U.S. Egg’s homemade Protein Granola now available for purchase

U.S. Egg announced the retail launch of its signature High Protein Granola. Beginning Monday, August 14, loyal U.S. Egg lovers can purchase the granola at all six Valley locations. The homemade granola has been a staple in the U.S. Egg restaurants. The top secret recipe is the star of U.S. Egg’s famous Protein Pancake. Customers can now recreate the healthy and filling breakfast dish and enjoy it in the comfort of their own homes.

“My brother, Chef Mario Gebran, developed the high protein granola and guests have been asking us to share the recipe for years,” said George Gebran owner of U.S. Egg. “We are excited to finally start selling our granola to our loyal regulars.”

The High Protein Granola is baked and packaged daily at all six U.S. Egg locations. With a shelf life of 90 days, the product is high quality and fresh from the oven. The 11 ounce bag is filled with the aromatic granola and retails for $4 each. 

“Our customers can now make their own protein pancakes, parfaits or enjoy it as cereal or a snack at home,” said Gebran.

U.S. Egg opened in 1986 and has been owned and operated by the Gebran family since 1991. Since purchasing U.S. Egg, the Gebran family has become pioneers of nutritious and hearty breakfasts with their classic yet innovative dishes.

For more information on purchasing the granola, please visit useggrestaurant.com or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/USeggBreakfastLunch.

Willie Nelson tickets go on sale August 21st

Danny Zelisko Presents the return of legendary Willie Nelson & Family for one show only at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at the historic Celebrity Theatre. Tickets go on sale this Monday, August 21st at www.celebritytheatre.com.

With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of “Crazy,” “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor, and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force.

In the last five years alone he delivered ten new album releases, released a Top 10 New York Times’ Bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, headlined the last three years of the on-going Luck Reunion Food and Music Festival at his ranch in Luck, TX during SXSW, announced the launch of his cannabis company Willie’s Reserve, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

In 2015, “It’s A Long Story: My Life,” the unvarnished and complete story of Willie, hit bookshelves and landed him on the New York Times’ Bestsellers list; and the studio album with Merle Haggard titled Django And Jimmie debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Country album chart and #7 on Billboard‘s Top 200 album chart. In November 2015, the Library of Congress honored him with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for his contributions to popular music. He is the first country artist to receive the distinguished award. Last year began with the release of Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, a collection of 11 newly recorded Gershwin classics. The album debuted at #1 on both the Top Current Jazz chart and the Top Traditional Jazz chart. In September came For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price, an album of newly recorded interpretations of 12 Ray Price songs. While in October, Nelson released Pretty Paper, his new novel inspired by his classic holiday song of the same title about a legless man who sold wrapping paper in front of a Fort Worth, TX department store.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets ($67, $97 and $127) go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 21st at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix, or online at www.celebritytheatre.com. To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext. 1. All tickets are subject to facility and ticketing surcharges. All ages welcome.

‘Logan Lucky’ is a welcomed antidote to the summer’s stress

Did you ever make home movies for your family as a kid? Or as an adult — the refusal to stop doing so is often what turns one into a filmmaker. That sincere homemade feeling, so often eliminated by the Hollywood corporate machine, isn’t lost on accomplished director Steven Soderbergh. His newest film “Logan Lucky” practically begs you to add him to the family.

The man behind the “Ocean’s” trilogy has his fingerprints all over this movie: he was at the helm as the director, behind the camera as the cinematographer, on the cutting room floor as the editor — and he probably wrote it, seeing as the credited screenwriter ‘Rebecca Blunt’ is a completely fabricated person (seriously). With such complete creative control, no part of the film falls outside of Soderbergh’s specific vision. And what a breath of fresh air his vision is!

“Logan Lucky” is a weirdly, hilariously laid-back heist movie. Logan brothers Jimmy and Clyde (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) plan to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the biggest race of the year, for reasons too minor to drive anyone to grand theft, much less two nonchalant Southerners. But they do it anyway, with the help of explosives expert Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) and some offbeat family members.

“Logan Lucky” doesn’t take itself any more seriously than you took that description.  Soderbergh’s direction is decidedly relaxed: frequent wide shots and infrequent cuts create a lot of intentional slack. Scenes are drawn out in an almost Lynchian attempt to test your patience and give jokes room to breathe — the funniest line occurs over ten minutes after its extensive setup. Most heist movies keep you on the edge of your seat with hurried thrills; “Logan Lucky” keeps you leaning back and waiting for the next joke to land.

The result is excellently eccentric. Soderbergh subverts the genre with no obvious goal greater than putting together a fun diversion, and he succeeds. The humor is dispersed perfectly throughout, letting each odd moment get its chance to prompt big laughs. The cast of characters is full of personality: Channing Tatum channels Southern twang with a deliberate lack of self-awareness, Adam Driver brings his everyman charm from “Paterson” but with one arm, supporting actors from Sebastian Stan to Katherine Waterson shine briefly and brightly.

Even among all the talent on display, Daniel Craig steals the show by bucking every expectation of Daniel Craig we’ve been taught to have. A hick who takes childish joy in blowing stuff up is the polar opposite of James Bond, and Craig — who once said he’d rather slash his wrists than return to the 007 role — relishes this change of pace with infectious glee. Only Seth MacFarlane falters, due to his overdone British accent.

The Logan brothers’ motives are murky and the stakes feel consistently low, but it’s clear that Soderbergh knows this comes with the easygoing tone. “Logan Lucky” can’t escape feeling slight, so it doesn’t try — simple as its central family. Soderbergh never pretends this satire of and love letter to the heartland is anything but. His mindfulness that “Logan Lucky” is unlike other heist comedies (especially his own) always comes before the audience’s, so the film self-corrects anything that could be seen as an inherent flaw. Only one cliché sequence and some amateurish sound mixing issues are worth criticizing.

“Logan Lucky” is a lighthearted romp and a welcome antidote to the summer’s dour movies — smooth like butter, but with laughter instead of fat.

★★★★½   (4.5 out of 5)

Applications open for ’50 Women Can Change the World’

Take The Lead Arizona, co-founded by Gloria Feldt, national expert on women’s leadership, announced an intensive leadership training program for women in Arizona working in the nonprofit sector: 50 Women Can Change the World. The program was launched in 2016 in the Arizona market and has plans for expansion in additional markets and sectors in 2018. APS is a corporate sponsor of the 50 Women Can Change the World program.

The program, based on Feldt’s 9 Leadership Power Tools for women, includes five, in-person training sessions, a robust online learning program, and executive coaching. Participants are guided and mentored while they develop and implement their own powerful strategic leadership action plans and gain practical and tactical skills to better equip them to lead nonprofit organizations in the 21st century.

