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.

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
September 30, 2015 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 →

AZRE Source: The private land grab

AZRE Source

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


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

Erik in front of building high res July 2014

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


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


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 →