Nissan extends $10,000 Nissan LEAF incentive for SRP customers

Salt River Project announced that Nissan North America has extended its incentive program to offer SRP customers the opportunity to purchase a 2017 Nissan LEAF from a participating Maricopa County dealership at a discounted rate. The deal, which has been extended to Sept. 30, has resulted in record LEAF sales for Arizona.

Arizona has been ranked fifth in the nation for LEAF sales in July as more of the electric vehicles were sold last month than in the previous four months combined. The incentive to SRP customers began July 1.

“Our customers are clearly excited about what an electric vehicle can offer them,” said Kelly Barr, SRP senior director of environmental management and chief sustainability and compliance executive. “We are excited to work with Nissan to offer our customers an opportunity to invest in an electric vehicle that will save them money while helping the environment.”

Through a group-purchase program, Nissan will provide a $10,000 incentive to eligible SRP customers who purchase the all-electric LEAF – with the added potential for a $7,500 federal tax credit.

To participate in Nissan’s incentive program, SRP customers must present the discount code, along with a copy of the customer’s SRP utility bill or e-bill, to a participating dealership. To access the discount code and dealership list, visit This incentive program is a limited offer until Sept. 30, while supplies last, and may be subject to additional limitations and eligibility requirements. Nissan is responsible for paying all incentives.

Investing in an electric vehicle can result in real savings, improved efficiency and a cleaner environment, Barr said. Driving an electric vehicle can provide access to the HOV lane and save you money in several different ways such as fuel costs, vehicle license fees and maintenance costs.

SRP residential customers who purchase or lease a qualified electric vehicle are eligible to join the SRP EV Community, where they can receive updated industry research, news and information by logging on to They can also learn more about saving money by charging their vehicles during lower-priced, off-peak hours through the SRP EV Price Plan at

Customers may calculate their savings from switching to an all-electric vehicle at Find out where the closest plug-in stations are near you by visiting

Theater Works will present ‘Gypsy’ September 8-24

Theater Works will present Gypsy from September 8-24.

Director Rusty Ferracane says of Gypsy: “It really is the perfect musical!” Gypsy takes us back to the 1920’s and 30’s, a pivotal time for performing arts in America, when the vaudeville circuit was dying and audience tastes were changing. Gypsy brings the memoirs of entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee to life through the book by Arthur Laurents (West Side Story), music by Jule Styne (Peter Pan), and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd). Considered by many to be one of Broadway’s all-time triumphs, Gypsy tells the story of ambitious showbiz mother Rose, who travels across the country with her daughters June and Louise, in search of success with their homespun vaudeville act. As times change, Rose is forced to accept the demise of vaudeville and the rise of burlesque, as well as her daughters’ desires for autonomy.

Gypsy features many of the most adored songs in the entire musical theatre canon, songs that launched Sondheim’s career in musical theater: “Some People,” “Let Me Entertain You,” “Together (Wherever We Go),” “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” and “Rose’s Turn”. You will leave the theater singing, this much is certain.

The part of Rose has been played by many brilliant actresses over the years with many garnering awards for their portrayal: Ethel Merman, Rosalind Russel, Angela Lansbury, Tyne Daly, Bette Midler, Betty Buckley, Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, Imelda Staunton and now, Arizona’s own Broadway star – Kelli James!

Kelli James, who plays Rose in theater Works’ production of Gypsy (appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity) brings an irresistible fury to “Mama Rose”! Kelli James started her career as “Eponine” in the Original Broadway production of Les Miserables and was recently nominated for Best Director/Youth Musical ariZoni Award for her recent YouthWorks production of Les Mis. We couldn’t be more proud of her as a director and as a performer; as Rose she’ll give you goosebumps and knock your socks off! She has also announced that this will be her final starring role on stage as she focuses on teaching the stars of tomorrow!

Gypsy will be presented in the Gyder Theater at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts: 10580 N. 83rd Drive, Peoria, AZ 85345. Performance dates are September 8th– 24th, 2017. Show times are 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday nights (September 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23), Sundays at 2pm (September 10, 17, & 24), two Saturday matinees at 3pm (September 16 & 23), and one Wednesday matinee at 2pm on September 13th.

