated business.
DIRECTOR - Patricia "Tricia" Sorenson
Interim City Manager
City of Maricopa
Ms. Sorensen was appointed to serve as Interim City Manager on July 16 by the Maricopa City Council. Ms. Sorensen has more than 30 years of experience in government management. This includes 13 years with the City of Mesa in leadership roles.
DIRECTOR - Bud Walters
Supervisor of Energy Solutions
Southwest Gas Corporation
Bud Walters is a Supervisor of Energy Solutions for Southwest Gas Corporation (Southwest) in Tucson, AZ. He has over 26 years of energy industry experience. In his current position, Bud supervises commercial new business development in the state of Arizona. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in every market sector and district within Southwest’s Southern Arizona Division.