Meet the Board of Directors of
Scottsdale Community Bank
George Weisz has a unique, diverse, and honored background of business enterprise, public service, and community involvement.
On his very active business front, George is a co-owner of two minor league baseball teams, proud affiliates of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and a partner in Majerle’s Sports Grill with former Phoenix Suns All-Star Dan Majerle. George is also a partner in a start-up technology firm dealing with superconductivity, and he has had interests in the film industry, bio-tech, and other ventures. He also serves as a government affairs consultant providing assistance to companies wishing to do business in Arizona and with government entities. In addition, George’s father served for years on the Board of Directors of Harris Bank (now BMO Harris) in Chicago.
George’s public service includes serving as a respected Member of the Arizona House of Representatives (during which George was named one of the ten most effective legislators in the state), Deputy Chief of Staff to one Governor and Senior Advisor to a second Governor, Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Phoenix, and Special Agent investigating organized crime and corruption for 4 Attorneys General. George also served on an award-winning team of investigative reporters from across the nation probing one of the most heinous murders of our time.
George’s community work includes serving on the Boards of Directors of numerous charitable and civic organizations and being recognized with some of those organizations’ highest awards. His extensive involvement includes being appointed by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court to serve on the prestigious Arizona Judicial Council, fighting discrimination and bigotry through his work on the Anti-Defamation League Board (ADL), serving on the National Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), serving as President of the 100 Club which provides resources for the families of fallen police officers and firefighters, serving on the Board of the Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped, being a member of the Governor’s Commission on Adolescent Suicide, establishing the Grand Canyon State Games, helping expand the spirit and industry of baseball in Arizona through his service as a Charter Member of the Arizona Baseball Commission, City of Phoenix Baseball Committee, and Chairman of the Maricopa County Sports Authority. George was presented with a Humanitarian of the Year Award, Community Leadership Awards, Law Enforcement Honors, and was named a “Community Hero” by the United Way and given the honor of carrying the Olympic Torch for two Olympics.
George is married to a former top prosecutor who also served as Director of the Arizona Department of Homeland Security and Director of the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control. They have three wonderful daughters and two huge Irish Wolfhounds.
Hemant Patel has a diverse background that adds strength to any business group. His business track record includes being the sole founder of a consulting engineering company that provides program management, planning, design and construction management for infrastructure projects, which Hemant built into a regional organization with offices located in five states, over a fifteen year period. In 2006, Hemant sold his firm to an international company in order to open doors to overseas markets for the firm’s expertise. Prior to starting his own firm, Hemant’s professional experience included an international construction company, a public agency responsible for water and wastewater services for a large region of the United Kingdom and private consulting firms, where he gained expertise in project controls and organizational management.
Hemant currently serves as Founder and CEO of Akida LLC an energy management technology firm. He managed a technical team that developed patented technology in electrical energy management. Hemant led the team to develop applications of the technology to create IOT ready hardware that provides “Big-Data” to Cloud-based platforms for energy monitoring and management.
Born in Kenya, Hemant experienced first-hand the opportunities and hardships in a “third-world economy”. He also spent nearly a decade in the UK where he received his Bachelor of Science with Honors from the University of Birmingham, England in Civil Engineering in 1979. He then immigrated to the United States to pursue his dreams of success. While building his career and starting a company, Hemant attended night classes at Arizona State University to earn his MBA in 1993.
Hemant is committed to his community and has served in many civic roles. He currently serves on the Flood Control District Advisory Board for Maricopa County and the Board of Trustees for BEMA, a non-profit organization that built a unique temple, which serves many different faiths in the East Indian community. Hemant and his wife, Vinta, are proud parents of two daughters, who are college graduates and pursuing their professional careers outside Arizona.
Hemant and his wife, live in Paradise Valley and with family living all over the country and the world, they travel extensively to maintain the close family bonds that they treasure. He also travels extensively to pursue global opportunities for his technology firm. In addition to traveling, Hemant enjoys spending time with his family and their very spoiled family pets, hiking and, as an avid car enthusiast, any automobile-related activity he can partake in.
Bruce Barnhill recently retired from Northwest Airlines where he had worked for 33 years. His final position was General Manager – Arizona. Bruce’s career included a long stretch in Northwest’s International Division including a stint in England, where he was responsible for Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Bruce also spent time as a General Manager in Japan, Korea, China and the Philippines.
