CBO report on American health care act

CBO: Senate bill cuts deficit deeply, also cuts 22 million from healthcare

The Congressional Budget Office said Monday that Senate Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare would reduce the federal budget deficit faster than a House-passed health care bill, but would cost 22 million people their health coverage.

That estimate, only slightly less than the House 23 million that the CBO said would be affected by the House bill, was quickly seized on by opponents of the GOP plan.

“This bill would be nothing short of a disaster for Arizona,” said DJ Quinlan, a spokesman for the Arizona Alliance for Healthcare Security, who said it would cost more than 400,000 Arizonans lose their coverage.

Over half of those would be uninsured within the first year, primarily due to the Senate bill’s call to eliminate the insurance coverage mandate that was part of the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, according to the CBO report.

The CBO “score” also said that the Senate bill would reduce the federal deficit by $321 billion by 2026, compared to a reduction of $119 billion for the House version.

The White House quickly criticized the report, questioning the CBO’s accuracy in previous estimates on the impact of health care legislation. The administration noted that in 2013 the CBO estimated that 24 million people would have coverage under Obamacare within three years, but fewer than 11 million actually wound up with coverage in that time frame.

“This history of inaccuracy, as demonstrated by its flawed report on coverage, premiums, and predicted deficit arising out of Obamacare, reminds us that its analysis must not be trusted blindly,” the White House statement said of the CBO.

But Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, said he plans to “thoroughly review” the CBO analysis as part of his review of the bill.

Neither Flake nor fellow Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain, have said how they will vote on the bill, which Senate leaders have said they hope to have a vote on by the end of this week. The measure will fail if a handful of Republican senators oppose, as the minority Democrats are all expected to vote against it.

McCain said the CBO report is “obviously not good news” for the bill, which he said should not be rushed.

“It should be going through debate, it should be going through normal legislative process,” McCain said in a CBS report Monday.

McCain said last week when a draft version of the bill was released that he planned to study the bill and talk with Arizona voters and Gov. Doug Ducey before making up his mind.

Ducey’s office has not returned calls seeking comment on the plan, but a report last week by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, the state’s Medicaid office, estimated that the Senate bill could cost the state as much as $7.1 billion through fiscal 2026.

Critics of Obamacare, including McCain and Flake, have argued that something needs to be done. They point to last year’s 116 percent increase in premiums in Arizona, the highest in the nation, as proof that the Affordable Care Act is not working.

The CBO said the GOP plan would lead to a slight rise in premiums next year, but by 2020 would lead to a reduction in premiums of about 30 percent for benchmark plans for single individuals. It would also sharply reduce Medicaid spending, shifting some of these costs to states.

But health care providers in Arizona said the Senate plan was no better than the House plan, which they also opposed, and that the CBO report affirmed their suspicions.

“The Senate health care proposal will result in 22 million people losing health coverage, while leading to markedly higher premium costs for older Americans. The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association cannot support this legislation unless significant changes are made to protect Arizona’s patients, people and communities,” association President and CEO Greg Vigdor said in a statement Monday.

By Brianna Stearns, Cronkite News

Verde Dimora Apartments in Mesa sell for $22.25M

The Verde Dimora Apartments at 2217 N. Power Rd. in Mesa have been sold to a Canadian investor for $22,250,000. The buyer is expanding its portfolio of Arizona properties and plans long-term ownership of the community.

Western Wealth Capital (WWC), LLC of Arizona purchased the property from Verde Dimora, LLC, an Arizona limited liability company. Trevor Koskovich, Bill Hahn and Jeff Sherman of Colliers International in Greater Phoenix negotiated the sale transaction.

The deal marks WCC’s sixth multifamily acquisition in 2017. Its portfolio now consists of 31 multifamily properties representing 5,125 units with a combined purchase-value of more than $375 million, which makes it the second largest multifamily owner in the Phoenix area by number of units.

“This is a very unique asset in both its location and its design,” says Trevor Koskovich, executive vice president with Colliers International in Greater Phoenix. “Verde Dimora is an A+ property of nearly new construction in the growing suburb of East Mesa. The property offers an incredible abundance of amenities, as well as Eco-Friendly utilities and design.”

Verde Dimora was built in 2016 and consists of 12 three-story buildings. The community contains 153 apartment units in one and two-bedroom configurations. The units range in size from 657 to 943 square feet. The property offers a total of 121,399 rentable square feet on a parcel that is 5.34 acres. The community offers both covered carport and uncovered parking spaces.

Apartments feature Energy Star appliances, Low-E Pane windows, private patios and sub-metered water/sewer/trash. The sub-metering allows managers and occupants to track individual tenant usage in real time, lowering costs and increasing efficiency.

The community offers unparalleled amenities that go well beyond a clubhouse and heated resort-style pool and spa. In addition, Verde Dimora offers community garden plots, a dog park with wash station, electric vehicle charging stations, enclosed bike storage, theater room, urban trails and a dedicated Veteran’s Community Room. The community also features solar panel technology, meditation gardens with a stream, community-wide recycling program and an extensive fitness center.

Situated to the north of McKellips Road, Verde Dimora is close to a variety of retail centers, service centers and restaurants. Access to the Red Mountain Freeway (202) is available via McKellips Road and Power Road to the north. Both access points are less than one mile from the property. The community is directly across the street from Mesa Community College – Red Mountain Campus. In addition to retail and school offerings nearby, the City of Mesa has created a strong park and recreational system nearby in Spook Hill Park and Red Mountain Park, less than one mile from Verde Dimora.

Phoenix medical office market

Phoenix medical office market looks healthy, despite political turmoil

Political uncertainty and the proposed replacement of the Affordable Care Act have many in the healthcare industry wondering what’s next.

Despite the current quandary, Metro Phoenix’s medical office market is expected to remain healthy for the foreseeable future following a strong 2016 that produced re-assuring sales and leasing numbers.

Sharing their analysis and outlook of last year’s numbers, Trisha Talbot and Kathleen Morgan, both managing directors at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank in Phoenix, are the exclusive agents for almost 1.5 million square feet of medical office properties in Phoenix.

On the leasing side, Morgan says, “Medical office building (MOB) product in Phoenix continues to be healthy with the vacancy dropping over 200 basis points from the first quarter 2016 through the end of 2016.”

Sales for MOBs also remained strong throughout last year with the closing of 43 transactions, totaling 858,660 square feet at an average price of $155.64-per-square-foot.

Talbot notes, “Although the volume of sales decreased slightly in 2016 from the first quarter to the end of the year, the price per square foot for MOBs steadily rose and the capitalization rates compressed.”

Morgan adds, “From an investment standpoint, healthcare product is often considered ‘recession proof,’ and I expect healthcare product sales to remain strong in 2017.”

In addition to sales and leasing, the healthcare duo also notes an uptick in new medical office development, which is the byproduct of hospital growth and need to support an increasing patient base.

