Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain appoints Schmidt exec. chef

The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain has named Daniel Schmidt as executive chef.

Schmidt will oversee the property’s CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar as well as its in-room dining and banquet divisions.

The German-born chef comes to Arizona from China’s Ritz-Carlton Guangzhou, where he served as executive chef. Prior to that, he was at The Ritz-Carlton in Wolfsburg, Germany.

He has also been a culinary trainer and consulting chef for hotels and restaurants throughout China, Europe, India, the Middle East and South Africa, The Ritz-Carlton said in a news release.

He has achieved first-place finishes in numerous international/world cooking championships since 1998.

Lifelong Tucson resident Leon to run Reachout center

Rosemary Leon has joined Reachout Women’s Center as executive director.

She will be responsible for all operations, including fundraising, public relations and marketing.

Leon comes most recently from the Pima County Health Department where she was outreach coordinator for a maternal, infant and early childhood program. She previously worked at St. Elizabeth’s Health Center as dental program director, and as faculty at Pima Community College.

Leon, a lifelong Tucson resident, has a bachelor’s degree in public management and a master’s degree in educational leadership, both acquired through Northern Arizona University.

TAR announces promotions, two additional staff hires

The Tucson Association of Realtors (TAR) has promoted two employees and added two others to its staff.

Aaron Reid was promoted from education coordinator to account executive, where he now manages administrative service contracts for various outside organizations. As a member of the finance staff, he also provides administrative support for the vice president of finance and administration. Reid has been with TAR since 2009.

Amy Hamrick was promoted to education coordinator. She assists the education and housing opportunities director with Realtor professional development. She also manages TAR’s meeting room rentals to members, community groups and the general public. Hamrick had been a customer service specialist since 2011.

Amy Moloney has been hired as a customer service specialist, coming to TAR from a local marketing/public relations firm.

Liza Lopez-Corral has been hired as events coordinator, joining TAR from the local hotel industry. She now handles TAR events such as the Expo trade show, the annual installation banquet, and member mixers.

Cardiologist Patel completes fellowships, joins Carondelet

Dr. Raj Patel, an interventional cardiologist, has joined Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute Physicians.

He sees patients at Carondelet Heart & Vascular Institute at Carondelet St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Patel recently completed fellowships in cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiology at the University Of Arizona College of Medicine, where he served as a chief cardiology fellow.

He completed his residency in internal medicine at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia, where he was associate program director of the internal medicine residency program, associate program director for the Clinical Skill Department, lead researcher in clinical research, and an assistant professor.

Patel earned his medical degree from the BJ Medical College in Gujarat, India. He is board certified in echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular disease and internal medicine.

Local CPA Klewer appointed to 5-year term on AZ board

CPA Julie Klewer, partner in charge of the audit and assurance practice of Ludwig Klewer & Co. in Tucson, has been appointed by Gov. Jan Brewer to the Arizona State Board of Accountancy for a five-year term.

Klewer fills the vacancy left by Karen McCloskey, a Tucson CPA who completed her term in July.

Klewer has 20 years of experience in the public accounting arena, and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Arizona. She is a recent past chair of the board of directors of the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants.