Vistage Chairs to Retire After Career of Leadership in the Tucson Business Community

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 23, 2015) — After nearly a decade of career coaching, Gary Hirsch and his wife Kandy have announced their retirement from Vistage Worldwide, Inc., a global organization that assembles and facilitates private advisory boards for CEOs, senior executives and business owners.

Gary and Kandy currently lead three private peer advisory groups for almost 40 members in Tucson. They launched Vistage’s first group in the Tucson market and today, their members have accumulated growth and savings in the millions, and are running healthier, more productive and more culturally intentional organizations.

“We cannot thank Gary and Kandy enough for their years of service, and establishing Vistage in the Tucson market,” said Lesley Sarkesian, Regional Executive for the Southwest Region of Vistage Worldwide. “It has been a true pleasure working with them. The Tucson business landscape will not be the same without their leadership and guidance.

Chairs Troy Rice and Steve Witthoeft will transition as leaders of the three groups beginning December 1st, and will meet monthly with members to discuss business issues, share expertise, and provide one another confidential help to achieve their goals. Troy and Steve are part of a community of more than 800 Chairs worldwide who lead local area groups, which total more than 22,000 members in 20 countries.

Troy Rice is a long time executive in Arizona. He has founded and run six companies, and has held Senior Executive positions with large public companies including PetSmart, Universal Technical Institute, Comfort Systems USA and CIBT Education Group. Troy currently serves on the Board of Directors of CIBT Education Group and chairs its’ Audit Committee.

About Vistage Worldwide, Inc.
Vistage Worldwide is an organization designed exclusively for high-integrity CEOs and executive leaders who are looking to drive better decisions and better results for their companies. Our members — 22,000 strong in more than 20 countries — gather in trusted, confidential peer advisory groups where they tackle their toughest challenges and biggest opportunities. Leveraging the Vistage platform, our members have demonstrated the ability to refine their instincts, improve their judgment, expand their perspectives and optimize decision making. CEOs who joined Vistage in the past five years grew their companies 2.2 times faster than average small and midsize U.S. companies, according to a 2017 analysis of Dun & Bradstreet data. Learn more at

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