Following the implementation of the ACA, hospitals began purchasing practices, explains Morgan, “And much of the existing space has either been absorbed or is no longer functional for multidisciplinary practices, which require larger floorplates than are available in legacy healthcare product.”

Since MOB activity follows hospitals, which follows population growth, some submarkets in the Valley are hotter than others like the Town of Gilbert, one of the fastest growing suburbs in Metro Phoenix.

Talbot notes, “The Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Campus has spurred the development of medical office product surrounding it, including Spectrum Medical Commons, a 44,000-square-foot MOB expected to be delivered in Q4 2017.”

The strongest activity of new product underway and active pre-leasing for new medical office developments, she says, is west of the Interstate 10 corridor in Phoenix, Avondale and Goodyear, and extends north on the Loop 101 to Glendale and Peoria.

That includes 200,000 square feet of MOB space currently under construction at the Westgate Healthcare Campus in Glendale.

Talbot and Morgan are actively representing the campus to attract national companies and local providers to the state-of-the-art outpatient healthcare campus that’s strategically located next to Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Westgate Medical Center and near other surrounding hospitals operated by Abrazo Community Health Network and Banner Health.

This reflects the current demand of MOB users seeking to occupy space that’s strategically located near a major hospital or medical campus.

Looking ahead, Talbot says, “The need for multidisciplinary practices won’t change, and increasing population growth — as well as a growing patient base — ensures a healthy healthcare market for the foreseeable future.”

Pima Center

Developers break ground on The Block, largest Scottsdale retail center in five years

The Block

Aerial rendering of The Block (Provided rendering)

MainSpring Capital, developer of the 232-acre mixed-use Pima Center along with Forum Capital, broke ground on its 22-acre retail mixed-use center called The Block.

“We are excited to be underway on this dynamic project,” says Curtis Brown, principal with MainSpring Capital Group. “This is the largest retail mixed-use center built in Scottsdale since The Quarter. The enthusiasm from tenants has been remarkable and our space is already 50 percent committed. With limited retail space still available, our team is confident the remainder of the project will quickly lease-up.”

The Block at Pima Center will contain upwards of 70,000 square feet of free-standing pad and retail shop space. The property contains of four freestanding pad sites for stand-alone users of which three are spoken for, 35,000 square feet of shop space which is designed for fast casual lunch and dinner users, 60,000 square feet of class A office and a sizable parcel for hospitality.

A Freeway monument sign will be erected along Loop 101 will provide visibility for The Block’s tenants. Infrastructure construction is fully underway on the project and grading of the full site is expected to begin before the end of June.

“Prospective tenants are drawn to the double benefit of freeway access/visibility and an impressive, day-time and night-time customer base,” says Stan Sanchez, senior vice president of Colliers International in Greater Phoenix. Sanchez, JK Jackson and Larry Miller with Colliers serve as leasing team for the retail center. “Pima Center businesses currently employ more than 3,800 within the mixed-use park, and that number is expected to double as Pima Center grows. This trade area is underserved because in addition to the on-site captive audience we have an additional 50,000 employees within 3 miles and over 200,000 employees with 5 miles. If you add up all the entertainment visits between Talking Stick Fields, The Aquarium, The Butterfly Wonderland, I Fly, Talking Stick Resort and Top Golf we have over 5 million annual entertainment visits with nowhere to eat. These folks and visitors to the area create an impressive foundation of patrons for these retailers. With over 180,000 cars a day traveling along the 101 freeway this intersection has some of the highest traffic counts in the area.”

Located at Loop 101 between the Via de Ventura and 90th Street and Pima Road exits, Pima Center is North Scottsdale’s largest mixed-use business park with 1.4 million square feet already developed, according to the center’s brokers. The Block at Pima Center will occupy approximately 22 acres of the park located on the North-West Corner of 101 and Via De Ventura next to the freeway.

“We are still targeting a few categories specifically an iconic locally owned restaurant or brewery who can utilize the main patio dining opportunities on the Hard Corner. These end caps will have unmatched visibility and access and tenants will be able to utilize some of the best outdoor patios spaces in town. Imagine the traffic on game days,” says Curtis Brown.

Basic design of the retail center was provided by Butler Design of Phoenix. Infrastructure construction is being provided by MainSpring Contracting and project manager is SW Land Services. EPS Group Inc. has provided civil engineering services.

Ranking Arizona: Top 10 Mexican restaurants

Here are the Top 10 Mexican food restaurants in Arizona, based on public voting for Ranking Arizona, the state’s biggest and most comprehensive business opinion poll. Ranking Arizona is based purely on opinion and ranks companies based how voters answer this simple question: with whom would you recommend doing business? To make your vote count in the 2018 edition of Ranking Arizona, click here to vote.

Here are the Top 10 Mexican food restaurants in Arizona, as featured in the 2017 edition of Ranking Arizona:

  1. La Hacienda at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

    La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is where Mexican cuisine takes on a whole new meaning as Executive Chef Forest Hamrick delivers Sandoval’s signature style of vibrant flavors and ingredients, combining the bold taste of classic Mexican food with timeless European cooking techniques in a lighter, healthier way. Popular choices include varieties of guacamole, ceviche, lobster tacos, filet de parilla, churros, flaming coffees and 240 selections of tequila presented by a certified tequila expert. The atmosphere is as inviting as the food, with rustic architecture warmed by beehive fireplaces and outdoor fire pits.

    Trend to watch: “The popularity of tequila and mezcal is taking the nation by storm. The spirit is a key component in the new craft cocktail movement. La Hacienda is more than prepared for this trend by having our very own tequila expert, Katie Schnurr, our in-house ‘Tequila Goddess,’ who was certified by the Tequila Regulatory Council in Mexico. Her knowledge of the spirit, her guest interaction and ability to match the guests’ palate to any of our 240 tequilas and mezcals is unparalleled in the Arizona market. La Hacienda offers a very unique tequila tasting experience.”

2. Elote Cafe

3. The Mission

4. Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen

5. Barrio Queen

6. Valle Luna Mexican Food

7. Sol Cocina

8. Old Town Tortilla Factory

9. Mi Nidito

10. Don Jose Mexican Food


Fourth of July

7 Fourth of July recipes that are easy to make

You can imagine that when the 13 American colonies declared independence from the King’s rule 241 years ago, they probably also celebrated with food.

Americans all over the country still celebrate every year with fireworks, friends, family and food as they flock to the lakes, beaches and their backyards in honor of America’s birthday. Instead of spending too much time and money in the kitchen, here are some recipe ideas for quick, easy, and cheap patriotic eats and treats:

Red, White & Blue Sangria

With a star cutter, cut pineapples into shapes and combine with strawberries, blueberries, two bottles of white wine, triple sec, berry flavored vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Chill and serve.

Red, White & Blue Deviled Eggs

With just a few simple ingredients you can turn regular deviled eggs into an American colored assortment. Mayo, mustard, non-fat yogurt, salt and pepper, eggs and a little bit of food coloring are the only items you will need.

