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Frutkin Law Firm Continues to Grow

The Frutkin Law Firm has added James Arrowood to its growing roster of attorneys. This is the third attorney hired by the firm in the past year. Arrowood brings extensive experience in business law, dispute resolution, and business negotiations to the firm.

As a Senior Counsel Attorney at The Frutkin Law Firm, Arrowood focuses his practice in the areas of conflict resolution and litigation, real estate, strategic financial and tax planning, and business law. He has also developed an emerging practice related to the special legal and financial needs of successful medical professionals and groups.

Before joining the firm, Arrowood served as counsel at one of the largest law firms in the world and as in-house counsel at several companies. As a result of his experience, he gained a wide breadth of business and legal knowledge, including an appreciation for business considerations in light of legal issues. Arrowood also spent a year living in London, England where he studied international law and interned in the House of Lords (England’s equivalent of our Supreme Court/Senate at the time). After law school, Arrowood worked as a litigator for a large firm in Philadelphia and then continued on to Washington D.C., New York, and Los Angeles before making Arizona his home base in 2010.

Arrowood graduated from the law school at University of Notre Dame in 2002 after he earned dual Bachelor of Arts degrees from University of California, Irvine in 1999. He has bar admissions in Arizona, California, and New Jersey, as well as affiliations with the 9th Circuit, California District Courts, District Court for Arizona, Eastern District Court for Pennsylvania, and United States Tax Court.

The Frutkin Law Firm now consists of ten attorneys with decades of experience in the core areas of business law, bankruptcy, estate and tax planning, and civil litigation. For more information on The Frutkin Law Firm and practices areas, visit www.frutkinlaw.com.

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Managing Shareholder Rodolfo Parga.

Ryley Carlock’s Parga Featured in ‘Legal Visionaries’

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Managing Shareholder, Rodolfo Parga, Jr. was featured in the newly published book, “Legal Visionaries, How to Make their Innovations Work for You”.  In partnership with 27 legal visionaries from around the country, Authors David Galbenski and David Barringer interviewed this team of innovators to provide a guide to legal practitioners how others have dealt with record economic challenges, changes in the legal profession, and the formulation of new ways to achieve success.  The authors say it best, “The visionaries whose interviews were collected  … have taken significant steps to improve the business of law … .” The book provides different perspectives from within the legal community about dealing with change and risk in the legal profession.  As Rudy Parga, Managing Shareholder of Ryley Carlock, observed:

“Lawyers are always assessing risk and finding ways to limit it, but sometimes being a good entrepreneur is not about that.  It’s about taking a leap of faith and forging ahead on some of these fronts.  All of us have to deal with a new reality.  That reality includes alternative fees, new operating models, unbundling, and defining and building new client relationships.” Parga states.

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Camelback Inn Announces New $10 Million Golf Course

The JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa announced that it will unveil its new Ambiente golf course at Camelback Golf Club in the fall of 2013. Spanish for the word “environment,” Ambiente, which is designed with a detailed eco-friendly focus, will become the first new golf course development project in the Phoenix-Scottsdale and Paradise Valley areas in over five years, and one of a select group of new courses to be built nationwide.

The completion of the $10 million Ambiente golf course will culminate a seven-year, $70 million Marriott renewal project at Camelback Inn, designed to blend reverence for the past with relevance for the future. From preserving the resort’s 1930s adobe brick to the stylish renovation of the Inn’s 453 casita-style guestrooms, and from a new 20,000 square-foot, hi-tech grand ballroom to the debut of BLT Steak, Laurent Tourondel’s modern American steakhouse, the renewal project involved virtually every aspect of the historic resort. Today the new-look 125-acre Camelback Inn, set on its Sonoran Desert surroundings in Paradise Valley, strikes the perfect balance between showcasing the best of the resort’s storied past, while setting a visionary course for the future.

Adding to the lore of Camelback, Ambiente is expected to gain golf industry-wide acclaim for its distinct design, the challenging, yet enjoyable experience it presents to golfers of all levels and the overall aesthetic and environmental qualities it brings to the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. In concert with the popular Padre golf course, Ambiente will help to establish a one-of-a-kind 36-hole Southwest golf destination, for both leisure and group golfers, within the enchanting resort atmosphere of the Camelback Inn.

“Ambiente is more than just a new golf course, for it represents the final phase in Marriott’s unmatched commitment to reinvigorate Camelback Inn for the future, while preserving its history and the unique Southwestern style that has made it a favorite for generations of travelers,” said Jim Rose, General Manager, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. “While Ambiente is sure to distract golfers with its natural beauty and breathtaking views of Mummy Mountain, Camelback, the McDowells and the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, our golfing guests will find a friendly test of skill and shotmaking that will redefine the golf experience at a resort long known for its exceptional service, palette pleasing food, luxurious accommodations and spirit of adventure.”