Domestically, Bruce’s responsibilities were primarily operationally oriented and included time in Seattle, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Spokane and Chicago.
Prior to Northwest, Bruce worked as a consultant at Booz, Allen & Hamilton and also spent a year with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Bruce earned a BA from Rollins College and an MPA from Southern Methodist University; a job transfer prevented completion of his MBA at Gonzaga University.
Bruce is committed to the local community, serving on the Board of Directors for Scottsdale Soccer Club for 12 years, including 6 years as the Club’s President. This non-profit organization serves over 3,000 youth soccer players. Bruce also serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Youth Soccer Association. This board provides support and oversight for over 60 youth soccer clubs representing the entire state.
Bruce and his wife, Jisook, have two daughters. They have lived in Paradise Valley since 1999. Bruce and his wife both grew up on the international scene. Bruce’s father was a career military officer and they lived extensively in the Middle East and Europe. Jisook’s father was a career diplomat representing South Korea in Kenya, Switzerland, Nepal and the United States. Their extended family is stretched all over the globe and free time is often spent traveling to see them.
Shelley B. Thompson is an experienced attorney, wealth advisor, and banking executive. She is presently practicing law in the area of trusts and estates. Previously she worked at Bank of Hawaii, where she served as a Vice Chair, Chief Fiduciary Officer, member of the Managing Committee, and manager of the Investment Services Group. She was responsible for delivering trust, investment, private banking, and brokerage services to high net worth individuals and institutions.
Prior to Bank of Hawaii, Ms. Thompson served as a member of senior management and oversaw wealth management at a number of major banks, including Wells Fargo Bank, U.S. Bank and City National Bank. She has also served as a Trustee of the Lillian Disney Trust and as a director of a private trust company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
Ms. Thompson is a member of the State Bar of California. She holds a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Active in the community, Ms. Thompson serves on the Boards of the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, the Pasadena Literary Alliance and the Organization of Women Executives. She has served as Chair of both the Hawaii Theatre Center and Child & Family Service, as well as Vice Chair of the Hawaiian Humane Society. She also served on the boards of numerous charitable organizations, including the University of San Diego, the Pasadena Humane Society, KCET Public Television, and both the Guthrie and Ordway Theaters.
Craig Reinmuth, CPA/CFF/PFS, MST, EnCE is President of Expert Insights, P.C., a litigation support firm specializing in the computer forensics and forensic accounting. Craig founded Expert Insights in 1990, works with a majority of the major law firms in Phoenix and is a well-known speaker and article writer in his field. Craig particularly enjoys the expert witness testimony aspect of his work wherein he is able to bring facts and insights to judges and juries to assist them in upholding justice in the courtroom.
Craig’s diversified prior experience includes Sr. Tax Manager with Price Waterhouse Coopers and Assistant to the Sr. Vice President of Finance and Regional Controller for Mercedes-Benz of North America, the importer of all automobiles into the U.S. market.
Craig’s roots were in the Chicago area and his career has taken him to New York, California and now Phoenix where he plans to stay. Educationally, Craig has a BS in Accounting from Southern Illinois University and MS Degree in Taxation from DePaul University in Chicago. Professionally, Craig is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified in Financial Forensics and an EnCase Certified Examiner.
In his spare time, Craig enjoys nearly all sports, but in particular enjoys golf, skiing and volleyball.
Robert Blendu was born in Gary, Indiana and served in the US Army as a Paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division. Since then he has continued to be of service in the Arizona Senate and the Arizona House of Representatives serving in the following positions:
- Three terms in the Arizona State Senate and is Past President Pro Tem
- Two terms in the Arizona House of Representatives, serving as Majority Whip
- Rules Committee Chairman, Senate
- Rules Committee Member, Arizona House of Representatives
- Commerce Committee Vice Chairman, Arizona House of Representatives and Senate
- Natural Resources and Rural Affairs Committee Chairman, Senate
- Banking and Insurance Committee, Arizona House of Representatives
- Government Committee Vice Chairman, Arizona House of Representatives and Senate
- Transportation Committee member, Senate
- Senate Parliamentarian
- House and Senate Ethics Committee member
- Joint Legislative Audit Committee Chairman, Arizona House of Representatives and Senate
Additionally, he served on the Arizona Film Commission, Arizona Mexico Commission and he also served on the committee to set up the original Arizona Home Land Security Committee after 9/11.