Red, White & Blue Pasta Salad

For an easy addition to any BBQ, this pasta salad can be made a day or two in advance to save you time on 4th of July.  This colorful rotini salad is loaded with pepperoni, artichoke hearts, garbanzo beans, red bell peppers, red onion, olives, mozzarella cheese and combined with Italian dressing.

American Flag Veggie Tray

An easy and unique appetizer, this veggie tray is placed in the shape of the American Flag. Mix it up with Cauliflower, cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, radishes and a bright blue, homemade dill dipping sauce.

Red, White & Blue Sliders

This summer slider is covered in fresh strawberries and a creamy blue cheese sauce. It can be made with your choice of meat or veggie patty’s and with or without a bun, which will be sure to please everyone in attendance. Prepare the blue cheese sauce and shape patties ahead of time, so all you have to do is grill and serve.

Red, White & Blue Pretzel Salad

This sweet, creamy, salty and crunchy dessert will be satisfying all your cravings this 4th of July.  You can serve in a baking pan or in individual mini mason jars for easy on-the-go individual serve portions. It is made from a buttery pretzel base crust, covered in layers of strawberry Jell-O, strawberries and blueberries and homemade whipped cream.

Red, White & Blue Firecracker Jell-O

You could eat these fun and festive firecracker treats while watching the fireworks, or just as soon as they’re finished. You’ll only need unflavored, red and blue Jell-O and Maraschino. For an over-21 twist, add your favorite liquor to the mix.

Stevens Leinweber Construction hires director of new construction

Erik Powell

Erik Powell (Provided photo)

Stevens Leinweber Construction (SLC) hired Erik Powell as Director of New Construction.

Powell’s duties will include the sale, development and project management of new ground up projects.

“Erik adds depth to our team and broadens our capabilities in ground up construction. This is a strategic move for SLC that positions us as a key player in the new construction and design build market, complementing our position as a premier tenant improvement contractor.” said Jamie Godwin, SLC vice president.

Prior to his joining SLC, Powell spent seventeen plus years in a senior role with Sun State Builders. During his tenure with Sun State Builders, Powell managed over 5 million square feet and $250,000,000 of new construction and design-build projects in Arizona. His project experience includes First Industrial, Merit Partners Riverside 43, Southern Wine and Spirits, Café Valley Bakery, Kansas City Life Insurance and multiple Department of Economic Security buildings.

“I look forward to taking steps that further enhance the already strong reputation of SLC as a top provider of construction projects that impact Arizona,” Powell said. “The opportunity to join such a highly regarded firm was a great opportunity. My ground up construction knowledge and integrated design build capabilities will help open additional avenues for an already successful company.”

Powell is an Arizona native, attended Brophy College Preparatory and Arizona State University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. He is a member of NAIOP and SIOR, and also serves as a volunteer coach on numerous youth sports teams.

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Charter school zoning in Arizona: A tool for economic development

Not all states are as friendly to charter schools as Arizona. But as charter schools continue to set up shop in Arizona, they get to avoid challenges related to zoning, an ability that can be quite useful in infill locations.

The symbiotic interplay of rooftops and charter schools — aided by charter schools’ zoning treatment — can continue to allow Arizona to grow a greater education system and become an ever-increasing attraction for economic development.

In a November article for AZRE, Erin Thornburn identified a few likely real estate trends that one could expect to see in the Phoenix metro area in 2017. Among the suggested trends is evidence of more infill multifamily developments across the Valley.

Meanwhile, charter schools are continuing to be created, receive charters, expand and set up shop in locations throughout Arizona. Charter schools undoubtedly look at the demographics of their target locations to predict student enrollment. To that end, multifamily developments often provide a strong source of potential students.

The article also identified some of the challenges with developing infill projects, such as higher prices and obtaining zoning appropriate for a modern use of the land. It is here where the State of Arizona offers support for charter schools. Though the State cannot do much about land pricing, the State has put its weight behind public education and expressly offered a hand to charter schools regarding zoning requirements.

In 1996, Arizona adopted A.R.S. § 15-189.01, which effectively classified charter schools as public schools for purposes of zoning. The State amended that statute in 2009 “to clarify that charter schools should be treated as district schools with respect to zoning regulations.”

The statutes specifically allow charter schools to be located and operated at locations or facilities in zoning classifications that would have otherwise prevented a charter school. This allows charter schools to largely bypass the hassles related to acquiring zoning-friendly properties.

This does not mean that charter schools in Arizona can build wherever and whatever they want.  The statutes prevent charter schools from certain locations, such as certain age-restricted communities and properties less than an acre in size that are located within an existing single-family residence zoning district. The statutes also subject charter schools to the building codes and life-safety codes of the applicable jurisdiction, whether state, county or municipality.

Roger S. Owers is an attorney and commercial real estate agent. He holds a Ph.D. in civil engineering, is a registered professional civil engineer, and is a licensed attorney. His focus is on complex and hairy commercial real estate and land deals, including deals in Indian Country.

The Phoenix Plaza

Environmental consulting firm moves headquarters to Phoenix Plaza

SWCA Inc., an employee-owned environmental consulting firm, leased 21,339 square feet of office space at 20 E. Thomas Rd. for expansion and relocation of its headquarters.

“20 E. Thomas Rd. offered SWCA the opportunity to occupy a full floor of the building. The large, efficient floorplates, high-end finishes, and proximity to walkable amenities made this the most attractive option in the marketplace for my client,” said Todd Noel, CCIM executive vice president with Colliers International in Greater Phoenix, who has exclusively represented the tenant for more than 10 years.

Todd Noel, with Colliers International negotiated the transaction on behalf of SWCA. Building owner LBA Realty Fund II-Company V LLC was represented by Bob Hubbard, vice president and head of the Phoenix office for LBA Realty.

The company is currently headquartered in the Midtown corridor and will take occupancy of the new space in November 2017. SWCA chose to relocate its Phoenix office to accommodate the growing needs of its clients and employees, including walkable amenities, central location, mass transit and accessibility.

Focusing on the live-work-play lifestyle, SWCA selected this building not only because it fulfilled the aforementioned, but it also offers great views and growth potential. The building features a three-level, 35,000-square-foot retail pavilion that offers a mix of services, specialty shops, full-service health club and multiple dining options. In addition, an on-site hotel is convenient to the office space.

Headquartered in Phoenix, SWCA has 31 offices and more than 800 employees nationwide.

Renaissance Square

Four architectural firms work to reimagine an entire floor at Renaissance Square

Renaissance Square’s “outdated image” is getting reimagined by four architectural groups, which were selected by the office development’s latest owners to design the entire fourth floor of Renaissance One.

Video courtesy of Oaktree Capital – Renaissance Square from Lee & Associates Arizona on Vimeo.

The redesigns, dubbed “Project Future,” will turn the 18,379-square-foot fourth floor offices into open, collaborative spaces with customization in mind. New bathrooms will be constructed and the elevator lobby and corridors will have a specialized design for the floor.

A joint venture between Cypress Office Properties LLC and Oaktree Capital Management LP purchased Renaissance Square last December for $151.25 million. The office towers have been going through a $50 million renovation since shortly after the purchase.

