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Business Briefs 10.25.19

Andrew Gale

The Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona has hired
Andrew Gale as campaign manager. Gale grew up in Southern Arizona and attended Northern Arizona University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management.  Most recently, he was the donor relations manager at Habitat for Humanity Tucson, where he oversaw the fundraising database, reporting and analysis, coordinated direct mail and email campaigns, and stewarded the annual and sustaining gift donors.  Before joining Habitat, he worked for the City of Tucson in the procurement department supporting contract officers overseeing the selection process of bids and proposals.



Susan Claassen

Susan Claassen, managing artistic director of the Invisible Theatre, is a finalist for the 2019 TBA Awards for her portrayal of Edith Head In “A Conversation with Edith Head.” The awards, presented by  Theatre Bay Area, one of the largest regional performing arts service organizations in North America, will be announced Nov. 4 in San Francisco.

Alan’s Shoes was named the winner of the Gold Medal Service Award for Outstanding Customer Service by Footwear Insight magazine. The 2019 award was announced at a ceremony in Las Vegas on Aug. 13. This is the fourth time Alan’s Shoes has won, ranking first nationally this year with a score of 103 out of 100, due to bonus questions. The Gold Medal Awards are based on the results of a mystery shopping evaluation authorized by Footwear Insight and conducted by an independent third-party firm. Seventy-seven other shoe retailers were honored this year. Alan’s operates four stores in the Tucson area, as well as an e-commerce business at Along with their family, Alan and Annette Miklofsky have been operating stores in the Tucson area since 1982; the family history is now eight generations deep in manufacturing and retailing footwear.

Invisible Theatre will begin a yearlong series of conversations with local artists on Tuesday, Oct. 29 with “One on One with Terry Etherton,” moderated by Curt Brill. Etherton is the president and owner of Etherton Gallery, which specializes in 19th and 20th century and contemporary photography and other media. The free event begins with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited; RSVP at 884-0672.