“I launched Take The Lead because women are still not getting their fair share of leadership positions, despite having more women in the workplace who are better educated and more experienced than ever before,” said Gloria Feldt. “The statistics are grim.  Women continue to earn about 20 percent less than men. The disparity is especially prevalent in the nonprofit world which employs a preponderance of women.”

“APS is committed to diversity at all levels,” said Mallory Lebovitz, APS corporate giving specialist. “Through our sponsorship of the 50 Women Can Change the Program, we have seen women gain the tools needed to become strong, transformational leaders. Arizona’s robust nonprofit sector will be much stronger as a result.”

Applications for the 2017 Cohort of 50 Women Can Change the World are available through August 31, 2017 at https://www.taketheleadwomen.com/50-women-program/.  There are two information sessions being held for potential candidates on Friday 8/18 at 10:00 AM and Monday, 8/21 at 3 PM. The class runs August through December, 2017.

According to the GuideStar Nonprofit Compensation Report, in 2012, nationally female CEOs made 11 percent less than their male counterparts at nonprofits with budgets of $250,000 or less. Female CEOs at nonprofits with budgets between $25 and $50 million made 23 percent less.  And only 17 percent of nonprofits with budgets of more than $50 million were led by women. 

Take The Lead is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to prepare, develop, inspire and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025.

Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital fills two top leadership roles

Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital has added two seasoned hospital executives to its leadership team. Nathanial Malcolm has been named as Administrator, while the hospital has hired Pamela Jones as its new Operating Room Director.

In his new role, Malcolm is responsible for the hospital’s strategic plan and operations to provide high quality patient care while maintaining a work environment that fosters a highly engaged workforce. He will work closely with physicians, clinical leaders, and ancillary leaders to provide a first-class patient experience. He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Mountain Vista Medical Center in Mesa, overseeing the financial and operating performance of the 178-bed acute care hospital, its more than 700 employees and more than 500 physicians on the medical staff. 

Jones brings more than 25 years of experience in the operating room to Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. She joins the leadership team from Cormer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago, where she managed the children’s operating room, including four OR suites, one cardiac suite and two gastrointestinal procedure suite, in addition to a staff of 25. In her new role, she will spearhead delivery of clinical education and resources to the perioperative staff, and collaborate with leadership and the Surgical Team as Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital expands surgical services.

“Both Nate and Pamela bring distinguished careers, an unwavering commitment to patients and a tremendous desire to enhance the healthcare experience for both providers and patients to Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital leadership team,” said Jim Flinn, Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke’s Medical Center and Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital. “Their passion and energy will be vital as we work together to enhance our positive, patient-centric healthcare environment.”

Malcolm’s robust background in hospital operations comes from more than a decade of serving in administrative roles at major healthcare facilities in both Arizona and California. He has a keen understanding of the need to balance financial and operational performance with positive relationship building and has worked tirelessly to implement strategic plans that improved employee/physician satisfaction, financial performance, patient outcomes and service line growth. 

No stranger to managing busy, in-demand operating rooms, Jones has been a part of the busiest hospital operating rooms in the Chicagoland area. Also, a faculty member at Midwestern University’s Career Academy, teaching in the Surgical Technologist Program. She will continue her commitment to the patients and providers alike ensuring that the mission and vision of Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital is sustained in the community it serves.

Institutional Property Advisors closes $41.4M in multifamily deals

Institutional Property Advisors (IPA), a division of Marcus & Millichap, closed $41.4 million in deals recently. 

Value-Add Multi-Housing Asset Sold by IPA in Phoenix

IPA announced the sale of Sonoma Villas, a 265-unit multifamily asset in Mesa, Arizona. The $22.4 million sales price equates to $84,528 per unit.

“Constructed in 1980, Sonoma Villas provides new ownership with the opportunity to implement next-level improvements by enhancing the leasing space and clubhouse and making strategic improvements to the common area amenities and apartment interiors,” says Cliff David senior managing director.

David and Steve Gebing, senior managing director, represented the seller, a joint venture between Mentor Properties and ReNUE Properties. The Jones Group procured the buyer, a joint venture between Henley USA and Modern Residential Company.

The property is located at 1800 E Covina St., approximately three miles from downtown Mesa, and six miles from the Falcon District, a high-tech hub for the area’s aerospace and aviation, defense, and advanced manufacturing and business services industries.

Sonoma Villas features single-story architecture with a low-density design at less than 14 units per acre.

West Valley of the Sun Apartment Complex Sale Brokered by IPA

IPA announced the sale of Sonoma Pines, a 216-unit multifamily asset in Peoria, Arizona. The $19 million sales price equates to $87,963 per unit.

“Positioned atop the competitive set of apartment properties in Peoria that were constructed in the 1980s, Sonoma Pines gives new ownership the opportunity to continue interior renovations – both in terms of unit finishes as well as interior washer and dryer installations,” says Cliff David, senior managing director. “This execution, coupled with the implementation of a robust amenity package and more sophisticated common area use should generate increased monthly rent premiums.”

David and Steve Gebing, senior managing director, represented the seller, Mentor Properties, and The Jones Group procured the buyer, a joint venture between Henley USA and Modern Residential Company. 

Constructed in 1984, the apartment complex is located at 8650 W. Peoria Ave. in Peoria. The property is four miles north of the Westgate Entertainment District, a nearly eight million-square-foot shopping, dining and entertainment destination adjacent to the University of Phoenix Stadium. The 2.1 million-square-foot P83 Entertainment district and Arrowhead Towne Center, a 2.1 million-square-foot super regional mall, are also nearby.

Sonoma Pines’ one- and two-bedroom apartments offer spacious floor plan designs with a weighted average unit size of nearly 800 square feet. 

People to Know: Alexandra Loye, Avison Young

Having been born at sea while her parents were in the midst of a sailing expedition around the world, Alexandra Loye has lived a unique life.

Since childhood, the Avison Young principal has been finding adventure in the most unexpected places.

After graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s in business real estate, Loye went on to become one of the few women involved in commercial real estate brokerage.

“It was a no brainer for me. I’m so math oriented and I’ve always loved business,” she says about going into an industry mostly populated by men.

Loye started her career as an associate at a firm that is now Newmark Knight Frank, but it was not easy.

She admits most of her success was built on perseverance and her determination. Eventually, Loye’s perseverance landed her a top position at Avison Young.

“Being able to have the confidence and experience to really bring creative solutions to your clients is vital,” she says.

One of Loye’s most recent successes in 2015 is very important to her, as it was one of her largest commissions and is now the deal behind the success of an emerging nonprofit, Lauren’s Institute for Education.

She found an investor to purchase the property on behalf of the nonprofit, which completely turned its business around.

Loye is not shy about expressing her passion for her work.

With that same determination and passion, Loye dreams of being a business influence to other young women.

