Author Archives: Jesse A. Millard

About Jesse A. Millard

Jesse Millard is an associate editor at AZ Big Media.

People to Know: Andrew Smigielski, Southwest Traffic Engineering

by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

Having been raised in Arizona, and driven on every state route crisscrossing Arizona, Andrew Smigielski has a deep relationship with this place he calls home. Smigielski earned degrees from both the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, and “maybe one day from (Northern Arizona University), but who knows,” he says. Smigielski got his first… Read More →

People to Know: John Lewis, East Valley Partnership

by in AZRE Magazine | Newsmakers

The Town of Gilbert’s former mayor never seriously considered running for political office until two economic developers told him Gilbert wasn’t even on the radar for businesses looking to relocate. “That was the motivator for me to take a stronger look at running for mayor, thinking from an economic development standpoint maybe I could help,”… Read More →

People to Know: Rick Collins, Ryan Companies U.S.

Despite attending a university with a renowned commercial real estate school, a suggestion by an eager job-recruiter made Rick Collins aware of an industry that he would eventually take part in leading. When he was working at IBM in the 1980s, Collins was looking to leave the computer world. He saw a right fit in… Read More →

People to Know: Adam Baugh, Withey Morris

The incredible, charismatic and close relationships Adam Baugh witnessed during his legal internship at the Phoenix offices of then-Mayor Phil Gordon convinced Baugh to pursue the legal world of zoning and land use. But after Baugh graduated, he took a job as an immigration attorney working on corporate migration cases. Still wishing to become a… Read More →

How to view the solar eclipse from Arizona

Solar eclipse

As I’m sure you already know, the first solar eclipse in 38 years visible from the U.S. is coming up on Aug. 21.  Finally, for many of us, we’ll get to witness an a truly amazing cosmic event without having the leave the country.   You’ll be able to see the full eclipse from many parts… Read More →

Bob Parsons commits $300,000 to attract filmmakers to Arizona

Bob Parsons

Bob Parsons, the founder of GoDaddy and the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, will provide funding for the Arizona Office of Film and Digital Media for the second year in a row, committing more than $300,000 for this fiscal year. The financial and in-kind contribution will be matched by the Arizona Commerce Authority for the… Read More →

Scottsdale cybersecurity firm Trusona expands to Tokyo

Trusona, a groundbreaking Scottsdale-based identity authentication firm, is opening offices in Tokyo after it secured $10 million in Series B funding from Microsoft Ventures.   This is the firm’s entrance into international markets as the firm hopes to meet growing cybersecurity demands in Japan and the Asia Pacific, according to Trusona’s Tuesday morning announcement.   “Asia’s technological impact on the world is undeniable”, said Ori Eisen, founder and CEO of Trusona. “By focusing… Read More →

The 10 best places to take your Tinder match

At this point, you can add “Meeting your significant other at a bar” to the long list of things Millennials have “killed,” as dating apps like Tinder have become the tool of choice for people seeking relationships. I met my girlfriend of over a year through Tinder and used Tinder off and on throughout college to… Read More →

Scottsdale Fashion Square unveils plans for major makeover

Scottsdale Fashion Square
by in AZRE Magazine | Retail

The renovations at Scottsdale Fashion Square show a mall willing to continue to provide the experiential retail experiences of the future, as malls across the nation close down, or renovate in hopes of attracting non-retail users.  “(Scottsdale Fashion Square) is very well leased with an occupancy of just about 97 percent,” says Kim Choukalas, vice president of leasing for Macerich, the… Read More →

Phoenix drops to No. 17 in CBRE’s tech talent report


Job growth that wasn’t as “outstanding” in 2016 compared with 2010 lowered Phoenix’s ranking from No. 11 to to No. 17  in CBRE’s annual Scoring Tech Talent Report. CBRE Research rates tech job growth on a five-year rolling average, and the Phoenix area’s tech job growth was among the strongest in the country from 2010 to… Read More →

Lyft Lux launches in Phoenix, allowing you to ride-share in style


Arriving in style depends on two things: how you look and your vehicle. Lyft has the vehicle part covered now, after the ride-sharing service made Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV available in Phoenix, according to a Thursday announcement. Lyft wants passengers who are in need of a luxury vehicle to count on the service the next… Read More →

Orbital ATK opens Gilbert engineering facility, plans to hire 155

Orbital ATK

Virginia-based aerospace and defense firm Orbital ATK opened a 60,000-square-foot workspace in Gilbert for its engineers working on the satellites being manufactured next door. In the next five years, Orbital ATK will be hiring 155 employees to work at the satellite engineering facility, said Rick Kettner, Orbital ATK Gilbert site director. The engineering building opened… Read More →

How can you find the best philanthropic fit for your company?

Think of the last nonprofit cause or event you supported. Chances are there was some sort of corporate sponsor, which played a big role in helping move the cause forward or make the event a success. “Businesses and nonprofits both have a critical role to play in making Arizona a place we are all proud to call home,”… Read More →

As ridership triples, Lyft opens driver hub in Phoenix


The ride-sharing technology company Lyft — famous for its pink mustachioed cars — unveiled a hub for drivers in Phoenix as the company says it tripled its number of rides since last year. In 2016, Lyft contributed $40 million to the Phoenix area economy, said Drena Kusari, the ride-sharing company’s southwest region general manager. Lyft… Read More →

Phoenix consumer spending rises, small business benefits

There might be a break from a decline in consumer spending in Phoenix as year-over-year consumer spending increased nearly one percent in February, according to the Local Consumer Commerce Index released by JPMorgan Chase & Co. this month. In the past few years, there has been a general decline in consumer spending with lower growth from 2014 to 2016, but the… Read More →