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Lewis and Roca, Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons Join Forces

Lewis and Roca LLP, headquartered in Phoenix and a Southwestern leader in representing businesses in litigation and complex real estate transactions, and Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP, a century-old Rocky Mountain firm with nationally recognized litigation and banking practices, announced today they will combine forces to create one of the largest law firms in the Western U.S.

When the firms officially join on September 1, 2013, the new 250-lawyer firm will be called Lewis Roca Rothgerber LLP. With a presence in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming, the firm will maintain nine offices, including Phoenix , Denver, Las Vegas, Tucson, Reno, Colorado Springs, Albuquerque, Silicon Valley and Casper.

“Our growth into new markets is driven by our commitment to client service and our clients’ interest in gaining access to legal services throughout the West,” said Lewis and Roca’s Managing Partner Kenneth Van Winkle. “We found a solid partner in Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons and quickly realized our growth strategies aligned. Our two firms are strong apart, and we will be even stronger together.”

Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons Chairman Frederick J. Baumann said the combination was consistent with his firm’s strategic plan and was fueled by clients who want access to legal counsel in markets where their businesses are growing.

“Our clients have been expanding in the Southwest region for some time and encouraged us to find an opportunity to establish a presence there,” said Baumann. “With Lewis and Roca, we are partnering with a firm with an equally strong reputation in its practices and markets. Lewis and Roca not only shares our commitment to client service, but is a seamless fit strategically, culturally and professionally.”

The combination will strengthen the two firms’ existing national litigation practices, creating an expanded team of litigators with added experience across additional jurisdictions. It also will expand the firms’ business transactional, real estate and energy practices, which will enable the new firm to advise clients on projects from creation to completion.

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Beard will Chair 21st Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure

Olympic Gold Medalist Amanda Beard has teamed with Susan G. Komen Central and Northern Arizona® as the Honorary Race Chair for the 21st Annual Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure®. A breast cancer co-survivor, Beard is a long-time advocate and is serving as the Honorary Race Chair in honor of her paternal grandmother, “Nana,” a 10-year breast cancer survivor.

Beard is an icon both inside and outside of the pool, becoming much more than the 14-year-old Olympic gold medalist with the teddy bear. At 14 in 1996, Amanda made her first Olympic swimming debut, winning one Gold and two Silver medals, which set the tone for the rest of her career. She went on to win another Gold, two Silvers and a Bronze at the next two Olympic Games. Beard also holds an impressive eight national titles and is a former world record holder.

Beard applies this same drive and determination in the community and has played an integral role in multiple breast cancer movements, organizations and events through the years.

“Everyone knows someone touched by breast cancer and it’s affected me personally and deeply. I’m proud to give back and be a part of this Race that brings people together and does so much for our community in the promise to end breast cancer forever,” said Beard.

With the theme of the 21st Annual Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure “I CAN,” Beard encourages each individual to commit to doing something in the fight against breast cancer and register today. As for Beard, “I CAN be a warrior and fight for my Nana.”

As Honorary Race Chair, Beard will officially kick-off the Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure and has formed the team “Swim Like A Mom,” with the fundraising goal of $4,470 – $1 for every woman in Arizona who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. The public is welcome to join her team and/or donate to her fundraising goal at phoenix.info-komen.org/goto/swimlikeamom.

The Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure will take place Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 at the State Capitol District. It is one of Arizona’s signature 5K events and also features a one-mile family fun run and walk.

In 2012, more than 20,000 race participants raised $1.6 million to support year-round mission impact work by Komen CAN Arizona. The Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure is the Affiliate’s signature fundraising event, with 75 percent of all monies raised staying in the community and 25 percent going directly to research. Since its inception, Komen CAN Arizona has distributed more than $18.8 million in community grants and $5.4 million to research, making the organization the largest private grantor of community breast cancer funds in Arizona.

Key to the Affiliate’s fundraising efforts is sponsor support, which allows Komen’s dollars to go even farther. Komen CAN Arizona is grateful to welcome back Fry’s Food Stores as its VIP Partner for the 2013 Race. This will mark the ninth year in a row that Fry’s has participated as VIP Partner, contributing more than $2.1 million in cash and in-kind contributions through the years.

Race registration is now open. Teams consisting of 10 or more individuals must be registered by 5 p.m., Sept. 29 to qualify for Team Awards. Individuals may register up until Race Day, but Race registration fees for individuals increase from $30 to $35 (adults) and $15 to $20 (ages 12 and under) beginning 5:01 p.m. Sept. 29, 2013. Registration for breast cancer survivors is $20 through Race Day.

To learn more, or register, visit www.komenCANaz.org or call 602-346-CURE (2873).

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Local Developer to Donate to Yarnell Relief Efforts

Brookfield Communities has implemented a “Supporting Our Neighbors” fundraising effort to assist with relief efforts for the Yarnell community after the devastating fire destroyed the northern Arizona community and killed 19 firefighters.

Beginning Monday, July 15 and through August 31, Brookfield Communities will donate $1,000 from each house the company sells at both its Fox Creek master-planned community in Bullhead City and its Verde Santa Fe master-plan near Sedona in the Verde Valley.

The funds raised will go directly to the Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church. They have established a special account to accept donations to help Yarnell and Peeples Valley residents as they return to their homes.

