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Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community President Diane Enos said the recent acknowledgement she received is really an award for the Community as a whole, and that the president works together with Council in enacting policies that bring about positive change for the Community and its members, pictured with her is Phoenix Business Journal Publisher Don Henninger.

President Enos Named a ‘Most Admired CEO’ by Phoenix Business Journal

By Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

More than 500 people gathered on May 19 to recognize the outstanding achievements of the Valley’s most admired CEOs and top executives during the Phoenix Business Journal’s third annual Most Admired CEOs program.

The event, held at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, honored influential business leaders who have left a significant mark on their organizations and communities in the Valley. The event included an awards presentation and a panel discussion on leadership with Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Roy Vallee, chairman and CEO of Avnet Inc.; and J. Doug Pruitt, chairman and CEO of Sundt Construction. Richard Silverman, general manager of Salt River Project, the third Lifetime Achievement honoree, was unable to attend.

In addition, 22 other top local business leaders were recognized, including Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community President Diane Enos. Each was given the opportunity to answer one question that the emcee asked. The emcee introduced Enos this way:

“In the Valley, still numb from the recession and real-estate crash, President Enos is spearheading efforts in one of the few places where construction and growth is still happening, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Enos and the tribe had the pleasure of witnessing more than 359,000 fans attend the first season of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies games at their new spring training complex. The tribe also recently celebrated the first anniversary of Talking Stick Resort. Enos went to law school at age 39 and became the first tribal member to become an attorney; she was reelected to her second four-year term last fall.”

After the introduction, Enos was asked, “Where do you get the inspiration to draw on to become a good leader as president in your community?”

Enos answered, “As a Native person, we look at the whole community and look to the future. My greatest inspiration comes from the children in my family and the children of the Community, and it extends to all the other children that we deal with in other communities, but it really is hope for the future. I look at this as an award for the Community. The things that any [tribal] president does are done only with the [tribal] Council’s intention and agreement. So really it’s an award for the Community because of what we accomplished in our corridor, the health program for our employees and some of the budget work that we did in order to stimulate the economy in this part of the area. That was a Council decision and Council work; I’m just the face in the front.”

According to The Business Journal, honorees were selected based on outstanding leadership of their companies, people, industries and communities.

All the honorees have demonstrated consistent leadership, values, vision, and solid decision-making and commitment to quality.

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