The launch of Ambiente, which replaces the old Indian Bend golf course, will create a uniquely different golf experience than the Padre course, which today is regarded as a great parkland style golf course that, while scenic, boasts numerous water hazards, towering Pine and Eucalyptus trees and 18 golf holes that will test every golfer’s ability. In contrast, Ambiente, which was designed by notable golf architect Jason Straka on behalf of Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Golf Design, will present a distinct challenge where accuracy and a good strategy command the day, as every hole will force even the best players to focus on each and every shot. Golfers will find the eye-catching elevation changes, as well as rolling fairways with significant drops throughout the course, are among its most striking features.

Ambiente will also feature five sets of tee boxes, designed to positively impact today’s golf industry “growth of the game” effort. The new forward tees have no forced carries and offer easier approach angles, which create opportunities for aspiring golfers to enjoy regardless of their playing ability. One of the most golfer-friendly features of Ambiente is the creatively shaped greens. The overall green acreage, which stands at about 122,000 square feet, offers great movement, character and feel. Visually intimidating, the putting surfaces are very fair, but will challenge golfers to bring their best putting stroke every time out.

Environment is a significant part of the Ambiente golf course story, which centers on water conservation, wildlife habitat creation and an overall 50 percent decrease in pesticide/fertilizer and fossil fuel use, as compared to the former Indian Bend golf course. The design and layout of the course will be highlighted by 100 acres of new native desert and grass areas that will feature a mix of acacias, jojobas and sagebrush among many other desert shrubs and grasses, as well as an eye-catching collection of both summer and winter desert wildflower mixes.

These native areas, which will require one-third less water than Indian Bend, will be complemented by 85 acres of hybrid turf grass that also requires significantly less water, while reducing the daily labor and machinery intensive maintenance of traditional Bermuda grass. Overall, the combined native areas will give the course a more Northern desert look compared to the area’s traditional Sonoran Desert layouts, making it a must-play Southwestern layout in Paradise Valley.

From an Audubon standpoint, Ambiente is designed to cater to wildlife, which is part of Marriott’s overall role as a steward of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program. By removing over 100 acres of turf grass and replacing it with native desert and grass areas, bird inventory, as well as the local mammal population, will increase substantially.

Adds Rose, “Environmental consciousness has long been a hallmark at Marriott, and we believe that Ambiente is a perfect example of the Company’s commitment to protecting wildlife and natural resources, while continually serving as a leader in eco-friendly business practices. Upon completion, we expect golfers in the community will find that Ambiente stands alongside the premier golf landscapes in the Phoenix-Scottsdale market, while we expect the course to redefine the destination golf experience for group and leisure customers visiting the Camelback Inn.”

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SCAN Health Plan Arizona Gets New VP

SCAN Health Plan Arizona has appointed Wendy Karsten vice president and general manager, effective immediately. For the past year Karsten has been serving as vice president of healthcare operations for SCAN in Arizona.

“Over the past year Wendy has made a significant contribution to SCAN and our members in a variety of areas, including overseeing our home-visit program,” said Chris Wing, president and CEO of SCAN Health Plan. “We know that in this newly created role she will continue to find new ways to help our SCAN members maintain their health and independence.”

As vice president and general manager for SCAN Health Plan Arizona, Karsten is now responsible for the health plan’s overall performance in Maricopa and Pima counties, providing strategic, operational and financial direction. To that task she brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare leadership. Immediately prior to joining SCAN, Karsten served as CEO for Huntington Medical Foundation in Pasadena, California, where under her leadership the large multi-site medical group implemented an electronic health record system, opened an urgent care center, formed a local partnership to provide care to uninsured children in the community, and acquired 14 area medical practices.

Karsten holds a Master of Arts degree in education from California State University Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Science in finance and accounting from Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, OR.

SCAN Health Plan, one of the largest not-for-profit Medicare Advantage plans in the United States, currently has nearly 145,000 members in California and Arizona. Further information may be obtained at scanhealthplan.com or on Facebook at facebook.com/scanhealthplanarizona.

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite Managing Shareholder Rodolfo Parga.

