3rd Annual National Veteran Summit in November

Third Annual Series Partners with U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring Our Heroes, Empowers America’s Servicemen

The HeroZona National Veteran Summit, a multi-day experience for America’s veterans including Arizona’s 640,000 veterans, 38,000 active duty service members and 1,000 veteran owned companies, will return to Phoenix Nov. 5 through 7. The 2019 theme is advancing economic opportunity for the military community and includes executive roundtables, an awards dinner, employment summit, career fair, Bridge Forum and workshops.

“Last year, we had more than 1,500 U.S. veterans attend our summit and expect more growth this year with assistance from our new sponsors and events,” said HeroZona Foundation Founder and U.S. Army Desert Storm Veteran, Alan “AP” Powell. “Our goal is to empower active military, their spouses and veterans through meaningful employment, successful entrepreneurship and education.”

The week-long engagement is spearheaded by the HeroZona Foundation and new partner, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes. 2019 sponsors also include Arizona Public Service (APS), Phoenix Suns, USAA, Cisco, Maricopa Community Colleges, Goldwater Institute, Arizona Corporate Council on Veteran Careers and the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services.

Day one of the HeroZona National Veteran Summit will kick off on Nov. 5 at Sheraton Crescent Hotel (260 W. Dunlap Ave.) in Phoenix, with a Bridge Forum on mental health and veterans. The theme will include mental health professionals, veterans, first responders and law enforcement talking about how to help and hire those with PTSD and how to break the stigma surrounding mental illness. The Bridge Forum will be a partnership with the Department of Veterans’ Services, Arizona Coalition for Military Families, Be Connected, Arizona Police Association, Veterans Administrations and the HeroZona Foundation. Sponsors will include Arizona State University and the Department of Veterans’ Services.

The second day on Nov. 6 will also take place at Sheraton Crescent Hotel. The experience will include executive roundtable discussions, fireside chats and panels about topics of how military talent adds value to the workforce, what it means to be a military friendly business, entrepreneurship for servicemen, unemployment and lack of employment opportunities for military spouses, caregivers among other topics. The day will conclude with the HeroZona Awards Dinner to celebrate individuals and businesses making an incredible impact on veteran and military spouse employment in Arizona and represents the foundation’s three pillars: education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Day three of the summit will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7, at Talking Stick Resort Arena (201 E. Jefferson St.) in Phoenix hosted by the Phoenix Suns and include a HeroZona Military Hiring Event powered by U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes, workshop sessions and conclude with the Military Appreciation Night with the Phoenix Suns. The events will help military servicemen and veterans with interview skills, resume development, business plan development, mentorship and pathways to meaningful employment. HR experts, hiring managers and employers seeking military talent will be at the event.

HCB Announces New President & COO

Horizon Community Bank is pleased to announce the Board of Directors has appointed Ralph Tapscott as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Tapscott succeeds Jerry Ernst who will remain as Chief Executive Officer until retiring from day to day management of the bank around the end of the year, as previously announced. Mr. Ernst will continue to serve on the Board of Directors for Horizon Community Bank.

Horizon Community Bank is excited to bring Mr. Tapscott back to Lake Havasu City to join our
executive team. With over 29 years of executive experience in the banking industry, Mr.
Tapscott brings significant experience, insight and depth to our executive team as we proceed
with our plans for future growth and expansion. Mr. Tapscott’s expertise in business
development, financial controls, commercial credit, risk management and banking operations
will enhance our management team.

Mr. Tapscott has spent much of his career working with community banks. Most recently, he
served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Republic Bank of Arizona. Prior to that, Mr.
Tapscott held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer at Mohave State Bank,
where he served for 7 years.

Mr. Tapscott is active in the community and the banking industry. He has served on the boards
of the Arizona Business Council, Phoenix Rotary Club, Lake Havasu City Rotary Club, Arizona
Bankers Association, Western Independent Bankers Association and Lake Havasu Area
Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Tapscott earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Texas Tech University as well as being a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School, University of Washington.

Ralph and his wife Koena are excited to be returning to Lake Havasu City, a place they consider
home. Mr. Tapscott will begin duties at Horizon Community Bank in the 4th quarter of 2019.

KNTR Talk Hosts Dominate “Heavy Hundred”!!

The editors of TALKERS magazine, with input from industry leaders, present the 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America – known as the “Heavy Hundred.”

KNTR Talk 106.3 FM is proud to announce that three of the top five talk radio hosts listed on the “Heavy Hundred” are featured on “The Voice of the Free.” In fact, 8 of the top 35 shows on this coveted list air on KNTR Talk.

For a complete list of the TALKERS “Heavy Hundred,” click here.

An Important Announcement for All Veterans…

Until further notice and beginning immediately, the AZ@WORK office located at 228 London Bridge Road in Lake Havasu City will be closed on Wednesdays and Fridays, but if you need veteran employment services on one and/or both of those days, and I am available, I can schedule an appointment with you. I can then open the door for you so you can job search, use the computers, work on a resume, file a UI claim, and/or assist you with veteran employment services.

Sorry for the inconvenience but this is only a temporary situation.


Todd R. Baldwin
Veterans Workforce Specialist
Reemployment Assistance Administration

Phone: (928) 854-0351  Fax: 928-680-7849