“This fire has impacted so many families – it’s been devastating,” said Phil Petersen, founder and president of Brookfield Communities. “It’s important to us to support our neighboring communities and help those affected by the fire. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire community.”

With each home sale in either of Brookfield’s two communities, $1,000 will be donated. Additionally, Fox Creek and Verde Santa Fe residents can show their support and donate as well by visiting the sales office in each community. All proceeds collected will be provided to Yarnell Community Presbyterian Church in September.

For additional information, visit www.brookfieldcommunities.com or call (928) 704-0525 or to donate directly, please visit www.yarnellchurch.com/.

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Customers Rank SRP Highest in West, U.S.

Salt River Project’s electric customers continue to give SRP high marks for customer satisfaction.  In a report issued today by J.D. Power and Associates, SRP received the top score for residential electric service in the Large Utilities segment in the western United States for the 12th consecutive year and the highest total among the nation’s largest utilities for the fifth year in a row.

SRP’s ranking was bolstered by sweeping the No. 1 spot in the survey’s Large Utilities segment in the West region for all six survey components, Power Quality and Reliability, Billing and Payment, Corporate Citizenship, Price, Communications and Customer Service. Among all large utilities across the nation, SRP scored highest in customer satisfaction for the eighth time in the 15 years J.D. Power and Associates has conducted its study of residential customers.  With a Customer Satisfaction Index score of 709 on a 1,000-point scale in this year’s ranking, SRP is the only electric utility that has been ranked among the top 10 in the U.S. in all 15 years.

It is the 14th time in the last 15 years that SRP scored the highest in the West among large electric utilities (500,000 or more residential customers). The average score in the West large region, which covers utilities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, was 654.

The 2013 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study was based on responses from about 103,000 online interviews conducted from July 2012 through May 2013 among residential customers of the 126 largest electric utility brands across the nation, which collectively represent more than 94 million households.  More information on the J.D. Power and Associates’ study can be found at www.jdpower.com/library/index.htm.

SRP is the largest provider of electricity to the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, providing electric service to more than 970,000 customers.  SRP also is the metropolitan area’s largest supplier of water, delivering about 1 million acre-feet to agricultural, urban and municipal water users.

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Fulton Homes, D-Backs Partnership Scores $12K for CAMRA

On the strength of 80 homeruns, the Arizona Diamondbacks are in first place in Major League Baseball’s National League West Division at the midway point of the season. And thanks to Fulton Homes, those 80 homeruns have netted the Central Arizona Mountain Rescue Association (CAMRA) $12,000.

This season during all the 150 games broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona the Tempe-based homebuilder is donating $150 for every D’Backs home run during the Fulton Homes Home Run program. All donations go to CAMRA, which along with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Mountain Rescue (MCSO-MR) team, is an expertly trained, technical rescue team dedicated to saving lives through search and rescue operations, wilderness emergency medical services and outdoor safety programs.

“Over the years Fulton Homes has been committed to making the Valley of the Sun a better place to live and work,” said Fulton Homes CEO Doug Fulton.  “We are proud of our home team being in first place, knowing the Diamondbacks’ success is helping others who need rescued and emergency medical services.”

Diamondbacks fans can see how many home runs the team has hit and the total dollar amount donated with the Fulton Homes Home Run Tracker on Foxsportsarizona.com.
Fulton Homes has built a legacy upon community activism. Fulton Homes generously contributes to Arizona communities, schools, and children through its many programs and several water safety-related initiatives.

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Cardinals’ Fitzgerald Hosts Charity Dinner at Morton’s

Morton’s The Steakhouse and Arizona Cardinals Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald have teamed up to host the 5th Annual Charity Dinner, Fitz’s Supper Club, ‘Celebrities at YOUR Service,’ on Monday, August 26. Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinal teammates and celebrity friends take the stage in the ‘Speakeasy’ where they pass plates instead of a ball, donning aprons instead of jerseys. The once-a-year-celebration includes a ‘Big Easy’ cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, entertainment, and an exceptional four-course meal paired with fine wines.

For the 5th annual celebration, Fitzgerald and Morton’s have decided to jazz it up with a 1920s speakeasy vibe. In addition to great food, wine and company, the evening will feature an exciting live auction led by ABC15 sportscaster Paul Calvisi and Arizona Sports 620 radio host and former Arizona Cardinals special teams all-pro Ron Wolfley. The event begins at 7 PM with a silent auction followed by dinner and live entertainment. Fitz’s Supper Club is the ultimate event to see and be seen, drawing a host of celebrities that are ‘at YOUR service’.

All event proceeds will benefit The Larry Fitzgerald First Down Fund, which supports youth organizations throughout the country through resources and funding. Last year’s event raised over $200,000 for the foundation! The first ever Morton’s Celebrity Servers Dinner with Fitzgerald was held in 2009 and was such a huge success that it led to the execution of an entire dinner series. Special thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, The Starkey Hearing Foundation, www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

Tickets for the evening are $600 per guest which includes valet, tax and gratuity. Seating is limited. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 480-951-4440. Morton’s The Steakhouse is located at 15233 N. Kierland Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.