Single tickets are $38; discounts available for seniors, students, and groups.

Season tickets (until Sept. 8th) and Flex passes are available for the 2017-18 Season. To purchase tickets or find out more about Theater Works productions, contact the Box Office at (623) 815-7930 or visit

Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Jule Styne, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Suggested by the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, Gypsy is presented by arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY INC.

Western Window Systems announces grand opening

Western Window Systems announced its new 170,000-square-foot building in South Phoenix will be the site of a grand opening celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, September 28. The event, free and open to the public, will include complimentary food, drinks, entertainment, and tours of the office and manufacturing areas. Guests can play games, meet the Western Window Systems team, and enter to win great raffle prizes, including a giant Jenga game and a beach cruiser.

Envisioned by President and CEO Scott Gates as a place to create a winning company by changing construction, helping people live better, and having fun, Western Window Systems’ new facility, designed by international architecture firm Ware Malcomb, is a center for innovation and collaboration. Planned for optimal productivity, an expanded manufacturing area features state of the art CNCs and saws, additional loading docks, and an updated cooling system. Towering over the shop’s massive break room, which includes personal lockers, a TV, and arcade games, is a 925-square-foot mural by Phoenix artist Tato Caraveo.

Office areas not only reflect the culture of the company, but double as a showroom where customers can experience the company’s vast array of luxury door systems and windows in real-life settings. Polished concrete floors, a high-ceilinged lobby, and a private patio provide the backdrop for themed meeting rooms, including one housing a Lego sculpture of over 30,000 blocks; a Welcome to Western postcard-themed mural by Phoenix artist Kory Miller; over a dozen games including pinball and shuffleboard; British phone booths; even a corkscrew slide.

“These kinds of workspaces are usually reserved for tech companies, not manufacturers. But we’re not just any manufacturer,” says Gates. “We designed this space to give visitors a sense of who we are, and to give employees opportunities to wind down, stir their creative juices, and have fun.”

Western Window Systems’ new address is 2200 E. Riverview Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85034

Guests unable to attend the company’s grand opening in person can follow Western Window Systems on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, where they can see photos and live video of the event.  

More than twice the size of the company’s previous South Phoenix location, Western Window Systems’ new facility is part of an increased investment in engineering and manufacturing capabilities and will accommodate future growth in generating innovative solutions for indoor-outdoor living. In January, the company completed its move of its manufacturing area. Office staff moved to the new facility in May. The move accommodated over 300 employees.

Chemistry between stars helps ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’

Should we be thankful when dumb summer movies aren’t terrible? Or should we only pay to see smart summer movies? If you’ve seen advertisements for “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” floating around and are considering rolling the financial dice, here are your odds.

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is a buddy action comedy with a fairly straightforward premise. Michael Bryce (Ryan Reynolds) is a prestigious executive protection agent — a very good bodyguard, rather. After an important client dies on his watch, he loses his triple-A rating and settles for the life of a small-time bodyguard. That is until his former coworker (and former flame) calls on him to help protect Darius Kincaid (Samuel L. Jackson), a ruthless but charming hitman who has dirt on the genocidal dictator of Belarus.

Credit to screenwriter Tom O’Connor that these moving parts never feel convoluted. For the most part, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” avoids the trap of silly action movies descending into seriousness. But when it does stumble in that regard, it’s deadly serious; when it could use a dash of gravity, it aims for levity. Genuinely fun moments and charismatic leads blast their way out of the tonal chaos.

A large percentage of the movie’s audience will be paying to see Ryan Reynolds and Sam Jackson, and rightfully so. The two are clearly enjoying themselves and each other’s company. Their individual commitments to the film’s over-the-top humor are commendable, but it’s their chemistry that enriches the experience.  Their interactions typically boil down to Sam Jackson (playing an exaggerated version of Sam Jackson) bringing out the ridiculousness in Ryan Reynolds (playing a subdued version of Ryan Reynolds), and it’s hard to watch without grinning.

No thanks to the dialogue though. The leads’ comedic timing fares better than the writing, which is more lazily profane than clever. The back and forth is Tarantino-lite: all guilty pleasure and little wordplay. It does spice up the romantic subplots, oddly enough. Love is amusingly aggressive in this world. The visual comedy of “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”, which stems from the movie’s general go-for-broke attitude, brings the biggest laughs. The third car chase through a major European city would feel tedious if not for some admirable insanity.

