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Two Military Veterans brought together to make a difference and promote positive changes in our society.
Joshua K. Blair
Joshua K. Blair, PMP, is Co-founder and Strategic Partnerships Director of BrandThumb - a minority owned business focused on branding strategy (brandthumb.com).
With twenty years as a relationship-builder in NYC, Joshua is well-versed in all phases of the Project Management Life Cycle and is adept at working with C-level executives, continuously improving and moving projects towards completion. Joshua is an an innovative thinker who also is co-owner of two US Patents and is known as a creative problem solver. Joshua is also a proven leader in the area of internal IT Transformation Communication
In his career as a webmaster, he has managed the launch or relaunches of several major global company websites across cosmetics (Revlon, Coty), sports (ESPN), banking (BankOne/Citi), and other industries (Panasonic). He developed the Project Management Office (PMO) at an agency in Manhattan (Flightpath.com).
Joshua is a graduate of Penn State University, has his Executive IT Management Certification from Columbia University (NY), has studied Leadership and Digital Marketing/Branding for Purpose at NYU in addition to being certified Six Sigma. He's also an Army Vet and a single father. Joshua Lives in Astoria, NY with his fiancée Freedom Shannon and their Chihuahua, Moto.
Dr. Ryan A. Starzyk
Dr. Ryan A. Starzyk, CIPM, CSM, is a proven business and community leader, with a substantial background in management, analysis, research and strategic planning. From 2003-2007, Dr. Starzyk served honorably in the United States Air Force and was decorated for meritorious service while on deployment in Iraq as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following his military service, Dr. Starzyk transitioned to a successful career in business leadership, serving as a legal analyst, researcher and compliance advisor for large-scale corporations.
No stranger to community service, Dr. Starzyk currently serves on the board of directors of Phoenix Pride, and he is a longtime advocate for LGBTQ rights. He has been a vocal supporter of repealing Arizona laws that seek to further stigmatize already marginalized communities, and a proponent of strong policies that seek to ensure that the rights and equity of all individuals are protected at the local, state and Federal level.
Dr. Starzyk resides in Central Phoenix with his partner, and is active in his local neighborhood and community.
Dr. Starzyk is a State Senate Candidate for Arizona Legislative District 24 and brings a wealth of experience to represent voters in pursuing the next generation of public service transformation.
“Wisdom is earned through knowledge, experience and patience. Transformational leaders create distinguished teams with those who have more knowledge than they do. For this is the way leaders earn wisdom, by recognizing the dynamism of those around you.”
- Dr. Ryan A. Starzyk