Public Announcements

Man and Woman of the Year, Founders and GTL Alumni of Excellence Award Nominations are NOW CLOSED!

Aug. 3, 2020


Casino Del Sol Presents


Greater Tucson Leadership'S (GTL) 2020 Man and Woman of the Year, Founders Award AND GTL Alumni of Excellence Awards Nominations are CLOSED. On Saturday, February 19, 2021, GTL will host the Man and Woman of the Year, Founders and GTL Alumni of Excellence Award Gala at Casino Del Sol to celebrate the selected honorees.


Any man or woman who has not been honored as a Man or Woman of the Year or Founders Award recipient is eligible.

The Man and Woman of the Year Awards recipients will have distinguished themselves by actively supporting community projects at personal sacrifice, for aiding those persons less fortunate and for living in a manner which inspires affection, respect and admiration. They have offered leadership, time, and personal/professional resources to our community in recent years.    

The Founders Award recipient will have demonstrated significant long-term community involvement and accomplishments and have helped shape the community in a quality, positive manner. They will have made significant contributions to our community over the course of their lifetime.


The GTL Alumni of Excellence Award recognizes the outstanding volunteer efforts of a member of the GTL alumni community. The distinguished recipients have demonstrated a significant long-term commitment to Tucson and represents the highest ideals of service and loyalty to the community.


ALL honorees are chosen based on the breadth of their impact in the community and the contributions they have made beyond the scope of their employment.   Award recipients will be honored at the 68th Annual Tucson Man and Woman of the Year and Founders Award Gala on Saturday, February 19, 2021 at Casino Del Sol Resort.

GTL recognizes honorees for 2019 Man and Woman of the Year, Founders, and GTL Alumni Awards

Nov. 4, 2019

Greater Tucson Leadership is proud to announce the honorees for the 2019 Man and Woman of the Year, Founders Award, and GTL Alumni Excellence Award. This year marks the 67th anniversary of the awards program. The honorees will be celebrated at a gala on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020 at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.
Man and Woman of the Year honors two individuals who have contributed significant time, energy and spirit in fields outside his or her professional life, without regard to personal gain; who’s recent contributions to the community have made a significant, positive impact on the quality of life for all residents; who have demonstrated excellence in leadership; and who are a source of positive influence and inspiration for others.

The Founders Award, established in 1985, is a lifetime achievement recognition honoring an individual who has demonstrated significant long-term community involvement and accomplishments; who has helped to shape the community in a positive manner with merit and dedication; who’s leadership has made a significant difference to individuals or groups; and who has displayed wisdom and depth of service. This award is for lifetime achievement rather than a single contribution.

The GTL Alumni Excellence Award honors someone who represents the highest ideals of service and loyalty to the community, and is actively utilizing the leadership skills learned during their time in the GTL program.

These four recipients are being honored for outstanding leadership, distinguished contributions and dedication to improving the quality of life in our community.
Mark Irvin, Managing Member of Mark Irvin Commercial Real Estate Services LLC, has been selected as the 2019 Man of the Year.
Barbi Reuter, President of Cushman & Wakefield I PICOR, has been selected as the 2019 Woman of the Year.
Ron Shoopman, former President of Southern Arizona Leadership Council and member of the Arizona Board of Regents, is the recipient of the 2019 Founders Award.

Kate Hoffman, Founder and CEO of Earn to Learn, is the recipient of the 2019 GTL Alumni Excellence Award.
A 10-person selection committee — comprised of community leaders representing business, government, non-profit, and higher education — made the awards selections.
For more information on the Feb. 1, 2020 gala at Loews Ventana Canyon, visit  Sponsorship and tribute opportunities are also available. For information visit the GTL website or contact GTL Community Relations Director Carrie Durham at [email protected] or call 520.792.2250 x140.

Nominations Open for Tucson Man and Woman of the Year

Sep. 19, 2019

Through October 21, 2019, Greater Tucson Leadership (GTL) will be accepting nominations for the 2019 Tucson Man and Woman of the Year and Founders Award recipients and GTL Alumni Excellence Award. GTL encourages community members to nominate deserving individuals and is seeking nominations from a wide cross-section of the community. The goal is to attract nominations which highlight Tucson’s pacesetters; individuals who are inspiring, effective and compelling.

GTL is proud to present the awards and signature gala event. This time-honored and respected Tucson tradition, established 67 years ago, superbly reflects the Southern Arizona community and its dynamic leaders in a fresh, relevant and inspiring light.

GTL strives to involve as many community members as possible in the nomination process in order to attract a diverse and truly representative pool of nominations in all three categories.

On Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 6 p.m. the process will be capped off when GTL presents the 67thAnnual Tucson Man and Woman of the Year and Founders Award Gala at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.  Last year’s honorees were Larry Lucero, Man of the Year; Carla Keegan, Woman of the Year; Nancy Kinerk, Founders Award; and Suzanne McFarlin, GTL Alumni Excellence.