Tonal shifts more violent than the movie’s body count hold it back from cohesive fun. This is particularly evident in how the film treats human life: at times people are dying back and forth purely for entertainment value (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if this absurdity is consistent); other times the film is killing off a child or depicting genocide with the seriousness those moments demand. Is life sacred or is it a joke? It’s unpleasant to be barraged with both alternatives.

A couple conversations raise interesting questions about the ethics of so-called righteous killing, but not only are these questions never explored — they’re betrayed. A key moment near the finale abandons the idea that these questions should ever be asked. It’s downright cynical.

A decent amount of shoddy craftsmanship bogs “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” down too. The color grading is intrusive and ugly, the sound mixing oscillates between irritating and muddled, and this breed of manic action direction doesn’t cut it in a world of “Atomic Blonde” and “John Wick.”

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” isn’t a bad film, but it’s not a good one either, and the chemistry between the leads pulls it out of mediocrity. It exists in a sort of cinematic purgatory that demands late night party viewing, or theater viewing if you’ve got the money and really like to hear Sam Jackson swearing.

★★★   (3/5)

Clydesdales keep cool thanks to Phoenix Manufacturing

The USA Clydesdale Preservation Foundation (USACPF) just got a little cooler, thanks to a much-needed donation by Phoenix Manufacturing, the Valley’s leading builder and supplier of residential, commercial and industrial evaporative cooling products.

When Phoenix Manufacturing heard of the USACPF’s fundraiser for swamp coolers, the company champed at the bit to provide the foundation with exactly what they need: an industrial strength mobile evaporative cooler big enough to cool their largest barn.

The Master Blaster 36, which retails upwards of $3,000, is a powerful industrial strength portable evaporative cooler that can lower temperatures up-to 30 degrees in areas well over 2,000-square-feet. Set one wheels, it can easily be relocated and repositioned for the horses throughout the property, while its quite operation design keeps the animals at peace.

“Our products are able to cool in locations where air condition is not feasible. In those types of spaces this is a perfect solution,” said Anne Wood. “(The USACPF) is a great cause, and they definitely need this type of equipment to improve their life tremendously, not only the horses but the people who care for them.”

The USACPF, a nonprofit who oversees six Clydesdales supported by more than 60 volunteers, focuses on raising awareness of its iconic namesake through educational events, youth programs and breed presentations. Their mission is to bring attention to the purpose of Clydesdales beyond that of a draft horse, a job that is all but obsolete today.  In 2017, Clydesdales were added to the Livestock Conservancy Agency’s “threated” list as it is estimated only 5,000 of the horses remain in the world, so it is imperative that each horse at USACPF receives the highest quality care.

“We’re very fortunate to receive the evap cooler from Phoenix Manufacturing. This will contribute greatly to keeping (our Clydesdales) cool during the day while their stalls,” said Rebecca Stivers, director and founder of USACPF, who added the Clydesdales spend the duration of the summer days in their stalls to avoid exposure to the extreme heat. “Care is really important. We have protocol to not let them out above 94 degrees.”

Still, with temperatures reaching well above 100 degrees even in the shade, the addition of the Master Blaster will ensure the horses safety and health.

“It will be a much cooler environment and we will see less heat stress. It will cool down their whole area. We are very blessed, and the Clydesdales will also be very grateful.”

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After HBO hack, what are best processes for business cybersecurity?

Laura Rogal is a partner at Arizona-based Jaburg Wilk.

Millions watched the season premiere episode of “Game of Thrones” on July 16, 2017, with another six million viewers watching it through their DVR or via streaming. It should come as no surprise, then, that HBO was a ripe target for hackers wanting to grab some of that hot commodity for themselves – for the right price. Reports that have trickled out over the past few weeks indicate that a group of anonymous hackers is basically holding the television network hostage, claiming to have access to HBO’s webmail server and more than 1.5 terabytes of data including scripts, episode summaries, marketing materials and entire episodes of shows. Demanding ransom for return of property is as bad as it sounds, but unfortunately, it is becoming more and more of a common scenario as we store most of our information online.

