Business Woman of the Year
Paige Modlin, National Bank of Arizona
Paige has worked in banking for 37 years with 25 of those years in management. Throughout her career, Paige has been recognized for her ability to overcome challenges and to turn around struggling branches. Five years ago, she opened the San Tan branch and it has continued to grow year-over-year.
Paige is committed to excellence and believes that community involvement is vital to the success of the bank for the sake of the livelihood of her friends, neighbors and business associates. She has been a Gilbert resident since 2004 and involved in the Gilbert Chamber since 2008. She currently serves on the Chamber’s Board of Directors and is in her ninth term as a Chamber Ambassador. Paige serves on the Advisory Board for the Higley Center for performing Arts and is chair of the Building Bridges program. She also serves as the treasurer of her homeowner’s association.
In past four years, Paige has received ‘The Mark’ award from National Bank of Arizona, a designation that recognizes top performers who have exceeded goals in all four areas of performance and growth.
Business Man of the Year
Dan Sleezer, Maddy’s Pool Supply & Service
When Dan purchased Maddy’s Pool Supply & Service, it was a retail store grossing less than $100,000 per year with one full time employee. Now, five years later, the store has twenty-six employees and grossed $2.5 million in 2013 – that’s more than 6 times the average pool store in Arizona.
Last year, Maddy’s was recognized by INC Magazine as one of America’s fastest growing companies, ranking number 2,308 out of the top 5,000 companies, and is ranked at number 43 in the state of Arizona. The store was awarded the “Impact Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence” by the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce in 2012 and is currently endorsed by financial author and radio personality Dave Ramsey.
Dan has always been involved in his community through his church and has been teaching a class on parenting for more than 20 years, helping hundreds of parents through the daunting task of raising kids. Dan is very proud of his three grown children – his youngest daughter teaches high school in Gilbert, his oldest daughter is an accomplished salesperson for Insight, and his son is in the US Army serving in South Korea.