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Finalists Named for Cox Conserves Heroes Program

Cox Communications and The Trust for Public Land announced finalists for Arizona’s 2013 Cox Conserves Heroes program. A total of $15,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the winner and finalists.

By being a finalist, each individual has secured a $2,500 donation for his or her nonprofit of choice. The finalists are now competing for an additional $7,500 – bringing the total donation on behalf of the winner to $10,000. The winner will be chosen through an online public vote.

The public is being asked to vote now through August 12, 2013 at www.cox7.com/cox-conserves.

Arizona’s 2013 Cox Conserves Heroes finalists (environmental nonprofit of choice):
> Craig Anderson (Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center)
> Diana Hadley (Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace – Mission Garden)
> Brad Lancaster (Desert Harvesters and Green Infrastructure Planning)

Arizona’s 2013 Cox Conserves Hero will be announced in late August.

Melinda Gulick was named Arizona’s 2012 Cox Conserves Hero for her long-standing commitment to and passion for Arizona’s open space. By cultivating donors and working through complex financing models for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, she built important awareness among both corporations and citizens.

Cox Conserves Heroes takes place in multiple Cox markets across the nation, has donated nearly $300,000 to local environmental nonprofits and recognized more than 100 volunteers.

For more information, visit CoxConservesHeroes.com.

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Karen Dickinson joins Polsinelli

National law firm Polsinelli has added Karen Dickinson to its Phoenix office. Dickinson has extensive experience negotiating and advising on complex international and e-commerce legal issues involving international contracting, joint ventures and alliances, software and intellectual property licensing, joint developments, trademark prosecution and licensing, and web development.

“I chose to move my practice to Polsinelli because the firm is dynamic and growing. Polsinelli’s extensive international and cross-border practice capabilities will be beneficial to my clients and to me. The firm’s bigger footprint and larger resource base are a great platform for companies interested in doing business internationally, and for companies outside the U.S. wanting to invest here,” said Dickinson.

Dickinson has experience as a senior manager of in house lawyers for a large U.S. multinational conglomerate where she negotiated multimillion dollar transactions in Europe, Canada, Japan and the People’s Republic of China. She has also been a partner in a start-up online business, and is a sought-after speaker on issues involving international business.

“Karen brings a valuable combination of legal savvy and hands-on business experience to the firm from working both within a Fortune 100 company and as an entrepreneur. Our clients will benefit from her ability to understand their business challenges as well as their legal needs,” said General Corporate Chair Jonathan Henderson.

“We are excited to have Karen join our team. She has the depth of experience and a commitment to clients to help them achieve success,” said Phoenix Office Managing Partner Ed Novak. “We’re growing the Phoenix office in key areas important to our clients.”

Dickinson is the chair of the Arizona District Export Council, a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) International Leadership Committee and a founding member of Arizona Women in International Trade. She earned her B.A., cum laude, from Duke University and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Upon graduation from law school she clerked for Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Dickinson was also a Fulbright Scholar during her career, studying European Union law at the University College London, and working with the global law firm of Allen & Overy in London.

The firm was recently recognized as the fastest-growing law firm in America over the past five years by The American Lawyer. This year, the firm moved to the 69th position from 78th in The National Law Journal’s ranking of the largest U.S. based law firms. The firm’s nationally recognized Health Care Practice is the fourth largest in the nation according to the American Health Lawyers Association. The American Lawyer Magazine featured Polsinelli in its June 2013 issue.

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TCA Awarded $300K for Foreclosure Counseling

Take Charge America, Inc., a non-profit credit counseling and housing counseling agency in Phoenix, was awarded $300,000 by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office over the next three years to provide free foreclosure intervention counseling to Arizona homeowners.

Take Charge America will use the funds to assist more homeowners with one-on-one counseling, primarily individuals and families with low-to-moderate income, and who are Spanish-speaking.

Housing counseling services at Take Charge America are approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Take Charge America’s counselors can help homeowners avoid foreclosure or mitigate losses caused by foreclosure with a variety of solutions, such as accessing and sustaining loan modifications, refinancing and principal reduction.

“Arizona families are among the hardest hit by the economic downturn, and many are still struggling to meet their mortgage payments,” said Take Charge America Chief Executive Officer David Richardson. “This award will enable us to assist even more residents in need, helping them navigate the complex mortgage loan industry and possibly save their home.”

Take Charge America is one of 16 organizations throughout Arizona selected by the Attorney General’s Office to receive a share of the $5 million in housing counseling assistance available through a national mortgage settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage loan servicers.  The funds help pay for the cost of the foreclosure intervention counseling that is provided free to Arizona homeowners.

Take Charge America introduced foreclosure prevention counseling in 2008 as a response to the mortgage crisis. It is HUD-approved to assist distressed homeowners statewide. To date, the non-profit has helped more than 10,000 homeowners with housing counseling.

Homeowners who are at risk of foreclosure can call Take Charge America at (623) 266-6382 or (866) 987-2008 to speak with a counselor.

For more information about Take Charge America’s services, visit www.takechargeamerica.org.

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LocalWork.com to Connect Arizonans to 1,000+ Jobs at the Phoenix Job Fair July 15

More than 40 Valley employers representing 1,000+ jobs are expected to be at the Greater Phoenix Job Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, July 15 at the Phoenix Airport Marriott at 1101 North 44th Street in Phoenix. This signature event, which will also feature résumé assistance, is hosted by LocalWork.com and is free to the public.