With such a great potential for risk exposure, businesses continue to ramp up their efforts to become more aware and accepting of security procedures for their archives. Gartner is projecting that worldwide spending on IT security products and services will continue its rapid growth spurt to reach a total of $86.4 billion in spending this year. This is likely because the general banality surrounding data breaches is that it’s no longer a question of if you get breached, but simply a question of when and to what degree. The question for you, then, isn’t really are you spending enough, but rather, are you directing your spend to the right tools?

If you are a company based in the United States, the National Institute of Standards and Technology addresses security and privacy controls for organizations. Depending on what type or product or service you offer will facilitate the guidance you need to follow to protect your company’s data, and what to do in the event of a breach. These standards and protocols need to be pervasive throughout an organization. Training, tools, and reinforcement mechanisms are just some of the ways to encourage institutional adoption of basic privacy practices, the first layer of defense to a cyberattack.

Lots of companies don’t solely operate in the US, meaning they must be aware of the specific cybersecurity obligations in regions where they operate. For example, European companies have impending regulations to prevent data loss that firms need to be aware of. Specifically, the EU’s incoming General Data Protection Regulation is due to come into force in May 2018, and Canada already has the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA). If you do business outside of the US, you must stay up-to-date on both US and foreign policies.

Being prepared before a breach is only half the battle. In addition to the NIST standards for maintaining security, the Gramm-Leach-Billey Act (GLBA), Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) and certain other federal and state laws have their own rules about what companies operating in particular fields need to do in the event of a data breach.

Given the wide-reaching ramifications of data breaches, and the implications it can have on business operations and your consumer relationships, cyber security and data privacy aren’t ideas that you can just dabble in. Make sure that you are working with someone who has the right training and credentials. If you aren’t sure where to start, contact the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), a policy-neutral organization that certifies privacy professionals in all fields.

Seeking the appropriate guidance, utilizing best-in-class security protocols and ensuring that those operational controls are being followed daily must be paramount to facilitate information security governance within your organization.


Laura Rogal is a partner at Arizona-based Jaburg Wilk, and specializes in litigation, intellectual property, internet law and employment. She is also a member of the Law and Technology Committee and Startup and Entrepreneurship Committee, Arizona Technology Council.

People to Know: Rick Collins, Ryan Companies U.S.

Despite attending a university with a renowned commercial real estate school, a suggestion by an eager job-recruiter made Rick Collins aware of an industry that he would eventually take part in leading.

When he was working at IBM in the 1980s, Collins was looking to leave the computer world. He saw a right fit in the world of CRE due to his experience in working with companies making large financial decisions.

“Without that recommendation, I might have stayed on the financial side of the computer industry or something else,” Collins says.

By 1999, 14 years into his CRE career, Collins started working for Ryan Companies in Minneapolis, garnering experience in office, medical office, hotel, mixed-use and other development types.

In 2014, Collins found himself moving to Arizona, a difficult task considering the amazing relationships that he built over the years with local officials and business leaders. But ultimately his move was a great one as it allowed him to tackle new responsibilities and career challenges.

Since taking the helm here, Collins works to expand what Ryan Companies is known for in the Arizona region – build-to-suit projects.

In just three years, Collins led Ryan Companies’ expansion into retail and other development products locally. Collins is proud to note that about 22 of the 70 team members who worked on the completed Marina Heights project are now in Seattle, as part of Ryan Companies’ Northwest expansion that he personally oversees.

At home, Collins enjoys golf, boating and traveling with his wife. He’s a huge Elton John fan, and once upon a time, Collins worked the turntables at nightclubs in Wisconsin during the height of the disco era.

Since he has moved here, Collins has enjoyed the open arms of the Arizona community, which has one of the best meritocracies for a major city, Collins says. It doesn’t matter where you grew up, or which club you’re a member of in Arizona, he says.

“It’s more about, are you willing to get involved?” Collins asks. “If so, volunteer, pitch-in, put your shoulder to the wheel, add value and you’ll have opportunities to continue adding value.”

