Best In People: 2014


They are the movers, shakers, and top trendsetters in the Valley. From local celebrities to the most influential men and women here are readers top picks for people in the Valley.

These are the winners of Best of Our Valley 2014. The winner each category this year will be featured in the March 2014 issue, a tell-all guide to the best people and places in the Valley of the Sun, as chosen by its residents. The winners with the most total votes will be featured on the cover, but you will have to wait until March to find out who they are!

As a special thanks to the winners and those who helped them attain their “Best Of” status, a celebratory bash will be held in spring 2014. Stay tuned for details on the fabulous fete!

All those who won this year can download their 2014 Winners logos here


Best Abs – DJ Jen Jones, Maya Day and Nightclub

Best Female PR – Shelby Tuttle, ANDERSON Advertising

Best Instagram Feed – Janelle Paige @janelleeepaige

Best Male PR – Grant Crone, MMPR Marketing

Best Matchmakers in the Valley – Roseann Higgins, SPIES Single Professional Introductions for the Especially Selective, LLC

Best Pinterest Board – Guy Downes, DeepSpaceMKTG

Best Tweeter: Female – Tammy McLeod @T_McLeod

Best Tweeter: Male – Stephen Fairley @stephenfairley

Favorite Couple in the Valley – Aric & Dugue Zion

Favorite Suns Dancer – Madison Murray

King of Media – Ted Anderson, Anderson Advertising & PR

Marketing Guru – Ted Anderson, Anderson Advertising & PR

Most Eligible Female over 25 – Cynthia Sassi, Sassi Media

Most Eligible Male over 25 – Robert Carlson III, owner of Carlson Creek Vineyard

Most Fashionable in the Valley Over 30- Men – Richard York, Director of Sales at SIERRA RESERVE

Most Fashionable in the Valley Over 30- Women – Alison Johnson, Owner/President at Sparkling Events by Alison Johnson

Most Fashionable in the Valley Under 30- Men – Gabriele Bertaccini, iL Tocco Food

Most Fashionable in the Valley Under 30- Women – Kinsey Schofield, TV Commentator/Social Media Strategist

Most Influential in Valley Education: College – Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University

Most Influential in Valley Education: High School – Sister Joan Fitzgerald, Xavier College Preparatory

Most Influential in Valley Food – Matt Carter, Chef and Proprietor of Zinc Bistro and Mission

Most Influential in Valley Nonprofit – Brandi Hunt, American Cancer Society and numerous Philanthropies

Most Influential in Valley Politics – Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Most Influential Man in the Valley – Jerry Colangelo, Businessman and Sports Mogul

Most Influential Woman in the Valley – Ginger Clayton, Owner of Elontec

Old Faithfuls in Food – Eddie Matney, Eddie’s House

Top Celebrity Twitter – Johnjay Van Es @JohnjayVanEs

Top Chef – Matt Carter, Zinc Bistro and The Mission

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