The Arizona unemployment rate is nearly 8 percent, according to statistics. Events like this connect job seekers with the employers who are hiring. “Employers will be from a diverse group of industries in the technology, business, sales, transportation, insurance, customer service and healthcare fields,” said Ryan Naylor, President of LocalWork.com. In addition, professional résumé experts will be on hand to assist job seekers free of charge.

Some of the area companies that are confirmed to be at the event include:

· Go Daddy
· Liberty Mutual
· IBM
· Bashas’
· Boeing
· Computer Skills Institute
· Discount Cab
· Waste Management
· Direct Energy
· Verengo Solar
· AZ Family
· Arizona National Guard
· Concentrix
· Truly Nolen
· Training To You
· Ashton Tiffany
· DriveTime
· Verizon Wireless
· iQor
· Knight Transportation
· Norwegian
· Connextions
· CORESTAFF
· NCO Call Center
· Paypal
· All Your Insurance
· EDMC

LocalWork.com was created to help Arizonans find jobs by connecting them to vital organizations and hiring companies. The company has proud partnerships with Local First Arizona, Career Connectors, ASBA and Goodwill of Central Arizona. For more information about the Greater Phoenix Job Fair, visit www.localwork.com/phoenix/jobfairs/.

About LocalWork.com:

LocalWork.com is the fastest growing employment website founded in Phoenix, Arizona. Our mission is to support our local economy in an effort to lower unemployment. We build partnerships with vital organizations, non-profits and companies and connect them to local job seekers. We believe Arizona employers should have an affordable and professional resource to promote their jobs and manage their applicants. Additionally, we provide our job seekers with free access to a user-friendly website featuring a resume builder and custom URLs for their resume. LocalWork.com is where local talent finds local work.

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Avilan Named First Certified Ethical and Responsible Source for Diamonds

Avilan, a distributor of ethical and sustainable diamonds, set the bar for the diamond industry in July 2012 when it was recognized as the first-ever Responsible Source for diamonds by Scientific Global Services (SCS), a third-party environmental and sustainability certification leader. The certification represents the most rigorous standard in the environmental certification industry.

For centuries, diamonds have been a physical representation of love and commitment. Unfortunately, there have been lingering issues surrounding the bloody conflicts supported by diamond mining, not to mention the environmental impacts. Regardless of the source, all diamonds that are traditionally mined result in the destruction of ecosystems. Although companies have made concerted efforts to follow regulations and maintain the purity of diamonds, none has addressed both the social and ecological components — until Avilan.

The prestigious SCS certification means that Avilan and its Storied Diamonds are 100 percent post-consumer and processed with fair labor practices.
“Savvy consumers and retailers are aware of the issues surrounding conflict (or blood) diamonds, but many still don’t know the whole truth,” said Jana Hadany, marketing director for Avilan. “While the Kimberley Process was enacted to stop diamonds that fund rebel movements against established governments, there are too many loopholes; loopholes mean that suffering still exists in the form of human rights’ violation and negative ecological outcomes. Some companies have been diligent to offer diamonds that fully comply with the Kimberley Process. What hasn’t been previously addressed, however, is the environmental impact associated with mining.”

Recognizing a need for an alternative that is not only humane and sustainable, but that also allows consumers and retailers to validate the supply chain, Avilan launched in 2011 to purchase and sell up-cycled diamonds. Every gem in its inventory comes from an end user, whether through direct sales or via a retailer, and is branded as a Storied Diamond after a thorough investigation of the diamond’s history. Each Storied Diamond is registered in a virtual database and comes with an endorsed assurance, so that future owners know the life of their jewel.

After two years of diligently investigating every diamond, Avilan successfully obtained its third-party certification from SCS in July for its Storied Diamonds as the world’s first responsibly sourced diamonds.
“The certification process through SCS was intense and included opening all of our books for transparency, tracing the source of every single diamond in our database to validate our supply chain, and building a strong network of retailers and consumers,” said Hadany. “This validation definitely sets Avilan apart from other diamond companies who claim to offer responsibly-sourced gems but lack a true third-party validation.”

Additionally, SCS has certified that Avilan, as a company, has established a baseline use of energy, water, waste and greenhouse gasses, and has made a commitment to reduce these uses over time.
Following its pledge to the global community, Avilan donates a percentage of each purchase and sale to charity partners who embrace the mission on which Avilan was founded to contribute directly to social and environmental endeavors, both locally and global.

For more information about Avilan Storied Diamonds and the company’s commitment to social and environmental issues, please visit www.avilandiamonds.com.

About Avilan and Avilan Storied Diamonds: Avilan is a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company that buys and sells ethically sourced diamonds and is the first third-party certified Responsible Source for diamonds. Avilan Storied Diamonds are up-cycled instead of newly mined, preserving the world’s precious resources while eliminating the need for traditional mining and the combat associated with social and environmental destruction. By creating relationships between customers and retailers, Avilan circulates diamonds that are already in existing inventory rather than desecrating the earth and contributing to the bloodshed, conflicts and human rights violations that occur around sourcing a new supply. Every Storied Diamond is transformed from one person’s previously cherished gem into a new person’s treasure.

