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.

AZRE announces 2015 RED Awards finalists

RED-Awards-Logo10

Every February for the last 10 years, AZRE magazine has shone a spotlight on the commercial real estate industry through its annual Real Estate Development (RED) Awards. This year, a record number of projects and brokerage teams were nominated for a chance to be recognized at this year’s RED Awards. After lively debate and a… Read More →

The importance of being Ernst

HOC, Bret Ernst

Bret Ernst and his eyebrows are headlining Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy tonight. We asked the “Comedy Central” and “Chelsea Lately” comedian about his most triumphant — and less so — moments on stage, what he never hits the road without and what he did the last time he was in Greater Phoenix.  See him… Read More →

10th annual RED Awards finalists will be announced Friday

RED-Awards-Logo10

Every February for the last 10 years, AZRE magazine has shone a spotlight on the commercial real estate industry through its annual Real Estate Development (RED) Awards. This year, a record number of projects and brokerage teams were nominated for a chance to be recognized at this year’s RED Awards. Nominations for the 2015 RED… Read More →

The Yard brings ‘culture concentrate’ to Tempe

Nachos from Culinary Dropout

This has been the year of the Fox. Sam Fox that is. Fox Restaurant Concepts opened or expanded 15 restaurants in 2014, and the latest to open, Culinary Dropout at the Yard in Tempe, may just be the best yet. Just like The Yard in Phoenix, the Tempe location is an infill project. It is,… Read More →

Donnell Rawlings’ comedy is sick — or at least contagious

House of Comedy

The Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy pre-show Q-and-A series give you 10 questions of insight into your favorite comedians’ minds. Donnell Rawlings claims there was a time when he made an audience member laugh so hard that he puked. As disgusting as that is, it’s an endorsement that stuck with us. It helps, too, that… Read More →

PEOPLE & PROJECTS TO KNOW 2015

ptk-2015-digital-issue
January 12, 2015 by in Archives | AZRE Magazine | Featured

People & Projects To Know 2015 A comprehensive collection of commercial real estate professionals and the most iconic commercial real estate projects in Arizona. 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… Read More →

Vanessa Hickman resigns for role at ASU

Photo by Shavon Rose/AZ Big Media

On Jan. 9, Arizona State Land Commissioner Vanessa Hickman informed Gov. Doug Ducey of her resignation. Hickman has accepted a role at Arizona State University, which she will pursue after Jan. 12. Hickman has worked at the Arizona State Land Department for five years and has been the commissioner since Nov. 2012. As state land… Read More →

AZRE now accepting 2015 RED Award nominations

azre-red-awards-2015
January 5, 2015 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 →

Public, private sector bend communication challenges

Downtown_Phoenix_Aerial_Sketch-on
January 4, 2015 by in AZRE Magazine | Featured

It’s a story everyone has experienced to some degree since 2007: When the economy was healthy, cities were doing everything possible to keep up with the growth. When the recession hit, everything slowed — some projects were stopped in their tracks. Cities were no longer able to build the infrastructure necessary for rapid growth due… Read More →

Ariz. economy demands new sense of place

phoenix
January 3, 2015 by in AZRE Magazine | Featured

Block by block, the Phoenix Metro is seeing reinvestment, redevelopment and repositioning of land, existing buildings and infrastructure. It may not be high tide across the submarkets and sectors, but a rising tide somewhere can still lift a decent number of ships. The Great Recession has left its mark on the Metro, tasking developers and… Read More →

ULI’s partnership forum for young leaders

road trip
January 2, 2015 by in AZRE Magazine | Featured

Some professional organizations have the foresight to funnel resources into mentoring young leaders for the sake of grooming the next generation of their respective industry as well as securing future involvement in the organization. According to ULI Arizona members, few organizations do it as well as the Partnership Forum. ULI Arizona’s Partnership Forum pairs a… Read More →

Rocky LaPorte drops the mic at midnight this NYE

Rocky LaPorte, via website

The Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy pre-show Q-and-A series give you 10 questions of insight into your favorite comedians’ minds. You may have seen (or heard) Rocky LaPorte all over your television this year — that Brooklyn accent on a former Chicago truck driver, dock worker and self-described boxing and athletically skilled comedian who made… Read More →

ARC Healthcare Trust buys Paradise Valley Medical Plaza

Paradise Valley Medical Office

Plaza Companies and USAA Real Estate Company have sold a signature medical office building, Paradise Valley Medical Plaza, in Phoenix to American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust in a $28.3 million transaction. Paradise Valley Medical Plaza, an award-winning, 104,000 square foot class-A medical office building, was purchased by American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust in a deal that… Read More →

Joyce Grossman on the power of attraction

Photo by Shavon Rose, AZ  Big Media

  Joyce Grossman became executive director of AAED in 2011. She has a B.A. from the University of California- Davis and a M.P.A. from California State University-Sacramento. Prior to joining AAED, Grossman was a deputy director with the City of Phoenix and helped attract the International Genomics Consortium/Translational Genomics Research Institute. WHAT ARE ECONOMIC DEVELOPERS… Read More →

ULI brings urban planning to Phoenix high schoolers

Jim Belfiore still gets goosebumps when he describes ULI Arizona's UrbanPlan to his peers.

Jim Belfiore, CEO and President of Belfiore Real Estate Consulting, has spent nearly a decade volunteering to help high school students enrolled in economics classes understand the nuances of urban planning and development. In schools where UrbanPlan has been offered, enrollment in the class has “skyrocketed,” he says. Of ULI’s 52 district councils, 15 have… Read More →