Honoring the Man and Woman of the Year 2024. Through your generosity, the funds raised at our annual gala allow us to continue to support East Valley women.
DoubleTree by Hilton
1011 W Holmes Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85210
5:00pm Silent Auction Begins
Through your generosity, the funds raised at our annual gala allow us to continue to support women. We believe that when you assist women, you help entire families and strengthen communities.
A native Arizonan and graduate of Arizona State University, Bill Rogers has over 25 years of award-winning experience in the mortgage industry. As CEO & Founder of Homeowners Financial Group (HFG), Bill was instrumental in the development of HFG, and its unique culture of collaboration, innovation, and community giving. His goal was to create a place to work where all associates feel empowered, knowing they each hold an important role in the success and growth of Homeowners. Named a “Best Places to Work” recipient for over 15 years, Bill has created a core of trusted leadership that is equally as loyal as he is to his business and community.
Bill was named as an honorary member of Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Select Class by ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business, honoring top alumni who have shown innovation, growth, and entrepreneurial spirit. He has been named a “Most Admired Leader” and “40 Under 40” by the Phoenix Business Journal, “Philanthropic Contributor of the Year” by Arizona Real Estate Achievement (AREA), and was honored with the Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE)’s “Community Impact” Award. Notably, he also received the 2019 Founder’s Award from Industry Leaders of Arizona (ILoAZ) and was featured in the 2020 edition of Az Business Leaders as one of Arizona’s most respected and influential professionals. Bill lobbies in Washington, D.C. for the Mortgage Bankers Association and authors numerous articles about the industry.
Passion for community and family led Bill to incorporate philanthropy and give back to hundreds of local and national charities across the country. His commitment to serving others culminated in the launch of the nonprofit organization The Care Fund, which was founded by Bill. The Care Fund grants mortgage and rent payments to families whose children are seriously ill or injured and allows them to stay in their homes while caring for their children. The Care Fund was Arizona’s first nonprofit organization to provide mortgage and rent assistance for families who experienced financial and emotional hardships due to their child’s unforeseen medical illness or injury. The Care Fund believes that a parent should never have to choose between working to pay their mortgage over caring for their ill child.
Bill has two accomplished adult daughters and resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. For his commitment to supporting families in need and his generosity, we are pleased to honor Bill as the 2023 Positive Paths Man of the Year.
Lorraine Bergman is President and CEO of Caliente Construction, an award-winning, woman-owned company, continually recognized for dedication to safety, exceptional construction services, and building strong relationships with customers. Founded in 1991, Caliente offers an expansive portfolio encompassing virtually every type of construction for a wide variety of private and public clients. Caliente was ranked #1 in AZ Big Media’s General Contractor rankings in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022!
Lorraine has an amazing personal story of resilience, and her savvy business insight and tenacity has helped Caliente stay in business through difficult economic times. Women make up less than 10% of the workforce in construction, but Lorraine has risen to the top with the commitment to do what is right for her customers and her employers, and helping others in her community. She has served as President of the Arizona Builders Alliance, State Director for the Association of General Contractors of America, President of the Arizona chapter of the Center for Job Order Excellence, a member of CEO’s Against Cancer, and co-founder of Advancing Women in Construction.
She is a role model for many aspiring business women, but she has also been an avid supporter of women of all ages and interests. She is a supporter of women in construction through education and mentoring. She served on the Boards of East Valley Fresh Start and Positive Paths for several years. During that time, and subsequently, she was a financial contributor and supporter of both Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and Positive Paths. She was named a Women of Courage by the Cactus-Pine Girls Scouts of America for her leadership and inspiration.
Lorraine created a culture of giving within Caliente Construction. They had the honor of building the Sojourner Center, the largest domestic violence center in the United States. Caliente also supports the Arizona Builder’s Alliance annual holiday toy drive which provides toys to 1500+ children of the Sojourner Center, Sunshine Acres, Sequoia Charter School, Child Protective Services/Department of Child Safety, and other organizations that provide homes and care for children and families in need, including those who have been displaced, abused, neglected or orphaned.
If you have been around the valley, you’ll see the work of Lorraine and her colleagues at high schools, community colleges and universities; restaurants and hotels; banks, museums, hospitals, churches, and so much more. But what may be harder to see is the immense impact she has made on women and families through her example, her mentoring, and her spirit of generosity. We are so very pleased to honor Lorraine Bergman as the 2023 Positive Paths Woman of the Year.
On behalf of the Positive Paths Board of Directors, we want to extend our sincere gratitude for your contributions to the October 5, 2021, Gala which helped us raise more than $150,000. Your generous support will have a major impact on helping the women we serve. We couldn’t have done it without you.