Board Members Nominated

Our Annual Meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 in the Susan C. Frank Conference Center at 148 N. 48th St. in Phoenix.

Three members of the Desert Financial Board of Directors have accepted nominations:

Kevin Haskew

Kevin Haskew has been Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of OnSemiconductor since October 2011. Prior to his current position, Kevin was the CIO at Biomet in Indiana and, before that, CIO at ArvinMeritor in Michigan. Kevin has an MBA from Sheffield Business School and an MSc from Sheffield Hallam University.

Dr. Jeffrey Smith

Dr. Jeffrey Smith has led a distinguished career in education as a teacher, principal and district office administrator for 37 years. He is currently Superintendent of the Balsz School District in Phoenix, Arizona, where he lives with his wife and three children. He graduated from Arizona State University with Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Elementary Education and Administration. Dr. Smith was selected as Arizona Superintendent of the Year in 2012 and was recognized in 2013 as a Diversity Champion by the Phoenix Business Journal. Dr. Smith is very active in the community, serving on several boards and advisory councils. These include but are not limited to: President of the Balsz Community Education Foundation and member of the Board of Directors for Educare Arizona. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Experience Matters and serves on the Advisory Council for Assistance League of Phoenix. Dr. Smith has been a volunteer and has served on the Board of Directors since 2014.

Laura Watson

Director Laura Watson is the Chief Operations Officer for CCS Presentation Systems. She has also held her CPA license since 2005. In addition to serving on Desert Financial’s Board, she serves on the Advisory Council for Synnex, a Fortune 200 company. Laura has been on the Board since 2012, and has served as Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Secretary.

Any Desert Financial member can petition to be included for nomination. Email Yadira Cerpa for more information at Yadira.Cerpa@DesertFinancial.com. Deadline for petitions to be returned is February 28, 2020.

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