AvilanTM is recognized as the first-ever Responsible Source for diamonds by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a third-party environmental and sustainability certification leader. The certification represents the most rigorous standard in the environmental certification industry. For more information, visit www.avilandiamonds.com.
About Scientific Global Services (SCS):

Scientific Global Services (SCS) has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing and standards development for more than 25 years. SCS programs span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retailing and more. SCS is a Certified B Corporation™, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.
SCS currently provides services under 16 internationally recognized accreditations. In addition, SCS was named in both 2010 and 2011 as one of Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest growing companies in the US. For more information, visit www.scsglobalservices.com.

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PCH gets $5K CVS Community Grant

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has received a $5,000 CVS Caremark Community Grant. The Community Grants Program was created by CVS Caremark as part of its commitment to helping people on the path to better health by creating greater access to health care and health education for at-risk and underserved populations.

The support from CVS Caremark will help Phoenix Children’s Hospital provide nutrition education to at-risk children and families that will help fight obesity and encourage healthier eating and lifestyles. Through nutrition education, the Hospital works to prevent children from becoming patients and suffering from the results of unhealthy lifestyles and the health-related consequences of obesity.

The Cardiometabolic Risk Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE) Program at Phoenix Children’s is Arizona’s only multidisciplinary program committed to preventing and medically managing premature, obesity-related health problems in children. Through the CARE Clinic, children and adolescents receive comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation and medical management for premature cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes, or other obesity-related medical conditions. To improve patient outcomes, CARE conducts research and projects to advance prevention, diagnosis and medical treatment of obesity-related disease among children.

“The incidence in obesity has tripled since 1980. Unfortunately, Arizona has experienced the largest state-wide increase within the last ten years at 45 percent,” said Dr. Donald McClellan, Division Chief of Endocrinology at Phoenix Children’s. “Obese children are more likely to grow up to be obese adults, which can lead to lifelong health problems. The CVS Caremark grant will greatly impact our ability to reach these families and make a tremendous difference in their health and lives.”

The program also provides medical management and follow up services that are used to evaluate the program’s success, including Body Mass Index measurements, blood pressure, and other risk factors for chronic disease.

Phoenix Children’s was selected to receive a grant through the CVS Caremark Community Grants 2013 application process.  Grants were awarded to organizations that support CVS Caremark’s commitment to enhance the health and well-being for at-risk and underserved populations by offering quality health and rehabilitation services and health education. The goal of the CVS Caremark Community Grants Program is to provide relief for both adults and children who lack medical insurance and help ensure they receive the proper medical care they need.

“As a pharmacy innovation company, we are committed to helping people on their path to better health and supporting organizations that reduce barriers and increase access to quality health care services to at-risk and underserved populations,” said Hanley Wheeler, senior vice president, WEST operations. “We are proud to support the work that Phoenix Children’s Hospital does in the community and we look forward to working with them in fulfilling their program’s mission.”

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New App for HR Professionals

Fisher & Phillips LLP announced that it has developed a Smartphone and Tablet app that allows employers to calculate certain FMLA leaves of absence. The Beta FMLA Leave Calculator app will allow human resource professionals and other managers to calculate basic leave requests and determine how much FMLA leave an employee has available. This Beta version of the iPhone and Android app was introduced during the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago June 16-19.

Fisher & Phillips Chairman and Managing Partner Roger Quillen said: “The FMLA is a complicated law and FMLA leave calculations can be challenging for employers. Our attorneys frequently field questions about calculating FMLA leave. This new app is a free tool we’re providing to anyone to help them with basic FMLA leave requests. The Beta version covers requests for leave for employees working a standard 40-hour work week. The next version will cover more complicated situations such as employees working reduced work weeks. We’re very excited about introducing the app for the first time to the SHRM members attending the national conference in Chicago.”

Quillen added that the firm is eager to receive feedback from the SHRM members who test the new app. The app will provide an easy way for users to call or email the firm with comments and suggestions.

How the app works

The app offers a user-friendly interface and works very simply utilizing the rolling 12-month method measured backwards from the date of any FMLA leave.

• Enter the number of FMLA leave days the employee is requesting
• Enter the number of days of FMLA leave the employee has already used
• Enter the start date of the requested leave
• Indicate the days of the week the employee works
• Click “Calculate Now!”

The app then reports:

• Number of days of FMLA leave available
• When the employee should return to work based on the new leave request
• How much leave the employee has remaining after the current leave request is completed; if leave has been exhausted at the time of this request, it will indicate such

The HR professional or other manager using the app can then email the information directly to the employee who requested the leave. Of course, further documentation to the employee should be provided as required by the FMLA.

How to get the app

The Fisher & Phillips FMLA Leave app can be downloaded at the Apple App Store or Google Play. On the Apple App Store or Google Play search for “Fisher & Phillips.” You can also visit www.laborlawyers.com/FMLALeaveApp to get the app.

Fisher & Phillips attorneys and marketing professionals worked with developers at Saturno Design to create the new app.

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PetSmart CEO joins Phoenix Children’s Hospital Board

David Lenhardt, President and CEO of Pet Smart has joined the Board of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Lenhardt was appointed President and Chief Operating officer of PetSmart in January 2012.