“I want to have a positive impact on young women in this industry. I am more than happy to sit down with them and encourage them that this industry is not made only for men,” Loye says.

AAED September luncheon will focus on retail evolution

“Retail Evolution:  Planning for Trends Driving Change” will be the topic at the Arizona Association for Economic Development’s (AAED) September luncheon.   It will be held on Sept. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at 2901 N. Seventh St. in Phoenix.

John Tran, design principal for SmithGroupJJR, will share the national trends occurring in retail, how they affect commercial real estate and how Arizona can effectively plan for future retail. 

The cost of the luncheon is $45 for AAED members, $65 for non-members and $75 for late registrants. To register, visit www.aaed.com/event/sept12.   The registration deadline is Thursday, Sept. 7 at noon. Vegetarian meals must be requested in advance. For more information, call AAED at (602) 240-AAED (2233), or visit www.aaed.com.

AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy and collaboration.   

Vitalyst Health Foundation seeks nonprofits for innovation grants

Vitalyst Health Foundation has opened the application process to Arizona nonprofits for the 2018 Innovation Grants. For four years, Vitalyst has been awarding Innovation Grants to fund projects that have a direct impact on building healthy communities around the state.

The Vitalyst Innovation Grants will fund projects that address issues affecting community health and well-being; strategically leverage infrastructure, systems design and policies to improve health where we live, learn, work, pray and play; improve the environmental, social, behavioral and health infrastructure conditions that impact health; and create sustainable solutions that will endure after the term of the grant funding.

“We’re looking for new ways communities are trying to address their challenges to health with solutions that are more effective, equitable or sustainable way than existing approaches,” said Melanie Mitros, director of strategic community partnerships at Vitalyst Health Foundation. “We encourage Arizona nonprofits working with their partners to create healthier communities for Arizonans to register for an informational meeting and learn more about our Innovation Grant process.”

Interested nonprofits are invited to register for informational meetings, which will take place August 29 and 30, at goo.gl/M9Gcs6. Letters of intent are due September 29.

In May, Vitalyst, in partnership with the Arizona Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, awarded innovation grants totaling $624,703 to five Arizona nonprofits: Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services, Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department, Nature Conservancy, Arizona Community Health Workers Association, and Living Streets Alliance.


12 Jaburg Wilk attorneys named to 2018 Best Lawyers list

Jaburg Wilk announced that 12 lawyers have been included in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

“For more than a third of the century,” says CEO Steven Naifeh, “Best Lawyers has been the gold standard of excellence in the legal profession.” President Phil Greer adds, “We are extremely proud of that record and equally proud to acknowledge the accomplishments of these exceptional legal professionals.”

Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

Jaburg Wilk would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to 2018 The Best Lawyers in America list:

• Mark D. Bogard – Construction Law, Litigation – Construction

• Neal H. Bookspan – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

• Mervyn Braude – Family Law, Family Law Arbitration

• Roger L. Cohen – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Commercial Transactions / UCC Law

• C. Cole Crabtree – Construction Law

• Lauren L. Garner – Litigation – Trusts and Estates

• Gary J. Jaburg – Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)

• Kraig J. Marton – Health Care Law, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Employment Law – Management, Employment Law – Individuals

• Mitchell Reichman – Family Law, Family Law Mediation, Family Law Arbitration

• Kathi M. Sandweiss – Appellate Practice

• Maria Crimi Speth – Information Technology Law, Technology Law, Copyright Law, Trademark Law

• Lawrence E. Wilk – Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Real Estate Law

Multifamily housing booms along Chandler’s Price Corridor

As Chandler’s booming Price Corridor continues to grow, area homebuyers are driving a new demand for luxury urban living which is fueling new developments like The Cays at Downtown Ocotillo, one of the area’s first upscale condominium developments.

In the past decade, Chandler has gained over 100,000 new residents bringing the total population to nearly 255,000 people, according to the City of Chandler. Now the third largest city in Metro Phoenix, the burgeoning area employs over 30,000 people within the Price Corridor alone across major campuses including Intel, Wells Fargo, General Motors, PayPal and Orbital ATK. Over the next few years, Intel also plans to add an additional 3,000 new jobs to Chandler’s workforce as the company looks to complete its $7B semiconductor facility.

Just a 3-minute drive from the thriving tech sector and one of the only luxury condominium communities in the East Valley fit for the lifestyle of these buyers is The Cays at Downtown Ocotillo.  Developed by The Statesman Group, The Cays is a collection of 278 one- and two-bedroom condominium homes and penthouses with lofts, priced from the mid $200,000s and located within the sought-after Ocotillo lakefront neighborhood. A number of The Cays’ newest buyers work in the area and have been drawn to the development for its proximity to major office hubs, tech amenities and walkability to shops and restaurants.

“As a person in the tech industry myself, I was searching for a home that was safe, reliable and a short commute from work. The Cays met all my requirements, and for the right price,” said Will Hunter, program manager at Pacific Scientific and homeowner at The Cays. “Most importantly for me, The Cays supports the ability to work remotely when I have to with incredibly fast internet capabilities. The building is also nice and secure so I know myself and my work are safe, and it’s conveniently located next to a number of great restaurants when I need to take a break.”

Already seeing great success, the first phase of 76 homes at The Cays was completed last August and is now 85 percent sold. As more businesses and employees continue to flock to Chandler, The Cays broke ground on the second phase of 70 homes in February of this year and is already 36 percent sold with completion expected for early 2018. Two additional phases are also planned.

“In 2006, we knew we had to buy land in Chandler to get ahead of the curve as we watched the Price Corridor aggressively begin to expand along with the need for luxury, lock-and-leave living in the area,” said Alana Mann, president and owner of The Statesman Group based in Scottsdale, Ariz. “I believe multifamily living, both to rent and buy, is the future of Chandler and The Cays is leading the way as the first for-sale product offering single-level elevator access with underground parking and a robust amenity-rich lifestyle that appeals to the new tech and second homebuyers.”

In addition to attracting Price Corridor employees, The Cays continues to attract seasonal, second-home residents seeking a warm-weather destination during the winter months.  

“Being a snowbird from Canada, we were really looking for a second home that was as little maintenance as possible so we can enjoy our time in Arizona. I think what pulled us in most about The Cays was the resort feel and amenities around the property that we couldn’t find anywhere else in the East Valley,” said Marilyn Van Nostrand, a recent buyer at The Cays. “Whether it’s lounging around the heated pool, cooking dinner in the outdoor kitchen or grabbing a quick workout at the on-property fitness center, it’s such a great feeling being able to enjoy the outdoors in the winter. We also love being in close proximity to great restaurants and grocery shopping without having to venture to a major freeway to access what we need.”