Ryley Carlock Attorneys Named to Southwest Super Lawyers

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite had 15 attorneys from its Phoenix office selected for inclusion in the 2013 Southwest Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Each year, no more than five percent of the Southwest Super Lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive the honor of Super Lawyers.  Additionally, the designation of Rising Stars is no more than 2.5 percent of lawyers in Arizona and New Mexico who are 40 years of age or younger, and in practice for 10 years or less. The list of Southwest Super Lawyers® includes shareholders:

• Fredric D. Bellamy – Intellectual Property/Litigation
• James E. Brophy, III – Banking
• John J. Fries – Bankruptcy
• John C. Lemaster – Business Litigation
• Michael D. Moberly – Labor and Employment
• Nathan R. Niemuth – Labor and Employment
• Rodolfo Parga, Jr. – Business Litigation
• Michael P. Ripp – Banking

The following attorneys were selected for inclusion as Southwest Super Lawyers Rising Stars:

• Albert H. Acken – Environmental
• Jessica Benford – Business/Corp
• Charitie L. Hartsig – Labor and Employment
• William S. Jenkins, Jr. – Bankruptcy
• Andrew M. Kvesic – Business Litigation
• Andrea G. Lovell – Labor and Employment
• Samuel L. Lofland – Energy

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Jaburg & Wilk adds Insurance Defense Attorney

The law firm of Jaburg & Wilk, P.C announced that Shawdy Banihashemi joined the firm as an Associate to assist with Insurance Defense matters and Litigation.

Shawdy developed her insurance defense skills handling pre-trial litigation for complex construction defect and general liability defense cases analyzing records, taking depositions, participating in mediations and arbitrations and negotiating settlements.

“I am delighted Shawdy joined the firm to expand the Insurance Defense practice area, said Insurance Defense attorney Jennifer Erickson. Her diverse experience and vast knowledge will be a valuable asset to the team.”

Shawdy received her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2006 and passed the Arizona State Bar exam in 2007.

Jaburg Wilk is an AV rated Phoenix law firm, the highest level of professionalism according to the Martindale-Hubbell.

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DIGNITY receives $50K from Freeport-McMoRan

Catholic Charities Community Services received a $50,000 Women’s Development Grant from the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation. The funds will be used to help women in Catholic Charities’ DIGNITY program for prostitution recovery.

“We are so grateful for Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation’s support,” said Erica Reed, DIGNITY program director at Catholic Charities. “There tends to be little sympathy for these women because people assume the women choose to be prostituted. People do not realize that most prostituted individuals come from abusive homes and were lured into ‘the life’ as young as 13. They have had no real home, life-skills or work history. This grant will help our women to reestablish a life for themselves—a life with dignity.”

DIGNITY is an acronym for Developing Individual Growth and New Independence Through Yourself. Catholic Charities reaches out to prostituted individuals, including girls, in the streets and in the jails. They also offer a year-long residential recovery program to help women build their self-esteem and their life-skills so they may transition to an independent life free from abuse and prostitution.

The Women’s Development Grant from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation will be used to help the DIGNITY women to complete job readiness and life-skill training, including financial literacy.

“When women build stable lives, succeed and increase their income, they are more likely to invest in the physical, emotional and financial wellbeing of their children, their families and their communities,” said Tracy Bame, president of the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation..

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First Fidelity Bank names vice president

Lee R. Symcox, president and CEO of First Fidelity Bank, a full-service community bank, has announced the addition of David Dellana as vice president, commercial relationship manager in the bank’s Biltmore location in Phoenix. Dellana brings more than 20 years in lending experience to his new role and will serve both the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas.

As commercial relationship manager, Dellana will be responsible for building and maintaining current and future commercial client relationships and business development activities.

Prior to his new position, Dellana held a number of senior lending roles in the region. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Duquesne University and is an active member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, the Pinal Partnership, the Urban Land Institute and Valley Partnership, among other organizations.

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26 Squire Sanders attorneys named Southwest Super Lawyers

Squire Sanders announced that 26 of its lawyers were recognized in the 2013 edition of Southwest Super Lawyers, among them are:

George Brandon (Super Lawyer)
Business Litigation

Brian Cabianca (Super Lawyer)
Business Litigation
Intellectual Property Litigation
Class Action/Mass Torts

D. Lewis Clark, Jr. (Super Lawyer)
Employment & Labor
Employment Litigation: Defense

Jamie Daddona Brennan (Rising Star)
Business/Corporate
Securities & Corporate Finance

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Ryley Carlock Expands Corporate Practice in Phoenix

Ryley Carlock & Applewhite has added Amber D. Curto as an associate in the firm’s Estate Planning and Corporate Practice Groups.

“Ryley Carlock is committed to the recruitment of young talented attorneys like Amber, who can assist our shareholders in finding the best possible solutions for our clients,” stated Managing Shareholder Rodolfo Parga. “Amber brings together the legal capabilities and a strong commitment to our community that our firm values.”

Curto joins an established Corporate Law and Estate Planning Practice Groups, who represent hundreds of clients throughout the United States and internationally, offering legal counsel from start-up companies to mature businesses.

“I enjoy taking a client centered approach to estate planning to make sure that all details, whether it be in a simple estate or a complex trust administration, are taken care of,” stated Curto, “and having the ability to learn from and work with John Lischer and the other experienced and knowledgeable attorneys within this practice group will give me the ability to assist my clients in new and innovative ways.”

