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Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 5:47 am | Updated: 9:41 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A new company aimed at creating jobs for retired and soon-to-be-retired business executives in the East Valley is about to adopt its official name and home.

John Dickinson, former vice president of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and founder of the company, said more than a dozen former executives will meet Wednesday at the Anzio Landing Restaurant at Falcon Field in Mesa.

"Our task force has narrowed the list of names to one and we’ll decide what we’ll be called at the special, organizational meeting tomorrow," Dickinson said.

He said the members decided to withhold the new name from the public until a final vote is taken along with decisions about other formative issues, including adopting bylaws and the office location for the firm.

Dickinson, 74, started the enterprise in December, inviting seniors with business executive backgrounds to gather and discuss the proposed company.

More than 100 East Valley retirees and soon-to-beretired gathered at organizational meetings, completing more than 3,000 hours of development work, Dickinson said.

The company will find assignments for its associates who have professional backgrounds and who would be hired by outside firms for their specific experiences.

"All you really need is a good crop of retired executives and a significant business base plus our help," said Dickinson, who retired at 70 after five decades of experience as a marketing executive and community organizer.

He said first-year projected revenue could be more than $700,000 for the new company.

Besides its name, the company is expected to appoint an interim board of directors, including Curt Sorenson as chairman; Bob Marcks, vice chairman of marketing; Patricia Bush, vice chairwoman of operations, and Dickinson as president and chief executive officer.

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