Amenities at The Cays include an expansive 9,500-square-foot clubhouse at the heart of the property with a gourmet community kitchen, two-sided fireplace, a media center and social lounge, yoga studio, billiards, shuffleboard and a 1,800-square-foot fitness center with locker rooms and private steam showers. The amenities continue outside with a resort-style heated swimming pool surrounded by private cabanas, an outdoor kitchen with gas BBQs and a bar, fireplaces and lush landscaping.

Another major attraction for homeowners is that The Cays is walkable to the quaint Downtown Ocotillo district with restaurants, wine lounges, a coffee shop, salon and professional services just steps from the community.

The Cays at Downtown Ocotillo is located at 2511 W. Queen Creek Road in Chandler, Ariz. For more information, visit TheCaysatOcotillo.com or call 480-248-3737.

CoreNet Global Arizona: The Internet of Things lunch event

The Internet has changed how industry – including the commercial real estate community – conducts business.

At its next three events, CoreNet Global Arizona will explore how a connected world is transforming its interaction with the workforce.

Part I, Transportation, is scheduled for Thursday, August 24, at Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. 7th St.

Panelists include Mike Medici, President and Managing Partner, SmithGroupJJR; Kathy Knoop, Principal Environmental Scientist, Electric Transportation, Salt River Project; and Kari Hartman, Business and Real Estate Advisory Services, Keyser.

The panel will explore changes in transportation paradigms and how they affect the built environment and workplace design.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m. Registration is $35 for CoreNet Global Arizona members and $70 for non-members. To register go to arizona.corenetglobal.org.

Part II, Office & Smart Buildings, is scheduled for Sept. 28; Part III, Cyber Security, is scheduled for Oct. 26

Most Influential Women: Sally A. Taylor, KeatsConnelly

Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2017 in the July issues of the magazines. Azbigmedia.com will be profiling each of the Most Influential Women in Arizona in the coming weeks.

Here is today’s spotlight:

Sally A. Taylor, CEO, KeatsConnelly

In 2016, Taylor became CEO of KeatsConnelly. With nearly $7 million in revenues, KeatsConnelly is the largest cross-border wealth management firm in North America that specializes in helping Canadians and Americans realize their dreams of a cross-border lifestyle. Taylor, who didn’t finish her first college degree until age 35, is the immediate past-president of Soroptimist International of Phoenix and appointed member of the Arizona College Savings Plan Program Oversight Committee.

Best decision: “Making the decision to not give up seeking excellence in myself and others, and keep pushing myself to succeed when the going got tough.”

Surprising fact: “I used to race motorcyles.”

The Most Influential Women in Arizona will be honored at a reception from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on August 23 at Chateau Luxe. For tickets or sponsorship information, click here or call (602) 277-6045.

Here is the complete list of the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2017:

• Catherine Alonzo, founding partner, Javelina

• Monica Antone, lieutenant governor, Gila River Indian Community

• Kelly Barr, senior director of environmental management and chief sustainability and compliance executive, SRP

• Ann Becker, vice president and chief procurement officer, APS

• Maja Berlin-Del Vigna, vice president and general counsel, Commercial Electronic Solutions & Engines and Power Systems, Honeywell International Inc.

• Noreen Bishop, Arizona market manager, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

• Lorry Bottrill, chief operating officer, Mercy Care Plan

• Jenn Daniels, mayor, Town of Gilbert

• Jennifer Davis Lunt, principal, Davis Enterprises

• Paris Davis, vice president/Northwest Arizona retail banking division manager, Washington Federal

• Kimberly Demarchi, partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie

• Allison DeVane, founder, Teaspressa

• Amber Gilroy, senior vice president of operations, Cancer Treatment Centers of America

• Denise Gredler, founder and CEO, BestCompaniesAZ

• Nancy Ham, CEO, WebPT

• Michele Y. Halyard, MD, dean, Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Arizona Campus

• Sandra Hudson, president, TrustBank Arizona

• Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director, ASU Gammage

• Julie Johnson, principal, Avison Young

• Lisa Johnson, president and CEO, Corporate Interior Systems

• Mystie Johnson Foote, MD, CEO, Banner Medical Group

• Jennifer Kaplan, owner, Evolve Public Relations and Marketing

• Donna Kennedy, economic development director, City of Tempe

• Mindy Korth, executive vice president — investment properties sales brokerage, Colliers International

• Christina Kwasnica, MD, medical director of neuro-rehabilitation, Barrow Neurological Institute

• Laura Lawless Robertson, partner, Squire Patton Boggs

• Ericka LeMaster, senior vice president commercial real estate, Alliance Bank of Arizona

• Donna Lemons-Roush, COO, MT Builders

• Shawn Linam, CEO, Qwaltec

• Tina Litteral, executive vice president, AIA Arizona

• Shari Lott, founder and CEO, SpearmintLOVE

• Alisa Lyons, principal, Sloan Lyons Public Affairs

• Jodi Malenfant, president and owner, W&W Structural, Inc.

• Fran Mallace, vice president, Cox Media

• Dawn Meidinger, director, Fennemore Craig

• Marcia Mintz, CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

• Mary Nollenberger, director of leasing, SVN Desert Commercial Advisors

• Kathi O’Connor, lead personnel, Swaine Asphalt Corporation

• Laura Ortiz, president, Evergreen Development

• Desirae Outcalt, vice president relationship manager, Biltmore Bank

• Renee Parsons, co-founder, Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

• Melissa Proctor, shareholder, Polsinelli

• Sissie Roberts Shank, president and CEO, Chas Roberts A/C & Plumbing

• Shawn Rush, LEED AP, principal, Corgan

• Jane Russell-Winiecki, chairwoman, Yavapai-Apache Nation

• Deanna Salazar, senior vice president and general counsel, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

• Catherine Scrivano, president, CASCO Financial Group

• Lawdan Shojaee, CEO, Axosoft

• Ashley Snyder, senior vice president, Cresa

• Sheryl A. Sweeney, shareholder, Ryley Carlock & Applewhite

• Sally A. Taylor, CEO, KeatsConnelly

• Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, Olympic gold medalist and founder of Amy’s Army

• Katee Van Horn, vice president of global engagement and inclusion, GoDaddy

• Ashley Villaverde Halvorson, partner , Jones, Skelton & Hochuli

• Jacque Westling, partner, Quarles & Brady

• Jeri Williams, chief of police, City of Phoenix

• Tiffany Winne, executive vice president, Savills Studley

Check back here over the coming weeks to read individual profiles of all the Most Influential Women in Arizona Business for 2017.


Office sector undergoing important shift in dynamics

Amid varying economic performances and property fundamentals, North American and European office leasing markets are generally performing well as they undergo an important shift in dynamics influenced by trends transforming both occupier demand and the supply of new product. Traditional drivers of demand are being joined by emerging disruptors that will increasingly shape the future of the office-space market and commercial real estate as a whole.

