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Gary Yaquinto - AIC President GARY M. YAQUINTO, President

Gary Yaquinto was named President of Arizona Investment Council in December 2006. Prior to AIC, Mr. Yaquinto served as a member of Governor Janet Napolitano’s cabinet in the position of Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, with responsibility for preparing the Executive Budget. Previously, Mr. Yaquinto was Chief Economist, Arizona Attorney General’s Office. Between 1984 and 1997, Mr. Yaquinto served on the staff of the Arizona Corporation Commission where he was Director, Utilities Division for eight years. Mr. Yaquinto also served as Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs with a telecommunications company and has worked as an independent consultant in the areas of utility regulation, economic and demographic forecasting and public affairs. Gary also served as Chief Economist with the Arizona House of Representatives from 1977 to 1980. Mr. Yaquinto received B.S. and M.S degrees in Economics from Arizona State University, and an M.B.A degree from University of Phoenix. Email Gary Yaquinto.

Michael Grant - Legal Counsel Retainer MICHAEL GRANT, Legal Counsel Retainer

Michael Grant is a partner in the Phoenix law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy. Previously, he was a partner in the firm of Johnson Maynard Grant and Parker, P.L.C., and served as host of “Horizon”, a nightly public affairs program on KAET TV, from 1981 until recently. After graduation from Arizona State University College of Law in 1976, Mr. Grant served as an assistant attorney general before entering private practice in 1979. His practice specializes in administrative, regulatory and public utility law. Active in civic and charitable affairs, Mr. Grant has received numerous awards in broadcasting and for legal related matters.


Vickie Sheppard presently serves as the manager of office operations for AIC. Her work experience encompasses various industries including hospitality (Hyatt Hotels, Holiday Inn), heavy equipment (Caterpillar), the jewelry industry, and the medical field where she has spent the bulk of her career serving in various capacities. She obtained a B.S. in Business Management in 2002, and served for almost 5 years as Executive Director in full charge of an independent / assisted living retirement community of 120-units until she moved to Arizona and began work at AIC.