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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.

A look at a decade of ULI’s Trends Days


Trends Day is exactly as it sounds — and nothing as it sounds. It’s a day when thought-leaders congregate around panels, keynotes and between coffee cups about the latest trends in development. However, it’s much more than that. It’s one day a year when every decision-maker steps out of the C-suite and shares eight valuable… Read More →

NAIOP Developing Leaders program gets national recognition

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Last year, NAIOP Arizona received national attention for its Developing Leaders program. “It’s a great program, because you overcome the lack of common ground with more seasoned professionals,” says Robert Guerena, vice president of development at Seefried Properties and 2015 chair of the developing leaders program. “You don’t know the right questions to ask a 30-… Read More →

NAIOP Arizona: Blood, Sweat, and Years


At the helm of NAIOP Arizona, directing it into its fourth decade, is Voit Managing Director Tom Johnston. He has worked in commercial real estate for 19 years and been a member of NAIOP for most of them, he says. “When I first became a member, it was a rocking four years. Everything was grandiose,”… Read More →

Where obsolescence ends, new trend begins


A flour mill, a bowling alley, a former shopping mall. All of these retail centers have one thing in common — they’re fated to become creative office space. The life expectancy of older office buildings hangs in the balance along the streets of Midtown and other sub-markets in Arizona that saw extensive growth in the mid-80s.… Read More →

What is the true role of a real estate lobbyist?

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Knowledge is power. It’s also the currency used by lobbyist Ken Strobeck, executive director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns. “I think people have a very misunderstood view of what lobbying is,” says Strobeck. “You think of somebody who is sneaking around with money falling out of their pockets on edge of legality. … We’re… Read More →

PTK: People & Projects to Know 2015-2016

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People & Projects To Know 2015 Curating an Industry There may be, literally, tons of concrete, steel and dirt in the commercial real estate industry, but describing the foundations of a great development is incomplete without the people and relationships that precede such things. In fact, the two are so interdependent that AZ Big Media… Read More →

The Rental Renewal: Q&A with Tom Simplot

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Tom Simplot, president and CEO of the Arizona Multihousing Association, has watched the hottest commercial sector light the way for new developments during the darkened years of recovery. Even though there are thousands of new units in the pipeline, Simplot weighs in on the cooler markets, the Class-A flood and important legislative wins. With the… Read More →

10 Offices We Wish We Worked In

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What’s your favorite part of work? If your answer is “leaving,” you probably aren’t an employee at one of these 10 Phoenix offices. AZRE magazine asked readers to nominate their favorite office spaces around Arizona, based on amenities, rad decor and overall atmosphere. We also looked for visionary employers who are early adopters of placemaking… Read More →

Real Estate Law Guide: Abiding Time

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When things are good, what is there to fight about? According to some legal construction experts, not much. “Contractors are not willing to litigate any longer; They don’t want to pay attorneys to fight,” says Ed Rubacha, attorney at Jennings Haug & Cunningham. When there were disputes between contractors, people relied on the option to… Read More →

AMA: HUD-sight is 20/20


There’s an opening for a high school biology teacher. Hundreds of applications come in for the job, equally split between male and female candidates. Then, the school decides to combine the teaching role with coaching the high school varsity football squad. Suddenly, there’s a huge shift in gender availability and interest in what was originally… Read More →

The foreclosable future of commercial real estate

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Paul Weiser, shareholder and co-chair of Buchalter Nemer, uses the term “blend and extend” to describe the attitude between landlords and tenants during the recession. This is the dark side of being a tenant-landlord lawyer, he says. This robbed many landlords of their ability to part with tenants who couldn’t afford to pay the full… Read More →

NAIOP retails it like it is

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NAIOP, a commerical real estate development group, has historically focused on industrial and office sectors. However, the national organization is extending its membership benefits to more obviously include retail developers and similar commercial professionals. “The organization really started shifting gears more than 10 years ago,” says Thomas Bisacquino, CEO of NAIOP. “It was in 2005… Read More →

ABA Member Spotlight: Richard Karber

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Richard Karber CEO, Karber Corporation (K corp) Years in construction: 20 Years at current company: 1 Years as an ABA member: 10 Role at K corp: My primary roles are to establish the vision and strategy for K corp, build culture, hire great people and make the coffee on Tuesday. What’s one thing everyone should… Read More →

ABA Member Spotlight: Dennis A. Caldwell, Jr.

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Dennis A. Caldwell, Jr. Project manager Caldwell Construction Years in construction: 16 Years at Caldwell: 13 Years as an ABA member: 1 Role at Caldwell: I am the face of the firm. I handle marketing, business development, client interaction and manage projects. What’s one thing everyone should know about your company? We’ve only been focusing… Read More →

ABA Member Spotlight: Fred Knapp

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Fred Knapp Vice president, Tucson, CORE Construction, Inc. Years in construction:  37 Years at CORE: 6 Years as an ABA member: 6 Role at CORE: Business development, project director and local liaison between owners, staff and subcontractors. I also, direct support and coordinate community service projects. What’s one thing everyone should know about your company? Since 1937,… Read More →