From a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee to a former Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice who is now one of the world’s most respected architects, AFM celebrates nine powerful men who the Valley gets to call its own.
In addition to being a married father of three, this Arizona native serves as managing partner of the Phoenix Suns and is CEO of Western Alliance Bancorporation. (He actually founded a national bank at the age of 23.) Sarver was also instrumental in building the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona.
What does “power” mean to you?
Having the ability to influence people and make a difference in areas that are important to me.
What impact do you strive to have on the Valley?
I’m fortunate to work with people that share my goals for having a positive impact on Arizona’s economic vitality and community members. The Alliance Bank team strives to be the local leader in providing businesses with credit. The Phoenix Suns strive to provide the best in sports and entertainment in the Valley. The Sarver Heart Center is dedicated to the
prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease. And, our family strives to make life a little better for those less fortunate.
Who is your mentor?
My mother. She always encouraged me, through good times and bad, to pursue my dreams.
How do you balance kids, career and community?
As best as I can, but my wife deserves a lot of the credit. She is very organized and a huge help.
Why have you chosen to make Arizona your home?
I was born and raised in Arizona and have always loved it here. The constant sunshine helps keep me positive.
What has been your proudest achievement?
Making my mom proud of me.
What are your future goals?
To bring Arizona its first NBA championship and to help my sons develop into good men.
What superpower would you like to possess?
The power to read minds.