These are some of the key trends noted in Avison Young’s Mid-Year 2017 North America and Europe Office Market Report, released today.

The report covers the office markets in 64 metropolitan regions in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, the United Kingdom, Germany and Romania: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Lethbridge, Montreal, Ottawa, Regina, Toronto, Vancouver, Waterloo Region, Winnipeg, Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, OH; Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fairfield County, Fort Lauderdale, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Long Island, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Jersey, New York, Oakland, Orange County, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham, Reno, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Diego County, San Francisco, San Mateo, St. Louis, Tampa, Washington, DC; West Palm Beach, Westchester County, Mexico City, Coventry, London, U.K.; Berlin, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich and Bucharest.

“The office sector and commercial real estate, in general, are not immune to the effects of globalization and technological innovation,” comments Mark E. Rose, Chair and CEO of Avison Young. “The world is transitioning into a more distributed, automated and digital economy, which impacts how occupiers conduct business and think about their workplaces, and this transition may have profound implications on the role and intrinsic value of property. In turn, owners and developers are finding ways to adapt and provide flexible work environments that meet these changing requirements.”

Rose continues: “Rapid change has given rise to the idea that technological advances could render physical real estate increasingly obsolete. However, historical evidence suggests that technology is just as likely to create new jobs as to displace them. For example, the likes of Amazon and WeWork are among the occupiers that feature most frequently in our report’s survey of the largest lease transactions across Avison Young markets.”

“Amazon’s success in the digital realm is translating into increasing demand for physical space – not only in the retail arena, but also the industrial and, now, office sectors, pointing to a new driver of demand in the office market as the e-commerce industry continues to grow. Meanwhile, the growth of WeWork and other providers of co-working and space-sharing services demonstrates that business will still require physical workplaces, even as we move toward an interconnected world offering anywhere-anytime access to skills on demand.”

Rose adds: “With Canada and the U.S. intertwined by close economic ties, the aforementioned disruptive trends continue to shape the Canadian and U.S. office markets, while in Mexico City, oversupply has led to the postponement of some new construction projects. Turning to Europe, the U.K. market is in flux one year on from the Brexit vote; Germany’s markets are reporting strong performances with declining vacancy rates year-over-year; and in Romania, the newest country on the Avison Young map, solid results in Bucharest have been driven by the information-technology and communications sector.”

According to the report, of the 64 office markets tracked by Avison Young in North America and Europe, which comprise almost 6 billion square feet (bsf), market-wide vacancy rates decreased in 40 of the markets as nearly 52 million square feet (msf) was absorbed on an annualized basis.

Occupiers’ desire for new product remains strong and the development community has responded, as more than 62 msf of office space was completed during the 12-month period ending June 30, 2017. Meanwhile, another 134 msf was under construction at mid-year 2017 – with 50% of the space preleased. 

The Phoenician Golf Club will be redesigned and rerouted in 2018

The Phoenician Golf Club will undergo a complete redesign and rerouting beginning in January 2018. The project, which is expected to take 10 months to complete, will transform the club from a 27-hole facility to an 18-hole golf course and is being executed in conjunction with the third phase of a major enhancement at The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort. Troon®, the leader in golf course management, development, and marketing, manages the golf operations at the AAA Five Diamond property and is working closely with golf course architect Phil Smith on the project. The Phoenician’s new course is expected to open for resort guests and daily-fee play in late fall 2018.

The redesign will create one new and cohesive 18-hole golf course with a natural rhythm and flow in the routing while also matching the reputation and quality of The Phoenician. Existing fairway corridors will be used in the rerouting of the golf course, however no hole will go untouched. The redesigned and rerouted course will play to a par of 71 and will offer five sets of player-friendly tees ranging from 4,418 yards from the forward tees to 6,501 yards from the championship tees. The new course will feature consistent bunker styling, while the overall theme of the landscape design will showcase the unique beauty of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert.

“The new Phoenician Golf Club will be a tremendous experience for golfers,” said Smith. “While challenging, everything will be in front of the golfer – no surprise bunkers or blind hazards. Players will have the opportunity to make an informed decision on how to approach each shot.”

Additional details on The Phoenician’s new golf course include:

  • Every green will be rebuilt and resurfaced with new hybrid Bermuda grass.
  • The new putting surfaces will allow for additional pin placements.
  • Fairways will be recontoured, the cart path system will be rebuilt and water features will be reshaped and renovated.
  • All tees and bunkers will be repositioned to provide the best strategy for each player’s skill level.
  • The new 9th hole, currently Desert No. 3 and Oasis No. 8, will be a long, downhill dogleg left par 4. The approach shot will be to a peninsula-shaped green that will be well-protected by a lake and greenside bunkers.
  • The new 16thhole, currently Desert No. 9, will have a lower elevation than what currently exists, providing more expansive Sonoran views from the main Camelback Road resort entrance.
  • By going from 27 holes to 18 holes, turf usage will be reduced by approximately 45 acres.
  • A new highly-efficient irrigation system will be will installed.
  • The combination of turf reduction and the new irrigation system efficiencies will lead to increased water conservation.
  • The rerouting of the golf course will allow for a more contiguous pattern of play, tightening up distances from greens to the next tees and creating an even more enjoyable experience for golfers.

“Ron Despain, Troon’s vice president of golf course construction, has reunited with Phil Smith on this significant project,” said Jim Bellington, senior vice president, operations, Troon.  “Ron and Phil have worked on many projects together over the years, including multiple collaborations at Troon North. Together, we are creating a new and more memorable golf experience for Phoenician Golf Club guests for years to come.”

Smith’s resume includes 24-plus years working with PGA TOUR and golf course-design legends Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf.  Based in Scottsdale, Ariz., Smith has executed numerous high-profile renovations, including work on the TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course and Desert Mountain’s Cochise, Geronimo, and Renegade courses.

For more information on The Phoenician Golf Club, visit www.golfthephoenician.com or call (480) 423-2449.

OdySea Aquarium celebrates one year anniversary

Throughout the month of September, guests are invited to the OdySea Aquarium to celebrate their one year anniversary with brightly colored decorations, aquatic themes throughout, special birthday graphics/themes at Sketching the Seas, as well as annual pass specials and promotions.  There will also be a chance to win special Birthday Bundles on weekends throughout the month that might include prizes and experiences such as:

• Complimentary Annual Pass or Complimentary Renewal

• Private SeaTREK for guest and 4 friends

• FREE family meal at Lighthouse Café (available day of visit only)

• Two FREE OdySea Aquarium t-shirts with discount coupon at OdySea Treasures Gift Shop

• VIP Animal Ambassador experience (available day of visit only)

• Button that reads “I won a bundle at OdySea Aquarium!”