Clayton Nash Real Estate acquires Uptown Realty

Arizona-based Clayton Nash Real Estate has made yet another power move as the company continues to expand and disrupt the traditional residential real estate brokerage model. The company’s latest Arizona expansion initiative includes the absorption of well-known independent brokerage Uptown Realty. The agreement includes the transfer of the Uptown Realty agents as well as its office location in the Arizona Biltmore. The former Uptown Realty office, located at 4455 E. Camelback Rd., Suite A205, Phoenix, AZ 85018, will serve as the company’s Phoenix satellite office. The Phoenix office is the third branch to open this year, following the opening of its Texas flagship office in Houston in June.

“We are delighted to welcome the talented Uptown team to the Clayton Nash family,” said Peter Lupus, Founder and CEO of Clayton Nash Real Estate. Clayton Nash Real Estate is a non-traditional brokerage rooted in technology and efficiency, and the company has steadily grown since launching earlier this year. “As we continue to grow, more agents, teams and independent brokerages are attracted by our unique tech-centric business model and lucrative pay structure, and we’re excited to bring agents from all over the Valley into the company.”

The company plans to hire up to 1200 agents and add several more branch locations throughout Arizona and Texas this year.

“Agents are quickly finding that with Clayton Nash, they can work smarter and not harder, sell homes faster and for more money, and ultimately increase their bottom line by minimizing traditional overhead and maximizing technology and the next-generation tools and resources we provide,” Lupus said.  “For many, making the switch has already proven to by a game-changer for their sales numbers and income this year,” he said.

Unlike at most real estate firms, every Clayton Nash agent receives a cadre of assets and services to effortlessly market themselves and their listings 24/7 not only locally but globally. From a personally branded agent web page to a mobile optimized agent idx website with mobile apps to an easy-to-use CRM with intelligent activity stream and lead-nurturing software, Clayton Nash’s comprehensive system is designed to maximize productivity and profitability by demanding awareness, generating leads, and simplifying day-to-day management of listings and marketing at the touch of a button. At most other brokerages all of those tools are paid for directly by the agent, making them expensive to create and maintain.

Clayton Nash Real Estate, has bundled all of their agent tools and systems, providing all of their agents a technological launching pad to help boost their business to the next level. 

 “Our philosophy is simple – by giving our agents all the tools and training they need to succeed – they will. We realized it was overwhelming and expensive for real estate agents to modernize their business with the latest software and technology in order to compete for listings and sales by themselves, so we’ve done it for them,” Lupus explains.

Clayton Nash Real Estate operates on a highly lucrative pay plan for their agents.  With low fees and high payouts the brokerage provides office space with computers and telephones, signs, virtual back office, and dozens of other operations essentials available only to Clayton Nash agents. Agent profitability is the most important component of the Clayton Nash Real Estate model. The company’s exclusive compensation structure is designed to help agents sell more homes and generate more income for themselves while being able to provide top-tier services to their clients.

For more information about Clayton Nash Real Estate and to learn more about becoming a Clayton Nash agent visit For more information about Clayton Nash Real Estate and to view featured property listings visit

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Byproducts of innovation: Meet 3 startups with ASU ties

Last year was the second consecutive year Arizona State University was selected as the nation’s most innovative school, beating out schools like Stanford and MIT, according to U.S. News & World Report rankings.

ASU has been working on creating an innovative campus, focused on computing, informatics, and decision system engineering for many years, and has not only been churning out innovative research, but entrepreneurial endeavors.

Kinvite, AirGarage and EventKey are three startups founded by former and current ASU students to fit a need for people and make a change in the community. As these startups test and improve their concepts in Arizona, all three startups have eyes set on national expansion.


Currently just a website geared towards ASU Tempe campus, AirGarage aims to connect homeowners and businesses that have available parking with drivers looking for affordable and convenient parking spaces.

After a year and a half of working on the idea, AirGarage’s Founder and CEO Jonathon Barkl, hopes to eventually expand his concept around the country.

The AirGarage team is working on testing its product around the ASU Tempe campus to work out the kinks before an expansion.

One of the keys to this process is speaking with users and evaluating adoption of the tool.

In the near term, AirGarage hopes to begin expanding in the next few months to areas such as the University of Arizona, ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus and Grand Canyon University, Barkl says.

One of AirGarage’s early challenges was seeing if people even wanted to use the tool. They were able to find about 10 to 15 people interested in offering their extra parking spaces before the AirGarage website was created for testing and feedback.

