The Arizona Industrial Development Authority (AZIDA) is a nonprofit corporation and political subdivision of the State of Arizona. AZIDA is a conduit issuer of municipal revenue bonds with the ability to assist private and public borrowers across the country. With AZIDA as their financing partner, applicants for financing often find they can substantially reduce borrowing costs for their most important projects.

AZIDA issues conduit revenue bonds for the benefit of private users. Repayment of the bonds is the obligation of the private user, not of AZIDA or the State of Arizona. The proceeds of these revenue bonds may be used for commercial enterprises of any kind, and the interest on the bonds may be exempt from federal income taxation (consult your tax lawyer). In Arizona, interest on bonds issued by AZIDA is always exempt from state income taxation.


The Board of Directors for the Arizona Finance Authority and the Arizona Industrial Development Authority typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, starting at 3:30pm. This schedule is subject to change, and special meetings may additionally be scheduled as needed.

Board meetings will be held at 100 N. 15th Ave, Suite 103, Phoenix, AZ, 85007, unless otherwise noted in the meeting agenda. The agenda for Board meetings will be posted here at least 24 hours in advance of each meeting.

For more information regarding scheduled meetings
past meetings, including agendas and minutes…


AzIDA Executive Director
602-319-9620  |  dirk.swift@arizonaida.com

AzIDA Chief Financial Officer
602-619-8445  |  dan.dialessi@arizonaida.com

AzIDA Conduit Bond Program Manager 
Cathedral Rock Issuer Services, LLC
480-902-3107  |  patrick.ray@arizonaida.com

AzIDA Conduit Bond Issuer’s Counsel
Kutak Rock LLP
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480-429-5000  |  kelly.mcguire@kutakrock.com



Ken Burns - Arizona IDA



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Ken Burns serves as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), where he oversees teams responsible for financial incentive program administration, accounting, information technology, human resources and overall operations.

Prior to ACA, Mr. Burns served in a similar capacity for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council for more than seven years, where he was active on Finance, Audit, Resource Development and other strategic planning committees.

In addition to his economic development experience, Mr. Burns has served as an independent management consultant and with a regional CPA firm. His executive experience includes serving as Chief Operating Officer for two mid-sized law firms. He also served on the firms’ executive management committees.

In his earlier years, Mr. Burns held leadership positions in diverse industries including manufacturing, telecommunications and the construction trades.

He currently serves on the Clearinghouse CDFI Arizona Board of Advisors and volunteers on the Finance Committee for Florence Crittenton.

Mr. Burns earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration, Mathematics and Computer Science from Wayne State College in Nebraska and an MBA from Arizona State University. Mr. Burns has also completed University of Arizona’s Basic Economic Development Course and is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in Arizona.




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Lea Márquez Peterson serves on the Arizona Corporation Commission and is the President of the Márquez Peterson Group, a community affairs firm in Southern Arizona.

Lea has been an entrepreneur in Arizona for many years and formerly owned a chain of gasoline stations/convenience stores and a business brokerage firm in Southern Arizona. She served as the President/ CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber from 2009 until 2018. The Tucson Hispanic Chamber serves the business community in the bilingual, bi-cultural region of the Arizona-Sonora border and was recognized as the Hispanic Chamber of the Year in 2013 by the U.S Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Lea was a Congressional candidate for Arizona district two in 2018.

Lea received her Bachelors degree from the University of Arizona majoring in entrepreneurship and marketing. She received her Masters in business administration from Pepperdine university. She is also a graduate of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship program.

She was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey to the Arizona Corporation Commission in the Spring of 2019.  She formerly co-chaired the Arizona Zanjeros, a business leadership group formed to ensure the state continues to flourish economically by driving business growth and promoting Arizona’s extraordinary assets. In addition, she co-chaired Governor Doug Ducey’s Transition Team subcommittee on Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Trade in 2014. She serves on the Boards of the University of Arizona Foundation, the Pima County Workforce Investment Board, and serves as the Chairwoman of the Board for the Carondelet St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Hospitals in Tucson. Lea is also the President of the Greater Tucson chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She resides in Tucson with her husband and two children.

Gary Naquin Arizona IDA



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As a Senior Vice President in MidFirst Bank’s Corporate Banking team, Gary is responsible for delivering financial solutions to both existing and new relationships within the commercial, middle market or corporate banking markets. While a generalist, Gary has sector domain knowledge with specific transactional experience in aerospace, defense, manufacturing, semi-conductor, technology, professional service, education, non-profit, transportation, franchise finance, and family entertainment. Leadership experience during Gary’s career journey include governance and advisory board member, leadership team member, business development, strategy formation and execution with a strong focus on business development, certainty of execution and customer experience while building a performance culture benefiting all constituents. Known for building strong company cultures and developing high performance individuals.

Gary Naquin is known as a values based leader with a focus on building agile, results based business teams focused on growth and execution. As a servant leader, he has a demonstrated track record of leveraging the best from his team and himself.

His commitment to team and community is demonstrated through modeling behavior; leading by example building both professional and community relationships. Gary’s diverse experiences enables him to navigate the boardroom, as a corporate finance professional, advise privately owned family business principals, as well as volunteer philanthropically by serving on numerous non-profit boards in both governance and advisory capacities.

Prior to joining MidFirst, Gary held leadership and business development positions with National Bank of Arizona, GE Capital Franchise Finance, and Franchise Finance Corporation of America. Gary and his family relocated to Arizona in 1995.