He taught Bible study for 20 years. He speaks, reads and writes Spanish fluently, lives in the West Valley (since 1963) and is married to his wife Leslie.
Leslie Dashew has combined her background in organizational development and family therapy to specialize in consultation to family businesses and families of wealth, as well as other organizations, private and public. She has been in practice for over 38 years and is now located in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Leslie has written four books. She is a co-author of Working With Family Businesses, A Guide For Professionals, published by Jossey-Bass. Leslie's second book, The Best of The Human Side was published in October of 1997. Her third book, Health, Wealth and Families: How to Assure Your Wealth Helps, Not Hurts, Your Family was published in January of 2003. Leslie's newest book, Keys to Family Business Success (co-authored with her partners in the Aspen Family Business Group) was published in 2011.
She is often quoted, and her writing on family business issues can be found in popular, business and trade magazines including Family Business, INC, Black Enterprise, Entrepreneur, USA Today, Investment News and many others. She was even featured in an interview in the Nepali publication, The Organization, and in Professional Builder magazine.
Leslie speaks widely at academic, professional and trade associations. She presents workshops and seminars for companies across the U.S. and abroad. She is renowned for her interactive programs on family business issues, management, leadership, team building, change and stress management, as well as individual and interpersonal effectiveness.
Leslie also conducts training for professional and trade associations such as YPO (Young Presidents Organization), Family Firm Institute, American Institute of CPAs, Society of the Plastics Industry, American Hotel and Motel Association, American Society for Training and Development, Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises (AFHE) as well as Family Business Educational Forums, Universities, Chambers of Commerce and Small Business Development Centers.
As a family therapist as well as an organizational development consultant, Leslie's insights are also shared individually and in workshops on managing "problem" employees, chemical dependency, communication skills, stress and change management and overcoming barriers to professional effectiveness.
Leslie has served in many volunteer and professional organizations on boards and committees including the Board of Trustees of Pitzer College, The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Women Business Owners, Inc., the Scottsdale Cultural Council, the Council For Children, The Arizona Women’s Forum, Arizona Community Foundation and the Family Firm Institute. In 2010 The Family Firm Institute awarded Leslie the "Richard Beckhard Award" which is the most prestigious award in the family business field. It recognizes contributions to the knowledge and practice of advising family businesses. "Leslie has been a vanguard in our field and always at the leading edge of new knowledge and tools in understanding and serving family businesses," says Kelin Gersick, Ph.D, past award recipient and FFI leader. "She not only helps to develop many of the concepts and tools used by other professionals, but she also mentors individuals, families, and organizations across the globe to help chart the courses of their futures."
Leslie's undergraduate degree in psychology is from Pitzer College and her graduate degree in psychiatric social work is from the University of Michigan. She served on the Emory University Medical School Faculty in Psychiatry for 6 years.
Leslie is married to Jack Salisbury and has two children, Baleigh and Brett, and one grandson, Robin.
For the past four decades, Russ Jones has been the head of R.L. Jones Customs Brokers. During that time, the company has expanded and along with its sister companies dealing in warehousing, freight forwarding, logistics, property management, and insurance services, now has offices throughout California, Arizona, and Texas.
His activities have not been restricted to business interests. Additionally, he has been elected thrice to the Arizona State House of Representatives, bringing his special expertise on Customs and border issues, along with transportation, agriculture and educational concerns to the Capitol.
After leaving legislative office, he not only continued in his primary professional activities, but, along with his wife, Janet, has been awarded the prestigious Philanthropists of the Year Award for their untiring efforts to promote the arts and educational opportunities for all, contributions to the efforts of the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma (ACF of Yuma.)
In addition to his local philanthropic activities, Mr. Jones sits on the Board of Directors for the U.S./Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership Group, taking an active interest in matching the needs with the funding required to make dreams possible for those on both sides of the border. Also, he is the current Chairman of the Border Trade Alliance (BTA), promoting cooperation and understanding between the business communities in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, influencing public policy and private sector initiatives for same.