Prior to joining the firm, Curto clerked for the Honorable Judge Glenn Davis of the Arizona Superior Court and was an Associate for an Arizona estate planning firm.  She earned her law degree from California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, in 2011 and earned her Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude 2008, from Arizona State University.  While in law school, she was a member of the Moot Court Honors Board as well as President of the Business Law Society. Her community service endeavors have included Girl Scouts of America, Project C.U.R.E. and Crisis Nursery. As a part of Ryley Carlock & Applewhite, Curto looks forward to continuing her community involvement by volunteering her time for local boards and organizations.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona honors hospitals

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona has named both Mountain Vista Medical Center and St. Luke’s Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center+ in the area of Knee and Hip Replacement.

The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care – and has recently been expanded to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety as well as new cost-efficiency measures.

The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community and include general quality and safety metrics as well as program specific metrics. Mountain Vista and St. Luke’s are proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria that have been set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

“Our hospitals are honored to be recognized for their enduring commitment to deliver quality specialty orthopaedic care in a cost-efficient way,” said Bob Wallen, regional vice president, Managed Care, for IASIS Healthcare, the parent company of Mountain Vista and St. Luke’s. “This designation will help guide patients to choose the very best care available.”

Research confirms that the newly designated Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ also are more than 20 percent more cost-efficient. The program provides consumers with tools to make better informed health care decisions, and these results will enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality and cost objectives.

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Phoenix Attorney Receives Top Appellate Award

Kathi M. Sandweiss, partner at Phoenix law firm Jaburg & Wilk, P.C has been selected as a ‘2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law’ by American Lawyer Media and  Martindale-Hubbell.

Award recipients are selected based on peer reviews. Sandweiss has achieved the AV Preeminent peer review rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.

Sandweiss is head of the appellate law department and has represented clients in Arizona and federal appellate courts. She has filed over 100 appellate briefs and petitions for review in the Arizona Court of Appeals, the Arizona Supreme Court, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Joint Venture Offers Digital Signage Solutions

CCS Presentation Systems, one of the largest systems integration firms in the U.S., today announced a new partnership with the Internet Marketing Agency (IMA), a Phoenix-based interactive marketing firm specializing in web development, interactive design and content management services. The two companies will offer turnkey content management solutions to help clients maximize the impact of their digital signage and interactive displays.

“Many companies struggle with developing effective digital signage content that can help them utilize their large format displays to their fullest potential,” said CCS’ CEO John Godbout. “Our venture with IMA makes us the ideal content management solutions partner for businesses in the Southwest.”

IMA will provide creative visual design services and content integration for clients, while CCS will provide system hardware, equipment installation, service and training. All digital signage and content will be integrated with a Content Management System (CMS) installed by CCS.

CCS offers multiple product lines to enhance presentation effectiveness and customer experiences including interactive SMART Boards, LCD & plasma displays, projectors and control systems. “CCS has provided innovative AV design and integration services for more than 22 years. Our expanded menu of services builds on our existing strengths and will allow us to deliver more value to our clients’ businesses,” said Godbout.

CCS and IMA will offer self-maintenance or full-agency digital signage content management solutions that can be tailored to fit each client’s budget and communications needs. The client self-maintenance option includes creative visual design of the content templates and content integration with a CMS compatible with digital signage equipment from most major manufacturers. The full-agency maintenance option includes all creative visual design and ongoing content management on a daily to monthly basis. This includes developing a content calendar, content rotation schedule, integrating video, photos or graphic assets, as well as implementing dynamic feeds from social media channels like Facebook or Twitter and outside sources via RSS feeds.

“Content is king, not only online but onsite in a client’s place of business,” said Stephen Heitz with IMA. “Companies have invested in digital signage and interactive display equipment to market their products and services to their customers and manage their internal communications with employees. Doing it in a strategic way will create more impact for their message and deliver better return on their digital signage investments.”

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Cox honors Latina entrepreneurs

Cox Business announced today a partnership with Prensa Hispana newspaper, Azteca AméricaPhoenix and the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) to recognize successful Latina entrepreneurs whose talent and innovation in the businessworld are helping other small businesses grow throughout Arizona.

“According to the 2013 AZ Women-owned Business Enterprise Report we released earlier this year, Latinas make up the single largest minority group among women-owned businesses,” said Mónica Villalobos, Vice President for the AZHCC. “This is a tremendous accomplishment, and our partnership with Cox Business is a great way to show our support to these entrepreneurs that are making a tremendous impact in our community.”

