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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.

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 →

2015 Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate

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The 12 women who made AZRE’s Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate list are an extraordinary bunch. While that seems implied in the recognition, it’s something that goes beyond their professional achievements. Many of these women have held minimum wage jobs, slowly working through the ranks to a C-suite. A few have known the… Read More →

Jody Pokorski – Most Influential Women In Commercial Real Estate

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Jody Pokorski Partner and real estate practice leader, Snell & Wilmer Years in the industry: 30 Jody Pokorski has been behind some of the biggest deals in the Valley. She represented Arizona State University in the State Farm headquarters in Tempe deal that has become the largest office development in the state. A few years ago,… Read More →

Vicki Williams – Most Influential Women In Commercial Real Estate

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Vicki Williams Senior vice president, commercial real estate, Alliance Bank of Arizona Years in the industry: 25+  Since 2004, Vicki Williams has been her company’s go-to person for commercial real estate at the largest bank headquartered in Arizona. Williams’ banking career began in New York for the Chase Manhattan Bank. She then joined a community bank in Phoenix,… Read More →

Living social: Promoting individual and professional brand

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Remember when Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” was published in 2013? There were many tips for advancing one’s career, but one of the top five, as selected by Forbes, is to form a lean-in circle with one of the book’s online “circle kits.” In essence, it encouraged finding a group of other professional women with whom… Read More →

Alisa Timm – Most Influential Women In Commercial Real Estate

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Alisa M. Timm Director of management services, Desert West Region Lincoln Property Company Years in the industry: 25 Real estate is in Alisa Timm’s blood. Maybe that’s why she treats all of her clients and coworkers like family. “Singling out a (favorite) deal is difficult because I would say the most memorable ones are the clients who… Read More →

AZCREW: CREW Network Pays it Forward

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A lot can happen in 15 minutes. Advice can be offered. New appointments saved. Minds can be changed. Coffee can be retrieved between meetings. For many executives, time is priceless. Time is how many members of AZCREW “pay it forward” these days, through mentorship programs and networking functions. However, AZCREW’s national parent, CREW Network, has… Read More →

Catherine Thuringer – Most Influential Women In Commercial Real Estate

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Catherine Thuringer Principal Trammell Crow Company Years in the industry: 30 At the beginning of 2014, Cathy Thuringer was promoted to principal at Trammell Crow Company, where she has oversight of its industrial development in Arizona. This is no small feat of square footage. Trammell Crow recently brought the largest speculative development to the Valley… Read More →

Deadline nears for Valley Partnership Advocates applications

The "Class of 2014" advocates visit DMB Associates' masterplanned community Eastmark.

Valley Partnership prides itself on being the premier organization for responsible development. One important facet of that role is developing the industry’s up-and-comers. In 2014, Valley Partnership launched its Advocates program for its young professional members who are under the age of 35. Over nine months, the group of 20 advocates meet with mentors from… Read More →

Maria Salenger – Most Influential Women In Commercial Real Estate

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Maria Salenger, AIA Senior associate, Jones Studio; Co-founder, partner, Colab Studio Years in the industry: 21 In 2011, architect Maria Salenger and her husband, a fellow architect, were featured in the Wall Street Journal for their unconventional abode hidden in the middle of a 1950s Phoenix neighborhood. Salenger works for Jones Studio, which recently completed the Mariposa… Read More →

Barbi Reuter – Most Influential Women In Commercial Real Estate

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The 12 women who made AZRE’s Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate list are an extraordinary bunch. While that seems implied in the recognition, it’s something that goes beyond their professional achievements. Many of these women have held minimum wage jobs, slowly working through the ranks to a C-suite. A few have known the… Read More →

ABA-AGC apprenticeship program to fill talent shortage

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The house, the cabin, the cars and the company. Dean Lundstrom lost it all when he declared bankruptcy in 2010. Twenty-six employees were out of work. His company had been awarded American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects. At a point, though, Lundstrom says he knew it was too late to save his business. However, knowing… Read More →

CREW Network holds an open door for women

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AZCREW may be celebrating its 30th anniversary as a CREW Network chapter, but its sister chapter to the south has only been around since 2003. Barbi Reuter, a charter member of CREW Tucson, has held numerous roles in CREW Tucson, including two stints as director of the board and is currently serving a two-year term… Read More →

Candid Camera: Joe Snell captures the big picture of Tucson

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Usually when people are trying to get inspired, they look up. That may not be the case concerning Tucson and its surrounding areas in the near future. Joe Snell, president and CEO of Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, says Southern Arizona is celebrating its best year since 2007. With news of HomeGoods, Comcast and LCMS moving… Read More →

IIDA: Ripples of Talent

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The International Interior Design Association is the only worldwide design organization that solely focuses on commercial work. It has more than 13,000 members in 33 chapters around the globe, though IIDA Southwest Chapter President Stephanie Fanger and President-Elect Cheyne Brown have their eye on retaining interior design talent in-state through mentorship programs and raising awareness… Read More →