Author Archives: Leigh Anne Zinsmeister

About Leigh Anne Zinsmeister

Leigh Anne Zinsmeister is a junior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She was an editorial intern for AZ Big Media from January 2009 until May 2010, and is currently working for The Arizona Republic as a copy-editing intern.

Jim Todd Never Dreamed He Would Be The Valley’s Main Aerial Photographer

Jim Todd in a helicopter - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

Jim Todd Todd Photographic Services Title: President Est: 1990  | “We’re the only aerial photographer in town that can shoot it, process it, print it, mount it, frame it and get it out the door same day — and that’s huge.” – Jim Todd When Jim Todd began Todd Photographic Services 20 years ago… Read More →

Tenant Improvement Projects Showcase Extraordinary Design

Tenant Improvement - AZRE Magazine July/August 2010

Tenant Improvement Tenant improvement projects happen every day, but some stand out from the rest with their brilliant, unique design. Three such projects have been completed over the past year in the Valley — transforming not only their buildings, but the neighborhoods and communities in which they stand. Blasts from the Past A couple of… Read More →

La Hacienda Returns To The Fairmont Scottsdale

La Hacienda at The Fairmont Scottsdale - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

Tucked away at the Fairmont Scottsdale is a hidden gem and an old friend, La Hacienda. After shutting its doors in 2008, the fine-dining Mexican restaurant was re-opened in January with a new chef and new décor. The Fairmont is touting the re-opened La Hacienda as having “a fresh, contemporary twist.” The restaurant’s traditional Spanish… Read More →

Great Cuisine Helps Lure People To Downtown Phoenix After Dark

Downtown Phoenix After Dark - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

It’s amazing how quickly things can change. As recently as five years ago, Downtown Phoenix was practically deserted in the evenings. It was a place people came to during the day to work, but left as soon as 5 p.m. hit. Now, Downtown Phoenix has finally become a destination for concerts, sporting events and a… Read More →

Tomaso’s Sibling Restaurant, Tommy V’s, Strives For An Italian Tavern Vibe

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Tomaso Maggiore has been the king of fine Italian dining in the Valley since the 1970s. Now, his Tommy V’s Osteria Pizzeria is offering a slightly more casual, but still exquisite, alternative to his signature restaurant, Tomaso’s. “… Tommy V’s felt like a neighborhood dining establishment — a place to relax in after a long,… Read More →

Arizona Medical Centers Provide Opportunities For Doctors To Help In The Wake Of Haiti’s Disaster

Surgeons working on a Haitian earthquake victim

When a massive earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, the video images of the horrifying destruction moved millions around the world to tears. Here in the Valley, the news also moved many physicians to take action and head to Haiti. Four of those doctors making the journey were David Beyda, Grant Padley, Ara Feinstein and… Read More →

Heidi Paley & Mike Dietterick, Co-owners Of EnVizon, Launched Their Company Amidst An Economic Slowdown

Heidi and Mike standing in front of a TV with their logo on the screen

Heidi Paley & Mike Dietterick EnVizon Title: Co-Owners Est: 2007  | “Even though there’s that recession out there, there’s been more of an opportunity for us in Arizona. It’s a very good market to be in.” – Heidi Paley In April 2007, Heidi Paley took a risk. At a time when the economy was… Read More →

Regions Bistro & Bar Highlights Recipes From Around The Country

foreground desert tray with coffee press and cup out of focus in background

With a brand new location in Scottsdale, Regions Bistro & Bar is serving American comfort food in style. In fact, it’s serving the type of homestyle cooking that would make Mom proud. Every month, one page in the menu changes to represent food from a different region (get it?) of the United States — from… Read More →

Summertime Cool: For Temporary Relief From The Arizona Heat, Check Out These Neighboring Attractions

View of a California beach

Summertime is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to plan a summer escape. Luckily, you don’t have to go far: the Southwest is full of fun, exciting destinations no matter what your vacation style. From the beaches of Southern California to the mountains of Colorado, there’s something for everyone right here in our own… Read More →

Steve Randazzo, Owner Of Randazzo’s Home Systems, Is A Self-Described ‘Gadget Guy’

steve randazzo projected on a home theater screen

Steve Randazzo Randazzo’s Home Systems Title: Owner Est: 2005 | “I love music and sound systems, I love movies, TV and presenting those formats for overall enjoyment.” – Steve Randazzo, Randazzo’s Home Systems Steve Randazzo describes himself as a “gadget guy.” His love of music, movies and television has been the foundation of his… Read More →

New Italian Eatery Bice Bistro Opens In Glendale’s Westgate City Center

Seafood in white dish

Bice Bistro at Westgate City Center Among the array of restaurants at the ever-growing Westgate City Center in Glendale is a new standout: Bice Bistro. The Italian restaurant has a contemporary feel from the moment you step inside. The decor is light and sophisticated, and attention is immediately drawn to the wine wall lining one… Read More →

Pasquale J. Piscitelli, Founder And CEO Of Simply Surveillance, Took His Background In Technology To The 24-hour Monitoring Business

Man standing in front of building pointing a surveillance camera at you

Pasquale J. Piscitelli Simply Surveillance Title: Founder and CEO Est.: 2003 “The greatest achievement is starting with just a vision and shoestring budget, and then being able to complete projects that challenge most large companies while keeping our integrity.” – Pasquale J. Piscitelli, founder and CEO of Simply Surveillance Pasquale J. Piscitelli has always worked… Read More →

‘Valentine’s Day’ Film Is Going Green

Valentine's Day Film Goes Green
by in Blogs | Green | Tech

The new romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day,” in theatres now, has been getting a lot of hype for its star-studded cast, which includes such famous actors as Julia Roberts, Patrick Dempsey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Biel. While the names on the movie posters are sure to draw in a wide audience, the film really hasn’t been… Read More →

Ron Edwards, Executive Producer And CEO Of Audio-Video Networks, Always Knew He Would Work In The Music Industry

Ron Edwards Audio-Video Networks Title: Executive Producer and CEO Est: 1985  | “It’s my job to find out what makes a business unique and to turn it into a campaign; to think outside of the box.” – Ron Edwards When he was just five years old, Ron Edwards, executive producer and CEO of Phoenix-based… Read More →