Building One at Renaissance Square will have a “tech” atmosphere, with a lobby that features a live plant wall with integrated technology for digital signage. (Provided photo)

Each of the four selected architectural groups for the fourth floor renovations will be in charge of a speculative suite. The finished offices will be unveiled this October after the completion of the renovation’s first phase.

The architectural groups were able to randomly select which suite they would work and the industry their designs would zero in on. The architectural groups include:

  • Evolution Design will make the designs with the technology industry in mind for a 6,552-square-foot office space
  • McCarthy Nordburg will design a 2,913-square-foot space geared for the financial industry
  • RSP Architects LTD will reimagine a 5,341-square-foot office with a nonprofit in mind
  • SmithGroupJJR will design a 3,574-square foot law office

“Markets with similar trends to Phoenix, such as Houston and Los Angeles, have successfully experimented with this concept. Renaissance Square and the teams involved created the perfect project scenario to bring collaboration like this to Phoenix,” said Mark Jacobs, managing director at Oaktree Capital Management and concept creator. “We’re not just changing the outdated image of Renaissance Square – we’re showing the community and tenants that existing spaces can offer “blank canvas” opportunities to create new and trend setting environments for today’s workplace, and we’re also allowing leading, local architects free reign to show us what future office interactivity and functionality will be in the next five to ten years.”

Each suite will still offer private spaces, and also include: training spaces, presentation areas and moveable walls.

Building Two at Renaissance Square will feature boutique-style interior finishes, with a warm hospitality feel.

Jacobs selected each of the four firms that will be redesigning the suites on the fourth floor.

The four teams are designing the spaces with flexibility in mind, so future tenants in any industry could operate within the space, said Alissa Franconi, senior associate at RSP Architects LTD.

“Each space incorporates features that have never been seen before, not just from a design stand point, but in how they function as the workplace evolves,” Franconi said.

Phoenix-based Jokake Construction will work as the general contractor for the “Project Future” suites. Renaissance Square’s leasing team is Craig Coppola, Bill Blake, Andrew Cheney, Colton Trauter and Gregg Kafka of Lee & Associates.

Survivor gives preemies a fighting chance at St. Joseph’s

Cameron T. Haselhorst has fought for his life three times and won, beginning on the day he was born weighing a mere 2 pounds. With round-the-clock care in the nursery intensive care unit (NICU) at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Cameron thrived and, before long, he was able to join his parents and older brother at their home in the East Valley.

The little boy’s health was tested a second time when he was 3, suffering with a lung condition that left him with a 5 percent chance of survival. True to his nature, though, Cameron never stopped fighting. His doctors never stopped trying to save him either, which is why his family has never stopped paying gratitude to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

For the past 11 years, Cameron’s family and friends have organized an annual fundraiser—including kids’ entertainment and a golf tournament—supporting the NICU at St. Joseph’s. With the help of his parents, Tiffany and Joshua, his grandparents, Marilyn and Merle Ehelbracht, and countless others, the group has donated more than $100,000 to ensure other premature infants receive the highest quality care they need to survive and thrive like Cameron.

St. Joseph’s NICU serves as the first home to nearly 800 severely ill infants each year. With generous support from Cameron’s family and other donors in the community, the hospital continues to evolve to meet the needs of all babies as well as mothers-to-be—throughout pregnancy, delivery and beyond.

Toward that end, St. Joseph’s recently announced partnership in a newly created network—Arizona Mother-Baby Care—designed to provide women and infants with access to top physicians and coordinated services throughout pregnancy and after delivery. John Elliott, MD, an internationally recognized authority in maternal-fetal medicine who has long been affiliated with St. Joseph’s, will serve as the network’s medical director.

UA startup FishTail Technologies targets student information systems

The University of Arizona has licensed a tool to integrate student information systems and learning management systems to UA startup FishTail Technologies. The software, which simplifies the use of the University’s complex D2L curriculum management system, resulted from the inventive work of a collaborative, multi-unit team from the UA Office of Instruction and Assessment, or OIA, and University Information Technology Services, or UITS.

Adam Brokamp, UITS senior business analyst, led the development project, which began in 2012 and included UITS team members David BatyJayaram Timsina and Alexander Angeles. OIA team members included Mark FelixGarrett Flora and Mark Bryant.

Five years ago, the team set out to solve a specific problem: The UA student information system did not integrate with the D2L learning management system employed at the University. In serving the UA’s 40,000 students, faculty requests to set up or make changes to class sections in those systems was taking inordinate amounts of time.

For example, hand-building 2,700 courses used to require highly specialized technical knowledge, as these systems did not have a user-friendly interface.

“The annual process would essentially shut down our office for one to two weeks every year,” Felix says. “Not only did it disrupt our work, but we’d be unable to respond to our normal flow of service requests for three or four days instead our normal turnaround time of a few hours.”

Having undergone continuous improvements and now in its fourth version, the API-driven system with its user-friendly interface allows faculty, instructors and staff — those who used to make these very requests — to input changes on their own and for audiences to see the updates in near real time.

“Costs for a similarly featured system to do what we’re doing and service a university the size of the UA would range into six figures,” Brokamp says. “It would have less features and just be wrong for the faculty.”

The new integration tool has empowered faculty through self-service and faster results, and it also has freed up the UITS and OIA teams to focus on their core competencies: continuously innovating improvements to UA systems and solving bigger, more systemic challenges.

Tech Launch Arizona, the office of the UA that works to commercialize inventions stemming from University research and development, provided a variety of services and collaborated with the team to develop the product concept and license it to the startup.

FishTail took advantage of a number of services TLA provides, including working with mentor-in-residence Kevin McLaughlin to develop the go-to-market strategy and participating in the TLA-administered National Science Foundation I-Corps Program, where it learned about lean startup methods and gained a better understanding of target customers.

“We are now focusing on creating greater impact with University-developed software solutions like FishTail and Scholarship Universe,”  says TLA licensing manager Lewis Humphreys, who focuses on software and information technologies. “FishTail is a great example of the UA developing software-enabled services for our own community, and then those solutions having broader commercial applications beyond the walls of the University.”

Wild Horse Pass offers great summer staycation deal

This summer, book a staycation at the relaxing and secluded Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, Arizona. Now is the time to take advantage of exclusive summer staycation offers for anyone who is looking to escape without the travel.

Summer rates for hotel rooms start at $69, with no additional fees.

Summer packages include free poolside entertainment every Saturday and Sunday. Guests will be able to enjoy live reggae music being played on steel drums and enjoy summer favorite foods being served next to a poolside grill. Backyard games with ping pong tables and giant games of chess will also available for guests to enjoy.   

This offer is only valid between Monday, May 15, 2017 to Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017.

Valley residents can make their reservation online by visiting the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino website at WinGilaRiver.com

Arizona’s MedTech sector makes big impact on Bioscience Roadmap

Arizona’s technology community and the Bioscience Roadmap have become driving forces behind the economic success of our state. The industry plays a significant role in almost every sector of the business landscape and the work of its leaders is putting our state on the map as a nationwide contender.

