It was a homecoming of sorts when Elizabeth Crain came back to Arizona State University in March to speak at the Economic Club of Phoenix Economic Outlook luncheon. Crain, who holds a bachelor's degree in economics, talked about what it’s like to be a newly public company on Wall Street and shared her perspective on the current business climate.

Michael Tipsord, vice chairman, president, and chief operating officer of State Farm Insurance Companies, addressed the Economic Club of Phoenix, sharing information about the company’s growth and how it will benefit customers, employees, and the Phoenix area.

The website for Whole Foods Market declares that “we seek out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakeable commitment to sustainable agriculture.” At the January Economic Club of Phoenix luncheon, club president and Professor of Practice Jeffrey Cunningham interviewed co-CEO Walter Robb IV about Whole Foods, the grocery industry, and his philosophy.

On Jan. 1, 2015, David Jackson succeeded Kevin Knight as CEO of Knight Transportation. In this interview at a November luncheon meeting of the Economic Club of Phoenix, Knight talked about the company he and his family founded, which was named to Forbes Magazine’s list of Top 200 Best Small Companies 15 years in a row.

Ray Anderson is Arizona State University’s athletic director and university vice president. Before accepting the position in January 2014, Anderson was managing football operations for the NFL. At the Economic Club of Phoenix luncheon on Oct. 9, 2014, he discussed ASU’s challenge to boost sports revenues and fundraising and lower university subsidies for athletics.