Author Archives: Jesse Canales

What makes the Foundation for Blind Children a Project to Know?

Foundation for Blind Children
by in AZRE Magazine

Some people don’t know the Foundation for Blind Children exists in North Phoenix despite being one of the largest preschools in the country, which motived the construction project to make itself more visible to the public. March Ashton, CEO of FBC, was looking for a “wow factor” and SmithGroupJJR delivered. “Two years ago, I approached… Read More →

People & Projects to Know: Attorneys

by in AZRE Magazine

D. Kim Lough Construction law partner Jennings, Haug & Cunningham Kim Lough enjoys the excitement of the litigation battle and prevailing when the jury reads a favorable verdict. He was drawn to the battle at a young age, growing up in Tucson and realizing in seventh grade he wanted to become a lawyer. His friends’… Read More →

Refugees, former inmates may be solution to skilled labor shortage

by in AZRE Magazine | Construction

A recent uptick of construction throughout Arizona has generated an increased demand for skilled laborers, which staffing companies are trying to meet despite the shortage of skilled labor. “You can throw a rock in any direction and hit a construction site,” says 1-Call Staffing Owner Matt Beller. “There is just so much going on right… Read More →

People & Projects to Know: Dawn Hart

Dawn Hart
by in Architecture | AZRE Magazine

Dawn Hart graduated from Wisconsin University with a Master’s in Architecture but her love for architectural design dates back to when she was a young girl. She remembers being 10-years-old and using the fallen autumn leaves to create floor plans outside. Even the time she spent playing with Barbies incorporated floor plans and design layouts.… Read More →

Phoenix Fashion Week Profile: from wallflower to model

Phoenix Fashion Week

Phoenix Fashion Week might just be another fashion organization to the audience and general public, but to the models, designers and others involved, Phoenix Fashion Week is a giant family. Bianca Mead, this year’s host and 2014 Model of the Year winner, says Phoenix Fashion Week is her second family, who helped her gain her confidence and… Read More →

Global inspiration comes together with Fashion Week designs

African culture with a western twist is what Emily Smith, the designer behind Mowa by Emily Smith, tries to create with every outfit. Smith is one of Phoenix Fashion Week’s top 11 designers and at 23 she became one of the fashion show’s youngest designers. Smith’s family background is as diverse as her accent. Her father… Read More →

The virtual reality of modern banking

When most people think about traditional banking, they envision long lines leading up to the bank teller from their local brick-and-mortar bank. Well, that style of banking maybe coming to a close. Modern banking can take place at home or on the go. Banking has become as simple as a tap or click of a… Read More →

Despite inexperience, young student rises to top at Phoenix Fashion Week model search

Phoenix Fashion Week

When we go through our email we sort through messages from work, friends, family, and of course junk mail. But every now and then, we get a message that might change everything. Chloe Bauer, 14, began her modeling career after her mother, Vickie, received an email about Phoenix Fashion Week’s model search that took place… Read More →

Two career changes later, a life dedicated to jewelry design

Starting a new career can always be difficult. Add giving birth to your first child, and a move to a new city to the equation, and things become enormously more complicated. That difficult situation is what 2016 Phoenix Fashion Week Emerging Designer Bootcamp jewelry designer Monica Mauro went through. Recently 40 designers and 40 models were… Read More →

NAIOP Developing Leaders Mentor program names contest winners

NAIOP Developing Leaders
by in AZRE Magazine

A dozen young professionals from all corners of the real estate industry in the Valley were taken under the wings of seasoned veterans in the industry as part of NAIOP’s annual Developing Leaders Mentor Program Protégé Class that recently concluded with a competition and case study presentation. The class is a year-long program where those selected attend educational… Read More →

Nerd nirvana: Bonus Round looks to tie community together

Arcade bar

If you’re looking to go where people know your name, you might want to head over to Phoenix’s new arcade bar, Bonus Round. You may not get greeted like it’s an episode of ‘Cheers’, but Jacob Rendel and James Goshow opened Bonus Round to create a community-based environment where folks can comfortably enjoy nerd culture with… Read More →

LeadershipYOU gives students career advice, helicopter ride


Four Arizona college students became the first winners of the LeadershipYOU Career Coaching Event, receiving career advice from a local entrepreneur and a helicopter tour. The winners flew in a helicopter over Phoenix and Scottsdale, which was flown by Dr. John Shufeldt, author of the book “LeadershipYOU: Your Future Starts With You.” The contestant winners… Read More →

Phoenix Fashion Week hosts ‘Model of the Year’ search

Phoenix Fashion Week

“You are still in the running to be Phoenix Fashion Week’s Model of the Year.” That line was heard by 40 emerging models at Thursday night’s Emerging Designers & ‘Fresh Face’ Models Launch Party in Old Town Scottsdale’s Livewire. Forty models, male and female, were selected to compete to win the coveted prize, Model of the… Read More →

Copa America brings Fútbol to Westgate


Fans pour in to fill up the University of Phoenix Stadium. The national anthem begins to play, a whistle blows and the football game begins.  But this isn’t the typical football game an Arizona Cardinals fan maybe familiar with, its the Copa America soccer match between Ecuador and Peru. This years’ tournament marks the tournament’s 100-year… Read More →