The award program honors a men and women who have distinguished themselves for active support of community projects at personal sacrifice, for aiding those persons less fortunate and for living in a manner which inspires affection, respect and admiration.

The mission of Greater Tucson Leadership is to inspire, develop, and promote leadership to impact the Tucson region, as well as to identify outstanding leaders.

Nominations must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, October 21, 2019 and must be accompanied by a resume or CV of the nominee and include a headshot. Nominations must also include at least two letters of support. No more than five letters of support will be accepted. 

For more information, contact GTL Executive Director Kasey Hill at (520) 792-2250 x 141 or email [email protected]

We’re Hiring!

Sep. 9, 2019

Greater Tucson Leadership is seeking a full-time Special Events and Community Outreach Coordinator who is motivated, creative, community-minded, and who is passionate about event planning and fundraising.

In this position you will:

  • Be responsible for the planning, promotion and execution of all GTL special events and play an active role in implementing new events.

  • In partnership with the executive director, coordinate community fundraiser outreach efforts and be responsible for the creation and maintenance of Corporate Sponsor relationships on behalf of GTL

  • Participate in brainstorming with and integrating feedback from GTL participants, alumni, and community stakeholders

  • Will help to identify and facilitate discussion and decisions about issues affecting events; and will synthesize the different experiences and perspectives of GTL participants to inform donation outreach efforts and event planning

This position requires high energy; excellent communication skills; the ability to be proactive; the ability to form positive relationships with stakeholders; and the ability to meaningfully engage with diverse communities to be successful in achieving the goals of GTL.

Salary: $40,000-$45,000

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Flexibility is needed to work evenings/weekends during events. Must be available to work 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month.


  • Proactively creates and tracks all details of event plans and meets all deadlines

  • Plan, develop and implement all special events, which includes: Man and Woman of the Year and Founders Award Gala and alumni events

  • Working closely with Executive Director and volunteer committees to achieve specific fundraising goals and plan all details of the events

  • Prepares all printed and electronic materials (invitations, signage, save-the-dates, etc.) for events in collaboration with the Executive Director

  • Visualizing and executing all decor and implementing all communications for the event

  • Ability to work successfully with venue, registration and merchandise vendors and manages GTL’s relationship with them

  • Act as primary contact and coordinator for community fundraising events, corporate contacts and sponsorships

  • Track all community fundraising event paperwork and corporate sponsors

  • Proactively reaches out to community fundraisers for needed supplies or other donations, corporate sponsors and new potential community fundraising prospects

  • Coordinate all corporate sponsorship fulfillment activities and ensures they are up-to-date

  • Create and send corporate sponsorship fulfillment packets

  • Other duties as assigned or requested


  • Bachelor’ degree in marketing, public relations or business preferred, Two years of experience, Or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience

  • Experience preferred in event planning and working with donors and volunteers, networking and connecting in the Pima County community

  • Excellent communication skills


  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written

  • Excellent skills in prioritization and organization

  • Excellent attention to detail and highly organized

  • Commitment and ability to meet multiple deadlines simultaneously

  • Proficient computer skills

  • Understand the mechanisms and the application of Facebook and other social media

  • Proven skills managing large projects

  • Experience with events planning and coordination

  • Excellent internal and external customer service and communication skills

  • Excellent presentation skills


  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time

  • Must be able to lift up to thirty pounds

  • Visual acuity and hand dexterity to work with computer systems (monitor, keyboard), reports, and other data sources, reading/entering/processing data and figures

  • Ability to use basic office equipment

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 25. Resume and cover letter should be emailed to GTL Executive Director Kasey Hill at [email protected] 

Apply now for the Civic and Political Leadership Program

Aug. 9, 2019

In January 2020, Greater Tucson Leadership, in partnership with Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, will launch the inaugural Civic and Political Leadership Program. This 8-month-long, non-partisan program will benefit people who want to run for local office; be a valued campaign staffer for a candidate; run a successful ballot initiative; or learn about good governance from a variety of perspectives.

The program is looking for individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who want to stay in southern Arizona, and embody responsible leadership. Program participants will learn how local governments are structured and relate with one another; how to best run and win a campaign from start to finish; and best practices on governing and leading after taking office.

Applications are currently open for the Civic and Political Leadership Program, and the deadline to apply is Monday, September 23, 2019. The program begins Friday, January 10, 2020 and will continue every second Saturday of each month until August 2020.

Nonrefundable tuition is $750 and is due January 3, 2020. No scholarships are available for this program, but personal fundraising for the cost is acceptable. 

Applicants will be notified by October 7th, 2019 if they have been accepted.

For more information, please contact GTL Executive Director Kasey Hill at [email protected], or call (520) 792-2250 x 141.