• Complimentary photo capturing the moment

A Birthday Memory Maker character will also be roaming around the OdySea Aquarium sharing birthday gifts from a special bag that include coupons, complimentary tickets, meet and greets, gift shop treasures and more every weekend in September.

In addition, guests can take advantage of 40% off SeaTREK experiences and special evening general admission pricing after 4pm Thursdays through Saturdays where guest can enter the Aquarium for only $25.00 per person, which includes a $10 voucher to utilize onsite for dining or shopping. 

Additional activities to kick it all off on Labor Day:  Saturday, September 2nd through Monday, September 4th guests can enjoy live music and special meet and greets with their favorite super heroes and princesses everday from 11am-3pm, free in the OdySea in the Desert Courtyard.  On Saturday evening, the party begins with a performance from the Chaparral Marching Band from 4pm-5pm and continues with live music by Rock Lobster and appearances from Animal Ambassadors between 5pm-7:30pm.


President Donald Trump plans rally in downtown Phoenix

President Donald Trump plans to rally supporters in downtown Phoenix next week.

“I am disappointed that President Trump has chosen to hold a campaign rally as our nation is still healing from the tragic events in Charlottesville,” says Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “If President Trump is coming to Phoenix to announce a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, then it will be clear that his true intent is to enflame emotions and further divide our nation.”

Trump’s campaign announced the event Wednesday — a day after the president blamed “both sides” for weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white supremacists and counter-demonstrators. The campaign says the Aug. 22 rally will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center.

“With regard to use of the Phoenix Convention Center for the rally: This is a public facility and open to anyone to rent – and that includes the Trump campaign,” Stanton says. “Our Constitution protects the right to free speech, even for those we disagree with or those who don’t represent the values we hold dear as a community.”

The president has been holding campaign-style events in Trump-friendly areas since he took office. Next week’s rally will be Trump’s first in the West. Trump told Fox News in an interview this week that he may pardon Joe Arpaio, the former Phoenix-area sheriff who recently was convicted in federal court. 

“In preparation for this event, my focus and that of the Phoenix Police Department is on keeping everyone – those attending the rally, those expressing their First Amendment rights outside and the general public – safe,” Stanton says. “It is my hope that more sound judgment prevails and that he delays his visit.”

Sonora Quest Laboratories partners with CarePayment

Sonora Quest Laboratories has established a new partnership to reduce the burden of rising out-of-pocket medical costs on its patients. The company has teamed up with CarePayment, a leading patient financial engagement company, to offer CarePayment’s easy-to-understand 0.00% APR financing solutions to any patient who uses Sonora Quest Laboratories for their medical testing exceeding $100 through a simple process that requires no application and has no impact on credit score.

“Across Arizona, rising out-of-pocket medical costs are impacting families’ budgets, and ultimately, their health. No one should delay having clinical testing done because they are worried about costs,” said David A. Dexter, chief executive officer at Sonora Quest Laboratories.

Dexter added, “Sonora Quest Laboratories understands the importance of making healthcare services affordable to consumers. We are working with CarePayment to do our part to provide affordable access to much needed laboratory testing. We believe this will help improve testing compliance and lead to better outcomes for patients managing chronic disease or monitoring their overall wellness. The CarePayment partnership offers our patients the financial solutions they need to ensure their health and wellbeing are taken care of.”

Craig Hodges, chief executive officer of CarePayment noted, “Clinical testing is often the first step on the path to proper diagnosis and treatment, providing doctors with critical information about a person’s health. We are pleased to be able offer options that will help people afford the tests they need.”

For more information about CarePayment, our most recent addition to the consumer solutions available through Sonora Quest Laboratories, visit https://www.sonoraquest.com/patient- services/carepayment.

Valley Partnership explores future of grocery shopping

The grocery industry is undergoing dramatic shifts driven by changing consumer needs and expectations, technology advancements and a fierce competitive environment.  Significant changes are expected to meet evolving consumer demands and impact the commercial real estate industry. Progressive grocers will continue to transform business models and implement new ways to attract and retain shoppers as they transition to compete with internet shoppers and non-mainstream food outlets.

A new grocery store in downtown Phoenix is under construction now.  Communities around the Valley are examining how grocery stores, in a very competitive grocery market, will continue to develop to support neighborhoods.  

What/When: Valley Partnership Friday Morning Breakfast on Friday, August 18th at 7:30am (Program begins)

Where: Phoenix Country Club, 2901 N. 7th St, Phoenix

Registration: Members: $50 / Non-Members $75 / Onsite add $10

Moderator:  Barry Shannahan, RED Development

Panel:   Gordon Keig, Pennant Development; Jan Martin, Safeway; Greg Laing, Phoenix Commercial Advisors; Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, City of Phoenix

Flinn Foundation names Tammy McLeod new president and CEO

Following a national search, the Flinn Foundation board of directors has chosen one of Arizona’s most broadly accomplished executives and community leaders as its new president and chief executive officer.

Tammy McLeod, currently the vice president for energy resource management at Arizona Public Service, will succeed retiring President and CEO Jack B. Jewett. McLeod will begin her new position in October. 

Over nearly 23 years at Arizona’s largest public utility, McLeod has held several positions with rapidly increasing operational responsibility, culminating in a role where she oversees three company divisions: Energy Marketing and Trading Operations, 20-Year Energy Resource Planning, and Utility-Owned Solar.

Meanwhile, McLeod is engaged in leadership across Arizona’s nonprofit community, presently serving on the boards of directors for such organizations as the Arizona Community Foundation; the Desert Botanical Garden (vice president); Expect More Arizona (chair); Greater Phoenix Economic Council (vice chair); and in an advisory capacity at the Kyl Center for Water Policy at the Morrison Institute at Arizona State University. Since 2013, she has also been a member of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee, launched in 2002 by the Flinn Foundation to unite Arizona leaders in advancing the state’s bioscience sector.

“Robert and Irene Flinn established the Flinn Foundation from the conviction that it was not enough to exercise leadership in one’s narrow professional domain,” said Dr. David J. Gullen, chair of the foundation’s board of directors. “They felt called to serve Arizona in a deeper and longer-lasting way. One glance at Tammy’s distinguished record in corporate and nonprofit settings illustrates that she is supremely suited to extend Dr. and Mrs. Flinn’s legacy.”

Through mentorship to budding entrepreneurs, frequent public speaking and advocacy, and service on innumerable project leadership teams, McLeod has made the formation and strengthening of community a centerpiece of her professional and civic life. Earlier in her years at APS, she served as the company’s first chief customer officer, earning national accolades for new strategies to engage with customers and match company initiatives with economic-development needs in regions APS served, especially around entrepreneurship. She also refocused the APS Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, on customer and community needs.