This one-of-a-kind campaign includes a series of 30-second spots produced in English and Spanish, that highlight two outstanding Latina Entrepreneurs in Phoenix. These spots will run across the Cox channel line up throughout the month ofJune. Through the media partnerships, honorees’ stories will also appear on the pages of Prensa Hispana newspaper, Azteca América Phoenix’s newscasts and through communication vehicles of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

“These women embody a true entrepreneur spirit of creativity, dedication and hard work, that positively impacts our community and state’s economy,” said Steve Rizley, Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Cox Communications.  “We hope that all the efforts these Latina entrepreneurs are doing to contribute to Arizona’s business growth inspires others to do wonderful things for our state.”

The individuals featured in the Phoenix campaign are:

Linda Valenzuela, MIA Cosmetics
LindaValenzuela is a make up artist, master stylist, and owner of Mia Cosmetics, a growing force aimed at satisfying the real and fantasy beauty needs of individuals through quality products and services. A professional stylist for over 10 years, Linda’s work has appeared in fashion magazines, catalogues, and runways, including W Magazine, SkyMall and FIDM Prom Web LA. Linda is a popular guest teacher and lecturer at notable cosmetology and art schools, as well as volunteer instructor for the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Her talent is so hard to miss, that she was chosen to apply make up to President Barack Obama and Maria Elena Salinas – one of the most renowned Latina journalist in the U.S. – during their visit to Phoenix last year.

Beatriz Alatorre de Hong, Paletas Betty
Beatriz Alatorre de Hong is the president and owner of Paletas Betty, an ice cream and cream-pops shop in Chandler andTempe. Founded in 2011, Paletas Betty uses simple from scratch recipes that deliver the freshest experience possible. With classic Mexican flavors and newly invented flavors Paletas Betty is Betty’s way of sharing the happiness sheexperienced as a child eating paletas. This year, Betty is focusing on increasing their presence in existing markets by doing more community events and forming strategic partnerships.

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New Researcher Joins Banner Sun Health Institute

Dr. Salvatore Oddo, a leader in the development of genetically-engineered mouse models and their use in the study of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, will join the research team at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) as a Senior Scientist and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Oddo comes to Arizona from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he served as an assistant professor in the physiology department. He starts at BSHRI on July 1.

Oddo and his colleagues continue to develop genetically-modified mouse models and study them in the effort to clarify some of the molecular and cellular disease mechanisms responsible for Alzheimer’s disease, to discover new treatments and to help test some of the treatments that are being considered for evaluation in clinical trials. Using the “triple transgenic mouse model” that he and his colleagues first developed at the University of California, Irvine, they have already made a number of pioneering contributions to the field.

His arrival marks the first of several joint recruitments that are planned between Banner and the medical college to advance the scientific fight against Alzheimer’s disease. It also provides an opportunity to expand the resources and collaborations involved in the Arizona Alzheimer’s Consortium, the nation’s leading model of statewide collaboration in Alzheimer’s research. While Oddo’s lab will be based at BSHRI, he will work closely with his new colleagues in the medical college and other organizations in the Consortium.

“I am extremely proud to become part of a fantastic Alzheimer’s disease research team and to establish my laboratory at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute,” Oddo said. “I look forward to developing new and stimulating collaborations with the faculty to identify new therapeutic targets for this terrible disorder.”

Oddo, who earned his undergraduate degree in molecular biology from the University of Catania, Italy and his graduate degree in Neurobiology of Learning and Memory from the University of California, Irvine, has served as an assistant researcher at the University of California Irvine’s department of neurobiology and behavior. He is moving from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where currently he is an assistant professor in the department of physiology.

“This is the first and critical step in what will be an extremely robust partnership between the Banner Sun Health Research Institute and our college,” said Stuart D. Flynn, MD, dean of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. “Dr. Oddo is playing an important role in the research of Alzheimer’s disease, of critical importance as we address an aging population in Arizona and beyond.”

“We are pleased to welcome someone with Dr. Oddo’s scientific caliber and extraordinary productivity,” said Marwan Sabbagh, Director of the Banner Sun Health Research Institute. “Dr. Oddo is a valuable addition to what is already a world-class team. We look forward to work ahead.”

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Study: Most Agree ‘Glass Ceiling’ Exists

According to a survey conducted by financial services firm Edward Jones, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of Americans believe women in the workforce today face a barrier to career advancement with one in five (22 percent) citing the financial industry as the hardest glass ceiling for women to break through.  The firm has been working to increase the percentage of female financial advisors in its branch offices and erase that perception.

“The lack of women in leadership positions, particularly on Wall Street, has been well documented in the news media, but at Edward Jones, a female financial advisor enjoys the same opportunity as her male counterparts,” said Elizabeth Schehl, Director of Financial Advisor Diversity and Female Performance at Edward Jones. “There is no glass ceiling and the benefits of running your own branch office makes the Edward Jones model particularly attractive to women.”

