A Welcome message from our President
“The last decade has brought about advancements in technology that has provided everyone the opportunity to become an entrepreneur.” – Charles Jackson
Lee was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Lee was an all-around athlete in high school, and on the Arizona state champion tennis team as a senior. Lee graduated at Brigham Young University, and later earned his law degree at Arizona State University. After several years practicing law, Lee changed focus and worked with a prominent business broker in Phoenix, becoming involved in growing businesses and providing strategic planning, including franchised businesses like Subway. He has owned, operated, and sold several successful businesses, including a tanning salon franchising company and a solar energy business.
Richard Lyons is a proud Arizona native. He graduated from Mountain View High School in Mesa, Arizona State University, and the University of Arizona law school. Richard now practices law as a partner at Carson Messinger, PLLC, which has been in existence for nearly 90 years. He litigates complex commercial and civil torts in both state and federal courts. When not in the office or a courtroom, Richard spends all of his spare time with his beautiful wife, Darlene, and their two adorable and very energetic children.
Charles graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Business Administration & Marketing. After gaining experience in both real estate and securities, Charles took ownership of American Dental Plan, Arizona’s oldest dental savings benefit plan, growing it in size to tens of thousands of members and a proprietary network of over 700 participating dentists. He also vertically expanded the business model to include dental office ownership and management.
In 2011, Charles was appointed by the past two Governors of AZ and served 8 years on a newly created position on the Az Board of Dental Examiners representing business entities that own dental practices. Charles is also a published author and has consulted with a variety of small business ventures.