Two industries in which technology and innovation are critical to saving lives are healthcare and bioscience. Our medical technology (MedTech) sector is rising, while the innovation we’re seeing is having a major impact on the growth of Arizona’s bioscience industry. The collaboration of health and technology is also helping our bioscience leaders reach their goal of creating a globally competitive bioscience sector and making Arizona a national authority in select areas of the biosciences by 2025.

In 2002, the Flinn Foundation created the Arizona Bioscience Roadmap, which laid out the primary strategy for turning Arizona into a national powerhouse for bioscience. One of the five overarching goals of the Bioscience Roadmap is to turn our state into an area that breeds bio talent. Two of the key strategies outlined underneath this goal are to greatly improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; and to attract and retain top graduate students, doctoral and post-doctoral candidates, and physician-scientists. Carrying out these strategies has been a joint effort of the technology, bioscience and business sectors.

Over the past five to 10 years, the technology and science communities have advocated a stronger focus on STEM education. Arizona’s academic institutions — especially universities — have invested significant resources into preparing a new generation for STEM careers and that trend is expected to continue. Arizona State University and The University of Arizona have evolved into nationally recognized research institutions. According to the Flinn Foundation, Arizona’s research and development expenditures since 2002 are up 55.1 percent, with the majority of spending coming from university research programs.

Through the Arizona Technology Council’s effort to spearhead or participate in STEM programs like the Arizona SciTech Festival, which is designed to motivate and prepare K-12 students, our academic institutions starting at kindergarten are increasingly addressing the need for a more highly educated workforce. The Arizona Department of Education and programs such as the Arizona STEM Collaborative and the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence are playing  a major part in providing resources to get children interested in and on the path to STEM careers.

Arizona is also home to a number of the nation’s leading MedTech organizations that play a large role in attracting and retaining top talent, because these individuals want to work in a region with world-class innovators in their respective fields. Arizona is host to healthcare organizations like Medtronic, Mayo Clinic, Translational Genomics Research Institute and The University of Arizona. They are leading providers, users and researchers of medical technology and their work helps to grow interest in a broader market of bio talent, as well as tech talent. This is an area where collaboration breeds excitement and growth for both technology and bioscience.

Another main goal laid out by the Bioscience Roadmap is the formation of an entrepreneurial hub in Arizona to ensure a successful future for the bioscience industry. To build this ecosystem and prepare startups to receive funding, the Arizona technology community has nurtured the growth and availability of incubators. One incubator in particular, BioInspire, is wholly dedicated to medical technology startups and has issued $2.4 million in seed funding for early-stage development. Incubators like the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation and others have also helped to produce health-focused startups. In fact, Arizona has a strong portfolio of MedTech companies that have recently received funding, including The Core Institute, Paradigm Diagnostics, Neolight and EpiFinder.

Despite our success in growing startups, there is still a proverbial hurdle we must clear before reaching our full potential. In fact, it is an issue across all technology sectors. Arizona needs to cultivate more angel investment funding for startups, as well as attract additional second- and third-level funding from venture capitalists for growing businesses. This initiative is high on the task list of the Arizona Technology Council’s Public Policy Committee and is one of the last remaining roadblocks to reaching our state’s economic development goals.

In early March, the Arizona Technology Council held its MedTech Conference that brought together physicians, healthcare advocates and innovative companies to discuss the future of healthcare and medical technologies, including the need for more funding for our startups. The speakers also addressed the use of emerging technologies in doctors’ offices, such as virtual reality, apps and software solutions, and 3D printing. The gathering of these individuals reiterated the importance of the collaboration of healthcare and tech in building a great place to work, learn and receive the top medical care with the help of innovative technologies.

The final goal of the Bioscience Roadmap is collaboration, and MedTech has played a big role in marrying our industries. When we align goals of technology and bioscience such as building an entrepreneurial ecosystem, recruiting and retaining talent, and collaborating with established companies and leaders, we realize we are both striving for the same thing: a better future for Arizona economically, socially and culturally.


Steven G. Zylstra is president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council.

How can you find the best philanthropic fit for your company?

Think of the last nonprofit cause or event you supported. Chances are there was some sort of corporate sponsor, which played a big role in helping move the cause forward or make the event a success.

“Businesses and nonprofits both have a critical role to play in making Arizona a place we are all proud to call home,” says Kristen Merrifield, CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. “Nonprofits also have a huge impact on our local economy, especially in relation to revenue generation and employment.”

Because of that, it only makes sense that nonprofits and businesses would partner together to better serve the communities they impact, Merrifield says.

There are many reasons for companies and business leaders to give back to the community. You’d be hard-pressed to find a business or an individual that is unwilling to help out any kind of philanthropic cause.

But it can be difficult to find the right group to support. How do you know where your skill set will be best utilized if you want to volunteer your time? And how do you know which nonprofit best aligns with the culture and values of your company? For businesses, partnering with nonprofits can be a balancing act.

Interest from employees, being able to properly help a nonprofit and the nonprofit’s mission are just a few things one must consider before finding that right partnership between a business and a nonprofit.

Finding a fit

So, what exactly goes into finding a match in nonprofit heaven?

Michael Seaver, an executive coach and leadership consultant who helps businesses find nonprofits with which to partner, believes in basing a firm’s nonprofit work with its own strategic objectives.

When finding a nonprofit match, Seaver’s goal is to create a deep level of cultural connection between the nonprofit and the business.

This translates to both the business and the nonprofit trying to accomplish the same things in the community, Seaver says.

“If there is a connection between the organization’s mission and the nonprofit’s mission that’s high or closely correlated, then there will be a strong synergy between them as well,” he says.

Maybe the nonprofit needs a new website and your firm happens to have a web developer who can provide pro bono services. That makes a good fit. Or if your business works with the military, then veterans groups may be a great type of nonprofit with which to work.

Finding these types of matches can help foster success.

Finding a match

But how do you find out if there’s a mission and value match?

It’s simple. Personally asking what a nonprofit’s mission is and how it hopes to accomplish those goals goes a long way when finding out whether or not a business should partner with a nonprofit, Merrifield says.

Finding a value match and seeing what skills or resources a nonprofit may need are important too, she adds.

“From the get-go, this lets you find out if there’s a match,” Merrifield says. “That way, you know your business can help the nonprofit”

Also, you find out straight from the nonprofit what its mission is, which helps inform you whether or not your partnership with them would be a sure success.

Look to yourself and your employees 

One way to find that perfect partnership between your business and a nonprofit is by finding out what makes you and your employees passionate.

What cause are you or your employees closely tied to?

Denise Gredler, founder and CEO of BestCompaniesAZ, makes sure her employees know that if there are any nonprofit groups they want the company to support in some way, they should let her know.

One employee at BestCompaniesAZ has a daughter with Down Syndrome, so the firm partners with Ruby’s Rainbow, an organization that grants scholarships to adults with Down Syndrome for post-secondary education.