While sitting on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Power Authority, dealing with the water and power needs of Arizona, he still made time to spearhead the successful Yuma County JTED efforts, to establish a JTED to allow children and young adults to get the training and experience they need to make a meaningful contribution to their communities in the future.
Community development has been an ongoing endeavor with his participation in statewide, countywide and local economic development projects. Sitting on the Board of Directors for the Arizona / Mexico Commission (AMC) for more than thirty years, having been appointed by Governor Bruce Babbit and most recently being reappointed by Governor Doug Ducey, he has been an integral part of both state and international policymaking. He has sat on the Advisory Board for the Arizona Department of Commerce, the respective Boards of Directors for the Arizona International Development Authority, Grater Yuma Economic Development Corporation (GYEDC), San Luis Economic Development Commission, the Yuma and San Luis Chambers of Commerce, as well as his participation on issues dealing with the San Luis Ports of Entry and the development of the original and new Industrial Parks that service those ports. Additionally, he was a founding member of 1st Bank Yuma, a thriving community bank that has grown to serve the needs of local communities in Yuma, San Luis, and Nogales, Arizona.
As Army veteran and currently and currently an officer of the Civil Air Patrol, his attention to the welfare of his local community, whether it is a search and rescue mission, or being a founding member of the committee to incorporate the Town of San Luis, Arizona, and San Luis Rotary Club, a proud member of the NRA, or in his District Advisory position with the Boy Scouts of America, his devotion to the community is well known.
Dr. Ashesh Sanghvi has been a practicing Gastroenterologist after finishing his training in 1998; moving to Yuma, in southwest Arizona to join a young Gastroenterology practice in order to be close to his extended family in Southern California. Over the next 16 years he worked tirelessly to help the practice grow substantially providing state of art full spectrum Gastroenterology and Hepatology services in Southwest Arizona. The practice grew from 3 employees when he joined, to around 40, integrating different aspects of the practice under one roof including opening the first free standing physician owned and operated surgery center in the desert Southwest.
Ashesh grew up in India and graduated from B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad in 1990. He then completed his training in Internal Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH. He subsequently did his Gastroenterology & Hepatology training at Cook County Hospital/Rush University Medical Center, Chicago; with further advanced Gastroenterology training at the University of Chicago.
Over the years he served as Vice Chairman, then Chairman of Dept. of Medicine, Yuma Regional Medical Center. He has served as a member of the Physician Quality committee, Yuma Regional Medical Center. He also works as an outside medical consultant for the Arizona Medical Board.
After his wife, Alpa and their two children moved to Paradise Valley in 2005 for better educational opportunities, he embarked on a weekly commute between the two cities till May 2014 continuing his practice in Yuma. When the opportunity to join a very dynamic, progressive, highly talented group of physicians at Arizona Center for Digestive Health, providing a tertiary care level care in southeast valley presented; he was very excited to take that position and continue his passion of Gastroenterology in his own ‘backyard’. Currently, his son is attending college on the east coast and daughter is finishing high school. He loves to mountain bike on weekends and hike as much as possible.
Blair Robinson retired in 2018 after 42 years in commercial banking in the Chicagoland area and has moved to Scottsdale on a permanent basis. He was born in Tucson, Arizona and attended Northern Arizona University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. He received an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management in 1983.
Blair began his banking career in 1976 at the Bank of Northfield in Northfield, Illinois. By 1984 he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Lending Officer. In 1986 he became President and Director of the Bank of Glenbrook in Glenview, Illinois.
In late 1992 Blair became the Founding Director of Northview Financial Corporation the holding company for a de Novo bank Northview Bank & Trust in Northfield. As Founding Director, he organized the Board of Directors and key employees for both the holding company and the bank. Blair completed the required regulatory applications and successfully raised capital to obtain a charter from the State of Illinois Commissioner of Banks and for final approval by the FDIC.
As President and Director of the holding company and President & CEO and Director of the bank, Blair was responsible for overall bank performance and was the Chairman of the Loan, Asset Liability Management, Compliance, Audit, Executive, Strategic Planning and Compensation committees.
In 2004 the bank had grown to 4 locations and about $500 million in assets and was acquired by Wintrust Financial Corporation. Original investors in the bank realized an average annual return on their investment of over 17%.
