Author Archives: Meryl Fishler

Meryl Fishler

About Meryl Fishler

Meryl Fishler is a writer, student and sports enthusiast. She was born in raised in New Jersey and moved to Arizona to pursue a degree in journalism at the Walter Cronkite school at ASU. In her spare time you can find her watching the game or poolside. She is always up for adventure and loves to travel with dreams of making it to every continent.

Entrepreneurs go from poker to peonies

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Three guys turned poker winning into a budding startup that is redefining the flower industry and it is coming to Phoenix. David Daneshgar, who won an event at the 2008 World Series of Poker, turned a $1,000 buy-in at a poker tournament into the source of initial funding for BloomNation. This Santa Monica startup, often… Read More →

AZRE Source: The private land grab

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It is obvious the Valley is landlocked, but not all of that land is up for grabs. Only 17 percent of land in Arizona is private land available for development. The public state trust owns a majority of the undeveloped land in the state. “I felt this is a well-kept secret,” said Kuldip Verma, CEO… Read More →

Ladder Down helps female attorneys rise in profession

Alison Christian, shareholder at Christian Dichter & Sluga.

More women are becoming lawyers, but they are struggling to earn positions as equity partners and shareholders at their firms. “The real issue is that institutional obstacles have been in place that have made it very difficult for women to excel,” said Alison Christian, shareholder at Christian Dichter & Sluga. Christian and Beth Fitch, founding… Read More →

AZRE Forum enlists industry leaders for panels

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AZ Big Media is hosting prominent Arizona commercial real estate professionals at its inaugural AZRE Forum, a mid-year industry update and forecast. “AZRE is the leading commercial real estate magazine in the Valley,” says editor Amanda Ventura. “The AZRE Forum is a new way for AZ Big Media and AZRE to reach its readership and… Read More →

After Hours: Wheelin’ and dealin’ Rob Martensen

Photo: Mike Mertes, Az Big Media

Colliers International Senior Vice President Rob Martensen has been involved in more than 600 transactions, including industrial sales, leasing, build-to-suits and land sales, but when he isn’t making a deal he is in the driver’s seat. How did you get into off-road racing? I just grew up going to the races and got the opportunity to… Read More →

How to protect AC unit during monsoons

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Is your air conditioner ready for the dust storms, torrential downpours, thunder and lightning that is monsoon season? When an air conditioning system stops working during an Arizona summer, it is the worst and it can be very costly to repair or replace. Preventative maintenance is key to keeping you cool in the hot summer… Read More →

Arizona becomes a top state for green building

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Arizona real estate is LEED-ing the way, breaking into the Top 10 in the nation for the most projects per capita certified LEED for its green building initiative. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program where projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification. The… Read More →

How to save green on green building

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Experts say the key to saving money when building green is remembering LEED programs are project specific and what works for one project may not benefit another. Here are some tips to save green while building green. • Start and the process early. You can keep costs lower if you know what you want. This will… Read More →

A facelift can make you more popular, study finds

Stem Cells Give Plastic Surgery A Facelift

Even though we are taught to “never judge a book by its cover,” a new study suggests people make immediate judgments about someone’s character based on his or her appearance. The study suggests women who underwent facial rejuvenation surgery were perceived to be not only more attractive, but also more likeable, to have better social… Read More →

Arizona’s aerospace industry may turn to space tourism

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Arizona’s missile and space vehicle industry has faced massive cuts to its government contracts over the last four years, forcing some companies to explore other revenue sources. Experts said the industry may turn to space tourism and commercial space programs to fill that gap. The state has several advantages to expand in this market: good… Read More →

ASU researchers find potential clues to ovarian cancer

Karen Anderson, a researcher at the Biodesign Institute, started out with about 10,000 possible biomarkers for ovarian cancer.

Arizona State University researchers said they have identified three promising biological signals that could help detect ovarian cancer before patients display any symptoms. Researchers from the Biodesign Institute said identifying the biomarkers – a type of blood-born signal – is another step toward early detection. ASU’s new study is the first use of high density… Read More →

Experts share ‘wins and losses’ on Arizona state budget

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Alberta Charney said she hasn’t heard much outrage from the business community over Arizona’s latest budget. “Maybe we are used to it,” said the research economist at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. “We have seen so many cuts over the years.” The fiscal 2016 budget is no different. Gov. Doug Ducey… Read More →

The gamification of marketing

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For centuries, games have been a paramount element of society. Now, marketers have found a way to harness the power of games to change the way businesses engage with customers. Gamification is the application of game intelligence and mechanics in non-game contexts to engage users. Hoping to capitalize on the more than 183 million active… Read More →

How Does ‘Vaping’ Fit Into Workplace Smoking Bans?

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In 2006, Arizonans made their voices heard by passing the Smoke-Free Act, which prohibits smoking tobacco products in places of employment, but where do electronic cigarettes and “vaping” — the act of inhaling water vapor through a personal vaporizer or electronic cigarette — fit into the equation? In the past 8 years e-cigarettes have become… Read More →

Could fantasy football land you in jail?

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September 26, 2014 by in AZ Business Magazine | Featured | Legal | Sports

With football season here, fantasy leagues are scoring big with sports fans. But, what may throw many Arizonans for a loss is many sports fans’ favorite pastime can also be a crime. The multi-billion dollar fantasy sports industry is illegal in Arizona, creating potential legal risks and gray areas for fantasy sport enthusiasts. Since fantasy… Read More →