The survey of 1,010 Americans underscored that women represent an attractive applicant pool with 67 percent of respondents – men and women alike – citing that women are the more ambitious of the two sexes when it comes to acquiring leadership positions in the workplace.  When asked the top factor impeding these ambitious women from advancing, a male-dominated environment was cited by 83 percent of respondents. Other factors contributing to the glass ceiling include:

* The juggle of family and corporate responsibilities (73 percent)
* Inadequate policies for women in the workplace, such as stringent maternity leave policies (62 percent)
* Lack of adequate mentoring or a defined career path in reaching the executive board level (56 percent)

When asked which part of a career is most important to them beyond compensation, nearly half (49 percent) of women cited an entrepreneurial work environment. “One of the main things that attracted me to Edward Jones when I first began as a financial advisor was the entrepreneurial environment where I was given the freedom to thrive as if I was my own boss.  I quickly learned that the only barriers I had were those that I put in place for myself,” Schehl added.

Edward Jones’ unique branch office system provides financial advisors with the autonomy to run their own business with the infrastructure and support of a resource-rich organization.  Currently, Edward Jones has more than 12,500 entrepreneurs operating branches across the country.

Among its programs promoting diversity, Edward Jones’ Women’s Initiative for New Growth Strategies (WINGS), is a network of female advisors that volunteers their time to recruit, mentor and support other female advisors. Since WINGS was introduced five years ago, the firm has seen a steady uptick in women joining the company, who now make up one-quarter of all financial advisor recruits.

Along with financial services (67 percent), additional industries that are perceived as being more challenging for women to succeed in include professional services (69 percent) and technology (64 percent).  Media and publishing was less restrictive to women at 41 percent, and healthcare (23 percent) and education (14 percent) were perceived as the least challenging.  Survey results also showed that older respondents were more likely to agree that a glass ceiling exists than younger respondents indicating a positive change in perception among younger generations. Of respondents between the ages of 55-64, 71 percent cited that a glass ceiling exists as well as 70 percent of respondents over 65, compared to 60 percent of those surveyed between the ages of 18 and 34.

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Phoenix Attorney Appointed to AZ Humane Society Board

The law firm of Morris, Hall & Kinghorn, P.L.L.C (MHK) announced that partner Ronald G. Wilson has been appointed to the Arizona Humane Society’s Board of Directors.

Wilson has dedicated much of his time to serving and participating on various boards in the past.   When asked about this new appointment, Wilson stated “I look forward to working with the Humane Society and their endeavors to help all homeless animals. It is an honor to be appointed and to have the opportunity to work with a caring staff and board members.”   Previously he has served as president for the Phoenix Art Museum Men’s art council, the Greater Southwest Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and the Terrance retirement community just to name a few

Since 1957, the Arizona Humane Society has been committed to helping all animals and believes that every pet deserves a good life. They have grown to become the largest animal welfare and protection agency in Arizona.

Wilson has been a partner with Morris, Hall and Kinghorn since 2006 and focuses only on estate planning.  He has worldwide experience and education in estate planning and trust law, and is an Accredited Estate Planner from the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils.

MHK devotes its practice to estate planning matters and has helped thousands of families and individuals to meet their long-term estate planning and financial goals. The firm is a premier member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA).

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D-backs Raise $57K For Tornado Victims

The Arizona Diamondbacks have raised $57,000 to help the victims of the tornadoes that hit Moore, Okla. and Oklahoma City.  The funds were raised via personal donations by D-backs players, an online auction with game-used and autographed items from D-backs players and a 50-50 raffle supported by D-backs wives.

The online auction was inspired by D-backs prospect Archie Bradley, a native of Muskogee, Okla. The online auction featured several personal items, including Jackie Robinson Day jerseys from 14 D-backs players, game-worn Los D-backs jerseys from Miguel Montero and Patrick Corbin, Kirk Gibson autographed bobblehead, autographed baseballs and bats and a team-signed D-backs jersey. Fans can still bid on three Paul Goldschmidt items, including game-used and autographed cleats, bat and batting glove at dbacks.com/auctions through June 6.

D-backs wives helped sell 50-50 Raffle tickets on May 25 that raised $11,605 through the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. The funds raised from the online auction, personal player donations and the 50-50 Raffle will all be donated to the American Red Cross, United Way’s OK Strong Campaign and Moore, Okla. Public Schools to help rebuild the areas hit the hardest by the tornadoes.

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Microchip Acquires Novocell Semiconductor

Chandler-based Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, through its Silicon Storage Technology (SST) subsidiary, and Novocell Semiconductor, Inc. (Novocell) announced that Microchip and SST have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Novocell.  The acquisition was approved by the Boards of Directors of each company and is being announced at the 2013 Design Automation Conference (DAC) in Austin, Texas.  The terms of the deal are confidential.  The transaction is expected to close in early June 2013 and is expected to be immediately accretive on a non-GAAP basis.

