A few years ago, I came across a newspaper in California that ran a long column from one its executives about a competing paper’s list of the most influential business people in the area.
Normally this executive probably wouldn’t have mentioned the existence of this other publication — let alone a specific item. But he had a beef. The list was worthless, he ranted, because of a glaring omission — himself.
And therein lies the problem with an exercise such as this one, choosing the East Valley Business Movers and Shakers. What may be noticed is not who is on the list but who is left off.
But we felt that in an area such as the East Valley, with so many newcomers, it would be a valuable service to give readers insight into who some of the players are in business. Sort like a program at a football game.
To help us, we enlisted the East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance. They met with us and helped come up with likely candidates. The Tribune business staff and I made the final decisions.
We looked for people who were active in the community. But we didn’t want to make this just a list of do-gooders. We also looked for people whose activities influence life and commerce here and who are shaping the East Valley.
Of course we know there are omissions. There simply isn’t room to print the name of everyone who plays an important role in the business community.
So think of this not as the absolute last word — but as a sampler.