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Nicholas Samuel Balich

Nicholas Samuel Balich, American mining company executive. Recipient Volunteer of Year award Sunkist Fiesta Bowl, 1989, Rookie of Year, 1986; named finalist Volunteer of Year Sunkist Fiesta Bowl, 1987, finalist Valley Leadership Award, 1986.

Background

  • Balich, Nicholas Samuel was born on December 19, 1936 in Bisbee, Arizona, United States. Son of Samuel Steven and Noddie S. (Porobich) Balich.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Business Administration, University Arizona, 1960.

    Career

    • Graduate assistant football coach University Arizona, Tucson, 1959-1960. Underground mine and carpenter shop Copper Queen branch Phelps Dodge Corporation, Bisbee, Arizona, 1955-1956, accountant Bisbee Daily Review, 1961-1963, internal auditor Western Headquarters Douglas, 1963-1968, construction accountant Tyrone (New Mexico) branch, 1968-1970, chief accountant Copper Queen branch Bisbee, 1970-1974, assistant controller Western Headquarters Douglas, 1974-1979, controller Western Operations, Western Headquarters Douglas, Phoenix, 1979-1989, vice president Phoenix, since 1987. President Phelps Dodge Mercantile Company, since 1987.

    Politics

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Religion

    Denomination: Serbian Orthodox

    Membership

    Co-chairperson Arizona Kidney Foundation, Phoenix, 1986-1987, president Region I, 1986-1987, treasurer, 1985-1986bd. directors, since 1982. Committee member Sunkist Fiesta Bowl, Phoenix, since 1985, co-chairman Statewide Support, 1986-1987, chairman Statewide Support, 1987-1988, chairman Softball Committee, 1988, coach fund raising, 1988, member executive committee, 1988-1989, vice-chairman Fiesta Bowl Committee, 1989. Campaign vice-chairman Valley of the Sun United Way, 1984-1985, audit committee, since 1985.

    Board directors Arizona Theatre Company, since 1987, Boys/Girls Clubs, 1989-1990. Past president St. Stephen Nemanja Church. Member Arizona Chamber of Commerce (tax committee 1989, board directors 1989-1990), Arizona Tax Reserve Association (board directors since 1979, president 1988-1989), Arizona Mining Association (chairman tax committee since 1980), Arizona Academy, Phoenix Together, Valley Citizens League, Valley Contribution Association, University Arizona Wildcat Club, Masons, Shriners (president Cochise chapter 1976), Jesters, Elks, Sigma Alpha Epsilon (president 1958).

    Connections

    • Married Diana Houston Ragle, September 11, 1969. Children: Debra, Shannon, Barbara, Nicole, Sam, Stephanie.
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    Born December 19, 1936
    • 1960
      University Arizona
    • 1955 - 1956
      underground mine and carpenter shop Copper Queen branch Phelps Dodge Corporation
      Bisbee, Arizona, United States
    • 1959 - 1960
      Graduate assistant, football coach University Arizona
      Tucson, Arizona, United States
    • 1987
      president, Phelps Dodge Mercantile Company
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