They focused on creating a website before a mobile application, because the development team can make changes often and throughout the day compared to an app, Barkl says.

“You can constantly take feedback and make rapid changes,” says Barkl about having a site.

The biggest challenge was initially getting homeowners to trust the concept and also the legalities.

AirGarage also faces difficulty in finding the right number of people on both sides, it has been a constant balance, Barkl says.

The eSeed Accelerator program at ASU awarded $5,000 to AirGarage to develop its idea and bring the concept to market. In the future, AirGarage will take a small percentage out of each transaction between those with parking spots and the users for further funding.

AirGarage was also featured as one of the top 64 startups competing in the 2017 Venture Madness competition.

Barkl’s advice for new entrepreneurs is to get investors interested and begin to raise funding.

But, “Talk to users before building the app. Find users first, then build the app for what the users want,” he adds.

Barkl hopes to start work on a mobile application by early 2018.


After finding that networking at events was inefficient when there were hopes to meet someone of value, Rafael Testa created EventKey. To create a more collaborative experience, EventKey allows attendees of professional events to RSVP to events using LinkedIn.

EventKey’s app has been running since October 2016. Testai, who was awarded “The Best Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year 2016″​ by DAS Foundation, says it took approximately three months to get the idea running.

With now more than 1,300 users at more than 100 events, EventKey is seeking to grow and is looking for more event organizers to host its platform at its events.

Though he hopes to one day expand, the app currently operates only in Arizona and Texas.

Testai began by creating a prototype to gather user feedback and make changes. He says you don’t need technical skills to create your own prototype. Anyone can use services like invision to create a prototype for an app, for free. Testai then gathered feedback from more than 500 professionals through the use of the prototype.

All of EventKey’s support came from outside of ASU and it was funded out of pocket, which wasn’t much, Testai says. EventKey’s biggest mentors who helped them along the way are Dan Tyre, the sales director of HubSpot, and Zach Ferres, CEO of Coplex, Testai says.

In the future, Testai says if an event is free, the cost will be free, but if the event charges per ticket they will likely take a percentage. He says they haven’t finalized the credit processing yet, but he has a list of customers ready and hopes to start charging for the app within a few months.

Testai, who has a genetics background, says it was a challenge to learn to manage a software team. He read a lot of books to teach himself, though.

His advice for others: “Have confidence in yourself and the app, believe in yourself.”


For the last two years, the Kinvite development and core team has been through trial and error, long hours and sleepless nights.

Recent ASU graduate and Co-founder Montel Hawkins says he got the idea to create this app from Serendipity while reading a magazine article about a similar idea that had failed. He says he put a twist on the original idea of the other app that failed.

“Instead of competing with promoters, why don’t I help them out?” Hawkins questions.

Hawkins says if you don’t have the community behind your ideas or app, it doesn’t work.

“Jump on a trend and have a following. Don’t build a product off your mindset, you’re not going to be the one using it,” Hawkins says.

Kinvite aims to help promoters and event planners better their business for only $1.99 a month by allowing users keep track of their favorite promoter, new events, with a map of event locations integrated into the application.

It also helps promoters keep track of their own promotional business where they will have their own credible portfolio with analytics, and alerts.

Managers who are hiring promoters can use the app to find new employees too.

In the first year, Hawkins, who has a business background, says they were not aware of project management needs and that was a struggle for them. He says project management for a CEO is like being a coach, “You have to build a team, focus on everything. Build up the team, check on it, manage it.”

The Kinvite team is all about learning to keep improving on its product. Each member has been reading many books, listening to podcasts and staying engaged on social media throughout development to continue the learning process.

One of the changes they learned through this process was being more frugal with money. They implemented requirements for progress checks, outsourced some of the development to India, skyped the team daily and rewarded them with bonuses.

The hardest thing in the whole process was learning patience and persistence, Hawkins says, because it can’t be taught. He says you can’t rush building an app because it is expensive and there will be bugs and errors.

Hawkins advises new entrepreneurs to “be patient. Build a relationship with the team and developers, and meet as many people as you can.”

On Aug. 25, Kinvite will host its launch party at the Downtown Tempe Residence Inn Marriot.

