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Our 2017 Most Influential Woman in Arizona Business

Outcalt Desirae 2017 High Res croppedKnow who has a “hard-earned track record of professional excellence, leadership, innovation and community impact?” Our very own vice president and relationship manager, Desirae Outcalt, that’s who!

Desirae was recently selected to be part of a tremendously distinguished group of 41 women who make up AZBusiness Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Arizona Business Honorary Class of 2017.

Considered a lifetime honor, AZBusiness Magazine sorts through approximately 1000 candidates to select the most deserving influential women. While the public is invited to nominate women, the decisions and some of the nominations (including Desirae’s) are made by the magazine’s staff.

Other honorees this year include the Mayor of Gilbert, a CEO of an aerospace company, tribal leaders, an Olympic champion, a chief of police, a leader whose company took off after she appeared on “Shark Tank” and many other stand-outs. AZ Business Magazine is gradually posting profiles about each honoree on the AZ Big Media website.

When asked by AZBusiness Magazine about her best decision, Des said, “I realized early in my career that the best way to learn is never to say ‘no.’ It requires stepping outside your comfort zone, both in what you think you know and what you think you can do.”

The Most Influential Women in Arizona Business will be honored at a reception during the evening August 23 at Chateau Luxe.

Please join us in congratulating Desirae, and be sure to check out the full list of honorees in the July/August issue of AZBusiness Magazine to see whether other influential women you know have been spotlighted yet.

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Happy Independence Day

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In observance of our nation’s birthday, we wish everyone a happy 4th of July.

In honor of the holiday, we’d like to share some history about the American flag with you from usa-flag-site.org↗:

On January 1, 1776, the Continental Army was reorganized in accordance with a Congressional resolution which placed American forces under George Washington’s control. On that New Year’s Day the Continental Army was laying siege to Boston which had been taken over by the British Army. Washington ordered the Grand Union flag hoisted above his base at Prospect Hill. It had 13 alternate red and white stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner (the canton).

In May of 1776, Betsy Ross reported that she sewed the first American flag.

On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the new nation, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: “Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”

Between 1777 and 1960, Congress passed several acts that changed the shape, design and arrangement of the flag and allowed for additional stars and stripes to be added to reflect the admission of each new state.

  • Act of January 13, 1794 – provided for 15 stripes and 15 stars after May 1795.
  • Act of April 4, 1818 – provided for 13 stripes and one star for each state, to be added to the flag on the 4th of July following the admission of each new state, signed by President Monroe.
  • Executive Order of President Taft dated June 24, 1912 – established proportions of the flag and provided for arrangement of the stars in six horizontal rows of eight each, a single point of each star to be upward.
  • Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated January 3, 1959 – provided for the arrangement of the stars in seven rows of seven stars each, staggered horizontally and vertically.
  • Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated August 21, 1959 – provided for the arrangement of the stars in nine rows of stars staggered horizontally and eleven rows of stars staggered vertically.

Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with 6 white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.

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