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AZ Business Magazine

About AZ Business Magazine

Over the past 30 years, AZ Big Media has grown to encompass not just Az Business magazine, but also a whole host of other publications and signature events. Az Business magazine is the state’s leading business publication. Published by AZ Big Media, the magazine covers a wide-range of topics focusing on the Arizona business scene, and is aimed at high-level corporate executives and business owners.

MJ Insurance relocates to larger Arizona office

MJ Insurance

MJ Insurance, one of the nation’s largest privately-held insurance agencies with more than five decades of success, is expanding its Arizona location to a larger, more expansive space allowing for future growth in a new, collaborative workplace. In mid-September, MJ Insurance is moving from its current Camelback Corridor location to 3900 E. Camelback Road, Suite… Read More →

Which cities are Golden Prospector Award winners?

Arizona Association for Economic Development

The Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) presented 11 Golden Prospector Awards and seven Golden Prospector Awards of Merit recognizing excellence, innovation and creativity in economic development. The Town of Gilbert won four Golden Prospector Awards for its “Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report,” special events “Business Walk” and “Red Carpet Tour & Mayor’s Economic Forecast,” and… Read More →

Shea Homes buys 75.3-acres near Ray and Recker Roads


Gilbert is getting some new neighbors as Shea Homes purchases 75.3-acres for three upcoming communities on the land. Shea Homes bought the land for $16 million from Atlas Development II LLC., and the home developers will start development on the new communities in October. The upcoming homes will range from 1,723 to 3,351 square feet.… Read More →

ON Semiconductor completes $2.4 billion acquisition

ON Semiconductor Corporation

ON Semiconductor Corporation (Nasdaq: ON) (“ON Semiconductor”) and Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc. (Nasdaq: FCS) (“Fairchild”) jointly announced Monday that ON Semiconductor has successfully completed its previously announced $2.4 billion cash acquisition of Fairchild. “The acquisition of Fairchild is a transformative step in our quest to become the premier supplier of power management and analog semiconductor solutions for… Read More →

Which 2 Arizona cities are considered the most fun?

Troon North Golf Club
Overview, Pinnacle Course
Scottsdale, Arizona

A WalletHub report recently crunched the numbers to find which cities are the Most Fun Cities in America, and the 2016 rendition of the report found two of Arizona’s cities to be in the top 20. The report took a look at 150 of the country’s largest cities, accounting for 51 metrics that include everything from… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: UMB Bank

UMB Bank

UMB Bank Most Admired Company: 2015, 2016 Top Arizona executive: Jim Patterson, CEO of UMB Bank Arizona What it does: Provides a comprehensive suite of banking products and services. Admirable quality: Patterson has been CEO of UMB in Arizona since 2009. During that time, he has helped the region become one of the largest in… Read More →

2016 Most Admired Company: Wildflower Bread Company

Wildflower Bread Company

Wildflower Bread Company Most Admired Company: 2016 Top Arizona executive: Louis Basile, founder and CEO What it does: Offers a full line of specialty bakery items, gourmet sandwiches, salads, homemade soups and cafe beverages. Admirable quality: Wildflower developed a unique on-boarding experience for all new Breadheads (employees). During the first four weeks at Wildflower, Breadheads… Read More →

Former Hermosa Inn executive launches hospitality business

Michael Gildersleeve got his start in hospitality in the 1970’s, when he helped open three new resorts and restructure six properties. (Photo courtesy of Patton Asset Management)

After spending over 35 years working with some of the most unique hospitality brands in the industry and transforming The Hermosa Inn into a world-renowned AAA Four Diamond resort, Michael Gildersleeve has since set out to help other brands achieve the same success by forming his own company, Patton Asset Management. “After overseeing so many… Read More →

Tempe Chamber of Commerce names Tempe Leadership members


Tempe Leadership, a program of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce, announced the upcoming 2016-2017 members of Class XXXII. More than 34 individuals who live and/or work in Tempe applied to be a part of the long-standing leadership program. An executive committee of seven current Tempe Leadership Board of Directors members interviewed each candidate and determined… Read More →

Who earned the Most Admired Companies’ Spotlight Awards?

Brad and Heidi Jannenga are co-founders of WebPT.

A crowd of nearly 400 packed Chateau Luxe in Phoenix Thursday to honor 2016’s Most Admired Companies in Arizona.   Photos by Mike Mertes and Southwest Selfies “Our primary goal in developing the MAC program was to find and recognize those companies that set a standard of excellence that other businesses should aspire to achieve,”… Read More →

Realty Executives named official sponsor of The Polo Party

Realty Executives

Realty Executives Phoenix has been named the Official Real Estate Sponsor of the 2017 Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championship. The world’s most well attended polo event will take place on Saturday, November 5th on the fields at WestWorld of Scottsdale. This year, Realty Executives will be adding to the event’s featured attractions with their own hospitality… Read More →

Kneaders Bakery teams up to help children with cancer

Kneaders Bakery

Every day, 43 children in America are diagnosed with cancer. Salt Lake City-based Kneaders Bakery & Café is partnerING with Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) during the month of September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, on a campaign to fight childhood cancer. Dr. Joshua Schiffman, M.D., with HCI and the University of Utah, is conducting groundbreaking research into elephant DNA which may unlock… Read More →

Papago Brewing Company acquired by Tempe brewing company

Photo by MMPR Marketing

Huss Brewing Co., the award-winning quality lager and aleworks brewery based in Tempe, acquired the landmark craft beer brand, Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale. Led by the husband and wife team of Leah and Jeff Huss, Huss Brewing Co. was founded in 2013 and was already recognized as the state’s fastest-growing brewery and No. 13 in the… Read More →

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union selects digital platform qvist

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, Arizona’s largest credit union with $4 billion in assets, has partnered with Alkami Technology to provide its ORB digital banking platform to its more than 220,000 online banking users. Alkami’s platform will integrate with Desert Schools’ Corelation core platform. With Alkami’s ORB, Desert Schools’ members will have access to a modern, unified… Read More →

Phoenix PRSA announces Copper Anvil Award winners  Elnur Amikishiyev

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Phoenix chapter awarded 38 awards during its annual Copper Anvil Awards, a program that recognizes outstanding public relations tactics and campaigns that reflect the highest standards of performance in public relations. During the event on Sept. 8, two additional awards of recognition and two student scholarships were presented. The PRSA… Read More →