Best In People: 2019


They are the movers, shakers, and top trendsetters in the Valley. From Phoenix’s fiercest fashionistas and top moms and pops to the most-loved local celebs and the most influential figures here are readers top picks for people in the Valley.

These are AZ Foothills Best of Our Valley 2019 contest winners. Winners will be featured in the April 2019 issue of Arizona Foothills Magazine, a tell-all guide to the best people and places in the Valley of the Sun, as chosen by its residents.

As a special thanks to the winners and those who helped them attain their Best Of status, a celebratory bash will be held in May 2019. Stay tuned for details on the fabulous fete!

Winners, download your 2019 Winners logo here and reserve space in the annual Collectors Edition here (email by February 15, 2019 to confirm your placement).


Best Female PR: Diane Smith, Pima Medical Institute

Best Male PR: John Glynn, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Best Marketing Professional: Anthony Sarandrea, Founder & CEO at SiteFlood

Best Worship Leader: Travis Hearn, Impact Church

Favorite ASU It Girl: Samantha Lewter

Favorite Couple in the Valley: Matt Jacobi & Nick Caprio

Favorite Local Lifestyle Blogger: McKenna Wesley, The Bubbly Blonde

Favorite Valley Dad: John Jay Van Es, National Radio Host of John Jay and Rich

Favorite Valley Mom: Brianna Traynor, YouTuber

Most Fashionable Valley Man (under 50): Javier Soto, 3TV Anchor/Reporter

Most Fashionable Valley Man (over 50): Pat Hickey, Owner of Peoria Ford

Most Fashionable Valley Woman: Camerone Parker, Model & Philanthropist

Most Influential in Valley Business: Harrison Rogers, Owner at HJR Global

Most Influential in Valley Education: Sister Joan Fitzgerald, BVM, Sister Joanie Nuckols, BVM and Sister Lynn Winsor, BVM – Xavier College Preparatory

Most Influential in Valley Food: Christina Barrueta, Write on Rubee and award-winning food writer

Most Influential in Valley Nonprofit: Wendy Brooks, President of The Junior League of Phoenix

Most Influential in Valley Politics: Doug Ducey, Governor of Arizona

Most Influential in Valley Tourism: Debbie Johnson, Director of Arizona Office of Tourism

Most Influential Man in the Valley: Alan AP Powell – Founder of the HeroZona Foundation, Formerly Checkered Flag Run Foundation

Most Influential Valley Fitness Personality: Ryan Read, Thrive Specialized Training

Most Influential Woman in the Valley: Jamie Hormel, Owner of The Wrigley Mansion Club

Most Philanthropic Country Club Community: Country Club at DC Ranch

Top Dog: Emmi the Shorkie

AFM Faves

Best Matchmaker: Jill Kelleher, Kelleher International

Most Fashionable Valley Woman under 50: Kristen Hancock, Guided Home Design

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