He joined the company in October 2000 as Senior Vice President of Services, Strategic Planning and Business Development and was named Senior Vice President of Store Operations and Services in February 2007. In February 2009 he was appointed Senior Vice President of Store Operations and Human Resources. Lenhardt  became executive vice president of Store Operations, Human Resources and Information Systems in January 2011.

From 1996 to 2000, Lenhardt was with Bain & Company, Inc where he led consulting teams for retail, technology and e-commerce clients. Prior to that, he worked in the corporate finance and Latin American groups of Merrill Lynch &  Co., Inc.’s investment banking division.

Lenhardt graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Government from the College of Arts and Sciences in 1991. He earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth in 1996.

“Phoenix Children’s is extremely fortunate to have a person of David’s caliber serving on our Board”, said Bob Meyer, President and CEO of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. “We welcome his talent, creativity and years of dedicated experience to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.”

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EPA recognizes Fulton for energy efficient construction

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has honored Fulton Homes for its commitment to providing homebuyers with ENERGY STAR certified homes by presenting the Tempe-based homebuilder with the 2013 ENERGY STAR Leadership in Housing Award. The honor recognizes a builder that promotes energy efficient construction and helps to protect the environment through partnership with ENERGY STAR.

“Not only does Fulton Homes provide a top quality home, but we make sure they are environmentally friendly and efficient,” said Fulton Homes CEO Doug Fulton. “Fulton Homes is dedicated to preserving the environment through the focused attention we give in our construction process. Receiving an ENERGY STAR award is testimony for the care and attention we put in to every Fulton Home.”

ENERGY STAR, an EPA voluntary program, helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. Homes that earn the ENERGY STAR label have undergone a long process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict U.S. requirements.

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Lavidge Launches National Campaign with Dole

The Lavidge Company (TLC), a full-service advertising, public relations, communications, consulting and interactive marketing agency, and Dole® Food Company have partnered in developing the summer “Peel the Love” campaign.

TLC edged out national agencies with its Peel the Love campaign idea and was selected to lead the concept, design and messaging standards of the year-long Dole campaign. The Peel the Love theme focuses on the fun, versatility and universally loved aspects of the iconic yellow fruit, which Dole grows more of globally than anyone else. The campaign is playful and modern, utilizing vibrant, summer colors, that invites people to Peel like a kid again. Dole. Peel the love.

TLC’s team created the overall campaign concept, developed the messaging and visual direction, and worked on in-store promotional materials including posters and special recipe cards. Additionally, the agency oversaw the production of the campaign standards guide, working in collaboration with Dole’s public relations and interactive agencies that extended the campaign through additional channels.

A feature of the Peel the Love campaign is the Peel the Love Summer Food Truck tour that will be visiting banana-loving cities across the country. The brightly colored Peel the Love food truck, featuring TLC designs, is staffed by healthy-eating advocates and will stop at supermarkets, parks and other venues to dispense samples and recipes that use DOLE Bananas in fun ways. The truck will be making several stops in Phoenix, Arizona and surrounding areas from June 27 through July 6. Dates, times and truck stop locations can be found at www.dole.com/peelthelove.

“We’re extremely proud to have worked with Dole on this campaign,” says Bob Case, chief creative officer of TLC. “The work was strategically driven, smart, and incredibly fun to do – we thank Dole for the opportunity and look forward to continuing our work with them.”

TLC is a Phoenix based full-service advertising, public relations, and interactive marketing agency offering best-in-class traditional and leading-edge marketing services all in-house. Since 1982, The Lavidge Company has specialized in developing brand positioning for products and services. Lavidge serves prominent national, regional and local brands including Dole, United Rentals, Phoenix International Raceway, Republic Services, Discount Tire, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Massage Envy, Phiten USA, Banner Health, McDonald’s and many more. The agency has helped companies increase sales, raise brand awareness and grow their businesses.

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WSJ Ranks Danley as Top Arizona Realtor

The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, Inc. rank Walt Danley as the top selling real estate agent in Arizona, according to its “The Thousand: 2013 Top 1,000 Real Estate Professionals” list released June 28, 2013. Danley is ranked No. 37 in the U.S. for individual sales volume, having sold more than $137.7 million in residential real estate in 2012. “The Thousand” list is comprised of third-party data and honors the top 1,000 real estate professionals and teams in the nation.

Walt Danley is the president and namesake of Scottsdale-based luxury residential real estate brokerage, Walt Danley Realty. The firm is Arizona’s affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and boasts the largest inventory of million-dollar estates within Arizona. Danley has sold more than $2.5 billion during his over 35-year career, and has been ranked in the top one percent of real estate agents nationally every year since 1977.

“Being listed amongst the top real estate agents in the nation is an honor and very humbling,” states Danley. When asked what advice he would give an agent entering the luxury real estate arena, Danley comments, “Operate your business with integrity, market knowledge, old-fashioned hard work and truly understand the needs of your client.”

Walt Danley Realty represents luxury homebuyers and sellers in the Northeast Valley of Phoenix including Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Rio Verde, Arcadia, Biltmore, Cave Creek and Carefree. Walt Danley Realty is located at 6720 N. Scottsdale Rd., #140, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. For more information, call (480) 991-2050 or visit www.waltdanley.com.

