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Advisory Board Council

Meet the Advisory Council Members of Scottsdale Community Bank

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), Adam has been guiding individuals, businesses, and non-profit organizations toward their financial goals since 1993. Adam co-founded ABLE Financial Group in 2006 with the vision of providing unbiased, holistic financial planning and investment management in a comprehensive fashion and with unparalleled service. Adam was recognized as one of Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors and was also named a Top Wealth Advisor in Arizona by Forbes/SHOOK. 

Adam graduated from the University of Arizona, where he earned his degree in finance, with a minor in accounting.  He spends his free time with family, giving to his community, and staying physically active.

Adam M. Brooks, CFP®

Managing Director, Senior Financial Advisor

ABLE Financial Group

"People will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou

My journey began with moving to the U.S. and marrying a Surgery Resident. When our kids came along, I chose to stay home and take care of them. Only when both my daughters were in school full-time, I tried something new — I trained and started an education franchise. Balancing work, kids, and supporting my spouse's job taught me how to handle a lot at once, leading to an education franchise and later, Real Estate.

Now as a Realtor®, I'm not just about transactions; I prioritize relationships, drawing from my own experiences from being on the other end of the real estate spectrum. I understand the challenges people and families may face, but I firmly believe in making the journey enjoyable and rewarding.

I feel blessed to be part of the Scottsdale Community Bank, and I'm thankful for your trust. I'm excited to be your partner in this journey.

Jack Bosch is a real estate investor in the Land and Multi-Family space with $100M in real estate under management and an educator who has brought over 1,000 of his clients to millionaire status.

As a respected industry leader, speaker, and educator, Jack and his wife Michelle lead companies in multiple areas of commercial real estate and education. They have built a real estate investment portfolio that includes land, financing/notes, tax-delinquent real estate, SFR rentals, commercial, and multi-family investments.

In addition, Jack is the co-founder of the largest land investing education company in the USA.

After seeing the devastation in the housing market in 2008, Jack and Michelle set out on a mission to transform lives by sharing with others the land investment techniques and strategies that have made them successful.

As a result, this simple little-known Land Profit Generator real estate method has provided tens of thousands of people with the opportunity to get into the real estate business without the hassles of traditional real estate investing.

Joe Garagiola, Jr. is currently the Senior Director of Special Projects for the Arizona Diamondbacks. In that capacity, he is one of the principals involved in the construction of the Diamondbacks’ new academy in the Dominican Republic. Previously, Joe had rejoined the Diamondbacks in 2019 as an Advisor to President and CEO Derrick Hall. Prior to returning to the Diamondbacks, Joe worked for many years in the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. Joe was the Senior Vice President of Standards and On-Field Operations, which included oversight of on-field player discipline. Prior to joining the Commissioner’s Office in 2005, Joe had been the General Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks from their inception in 1995.

The Diamondbacks’ first season was 1998, a year during which the team won 65 games. The next year, the Diamondbacks won 100 games, the greatest single-season turnaround in major league history. That year they also won the National League West Division championship, six years sooner than any other first-year franchise.

Two years later, the Diamondbacks recorded another “first”, winning the World Series in their fourth season, the fastest team ever to accomplish this feat. Garagiola’s effort was recognized when President George W. Bush invited the organization to the White House on December 13, 2001. During the course of the visit, the President couldn’t resist bringing up a comparison between himself and Joe Jr. stating, “I’ve always been suspicious of guys who have a famous father.” The Diamondbacks successfully defended their Western Division championship in 2002, before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the Division Series.

Garagiola joined the Diamondbacks in March 1995, when the franchise was awarded to the region, but it was his work on a variety of civic panels that served as a driving force in bringing major league baseball to the Valley. He was the chairman of the Phoenix Metropolitan Sports Foundation, served as vice-chairman of the Governor’s Cactus League Task Force (which was instrumental in saving the Cactus League) and was a member of the Mayor’s Professional Baseball Committee as well as the Maricopa County Sports Authority, serving as its chairman. Garagiola was also chairman of the Arizona Baseball Commission, the group best known for completing the task of convincing existing Major League clubs that Phoenix and the region were ready to possess their own club.

Upon graduation from law school, Joe joined the New York Yankees as Assistant to the President and In-House Counsel. Following his stint with the Yankees (where he collected his first World Series ring), Joe started his own law firm and was the editor and publisher of the Sports Law Reporter, the first publication devoted exclusively to sports and the law. Joe has taught Sports Law on both the undergraduate (St. John’s University) and law school (Pace University) levels and has been a guest lecturer at Georgetown Law, his alma mater. He has taught Sport Law at the University of Arizona law school, as well as Ave Maria Law School in Naples, FL. He is also an adjunct professor in the Selig Masters in Sports Business and Law program at Arizona State University.