Such priorities were forecast in McLeod’s MBA studies at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she concentrated on the creation of entrepreneurial ecosystems and placemaking. That emphasis aligns with the Flinn Foundation’s mission: improving the quality of life in Arizona, to benefit future generations.

“The Flinn Foundation’s four program areas embody a pragmatic but deeply optimistic strategic vision,” McLeod said. “A dynamic and globally competitive bioscience sector, a community rich in arts and culture, public universities with hubs of world-class undergraduate talent, a growing pool of effective state-level civic leaders—these are cornerstones of the Arizona that should be and can be.”

McLeod will assume leadership of the Flinn Foundation after a period of significant programmatic growth. During Jewett’s eight-year tenure as president and CEO, the foundation broadened its focus with the creation of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, renewed its commitment to the biosciences with new grant initiatives and an update of Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap, launched a grant program to support the financial and creative health of Arizona’s largest arts-and-culture organizations, and expanded the opportunities available through the Flinn Scholarship.

“The Flinn Foundation in the Jack Jewett years has demonstrated how carefully targeted philanthropy can have an outsized positive impact on the life of a state,” McLeod said. “I am honored to sustain this work, and, in partnership with the board, explore how we can become an even greater force for good.”

The foundation began the search for its new leader last winter, soon after Jewett publicly announced his plans to retire. An international executive search firm was retained and worked closely with a search committee comprised of members of the foundation’s board of directors, chaired by Gullen.

The Flinn Foundation is a Phoenix-based, private, nonprofit philanthropic endowment. It was established by Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Flinn in 1965 with the mission of improving the quality of life in Arizona. The philanthropy supports the advancement of Arizona’s bioscience sector, arts and culture, the Flinn Scholars Program, and the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.

Additional information about the Flinn Foundation is available at www.flinn.org.

Opus plans speculative industrial project in Longbow Business Park

The Opus Group (Opus) announced today plans to build a speculative industrial project in the Longbow Business Park and Golf Club in Mesa. Construction on the 147,672-square-foot project, named Longbow Gateway One, is slated to begin this month, with project completion scheduled for January 2018. 

“We are excited to develop this project in the Southeast Valley, as we look to capitalize on the steady demand in the market from a variety of users,” said Sean Cummings, vice president, real estate development, Opus Development Company, L.L.C. “We are designing the building with maximum flexibility in mind to meet the needs of users of all sizes.”

Located near the southeast corner of Higley Road and Longbow Parkway, the industrial development offers prime proximity to the 2 million-square-foot Boeing Co. manufacturing facility, which makes AH-64E Apache attack helicopters. Other nearby businesses include the Falcon Field Airport. Longbow Business Park and Golf Club is a mixed-use commercial development, which features the Longbow Golf Club, alongside planned office, industrial, retail and hotel spaces. 

“Longbow Gateway One will be an excellent addition to Mesa,” Mayor John Giles said. “The decision by Opus Development Company to bring a new industrial facility for aerospace and defense companies to the Falcon Field District is a great endorsement of our business-friendly environment.”

Aside from its desirable location, the industrial development features 32-foot clear heights, a fully secured truck court and 1,200 square feet of office space. Situated within the 330-acre Longbow Business Park and Golf Club, the project is suited for a single user, but flexibly designed to be broken up and accommodate tenants requiring 25,000 square feet or more.

“This is an exciting step towards the future of the Falcon Field District. The City of Mesa is committed to being a business-friendly community and to attracting top flight companies to our city,” Vice Mayor and District 5 Councilmember David Luna said. “This facility will check all the boxes companies look for and will be a tremendous addition to Mesa.”

Opus’ recent portfolio of work includes more than 6.8 million square feet of industrial developments currently under construction or completed in the past 24 months across the United States. In addition to this work in the sector, Opus’ local work includes the 540,000-square-foot Goodyear Crossing Industrial Park in Goodyear and the 393,000-square-foot Opus Airport Industrial in Phoenix.

Opus Development Company, L.L.C. will be the developer, Opus Design Build, L.L.C. will be the design-builder and contractor and Opus AE Group, L.L.C. will be the architect and structural engineer of record. John Werstler and Cooper Fratt of CBRE will lease the space.


120 Arizona companies make Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing firms

Arizona is home to many innovative companies that are driving the state’s economy. A total of 120 Arizona companies made the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private firms in America for 2017. From Carvana (No. 34), which is changing the way we buy cars, to AAW Enterprises (No. 4,877), an online retailer, Arizona companies are changing the business landscape for the state and for the world.

“We are thrilled to have been ranked once again amongst the nation’s fastest growing firms for the fifth straight year,.” said VincentBenjamin founder Ben Howard, whose company is ranked 1,651. “The entire team at VincentBenjamin works tirelessly on behalf of our clients in the war for talent, so to be recognized as an Honor Roll recipient, something that only 7 percent of Inc. 500|5000 companies achieve, means a great deal to us all.”

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized in the Top 5000 for 11 consecutive years,” said Jim Coover, Isagenix co-founder and chief executive officer. “Our family is honored to work side by side with our nearly 1,000 employees and tens of thousands of independent distributors who share our values and no-compromise products with loyal customers around the world. It is amazing to think that what started 15 years ago in a sm

Here are the Arizona companies that made the Inc. 5000 list for 2017, with their ranking and percentage growth:

