An outstanding lineup of July speakers at Rotary

Norm Noble

Joan Koerber-Walker will be the guest speaker at Rotary’s breakfast meeting on July 8.

Joan Koerber-Walker will be the guest speaker at Rotary’s breakfast meeting on July 8.

On Tuesday, July 1, Congressman Matt Salmon, representing Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, will speak at the Sun Lakes Rotary breakfast. Matt serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He also serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

After completing his education, Matt spent 13 years in the telecommunications industry in Arizona. In his early career, Matt learned invaluable lessons regarding the effect of government regulation on private enterprise. With the ever increasing expansion of government and burdensome tax rates on American citizens and small businesses, Matt felt called to begin a life of public service.

On Tuesday, July 8, AZBio President and CEO Joan Koerber-Walker will present the topic, “Building an industry devoted to making life better everywhere.” As the statewide advocate and industry association for Arizona’s bioscience industry, AZBio provides the connections, resources and leadership needed to keep the industry growing at an ever increasing rate. AZBio is the state affiliate of BIO and works closely with both PhRMA and AdvaMed. It will be a fascinating presentation.

Koerber-Walker’s past experience includes two years as the CEO of ASBA (the Arizona Small Business Association), a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Small Business Association in Washington D.C., President of the National Speakers Association – Arizona, Chair of the Board of Advisors to Parenting Arizona, the state’s largest child abuse prevention organization, and as an executive at Avnet, Inc.

On Tuesday, July 22, Hank Marshall, Acting Director of the City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department will present “A Case for Export Readiness.” Marshall oversees the department’s Community Development, Business Development, Business Retention/Expansion and International, programs and initiatives. The bottom line: their job is to attract highly successful businesses of all sizes to locate, expand, and become even more successful in Phoenix.

In 2002, Marshall founded Aisle21, a Phoenix-based consultancy specializing in international business strategies. Until 2010, he served as the dynamic leader of the organization in the capacity of Chief Enabling Officer.

Rotary’s guest speaker on Tuesday, July 29 will be Todd S. Werner, CEO of Banner Gateway Medical Center and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center. He will discuss “Building the community between Banner Health and MD Anderson.” Werner joined Banner Health from the Adventist Health System where he served as CEO of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in Hinsdale, Illinois.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Banner Gateway as one of the best hospitals in the Phoenix metro area. Consumer Reports ranked Banner Gateway as the second safest hospital in Arizona in the publication’s first-ever hospital safety rating.

The Rotary Club of Sun Lakes meets for breakfast every Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m. in the Oakwood Country Club Ballroom. The meetings start at 7:00 a.m. and end promptly at 8:00 a.m. The cost of breakfast is $12. To make reservations for any meeting, contact Rotarian Don Prestin at 480-802-0439.