Garagiola moved to the Valley in 1982, practicing with the firm of Gallagher and Kennedy, concentrating on sports law. Joe was a partner at G&K, and was an integral part of the team that handled the franchise application process and well as the negotiations with Maricopa County involving Bank One Ballpark (now Chase Field).

Joe was the 1998 recipient of the prestigious Institute of Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee. He was named the 1999 Anti-Defamation League “Leader of Distinction” and the 2003 “Father of the Year” by the Father’s Day Council. He is a life member of the Fiesta Bowl Committee, as well as the Thunderbirds, the group that annually stages the highly successful WM Phoenix Open.

Joe graduated from the University of Notre Dame and earned his law degree from Georgetown University. He is admitted to practice law in Arizona, California, and New York. He and his wife, Noel, have four children. His son, Chris, is the radio voice of the Diamondbacks.

Born and raised in Washington DC, Joe spent his entire career as an Accountant. After graduating from American University in 1966, he began his accounting career with a forty-year-old Washington DC Accounting Firm. He later became the Controller of a DC-based National Accounting firm. From there he moved on to establish the electronic Tax Filing division of a large Payroll Processing company. Throughout his Career, he worked, owned, and operated businesses relating to Security, Automotive and Communications. In 2003, Joe was hired to set up a Law Firm. It was to be the outgrowth of a thousand person, hundred-year-old National firm. The Washington office was defecting, and Joe was tasked to run the Business end. The Attorneys did not want to have anything to do with the Business end, only the Legal Practice. The firm started with fifteen Attorneys and a Staff of ten. Seven years later the Firm consisted of 175 Attorneys in five cities. He retired in 2010 and relocated to Scottsdale.

Joe's career has allowed him to touch on every phase of businesses, from leasing office space and equipment, buildouts, hiring, purchasing, computer networking, fringe benefits, travel, and the most important record keeping. He has served on Boards and is currently a Board Member of Congregation Beth Israel, Scottsdale, AZ where he has served as Treasurer and currently Chairs the Security Committee.

Leslie is the President of the Human Side of Enterprise, LLC and Chairman of the Board of the Aspen Family Business Group. As an organizational development consultant and family therapist by training, Leslie has served families in business for close to four decades. She is the author of four books related to family business and serves on the faculty of Thunderbird School of Global management.

She joined the Board of Scottsdale Community Bank as a founder to help assure that Arizona's family businesses would have a resource to which they can turn to support their multi-generational goals.
Leslie is also active in the community serving on the boards of the International Women's Forum, The Scottsdale Cultural Council, The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, the Phoenix Symphony, committees of the Arizona Community Foundation and the Rosenbluth Family Foundation.

Leslie is married to Jack Salisbury, has two children and the most amazing grandson, Robin.

Luis is the President of Ramírez Advisors Inter-National, LLC., a highly specialized firm dedicated to creating and implementing innovative solutions for cross-border business and economic development opportunities and improving the ability for goods and people to cross the border.

Luis has over 30 years of experience on US-Mexico border infrastructure projects, North American relations, international business and negotiations, regional economic development, industrial site selection, government procurement, project management and governmental affairs. Luis has dedicated a considerable amount of time, both personal and professional, to fostering better relations with Mexico and Canada, improving the quality of life for the residents of the border and promoting the economic development of the region.

He has led multidisciplinary teams on a number of cross-border projects, including site selection for major manufacturing facilities; design, funding and construction of new ports of entry; assisted companies in pursuing government procurement contracts; and identifying joint venture partners for a variety of business ventures.

He serves on multiple professional and charitable boards including as Chairman of the Arizona District Export Council, a member of the Advisory Council for the Arizona Department of Real Estate and has recently completed his third and final term as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency as it pertains to the North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

Luis received his Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of Arizona, Cum Laude, and his Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University with a Dean’s Citation of Service. He attended High School in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He was born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

Nathan Laufer MDCM, is originally from Montreal, Canada. He is a medical graduate from McGill University. His internal medicine residency was completed at the University of Toronto and his cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he remained on faculty prior to moving to Phoenix. Within one year of arriving, he became the Coronary Care Unit Director at Good Samaritan Hospital. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Interventional Cardiology.

He has been practicing and teaching cardiology in Phoenix for over 35 years. He is the founder and medical director of the Heart & Vascular Center of Arizona and medical director of The Cardiac Cath Labs of Phoenix.

He is a past program director and founder of the 4th year Interventional Cardiology Fellowship at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, founder of the Cardiovascular Society of Arizona, and past Chief, Department of Cardiovascular Disease Banner Estrella Medical Center in Phoenix, and past president of the Arizona Medical Association.