“We are pleased to announce the acquisition of Novocell and are expecting great things as we integrate the technology into our ever-expanding portfolio of IP solutions,” said Mark Reiten, vice president of Technology Licensing for SST, a wholly owned subsidiary of Microchip.  “This acquisition provides our customers with valuable and differentiated technology and helps us to enable their designs with an even more comprehensive set of solutions, expanding our position as a leading memory IP supplier.”

“We are extremely happy to become part of SST and the Microchip family and are excited by the strategic possibilities available to us, moving forward, from both a business as well as a technology perspective,” stated Walter Novosel, Novocell’s president and chief technical officer.  “Novocell has continued to grow its portfolio of non-volatile-memory IP solutions since its inception, and we fully expect the technology to see an increased adoption from joining a leader like SST in the memory IP market.  With SST’s offerings in the high-density arena, we can concentrate on not only expanding our customer base, but also growing the footprint that SST has built with customers worldwide in low-density OTP and MTP memory.”

Under the acquisition agreement, Novocell will become a wholly owned subsidiary of SST, a Microchip company.  SST and Novocell are committed to a seamless customer transition.  SST plans to invest in continuing, designing, developing and extending Novocell’s product portfolio and roadmap.

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Wells Fargo opens LEED-Silver store in Tempe

Wells Fargo announced the opening of its newest Arizona Community Banking store, at 20 E. University St. in Tempe, on June 3.  The 2,249-square-foot location – the 261st Wells Fargo banking store in the state – is designed and built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  Wells Fargo has five LEED certified stores in Arizona.

“Wells Fargo understands the importance of promoting environmental stewardship in the communities we serve,” said Misha Patel Terrazas, Metro East area president for Wells Fargo in Arizona.  “In addition to our commitment to have 35 percent of our leased and owned buildings LEED certified by 2020, we also have introduced new envelope-free ATMs throughout Arizona and continue to provide support through grants and volunteerism by our team members to local nonprofit organizations that share our environmental commitment.”

Environmental features in the new store include:
· Water saving plumbing fixtures and control devices help us cut water usage by up to 40% compared with conventional buildings of the same type
· Energy efficient light fixtures and HVAC system help to reduce energy use by up to 21% compared with conventional buildings of the same type
· Light harvesting system helps cut energy use by automatically adjusting indoor lighting for maximum use of available daylight
· Bike racks help reduce pollution impacts from automobile usage
· Increased use of recycled content, like porcelain tiles that contain 40% recycled content and insulation  made from recycled cotton – including scraps of denim
· Fully recyclable materials such as counter surfaces comprised of recycled bottles and cement, carpet, and window shades divert these materials from the landfill at their end of life
· Sustainably grown, harvested and manufactured wood materials
· Low toxic paints and other materials and strict air quality management practices during construction contribute to a healthier environment
· Waste diversion during construction keeps much of our construction waste from ever seeing the landfill
*Compared to conventional buildings of the same type.
“Our vision as a company is to help our customers succeed financially, and this new store will make it even easier for our customers to connect with the full financial services that Wells Fargo has to offer,” said Store Manager Chris McCarthy.  “We’re excited to be serving our customers in this new energy efficient store.”

McCarthy joined Wells Fargo as a teller in 2001 and also has held positions as a personal banker and training consultant.  His store team will consist of 11 Retail Banking team members, including Service Manager Samantha Brock, four personal bankers and five tellers.  Representatives from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and Wells Fargo Investments also will serve customers at the store.

The new store includes two ATMs with 24-hour access, a merchant night drop and an online terminal where customers can access their Wells Fargo accounts online. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

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Tips for Grads to Protect their Online Reputation

Over the next few weeks, college students across the country will graduate and embark on their next step in life: finding a job. What many students fail to realize is that in today’s world of social media, their online reputation can make or break their candidacy for a position.

TrustedID, the nation’s most comprehensive identity protection and reputation management service, offers some easy tips for recent graduates to protect and manage their online reputation:

· Delete Digital Dirt: Many students’ social media pages are littered with digital dirt such as incriminating photos or inappropriate links. Be sure to wipe this all clean before beginning a job search.

· Privatize Profiles: Graduates can privatize their profiles on many social media sites to control who can view it. Remember that social media lives forever – just because comments and photos are deleted doesn’t mean they are gone. It may be a private profile, but it’s a public site. Always assume that what goes up will be seen by the world.

· Google Yourself: See the top 10 results on Google for your name; often recruiters only view the first page of results. If a graduate sees negative results, they should consider creating new positive profile content which can outshine the harmful results.

