First Annual Phoenician Awards Program Debuts Wednesday, October 2nd

The Phoenician Awards, a “people’s choice” awards program honoring excellence and superior achievements, will debuting on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Arizona Historical Society Museum. Individuals and companies in 35 categories will be recognized at the awards ceremony, hosted by multi-Emmy award-winning actor Ian Buchanan. The event will benefit Banner Health Foundation/Cardon Children’s Medical Center.

Mary Manross, former mayor of Scottsdale, will be presented with “The Lifetime Achievement Award,” for her lifelong professional commitment to service in her community.

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Matthew O'Brien

With over 20 years of experience in the digital media world, Matthew has worked for and with Fortune 500 businesses and has built companies from the start-up stage to exit strategy. He recently helped develop a data insight engine to bridge the gap between search, social, and mobile marketing to maximize the visibility, relevancy, and predictive success of online businesses.

Matthew is the founder of MINT Social, an award-winning digital marketing company that accelerates online marketing results to help businesses get found and thrive online. 

Matthew has developed an educational curriculum for Universities on social media for businesses, is a founding board member of the Arizona Innovation Marketing Association (AZIMA), a board member of HeroZona Foundation and on the advisory board (Vinnies) for St. Vincent de Paul - Phoenix.  Matthew is a mentor with ASU Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group, a speaker on social media and digital marketing, and is a subject matter expert with many online portals.

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