Author Archives: Eric Shepperd

About Eric Shepperd

I love working in a challenging position with Information Technology that requires integrating strong technical proficiency, honesty, teamwork, and leadership. A very tech savvy person who can adapt to situations in a calm collective manner completing the task at hand.

Custom Home: Hacienda de Primavera

by in Home & Design

The owners call their desert mountainside home “Hacienda del Sueño” (“Dream Home”), but the moniker could also be “Home of Spring,” — “Hacienda de Primavera.” Built by Scottsdale’s La Casa Builders, the 7,248-square-foot Modern Hacienda eloquently expresses the owners’ vision, easily flexing for a multi-faceted lifestyle that finds them as much outside as in —… Read More →

Grimaldi’s CEO knows importance of customer service

Joseph Ciollo is CEO of Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, which has seven Arizona locations, more than 30 across the country, and close to 2,500 employees. Az Business: What was your first job? Joseph Ciollo: For approximately five years — from ages 13 to 18 — I had a paper route that was about three miles from my… Read More →

America’s no good, very bad corporate income tax

Arizona is doing all it can to develop a more competitive tax environment in order to attract jobs, but we’re getting no help from the feds. The state over the last few years has scratched and clawed its way on the road to economic recovery. Staring down 300,000 lost jobs since the beginning of the… Read More →

Hotel Palomar Phoenix Offers Spring Training Package

by in Featured | Tourism

Batter up! Baseball season is around the corner as Spring Training officially kicks off in Arizona on Feb. 27 with the Cactus League playing at 11 stadiums across the Valley.  Fans from all over the country are taking over the Valley of the Sun to cheer on their home team. Downtown Phoenix’s newest hotel, Kimpton’s… Read More →

Do You Live in Fear of an IRS Audit?

by in Featured

It is no secret that one of the biggest fears people have is receiving an audit notice from the IRS. It ranks right up there with being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Of course, the IRS does nothing to alleviate this fear because the more frightened you are, the less likely you will be to… Read More →

3 Tips for Keeping More of Your Own Money

by in Featured

Nearly 150 million Americans will file federal income tax returns this year and, unfortunately, many will be shelling out much more of their hard-earned money than necessary, says veteran financial expert Jeff Gorton. “With the ridiculous complexity of our tax code, I can understand how the average person might want to put off doing their… Read More →

Buck Truck Adds Substance to Food Drives

by in Business News | Featured

Tempe, nonprofit, crowd-funding, grocery stores, farmers, donate perishable food items, Buck Truck, Tempe Leadership, United Food Bank, Mesa, Ed Baker, Tempe Chamber of Commerce, Lisa Pino, Arizona A Tempe-based nonprofit is utilizing the power of crowd-funding to enable grocery stores and farmers to donate perishable food items. Buck Truck, a project of this year’s Tempe… Read More →

Midwestern University Expands Leadership Team

Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Midwestern University has announced an expansion of the senior management of the University as it continues with carefully planned growth and ever-expanding graduate healthcare programs. Teresa Welch Fossum, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D., DACVS, has assumed a new position as the Vice President of Research and Strategic Initiatives,… Read More →

Arizona Telemedicine Names Associate Director

Nancy Rowe, a national leader in the telemedicine field, has been named associate director for outreach for the Arizona Telemedicine Program (ATP). Rowe will work toward expanding ATP’s connections with hospitals and other health-care providers in Northern Arizona. She also will assist in marketing and training efforts. Rowe assumed her new role with ATP on… Read More →

W. P. Carey School Offers 4 Free Summer Programs

by in Business News | Education

One of the top business schools in the nation is about to offer high school students four free summer programs to help them learn what college life is really like. The highly ranked W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is now accepting applications for all four college-prep programs, each with a… Read More →

Arizona: The State of the Solar State

Sustainable Energy in Arizona - AB Magazine November/December 2011

2013 was an event horizon for the solar electric industry in Arizona. The year brought acrimonious debate over net metering, as the utility industry attempted to reel-in a burgeoning rooftop solar movement that it had portrayed in a white-paper as a threat to its century-old business model and profit margins. The utility industry employed hard-core… Read More →

Hacking & ID Theft: Are You Next?

by in Featured | Tech

At least 110 million consumers were affected by the hack involving Target and Neiman Marcus retailers. Whether or not millions more will have their identities manipulated and finances ruined within the coming months due to more breaches of security at other stores is anyone’s guess, says identity theft recovery expert Scott A. Merritt. “By necessity,… Read More →

4 Marketing Must-Do’s for 2014

Internet Marketing Words, Off Madison Ave
by in Featured | Marketing

I love the fresh-scrubbed feel of a new year. It’s a great time to set goals for myself and my company, which always fires me up and inspires me to charge ahead. I do more looking forward this time of year than looking back, but it is important to pause and take stock of where… Read More →

The politics of economic growth

Thomas Lavalette
by in Economy | Featured | Politics

This is a turning-point election for Arizona. Seven candidates seek the governor’s post, the most important elected position in Arizona. Economic development and business leaders are concerned about the state’s image in the global market and what it will take to make the area competitive in the next economy. The new governor will need to… Read More →

Are Your Meetings a Waste of Time?

Deliver on Your ROI, Business Meetings
by in Featured

In survey after survey, meetings get knocked by everyone from employees to senior executives as being among the biggest waste of work hours. In one poll, by Office Team, 45 percent of senior executives said their firms would be more productive if they banned all meetings at least one day a week! “The problem that… Read More →