Gredler’s son has Celiac Disease, so BestCompaniesAZ supports the Celiac Disease Center to help raise awareness about the disease.

“It’s a commonality that people will serve on boards with which they either know someone or were personally effected by the cause for which the nonprofit is an advocate,” Gredler says.  

Many business owners and firms follow this course.

Melissa Fink, owner of boutique shop Girly Girlz, experienced a family tragedy, which spurred her work with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

In 2004, Fink’s sister was killed by a drunk driver and since then Fink has been one of the top fundraisers for MADD’s annual event in Phoenix, Walk Like MADD.

“By supporting MADD’s campaign to eliminate drunk driving I know my dollars will be used to make the streets safer for everyone,” Fink says.

That personal connection

Celeste Edmunds, head of public relations at personal financial services firm Progrexion, has a personal connection
with her firm’s philanthropic efforts.

As a child, Edmunds was in the foster care system and now helps Progrexion’s philanthropic efforts, which are geared towards helping many of the same services she utilized growing up.

Edmunds says she has a passion on the personal side to help those types of groups with which her firm is aligned.

When creating relationships between a business and a nonprofit, Edmunds says it’s important to tap into the employees’ motivating factors to ensure a successful partnership.

What’s a good motivator? A cause an employee or co-worker is connected to in some personal way.

“There’s an alignment that has to happen around what you want to be focused on as a company in your social responsibility efforts,” she says. “And you have to figure out how to align the employees and how they want to give. Once you can marry those two, then I think you have a win.” ν

Bar Brawl showdown returns to Scottsdale

Bar Brawl, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa’s battle of the bartenders, will return to jade bar for another summer cocktail showdown between the area’s top mixologists. The competition launches July 16 with match-ups every Sunday at 8 p.m. Winners of the first four battles will move on to semifinals Aug. 13 and Aug. 20. A final championship on Aug. 27 will crown one bartender “Bar Brawl’s Champion” and serve up the grand prize – a fun-filled trip to Austin City Limits. Past champions include Kyle Mason of Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia and Keifer Gilbert of Crudo and Counter Intuitive.

Resort guests and locals, alongside the Phoenix bar community, are invited to gather at jade bar to cheer on the competitors while enjoying entertainment by DJ Hybrid and a menu of “Bar Brawl Bites” at happy hour prices, starting at 8 p.m. each evening of the competition. jade bar’s lead mixologist Eddie Aces will emcee the events. Each will highlight specific spirits and ingredients, and cocktails will be judged by a panel of local celebrities. Admission to all events is free. 

This year’s eight competitors have been mixing things up at the best bars in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Chandler. They include:

Piroose Hajizadeh-Amini, Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour

Kyle Landry, Crudo

Liza Loewenhagen, Cobra Arcade Bar

Alex Knight, Culinary Dropout

William Luddington, The Ostrich

Gavin Pena, The Clever Koi

Rando Shields, Shady’s Fine Ale’s and Cocktails

Sam Penton, Counter Intuitive

The Bar Brawl schedule is as follows:

• July 16 – Pena vs. Hajizadeh-Amini

•  July 23 – Lowenhagen vs. Knight

• July 30 –  Shields vs. Luddington

• Aug. 6 –  Landry vs. Penton

• Aug. 13 – Semi-finals

• Aug. 20 – Semi-finals

• Aug. 27 – Championship: “Bar Brawl Champion” crowned.

Employers must comply with paid sick time law by July 1

If you have not yet put a plan in place to comply with Arizona’s new paid sick time law, you only have a few days remaining to do so, and the consequences for not doing so can be steep. The potential penalties for failing to comply with the law include:

• Three times the value of any paid sick time that was not provided to the employee, plus interest;

• Minimum civil penalties of $250 for a first violation, and $1000 for each subsequent or willful violation of recordkeeping requirements (including pay stub notices);

• A minimum penalty of $150 per day for practices that retaliate against or deter employees from exercising their rights to request or use sick leave or report or participate in investigations related to sick leave; and

• An award of attorneys’ fees and costs incurred by employees who successfully sue employers under the Act.

Because the statute imposes penalties that are mandatory and cumulative, with attorneys’ fees also available, plaintiff attorneys will be on the lookout to bring lawsuits against employers who are not in compliance.

Employers who have not yet done so must take immediate steps to augment their payroll practices to ensure complete and accurate reporting of accrued sick leave on pay stubs, preparation of required notices to employees, and updating of policies and procedures.

With the passage of Arizona’s Proposition 206 last year, Arizona joined a handful of other states to implement a mandatory sick leave law. Employers with employees in Arizona will be required to offer their employees mandatory “paid sick time” (PST) by July 1, 2017. Whereas small businesses are exempt from coverage under Arizona’s minimum wage law, the PST requirements of Arizona’s Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act (the Act) apply to all businesses, regardless of size.

The amount of required PST accrual varies depending on the number of employees in the employer’s workforce. For employers with 15 or more employees, employees must accrue a minimum of one hour of earned PST for every 30 hours worked, but employees are not entitled to accrue or use more than 40 hours of earned PST per year. For employers with fewer than 15 employees, employees still earn one hour of earned PST for every 30 hours worked, but employers can cap the accrual and use of PST at 24 hours per year.

Part-time and temporary workers are also covered by the Act and are entitled to accrue and use PST. Salaried employees who are exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage and overtime requirements are presumed to work 40 hours in each work week for purposes of calculating PST accrual, unless their normal work week is less than 40 hours, in which case their earned PST will accrue based on actual hours worked.

Generally, unused earned PST must be carried forward to the following year consistent with the accrual limits of the Act. The Industrial Commission has issued a proposed rule that caps the carry forward amount at 40 or 24 hours (depending on the size of the employer), but the rule has not yet been finalized. Employers may forego this requirement by following a procedure specified in the Act, which includes paying out any unused PST.

The Act, however, does not require that accrued PST be paid out upon termination of employment. Under Arizona law, employers may maintain policies requiring employees to forfeit accrued and unused paid leave if the employees have the “reasonable expectation” that they will lose the accrued and unused leave upon termination of employment. Therefore, employers should maintain clear written policies informing employees about whether or not the employer pays out accrued and unused PST upon termination of employment.

Employees can use their PST hours for a variety of reasons, including: their own mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition; the mental or physical illness, injury, or health condition of a family member; absences related to abuse, stalking, sexual violence, or domestic violence of either the employee or the employee’s family member; and/or when a public health emergency causes the employee’s workplace to close, or the employee’s child’s school or daycare to close.

Critically, employers can only require reasonable documentation in support of an absence if an employee has used PST for three or more consecutive days. Under no circumstances may an employer require that an employee specify the relevant health condition or the details of domestic violence, sexual violence, abuse or stalking necessitating the use of PST.