Over the years he has held numerous board positions including president of the Maricopa County Medical Society, president of the Phoenix Board of the American Heart Association, Counselor of the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, and Board Member of the University of Michigan Club Of Greater Phoenix.

He has received numerous awards including McGill University Scholarships, Teacher of the Year at Good Samaritan Hospital, and National Leadership Award, Wings of Memory, US Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is listed in Who’s Who in America and the World, Phoenix Business Journal Survey of Most Influential in Health Care; Top Doc-Cardiovascular Disease, Phoenix Magazine 1998-2022; Best Doctors in America 2007-16; and numerous other listings.

He has lectured all over the US, Russia, and Japan. He organized technique workshops and medical conferences on angioplasty, stenting, and rotablator technology and other aspects of cardiology. He has 98 publications to his credit, many in the field of Interventional Cardiology.

He has also participated in numerous charitable activities including US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Anti-Defamation League, Phoenix Symphony, United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Society, Jewish National Fund, to name a few.

His wife, Judy, is also from Montreal, was a kindergarten teacher and is currently a children’s book author. They married in 1986 and have one son, Andrew, currently living in Los Angeles.

Nathan Laufer, MDCM, FACC

Rich is CEO of the Center for Jewish Philanthropy of Greater Phoenix (CJP). He assumed this role in 2022, when the CJP was created by integrating the Phoenix’s Jewish Community Foundation and the Jewish Federation, after serving as President and CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation since 2013. Before his nonprofit career, Rich practiced law in Arizona for more than 20 years, representing nonprofits, individuals, businesses in matters ranging from trust and estate disputes to real estate and business litigation.

Rich has served on the boards of several local nonprofits. In 1999, the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix presented Rich its Sy Clark Young Leadership Award, and in 2018 Rich received the Anti-Defamation League’s Al Brooks Community Leadership Award. Rich is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law.

Rose Ann is an International Best-Selling author of a multi-award-winning daily devotional called “The Plans He Has For Me” that helps people change their relationship with alcohol and other toxic substances. She is the creator of the Choose Freedom Program which allows coaches, counselors and faith-based organizations to deliver the program as well. Her philanthropic efforts are also focused on Arts Advocacy where she currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Arizona Citizens for the Arts. She is the proud mother of four adult children and enjoys anything that gets her out to connect and enjoy creative culture.

Upon graduating from Emory University, Sandeep worked in the energy industry for a decade, working for companies such as BP, Koch Industries and Tosco Trading. His experience in downstream operations spanned across multiple business units including retail management, pricing, commercial analysis, risk management and trading. In 2003, when the company that Sandeep worked for relocated to Houston, he and his wife, Sheila, decided to open her dental office, Desert Sky Dentistry, LLC. Helping to manage the business since its inception while busy raising his two wonderful children, Sandeep has appreciated the importance of a strong banking relationship, from the start-up days to ongoing financial operations.

Sloane McFarland is a fourth-generation Arizona native.

A graduate of Brophy College Preparatory (Phoenix, 1991) and St. John’s College (New Mexico,1995), he is married and has two children.
Sloane is the founder and sole principal of Martha + Mary, a firm with three distinct but interrelated arms: real estate development, hospitality and creative services/art production.

Since 1995, Sloane has focused on community-valued urban infill projects while growing long-term real estate development holdings, expanded into the hospitality industry and solidified his background as an exhibiting artist into a creative services practice.

Notable projects include: Park Central (Pensus Group reposition of 1MM SF mall - Phoenix - 1996/97), Central (12M SF community infill project - Lux, Pane Bianco, Undefeated - 2000/2019), Yourland (20 acre, 200M SF mixed-use project - 2006/2019), Welcome Diner/Welcome Chicken + Donut (3 restaurants - 2003/2019).

Sloane is involved in the Arizona arts community having produced one-man exhibitions at institutions such as Arizona State University Art Museum and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Sloane has served on the Arizona State University Art Museum Advisory Board and Board of Catholic Phoenix.

Since 2016, Stuart Graff has been President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, where he leads teams in Arizona and Wisconsin that help people discover and embrace Wright’s architecture for better living by connecting people with nature, art, and each other, while preserving Wright’s personal homes and studios. Prior to joining the Foundation, Stuart had a 20+ year successful career as a corporate attorney, and was also a global business leader with Valspar Corporation and Newell Brands, In 2023, Stuart was named by the UK’s Wallpaper* magazine as one of the “300 talents that are forging new paths through America’s design landscape,” and he has been honored as “Best Activist” by the Arizona Capitol Time