34. Carvana, 7,924.53%

87. Trinity Air Medical, 4,315.94%

181. Stream Logistics, 2,382.47%

240. My Home Group Real Estate, 1,792.13%

273. SWP Contracting & Paving, 1,600.84%

358. Alpha Connect, 1,226.30%

376. Mosaic451, 1,148.93%

510. HJR Global, 874.09%

590. Tailstorm Health, 765.84%

617. Culver Equipment, 732.03%

676. Renwell, 669.71%

692. RevolutionParts, 655.24%

758. Teleradiology Specialists, 600.28%

760. SiteLock, 598.93%

806. SANTE Realty Investments, 559.57%

812. Trapp Technology, 557.23%

846. Float Pod Technologies, 532.95%

881. Smoking Vapor, 505.47%

932. Clairvoyant, 470.79%

946. Lumber One Services, 463.80%

971. ServRx, 445.74%

1227. Tangenz, 332.67%

1253. EXOS, 326.73%

1281. V Digital Services, 318.52%

1356. spa810, 300.43%

1386. BEYOND20, 294.26%

1401. FATHOM Water Management, 290.54%

1426. CampusLogic, 284.76%

1458. Perfect Water Technologies, 278.13%

1460. RentVest, 277.97%

1530. Trelevate, 262.31%

1562. Caliber The Wealth Development Company, 253.40%

1566. Somerset Landscape, 252.74%

1568. NextNet Partners, 252.15%

1588. BizIQ, 248.28%

1651. VincentBenjamin, 237.05%

1745. Ice Now, 223.05%

1774. SpringBoard Healthcare, 218.44%

1777. Western Window Systems, 218.13%

1805. Now Communications, 213.94%

1896. Helix House Advertising, 201.51%

1908. HomeSmart International, 200.65%

2041. North American Payment Solutions, 182.71%

2085. Level 3 Audio Visual, 176.46%

2089. CloudNet Group, 176.18%

2094. Homeowners Financial Group, 175.96%

2237. Value Trend Solutions, 163.40%

2273. Legacy Air, 160.21%

2291. Vantage Payments, 158.22%

2292. ZIVELO, 158.11%

2316. All Things Metal, 156.57%

2349. Conscientia, 154.30%

2414. B2Gnow, 149.59%

2470. OH Partners, 144.14%

2480. Total Care Connections, 143.42%

2575. ITS Infinity Trading, 136.52%

2640. WebPT, 131.96%

2654. Skysis, 131.15%

2672. Flowing Wells Landscape & Pools, 129.83%

2680. Avella Specialty Pharmacy, 129.46%

2778. ClassicCars.com, 122.99%

2779. AB Staffing Solutions, 122.82%

2782. Benefit Commerce Group, 122.65%

2814. Brewer & Stratton Property Management, 121.17%

2828. yandy.com, 120.52%

2831. Unishippers – Phoenix, 120.43%

2859. Serendipit Consulting, 119.02%

2868. Pinnacle Transplant Technologies, 118.25%

2913. DriveTime, 115.90%

2938. Beech Medical Group, 114.54%

2993. Bodycentral Physical Therapy, 111.02%

2995. Yeager Marketing, 110.98%

3025. Upward Projects, 109.75%

3058. Lighting Unlimited, 108.17%

3062. FlexPrint Managed Print Solutions, 108.13%

3083. JasonHartman.com, 107.10%

3088. Imagine Technology Group, 106.97%

3089. CyraCom, 106.91%

3098. Isagenix, 106.24%

3127. M Culinary Concepts, 104.93%

3129. Southwest Foodservice Excellence, 104.89%

3173. DocSolid, 102.94%

3191. Arizona Fireplaces, 102.16%

3240. Factory Expo Home Centers, 99.56%

3264. Phoenix Logistics, 98.34%

3335. PlanetOne Communications, 95.54%

3339. JD Mellberg Financial, 95.48%

3364. Whiteriver Construction, 94.62%

3379. BARR Credit Services, 94.03%

3403. eSquared Communication Consulting, 93.10%

3418. Carol Royse Team, 92.48%

3443. azpro, 90.95%

3512. Staff Matters, 88.47%

3558. Premier Auto Management, 86.62%

3591. PCA SKIN, 85.34%

3654. Stretch Internet, 83.42%

3658. Cullum Homes, 83.23%

3796. bluemedia, 77.53%

3850. Real World Marketing, 75.66%

3917. Modern Flames, 73.55%

3918. Pragmatic Marketing, 73.52%

3940. Caretaker Landscape and Tree Management, 72.63%

3948. vCORE Technology Partners, 72.40%

3974. LeadMD, 71.47%

4167. SYNERGY HomeCare, 64.48%

4250. GPS Insight, 62.08%

4319. Summit Wealth Group, 60.06%

4336. N & L Investment, 59.73%

4376. Simpleview, 58.49%

4392. Johnson Consulting Group, 58.07%

4426. West USA Realty, 57.12%

4434. IQ Total Source, 56.75%

4453. TEEMA, 56.12%

4555. Page Per Page, 53.44%

4584. Isos Technology, 52.61%

4594. Dircks Moving & Logistics, 51.97%

4614. SolidSurface.com, 51.43%

4807. Weber Water Resources, 46.08%

4809. Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations, 46.03%

4877. AAW Enterprises, 44.37%

People to Know: Adam Baugh, Withey Morris

The incredible, charismatic and close relationships Adam Baugh witnessed during his legal internship at the Phoenix offices of then-Mayor Phil Gordon convinced Baugh to pursue the legal world of zoning and land use.

But after Baugh graduated, he took a job as an immigration attorney working on corporate migration cases. Still wishing to become a land use and zoning attorney, Baugh convinced the team at Withey Morris to hire him for free. After his day job as an attorney, Baugh would work evenings pro bono.

After a while Withey Morris hired Baugh, and he couldn’t be happier. “I can’t imagine doing anything else other than what we do here,” he says.

Baugh relishes in the fact that his clients refer him for more work to their colleagues. He isn’t a Phoenix native, and loves cultivating relationships in a tight-knit industry.

Over the past 11 years at Withey Morris, Baugh has worked on many projects, including the redevelopment of the Town and Country Shopping Center and the development of The Yard, the popular restaurant project that is home to Culinary Dropout on Phoenix’s Seventh Street Corridor.

Working on The Yard was a tough assignment, Baugh says, and since its completion many other teams on other projects in the area mimic what Baugh did to make The Yard a reality.

“Maybe that’s a compliment, I don’t know,” he says. When driving down the corridor, he is certainly happy to see the thriving area, which started with The Yard.

“It’s fun to point out projects. I feel like I’m building the community,” Baugh says before mentioning that the developers are the ones taking the big risks that make these projects happen. “But I feel like I’m a small part of the team.”

Baugh is all about endurance. He’s a marathon runner, actively involved with the community, serving as a Boy Scouts Leader and a Gilbert Chamber board member. He also spends as much time with his five young children and wife as he can.

“By far my proudest accomplishment is having five kids, that are good kids, who are honorable, makes me happy,” he says.

Industry Leaders of Arizona

Call for nominations: Industry Leaders of Arizona 2018

Nominations will soon end for Az Business Magazine’s Industry Leaders of Arizona Awards, which honors the top leaders in a select industry each year. 

This year’s honored industries include: aerospace/defense, software development/data support, commercial and residential service contractors, food & beverage (non-hospitality) and healthcare support services. 

The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, Sept. 5, and you can submit your nominations here 

“The Industry Leaders of Arizona Awards are unique in that the categories shift each year,” says AZ Big Media Editor in Chief Michael Gossie. “The economy of Arizona is so diverse and robust, it’s nice to shift the focus each year and allow each sector of the economy to have its moment in the spotlight. It also reflects on the diversity of the state and the business environment that we are able to showcase such amazing companies from different sectors each year. That’s what makes ILoA special.” 

The Industry Leaders of Arizona Awards recognize the contributions and impact of Arizona‐based companies on both the economy of Arizona and in the communities, they serve. 

Last year, Az Business honored eight Industry Leaders of Arizona with spotlight awards during its annual awards ceremony. Commercial general contractors, education, entertainment, financial services and technology industries were honored last year, and many firms were named as Industry Leaders of Arizona 

View photos of last year’s awards ceremony: