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.

ULI Arizona’s ‘Shark Tank’ participants get real

Shark Tank

The Urban Land institute’s Arizona District Council is bringing together real deals and expert money in an event tailored after popular investment reality show “Shark Tank.” Entrepreneurs present real estate development proposals to a panel of ‘sharks’ (read: veteran real estate investors) and an audience of real estate professionals with hope of being awarded investment… Read More →

Technology and regulation are changing banking

Global Internet credit card payment

The banking industry in Arizona has improved since the the Great Recession; profitability and earnings are up, the number of the FDIC troubled banks list is down and the number of troubled loans and foreclosures are both down. Things are looking great, right? Larger institutions in Arizona are doing well because of their relationship to… Read More →

ESI Ergonomic Solutions creates efficient workplace


A few simple tweaks to the design of an office space can make all the difference when it comes to employee productivity. Mesa-based ESI Ergonomic Solutions CEO Carol Keogh has launched a national campaign called “Workspaceology,” which focuses on the science of workplace design as it relates to company culture and how designing a workplace that… Read More →

Salvation Army celebrates 150th anniversary

by in AZ Business Magazine | Nonprofit

A crowd of more than 900 packed the Arizona Biltmore’s Frank Lloyd Wright Ballroom to celebrate the Salvation Army‘s 150th anniversary. William Booth’s mission was to help feed the hungry and homeless and lift up the thieves, prostitutes and drunkards who needed salvation in the abject poverty of London in 1865. As he helped people… Read More →

Kybella offers non-surgical option to improve appearance

Valley certified plastic surgeon Daniel Shapiro, MD, FACS,

“Only old people have double chins,” said Sheila Morgan.  As a professional woman, Morgan wants to look and feel her best when it comes to her appearance and not have her looks hold her back.  However, after someone pointed out her double chin, she felt old. And that is something you don’t want to feel… Read More →

PurpleLight raises awareness of pancreatic cancer


Pancreatic cancer is currently the fourth-leading cause of cancer related deaths in the country and is expected to become the second by 2020.  The Phoenix affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a nonprofit, patient-based advocacy organization, is trying to raise awareness about one of the nation’s deadliest cancers with its upcoming PurpleLight on Oct. 25 in Phoenix. The… Read More →

Charlie Rose earns ASU’s Walter Cronkite Award


A crowd of more than 1,000 industry leaders in media, politics, business and education along with students were on hand Monday as the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University presented this year’s Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism to Charlie Rose. Rose earned a standing ovation as the award-winning anchor of “CBS This… Read More →

Big Deals: Julie Johnson is a star-crossed broker

Photo by Robin Sendele, Az Big Media

Julie Johnson’s first job out of college was to conduct failure analysis for airplane turbine blades, and she couldn’t have been more bored. She graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering with aspirations of conducting research for a space program. A career in healthcare real estate leasing, investment sales and site selection… Read More →

Canadians help heat up Arizona economy

Icefields Parkway, Banff; Jasper National Parks, Alberta, Canada
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy | Featured

Canadians love escaping the cold and traveling south to soak up the Arizona sun, but Arizona is becoming more than just a vacation destination for Canadians. Arizona’s economic climate offers Canadian companies a great place to enter the U.S. market, and Canadian companies are taking advantage of Arizona’s favorable business climate. More than 350 Canadian… Read More →

Reign of the Sun Devil

ASU Athletics Facilities District redering

Arizona State University is looking to give its aging sports arenas a face lift, and the school is taking a unique approach to come up with the necessary funds for the expansion and renovations. The university plans to convert an area of its Tempe campus into a fee-generating commercial and residential development. ASU and master… Read More →

Whiskey Row adds more country kick to Mill Avenue

Whiskey Row Tempe

The Grammy-winning country artist Dierks Bentley has made a name for himself in the music industry, but in the restaurant industry too! After a successful run in Scottsdale the valley native is now expanding his culinary reach with the second location of Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row opening its doors on Tempe’s Mill Avenue. The popular… Read More →

After Hours: Dan Mann builds cars, engineering business

Classic: Dan Mann with his restored 1969 Mercury Cougar Coupe.
Photo by Mike Mertes, Az Big Media

Wanting a break from working for a big corporation, Dan Mann started 3 engineering last year. 3 engineering is a full- service civil engineering, planning and surveying company. But, when Mann isn’t working on the next big real estate development, you can find him under the hood of a classic car. Mann strips beat-up classics… Read More →

Forks at the ready! Arizona Restaurant Week is back

Little Cleo's-Bacon & Eggs.
Photos by Robin Sendele, Az Big Media

Foodies across the state get ready for the most edible time of the year, Arizona Restaurant Association’s Fall Arizona Restaurant Week. For 10 days starting September 18th through the 27th diners can eat their way across the state on a tasting tour for a good price. Participating restaurants offer a three-course prix-fixe menu for just… Read More →

AZRE Source: Sundt’s moves into different dimension

Photo by Mike Mertes, Az Big Media

For Sundt Construction’s 125th anniversary, the company developed a coffee table book that showcased 125 different clients and projects. However, the contractor took it one step further by packaging the book in a 3D jacket that depicts a fictional “Sundt City,” that has real replicas of existing buildings around the Valley. To accomplish this, the… Read More →

Entrepreneurs go from poker to peonies


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 →