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.

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

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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

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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 →

PHXFW 2014: Meet Hues of Ego

Rising local designer Natasha Duran-Lynch's background in architecture is instantly recognizable in her Scottsdale-based clothing line Hues of Ego.

The seventh annual Phoenix Fashion Week (PHXFW) is just around the corner and with increasingly large stilettos to fill. Last year, the event topped its previous attendance record with more than 6,000 fashionistas flocking to Scottsdale, Ariz., to see fledging brands and established designers’ fall collections. Phoenix Fashion Week, which also hosts seminars with industry… Read More →

PHXFW 2014 emerging designer State Forty Eight

Arizonan pride runs deep in State Forty Eight’s founders Michael Spangenberg and Nick and Stephen Polando. Arizona-made and founded, this line changes the way you can show your pride for Arizona through street wear that merges passion for the 48th State with forward-thinking designs and quality fabrics.

The seventh annual Phoenix Fashion Week (PHXFW) is just around the corner and with increasingly large stilettos to fill. Last year, the event topped its previous attendance record with more than 6,000 fashionistas flocking to Scottsdale, Ariz., to see fledging brands and established designers’ fall collections. Phoenix Fashion Week, which also hosts seminars with industry… Read More →

Scottsdale company pools world’s beauty secrets in skincare line

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Women from all corners of the globe might not have a lot in common, but one thing for sure is that they all strive for beauty. Two Scottsdale women, Tanaha Hairston and Dr. Jennifer Haley realized that there was a shortage in skincare products that work for a wide range of ethnicities and mixed ethnicities.… Read More →