Employers should also note that the new paid sick time law includes specific employee protections that make it unlawful for an employer to retaliate or discriminate against an employee for using accrued PST or exercising his or her rights under the Act. Notably, if an employer takes any adverse action against an employee within 90 days of a person’s use of PST, the Act provides a rebuttable presumption that the action was retaliatory.

Employers should promptly take the following steps:

• Update Policies. Arizona employers should consult counsel to ensure their policies are updated to comply with the Act. Many existing policies, including “use it or lose it” policies, will likely not be compliant.

• Notice Requirements. Employers must be sure to follow the Act’s specific notice requirements. This includes displaying the Industrial Commission of Arizona’s model workplace poster addressing PST, a copy of which is available to read here.

• Recordkeeping Requirements. Employers should coordinate with their internal payroll personnel or outside payroll administrators to ensure PST will be tracked and reported consistent with the Act.

The Industrial Commission of Arizona’s long-awaited proposed rulemaking regarding PST is available to read here:



Laura Pasqualone is an attorney at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP in Phoenix, where she practices primarily in the areas of employment law and business litigation. She regularly advises employers on compliance with a wide variety of federal, state and local employment laws.

3 tips for lengthening the lifespan of your bed linens

Consider this: 39 percent of Americans wash their sheets and bed linens weekly, and another 44 percent wash them bi-weekly or monthly.

Are Americans wearing their bed linens out by washing them too often?

Eileen Mockus, an expert in home linens and the CEO of Coyuchi [www.coyuchi.com]—pioneers in making organic, sustainable home textiles—says that, actually, weekly washings are recommended to keep sheets looking fresh and to minimize dust and allergens.

But Mockus says that linens have to be washed the right way to minimize wear and recommends three tips for keeping sheets fresh:


Wash linens on the gentle or delicate cycle with like colors, with cold water. 


Use a natural, plant based laundry detergent and avoid fabric softeners, dryer sheets (they just coat your sheets in chemicals and make them less breathable). Avoid chlorine bleach in favor of peroxide whiteners; or use products like Vaska’s Spot Off, which use enzymes to pre-treat stains and are more effective than bleach for stain removal.


Line dry, if you can, or tumble dry on a low-heat setting to avoid hardening the loops on towels and sheets, which can lead to them feeling crunchy.

Coyuchi [www.coyuchi.com] — pioneers in making organic, sustainable home textiles —conducted the Coyuchi Linen Lifespan Survey to see how often Americans were replacing their sheets, and why so many sets of old sheets were ending up in landfills.

But even the best cared-for sheets don’t last forever, and that’s why Coyuchi recently launched a sustainable linen subscription service Coyuchi for Life [www.coyuchi.com/subscribe] that ships new sheets to your door every 6 to 24 months—and keeps your used sheets out of landfills by upcycling or recycling them for you.

For more information on the “Netflix of Bedding,” watch this video:


Arizona officials pitch state to foreign investors

President Donald Trump’s occasional tough talk on some international trade deals does not appear to have scared off foreign investors at the 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit, which Arizona representatives called “probably the best yet.”

This year’s summit, which brings companies from around the globe together with government officials and economic organizations to promote foreign direct investment in the United States, had a record 3,000 participants and 1,240 foreign business representatives, organizers said.

The three-day summit, sponsored by the Commerce Department, ended yesterday when presentations by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and other administration officials were featured.

Hank Marshall, executive director of Phoenix’s Community and Economic Development Department, said that the Trump administration “hasn’t even been a topic of discussion” at this year’s summit.

Stephane Frijia, senior vice president of global investment for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, said the he was “confident that the summit was going to be properly supported” under the Trump administration, calling the mission “bipartisan.”

“The SelectUSA message and objective is very clear and rises above politics,” Frijia said. “It’s about jobs, it’s about investment and wealth in the U.S.”

Besides Phoenix, officials from Glendale, Chandler and the Arizona Commerce Authority were on hand at the Arizona booth, comparing the state’s low taxes and low cost of living, among other advantages, to other major markets in the U.S.

“I think it’s been a great show and we’re looking forward to closing some deals and bringing some people to Arizona,” said Bob Denny of the commerce authority.

Over the last three years of the summit, the SelectUSA website has announced $232.9 million in foreign direct investment in Arizona. The International Trade Administration reported that 88,600 jobs in Arizona were directly supported by foreign-owned companies in 2014.

Marshall said he has seen the summit gain “momentum” over the years.

This year saw “the largest group of foreign companies that has ever come to this event,” he said. Saying it “speaks a lot about the format, opportunity and the event itself.”

Frijia said a lot of effort and coordination has gone into this event and it is paying off, especially for Arizona.

“I think we booked over 50 meetings, there’s people are stopping by all the time asking questions. People are curious to see how each state, each region differentiates between one another,” said Frijia. “It’s a great opportunity for Arizona.

“I can attest that the quality of the summit has improved significantly,” said Frijia. There’s “still room to improve, but this is probably the best yet.”

Denny said speeches from Cabinet secretaries like Ross has “helped to stimulate the demand” for investment. But he added that, on the state level, Gov. Doug Ducey’s leadership has helped to create a business-friendly environment.

“He’s a businessman, and so he has a lot of experience in that world and understanding what it takes to make a business work, what regulations are stifling to businesses and is doing all he can to make it a pro-business environment,” he said.

Frijia said he looks forward to the fifth and subsequent summits.

“We are optimistic about the future of SelectUSA, that it will continue its mission,” Frijia said. “The U.S. continues to be a safe haven for investment.”

Maracay Homes closes on $12.42 million land purchase

Land Advisors Organization recently brokered the $12,420,000 purchase by Maracay Homes of 216 finished homesites in Gilbert, Arizona. Ryan Semro and Bret Rinehart of Land Advisors Organization brokered the cash transaction between Maracay Homes, a wholly owned company of the TRI Pointe Groupe, and the seller, Annecy Recovery Acquisition, LLC.

The East Valley is rapidly expanding and this notable purchase further fuels Maracay’s growth path tripling the company’s size and closing volume over the past five years. The gated residential community is located within walking distance of the San Tan Village area north of the Loop 202, east of Val Vista Drive. The Lakes at Annecy was first developed in the mid-2000’s with resort-like amenities, including lakes, three pool complexes, tot lots, sport courts and tree-lined streets. The partially developed master-planned community calls for a total of 930 homes with a mix of single-family detached homes, duplexes, triplexes and townhouses.

With a vision to open for sales in the fall of 2018, Maracay will unveil all new floor plans ranging from approximately 1,500 to 2,000 square feet. The community’s location near highly rated schools, major Valley freeways and the San Tan Village that is inclusive of dozens of shopping and dining options is an exceptionally desirable area.

For additional information regarding the transaction, contact the agents at 480-483-8100.

Redevelopment plans will transform Phoenix hotel into senior housing

A partnership between Bruckal Developments and Ridgeline Properties has purchased the former Country Inn & Suites property at 20221 N. 29th Ave. for a price of $8,336,000. The buyer plans to convert the property into senior housing — assisted living and memory care.

