LEADERSHIP LOWDOWN Frank Neal with La-Z-Boy Arizona and Mike D Hayes with AtWork Group Phoenix
Frank Neal is President of La-Z-Boy Furniture, Arizona. EBCO Incorporated d.b.a. La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® of Arizona is not just a large, household name – the 10 Arizona stores are an independent, family-owned franchise owned by Ed Breunig III. This offers the best of both worlds – well-known brand name products combined with the friendly environment of a family-owned business. EBCO opened the first La-Z-Boy Store in Arizona and has been operating for 35 years. Out of all La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries North America, EBCO holds the top four positions.
Connect with Frank on LinkedIn, and follow La-Z-Boy on Facebook and Instragram. Interested in working with La-Z-Boy? Check out their job openings here.
Michael D. Hayes is Director of Business Development with AtWork Group Phoenix. He is a native of Arizona, and is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management. Michael’s professional career began with 14 years in the securities business, advising banks, mutual funds and individuals on all types of investments. He purchased Momentum in 2003 when the company’s primary business line was recruiting for logistics companies. Michael has transformed the company into a successful full-service staffing provider. Momentum recently merged with AtWork Staffing Group which has over 51 branches nationwide. Michael is a member of the Executives’ Association of Greater Phoenix (EAGP), 100 Club of Arizona, and Board of Directors for St Joseph the Worker Charity.
Connect with Mike on LinkedIn, and follow him on YouTube, and follow AtWork on Twitter and Facebook.
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Jodi Low is an accomplished corporate trainer, inspirational speaker, and the Founder and CEO of U & Improved. Jodi has trained thousands of entrepreneurs and executives on how to build a booming business, master a mindset for success, and achieve the lifestyle they desire through heart-fueled leadership.
Through U & Improved—an award-winning personal and professional leadership development company based in Scottsdale—Jodi has redefined traditional leadership training by creating a sustainable and actionable model that is personal, challenging and meaningful to each and every individual who enrolls in any of the two-and-a-half-day experiential training classes. She and her elite training team have advanced the charge in heart-based leadership
development and empower U & Improved graduates with knowledge, tools and awareness to immediately be more effective and responsive leaders at work, home and within their communities.
Among her many accomplishments as a Valley leader, Jodi launched a teen leadership program in 2014 to empower young adults to become more confident, motivated and focused stewards of our future. In 2016, she founded a non-profit arm of the company—the U & Improved Leadership Foundation—that makes the program more accessible to deserving teens.
Jodi has been recognized by industry publications and organizations for her work in leadership development and serves as a source of inspiration within the community. In 2015, she was honored as an “Outstanding Women in Business” by the Phoenix Business Journal and by the Phoenix Suns and National Bank of Arizona with the “Amazing Women” award. She has received both the prestigious “Diversity Leader of the Year” and the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce’s “Sterling Award.” She was also awarded a Silver Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 and was a finalist for the Junior League of Phoenix’s Valley Impact Award. Jodi is a devoted single parent who volunteers her time at her daughters’ school programs and with organizations such as Angel Mamas, where she’s served on the board for three years.