Monday, October 19, 2009

Besler of Lewis and Roca Receives 2009 INTA Volunteer Service Award

Lewis and Roca is pleased to announce that Mary Beth Besler has received the International Trademark Association’s 2009 award for the Advancement of Committee or Subcommittee Objectives. This award will be presented, with all of INTA’s 2009 awards, on Nov. 11 at INTA’s 2009 Leadership Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida.

Besler is the Trademark Administrator to the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group. She is also chair of the Young Practitioners Subcommittee of the Membership Services Committee for INTA.

About the International Trademark Association
The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a not-for-profit membership association of more than 5,900 trademark owners and professionals, from more than 190 countries, dedicated to the support and advancement of trademarks and related intellectual property.

About Lewis and Roca LLP
Lewis and Roca has been one of the Southwest’s leading law firms for over 50 years. With offices in Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Reno and Silicon Valley, the firm’s practice includes numerous industry and legal practice areas including business transactions and litigation. For additional information, please visit

2009 Woman of Excellence Award

Phoenix Woman magazine is proud to sponsor the 2009 Woman of Excellence Award, where a special Valley woman will be honored Nov. 13 at the Woman of Excellence Luncheon.

The winner of this award will be one who has demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of women or girls in our community. This "Woman of Excellence" will also demonstrate the type of personal and professional growth that makes her an exemplary "Phoenix Woman."

These are the nominees for the 2009 Woman of Excellence Award:

Donna Bartos
Donna Bartos is the founder of the Purple Ribbon Council to Cut Out Domestic Abuse. She is the creator of Girls Night Out to Cut Out Domestic Abuse, Purple Ribbon Brunch, It’s Okay to Talk About It Community Circles, Rock the Purple, Pedal for Purple and the Pretty in Purple Party.

Elaine Birks-Mitchell
Elaine Birks-Mitchell is CEO of Bosom Buddy Bra Recycling, a green group devoted to recycling new and used bras to various organizations across Arizona and other states.

Margaret Dunn
Margaret Dunn serves Scottsdale as a Board Member of the Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce, and is president of a 45-employee, 21-trolley, $2.5 million-a-year trolley business.

Kristen Sandquist
Kristen Sandquist founded her first non-profit in 1996 called Circle of Friends. In 2003, she founded Visions of Hope. She is president of both organizations, and continues to support several local charities.

Lindsay Rattay
Lindsay Rattay founded Blankets for Babies, an organization that sends quality chenille Boh Boh Blankets to babies and children in need.

Pam Gaber
Pam Gaber is the founder and CEO of Gabriel’s Angels, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of abused, neglected and at-risk children through the application of pet therapy.

Peggy Bilsten
Peggy Bilsten served on the Phoenix City Council for 14 years and was the chair for Governor Napolitano’s Commission to Prevent Domestic Violence against Women, and continues to advocate on behalf of human rights issues facing women.

Sherry Lund
Sherry Lund is the founder and president of several nonprofit organizations including the Victoria Lund Foundaton, named for her stepdaughter who passed away in 2002 from liver failure. She also contributes to several communities programs with the hope of easing the burdens many women face.

Tara Hitchcock
Tara Hitchcock is the anchor/host of the highly rated "Good Morning Arizona" news program that airs each weekday morning on 3TV. She volunteers for several charities, including Best Buddies, Childhelp and the Foundation for Blind Children.

Mary Peterson
Mary Peterson co-founded Maggie’s Place, a community that provides hospitality for pregnant women who wish to change their lives for the better and achieve a variety of goals.

The winner will be announced Nov. 13 at the “Woman of Excellence” luncheon at the Silverleaf Country Club in Scottsdale. Visit the Black Tie Arizona Website for more information and to RSVP for this event.

For more information on the nominees, check out our upcoming Nov./Dec. issue of Phoenix Woman.