Once they have a loyal base, the Kinvite team hopes to move on to other cities. Hawkins says they will likely stick to college campuses for now where a large percentage of students work.

Fostering innovation

ASU also has programs that encourage its software engineering students to pursue a business plan for their applications.

Students in the software engineering program focus on an enterprise curriculum of developing web and mobile applications. There are many clubs, associations, and events that give leadership opportunities and hand-on experience to students. Some of these include: Computer science club and the Women’s Computer Science Club, Desert Hacks and Hackathon, Code Devils for online and on-campus students, Phoenix Startup Week and the Software Developers Association.

Students typically work on team projects early in college, they approach faculty for support, do an independent study, and for their senior capstone work on an app or an entrepreneurial idea, says Kevin Gary, the program chair of software engineering on the Polytechnic campus of ASU.

The school focuses on mentorship and support more than giving money, but there are opportunities for funding through eSeed, SkySong or the Fulton engineering school.

Something students often don’t realize by creating an app is that they will, “Spend a lot of time doing non-technical things,” Gary says.

Upon graduation students go on to work at large companies like Boeing, or they’ll move on to small startups, Gary says.

“The hardest thing for a lot of (these entrepreneurs), is to try their own thing when it’s a good field now, starting at $60 to $80,000 job offer salaries,” Gary says.

Waiting to take that job offer may not be so bad, “The real currency in this age is time,” he says.

Though a lot of entrepreneurial efforts fail, the real benefit is that it gives entrepreneurs a better interview for their careers down the road.

Gary advises anyone who is interested in an entrepreneurial endeavor, that if they have a passion for it, there’s no better time than now.

“Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know because there are resources and mentorship available in the Phoenix area,” he says. “Spend time on your passion, it is beneficial to being able to own your idea, mature it, and take it to the market.”

The most important thing Gary explains is, the passion for money won’t carry you through the challenges and obstacles and that getting rich is not an intrinsic motivation.

Gary says entrepreneurs, “Should have a passion around social change, not just a quick mindset to get rich. Apps should challenge and change the world, and impact real people.”

Phoenix Rescue Mission opens Mission Possible Café

Mission Possible Café, located at 1516 West Van Buren Street, is the Phoenix Rescue Mission’s latest project—and it’s opening this fall.

The new café will offer southwestern-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on Mexican grilled items. It will focus on strong customer service, as well as quality food at affordable prices.

One of the key factors that will set this new restaurant apart is its story.

The Phoenix Rescue mission provides a new beginning for men, women and children in the community who are struggling with homelessness, addiction and trauma. Many people who enter Phoenix Rescue Mission have little to no job experience. For this reason, the organization now takes a holistic approach to rehabilitation. Rather than solely focusing on the sobriety of the clients, it also assists with job training through the vocational development program.

“Adding Mission Possible Café to Mission Cookies and Mission Catering as a training ground for our already successful Food Service Manager’s Training program, will allow us to continue to serve our clients and help them advance,” said Jay A. Cory, President and CEO, Phoenix Rescue Mission.

All Mission Possible Café employees will be part of the vocational development program, an eight-month course designed to get participants back on their feet.

The program begins with four months of classes, where men and women learn about food service and gain other practical skills. It concludes with four months of practical application when participants can work at Mission Possible Café. Its ultimate goals are to prepare people for the workforce and to give them the ability to give back using service.

“Clients will learn food service operations, develop leadership skills, and be prepared for successful placement in management level positions in the food service industry. We hope the community will join us for a great meal and help transform lives in the process,” said Cory.

Mission Possible café will be open Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information visit in the coming weeks.

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22 Gust Rosenfeld attorneys named to 2018 Best Lawyers list

Gust Rosenfeld announced that 22 of the firm’s attorneys, across 21 practice areas, were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018. In addition, Charles W. Wirken was recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2018 Franchise Law “Lawyer of the Year” award winner in Phoenix.