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Plans advance for Arizona Biomedical Corridor

Plans to establish a biomedical and advanced technology research and development campus in northeast Phoenix advanced this week as KUD International, a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest development, design and construction companies, announced its plans and submitted an application to acquire 225 acres for the project from the Arizona State Land Department.

The proposed campus is the cornerstone of the Arizona Biomedical Corridor, a collaboration between the City of Phoenix, Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic announced in 2012 to expand the state’s bioscience industry by clustering compatible organizations in the corridor, located in northeast Phoenix at 56th Street and Mayo Boulevard, just south of the Loop 101 freeway. The development lies adjacent to the Phoenix campus of Mayo Clinic.

Acquiring the land could take up to a year, KUD officials anticipate. In the meantime, KUD is moving forward on plans for the first building at the more than $1 billion research park, which upon completion could generate thousands of jobs in the region.

Wyatt Decker, Vice President, Mayo Clinic and CEO Mayo Clinic in Arizona, said the project aligns well with Mayo Clinic’s plans in Phoenix and will play an integral part in its vision to continue to provide innovative, patient-centered medical care, supported by robust programs in research and education.

“The Arizona Biomedical Corridor will further strengthen the region’s growth as a national and international destination for healthcare-related research, education and private sector interests,” Decker said. “Our work with the City of Phoenix and ASU led to our relationship with KUD, a firm we believe will successfully complement and support our vision.”

Arizona State University President Michael Crow agreed, saying, “The development of the area adjacent to the Mayo Clinic Hospital, with its focus on biomedical and advanced technology research and manufacturing, is well aligned with ASU’s partnership with Mayo Clinic to create new health education and research facilities. We are encouraged that KUD shares our collective vision.”

KUD International LLC specializes in developing public-private projects around the world. It has extensive experience with large-scale developments that are founded on research and education and supported with a complementary mix of uses. The company is constructing a research park in Israel in conjunction with Ben-Gurion University that is similar to the one proposed in northeast Phoenix.

KUD International President and CEO Marvin Suomi said the collaboration with Mayo Clinic presented KUD with a sound basis to make a significant investment in establishing a major biomedical research and healthcare complex in north Phoenix. “We consider this a mission-driven project in alliance with Mayo Clinic, and procuring the land is the first step in realizing its vision set long ago,” Suomi said.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer added, “I’m pleased the Arizona Land Department has accepted and advanced an application for this proposal, paving the way for the development of a premier medical and research facility in north Phoenix. Not only will this project create thousands of high-quality jobs, it will strengthen and secure our position as a global leader in providing world-class medical care. With the involvement of partners like the Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University, I know this project will be a point of pride for the entire state.”

Others involved with the project identify KUD’s relationship with Mayo Clinic, its expertise and its initiative in acquiring the state land as important factors that will help the Arizona Biomedical Corridor become a reality.

“I think this is another example of Arizona’s economic recovery and an indication of the growing strength of the Arizona real estate market,” said Arizona State Land Commissioner Vanessa Hickman. “This is a big win for State Trust Land beneficiaries and the result of careful negotiations between the Arizona State Land Department and the other collaborators.”

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said, “In January 2012, I announced a vision to grow more high-wage jobs in Phoenix by creating a second bioscience campus on a 1,000-acre corridor in Desert Ridge in Northeast Phoenix. Because we already have great partners like Mayo Clinic and Arizona State University, KUD’s investment plans are the key private interest we need to unlock the potential at this location for education and research and create a greater magnet to attract high-wage jobs to Phoenix.”

District 2 Councilman Jim Waring adds, “In February 2013, the City Council adopted a formal strategy to focus on high-wage, bioscience and technology uses within this corridor. I am very pleased to see that the private sector agrees and validates the City’s concept. The City of Phoenix will be a great partner in the project, focused on helping KUD start their development projects as quickly as possible.  Our business community tells us time and again that five-day site plan reviews and one-day construction permitting provides great value and we look forward to delivering this same great service to KUD.”

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R&R Partners Wins Big

R&R Partners’ government and public affairs and public relations practices were big winners at the 2013 Best of the Capitol Awards held this week at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Jim Norton, R&R’s government and public affairs director, was recognized as Best Lobbyist. Norton, an instrumental force behind the passage of key legislation over the past 20 years represents many of the state’s most well-known companies and trade associations.

Jeff Gray, government and public affairs deputy director client services, took home Best Lobbyist Under 40 and is considered a rising star.

David Weissman, R&R’s public relations director, known for his adept, high-profile-client reputation management skills, accepted the award for Best PR Firm on behalf of his team.

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Wissink Elected to Childplay’s Board of Trustees

Susan Wissink, a shareholder at Fennemore Craig in Phoenix, has been elected to Childsplay’s Board of Trustees.

Wissink chairs the firm’s business and finance practice group and provides legal counsel in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securities, general corporate law and commercial real estate leasing. She received her J.D. from Arizona State University and her B.A. in English from Northwestern University.

Founded in 1977, Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company whose chosen audience is children. Over the past 36 years, Childsplay had educated and inspired more than four million young people and families.

