Author Archives: Greg Sexton


WGM earns Microsoft ‘Champions’ award

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WGM Associates, a Scottsdale-based information technology consulting, security and application development firm, was recognized by Microsoft as a “Small to Midsized Business Champion” at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. The Microsoft U.S. SMB Champions Club recognizes top performing partners that deliver cloud-based IT services and solutions to small and midsized business (SMB) customers. To earn… Read More →

Brookfield donates playhouse to Phoenix Zoo

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Brookfield Communities, a successful master-plan developer of two Arizona active adult communities and large land-holder, is helping to raise funds for the Phoenix Zoo’s conservation and educational programs for a second consecutive year. The Phoenix-based developer and home builder has teamed up with its architect partners to custom design and build a unique western themed… Read More →

Banner Children’s Academy to open in Tempe

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Students with autism, emotional and learning disabilities will have a new place to learn this fall when a nationally-accredited school, specifically established for their needs, moves to a larger, more expansive location in the East Valley. Banner Children’s Academy of Education & Development, a newly named school operated by Banner Behavioral Health in Scottsdale, opens… Read More →

Fox Creek Extends ‘Leaseback’ Option

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As construction officially commences at The Ridge, Brookfield Communities’ newest neighborhood at its Fox Creek development along the Colorado River in Bullhead City, a few select homebuyers will be able to participate in a unique “leaseback” program. Here’s how it works: Brookfield sells a home to an individual buyer who agrees to leaseback the home… Read More →

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute partners with Novartis

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Researchers from the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute (BAI) today announced a partnership with Novartis in a pioneering medical trial to determine whether two investigational anti-amyloid drugs—an active immunotherapy and an oral medication—can prevent or delay the emergence of symptoms of Alzheimer’s in people at particularly high risk for developing the disease at older ages. The five-year… Read More →

Mortgage lenders prepare for impact of Dodd-Frank Act

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Stan Feffer is president and chief operating officer of Grand Canyon Title Agency, Inc. – a Phoenix-based firm with 18 offices located throughout Maricopa County. When Feffer is not leading Grand Canyon’s 120 employees, he prefers to navigate the cool waters off the coast of San Diego on his surf board. Patiently waiting for the… Read More →

Poll: Education remains top priority for Arizona voters

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Education is one of the most important issues facing Arizona according to a recent poll of 500 likely voters in Arizona conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of Expect More Arizona. Furthermore, more than 6-in-10 of those surveyed say education is “one of the most important” or “a very important” issue as they decide… Read More →

WGM Associates acquires Nimbus

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November 22, 2013 by in Business News | Tech

WGM Associates, a Scottsdale-based information technology consulting and application development firm, has acquired Phoenix-based Nimbus Optimized Computing. Terms of the deal between the two privately-held firms were not disclosed. Nimbus plans, designs and delivers cloud computing solutions to help small and medium-sized businesses consolidate and standardize their information technology systems while reducing costs and improving… Read More →

MJ Insurance reports record revenue

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October 9, 2013 by in Business News | Economy

MJ Insurance, one of the nation’s largest privately-held insurance agencies, has reported double digit year-over-year growth with an 11 percent increase across all business lines. The agency also reported record all-time high revenues of $25 million. MJ’s fiscal year runs from September to September and for fiscal 2013, MJ saw solid growth in both employee… Read More →

Banner Thunderbird celebrates 30th anniversary

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October 3, 2013 by in Events | Featured | Healthcare

Banner Thunderbird Medical Center will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a free community health fair/anniversary celebration from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 9 on the hospital’s campus, 5555 W. Thunderbird Road in Glendale. Banner Thunderbird opened in 1983 as a 150-bed-hospital with a single patient tower, eleven Emergency Room beds and six operating… Read More →

Aerospace & Defense Forum launches Arizona Chapter

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September 26, 2013 by in Business News | Legal | Tech

The Aerospace & Defense Forum, a global aerospace and defense organization promoting collaboration and commerce among industry leaders, has established an Arizona chapter which will launch in October. An impressive line-up of Arizona business leaders will lead the Arizona Chapter Steering Committee and host monthly meetings and networking events. The Phoenix meetings will be hosted… Read More →

Greenberg Traurig Expands Phoenix Labor Practice

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September 23, 2013 by in Events | Featured | Legal | Women In Business

The Phoenix office of the international law firm, Greenberg Traurig, has expanded its Labor and Employment Practice, adding two seasoned shareholders to serve client demand. Three accomplished employment attorneys, all listed in the 2014 edition of Best Lawyers in America, and two experienced associates, now comprise the firm’s growing Phoenix practice group. The group will… Read More →

Homebuilder donates playhouses to Phoenix Zoo charity

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September 17, 2013 by in Featured | Nonprofit | Real Estate

Brookfield Communities, a successful master-plan developer of two Arizona active adult communities and large land-holder, has teamed up with its architect partners to custom design and build two unique playhouses to help raise money for the Phoenix Zoo’s conservation initiatives and educational programs. Phil Petersen, founder and president of Brookfield Communities and also a Phoenix… Read More →

New CMO at Cardon Children’s

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September 12, 2013 by in Business News | Healthcare

David Moromisato, MD, has joined Banner Children’s at Cardon Children’s Medical Center as chief medical officer. Dr. Moromisato’s extensive medical background includes nearly 20 years of service in the health care industry. He began his medical career as a staff physician in the pediatric intensive care unit at Combined Harbor – UCLA Medical Center in… Read More →

Smith to lead Banner Health Information Technology

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August 31, 2013 by in Business News | Healthcare | Tech

Ryan L. Smith has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Banner Health. Coming from Intermountain Healthcare after 20 years of various Information Technology (IT) leadership positions, including his most recent as Administrative Vice President of Applications and Operations, Smith will be replacing Mike Warden, who is retiring on Sept. 30. “Banner… Read More →