Gary is a native of Louisiana and an avid fan of collegiate sports; especially involving the SEC.

Gary resides in Scottsdale Arizona with his wife. Their two adult children are both serving as active members in the U.S. DOD in different capacities. Gary is a self-proclaimed chef, hiker, photographer, and golfer.

Community Involvement (past & present)

Fiesta Bowl – Active Yellow Jacket member, GPEC Board of Directors, Arizona Business Leadership, Financial Executives International, Catholic Community Foundation Board, YCP Founding Board member, NDP Advisory Board – Finance Committee & Strategic Advisor, ASU Presidents Club, Arizona Country Club Finance Committee, Scottsdale Charros Life Member – Foundation Advisory Board & Past Baseball Chairman



Is an attorney and has a distinguished career in both public service and private industry

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Paulina Vazquez Morris has a distinguished career in both public service and private industry.  Ms. Morris has extensive experience in the healthcare and legal industry, working for Banner Health, Doctors Community Healthcare Corporation and the law firm of Kutak Rock.  She has served three Governors, as General Counsel to the Arizona Board of Regents (the governing body for Arizona’s University system), General Counsel to the Arizona Department of Economic Security and served as Deputy Director and General Counsel for the Arizona Department of Administration. 

In the political realm, Paulina served as an elected board member to the Maricopa County Special Health District.  In 2004, she received over 60,000 votes to represent District 3 and was twice elected by the board as its chairman.  

In 2010, she sought election to the United States Congress in Arizona’s 3rd Congressional District.  Ms. Morris’ public service career began as a legislative and legal intern in the United States House of Representatives and the Arizona State Senate. She also served as a legal extern to the Federal District Court of Arizona.

Ms. Morris earned both her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Arizona. She continued her education with distinction garnering dual Masters Degrees in Business and Health Administration from Arizona State University.

Ms. Morris is a lifelong servant leader and served on countless community and civic boards. She currently serves on the AT Still University Board of Trustees, the Brophy College Preparatory Board of Regents, the Arizona Finance Authority Board of Directors and the City of Phoenix Health Care Benefits Trust Board. Her favorite, and most important position to date, is being the proud mother of two sons – Diego and Mateo.

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Jim Keeley is considered to be one of the leading Commercial Real Estate experts in regards to the Loop 101 Employment Base (Scottsdale Airpark, Desert Ridge and Deer Valley).

Since 1981 Jim has specialized in the site selection, development process and sale of office, flex, industrial buildings, land and aviation.

Jim is a graduate of The University of Arizona. He is currently serving on the Board of the Arizona Commerce Authority and First Fidelity Bank. He previously served as a Board Member on Moss Adams: CPA Firm, Phoenix FBI Citizens Academy, Scottsdale Chamber, Scottsdale Airport Advisory Commission, and is a Lifetime Member of the Scottsdale Charros.

Jim has published and or been quoted in over 270 magazine and newspaper articles and has produced the Annual Greater Scottsdale Airpark 2010 and 2030 Reports since 1989.


Independent Registered Municipal Advisor Representation Letter

December 1, 2019

Independent Registered Municipal Advisor Representation Letter

The Arizona Industrial Development Authority (the “Authority”) is hereby disclosing and notifying all potential underwriters and placement agents that it has retained an independent registered municipal advisor (“Municipal Advisor”).

By publicly posting the following written disclosure, the Authority intends that market participants receive and use it for purposes of the Independent Registered Municipal Advisor Exemption (the “IRMA Exemption”) as provided in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s final rules adopted for municipal advisor registration (the “Final MA Rules”).

The Authority is represented by and will rely on its Municipal Advisor, Hilltop Securities Inc., and more specifically, Timothy E. Nelson (tim.nelson@hilltopsecurities.com) and Michael J. Marz (michael.marz@hilltopsecurities.com), for General Municipal Advisory Services and to provide advice on proposals from financial services firms concerning the issuance of certain municipal securities and municipal financial products.  The individuals listed above are the Municipal Advisor points of contact specifically retained by the Authority and have been employed by the Municipal Advisor for two years (or more) prior to the date of this disclosure and, thus, are not “associated” (as defined in the Final MA Rules) at either an entity level or an individual level with persons seeking to rely on the IRMA Exemption.  Any changes to the Authority’s Municipal Advisor contact information going forward will be promptly posted to the Authority’s website.

The written notice required under the IRMA Exemption of the Final MA Rules stating that an underwriter or placement agent is not a municipal advisor and is, therefore, not subject to a fiduciary duty to the Authority should be provided to the Authority at the address noted below.

Notices and proposals to the Authority should be addressed to Patrick Ray (pat.ray@arizonaida.com), Program Manager, at 7702 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Suite 300, Scottsdale AZ 85258.  To encourage the continued sharing of ideas and propriety information by market participants, the Authority intends to keep original materials provided by and concepts it discusses with market participants from time to time confidential (to the extent provided by law) but hereby reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to share any information which will be seriously considered by the Authority with its Municipal Advisor.

Please note that aside from regulatory mandated correspondence between an underwriter and a municipal advisor, an underwriter or placement agent should not communicate speak directly with, or send documents directly to, the Authority’s Municipal Advisor unless specifically directed to do so by the Authority’s Program Manager.

This Representation Letter may be relied upon until December 1, 2023, unless amended or otherwise replaced by a new Representation Letter posted to the Authority’s website.

– Patrick Ray, Program Manager