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Goodyear backs additional F-35 squadron at Luke

Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord was among a number of state-wide officials during the Department of Defense’s announcement of three additional squadrons to the Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II fighter jet program at Luke Air Force Base.

Since the DOD’s initial announcement that Luke AFB will be the training center for the F-35s, cities and community groups throughout the West Valley have voiced their support for the military community and Luke’s mission of remaining the premier base for fighter pilot training.

“We are very pleased that Luke Air Force Base will now be home to three additional squadrons of F-35 Fighter Jets.” Goodyear Mayor Lord said. “The support of Goodyear and the surrounding West Valley communities played a huge role in this decision and we will continue to advocate on behalf of Luke and our military families.”

“Not only is this decision good for the security of our nation, but it will also have a huge economic impact on Goodyear, the West Valley and the State of Arizona.” Mayor Lord added.

The first three F-35A squadrons are scheduled to begin arriving at Luke AFB next year. Over the next several years, Luke will operate 170 aircraft; 144 will be the F-35A while 26 F-16s will remain for foreign military training.

Goodyear is among 13 Valley and West Valley municipalities partnering in the Luke Forward campaign that generated awareness of the positive impacts the Air Force’s next generation strike fighter will bring to the state. Through that community support involving tens of thousands of citizens participating in public hearings, the DOD recognized the importance of keeping Luke as the hub for fighter pilot training.

Two brand new training facilities are currently being constructed at Luke in preparation of receiving the F-35A fighter jets. An operations building will open later this year, while the 145,000 square-foot academic center is planned to open in mid to late 2014.

“This is great news for the region,” Goodyear City Manager Brian Dalke said of the DOD’s announcement on Thursday. “We value Luke Air Force Base as a neighbor as well as the economic support the military community currently provides to our city. We welcome the expansion of F-35 program with open arms. Not only will the program be beneficial for the local economy, it will strengthen national security.”

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Arizona Polymer Flooring hires new CFO

Arizona Polymer Flooring (APF), a manufacturer of high-performance flooring products and concrete coating systems, announced that Paul Ferino now serves as chief financial officer and controller. He will oversee the company’s financial activities including budgeting, forecasting, operational results analysis, improvement strategies and cash management.

Ferino has more than 25 years experience in the financial services and accounting industries, with the last twelve years at the CFO/Controller level.

Ferino is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago with a specialization in Corporate Finance.

To learn more about APF, visit www.apfepoxy.com.

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Enterprise Bank & Trust earns honor

Enterprise Bank & Trust’s solid financial performance and profitability has earned it one of the first-annual Raymond James Community Bankers Cup awards – placing it among the top 10 percent of community banks nationally.

Raymond James & Associates, a leading investment banking and financial advisory firm, analyzed community banks for profitability, operational efficiency and balance sheet metrics from fiscal 2012. The pool of community banks considered for recognition had assets between $500 million and $10 billion as of December 31, 2012.

Enterprise Financial Services Corp, the publicly-traded (NASDAQ: EFSC) holding company of Enterprise Bank & Trust, was found to be in the top 10 percent of banks demonstrating superior performance and ranked 19th among 303 banks vying for the award.

“To earn this independent, data-based recognition is a great reflection of the hard work and accomplishments we have consistently demonstrated over the past several years,” said Jack Barry, chairman of Enterprise Bank & Trust’s Arizona region. “This award also proves our focused and relationship-based business strategy is working.”

Enterprise operates commercial banking and wealth management businesses from its Phoenix, St. Louis and Kansas City locations. Enterprise Bank & Trust is primarily focused on serving the needs of privately-held businesses, their owner families, executives and professionals.

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More than 4,500 Mennonites will gather in Phoenix

More than 4,500 Mennonites of all ages will attend Phoenix 2013, the biennial convention of Mennonite Church USA, to be held July 1–6 in the Phoenix Convention Center. The convention’s theme, “Citizens of God’s Kingdom: Healed in Hope” (“Ciudadanos del Reino de Dios: Sanados por la Esperanza”), is inspired by Psalm 24:1, Philippians 3:20-21, Romans 5:1-5 and Ephesians 2:14-22. The theme points toward an allegiance to God that goes beyond national borders and racial divides. The last convention was held in July 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The total number of convention participants represents approximately 1,600 adults, 2,750 youth and youth sponsors, 80 junior youth and sponsors, and 100 children.

Mennonite Church USA is the largest Anabaptist denomination in North America, with more than 100,000 adult members in about 900 congregations in 44 states. The denomination has national offices in Newton, Kan.; Elkhart, Ind.; and Harrisonburg, Va.

Arizona is home to seven congregations that are part of Pacific Southwest Mennonite Conference, one of 21 regional conferences of Mennonite Church USA. Phoenix-area Mennonite congregations include Christ Life Chapel, First Mennonite Church of Phoenix, Sunnyslope Mennonite Church, Koinonia Mennonite Church (Chandler), Life House Community (Surprise) and Trinity Mennonite Church (Glendale).

The convention will include time for worship, fellowship, seminars, concerts, performances, workshops and meetings of the Mennonite Church USA Delegate Assembly, the denomination’s primary decision-making body. Delegates plan to discuss two resolutions: one focusing on creation care and environmental degradation, and one addressing child abuse and neglect and encouraging the adoption of policies and practices to protect children and youth.