“This is one of the most creative and complex real estate transactions I have encountered in my career,” said Tim Dulany, vice president of Colliers International in Greater Phoenix. “Pent up demand for additional private pay senior housing units in this submarket motivated me to pursue that possibility as an alternate use for this asset.”

Built in 2000, the property offers four-stories of space and was configured as a 126-room hotel.  The 65,000-square-foot building sits on 3.33 acres of land and has 147 parking spaces, as well as an exterior pool and fenced patio area. The buyer/developer plans to reconfigure the building into a 119-bed senior housing community that is slated for opening in February 2018.

Delany said, “The endeavor involved finding a buyer/developer for the project, identifying creative and experienced operator for the facility, and find an architect/designer with senior housing expertise who was willing to take on this unique senior housing conversion.”

PV Deer Valley, LLC, a joint venture partnership between PacVentures LLC and RA Rauch & Associates sold the property to the buyer. Bruckal Developments is a family owned, Arizona-based company with real estate assets in the U.S. and Canada. Ridgeline Properties is a leading senior housing development and property management company based in Oregon. Dulany negotiated the sale transaction, which required 11 months of coordination.

“This hotel is an ideal conversion target as it has large suite size rooms and plentiful common area spaces to develop all the amenities being afforded new seniors facilities today. The pool side setting is especially attractive and sets it apart from most modern offerings in the Phoenix marketplace” says Steven Bruckal, president of Bruckai Developments.

Bruckal Developments, led by Steven Bruckal, has been active in added-value opportunities in the Phoenix market for the past 10 years focusing on apartment renovation and infill construction. The company has built and operated seniors facilities in Canada for a 10-year period from 1999 to 2009.  Bruckal will be responsible for all construction and conversion responsibilities. The general contractor for the project is Hawk General Contracting of Phoenix.

Ridgeline Properties, LLC is the acquisition and development arm of the Ridgeline Group of companies. Ridgeline Properties addresses the real estate aspects of the acquisition and development process, in order to effectively transition operations to Ridgeline Management Company. RMC currently manages more than 2,000 beds in 11 different states, with a focus on expanding in regionals with existing operations. RMC is based in West Linn, Oregon and will be responsible for daily operations once the facility is open.

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Singleton Mom’s offers support to children battling cancer

Singleton Mom’s announced the expansion of their organization with the new children’s program Singleton Peds. Prior to this program the local non-profit helped single parents battling cancer by providing them with support for their day-to-day needs. Singleton Peds is an extension of Singleton Mom’s that will offer support and services to single parents that have children with cancer.

“We couldn’t be happier to extend our services by welcoming children into the Singleton family,” said Jody Farley executive director and founder of Singleton Mom’s. “We have always wanted to help pediatric cancer patients and to finally start helping is a dream come true.”

Singleton Mom’s is currently working with four pediatric cancer families in the Valley. Children 21 and younger who live with a single parent are eligible to receive assistance including financial support, toiletries, household items and support groups.

“Singleton Moms was the answer to our prayers,” said Tracy Ayers mother of a pediatric cancer patient. “The everyday things they take into consideration takes a huge weight off. Just knowing that someone out there cares means so much.”

Singleton Mom’s is now accepting applications for pediatric cancer program.

To learn more about Singleton Mom’s and how to get involved visit their website at singletonmoms.org or like their Facebook page at facebook.com/SingletonMoms.

ABI brokers $43.5M sale of Chuparosas Apartments in Chandler

ABI Multifamily, the Western US’s leading multifamily brokerage and advisory services firm, is pleased to announce the $43,500,000 / $168,605 Per Unit sale of the Chuparosas Apartments located in Chandler, Arizona. Chuparosas is a two story, garden-style apartment community which rests on approximately 17.13 acres. The property was built in 2007 of frame construction with pitched, tile roofs and individually metered for electricity. The property boasts an attractive unit mix of 110 – 1 bedroom, 132 – 2 bedroom and 16 – 3 bedroom unit types with a weighted average size of 996 square feet.

“Chuparosas offered the buyer a number of strategic advantages,” states Rue Bax, Senior Managing Partner, lead broker for this transaction who represented both the Buyer and Seller. “First, the Buyer was seeking a property in a solid performing submarket with potential for increased rents. Second, the Buyer sees Chandler as a solid performing submarket with more room for growth, when compared to the Downtown Scottsdale, North Tempe and Downtown Phoenix which has experienced tremendous new construction activity. The property is located a few miles away from Intel and Phoenix’s ‘Silicon Desert’ epicenter. Since 2016, the area has witnessed over 5,000 new job and $7.5 billion in economic development announcements which the Buyer intends to capitalize upon.”

The Buyer, Acacia Capital Corporation, is a private investor based in California with over 3,000+ units owned across the Phoenix MSA.

The Seller, Farnam Realty, Inc., is a private investment/development company based in Arizona.

The multifamily brokerage team of Rue Bax, John Kobierowski, Alon Shnitzer, Eddie Chang and Doug Lazovick, represented both the Buyer and Seller in this transation.

ABI Multifamily is a brokerage and advisory services firm that focuses exclusively on apartment investment transactions. With offices in Phoenix, Tucson and San Diego, the experienced advisors at ABI Multifamily have completed billions of dollars in sales and thousands of individual multifamily transactions. ABI Multifamily incorporates a global approach with regional real estate expertise to successfully complete any multifamily transaction, regardless of size and complexity.

Quintero Golf Club ranks among ‘America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses’

Quintero Golf Club has been named one of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses” by Golf Digest for the 2017 and 2018 seasons, making it the highest ranked course in Arizona according to the list.

Golf Digest panelists play and score the top courses based on seven criteria, including shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning and ambience. The annual listing is considered a valuable resource for golfers because it showcases the golf course characteristics most important to avid players across the country.

“Perhaps no course in the greater Phoenix area provides a better experience of the area’s diverse topography,” stated the Golf Digest report. “Some holes are framed by mountain ridges; others are out in the Sonoran desert. Still others are edged by manmade irrigation lakes or natural desert washes. Quintero, a former private club, is a scenic and playable delight.”

“We are thrilled that Quintero has been included once again in this prestigious list of best courses in the U.S.,” said Mike Poe, General Manager of Quintero Golf Club. “We have always believed that we have the most beautiful and rewarding courses in the country, and it’s very fulfilling to hear the pros agree with us!”

Located just a short drive up the road in northwest Peoria, Quintero Golf Club is described as the “Purest Golf Experience” in the Southwest. Designed by master golf course architect Rees Jones, the course sits on a pristine piece of lush Arizona desert and tests players of every level. Quintero was ranked as the “Best Public Course” by both Golf Digest and GolfWeekly Magazines in 2016.

Quintero Golf Club is ranked number 86 on Golf Digest’s 2017-2018 list of “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses”. The only other Arizona course on the list is The Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club in Fort McDowell, which came in at number 98. For the full list, visit the Golf Digest website: golfdigest.com/gallery/americas-100-greatest-public-courses-ranking