December 2015 Show Wrap Up

We would like to start by thanking everyone for joining us at the December Mesa Morning Live show, sponsored by Wells Fargo Business Bank and hosted at Crescent Crown Distributing. We had a great turnout and it is always nice to see so many new members come and enjoy this unique experience. You can see why Mesa Morning Live is “Kind of a Big Deal”!

A big thank you goes out to Hilton Phoenix/Mesa who provided an amazing breakfast. Everything was above and beyond!

We started the show off with fantastic music from Pastor Bob Lenz of Thrive Christian Community Church, channeling the stylings of Elvis.

The show continued with our episode sponsor, Wells Fargo Business Bank, spreading good cheer by giving everyone that attended the show a lovely Christmas ornament. Our guest from Wells Fargo Business Bank was Rhonda Curtis who talked to us about Wells Fargo Bank opportunities for Mesa’s business community. Rhonda also shared exciting community news, in particular this year they were able to help A New Leaf with $200,000 grant for their La Mesita Shelter. Wells Fargo Bank is a great community partner and we really appreciate their annual sponsorship.

This month our Mystery Guest, sponsored by the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa was Chef Ryan Staroszk of the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa. Not only did Chef Ryan and his team provide all attendees with a fantastic breakfast but he also brought the most guest. The Hilton is a great place for an amazing meal at the Zuni Grill, or a place for your guest to stay during the holidays. We really enjoyed having Chef Ryan as our Mystery Guest!

Would you like a chance to be our Mystery Guest and be interviewed by Mark Cordes?  Be the person who brings the most first-time guests to Mesa Morning Live and you could be on stage next month.


December’s Community Spotlight, sponsored by Gateway Bank, had Mike Hughs, CEO of A New Leaf. They are a fantastic non-profit out of Mesa that has been helping families and changing lives for nearly 40 years with over 25 programs Valley wide including homeless and domestic violence shelters, youth and community programs. With more than 300 employees, a financially supportive Foundation and the benefit of over 15,000 volunteer hours a year, A New Leaf provides services to nearly 20,000 individuals annually. Thank you to Mike and everyone at A New Leaf for everything you have done for our community. Mike has been with A New Leaf for 38 years and his passion for what he does shines through.

As usual, we owe a great big THANK YOU to the multi-talented Mark Cordes.  We truly appreciate Mark being our host. You keep the show fun and upbeat at all times.


To our “Behind the Scenes Sponsors” we give special thanks:  Crescent Crown Distributing, Alphagraphics, International Minute Press, Mesa Channel 11, Cobblestone Auto Spa, Hilton Phoenix/Mesa, Active Bodies, Phoenix Business Journal and Crowd Mics.  We couldn’t do this show without your support.  This month’s tabletops included:  Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, A New Leaf, Active Bodies, Cobblestone Auto Spa, I.D.E.A. Museum, Ivan Martinez Photography, LLC, Mesa Chamber of Commerce – Ambassador Table, Mesa United Way, Paz De Cristo, RedFynn Technologies, Resolution Copper Mining and the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa.  Tabletops are a great and inexpensive way to showcase your business and meet fellow attendees.


Get a Tabletop for January’s show- contact Emily Thrasher at 480.969.1307 x 22 or Table tops are already filling up.


Thanks to our Ambassadors for making everyone feel welcome.  Having enjoyed Friday’s program, please tell your friends to register early and bring a guest (or two) next month.  Next month’s episode will be, on Friday, January 8, 2016.

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Take a look at some of the fantastic pictures taken by Ivan Martinez at the show:


Thank you to Glen Stephens and his crew at channel 11 for filming, editing, and airing the show.