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.


Tom Ellington

Grand Connection Tom Ellington Train Conductor, Polar Express Get to Know Tom! Every winter, the...

Marisol Vindiola

Grand Connection Marisol Vindiola Mexico Initiatives Director, Visit Tucson Get to Know Marisol! One of...

Matt Caldwell

Grand Connection Matt Caldwell Executive Director, Tread Lightly! Get to Know Matt! Outdoor recreation, whether...

Sherry Henry

Grand Connection Sherry Henry Director of Sales, Grace Hospitality Get to Know Sherry! Whether exploring...

Chad Mokovsky

Grand Connection Chad Mokovsky Director of Aviation Services, City of Phoenix Get to Know Chad!...
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Sachiko “Sachi” Sado

Grand Connection Sachiko "Sachi" Sado Director of Tourism Development, Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism...

Arval McCabe

Grand Connection Arval McCabe Department Manager 1, Navajo Nation, Department of Tourism Get to Know...

Bridget Binsbacher

Grand Connection Bridget Binsbacher Executive Director, Cactus League Association Get to Know Bridget! In her...

Angela Hughey

Grand Connection Angela Hughey Co-Founder & President of One Community and One Community Foundation Get...