Small Business Alliance President and Founder. Lisa Rigler has worked for/with and owned small businesses for the majority of her life. Her passion for small business was and continues to be the driving force behind the Small Business Alliance. Her small business expertise have included diverse industries such as; technology, sales, operations, retail and service, commercial and government. She prides herself on being the proudest grandma on the planet. Her biggest accomplishment has been raising 4 amazing and talented children. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, camping, knitting, crocheting, cooking (especially bread), and hanging out with her family.
Vice-President of Membership
Small Business Alliance Vice-President of Membership and Founder Prior to the Small Business Alliance Ms. Rigler worked in her parent’s retail gift store where she learned the ins, outs, highs, and lows of operating a business. Ms. Rigler is currently a student at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business working toward a Bachelors Degree in Business Communication. She is also a graduate of the Objectivist Academic Center, a 4 year program focused on the philosophy of Objectivism. Ms. Rigler favorite movie of all time (or some of the time) is Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
William D. Cleaveland, Esq.
Vice-President of Operations
Mr. Cleaveland is an attorney and engineer. At the law firm of William D. Cleaveland PLC, his practice emphasizes commercial litigation and government regulatory matters. He received his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Arizona State University in 1993 and his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University in 1981. He is a registered patent attorney and a Pennsylvania licensed professional engineer. Before practicing law, Mr. Cleaveland designed and built nuclear power plants at numerous sites across the country.
Shenandoah Homes - Residential & Commercial Construction – Specializing in Luxury Homes. Despite being a UCLA alum and lifelong Dodger fan, Steve has embraced ASU & the Diamondbacks as his next favorite teams.
Renewal by Andersen Window and Door Replacement
Dow Rigler has been in the construction industry for over 25 years, Dow has always found the construction disciplines challenging and rewarding. Dow enjoys family, food and fun, in that order, and thinks there is nothing better than a family party. He also likes tinkering on weekend projects and camping with the family.
Insurance and Financial Services with John Driscoll & Co and is licensed in 2 states (Arizona and California- license #0H47284). He has also owned and operated his own businesses since 1998.
Ron’s passion to help small business owners, in the area of Life Insurance, Disability, and Retirement planning, came from his experience of owning his own company. With 5 partners, personal guarantees on leases, loans for equipment, and several key employees nobody told him how much legal exposure and liability he had taken on in addition to the obvious financial obligations. There were CPA’s and Attorney’s on the team and none of them spoke about what could happen if a partner became sick, injured, disabled, divorced, sued, or filed bankruptcy. These issues happen all the time either by choice or not. These problems can severely affect an individual’s financial future and those are the problems Ron helps to resolve.
Ron and his family live in Gilbert; he has been married for 23 years and has 3 awesome kids.
Becky Cholewka is the founding attorney at Cholewka Law. She established her Gilbert law practice to help southeast valley families with their legal needs including Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Family Law, Adoption, and Criminal/DUI Defense. Stop by her office in the beautiful Heritage Court building in downtown Historic Gilbert to view her wonderful art gallery showcasing local artists.
Becky and her family have lived in Power Ranch since 2004. She enjoys playing in splash fountains with her toddler son, gourmet cooking and especially eating, action movies (Harry Potter rules), and people with the same twisted and quick sense of humor.
Owner at Southwest Premier Insurance Agency, LLC, has been a multi-line insurance agent in Arizona for more than 20 years. He’s owned multiple agencies and has helped thousands of Arizona families insure what’s most important to them like their cars, homes, toys, and even their lives. As an independent agent he offers more options with competitive rates for all your insurance needs. In his spare time, wait, Richard has no spare time because he’s supporting a daughter at ASU and another in high school. But he’s proud of his son who supports himself in the US Marine Corps.
Gregg Olsen is a native New Yorker, he moved to Gilbert in 1988. Gregg has a passion for business and has been self-employed his entire life. In Arizona he has owned businesses both in Tempe and Gilbert from restaurants to construction companies. Currently he is part owner of Eagle Plumbing and Air Conditioning. He sits on multiple boards for HOA associations. He does extensive travelling all over the world and loves it! Aside from his business activities, Gregg also enjoys riding his motorcycle, seeing a Jimmy Buffet concert, and sipping on a glass of rum on the beach in Mexico.
Terry Kirkum - Ex Officio Board Member
Terry is a good communicator, highly disciplined, and maintains a very high attention to detail work ethic. Through his networking efforts he has brought several million dollars of contracts to the company. He builds relationships of trust and confidence very quickly with contractors all over the country. He has over 40 years of Operations Management, Sales and Marketing in several industries. Automobile Manufacturing, Hotel, and Travel have been areas of success for Terry. He is very involved in local organizations for the development of small business and serves on several boards in his community. He has been a GSBA Board member since the beginning, serves on many SBA, Congress of Neighborhoods, and Town of Gilbert committees.
Terry is married and a father of 4. He is the proud “Papa” to 9 grandchildren. He is an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing at every opportunity. Do you want to see his African Trophy room? He is also active with the Arizona elk Society, and other similar conservation groups. Most people are confused when they met his wife, and rarely gain awareness of her true identity.