John Graham and Colleen Jennings-Roggensack Named Valley Leadership’s Man & Woman of the Year

Posted By on November 6, 2018

2018 Man of the Year, John Graham and 2018 Woman of the Year Colleen Jennings-Roggensack

John Graham and Colleen Jennings-Roggensack have been named Valley Leadership’s Man & Woman of the Year for their contributions and commitment to the community.

Each year, an outstanding Valley man and woman are selected based on their vision, innovation and impact on the lives of others as well as their service to their communities.

Jennings-Roggensack is currently the executive director of ASU Gammage and ASU’s vice president of cultural affairs. She is currently a board member for The Broadway League Board of Governors, Childsplay and Creative Capital and was former president of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters as well as a former board member for Arizonans for Cultural Development, Western States Arts Federation and the Tempe Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“Colleen has been a steadfast champion and a leading expert on the arts,” says Neil Giuliano, president and CEO of Greater Phoenix Leadership and longtime friend and colleague of Jennings-Roggensack. “Her creativity and leadership in this area have helped define the Valley arts scene.”

Graham has served as president of Sunbelt Holdings, Inc. for nearly 30 years and serves as the company’s chief executive officer. He has served on the board of more than 25 Valley organizations and is currently involved with the ASU Foundation, Banner Health Foundation, Brophy College Preparatory, First Place AZ, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Office of the Governor, Paradise Valley Country Club, PGA Southwest Section, Phoenix Symphony Association, Positive Coaching Alliance, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center and Teach For America Phoenix.

“A true Arizonan, John is an inspiration to many with his unending commitment to our community,” says Sharon Harper, CEO and co-founder of Plaza Companies and friend of Graham. “He has served on almost every major board of directors in the Valley and guided solutions for many of our state’s greatest challenges. He is beyond deserving of this honor.”

The honorees will be formally recognized at the Annual Man & Woman of the Year awards luncheon on March 29 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. As part of this year’s program, Jennings-Roggensack and Graham will lead a discussion on some of the state’s most pressing issues.

“Valley Leadership’s vision is for a broad spectrum of Arizonans to work together to impact the issues that matter most, setting the example for leadership,” said Valley Leadership President and CEO David Brown. “And John and Colleen have been setting that example for decades. On behalf of Valley Leadership and its board of directors, we are truly honored to celebrate the impact these two leaders have had on Arizona.”

Jamie Killin

About Jamie Killin

Jamie Killin is the web editor for Frontdoors Media. She also is a freelance journalist who has been published in Thrillist, Phoenix Magazine, So Scottsdale!, The Arizona Republic and more.