Author Archives: Amanda Ventura

Amanda Ventura

About Amanda Ventura

Amanda Ventura is an editor, award-winning writer and pop culture enthusiast. When she's not up against deadlines, she is exploring Arizona, trying recipes that require every dish in her kitchen be used, collecting 5K swag bags and race numbers and volunteering at a local animal shelter. Her bookshelf is full of autobiographies and her desk is covered in Sticky Notes. She dislikes the Oxford comma and still cannot believe she gets to meet and write about interesting people for a living.

Arrested Development: demand for senior care

Healthcare & Senior Housing

Remember when grandparents used to consider nursing homes some kind of punishment akin to abandonment? There’s a good chance that reference has seen the last of its days. The senior living industry is seeing a huge transformation from “hospital mentality” to “hospitality.” Or, as one expert put it, developers are putting the “living” in “senior living.” With the addition… Read More →

Central Arizona CCIM chapter elects 2015 board

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The Central Arizona CCIM Chapter announced the results of its election of 2015 officers and board members. The 2015 officers include: David Miller, CCIM (president); Bobbie Mastracci, CCIM (vice president-president elect); Jenette Bennett, CCIM (secretary/treasurer); and Scott Fey, CCIM (immediate past president). The board members are: Neal Churney, CCIM; Steven Crane, CCIM; Alan Davidson, CCIM;… Read More →

Valley Partnership seeks new president and CEO

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Valley Partnership announced Friday that Richard Hubbard stepped down from his eight-year post as president and CEO of the advocacy group. The terms of Hubbard’s resignation are effective immediately, said Cecilia Riviere, Director of Partner Services for Valley Partnership. There will be no acting president and CEO while a subcommittee of board members select Hubbard’s… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday: Sparkling Pomegranate Holiday Punch

Sparkling Pomegranate Holiday Punch, Courtesy of The Cove Trattoria

If you’re looking for something a little lighter than spiked eggnog at your next Ugly Sweater Party, behold The Cove Trattoria’s Sparking Pomegranate Holiday Punch! The ingredients are bulky, so this should be good for more than a few servings of sweet, bubbly holiday cheer. Sparkling Pomegranate Holiday Punch: 1 bottle of champagne or sparkling… Read More →

Biltmore’s Unleashed Holiday Gift Mart to benefit local animal shelter

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What has a wet nose, floppy ears and can brighten anyone’s day? One of the dozens of dogs kept at Arizona Animal Welfare League’s adoption facility! Adopting a dog can be the gift that keeps on giving, and pet-lovers and shopaholics can gather next weekend to support the shelters that care for thousands of homeless… Read More →

AZRE now accepting 2015 RED Award nominations

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December 2, 2014 by in AZRE Magazine | Events | Featured

AZRE magazine is dedicated to bringing the stories about innovative and outstanding real estate development to its readers in each issue. Every February, AZRE shines a special spotlight on the industry through its annual Real Estate Development (RED) Awards. Arizona’s commercial real estate industry is a tremendous economic engine for the state and is making… Read More →

Where to stay on your next trip to San Diego

Botanical gardens at Balboa Park.

Before booking your next weekend getaway or business trip to San Diego, read through these four wildly different lodging options — from resort-style chic to downtown ritz, here are four of Az Business’ favorites! 1. The Westgate 1055 2nd Ave., San Diego westgatehotel.com Ocean and silhouettes of the harbor peak out between the slivers of… Read More →

After Hours: Jerry Thomas

Jerry Thomas (Right)
November 21, 2014 by in After Hours | AZRE Magazine | Featured

Jerry Thomas Superintendent, Wespac Construction Years at HINES: 11 Jerry Thomas handles on-site supervision of day-to-day construction activities, including quality control, material delivery, subcontractor schedules, daily reports, safety meetings, detailing, project closeouts and project meetings for owners, architects and subcontractors. After a long day of work, though, Thomas puts in a few extra hours at… Read More →

Marcellino’s redefines romance in the restaurant business

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Being a romantic restaurant isn’t just about candlelight, exclusivity and good design. Although those are all qualities of Old Town Scottsdale’s Marcellino’s, too, true romance is embodied in the artistry of the menu items, the story behind its owners and the dedication of its kitchen staff. Marcellino’s Ristorante has made a quiet spot of its… Read More →

2014 ULI: A Special AZRE Report

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November 12, 2014 by in Archives | AZRE Magazine

Footloose When people hear I survived in Phoenix without a car during college, their reaction is universal. How did I get anywhere? You walked. It helped that I actually lived in Tempe. All the essentials to a balanced life were within reasonable distance of my front doors over the years. But, everything changed when I… Read More →

2014 Valley Partnership: A Special AZRE Report

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November 12, 2014 by in Archives | AZRE Magazine

Footloose When people hear I survived in Phoenix without a car during college, their reaction is universal. How did I get anywhere? You walked. It helped that I actually lived in Tempe. All the essentials to a balanced life were within reasonable distance of my front doors over the years. But, everything changed when I… Read More →

2014 AAED: A Special AZRE Report

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November 12, 2014 by in Archives | AZRE Magazine

Footloose When people hear I survived in Phoenix without a car during college, their reaction is universal. How did I get anywhere? You walked. It helped that I actually lived in Tempe. All the essentials to a balanced life were within reasonable distance of my front doors over the years. But, everything changed when I… Read More →

Thirsty Thursday pours one out for Thanksgiving

Thirsty Thursday, thanksgiving

Oh, snap! It’s almost Thanksgiving, one of our favorite drinking holidays, and in anticipation of the holiday of “Second Helpings,” we’re sharing two seasonal cocktail recipes from Valley mixologists after our own hearts. First up is The Cognac Snap from Taggia at FireSky Resort & Spa (495 N. Scottsdale Rd.), which blends fruit, spice and… Read More →

The Dish: Chef Eddie Matney’s braised beef short ribs

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Chef Eddie Matney, of Eddie’s House, is prepared to show the Valley’s most charitable residents how to put their money where there mouth is. Every year, local nonprofit Camp Soaring Eagle’s Annual Affair raises money for its year-round safe camp programs for seriously ill children and their families. It’s free for them to camp, and… Read More →

Project News

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➤ THE NEW SCHOOL Kitchell, Haydon Building Corp. and SmithGroupJJR have broken ground on a new building for the Foundation for Blind Children’s Phoenix campus. The 36,600 SF single-story building will replace several outdated facilities planned for demolition. Its main campus will continue to serve adults who are visually impaired. ➤ WHERE THE ‘BELL’ TOLLS… Read More →