Fiesta Bowl Volunteers Bill Shover and Jim Bruner Honored by Phoenix Business Journal

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Longtime Fiesta Bowl volunteers Bill Shover and Jim Bruner are among the Phoenix Business Journal’s “Most Admired Leaders” in the Valley.
Shover, a Fiesta Bowl founder, received the newspaper’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. A 1952 graduate of Butler University, Shover came to Phoenix in 1962 to work for The Arizona Republic, where he served as Director of Public Affairs until his retirement. In that post, Shover was involved in numerous community events, most notably the founding of the Fiesta Bowl in 1971.
Shover also was among the founders of the Phoenix 40, which later became known as Valley Leadership. The group had representatives from local businesses, law firms and media outlets and used its influence to advance civic causes.
“There is so much work to be done in a place like Phoenix,” Shover told the newspaper. “There is so much to achieve, if people work together. You can disagree, but you can’t fight.”
Bruner, a Fiesta Bowl board member, is Senior Vice President and Director of Community Activities for Mutual of Omaha Bank. His activity in the community goes far beyond the Fiesta Bowl; he has been associated with the Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale, the Kiwanis Club and Valley of the Sun United Way.
Bruner also was involved in politics for many years. While a member of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Bruner supported the passage of a sales tax proposal to finance a downtown Phoenix ballpark. Without Bruner’s vote, Phoenix might never have landed a Major League expansion club. But the vote probably cost him a shot at a Congressional seat.
“I wasn’t elected to do what was in the best political interest of Jim Bruner,” Bruner told the newspaper. “I was elected to do what was in the best interest of the community.”
In its fifth annual “Most Admired Leaders” feature, Phoenix Business Journal honored 25 Valley business people and gave Lifetime Achievement awards to three others.