Grand Connection

The Grand Connection is AOT’s profile series designed to connect Arizona’s tourism industry through the experiences and insights of those who drive it. We’ll include leaders, but these profiles aren’t limited to only those in the executive office. We’re striving to bring you perspectives from all across our amazingly diverse industry. Everyone has something to share and an experience from which we all can learn.

Click each box below to learn more about the great people across Arizona’s tourism industry.

Ayla Kapahi

Ayla Kapahi

For Ayla Kapahi, brewing beer is all about mastering the intuition and creative flow of the process, while chocking her brews full of local ingredients and connecting the communities around her.

As head brewer and director of production at Tucson’s Borderlands Brewing Company, Ayla gets to combine these skills and passions while producing award-winning beers influenced by the cultures of the Southwest.


GC Governor’s Tourism Award Winners 2023

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Steve Moore

Grand Connection Steve Moore President & CEO, Visit Phoenix Get to Know Steve! After more...

James Surveyor

Grand Connection James Surveyor CEO, Moenkopi Developers Corporation Get to Know James! As CEO of...

Annie DeRosier

Grand Connection Annie DeRosier Tourism Marketing Coordinator, Town of Pinetop-Lakeside Get to Know Annie! From...
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Todd Sicolo

Grand Connection Todd Sicolo Director of Food & Beverage & Executive Chef, Westward Look Wyndham...

Mila Besich

Grand Connection Mila Besich Mayor, Town of Superior & Executive Director Copper Corridor Economic Development...

Amber Scarsella

Grand Connection Amber Scarsella Marketing & Brand Manager, Visit Yuma Get to Know Amber! Amber...
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Lauren Bailey

Grand Connection Lauren Bailey CEO/Co-Founder, Upward Projects Get to Know Lauren! Lauren Bailey didn't invent...
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Renee Harper

Grand Connection Renee Harper Ghost Host, Old Bisbee Ghost Tour Get to Know Renee! Few...