· Positive Spin: Potential employers can get an impression of a candidate’s personality through their social media profiles. Graduates should highlight achievements inside and outside of work and try to block any negative comments or photos.

· Follow the Leader: Follow key luminaries or potential mentors in your field on social media. This will show employers that you are passionate about the job and excited to learn.

· LinkedIn Logic: Create a strong LinkedIn profile since many recruiters use LinkedIn to fill positions. With over 200 million users, it is also a great way to establish and build business relationships in your desired field.

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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale earns honor

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch received the esteemed AAA Four Diamond Rating. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale has maintained this celebrated rating consecutively since 1988.

Hotels at this level are committed to providing every guest with a personalized experience and attentive service in comfortable, high-quality surroundings, according to AAA. They typically offer an extensive array of amenities and guest services.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale is part of a select group of establishments within North America. Currently, just 1,535 hotels and 754 restaurants hold the AAA Four Diamond Rating.

“We are honored to be recognized as a AAA Four Diamond hotel,” said Peter Rice, General Manager. “At Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, we are committed to exceeding guest expectations and providing a premier travel experience. This rating acknowledges the hard work and dedication of our staff.”

“AAA is pleased to recognize Hyatt Regency Scottsdale as a Four Diamond hotel,” said Michael Petrone, director of AAA Tourism Information Development. “To maintain the exceptional standards required for this rating on a daily basis is an outstanding achievement. AAA Four Diamond establishments are attentive to guests needs and consistently deliver memorable travel and dining experiences.”

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Arizona Employers Learn Workplace Violence Prevention

The Phoenix business community has already experienced several tragedies, with the first workplace shooting of the year in January, and the most recent incident involving a personal relationship issue erupting into another workplace shooting. Though the circumstances leading to these violent outbreaks differ, business owners and human resources professionals can learn from them and be prepared to prevent similar situations.

On Wednesday, June 5, expert speakers Dr. James Turner and Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC) staff attorney Dave Dixon will share a series of interactive vignettes designed to help employers to respond promptly, effectively and appropriately to inappropriate workplace behaviors that create disruption in the workplace, while also minimizing risks related to unlawful discrimination under the ADA, even as disability claims continue to rise. The workplace violence discussions and other significant employment and labor law trends and changes are part of this year’s Employment Law Update at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W. Dunlap Ave., in Phoenix.

While violent behavior can manifest for many different reasons, mental illness is often a root cause. Employers must discern between abnormal but harmless behavior and the signs of a violent progression. MSEC, a leader in human resource and employment law services, helps employers understand the legal and psychological aspects of mental illness; identify warning signs of aggression; and ward off or respond to escalated incidents.

“Whether in the workplace, or society-at-large, failure to effectively manage conduct that may or may not be related to mental illness may bring consequences from simple organizational inefficiencies to the more tragic and violent consequences we have all too frequently seen,” said Dixon.

For more information about MSEC’s services or the Employment Law Update, visit www.msec.org.

For 70 years, MSEC has hosted educational events such as the Employment Law Update for employers throughout the Western United States to maintain productive employer/employee relationships and to build effective, successful businesses.

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8 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys make Chambers USA

The 2013 Chambers USA Guide includes eight attorneys from the Phoenix office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

The Greenberg Traurig Phoenix attorneys recognized and their practice areas are:

Corporate/M&A: Brian H. Blaney, Robert S. Kant, Bruce E. Macdonough and Quinn Williams
Environmental: Michelle A. De Blasi
Labor/Employment: Leslie A. Klein
Real Estate: Rebecca Lynne Burnham and Lesa J. Storey

Firm-wide, 186 Greenberg Traurig attorneys and 33 practice areas are included in this prestigious ranking. Chambers and Partners, publisher of the annual guide, selects attorneys and practices for inclusion based on thousands of interviews with practicing lawyers and clients around the world.

“We are pleased that our Phoenix office and attorneys have, once again, been recognized by Chambers for their very extensive expertise and experience,” said Phoenix Co-Managing Shareholder John E. Cummerford. “This is a prestigious honor, particularly as it is based on feedback from peers and clients, and it reflects positively on the quality of our Arizona attorneys.”

The firm has received a number of awards from Chambers and Partners throughout the years, including the Chambers Global Awards 2007 USA Law Firm of the Year, five Chambers Awards for Excellence and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently, the firm received the Chambers USA Award for Excellence in Real Estate during the Chambers and Partners USA 2013 America’s Leading Lawyers for Business awards ceremony held last week in New York.

In the 2013 Chambers USA Nationwide rankings, Greenberg Traurig is recommended for client service in Capital Markets and REITs, and for commercial awareness in Environmental and Wealth Management law.