The following Gust Rosenfeld attorneys were named in Best Lawyers in America 2018, with their respective practice area(s) designated by Best Lawyers:


• Kent Cammack (Real Estate Law)

• Tom Chauncey II (Corporate Law)

• Susan D. Goodwin (Municipal Law)

• Robert D. Haws (Education Law; Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment)

• John L. Hay (Franchise Law)

• Richard B. Hood (Commercial Litigation)

• Gerald L. Jacobs (Real Estate Law)

• Christopher Kramer (Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law)

• Jennifer MacLennan (Education Law)

• Craig McCarthy (Insurance Law)

• Christina M. Noyes (Franchise Law)

• Sean P. O’Brien (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law)

• Frederick H. Rosenfeld (Corporate Law; Municipal Law; Public Finance Law)

• Gary Verburg (Land Use and Zoning Law)

• Richard H. Whitney (Trusts and Estates)

• Charles. W. Wirken (Appellate Practice; Franchise Law)


• Mark L. Collins (Litigation –  Real Estate; Real Estate Law)

• Peter Collins, Jr. (Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs)

• John J. Kastner (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)

• James W. Kaucher (Professional Malpractice Law – Defendants)

• Gerard R. O’Meara (Litigation – Banking and Finance)

• Michael S. Woodlock (Litigation – Construction)

Most Influential Women: Amy Van Dyken-Rouen

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. will be profiling each of the Most Influential Women in Arizona in the coming weeks.

Here is today’s spotlight:

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

Van Dyken-Rouen earned six Olympic gold medals in swimming. After being paralyzed in an ATV accident, she created Amy’s Army, a spinal-cord injury foundation, and has become a medical research advocate.

Best decision: “Being open, honest and VERY raw in my speeches was a key decision I made early on. I think it allows people to really connect with my feelings at every step of my career and since my accident. No reason to sugarcoat anything.”

Surprising fact: “I’m actually a huge homebody. I love cuddling with my dog, Kuma, and just hanging around my house. Traveling is nice, and a part of my job, but being at home is where I’m the happiest.”

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.

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Metro Phoenix companies go global with Export Explore Program

Six Greater Phoenix companies were awarded grants on Monday, August 14 in the inaugural Export Explore Program under the Metro Phoenix Export Alliance (MPEXA). A dozen companies originally submitted to participate in the first pitch competition, to earn funding to help assist with export growth opportunities.

The Export Explore program – made possible with the philanthropic support of Chase – helps companies through a two part program, including an education component consisting of up to 20 hours of in-kind professional services – in addition to the cash grant of $4,000 per company to cover qualified future export-related business expenses.

This year, the following companies received awards:  Admiral Instruments, AniCell Biotech, Autoline Industries, EyeTech Digital, PB Americano, and THE OKB, LLC.

“The companies selected to receive the Export Explore Award have shown great potential for global growth,” said Greater Phoenix Economic Council President and CEO, and MPEXA co-chair Chris Camacho. “In supporting their success, we are also helping our region and cities become stronger.”

Leading researchers predict that international markets will outpace the U.S. in overall economic and consumer growth. Emerging markets are creating tremendous demand for infrastructure, consumer products, and business services that meets the needs of an urbanizing, middle-class society.

Yet for a small and medium size business, pursuing an export plan can be a daunting task. Thus, programs such as this, made possible by the support of the Partnership for Economic Innovation and the philanthropic support of Chase, offer assistance to help companies get started and tap into existing resources.

“We are proud to support the continued work to enhance the ability of businesses in the Phoenix Metro to export their goods and services,” said Craig Zollinger, JPMorgan Chase’s Region Manager for the Commercial Bank in Arizona. “The Export Explore program is providing businesses with the training and tools they need to grow and create jobs in the region.”

For every $1 billion in U.S. exports, 5,744 jobs are created. In sum, about one-in-five Americans and Arizonans respectively have jobs directly supported by our trade with the rest of the world. Arizona exported $22.6 billion in goods to foreign markets in 2015. Arizona’s largest markets in 2015 were Mexico ($9.2 billion) and Canada ($2.2 billion).

In addition to the Export Explore program, the Export Challenge will take place in the fall where 10 qualified and eligible new exporters, under-exporters, and active exporters will be allowed to participate in a pitch competition with a top prize valued at $25,000; a second prize of $15,000 and a third of $10,000 given to the best export business plans, to cover qualified future export-related business expenses.

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 or like them on Facebook at

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

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 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  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   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

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 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 or call 480-248-3737.