After the sale of the bank Blair continued his banking career as a Director and President & CEO of Northview Bank & Trust and became Director and Vice Chairman of Northbrook Bank and Trust, a Wintrust Financial Corporation affiliate.
In 2013 Blair joined American Chartered Bank, now MB Financial Bank as a Senior Commercial Lending Officer where he worked until his retirement late this year.
During his career Blair was active in the community as a Commissioner of the Village of Northfield Park District and served on the Village of Northfield Board of Trustees where he was the Finance Committee Chairman. In addition, Blair served as Vice President of the Village of Northfield Chamber of Commerce and served numerous other local organizations. He was also a member of the Chicago Bankers Association.
Frank Jacobson is retired after more than 45 years of experience in management, fund raising, communications, strategic planning, public affairs, working with boards, and public officials.
Before his retirement at the end of June 2018, Frank served as Vice President of Philanthropic Services at Jewish Family & Children’s Service in Phoenix. In his nine years with one of Arizona’s largest nonprofit behavioral health social services, and primary medical care agencies, Frank led a team that increased annual fundraising from $1.6 million in 2010 to nearly $2.8 million in 2017. Also, during his tenure, legacy commitments increased from 11 donors to nearly 100 donors.
From 1987 – 2006, Frank served as founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Scottsdale Cultural Council (now Scottsdale Arts). Scottsdale Arts is a nonprofit organization contracted by the City of Scottsdale to program and manage the city’s cultural affairs, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), and the Scottsdale Public Art Program.
During Mr. Jacobson’s tenure the Cultural Council’s annual budget grew from $3.2 million in its first year to over $12 million; he led a $9.6 million capital and endowment campaign for SMoCA’s opening in 1999; and in 2004, he guided the Cultural Council as they negotiated a lease with the Scottsdale Galleria and renovated a former IMAX theater into a 324-seat live performing space in downtown. Under Mr. Jacobson’s leadership the locally and nationally honored Scottsdale Public Art Program commissioned more than fifty public artworks including a large-scale bas-relief by Carolyn Braaksma along five miles of the Pima Freeway and the skyspace installation Knight Rise by internationally celebrated earth and light artist James Turrell located at SMoCA.
Frank is President of the Board of Directors of Congregation Or Tzion through June 2022; served as the Advisory Committee Chair for the Jewish Population Study conducted by Arizona State University in 2019; and, is a Scottsdale Charro serving on the Charros Foundation Development Committee.
Married over 50 years to Stephanie Jacobson, the Jacobsons have two sons, a daughter, and five grandchildren all in Arizona.
David Lorsch is a veteran of the Consumer Electronics Industry, entering the industry when he was 15 years old. He possesses a bachelor’s degree in business from Arizona State University. David has had a remarkably successful business career. He was Sales Manager of The Markman Company at the young age of 24. He formed DBL Distributing Inc in 1989, taking sales from Zero to $325,000,000. David sold DBL in 2007.
David has received numerous awards of local and national recognition. His most prestigious award was his 2016 induction into the “Consumer Technology Hall of Fame”. He was also recognized by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business Spirit of Enterprise Award for “Family Business” in 2004. David’s Company, DBL Distributing was also recognized on the “Inc 500” in 2006. Other Awards and Recognition include: the Phoenix Business Journal’s “Arizona Corporate Excellence Award” in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006; Arthur Andersen’s “Arizona Private 100” in 2000 and 2001; “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist” in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002; and the Anti-Defamation League’s “American Heritage Award” in 2003. David also possesses a bachelor’s degree in business from Arizona State University.
David currently serves as a Governor for The Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale (2008 to present) and serves on two boards for the Consumer Electronics Association (2000 to present). David also serves as a “Mentor” for the Consumer Technology Small Business Council and he is a former member of the Consumer Technology Association’s “Board of Industry Leaders”.
David and his wife Cindy have also actively supported the local Phoenix and Scottsdale communities. During their time at DBL Distributing, they raised, via 6 Charity Events, more than $750,000 which was donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale and the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Phoenix. David continues to be committed to helping his community and giving back some of the prosperity he has enjoyed.
David believes the 4 keys to doing business; Have a Fair Price, a Good Product, Give Great Service and When You Have a Problem, “Solve the Problem”!