Ex-appeals judge Brammer joins Lopez & Lizardi

After serving more than 15 years as a judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals, J. William Brammer Jr. has joined the Rusing Lopez & Lizardi law firm.

Brammer, who left the appellate court in 2012, brings extensive experience in real estate and commercial transactions, complex civil litigation and public education law. He also will provide alternative dispute resolution services, specializing in mediation, arbitration, settlement and disputed discovery matters.

Brammer earned business administration and law degrees from the University of Arizona. After a clerkship with Appellate Judge John Molloy, and working as an assistant Tucson city attorney, Brammer practiced privately in Tucson for 30 years, most recently with the law firm of DeConcini McDonald Brammer Yetwin & Lacy until his appointment to the bench.

He has served as a member of the State Bar of Arizona's Board of Governors, the UA Alumni Association's National Board of Directors, as chair of the Arizona Supreme Court's Committee on Examinations, the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association's Council of School Attorneys and Arizona's Commission on Judicial Performance Review. He was president of the Pima County Bar Association and the UA Law College Association.

He also served on the Arizona Supreme Court's Commission on Technology and Arizona's Commission on Judicial Conduct, which he chaired for seven years.

Loews Ventana Canyon names Litten to sales post

Loews Ventana Canyon has named Kris Litten as national sales manager.

Litten, a certified meeting planner, has more than 15 years of sales experience and nearly 20 years of hospitality experience.

Most recently she served as regional director of group sales for Prince Resorts Hawaii, representing the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel and the Hawaii Prince Waikiki Hotel. Prior to that, she held sales management roles at Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa.

At Loews Ventana Canyon, she will be responsible for developing and maintaining national accounts in Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma for the hotel and achieving annual sales and revenue goals.

Litten received a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Arizona.

Rodriguez is executive chef at Westward Look resort

The Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa has named Antonio Rodriguez as executive chef.

Rodriguez returns to Tucson after two years of serving as executive chef of the Hotel Galvez & Spa in Galveston, Texas.

He has 20 years of culinary experience. Previously, he was executive chef for nine years at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort and Spa, executive sous chef at Omni Hotel Park West and Westin Hotel Galleria in Dallas, banquet sous chef at Westin William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh and restaurant sous chef/banquet sous chef at Westin Paso Del Norte Hotel in El Paso, Texas.

LaBreche joins FSSI as webmaster, Internet chief

Beth LaBreche has joined FSSI Inc.'s staff as webmaster and Internet coordinator.

Her duties include expanding wholesale and retail markets internationally for license plates and license plate frames. She will also manage the company's websites and social media outlets.

LaBreche previously worked for Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council in California.

Arizona Tax Partners adds Wall to prepare returns

Amy Wall has joined Arizona Tax Partners as an individual and small-business tax preparer.

Wall began her business career by managing her family's small business, Jerry Wall TV, in the 1970's in Tucson.

She went on to get a master's in business administration, then began preparing taxes. Wall recently earned enrolled agent status.

Duran is newest adviser for Farmers in Tucson

The Southern Arizona District Office of Farmers Insurance Group has appointed Edgar Duran as its newest adviser in Tucson.

Duran holds property/casualty and life/health insurance licenses.

He focuses on auto, home, life, and business insurance products.

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